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Has the Temple Mount Become A Hamas 'City-State'?

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 16.04.2014 19:30

. Has the Temple Mount Become A Hamas 'City-State'?

by Ari Soffer

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been accused of hypocrisy after criticizing Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas for incitement, while simultaneously "turning a blind eye" to Hamas-led incitement in the heart of Jerusalem.

The past few days have seen renewed activity by Hamas on the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site, with Islamists literally taking it over for several hours on the eve of the Jewish festival of Pesach (Passover), in a successful bid to keep Jews from visiting the site.

This morning, riots broke out again, and Jewish families who had gathered to Jerusalem from across the country were once more banned from visiting in response - provoking a furious reaction from Temple Mount activists.

Police 'either lying or incompetent'

Temple Institute International Director Rabbi Chaim Richman told Arutz Sheva that as recently as March 30, authorities had promised him that they would "make every arrangement to facilitate Jewish visits to the Temple Mount."

At a meeting with the new police commander for the Temple Mount, Erez Tavor, which took place in the office of Old City police commander Avi Bitton, Rabbi Richman said he and a handful of Jewish rights activists were told police would do everything they can to keep the Mount open in spite of Islamist incitement.

"They told us 'We know what it means to you and it's a heavy decision to ever have to close it - we never do it if we can help it.' And yet, it's the same thing over and over again," he lamented.

Asking how rioters had managed to "smuggle" Hamas flags and mounds of rocks onto the heavily-policed site, Rabbi Richman echoed previous accusations by Temple Mount activists that "the police are either working with them [Islamists] or they are just the most bungling, emasculated, Key Stone cops in the world."

"Every festival this is the template... all they have to do is flex a bit of muscle and the police disappear!"

He pointed out that Muslim worshippers "have it both ways", as Jews are categorically forbidden from ascending the Temple Mount during Muslim holidays, and then subject to bans on Jewish festivals as well.

Temple Mount: A Hamas 'city-state'?

Ultimately, however, he stressed that the responsibility for ensuring Jewish rights on the Temple Mount - and preventing Hamas violence there - lies with the Prime Minister.

"Netanyahu condemns Abbas for not condemning Monday's shooting attack and for incitement - but he's playing games because he allows the incitement from the Temple Mount and he does absolutely nothing!" he challenged.

The fact that Israeli authorities are caving into Islamist violence and are not allowing Jewish prayer on Judaism's holiest site "is a national catastrophe," he said.

"In the middle of Jerusalem there is a city-state with diplomatic immunity where the enemy flag is unfurled and where plans are being made to attack Jews... that is absolutely unspeakable."

"They keep parroting this meaningless mantra that 'the Temple Mount is in our hands', when everyone knows Jordan is sovereign there," he added, referring to the Waqf Islamic trust which administers the site and is run by the Jordanian government.

"[Jordanian King] Abdullah says 'jump' and Bibi says 'how high?'"

The Temple Mount is the former site of the two Holy Temples of Jerusalem, as well as the Islamic Al Aqsa complex, built on the ruins of the Jewish temples.

Despite its status as the holiest site in Judaism Jewish visits are extremely limited, including restricted visiting hours and a ban on prayer or any other form of non-Muslim worship. Those who are deemed to have broken the rules are often arrested and sometimes subjected to an indefinite ban from the site. Temple Mount activists say this amounts to capitulation to Islamist groups who have threatened - and often carried out - violence in a bid to keep Jews from the site.

A bill currently tabled by Israel's Religious Affairs Minister aims to guarantee equal prayer rights for Jews and Muslims on the Temple Mount.

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Jerusalem is Never Mentioned in the Quran and

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 23.04.2014 05:47

Islam's Tenuous Connection to Jerusalem

Jerusalem is Never Mentioned in the Quran and

Mohammed Never Set Foot on Its Soil


22 April 2014 | Eli E. Hertz

Despite 1,300 years of Muslim Arab rule, Jerusalem was never the capital of an Arab entity, nor was it ever mentioned in the Palestine Liberation Organization’s covenant until Israel regained control of East Jerusalem in the Six-Day War of 1967. Overall, the role of Jerusalem in Islam is best understood as the outcome of political exigencies impacting religious belief.

