Gaza war exposed 'global schizophrenia': Al-Azhar grand imam

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Monday 20 May 2024

Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb said on Sunday that the brutal Israeli aggression on the Gaza strip has exposed what he described as "global schizophrenia".

Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb meets with Danish Ambassador to Egypt, Anne Dorte Riggelsen, Cairo, 19 May, 2024.


During a meeting in Cairo with the Danish Ambassador to Egypt, Anne Dorte Riggelsen, Al-Tayeb noted that some countries are providing humanitarian aid to Gaza while supplying Israel with weapons and military equipment, enabling continued violence and terrorism.

The Grand Imam emphasised that advancements in the arms industry do not contribute to building civilisation.

Furthermore, he urged global decision-makers to exercise wisdom and reason and to heed the will of the people who have protested against the terrorist actions of the Zionists in Gaza.

In this regard, Al-Tayeb highlighted the numerous demonstrations occurring in European and American cities, warning that failure to address these protests with wisdom and rationality could lead to unpredictable consequences.

He stressed that Western countries and the US must learn from these events and recognise that policies of support for occupation, and ignoring public outcry, will come at a high cost.

The Grand Imam also called on Western decision-makers to draw lessons in humanity from their people, whom he praised for supporting Palestinian rights.

On the other hand, the Danish Ambassador expressed her pleasure in meeting the Grand Imam, noting that Denmark has taken several steps to support Palestinian rights.

She added that Copenhagen has voted in favour of Palestine's eligibility for full membership in the United Nations and had recently opened a field hospital in Gaza.

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