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August 23, 2016 1

Arab Media Outlets Falsely Label 1969 Al-Aqsa Mosque Arsonist as “Jewish”

August 21st marked the 47th anniver­sary of the arson attack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque com­pound by Aus­tralian Chris­t­ian fun­da­men­tal­ist Denis Michael Rohan. Rohan said that God had asked him to set fire to the site, say­ing he would be made a “king of Jerusalem.” The Mosque was seri­ously dam­aged by the fire, and Rohan was tried, found insane, and com­mit­ted to a men­tal institution. Temple Mount

While it has been well-documented that Rohan was a Chris­t­ian, some Arab media out­lets have described him as Jew­ish and an Israeli set­tler, seem­ingly in an effort to blame Jews for being behind the arson attack.

Here are some examples:

Al-Quds, edi­to­r­ial, August 22, 2016 (Pales­tin­ian Authority)

“Yes­ter­day was the 47th anniver­sary of the crime of the arson of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque by Aus­tralian Jew Denis Michael (Rohan). He had the audac­ity to carry out his loath­some act under the cover of the Israeli occu­pa­tion author­i­ties, in an attempt on their part to try to find out the Pales­tin­ian reac­tion, as well as that of the Arab and Islamic Worlds. This, as a step in a series of sub­se­quent steps over the course of years — no, decades — lead­ing to its destruc­tion and the build­ing of the alleged Tem­ple in its place.”

Filastin, “Arson of Al-Aqsa No. 47”, by Yus­suf Rizqa, August 22, 2016 (Gaza)

“Yes­ter­day was the 47th anniver­sary of Denis Michael’s arson of the Al-Qibli (Chapel) part of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. Denis Michael was a fanatic Aus­tralian Jew, who had come from Aus­tralia to occu­pied Pales­tine with the objec­tive of delib­er­ately set­ting Al-Aqsa Mosque on fire.”

Al-Masriyun, August 21, 2016 “The Al-Aqsa Fire … the Fire is Still Burn­ing” (Egypt)

“On the morn­ing of August 21st 1969, two years of the occu­pa­tion of Jerusalem, Aus­tralian Jew Michael Denis Rohan set fire to the Qibli Chapel on the Tem­ple Mount…”.

Al-Jazeera, August 21, 2016 (Qatar)

On the sec­tion ded­i­cated to The Arab Real­ity show on Al-Jazeera, it says the following:

“It should be noted that The Arab Real­ity episode coin­cided with the 47th anniver­sary of  the burn­ing of Al-Aqsa Mosque at the hand of an Israeli set­tler who car­ried out his act, leav­ing the suc­ces­sive Israeli gov­ern­ments the task of com­plet­ing the Judaiza­tion of the holy city.”

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July 6, 2016 3

Animated Video Enacts Killing of Knesset Member Yehuda Glick by Palestinian Terrorists

Fol­low­ing the spate of grue­some Pales­tini­ans ter­ror attacks which took the lives of Hal­lel Ariel and Rabbi Miki Mark (whose killing was glo­ri­fied on Arabic-language social media), a video has sur­faced on social media call­ing for the killing of Israeli Knes­set Mem­ber and Tem­ple Mount activist Yehuda Glick. Glick, like the late Rabbi Mark, lives in the set­tle­ment of Otniel. He is best known for sur­viv­ing a Pales­tin­ian assas­si­na­tion attempt in Octo­ber 2014 in reac­tion to advo­cat­ing that Jews be allowed to visit the Tem­ple Mount.

The two-minute long ani­mated video shows Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ists infil­trat­ing the set­tle­ment of Otniel, and shoot­ing Glick to death out­side his home. It ends with a voiceover in bro­ken Hebrew say­ing “Jews are for­ever for­bid­den from enter­ing Al-Aqsa Mosque. One who vio­lates this should come with Jew­ish bur­ial shrouds (“Tachrichim”), for his fate is that of Yehuda Glick, only this time we kill.”

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April 20, 2016 Off

As Passover Approaches Temple Mount Tensions Remain

With Passover approach­ing, Israeli author­i­ties are gear­ing up for poten­tial ten­sions over the Tem­ple Mount/Noble Sanctuary.

