Sheikh Abdul Hadi Palazzi is the Secretary-General of the Italian Muslim Assembly and co-chairman of the Islam-Israel Fellowship. He has a Ph.D. in Islamic Sciences authorized by a former Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia and is authorized to teach Quranic exegesis and Islamic Law by scholars from Al-Azhar University. He preaches in support of Israel's right to exist.
The following is RadicalIslam.org National Security Analyst Ryan Mauros interview with Sheikh Palazzi:
Ryan Mauro: What happened that compelled you to start promoting Islamic teaching that is compatible with the West and supportive of peace with Israel?
Sheikh Palazzi: I felt it was a duty so that the examples of the House of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), especially of Emir Feisal of the Hashemites and one of my teachers, Sheikh Muhammaad al-Sharawi, are not forgotten.
Mauro: How do you make the case Muslims should support Israels right to exist?
Sheikh Palazzi: That is what Allah orders the Muslims to do in the Quran and Sunnah, as proven by the behavior of the Caliph Omar, may God be pleased with him, who founded the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem.
As soon as he liberated Jerusalem from the Byzantines, he abolished the anti-Jewish ban dating back to the Emperor Hadrian and moved 72 Jewish families from Tiberias to Jerusalem, in an area close to the Kotel where the Jewish Quarter still stands.
Mauro: How much success have you had in spreading your anti-Islamist point-of-view?
Sheikh Palazzi: I have received support from many important but powerless Muslim scholars, including the Muftis of Tataristan and of Sierra Leone; the former President of Indonesia, Abdrurrahman Wahid; the U.S. scholar from Syria, Hisham Kabbanibut on the political level, I was completely defeated. (continue reading...)(...more)