Israel Wants Temple Mount Control
By Stephen Lendman
The Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount and Al-Aqsa Mosque rank third in Islamic importance. They do so after Mecca's Sacred Mosque and Madina's Mosque of the Prophet.
Israel wants control. Naftali Bennett is Israel's Jewish Home Party leader, Economy minister, and Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs minister.
In February, he told the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations of plans for greater Israeli control over East Jerusalem.
"Unfortunately, the Temple Mount today doesn't allow for the full exercise of freedom of religion, and there is discrimination against Jews there," he said.
Knesset members debated establishing greater Temple Mount sovereignty. Arab world criticism followed.
PA officials held an emergency session. A statement followed saying:
"If Israel continues this policy, it proves it does not want peace but continues to violate international laws and resolutions."
One-third of Jordanian parliamentarians urged annulling Amman's peace treaty with Israel. They called Israeli efforts for more Temple Mount sovereignty a clear peace treaty violation. It's "aggression against Jordanian custodianship," they said.
Jordan and the Jerusalem-based Islamic Waqf jointly administer the Temple Mount. They've done so since June 1967. Proposed Israeli changes bear full responsibility for unrest.
Its provocations are commonplace. In 2014 alone, the Al-Aqsa Foundation and Heritage reported 1,720 Israelis invaded the mosque compound provocatively.
Virtually daily they create one or more incidents. Most often they want to pray where they don't belong. They want to incite violence. They want Israeli security forces blaming Palestinians for their provocations.
Extremist Israeli rabbis want full control over the entire area. So do right-wing ideologues. It covers 144 dunums. It includes both mosques, an Islamic museum, a Sharia Islamic court and other facilities.
Palestinian worshipers remain inside the Al-Aksa Mosque compound to protect it. Israeli forces storm it belligerently all too often.
On April 17, they did so. They fired rubber-coated steel bullets at worshipers. Dozens were hurt.
Al-Aqsa Mosque director Sheikh Azam al-Kahtib said "about 1,000 Israeli officers stormed the compound." They used "live ammunition," he added.
Special forces deployed around the main gates since dawn. They blocked worshipers outside from getting in.
Ministry of endowment employees and students attending school inside were denied entry.
Security guards did so. So did men aged over 65. Several worshipers prayed in alleys outside.
Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld lied. He claimed peaceful Palestinians provocatively threw "stones and firecrackers" at police. They responded with rubber-coated steel bullets and stun grenades.
About 100 worshipers remain inside the compound day and night. They do so to protect it.
On April 20, Haaretz headlined "Temple Mount closed to visitors as police, Palestinians clash."
Hardline Jewish extremists bear responsibility. They want their rituals conducted where they don't belong. On Sunday, two Border Police were slightly injured.
For the first time, violence spread into the Old City's Muslim Quarter. Israeli security forces closed the Temple Mount. Doing so justifiably infuriated Muslim worshipers. According to Haaretz:
"Most incidents involve Jews attempting to access the area in order to pray or demonstrate a Jewish presence."
"The growing strength of the Jewish Temple Movement and other organizations that seek to change the status quo on the Temple Mount has exacerbated these tensions, as has the crisis in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations."
Hardline Jewish extremists get US-based support. American Friends of LIBI provide it.
It's a 501c3 NGO. Pro-Israeli volunteers run it. "When you donate to LIBI USA, over 95% of your donation goes directly to support Israeli soldiers," they say.
It's an official IDF fund. In 1980, former Prime Minister Menachem Begin and then Staff IDF chief of staff Rafael Eitan established it.
The did so "to provide educational, religious, medical and recreational needs of Israeli soldiers."
On April 13, American Friends of LIBI headlined:
"BREAKING NEWS: This morning, after Palestinian and Arab rioters threw stones and Molotov cocktails on the Temple Mount, the police were forced to close the area."
"Is it time for Israel to take control of the Temple Mount, end the violence, and open it to people of all religions? Click here to
A photo shows "(m)asked Palestinian youths throw(ing) stones towards Israeli riot police during clashes following Friday prayers at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound on February 7, 2014."
American Friends of LIBI support institutionalized Israeli racism. "Time to…get the Arabs out," they asked?
It bears repeating. The Temple Mount and Al-Aqsa Mosque rank third in Islamic importance. Zionist zealots don't care.
They want Muslims denied entry to Islam's third holiest site. They want Jews allowed on sacred ground where they don't belong.
