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Israel Says ‘Thanks But No Thanks’ on Plan to Internationalize Temple Mount

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Israel has rejected out of hand a draft proposal by France to internationalize the Temple Mount.

The plan was suggested on Friday to the Security Council by French ambassador to the United Nations Francois Delattre, supposedly intended to help cool off the violence at the site.

On Sunday (Oct. 18), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting that Israel “cannot accept” the draft resolution at the UN Security Council.

“It doesn’t mention Palestinian incitement; it doesn’t mention Palestinian terrorism; and it calls for the internationalization of the Temple Mount,” Netanyahu pointed out.

Even burka-clad Muslim women — and even children — join in with the harassment of visitors to the site, screaming “Allahu Akbar!” from just a few inches away as Jews and other non-Muslims tour the Temple Mount grounds. Even with a police escort, the vicious abuse is allowed to continue unabated until either the touring Jews are cowed into abandoning the tour or one of the verbal attackers loses enough control that they make a physical move against the visitors. This offers a legal excuse for Israeli police to block the group, thereby affording the tourists a few moments of respite.

“We’ve seen across the Middle East – in Palmyra, in Iraq, throughout Iraq and elsewhere how the militant Muslims blast each other’s mosques to the sky. We’ve just seen it in a Jewish holy site, Joseph’s Tomb,” Netanyahu said, referring to the latest torching of the tomb of the Biblical patriarch Joseph.

“Only Israel, Israel alone, is the guarantor of the holy sites on the Temple Mount,” he noted, adding that it is not Israel that has made any changes to the status quo at the Temple Mount – the most recent excuse used by Palestinian Arabs to ignite the current wave of terrorism.

“We didn’t change anything,” Netanyahu said. “The orders of prayer, the visiting rights have not changed for the last 15 years. The only thing that’s changed are Islamist hoodlums paid by the Islamist Movement in Israel and by Hamas, who are entering the mosque and try to put explosives [in the building] and from there emerge and attack Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount, and Christian visitors. That’s the only change in the status quo.”

Netanyahu reiterated that Israel has not changed the status quo, nor does it intend to change the status quo. However, he said, “Israel will protect the holy sites, and will guard the status quo.

“Israel is not the problem on the Temple Mount,” he said. “Israel is the solution.”

Temple Mount Rabbi Hosting Survival Celebration on Anniversary of Assassination Attempt

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

(JNi.media) Rabbi Yehudah Glick, founder of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, is holding a public event on Sunday, October 18, from 5 to 10 PM, at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem, with the heading: “Survival and Celebration.” The event marks the one year anniversary of Glick’s surviving an assassination attempt at the same location.

On October 29, 2014, following a presentation that Glick had given at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, on the importance of maintaining a Jewish presence on the Temple Mount, terrorist Mutaz Hijazi rode up to Glick on a motorcycle, said, “I’m terribly sorry, but you are an enemy of Al Aqsa,” and shot Glick four times at point blank range.

“This event is for everyone who prayed, aided and hoped for my well-being. I invite all those people to join in celebrating my miraculous survival and recovery. I am eternally grateful to God who must have felt that I have more to do in this world,” Glick said in an email statement.

Glick not only survived the assassination attempt but has relentlessly continued his mission to keep the Temple Mount open to all denominations who wish to visit. In recent weeks, Glick published a guide book of the Temple Mount titled “Arise and Ascend,” which will be available at the event.

Music, dancing, refreshments and speeches will continue throughout the evening. Scheduled to speak are: Yonatan Halevi, Director of Shaarei Zedek Hospital, Ministers Gilad Erdan and Ofer Akunis, Deputy Minister Tzipi Hotovely, MK Shuli Mualem, MK Yuli Edelstein, Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Arye Stern, and with Glick and his wife Yaffi.

Anti-Israel Sentiment Gathers As Temple Mount Lights the Fuse

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

The anti-Israel voices are growing louder in Europe, and now France is trying to convince the United Nations to internationalize the Temple Mount. Israel has politely told Paris to go jump in the lake.

Hundreds of anti-Israel demonstrators protested in front of the Israeli Embassy in London on Saturday, led by former British parliament member George Galloway, known for his bigoted, anti-Semitic hatred of Israel.

The protesters yelled pro-Palestinian Arab slogans and waved picket signs that said things like “Global Intifada has begun” and “Don’t Touch Al Aqsa.” Some were waving the flags of the Hamas and Hezbollah terrorist organizations.

A demonstrator interviewed by Channel 2 News about recent Palestinian Arab terror attacks appeared to having no criticism of the terrorists; rather, the protester declared it was “the Zionists” who should not have “taken over” the “Palestinian land.”

Meanwhile French ambassador to the United Nations Francois Delattre said Friday he would circulate a draft of a French proposal to place international observers at the Temple Mount.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Sunday at the start of the government cabinet meeting that Israel rejected the initiative, which calls for internationalization of the site while making no mention of Palestinian incitement or terror.

Palestinian Authority leaders and terrorists have deliberately made the site – the holiest place worldwide for Jews, and the third holiest place in Islam – a flashpoint for violence. The Arab leadership has lied to Muslim worshipers, saying Israel intends to “change the status quo” at the site, which it never has and does not intend to do.

The ruse has been successful in whipping up Muslim worshipers into a frenzy of fear and rage that is easily redirected into spontaneous attacks against Israeli men, women and children. This has led to the start of a wave of terror that Arab leaders clearly hope will be the match to ignite a third intifada.

