Posts Tagged ‘Al Quds’
Incitement that heats up the atmosphere among Muslim worshipers at the Temple Mount is a regular offering at the Al Aqsa Mosque — but the Israeli government has yet to do anything concrete to stop it.
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has translated video footage of a rally held just last week at the mosque by a radical Islamist group, the Hizb ut-Tahrir Islamic Liberation Party.
The group, which operates under the auspices and encouragement of the Palestinian Authority, is dedicated to uniting the world under a caliphate ruled by Islamic law (Shari’a) and has branches in Judea, Samaria and in Gaza.
The rally was held at the Al Aqsa mosque in the Temple Mount Plaza, located in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem, right next to the Western Wall. Among the crowd were many supporters waving black flags inscribed in white Arabic writing with the words, “There is no God but Allah and Mohammed is His Prophet.”
According to MEMRI, members of the group issued a call to the ‘Islamic nation’ and the army of Pakistan to liberate ‘al Quds’ (Jerusalem) from ‘Jewish filth.’
“Where is the Caliph of the Muslims? Don’t you care that the Jews are defiling the place of the Prophet’s nocturnal journey with their filth? The Jews are the most hostile people towards the believers. . . They conquered Jerusalem,” called the rally activists.
“O people of Pakistan! O people of Islam! The place of the Prophet’s ascent to Heaven is calling for your help! What are you doing? The Al Aqsa Mosque calls for your support! Will you heed the call?
“O Pakistani Army! America wants to destroy you. America is your enemy. Free yourselves from subordination to it. This is the call of Hizb Al-Tahrir:
“Advance with your mighty army to Jerusalem. You are worthy of the honor of liberating it.” A video clip of the rally was posted on the Internet by MEMRI with translated subtitles.
It is precisely incitement such as this that whips the mosque’s Muslim worshipers into a frenzy of hatred against Jews and Israel week after week and results in the violent riots that prompt police to close the site to anyone except Muslims prior to Jewish holidays.
Once cannot fathom why Israel does not close the site to Muslims when violence occurs, rather than the peaceful Jews and tourists who come to tour the area.
Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that Israel’s Labor-led government in 1967 immediately handed authority over the site to the Waqf Islamic Authority, which is linked to the Jordanian government, hoping to maintain peace in future years.
Sadly, this ‘solution’ has instead simply led to endless incitement and a ravenous hunger for war.
Last year MEMRI translated another Hizb ut-Tahrir video showing PA Arab children in the Al Aqsa mosque having been programmed to call for the “liberation of Palestine.”
In somber robes of white (for purity) and black (for purpose and death) boys who appeared to be as young as six and as old as 15 stood tall in the mosque, bands inscribed with religious slogans wound about their foreheads listened closely — and yelled into microphones when called upon to do so.
This is a perfect example of how the Palestinian Authority actively continues to pass on terrorism against Israel to the next generation. It is a clear message the PA is no ‘partner for peace.’
A ‘two state solution’ under these circumstances would be a signed death certificate with the coroner ready and waiting to deliver the document next door.
In what threatened to become a public battle between two university presidents vying to prove each one’s constituency as the true victim, Sari Nusseibeh, president of Al Quds University, cited what appears to be a completely fabricated news report, one that he would have to know was fabricated. That article described the Israeli army’s “vicious incursion” on Nov. 17, during which Al-Quds students were shot.
Nusseibeh complained that the Brandeis University president “did not express sympathy” for the plight of his university. The president of Brandeis University refused to engage in such a media debate.
Al-Quds University has been the subject of many news articles recently. Brandeis University, founded in 1948 as a refuge for Jews who were largely shunned elsewhere, began a sister university relationship in 2003 with Al-Quds University, the Palestinian Arab university located in eastern Jerusalem.
The relationship continued for many years, despite numerous examples of Al-Quds University being an institution that honors terrorists who murdered many Israelis, other Jews, and Americans.