Israeli police lie. They claimed dozens of Palestinian youths provocatively threw stones and firecrackers at them from within the compound. Many were masked, they added.
Arrests followed. Dozens of Palestinians were injured. Dozens more arrested. Israeli initiated violence rocks the Temple Mount. It does so virtually daily.
Palestinians are wrongfully blamed. Israeli zealots and security forces bear full responsibility.
On April 21, dozens of settler extremists stormed through Mughrabi gate. Israeli police protected them. They blocked Palestinian worshipers. They unsuccessfully tried entering the Temple Mount.
On April 21, an Israeli court exiled six Jerusalemites for varying periods. Izzideen al-Shaloudi, Malik al-Showaiki, Mohammed Romman, Ihab Ighbarieya, and Muhannad Atieya were targeted.
Israeli zealots target Palestinians throughout the Occupied Territories. On April 18, they vandalized an Umm al-Fahm mosque.
They torched its front door. They spray-painted hate graffiti on its walls. They did so over the Passover holiday period (April 14 - April 22).
"Arabs out," they wrote. Friday's attack followed earlier ones. Investigations when held are whitewashed. Crimes go unpunished.
Palestinians are fair game. Radicalized Jews act with impunity. Israeli security forces do nothing to stop them.
They encourage lawlessness by inaction. They do it with overt support. So-called "price tag" attacks describe retaliations relating to Israeli government actions limiting their political goals.
They occur with disturbing regularity. They're documented by time, type, location, number of injuries and/or deaths. They do so by settlements of origin.
Israeli and collaborating Palestinian security forces do virtually nothing to stop them.
Ordinary Palestinians are left vulnerable on their own. They're in a virtual war zone. Israel is an occupying power.
International law is clear. Palestinian security and safety come first. Israel ignores its mandated responsibility. Punishments don't follow Israeli crimes against humanity.
Separately, Nikolayev, Ukraine's main synagogue was firebombed on April 19. At the time, it was empty.
The synagogue's security camera recorded the incident. A passer-by extinguished the fire. In late February, Zaporizhia's Giymat Rosa synagogue was attacked the same way.
Jewish media selectively report these incidents. Western ones largely ignore them. Putschist controlled presstitutes turn a blind eye.
Last week, fake letters circulated to Donetsk Jews. They called on those over 16 to register. Failure threatened citizenship revocation, deportation and assets seized.
Jew baiting followed Kiev putschists usurping power. Racist hate is unstated official policy.
Ukrainian Jews nationwide have one thing alone to fear. They're targeted. They're endangered.
Neo-Nazi putschists threaten them. Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters are wrongfully blamed.
Kiev putschists are fascist extremists. Svoboda Party and Right Sector leaders openly display neo-Nazi symbols and insignia.
Svoboda's slogan is "Ukraine for the Ukrainians." It earlier called itself Socialist-Nationalists.
It bears erie resemblance to Hitler's National Socialism. It reflects fascism writ large.
Hooliganism is longstanding neo-Nazi policy. So is anti-Semitism. It's rife in Ukraine. Earlier Jewish populations suffered pogroms and other hate crimes.
Current ones are targeted in other ways. Svoboda Party head Oleh Tyahnbok once said Ukraine is headed by a "Muscovite-Jewish mafia."
Fascist elements openly display Celtic crosses. They reflect neo-Nazi white nationalist pride. The symbol 14/88 is prominent.
The 14 represents a white nationalist 14-word slogan. The 88 stands for 'Heil Hitler." "H" is the alphabet's 8th letter.
Black Sun occult symbolism is used. Allegedly it was drawn for Heinrich Himmler from an old Aryan emblem. It represented inner-circle SS power.
It united three important Nazi ideological symbols - the sun wheel, the 12 SS Knights of the Order of the Death's Head, and their three retainers.
Red and black flags are openly displayed. Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera featured them. He participated in mass executions and ethnic cleansing.
He wanted Ukraine made ethnically pure. Mass extermination followed. Current Ukrainian neo-Nazis have their own methods.
Bandera's legacy thrives in Ukraine today. His present day counterparts get open US support.
Repressive power politics dominates America, Israel and Ukraine. State terrorism reflects official policy.
Anyone challenging state power is targeted. Coverup and denial claim otherwise.
These countries aren't fit to live in. They're unsafe. Fascist hardliners run them. They threaten world peace.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."
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