Ban Ki-Moon Condemns ‘Reprehensible’ Arson of Joseph’s Tomb

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a rare condemnation of Arab violence against Jews but managed to moderate it with a call to “both sides” to respect holy sites.

Reacting to the arson of Joseph’s Tomb (Kever Yosef) last week by Palestinian Authority Arabs, he stated through his spokesman:

This reprehensible act is yet another example of the escalating violence in the region, threatening to further inflame sensitivities owing to the religious significance of Joseph’s Tomb.

And then came the “balance,” lest Israel escape from libel:

The secretary-general calls on all sides to respect the sanctity of all holy sites, refrain from any inflammatory actions or statements and reject the extremist elements that are pursuing a political agenda seeking to transform the current situation into a religious conflict.

After dozens of Palestinian Authority and Jerusalem Arab terror attacks that have resulted in the murders of nearly a dozen Jews, the shock of the arson of the holy site finally prompted PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas to break his silence and condemn the rioters.

His criticism was in stark contrast to his campaign that charges Jews with preventing Muslims from praying at the Temple Mount, even when “praying” means shooting at police at throwing rocks and firebombs at security officers and non-Muslim visitors.

Israeli Cabinet Minister Uri Ariel commented on Facebook:

Torching one of the places holy to the Jewish people is a new low, and a result of Palestinian incitement.

While the Palestinians brazenly lie about us harming the status quo on the Temple Mount, they go out and burn and desecrate the sacred places of Israel, and that won’t be forgiven.

The Foreign Ministry stated:

Israel condemns in no uncertain terms the harm to Joseph’s Tomb committed for the sole reason that it is a place where Jews pray. The torching of Joseph’s Tomb clearly demonstrates what would happen to the holy places in Jerusalem if they were placed in the hands of the Palestinian leadership.

Only Israel can protect the holy places of all religions in Jerusalem.

Abbas Wants UNESCO to Declare Western Wall Part of Al Aqsa

Friday, October 16th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority is laying the groundwork for UNESCO to declare that the Western Wall is part of the Al Aqsa compound on the Temple Mount, according to a report by the Hebrew daily Yediot Acharonot.

Ramallah is a member of UNESCO but not of its executive committee, and the Palestinian Authority has circulated a draft resolution to be presented to UNESCO by six Arab states on the committee – Algeria, Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco, Tunisia and the UAE.

A copy of the draft resolution obtained by the newspaper includes these clauses:

1. The Western Wall is part of “Plaza Buraq,” the Arabic name for the Western Wall.

2. The international community should condemn Israel for allowing citizens to bear arms during the recent violence;

3. The IDF and Israel should be condemned for suppression in the “capital of occupied Palestine.”

4. Israel should be condemned for excavations at the Temple Mount.

5. Israel should be condemned for “prohibiting freedom of worship at the Al Aqsa mosque and breaking the status quo.”

6. Israel should be condemned for allowing “Jewish extremists to attack Al-Aqsa,”

7. Israel should be condemned for planning to build a cable car to the Western Wall.

8. The Patriarchs’ Cave and Rachel’s Tomb should be declared as part of “Palestine.”

9. Israeli “settlers and extremists” should be condemned for violence.

That is a lot of condemnation, as well as lies.

Israel’s Ambassador to UNESCO, Simcha HaCohen, said that the draft resolution “pours fuel on the fire of incitement to terror.”

Te Palestinian Authority began a campaign more than five years to claim that Jews have no connection with the Western Wall. Laughable at first, the propaganda has escalated and spread.

Last year, PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud al-Habash told Israleli television:

Every piece of land Israel occupied in 1967 belongs to the Palestinian state. The Buraq Wall, too, will be under Palestinian sovereignty.


Jews Plan to Ascend Temple Mount on Anniversary of Rambam’s Visit

Friday, October 16th, 2015

An unusually large number of Jews plan to ascend the Temple Mount on Monday to mark the 850 years since the Rambam (Moses Maimonides) visited the holy site.

On the same date last year, a Jerusalem Arab terrorist tried to assassinate Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick, who made a miraculous recovery. Police have barred him from returning to the holy site, based on the argument that his presence incites Arabs to violence.

It is not yet known if the police will ban the intended visit and if it is allowed, if the visits will be limited to small groups.

Fatah’s ‘Symphony of Love’ for Jerusalem on Twitter

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

As Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas proclaims the wish of his people for “peace,” the PA’s leading Fatah faction sings a very different song.

In a cartoon tweeted by Fatah on its official Twitter account, a masked Palestinian Arab is playing a knife as a violin, using a key for the bow – symbolizing the “return” of Palestinian Arabs to their abandoned homes from 1948.

The background shown is that of the currently embattled grounds of the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, on the Temple Mount.

The cartoon, a blunt warning to Israelis of more butchery with hatchets and knives, was caught and translated by the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) watchdog organization.

“A symphony of love for Jerusalem. If the occupation wants to hear it again and again, it should continue invading Jerusalem, attacking our noble women and desecrate our Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza) and our Jerusalem.” [Fatah Twitter account, Oct. 12, 2015]

The text echoes Abbas’ own words (as documented by PMW), as the Palestinian leader encouraged Arabs to “protect the holy places.”

The mention of “noble women” and “desecration” of Al-Aqsa echoes the refrain sung by Arab terrorist Muhannad Halabi listing the reasons for his murderous attack that robbed two people of their lives in Jerusalem.

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