However, when a large group of Arabs were photographed during a Nov. 5 demonstration at the Al-Quds campus in paramilitary gear, with arms raised in what resembled a Nazi salute, trampling on pictures of Israeli flags, and honoring suicide bombers, the Brandeis administration finally called for an explanation.
Brandeis’s relatively new president, Frederick Lawrence, contacted his counterpart, Al-Quds University president Sari Nusseibeh, whom he asked to denounce the demonstration, and to do so in both English and Arabic. Instead, the response Nusseibeh posted on the Al-Quds website and sent to Lawrence, attacked “extremist Jews” for “exploiting” a situation and daring to criticize and delegitimize Al-Quds University.
That was the last straw for Lawrence and for Brandeis University. The formal relationship between the two universities was suspended by Brandeis on Nov. 18 – not irrevocably, but certainly for the near future.
Because Nusseibeh was the one who issued the insulting statement – truly a slap in the face to President Lawrence as well as anyone else who had sought an explanation for a sister university publicly condoning Israel and Jew hatred – on Nov. 21, Brandeis also removed Nusseibeh from the board of advisors of the Brandeis International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life.
There were some who were highly critical of Brandeis for disrupting the relationship between the schools, especially those who believe with all their might that the relationship might blossom into closer relations and better understandings between Jews and other Americans and Arab Muslims.
But the president of Al-Quds seemed stunned by Brandeis’s strong-willed response. An article appeared in the Times of Israel in which Nusseibeh suddenly claimed that he condemned the Nov. 5 demonstration. But because the public response on the Al-Quds website and its translation which was provided to Brandeis’s Lawrence by Nusseibeh himself was so utterly lacking in contrition, and instead blamed “extremist Jews” for essentially overreacting to something that was unimportant, Lawrence stood firm and refused to undo the separation.
NUSSEIBEH THEN TURNS ON BRANDEIS PRESIDENT
Nusseibeh was not content to simply bide his time and wait until he would likely to be welcomed back into the bosom of Brandeis University, or to some other American universities eager to claim kinship with a real, live Palestinian Arab university.
Instead, as reported in the Times of Israel, Nusseibeh then reached out again to its editor in a long email, arguing that Brandeis’s Lawrence had “gone overboard” in response to the Nov. 5 demonstration at Al-Quds.
In what way did Lawrence go overboard?
Well, in addition to suspending the relationship between the two schools and suspending Nusseibeh from the Center for Ethics board, Nusseibeh suggested Lawrence mischaracterized the letter Nusseibeh addressed to his students in response to the demonstration. He wrote that Lawrence “had chosen to read my letter to students as ‘inflammatory.’” In part, Nusseibeh went on, because Lawrence “will not accept that there are such people as ‘Jewish extremists.’”
Brandeis University President Fred Lawrence posted a public notice on Monday, November 18, suspending – effective immediately – a longstanding sister university relationship between Brandeis and Al-Quds University.
Al-Quds students or supporters had paraded in the Al-Quds courtyard in paramilitary gear, raising the Nazi salute and trampling on drawings of Israeli flags.
It must have been particularly painful for an academic like Lawrence to find himself forced to stand on the precipice straddling “two of our most cherished values – values that appear to be in conflict: a robust respect for free expression and a culture that values civility, decency, and dignity.”
Most Brandeis students with whom The Jewish Press spoke, were glad that President Lawrence suspended the relationship. In fact, most were not even aware that there was any relationship between the two institutions. It was the media firestorm about the Nazi-like parade that ignited the concern.
HAD AL-QUDS PREVIOUSLY BEEN A PEACE-LOVING SISTER UNIVERSITY?
But there have been not just red flags, but flashing lights and sonic booms that should have alerted the willfully blind administration of Brandeis University from the get-go that Al-Quds was not brimming over with desire to be besties with an American university with vaguely Jewish ties.
For example, in April of 2006, a huge poster was hung in one of the al Quds buildings to honor Sami Salim Hammad, a former Al-Quds student, who blew himself up in Tel Aviv, killing 11 people – including an American teenager – and ending his own life.
