They can’t manage to issue one declaring Osama bin Laden a heretic and the jihad ideology un-Islamic. This, they can do. From GulfNews, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
Manama: Sunni and Shiite scholars may soon issue a fatwa banning trade transactions with Israeli businessmen and the purchase of Israeli goods, a pro-Palestine society official has said.
“The move is part of joint efforts by the Sunni and Shiite communities to resist steps to normalise relations with Israel,” said Shaikh Nasser Al Fadhala, culture and media officer, Support Palestine Society.
The UAE recently returned hospital supplies that were found to have been made in Israel, affirming its policy of boycotting goods from that country.
“We are also collecting signatures from 15 Sunni and 15 Shiite leading scholars on a petition that calls for resisting moves to have relations with Israel.”
The signatures are being gathered by Al Menbar MP Shaikh Abdul Lateef Al Shaikh for the Sunnis and by Al Wefaq Society chairman Shaikh Ali Salman for the Shiites.
“There will also be a joint communiquÃ© calling for the rejection of all forms of normalisation with the Zionist entity,” Al Fadhala said at a meeting on relations with Israel hosted by a citizen in Muharraq on Monday evening.