Friday, July 21, 2017

Murder, incitement and archaeological destruction on Temple Mount. What status quo? - by David M. Weinberg

...Jerusalem is a consensus issue in Israeli politics. The Netanyahu government would enjoy widespread public backing for action to parry Palestinian and Islamic incitement in Jerusalem and to solidify Israel’s rights on Har HaBayit. Only a forward-looking and affirmative Israeli stance can create a new situation of just compromise on the Temple Mount.

Arab editorial cartoon depicts Israeli
troops destroying the Dome of the Rock
 on the Temple Mount.
David M. Weinberg..
A Citadel Defending Zion..
20 July '17..

The so-called “status quo” on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem has been violated repeatedly in recent years by radical Palestinian and Islamic actors, turning the Mount into a base of hostile operations against Israel, instead of protecting it as zone of prayer and peace.

Wakf and Islamic movement provocateurs have attacked Jewish visitors to the Mount and Jewish worshipers at the Western Wall below the Mount; have greatly restricted visitation rights to the holy Mount for all non-Moslems; have hijacked the pulpits in the mosque on the Mount to preach hatred and violence against Israel; have purveyed a canard about the Al-Aqsa mosque being under attack from Israel in order to rile up the Palestinian public and broader Islamic world; and have conducted vast and illegal construction projects on the Mount and beneath it, willfully destroying centuries of Jewish archaeological treasures.

And last week, Palestinian terrorists smuggled machine guns onto the Temple Mount and attacked police guarding the gates of the Mount, killing two Israeli officers. The terrorists launched their attack from within the Temple Mount and then fled into the shrines on the Mount.

While Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the terrorist attack, he continues to roil the waters and foment violence against Israel by repeating the canard that “Al Aqsa is in danger.” Now, Abbas is choreographing resistance to the security measures put in place by Israel. His Fatah political party has called for “rage” in the streets of Jerusalem. Abbas must therefore assume grave responsibility for the clashes that have taken place in recent days between police and overheated Palestinian protesters.

In fact, Abbas has stoked a broad-scale campaign against the authenticity of Israel’s historic rights in Jerusalem. In September 2015 he screeched about “filthy” Jewish feet that were “desecrating” holy Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem. “Al-Aksa is ours and so is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre,” he bellowed. “They (the Jews) have no right to desecrate them with their filthy feet. We won’t allow them to do so and we will do whatever we can to defend Jerusalem.”

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The three separate but intertwined Jewish-Arab conflicts - by Vic Rosenthal

...Sometimes what appears to be human progress is actually the opposite. Contemporary diplomacy can only solve political conflicts, not ones about national honor or religion. So they go on forever.

Vic Rosenthal..
Abu Yehuda..
21 July '17..
Link: http://abuyehuda.com/2017/07/the-three-jewish-arab-conflicts/

The recent terror attack at the Lions’ Gate in Jerusalem reminded me, as if I needed reminding, of the complexity of the Jewish-Arab conflict in the land of Israel.

There are actually three separate conflicts raging in the same place, involving more or less the same people. They have distinct objectives, but they are intertwined in a complex way, which is detrimental to ending any of them.

The first is the political conflict between the State of Israel and the PLO in its embodiment as the Palestinian Authority (PA). This is a disagreement over borders, settlements, security, and other geopolitical issues.

The second is the national conflict between the Jewish people and those Arabs whose self-defining national narrative is that of “Palestinians.” This is a disagreement that can be characterized as an argument over the historical title to the land between the river and the sea.

The third is the religious conflict between Jews and Muslims. This stems from the Islamic ideas that Muslims are superior to non-Muslims (especially Jews), that they should live under shari’a (which implies Muslim sovereignty), and that land that has once been Muslim must not be allowed to remain in the hands of infidels.

The various attempts to end the conflict have mostly focused on the political conflict, and to a great extent ignored the national and religious ones. This confuses people who don’t understand or aren’t aware of the latter two, which in my opinion are far more important than the political one.

Who is Khulood Badawi and Why is Human Rights Watch Posting Articles from a Palestinian Propagandist? - NGO Monitor

... apparently on the sidelines, she also writes propaganda for Human Rights Watch. Which isn’t surprising for HRW, which has an apparent policy of hiring anti-Israel BDS activists.


