Following are excerpts from an address by Qatari university lecturer Ali Muhi Al-Din Al-Qardaghi, which aired on Al-Jazeera TV on February 3, 2006.
Al-Qardaghi: We must realize that something bigger than this [cartoon] incident lies behind this campaign. The Zionism and the extreme Christian right are behind it - not all the Christians.
Honorable brothers, a survey conducted some time ago in Europe showed that 67% of the Europeans hate the Jews. The Jewish leaders convened to decide what to do. They wanted to divert this hatred to the Muslims. This is a Crusader Zionist campaign, which is led by the extremist pro-Zionist right, headed by George Bush in America. I am sad to say this. This campaign is an attempt to arouse religious, Crusader fanaticism among the European peoples, because they were not responsive to the extremist right. They want to do so by provoking the Muslims, and perhaps some inappropriate deeds.
Brothers, the person who lit the fuse was a Jew from Denmark. He wrote a book called The Koran and the Life of Muhammad, in which he claimed that the Prophet Muhammad was the first Nazi, and that he carried out the first Jewish holocaust. He said that the killing of the Jews in Al-Madina was a holocaust. They distorted everything. Then he asked a hundred artists to illustrate it, but they refused, so he approached this pro-Zionist newspaper, which agreed.
The Zionists, Jews, and Crusaders are behind this issue.