Mohammed, who founded Islam in 622 CE, was born and raised in present-day Saudi Arabia and never set foot in Jerusalem. His connection to the city came years after his death when the Dome of the Rock shrine and the al-Aqsa mosque were built in 688 and 691, respectively, their construction spurred by political and religious rivalries. In 638 CE, the Caliph (or successor to Mohammed) Omar and his invading armies captured Jerusalem from the Byzantine Empire. One reason they wanted to erect a holy structure in Jerusalem was to proclaim Islam’s supremacy over Christianity and its most important shrine, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

More important was the power struggle within Islam itself. The Damascus-based Umayyad Caliphs who controlled Jerusalem wanted to establish an alternative holy site if their rivals blocked access to Mecca. That was important because the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, was (and remains today) one of the Five Pillars of Islam. As a result, they built what became known as the Dome of the Rock shrine and the adjacent mosque.

To enhance the prestige of the ‘substitute Mecca,’ the Jerusalem mosque was named al-Aqsa. It means ‘the furthest mosque’ in Arabic, but has far broader implications, since it is the same phrase used in a key passage of the Quran called “The Night Journey.” In that passage, Mohammed arrives at ‘al-Aqsa’ on a winged steed accompanied by the Archangel Gabriel; from there they ascend into heaven for a divine meeting with Allah, after which Mohammed returns to Mecca. Naming the Jerusalem mosque al-Aqsa was an attempt to say the Dome of the Rock was the very spot from which Mohammed ascended to heaven, thus tying Jerusalem to divine revelation in Islamic belief. The problem however, is that Mohammed died in the year 632, nearly 50 years before the first construction of the al-Aqsa Mosque was completed.

Jerusalem never replaced the importance of Mecca in the Islamic world. When the Umayyad dynasty fell in 750, Jerusalem also fell into near obscurity for 350 years, until the Crusades. During those centuries, many Islamic sites in Jerusalem fell into disrepair and in 1016 the Dome of the Rock collapsed.

Still, for 1,300 years, various Islamic dynasties (Syrian, Egyptian and Turkish) continued to govern Jerusalem as part of their overall control of the Land of Israel, disrupted only by the Crusaders. What is amazing is that over that period, not one Islamic dynasty ever made Jerusalem its capital. By the 19th century, Jerusalem had been so neglected by Islamic rulers that several prominent Western writers who visited Jerusalem were moved to write about it. French writer Gustav Flaubert, for example, found “ruins everywhere” during his visit in 1850 when it was part of the Turkish Empire (1516-1917). Seventeen years later Mark Twain wrote that Jerusalem had “become a pauper village.”

Indeed, Jerusalem’s importance in the Islamic world only appears evident when non-Muslims (including the Crusaders, the British and the Jews) control or capture the city. Only at those points in history did Islamic leaders claim Jerusalem as their third most holy city after Mecca and Medina. That was again the case in 1967, when Israel captured Jordanian-controlled East Jerusalem (and the Old City) during the 1967 Six-Day War. Oddly, the PLO’s National Covenant, written in 1964, never mentioned Jerusalem. Only after Israel regained control of the entire city did the PLO ‘update’ its Covenant to include Jerusalem.

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Palestinians Displeased With Condemnation of Terror

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 23.04.2014 20:34

Palestinians Displeased With Condemnation of Terror

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | Israel Today Staff

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A senior Palestinian Authority (PA) government official is facing a fierce public backlash after condemning last week’s terrorist murder of 47-year-old Baruch Mizrahi as he was driving to the Passover Seder with his family.

PA Endowments Minister Mahmoud El Habash told a reporter with Israel’s Army Radio that he was “pained” by the slaying of Mizrahi and the wounding of his pregnant wife and young son.

“We condemn the killing of all people irrespective of their background,” El Habash went on to say. “The idea of killing and violence is completely illegitimate.”



But El Habash’s words did not sit well with many Palestinians, who have long been exposed to systematic indoctrination against Israel and the Jews.

According to Israel Radio, there have been calls for El Habash’s dismissal, and even some who demand the minister be put on trial for treason. In Gaza, leaflets bearing El Habash’s visage and the words “Wayward Son” have been distributed far and wide, while in the PA-controlled “West Bank” posters featuring a doctored image of El Habash in Jewish ultra-Orthodox garb have appeared on street corners.

Meanwhile on Facebook, Palestinians have threatened to kill El Habash for his outrageous sympathy toward Israeli victims of terror.

The treatment of El Habash in this instance is very telling of Israel’s “peace partners,” especially in light of the refusal of his boss, PA leader Mahmoud Abbas, to himself issue a public condemnation of the Passover attack.

