Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Making a Difference in World Affairs

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Making a Difference in World Affairs

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A lecture at the ISNA convention entitled "Muslim World Affairs: Kashmir, Iraq and Palestine" drew an overflow audience of more than 240 people.

According to Mohammad Sarwar, the first Muslim elected to the British House of Commons, Muslims all over are being humiliated and killed because the Muslim character has been "distorted and misrepresented." Muslims should take an active role in the community in order to change that perception, he said. In the United Kingdom, he added, the Muslim community is very active and has made many contributions.

Turning to the conflict over Kashmir, moderator Ghulam Nabi Fai noted that in a threeweek time span more than 7,000 people were burned and killed in Kashmir. Sarwar agreed that the situation is critical, and urged that all parties-Kashmir, Pakistan and India-be involved in the peace process.

Moving on to another high-profile conflict, Ronald J. Young, founder and director of the U.S. Interreligious Committee for Peace in the Middle East, said, "I believe that helping to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should be the high priority of the United States."

If this issue had been the priority over the past four years, rather than the war on Iraq, there would be peace, Young maintained. Because of the close relations between the U.S. and Israel, Young argued, it is possible to achieve a long-awaited peace in the Middle East. He also suggested that Americans should call on their president to visit the region and stay in Palestine and Israel until peace is achieved. …

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