NGO Monitor..
17 July '17..
Link: http://www.ngo-monitor.org/human-rights-watch-posting-articles-palestinian-propagandist/

Yesterday (July 16), Human Rights Watch (HRW) posted a “Dispatch” about an Israeli military trial against Issa Amro and Farid al-Atrash for unlawful activity, including violence. The piece echoed the standard NGO themes about the trial, that prosecutors have no case (even though the evidence has not yet been made public) and that military courts “fall well short of any standards of justice.” As noted previously by NGO Monitor, the Amro and al-Atrash case has become a pretext for legal attacks against Israel.

The article was written by a “consultant” named Khulood Badawi, the only article on HRW’s website attributed to this individual.

Who is Khulood Badawi?

She used to work for UN-OCHA – until February 2013, when she was fired for “a bogus post on Twitter alleging that a pictured Palestinian girl had been killed by the IDF during the 2012 shelling of Gaza.” (Honest Reporting noticed that the photo, tweeted under the handle “Long live Palestine,” was from 2006.)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Temple Mount and the apparent need for malarkey detectors as well - by Michael Freund

...Installing metal detectors may restore some quiet in the short term, but as long as the Jewish state neglects its responsibility towards the Jewish People's holiest site and allows hostile elements to control it, the greater the chance that a major conflagration will almost certainly erupt.

Michael Freund..
Pundicity/JPost..
20 July '17..
Link: http://www.michaelfreund.org/20085/temple-mount-metal-detectors

Since the beginning of the week, Palestinian officials have been seeking to stir up violence and controversy, hurling invective at Israel over the decision to install metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount.

The Fatah Central Committee called for "a day of rage," Arab residents of the Old City have denounced the measure as an "act of war" and Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah labeled the move "gross aggression" and "dangerous."

Don't let the overblown rhetoric fool you. The real menace to peace is not tighter security at the holy site, but rather looser lips among the Palestinian leadership.

Indeed, alongside those electronic instruments designed to screen for weapons, it appears that malarkey detectors need to be installed to screen for the balderdash being spread by Israel's foes.

To begin with, it is worth recalling that the move comes in the wake of last Friday's lethal terrorist attack, in which Palestinian gunmen using weapons that had been stored on the Temple Mount murdered two Israeli policemen.

In other words, the very place that Palestinian spokesmen insist is so sacred to their faith is being used to hide firearms and who knows what else.

Clearly, the free hand that has been given to the Muslim Wakf to control affairs on the Mount has been exploited to turn the site into a storage facility and staging ground for violence against Israel.

Such incidents pose a threat not only to the safety of the security forces tasked with protecting the area, but also to all who visit it.

Hence, for Palestinian leaders to oppose the move is absurd, as the detectors will protect all who enter, without discrimination. This is collective protection, not collective punishment.

It was for this very same reason that in 2011, Saudi officials announced that they would be installing explosives detectors at the entrance to the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the holiest site in the world for Muslims.

Lt.-Col. Fawaz Sahafi, who was in charge of the mosque's security at the time, told a Saudi newspaper that "sophisticated metal and explosive detectors" were being placed at the gates of the mosque, which is visited by millions each year.

If metal detectors can be used to protect mosques in Mecca, why should Palestinians object to them in Jerusalem? Moreover, as anyone who has ever been to an airport or public entertainment venue can attest, metal detectors are an ubiquitous part of life.

You can't board an airplane, attend a New York Mets game at Citi Field or a Real Madrid soccer match at Bernabeu stadium, or take your kids to Disneyland without passing through one, for reasons that are as obvious as they are justified.

For well over a decade, there have been metal detectors at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, which both Jewish and Muslim worshipers must pass through, as well as at other popular religious and tourist sites throughout the country.

And yet, the Palestinians would have us believe that at a sensitive location such as the Temple Mount, which has been a flashpoint for years and the scene of periodic Palestinian rioting and stone-throwing, the addition of metal detectors is somehow a contentious act? Ironically, it is the overheated bluster of Palestinian officials that directly contributes to the need for added security measures. By feigning anger and trying to incite acts of violence and terrorism through their incendiary bombast, the Palestinian leadership is leaving Israel with no choice but to take steps to ensure that calm prevails at the Temple Mount.

In light of their behavior, it is time for Israel to reconsider its policy of granting wide autonomy to the Muslim Wakf and Palestinian officials in running affairs on the Temple Mount. Simply put, this placating approach has failed to keep the site safe and has played into the hands of Islamic extremists.

By curtailing the rights of Jewish visitors and worshipers at the Temple Mount, and empowering the Palestinians to think of themselves as the ones in charge, Israel has projected weakness and vacillation in the face of obstructionism and mischief.

