commentary by Reb Akiva on Mystical Paths…
Daoud Kuttab demonstrates cluelessness and ignorance about Jews and Israelis in an article on Al Monitor about the Temple Mount. Let’s take a look…
HEADLINE - Jewish extremists try to change status quo at Al-Aqsa
Technically, and these technicalities matter in such a sensitive area, Al Aqsa is the mosque to the far SOUTH side of the Temple Mount (it has the silver dome). The golden dome thing (the Dome of the Rock or Qubbat As-Sakhrah for Islamics, is NOT a mosque. It’s a “shrine”. And it’s not Al Aqsa.
If such a thing would be allowed or permissible by either religion (it’s not), both the Jewish Temple and Al Aqsa could exist on the Temple Mount without Al Aqsa having to be moved.
But let’s get into the meat (or holey cheese) of the article…
When Moshe Feiglin, deputy speaker of the Israeli Knesset, set foot in Al-Aqsa Mosque around 10 a.m. Sept. 14, he was on more than a tourist visit. His venture to the mosque and short prayer in the area was seen as an attempt to declare Jewish sovereignty over the Islamic holy place.
Because everyone knows a Jew praying means “I declare it mine.” I wonder if this will work for me in the U.S.?
It violated agreements not to change the status quo and cast doubt on an assertion by the Israeli prime minister's office that the status quo at Al-Aqsa would not change.
The status quo being Jews who enter the Temple Mount, in areas religiously permissible for Jews, are beaten and arrested if they attempt to pray. Think about that… in Israel, there’s a place where it’s illegal for a Jew to pray. Muslim or Christian or Buddhist, go ahead. Jew – get beaten and arrested.
The rebellious parliamentarian walked barefoot in the courtyard of the Haram al-Sharif, an act meant to pay reverence to the area that what Jews believe was once the site of the Jewish temple. In 2013, an Israeli court barred Feiglin from ascending to the mosque area for fear that his uncoordinated visit might spark protests. Feiglin is so controversial that the United Kingdom refused him entry in 2008.
“the area that what Jews believe was once the site of the Jewish temple” – disregard all the archeological evidence, most of it produced by British archeologists in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. If they keep disputing it, will it make it go away?
That Feiglin would go to the Haram al-Sharif was known for days and required a large contingent of Israeli police. The visit proceeded after Palestinian men and women worshipers under the age 40 were barred from the area and all except one of the gates to Islam’s third-holiest mosque were closed.
This wouldn’t have anything to do with periodic riots or throwing down of bricks on the Western Wall below – for any and no provocation.
While insisting that all Jews have a right to visit what they call the Temple Mount, Israeli security officials have in the past refused such provocative visits, citing the potential for violent opposition and thus denying access for security reasons.
So the Israeli police can and do suppress normal religious rights, like the simple ability to pray, due to Arab violence. I guess asking the Arabs to control themselves or suffer consequences for not doing so is unreasonable?
In recent months, and under pressure from the right-wing Israeli government, including Feiglin himself, Israeli security has changed its position. Instead of banning such visits, it has undertaken unprecedented actions to bar Palestinian Muslims from their own mosque hours before them. Protests from Jordanian Islamic waqf officials, who are entrusted as guardians of the mosque, have fallen on deaf ears.
Each week, Israeli actions become more and more provocative. The visits are longer, and the ban on Jewish prayers at the mosque compound are increasingly ignored. What began with Jewish visitors inaudibly mumbling a few words is becoming louder and louder. Most Jewish intruders wear prayer clothes, often under their regular clothes, which points to their intention of holding prayers on the mosque compound.
Oh ALALALALAH help them! The Jews are mumbling prayers! Maybe they truly fear HaKol Kol Yaakov, the power of the Jewish people is in the voice of prayer? “Most Jewish intruders wear prayer clothes, often under their regular clothes, which points to their intention of holding prayers on the mosque compound”, clue in note to Daoud… most religious Jews, exactly the type interested in visiting the Temple Mount, ALWAYS where “prayer clothes”, and usually “under their regular clothes.
