Top Sunni Muslim cleric al-Qaradawi does about-face, opposes suicide bombings

Youssef al-Qaradawi, the Egyptian sheikh who is considered Sunni Islam's preeminent scholar and religious arbiter, says that he no longer supports the tactic of suicide bombing.
In a post on his web site, al-Qaradawi wrote that the use of suicide bombers was only permissible to those living under Israeli occupation.
However, since Palestinians are now able to hit Israel with rockets, missiles, and mortars, the use of suicide bombers, which is euphemistically known in the Arab and Muslim world as "martyrdom operations," is superfluous and unnecessary.
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