If signs went up saying “Jews only,” or “Whites only,” or “Christians only” anyplace on the planet, but particularly in Israel, there would be a righteously indignant outcry around the world, as there should be.
However, when the Muslims declare Judaism’s holiest site “Muslim only,” we get only deafening silence, or worse – complete agreement and acquiescence.
Associated Press reported Tuesday, that Israeli police stormed Jerusalem’s Temple Mount to disperse some Arab violence directed at Jews praying below.
This is just the kind of story that leaves me proverbially scratching my head, with what appears to me to be a blatant double-standard being applied and widely accepted by much of the world.
The story says that an Israeli Police spokesman said some 20 masked Palestinians “hurled stones and firecrackers at troops from atop the Temple Mount,” so Police “entered the compound and arrested three people.”
The story goes on the describe the site, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, as “ground zero in the territorial and religious conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbors,” with “clashes often erupting after” Muslim prayers, leading me to think that someone in the mosque is preaching violence.
It notes that Jews typically pray below at the Western Wall, but that “tensions have grown lately with an increased number of Jews arriving to pray at the Temple Mount as well.”
And herein lies my problem.
For some reason, Palestinians and other Arabs in Israel expect to have access to any site they want, including the area where the Islamic invaders built the Dome of the Rock over where experts believe the Jews’ Holy Temples once stood. The world tends to agree, and they should have access to this site, they consider the third holiest in Islam. However, the site happens to be the MOST revered site in Judaism, so why should Jews not also have access to pray there?
“The site is so holy that Jews have traditionally refrained from praying on the hilltop, but attitudes among some Orthodox Jews have been evolving and there has been growing demand to allow Jews to pray there freely as well,” the story says.
Why is allowing Jews to pray in Judaism’s holiest site considered an unacceptable provocation to the Arabs?
I mean, this site is actually within Israel’s borders, and if the Jews were ever to prohibit Muslims from praying there, all hell would break loose – not just among the Arabs, but throughout the world, as well it should.
The director general of the Waqf, Jordan’s Islamic authority that manages religious affairs at the site, a concession the Jews made to try and create some stability and discourage crazy violent behavior among the Muslims, said the clash “followed rumors that Jewish extremists were planning on entering the compound and raising the Israeli flag.”
This was said as though no worse fate could befall the site than to have Jews praying there.
“He said the entire compound was Muslim and they would not allow anyone to change that situation,” AP reported.
Can you imagine if the Israelis said something like that about anywhere in the country? To ban Muslims or Christians or anyone else from any place whatsoever based solely on that? But, for some reason, there is no outrage among the world’s do-gooder watchdogs when it’s the Jews being discriminated against. However do we explain this?
“I hope they have some rational people in the government to stop them from provoking us,” he reportedly said. In other words, if any Jews were to pray at the holiest site in the entire Jewish world, the Arabs could not be held responsible for their actions.
A threat of violence from the Muslims. For a change.
The story points out, as these stories always do, that “the Palestinians claim east Jerusalem, and the Old City, as the capital of their future state,” a point that I don’t think should matter that much, since I can claim Paris for my summer home, and no one would care. However, I think this Waqf character’s remarks prove the inadvisability of allowing the Muslims sovereignty over the site. With this power over that area, which also is holy to Christians, no one but Muslims are allowed on the site, as was the case before the liberation of Jerusalem by Israel in 1967.
The story goes on to say that many in the Israeli government recognize that insisting on the right to pray at this site, as the Muslims would certainly do if the roles were reversed, would likely ignite a violent, Islamic powder keg. But is this a reason not to fight for the right thing?
The head of the dovish Meretz Party, said Tuesday that her party recognized the right to free worship at holy sites, but “not every right had to be realized and at this time doing so would merely enflame the region.”
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ office also issued a statement condemning what it called “continuous Israeli incursions” into the site, the story says.
Incursions. An “assault” he called it, again saying violence will erupt from his side if Jews have the nerve even to set foot on the site, and he would be powerless to stop it.
Sounds like a terrorist threat to me.
What exactly makes that site one that’s strictly for Muslims where Jews and Christians are verboten? Why does the world accept that when they wouldn’t dream of accepting such a thing anywhere else from anyone else?
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