Islamic officials have been screaming and shouting in opposition, but getting little response from the Arab and Islamic worlds, which are engulfed by their own problems. Azzam Khatib, director of the waqf in Jerusalem, told Al-Monitor that the Israeli government has frankly “explained to Jordan that no decision will apply to Al-Aqsa Mosque and that the status quo established since 1967 will remain respected.” He still called on the Arab and Islamic nations to “seriously support Jordan to protect these sanctuaries.”
The chief rabbis of Israel have ruled since 1967, and it has been reconfirmed over the years by additional rabbis, that Jews are not allowed to set foot on the mosque compound for fear that they might desecrate the remains of the temple destroyed in 70 AD. This religious ruling still stands, and a sign stating it meets all who enter the area from the Mughrabi Gate. New Jewish scholarship, however, argues that there are areas that are safe to trespass as they cannot possibly hold any remnants of the Temple beneath them.
Earlier the author says “the area that what Jews believe was once the site of the Jewish temple”, here he states a fact “areas that cannot possibly hold any remnants of the Temple beneath them”. He misunderstands this as well, the restriction is not on walking on remnants of the Holy Temple, it’s on walking on areas that were restricted to either only Cohanim or only the Cohain Gadol.
The practice at Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque has been to divide the mosque compound between Jewish and Muslim worshipers, based on the time and the space. Jewish extremists are trying to divide the compound of Al-Aqsa Mosque according to time, with visits regularly scheduled for the morning to roughly coincide with the hours between Islamic morning and noon prayers.
So let me get this straight. The intruding Jews are trying to arrange their intrusions to coincide with times that AVOID Islamic prayer or use of the facility? The nerve of those Jews, being considerate during their invasion!
Today, at a time that the United States is leading a global campaign against Islamic extremists, in Iraq and Syria, a dangerous Jewish religious radicalism is allowed to flourish and is provided police protection by the State of Israel.
The current nationalist-religious fusion has been created with leaders like Feiglin gaining critical positions in the Israeli Knesset and government. Netanyahu is constantly worried about the threat to his own position from this extreme right, which dominates his own Likud Party. Religious-nationalist extremism, if allowed to continue, will have the same destructive consequences that other similar extremism has had in the region. Allowing it to change the status quo at Islam’s third-holiest place will most certainly lead to the eruption of a religious war in the Middle East.
He’s right. The forming of JEW-SIS and the recent beheadings of pigs clearly show Jerusalem is about to be overrun with JEW-hadi’s. If the Palestinians ever encountered even 1/10th of the evil perpetrated by the Islamic jihadis and their own terrorists from the Jews or Israelis, they’d be fleeing in terror.
Instead, after losing a war, they’re given control of their holy site – which they regularly use to organize riots and attack people nearby from, and suffer no functional consequences over a period of 45+ years.
In the days of:
- the Islamic State and daily beheadings, enslavement, mass slaughter and genocide
- Al Qaeda, now with more branches including India
- the breakdown of Iraq and Syria
- the bombing and then breakdown of Libya
- an anti-Islamic military coup in Egypt
- a democratic coup in Tunisia
- a suppressed democratic uprising in Bahrain
- semi-civil war in Yemen
- and Iran continuing pursuit of a nuclear weapon
…I don’t think the historical threat of “change the status quo at Islam’s third-holiest place will most certainly lead to the eruption of a religious war in the Middle East” really holds water any more.
The Palestinians actually have a practical problem. For over 45 years they’ve been a false flag concern for the tyrants of the Middle East to use to redirect their people’s anger. Now the people and tyrants have REAL concerns. The “Palestinian Problem” is no longer even a blip on the radar.
Mr. Kuttab, you might actually have to make some compromises for a change. And who knows, maybe doing so will actually lead to… wait for it… PEACE. (gasp)