Rather than yielding every time Palestinian leaders raise their voices and shout, Israel would do well to stand firm and reassert control over the site.

After all, the Wakf has repeatedly demonstrated in word and deed that it cannot be trusted with the supervision of the Temple Mount.

Installing metal detectors may restore some quiet in the short term, but as long as the Jewish state neglects its responsibility towards the Jewish People's holiest site and allows hostile elements to control it, the greater the chance that a major conflagration will almost certainly erupt.

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The Al-Aqsa factor: Rats, snakes and chickens - by Arnold Roth

...You might imagine that at least some of those deeply-concerned public personages who in the past decried Israel’s “indiscriminate,” “heavy-handed” and “intentional” measures, might have had something equally helpful to offer Abbas and his raging cronies. Evidently not. Perhaps they have learned not to mix in when the subject is, you know, about religion and sensitive matters. Or maybe they just lack the courage and the backbone.

Arnold/Frimet Roth..
This Ongoing War..
19 July '17..

The police helicopter flying over our home as we type this is a reminder of where the attention of the security services here in Jerusalem is focused tonight.

We're in the middle of another official Palestinian Arab temper tantrum. They call it something else, of course. And while foreign news media are paying scant attention, the reality on the ground here as well as throughout Israeli and Jews news media is heavy enough to cause a rising sense of anxiety about where the Palestinian Arabs want to take this.

Here's what we knew last night:

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Thoughts about (another) "Day of Rage" and honor/shame - by Elder of Ziyon

...Palestinians are completely defined by honor and shame. They cannot communicate except in those terms. Arabic media is filled with words like "humiliation." They are walking bundles of shame waiting for events to attach these "Days of Rage" to - because they want excuses to turn their shame into honor.

Elder of Ziyon..
19 July '17..

Fatah declared today, Wednesday to be a "Day of Rage."

This is supposed to instill fear in the hearts of the dhimmis, who presumably forgot that the last "Days of Rage" were only a couple of months ago. Almost every Friday in May was a "day of rage" in support of the prisoner hunger strike, an issue that faded so quickly it seems hard to remember how important Palestinians pretended it was.

Just like metal detectors on the Temple Mount.

It is important to realize that "Days of Rage" are not responses to events. To the contrary.

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The More Apt Headline? “Israel’s War Against George Soros” or “The NY Times’ War Against Israel.”? - by Ira Stoll

...Why is the Times so eager to side with Soros against Netanyahu? Because Soros — publicly avowed as neither a Zionist nor a “practicing Jew” but rather a harsh and bitter public critic of the Jewish state, committed ideologically to “universalism” instead of “the hard-line nationalism of Mr. Netanyahu’s governing coalition” — represents precisely the Times world view. One can correct blatant factual errors or edit away some contradictions or hire a couple of pro-Israel writers and editors to provide balance. But some things are just incorrigible. When the Times runs articles such as this one about Soros, it’s a signal that discloses where the paper is really coming from.

Ira Stoll..
Algemeiner.com..
18 July '17..

An opinion article in the New York Times improbably used George Soros as a bludgeon with which to attack Israel and its elected prime minister.

I counted at least nine flaws with the article. It appeared in the Times online under the headline “Israel’s War Against George Soros,” but a more apt headline might have been “The New York Times’ War Against Israel.”

It began with the claim, “Mr. Soros has failed the only litmus test that seems to count for Israel’s current leadership: unconditional support for the government, despite its policies of occupation, discrimination and disregard for civil and human rights.”

That’s just nonsense [Problem No. 1]. There’s no such “litmus test,” and there are no such “policies.”

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Why the BBC’s failure to cover faux outrage in Jerusalem matters in the UK - by Hadar Sela

...The absence of any sober, factual BBC reporting on this latest example of anti-Israel delegitimisation and dangerous incitement dressed up as faux outrage (once again) over the installation of security measures of the kind already found at public places in Israel and around the world is not merely a technical issue of record. On the BBC’s home turf – where it is obliged to “contribute to social cohesion” – there are elements that are already promoting misinformation on this story to sectors of the UK population. Such misinformation thrives in the vacuum created by the absence of responsible, accurate and impartial reporting by the media organisation with the broadest outreach in the UK.

Hadar Sela..
BBC Watch..
18 July '17..

BBC News website coverage of the terror attack in the Old City of Jerusalem on July 14th included reporting on the temporary closure of Temple Mount while police investigations were being completed.

