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Question 14.10:
What are the roots of Arab opposition to Zionism?


National rights:

Most Arab nations demand Arab sovereignty over the entire Middle East, to the total exclusion of Jewish rights.


Historically, Islam has not recognized the right to sovereignty of any non-Muslim people in any part of the "Islamic world." Jew, like Christians, have been relegated to the position of dhimmis--protected subjects--peoples under Muslim domination. Islam, therefore, rejects the concept of a Jewish state in what it regards as the Islamic-Arab world.

For information on Islam and its beliefs, interested readers are referred to the soc.religion.islam FAQ, available as:

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