A group of Israeli lawmakers who visited Abbas during the Passover holiday insisted that he had privately condemned the killing of Baruch Mizrahi. But Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Ruaineh later scrambled to correct those reports, insisting that while Abbas had spoken again violence in general, he had not specifically condemned the targeting of the Mizrahi family.
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IDF troops treat Palestinian infant who began to suffocate

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 26.04.2014 21:05

IDF troops treat Palestinian infant who began to suffocate

By THE POST

04/26/2014 16:36

Israeli security forces treated a Palestinian infant who was rushed to their checkpoint near Ramallah after it began suffocating, the Palestinian news wire service Ma’an reported on Friday.

According to the report, the infant, who is just over a month old, stopped breathing and was quickly taken by her mother to an IDF checkpoint nearby.

The soldiers administered treatment to the infant, who was subsequently rushed to hospital in Ramallah.
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Hamas

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 28.04.2014 09:03

Israel suspended peace talks with the Palestinians late last week in the wake of a unity deal between the Fatah faction that controls Palestinian territories in the West Bank and the Hamas terror organization that controls the Gaza Strip. The Israel Project has been working to ensure that journalists, lawmakers, and the public understand Hamas' true nature, but we need your help. We all know that:



1. Hamas is recognized by the international community as a terrorist organization.
2. Hamas has never given up its goal to destroy Israel.
3. Hamas was one of the first Islamist terror groups ever created.
4. Hamas engaged in mass suicide bombings against Israelis for years.
5. Hamas was backed by Iran for decades.
6. In fighting to seize the Gaza Strip, Hamas handcuffed captives and threw them off buildings.
7. When Hamas thinks that Palestinians are cooperating with Israel, they strangle them and drag their bodies through the streets.
8. Hamas has launched thousands and thousands of rockets at Israeli civilians.
9. Hamas kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and celebrated the kidnapping at mass rallies. The group has said they want to do it again.
10. Hamas celebrated 9/11 and condemned the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
11. Hamas is a genocidal terrorist organization that consistently denies the Holocaust and according to its charter, seeks to kill Jews.



Read more about what Hamas does and believes in TIP's factsheet.
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Palestinian Girl Confronts Anti-Israel Lies

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 28.04.2014 21:59

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Surprise! Hamas Won't Recognize Israel

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 28.04.2014 22:22

Surprise! Hamas Won't Recognize Israel

Monday, April 28, 2014 | Ryan Jones

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Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas tried to soften the impact of his reconciliation with Hamas by insisting that the unrepentant terror group would “recognize Israel” upon joining his government. But, leave it to Hamas, the group is now setting the record straight, saying Abbas is dead wrong on that score.

In fact, Hamas spokesman Taher Nunu is threatening to sue The Washington Post for quoting him as being far more conciliatory toward Israel than he was. The Post had apparently cited Nunu as backing up Abbas’ statement that the unity deal between Hamas and his own Fatah movement included adherence to all past agreements and recognition of Israel.

“What I was quoted as telling the American paper is wrong, and I unequivocally deny it,” Nunu told Palestinian media. “The issue of Hamas recognizing Israel is a complete nonstarter.”



Israel has rejected the notion of negotiating peace with a government that includes Hamas, which has repeatedly reaffirmed its commitment to the eventual destruction of the “Zionist entity.”

The deal reached by Abbas and Hamas is based on a 2011 reconciliation proposal put forward by Egypt. According to the outline, Abbas will form a government of technocrats within five weeks, while Hamas will officially join the PLO. Within six months, the Palestinians will have parliamentary and presidential elections. The last time such elections were held in 2006, Hamas scored a stunning victory, taking a majority of seats in the Palestinian parliament.
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MotivatedinOhio • 4 hours ago





I am not the least surprised. But then, I read the Bible.

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je71sac@yahoo.com • 4 hours ago





well!!well!! What else is new?? Why don't the world listen in the first place?? These people are out to destroy Israel; American and all the other Nations that back Israel, and kill every woman, man, and child. You don't wait for a rattersnake to bite you; you kill it first

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Myrtle Linder > je71sac@yahoo.com • 2 hours ago





That isn't Hamas' place to decide, that is GOD'S right and HE said HE would bring gather HIS people from all over the world and place them back in their land. isaiah 11:12;
Jeremiah 16:15 , 32:37
Isaiah 11:12 And HE shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather togethe the dispersed of Juda from the four corners of the earth.
15. But the LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the North, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.

37. Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury and in great wrath: and I will bring them again them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely.

