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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Abbas says no peace or security until ....
Ilan Ben Zion..
Times of Israel..
22 August '12..
Jerusalem is a Muslim and Christian city, and there will be neither peace nor security until the Israeli occupation, settlements, and settlers leave the city, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday.
Abbas made the remarks in a statement published in commemoration of the 43rd anniversary of the torching of Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque by Denis Michael Rohan, an Australian Christian, Israel Radio reported.
Rohan entered the mosque on the Temple Mount on August 21, 1969, and set the building alight. He was tried and found clinically insane, and hospitalized in Israel until his repatriation five years later.
Despite Rohan’s conviction, Abbas claimed in his statement that Israeli authorities were aware of Rohan’s intentions. He further charged that Israel’s actions vis-a-vis the Temple Mount have been aimed at destroying the mosque and building in its stead “a fictitious Temple.”
Former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat made similar comments in 2001 in commemorating Rohan’s attempted destruction of the mosque.
In a statement then made on Arafat’s behalf and published in the Palestinian press, PA Executive Council Zakhariya al-Agha said that the Palestinian people will continue along the path of Jihad until the occupation ends.
I visited Hevron in November 2000 after the outbreak of the Rosh Hashanah War to see what could be done to assist in the face of the growing daily attacks on the community. After returning to work for the community in the summer of 2001, a bond and a love was forged that grows to this day. My wife Melody and I merited to be married at Ma'arat HaMachpela and now host visitors from throughout the world every Shabbat as well as during the week. Our goal, "Time to come Home!"