PA: Qaradawi passport ‘fake’

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Interior has put out a notice informing countries that recognize Palestine that cleric Yousef al-Qaradawi holds a “fake” Palestinian passport.

In a letter, the ministry called on all countries to take legal action to seize the passport if it is used contrary to international law, the official news agency in Ramallah Wafa reported.

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh handed al-Qaradawi a Palestinian passport during his visit to Gaza.

Salam Fayyad is recognized internationally as the Palestinian prime minister even though Haniyeh’s party won a 2006 election over its rival Fatah, which controls the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

The Palestinian Authority said Tuesday that the visit of Sheikh Yousuf al-Qaradawi, an influential Egyptian cleric, to Gaza was “harmful” to the Palestinian people.

Al-Qaradawi arrived Wednesday and stayed in Gaza for three days.

“The Palestinian Authority’s position has been clear; each visit of political significance which gives legitimacy to Hamas’ rule in Gaza is harmful to the Palestinian people and their interests,” PA minister of endowment Mahmoud al-Habbash told Ma’an.

Such visits, he added, deepen disagreements between both sides and encourages unilateral behavior.

(Source / 10.05.2013)

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