Al-Quds offered a ‘human rights and democracy’ course named in honor of Wafa Idriss, the first Arab Palestinian female homicide bomber.
And Al-Quds is home to the Abu Jihad Museum. The museum is named for Khalil Al-Wazir, whose “nom de guerre,” abu Jihad, means “father of the holy war.”
Abu Jihad is linked to several of the most horrific incidents of Jewish terror in modern memory, including the Munich Olympics (11 murdered) and the Coastal Road Massacre (38 dead, including 13 children).
Abu Jihad’s bloodlust was not limited to Israelis. He was part of the team that kidnapped, tortured and then murdered two American diplomats, U.S. Ambassador Cleo Noel and Charge d’Affaires George Curtis Moore, in Khartoum, Sudan, in 1973. Those diplomats were kidnapped in order to force a trade in which the U.S. would release prisoner Sirhan Sirhan, the Palestinian Arab who murdered American Senator Robert F. Kennedy in 1968.
Abu Jihad is lovingly referred to on the Al-Quds website as “the prince of the martyrs of Palestine.”
But a new Brandeis president, Fred Lawrence, finally pulled the plug after students at Al-Quds, in full black military regalia, including black flags, raised their hands in the Nazi salute, while trampling over drawings of Israeli flags. Well, actually, no, it wasn’t then that Lawrence pulled the plug, he was still willing to give al Quds the benefit of the doubt until hearing an explanation directly from Al-Quds officials.
INITIAL BRANDEIS RESPONSE
Six days after the Al-Quds “Nazi Parade,” Lawrence wrote on his blog, Brandeis First, that he was told the Nov. 5 activities were “led from people outside the university and this was an unauthorized demonstration. The administration of Al-Quds University assures us that threat of violence implied by the demonstration are not acceptable on their campus and the University administration is conducting a full investigation.”
By Nov. 15, Lawrence came out with an unequivocal statement that, yes, free speech is important, no doubt about it, but
we may defend the right to free speech, and still be clear that some art is flawed, and that some words and actions, especially those espousing violence, are abhorrent. And we should be willing to say so.
Lawrence explained to the school community and the public that he conveyed his concerns to Al-Quds president Sari Nusseibeh, and requested that Nusseibeh issue an unequivocal condemnation of the demonstrations to be published in both Arabic and English. And then Lawrence awaited comment from the head of his partner school.
RESPONSE FROM AL-QUDS
Sunday evening, Nov. 17, the response arrived. It was not what Lawrence was expecting. It was not a diplomatic response distancing itself from what Lawrence had described as actions “clearly expressing hatred and steeped in vitriolic anti-Semitism.”
Instead, the response turned the concerns raised by Lawrence and others who were, as Lawrence said he was, “outraged” by the demonstration, and….wait for it…the blame was placed on the Jews!
The response was written in Arabic, addressed to the students of al Quds University. President Nusseibeh sent President Lawrence the English translation.
The statement from Al-Quds, rather than an apology or a bland distancing of itself from the demonstration, goes in the opposite direction.
The Al-Quds statement blamed “Jewish extremists” with starting “vilification campaigns” in order to discredit the reputation of the “prestigious” Al-Quds University. It is the Al-Quds community, according to the published statement, which is subjected to “extremism and violence” and are “denied our rights under occupation.”
And if that wasn’t enough of a kick in the teeth for Brandeis, Nusseibeh also made clear what it is that he and his community find so offensive about the Nazis. Describing the students at Al-Quds on Nov. 5 as having engaged in a “mock military display,” Nusseibeh again seized the victim card:
These occurrences allow some people to capitalize on events in ways that misrepresent the university as promoting inhumane, anti-Semitic, fascist and Nazi ideologies. Without these ideologies, there would not have been the massacre of the Jewish people in Europe; without the massacre, there would not have been the enduring Palestinian catastrophe.
Ah, yes, Nazism was a blight on world history because, and only because it caused what the Palestinian Arabs call “al Nakba,” the “catastrophe”: the re-birth of Israel.