“In the wake of the incident, police sealed off the site to search it for weapons. It is the first time in decades that the compound, which contains the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque, has been closed for Muslim Friday prayers, which normally draws thousands of worshippers.

The site is administered by an Islamic authority (Waqf), though Israel is in charge of security there. Police are investigating how the attackers managed to smuggle in a handgun, sub-machine gun and knife.” BBC News website, 14/7/17

BBC radio reports on the same story amplified Palestinian objections to that closure but without adequately explaining why it had been implemented or clarifying the political background to those ‘protests’.

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Erdogan's Obsession to Take Jerusalem - by Burak Bekdil

...As an American friend delicately asked: "Isn't Turkey supposed to be investing millions to help rebuild Gaza?" Not, it seems, when Islamist ideology is involved.

Burak Bekdil..
Gatestone Institute..
17 July '17
Link: www.gatestoneinstitute.org/10638/turkey-erdogan-jerusalem

Less than a year ago, Turkey and Israel agreed to end their six-year-long diplomatic stand-off and officially "normalized" their relations. They appointed ambassadors Kemal Okem to Israel and Eitan Na'eh to Turkey, two prominent career diplomats, who, since then, have been struggling actually to normalize formally normalized ties. As some observers, including your humble correspondent, cautioned in 2016:

"Erdogan had pragmatically agreed to shake hands with Israel, but his ideological hostility to the Jewish state and his ideological love affair with Hamas have not disappeared; so the Turkish-Israeli 'peace' would not be easy to sustain".

Only half a year into the "normalized charter" Erdogan in May pledged that his government would work with the Palestinian people to guard against the "Judiazation of Jerusalem." This may be vintage Erdogan. The Turkish president's promise was not too different from a call for a struggle to guard against the "Catholicization of the Vatican."

It is elementary history that Jerusalem's pre-Islamic period of 3300-1000 BCE appeared in the book of Genesis -- the time of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob -- when Erdogan's ancestors were probably hunters in the steppes of Central Asia. The years 1000-732 BCE marked the period of the ancient kingdoms of Israel and Judah. Simply put, Jerusalem's Judaic history dates back to thousands of years before the birth of Islam.

Nevertheless, according to Erdogan, there is a necessity "to protect-against the Judaization of Jerusalem." Erdogan, in his May speech, also repeated an earlier call for Muslims from around the world to "visit al-Aqsa" mosque, located on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. "As a Muslim community, we need to visit al-Aqsa Mosque often," he said. "Each day that Jerusalem is under occupation is an insult to us."

Observations on a murder and metal detectors - by Vic Rosenthal

...Is this the start of yet another period of increased violence and terrorism? That will depend, I think, on our ability to avoid confusion between the different conflicts. This isn’t the place for compromise, but rather to stand our ground and not allow any further slippage in the not-so-static “status quo.”

Vic Rosenthal..
Abu Yehuda..
17 July '17..
Link: http://abuyehuda.com/2017/07/observations-on-a-murder/

Three Muslim Arabs, who in this case are citizens of Israel, murder two Israeli Druze policemen at a gate to the Temple Mount, shout allahu akbar, then run into the Temple Mount plaza where they engage in a firefight with more police and are killed.

The Israeli government orders the Temple Mount closed temporarily, while it installs metal detectors at some of the gates and searches the area for weapons (knives, fireworks, slingshots, batons, etc., are found). Metal detectors were used at the gates in the past, but were removed in 2000 when Jordan protested.

PM Netanyahu says publicly as well as privately to Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah, that the “status quo” – the arrangement that the Jordanian religious waqf administer the site, Jewish visits are limited and Jews are not allowed to pray there – will not be changed.

The site is partially reopened. The waqf, the Jordanian government, Mahmoud Abbas and others protest. Waqf officials and many Palestinians refuse to go through security checks. “The Jews have no rights whatsoever to this mosque – it is for Muslims only. We will not accept being checked every time we want to get inside. We are asking to go back to normal and enter freely, as it was three day [sic] ago,” says Taleb Abu Arar, an Arab Member of the Knesset.

So here is what I think:

First, the Druze are again at the forefront of our struggle for security. The Druze are a distinct people living in northern Israel, Lebanon, Syria and other places in the Middle East, who follow an esoteric religion that includes elements of Islam, Judaism and others. Israeli Druze include cabinet ministers, judges and senior officers in the IDF. They often serve in the toughest combat positions in the IDF and police, and have given their lives in disproportionate numbers. The relationship between the Jewish state and the Druze people is an example of what is possible when disparate groups treat each other with honor and respect.