MP slams Israel, Arabs over Islamic shrines decision

February 25, 2010

MP Adel Al Mouawda

A Bahraini lawmaker has sharply criticized Arabs for their “eerie silence” that allowed Israel to designate two Islamic shrines on Palestinian territory as national heritage sites. MP Adel Al Mouawda also slammed Israel for its decision, saying that it amounted to waging a religious war on Muslims.

“Arabs have been so eerily silent that they have broken all records of collective passiveness and lapses into inaction,” Al Mouawda said. “Their passive attitude has encouraged the Israelis to disregard Muslims and their sacred sites and to do whatever they wanted,” said Al Mouawda who chairs the parliamentary committee for foreign affairs, defence and national security.

According to the Salafi lawmaker, the latest Israeli decision is the latest of a string of actions to “seize Islamic sanctities, Judaize Jerusalem and preserve the so-called Jewish character of the Zionist entity.”

“Every now and then, we see actions such as intrusions into the Aqsa Mosque and excavation work under the mosque as a prelude to destroying it. The policies of killing, torture, sieges and starvation continue unabated, and the latest is the assassination of Mahmoud Al Mabhouh,” he said.

The Hamas leader was killed last month in Dubai in an operation attributed to the Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service.

Al Mouawda, the leader of the Salafis in Bahrain, suggested that the Arab summit next month in Libya should be devoted to protecting Islamic sites in Palestine and to ensuring an inter-Palestinian reconciliation between rival factions Hamas and Fatah.

“If the summit confines itself to these two topics and succeeds in making practical decisions on them, it will be a historic achievement,” Al Mouawda said. “It is about time Arabs ended their humiliating silence on the rights of people and sacred sites. Arab states have to engage in serious action to reach a solution,” he said.

The Arab and international communities, the United Nations, the Organisation of Islamic Conference and the Gulf Cooperation Council should work on abolishing the Israeli decision on the Islamic sites, he said.

A similar call was issued by the Islamic Tribune, the third largest parliamentary bloc and an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.

“The Israeli decision is an insult to all Muslims as well as to their political regimes and leaders,” the society said in a statement. “Muslims have been shamelessly silent about the numerous crimes perpetrated by the Israeli occupiers. Israel has to put an end to such decisions because they will eventually result in religious wars.”



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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