Nusseibeh rails on as if he were addressing the United Nations about some alleged effort by the state of Israel to humiliate Arabs, steal their lands, and keep them under subjugation, rather than discussing the request by an American university president to explain outrageous anti-Semitic acts on the campus of a sister university:
As occurred recently, these opportunists [the Jewish extremists] are quick to describe the Palestinians as a people undeserving of freedom and independence, and as a people who must be kept under coercive control and occupation. They cite these events as evidence justifying their efforts to muster broad Jewish and western opinion to support their position. This public opinion, in turn, sustains the occupation, the extension of the settlements and the confiscation of land, and prevents Palestinians from achieving our freedom.
BRANDEIS BREAKS IT OFF
Even for a school that held on to a relationship with a Palestinian Arab university steeped in homicidal hatred for Jews and the Jewish state, this went too far.
Giving him due credit, Lawrence did not mince words.
Unfortunately, the Al-Quds statement is unacceptable and inflammatory. While Brandeis has an unwavering commitment to open dialogue on difficult issues, we are also obliged to recognize intolerance when we see it, and we cannot – and will not – turn a blind eye to intolerance. As a result, Brandeis is suspending its partnership with Al-Quds University effective immediately.
“The decision to sever the relationship between Brandeis and Al-Quds is long overdue,” Brandeis sophomore Dor Cohen told The Jewish Press late Monday evening. “Refusing to condemn the Nazi-esque parade is completely contrary to the ideals our academic institutions are founded upon.”
Cohen commended Lawrence on his swift action, although the politics major said he believed the relationship between the two universities was “highly incomprehensible” to begin with.
Brandeis senior Rafi Abramowitz was incensed by Nusseibeh’s statement.
“Until the statement was issued, we had no idea whether the Al-Quds administration backed the students, but for them to call what happened a ‘smear campaign by Jewish extremists’ is very telling,” Abramowitz said. The business major was very appreciative of the action taken by Lawrence. He just wished that a forceful denunciation of the Nov. 5 activities had come sooner. “He should have come out immediately and said: ‘this is not what our partnership is about.’”
Still, Abramowitz had only good things to say about Lawrence as president of the school. “President Lawrence has a great presence on campus, he comes to services, he invites students to his home for dinners, he goes to games.”
Abramowitz was also glad that the school refused to continue its relationship with Al-Quds, given the demonstration and the Nusseibeh’s statement. “People have begun to think that Brandeis represents that mentality of liberalism that tolerates abuse of Israel. Most students are either positive to very positive in their feelings about Israel.”
Watch Neturei Karta leader Moshe Hirsch congratulating Israeli Islamist Raed Sallah for his courtroom victory against Deportation from Britain. Clip and subtitles courtesy of MEMRI TV.
The clip is from Hiwar TV (U.K.), taped on April 18, 2012.
Moshe Hirsch and his bunch are so toxic, they’ve been condemned by Satmar for being too extreme. Listening to him praising Allah and dreaming of a free Al Quds is a treat, mostly because he may look like he just walked out of the pale of settlement, but he sounds like a Sabra. Oy vey…
According to a report in Palestinian daily Al Quds, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh was warned by Gulf State leaders against visiting Iran, the next stop on his tour of the Middle East.
“Officials in the Gulf states advised Haniyeh not to visit Iran due to tense relations,” the report said, and quoted a source close to the meetings as saying “without a doubt, Haniyeh’s visit to Tehran will have consequences.”
King Abdullah of Jordan has insinuated that relations between Israel and Jordan may suffer if Israel does not facilitate progress with the Palestinians in Jordan, according to the Al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper.
The report stated that Abdullah was able to convince PA president Mahmoud Abbas to hold discussions in Amman by intimating that Jordan would consider diplomatic sanctions if Israel failed to “demonstrate it is willing to make significant concessions which will allow the Palestinian leadership to justify their return to the negotiating table.”