Tareq al-Suwaidan is a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait, educated in the US, and a well known figure on Arab television. He manages the Al-Risala television station, which is owned by Saudi prince Al-Waleed bin Talal. While al-Suwaidan presents himself as a moderate, he has alleged ties to Hamas, espouses antisemitic views, and supports terrorist attacks against Israel.
al-Suwaidan was an “Un-indicted Co-conspirator and/or Joint Venturer” in the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development case – in which funds were raised for Hamas in the US.
- “Power lies with the politicians, who are influenced by two things and two things only: money and the media, both of which are controlled by the Jews.”
- “The most dangerous thing facing the Muslims is not the dictatorships. The absolutely most dangerous thing is the Jews. They are the most dangerous. They are the greatest enemy.”
- “We must support the armed resistance in Gaza, and if possible, we must spread it to the West Bank, and even to Palestine [within the 1948 borders]. If we can, we should do that. Third, the countries bordering [Israel] must be serious in their resistance to the Zionist entity.”
More statements of interest: “The Palestinian Authority, with its spineless positions, has a major part in the loss of the Palestinian cause. When the PA is replaced, and becomes serious about confronting the Zionist enemy, and about the option of resistance – that’s when we will have hope. That’s why I call upon the Palestinian youth to adopt the slogan: The people wants to change the PA to an authority that views resistance as its strategic option. […] The other day, I was asking myself: why shouldn’t I personally go on Jihad? First of all, my body cannot stand it. Secondly, is what I am doing any less important than Jihad?” (Interview from June 4, 2011, see MEMRI transcript here).