The sacred space has long been the focal point of reli­gious and polit­i­cal ten­sions and con­flicts. The respon­si­bil­ity for the site is shared by Israel, which has sov­er­eignty over the site, and Jor­dan, whose Cus­to­dian Min­istry has man­aged the site since the 1994 peace treaty between Jor­dan and Israel. The agree­ment includes a clause restrict­ing Jews from pray­ing on the Mount, known infor­mally as the “status-quo.” The Waqf, an Islamic reli­gious trust, over­seas the day-to-day oper­a­tions at the site.

Credit: Andrew Shiva

Credit: Andrew Shiva

There have been many flash­points.  For years, there have been accu­sa­tions among Pales­tini­ans and across the region of a con­spir­acy by Israel to “Judaize” Jerusalem, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to this shared holy site. In 2000, then-Israeli oppo­si­tion leader Ariel Sharon vis­ited the site, which the Pales­tini­ans used as an excuse to launch the Sec­ond Intifada. Hamas, the Gaza-based ter­ror group, even praised the recent bus bomb­ing in Jerusalem as a “nat­ural reac­tion” to Israel’s “des­e­cra­tion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque” located on the site.

In recent years ten­sions relat­ing to the site have inten­si­fied, with a notice­able increase in the num­ber of Jews vis­it­ing and secretly pray­ing on the Mount, a vio­la­tion of the status-quo. Among them, Israeli gov­ern­ment min­is­ters and politi­cians, some of whom have called for Jews to be allowed to pray on the Mount.

And over the past week, other inci­dents have focused atten­tion on the sacred space.  Last week, the Tem­ple Mount Insti­tute, a Jew­ish mes­sianic orga­ni­za­tion, con­ducted a secret Jew­ish wed­ding on the Mount, which was filmed and posted on social media. While it may sound strange to con­demn a Jew­ish wed­ding at a holy Jew­ish site, the inci­dent was part of the larger, poten­tially explo­sive effort by some on the reli­gious right, to change the sta­tus quo on the Tem­ple Mount.

And from the Pales­tin­ian side, there was the adop­tion by the UNESCO exec­u­tive board of a highly-biased, one-sided res­o­lu­tion on Jerusalem which ignored the Jew­ish con­nec­tion to holy sites like the Tem­ple Mount and West­ern Wall. The res­o­lu­tion described both sites only in their Muslim/Arabic names, alleged Israel was plant­ing fake Jew­ish graves, and crit­i­cized, on polit­i­cal grounds, a recent Israeli deci­sion to build an egal­i­tar­ian prayer area in the West­ern Wall Plaza. Shock­ingly, a num­ber of West­ern coun­tries voted to sup­port the res­o­lu­tion, includ­ing France, Spain and Sweden.

The Israeli gov­ern­ment, much to its credit, has taken steps to reduce ten­sions, includ­ing ban­ning all gov­ern­ment min­is­ters and Knes­set mem­bers from vis­it­ing the Mount. They have also worked closely with US and Jor­dan­ian gov­ern­ments on a plan to install sur­veil­lance cam­eras on the Tem­ple Mount, which would help refute claims that Israel is vio­lat­ing the sta­tus quo. In an unfor­tu­nate devel­op­ment how­ever, Jor­dan announced this week that it was drop­ping this plan due to objec­tions from the Pales­tini­ans who were “skep­ti­cal” about the ini­tia­tive. Pales­tini­ans had also placed notices on the Mount threat­en­ing to smash any secu­rity cam­eras which were installed. This is not an encour­ag­ing development.

In the ancient tra­di­tion of Passover, Jews were required to make a pil­grim­age to Jerusalem and bring a spe­cial Passover sac­ri­fice to the Jew­ish Tem­ple. While the sac­ri­fice is no longer prac­ticed, the next week will bring many tens of thou­sands of Jews to the Old City of Jerusalem and West­ern Wall area adja­cent to the Tem­ple Mount for prayers, bless­ings and celebrations.

While Israel must con­tinue efforts to ensure the status-quo remain unchanged, the Pales­tini­ans must refrain from fur­ther esca­lat­ing the ten­sions by using the Mount as a polit­i­cal issue to attack Israel. Any seri­ous esca­la­tion of ten­sions over the Tem­ple Mount/Noble Sanc­tu­ary — over Passover and beyond — could turn into a poten­tially explo­sive and vio­lent situation.

 

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