- - Sunday, February 18, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Kudos to Clifford D. May for identifying some of the issues preventing resolution of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict (“Why peace can’t be processed now,” Web, Feb. 13). He touches upon the biggest stumbling block: a rigid Islamic ideology, which receives little or no attention and should be part of the discussion.

This ideology is derived from the Islamic concept of eternal possession of property ownership, or waqf. One meaning of the word is that once land is controlled, lived on or governed by a Muslim entity, that land is forever Muslim. In some Islamic circles, Israel is a waqf. Hamas has incorporated this ideology into its charter as rationale for elimination of the state of Israel. It is also suspect as the reason for continued calls for “death to Israel” emanating from Hezbollah and Iran.

The charge that Israel is an occupier of “stolen Palestinian land” has two possible meanings: one, that Israel occupies Palestinian land in the West Bank; or two, that it occupies the entire Holy Land. In effect, all of Israel is considered to be a waqf. This is why we sometimes hear claims that Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jaffa are occupied Arab cities. This is in keeping with the waqf ideology, especially for a land that was dominated by the Islamic Ottoman Empire for 600 years.

This stumbling block needs to be front and center. The ideology must be challenged and resolved in order for there to be peace not only in the Middle East but throughout the world.

WARREN MANISON

Potomac


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