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Word of Power Ministries, Sri > je71sac@yahoo.com • 2 hours ago





The world cannot listen!! For the whole world lies under the power of the devil...!!
not forgetting the peace makers Obama and Kerry!!!

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Hannah > je71sac@yahoo.com • 2 hours ago





I can understand what you're saying. However a rattlesnake has a rattle for a reason, it's a warning not to get too close or it will strike. I think all the rattling Hamas and Abbas have done and are doing should wake the world up to their treachery. But I think that the "world" is blinded because of her hatred for God and the Jews.

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Word of Power Ministries, Sri > Hannah • 2 hours ago





Hannah you do not have to think! Yahweh Elohim says that the whole world is under the power of the evil one!!!

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Anti-Semitism Adapts and Thrives

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 29.04.2014 19:56

Anti-Semitism Adapts and Thrives

The oldest hatred has assumed a new form for a new age: hostility to Zionism and Israel.
by Jeff Jacoby

It wasn’t a failure of Holocaust remembrance that explains why Frazier Glenn Miller opened fire outside two Jewish community facilities in Overland Park, Kan., murdering three people on the day before Passover.

Miller, a 73-year-old former Ku Klux Klan grand dragon, knows all about the Holocaust – enough, at any rate, to extol Adolf Hitler as "the greatest man who ever walked the earth" and to shout "Heil Hitler!" after his arrest. Like his hero, Miller is obsessed with Jews. Asked once in an interview whom he hated more, blacks or Jews, he didn't hesitate: "Jews!" he said. "A thousand times more!"

Such anti-Semitic malevolence led 70 years ago to the Shoah – the industrial-scale annihilation of two-thirds of Europe's Jews: six million men, women, and children, among them my father's parents and four of his brothers and sisters. They were murdered not as a means to an end – not for their money or their land or because they posed a military or political threat – but as an end in itself. Hitler's purpose in exterminating the Jews was for the Jews to be exterminated.

For decades after the Holocaust, it was tempting to believe that such genocidal prejudice against Jews was a thing of the past, at least in the enlightened West. The world had seen what anti-Semitism at its most uninhibited could do. What people had been sure could never happen had happened – but by harnessing the power of memory, we could ensure that it never happened again. So Holocaust memorials and museums were erected in cities large and small. Concentration-camp survivors published their memoirs and spoke about their experiences. Students were taught about the Nazis and the Final Solution. Yom HaShoah – an annual Holocaust Remembrance Day, which we mark this week – was added to the calendar each spring.

But Jew-hatred hasn't been purged. On the contrary: It has erupted in recent years with shocking scope and strength. It has been revived "in the halls of parliament and in the streets," writes political scientist Daniel Jonah Goldhagen in a new book, The Devil that Never Dies. "Among elites and common people. In public media, places of worship, and in the privacy of homes. Where Jews live and where they do not."

An old-style white-supremacist neo-Nazi like the shooter in Kansas, evil as his crime was, is the least of this resurgent threat, especially in this country. Hitler-idolizing anti-Semites like Miller, widely regarded as abhorrent, are a negligible phenomenon in the United States. His deadly rampage was instantly condemned across the board; only among the kooks did anyone express support for Miller's vilification of Jews.

Where anti-Semitism is gaining market share today is not among those who yell "Heil Hitler" or demonize Jews as Christ-killers. The oldest and most protean of hatreds has assumed a new form for a new age: hostility to Zionism and Israel. The classic anti-Semitic motifs – Jews are aliens, Jews are murderous, Jews are rapacious, Jews are disloyal, Jews manipulate governments – have been repurposed for a post-Holocaust generation that speaks with a post-Holocaust vocabulary.

Sophisticated and educated Westerners today know better than to blame "the Jews" for society's ills, or to suggest that the best solution to the "Jewish Problem" is for Jews to disappear.

But it is widely acceptable in many circles to debate whether the world's only Jewish state has a right to exist. Or to insist that the Middle East's turmoil would be resolved if only that Jewish state would make peace with its enemies by conceding to their demands. Or to claim with a straight face, when Israel defends itself against Arab and Islamist violence, that it is behaving as the Nazis did.

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This helps explain why anti-Semitism soared in recent years even as Palestinian terrorism against Israel soared. For if Zionists are tantamount to Nazis – if the Jewish state is the equivalent of Hitler's Germany – then decent people everywhere must oppose it. Through endless repetition of the most odious "Israelis = Nazis" canards, the memory of the most lethal horror ever inflicted on the Jewish people has been transmuted into a new bludgeon with which to batter them. Meanwhile, waves of incitement build against the largest Jewish community on the planet, whipped up by enemies who make no secret of their ultimate goal: to annihilate it.

