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Defiance in Damascus

Article published Sep 27, 2007
Defiance in Damascus

By Nir Boms –

The streets of Damascus have seen most things. They saw military marches with strutting generals leading their people to war. They have seen the images of presidential figures, such as the late Hafez Assad and his son, the current president, Bashar Assad, displayed on every corner. They have seen those of other allies like Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah or Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But they had never seen a Syrian American calling for reform. Continue reading


Rights and Refugees

A Muslim Edict Recognizes Israel and Rejects the Palestinian Right of Return

A resurrected 50-year-old Fatwa offers a chance of a religious modus vivendi. It recognizes Israel as a fait accompli similar to other lands where Moslems formerly ruled.

Nir Boms (10/23/2007)

A Fatwa, a Muslim religious ruling, generally crops up in the Western media primarily in the context of extremist religious arbiters such as Youssouf al Qadarawi or Ayman al Zawahiri (bin Laden’s lieutenant), who occasionally provide religious imprimaturs to holy war (jihad) or suicide bombings. Unfortunately it is precisely these voices that are considered representative of the Muslim religious world, which may not be justified.

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