The Ra’am party condemns the ascent of hundreds of Jewish “settlers” to the Temple Mount this morning in observance of the Tisha B’Av fsat. Writes Christine Douglass-Williams
The Ra’am Party, which is part of Israel’s current governing coalition, has claimed that “the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in its 144 dunams, is solely the property of Muslims, and no one else has any right to it”.
Meanwhile, Israel’s new government is cozying up to the globalist EU and the “progressive” agenda in hopes of garnering support, but globalists will never abandon the Palestinian “resistance.” This foreign policy demonstrates the Israeli leadership’s obliviousness to the fact that Islamic doctrine is hostile to Jews, as is reflected in the Palestinian imperative to destroy the State of Israel and no matter what. This is reflected in the fact that the Palestinians are also supported by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
The Islamic supremacy declared over Jews and the Holy Land goes back many centuries, as Morton Klein, President of the Zionist Organization of America, points out:
In the seventh century, the Damascus-based Umayyad rulers built up Jerusalem as a counter-weight and hajj pilgrimage alternative to Mecca, where their political rivals were. This is when the important Muslim shrines, the Dome of the Rock (691 CE) and, later, the Al-Aqsa Mosque (705 CE), were intentionally built on the site of the destroyed biblical Jewish temples –– a time-honored practice to physically signal the predominance of Islam.
The Ra’am party is merely staying true to normative Islamic doctrine. But should such a party be part of Israel’s ruling coalition?
“Ra’am: Al-Aqsa Mosque ‘is solely the property of Muslims,’” by Aaron Boxerman, Times of Israel, July 18, 2021:
The Ra’am party condemns the ascent of hundreds of Jewish “settlers” to the Temple Mount this morning in observance of the Tisha B’Av fsat.
“The Al-Aqsa Mosque, in its 144 dunams, is solely the property of Muslims, and no one else has any right to it,” the Islamist party says in a joint statement with its parent organization, the Islamic Movement.
The Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third-holiest site in Islam. But the Temple Mount is also Judaism’s holiest site, as the two biblical temples were said to be built on the hilltop. A fragile status quo prevails at the flashpoint sanctuary, with Jewish prayer officially forbidden.
Authorities “allowed officials and Knesset members to storm Al-Aqsa, perform prayers, perform religious rituals, and declaim the Israeli national anthem Hatikva in the courtyards of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque,” Ra’am says, listing a number of actions its members consider to be provocations.
Israeli police were said to clear out Muslim worshippers in advance of the Jewish pilgrimage, which happens yearly on Tisha B’Av. Palestinians threw stones at officers, police said this morning….
“The events that may result from it could inflame the situation in Jerusalem and the entire region, leading to a catastrophic religious war,” Ra’am says.
Israeli PM office issues clarification:
The office of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett clarified this morning that Israel has not changed its policy of maintaining the status quo at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Temple Mount. A day earlier, Bennett had said during a radio interview that both Jews and Muslims have “freedom of worship” on the Temple Mount. The comment was widely interpreted as asserting the right of Jews to pray at the holy site. A tweet from Bennett’s office yesterday aggravated matters, stating, “Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke with Public Security Minister Bar-Lev and Israel Police Inspector General Shabtai and thanked them for managing the events on the Temple Mount with responsibility and consideration, while maintaining freedom of worship for Jews on the Mount.”
On July 20 however, Bennett’s office clarified that he misspoke, and that he actually meant that both Jews and Muslims have “freedom of visitation rights” at the Temple Mount compound.
Since the 1967 Six-Day war, Israel has allowed the Jordanian Waqf to maintain religious authority at the Temple Mount compound. A compromise guideline enables Jews to ascend to the site on specific days and hours, separating Jewish worshipers visiting the compound from Muslims praying there. Jews are not allowed to pray there to avoid provoking the Muslim worshippers. Several right-wing Jewish activists have been detained in recent years for violating the rules. Over the years, rumors of Israeli intentions to change to the status quo have been met with strident opposition by the Muslim world and sparked deadly protests.
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