Thus does the old plague bacillus of anti-Semitism mutate and flourish once again, in the very shadow of the Holocaust memorials put up as a warning of what unchecked Jew-hatred can lead to. Truly, it is diabolical.

This article originally appeared in the Boston Globe.
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The BDS Smokescreen

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 29.04.2014 19:59

The BDS Smokescreen

It's remarkable that the world needed a 29-year-old movie star to state the obvious: This is modern anti-Semitism.
by Robert Fulford

The people who defame Israel and wish to undermine its status in the world are not anti-Semites – or so they will tell you, every chance they get. Their denial of anti-Semitism is essential to their moral position. In their own view they are good progressives, therefore absolutely innocent of racial or religious discrimination. Their propaganda campaign, which they hope eventually will escalate into economic warfare, is intended merely to reshape Israel’s policies. What they oppose, they want to assure us, is Israel’s position in the West Bank. Their increasingly loud and self-confident BDS movement (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) is not, as they tell it, a struggle against the Jews. They simply want to bring Israel into line with enlightened leftist opinion in Europe, the U.S. and Canada.

Scarlett Johansson, the film star, found herself the enemy of BDS in January, when she appeared in advertisements for SodaStream, an Israeli home carbonation device that eliminates cans and bottles. SodaStream’s offence is to have one of its factories in the West Bank, where it employs Palestinians who might otherwise have no work at all.

BDS adherents began denouncing Johansson as “the new face of apartheid.” They love applying that South African term to Israel, no matter how unjustified it is. Oxfam, for which Johansson had served as an ambassador in past years, decided to accept her resignation. Oxfam opposes all trade with Israeli settlements and has no place for dissenters among its associates. Johansson said she and Oxfam “have a fundamental difference of opinion in regards to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.” Oxfam likes BDS. She doesn’t. She says she researched SodaStream and found it an ethical operation.

Like the great majority of Americans in the film industry, Johansson is a liberal Democrat. She took part in the last three presidential elections and raised money for Barack Obama. Unlike many who fall into that category, she also thinks for herself.

The May issue of Vanity Fair carries a cover story about Johansson. The author of the piece, Lili Anolik, asked her how she explains why she has been viciously criticized for the SodaStream ads. Johansson answered, “There’s a lot of anti-Semitism out there.”

That line has been widely quoted, and for good reason. It’s a rare example of candor from someone in her position. Johansson, at least in this instance, doesn’t hesitate to call things by their name.

Perhaps her reaction owes something to her background. Vanity Fair classifies her as “that ultimate New York hybrid of half Jewish, half not.” Her mother, Melanie Sloan, a movie producer, is a Jew whose family came from Russia.

But, Jewish or not, Johansson’s ethnicity did not necessarily dictate her attitude to BDS. There are Jews who follow the BDS line, just as there are anti-Semitic Jews. A few decades ago the late Barbara Frum, patiently trying to explain some contentious point to me, said, “Bob, I think if you look around you’ll find quite a few anti-Semitic Jews.” She lived in a more innocent time and probably never imagined that they would find a vast international movement they could join.

They’re not hoping for an Israel willing to hand over the West Bank. They’re working for a day when Israel will be gone forever.

My own belief is that the BDS people and their fellow travelers, whatever their background, are anti-Semites. They do all they can to stigmatize the Jewish state and reduce its ability to defend itself. They know that Israel is surrounded by neighbors who will never recognize its existence, much less sign a treaty developed in a “peace process” quarterbacked by Washington. The Palestinians and the Arab states who claim to support them are not hoping for a more generous Israel or a BDS-approved Israel or an Israel willing to hand over the West Bank. They are working for a day when Israel will be gone forever.

In order to satisfy this generation’s anti-Semites, Israel must meet standards that no other country in the world has ever met or ever will. At the United Nations Israel is condemned more often than all other countries combined.

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It is, of course, an imperfect democracy, like Canada and all other free countries, and its human rights record could certainly be improved. But its treatment of Palestinians has never been even remotely comparable to China’s oppression of Tibetans or Saudi Arabia’s treatment of women, two among many outrageous practices that apparently never trouble the students who direct their anger at Israel.

In devising their purposes the BDS campaigners have never shown even the beginning of a sense of proportion. It’s remarkable that the world needs a 29-year-old movie star to point this out.

This op-ed originally appeared in The National Post.

Published: April 22, 2014
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