Normalizing Ties With Israel Violates Islam
The Council of Religious Scholars and Lecturers, headed by Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, a Yasser Arafat appointed imam at the al-Aqsa mosque has ruled that Arab and Muslim countries normalizing ties with Israel violates the tenets of Islam. During the Second Intifada (2,000-2,005), in which over 1,000 Israeli citizens were murdered, Sheikh Sabri legitimized suicide bombings and attacks on civilians. Sabri and his religious scholars deem normalization with the Jewish state a violation of sharia law and and anyone who does is a sinner. This decision comes at a time when several Sunni, Gulf Arab states are quietly working with Israel to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region, and amid rumors of Saudi Arabia and Egypt pressuring Mahmoud Abbas to accept the US’s long awaited Peace Proposal. Is Sheikh Sabri calling the leaders of the Arab world a bunch of sinners?
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