Friday, September 20, 2013

Temple Mount Should Be A Peaceful Site

Why should there be violence on the Temple Mount?

Angry words?

Pushing and shouting?

Rock throwing?  Shoe tossing?

Molotov cocktails?

Shouldn't the holy site be an inspiration for coexistence, for cooperation, for spirituality, for respect to the Divinity?

It should.

But then there was this:

Angry Muslim worshipers on Tuesday expelled a senior Fatah official from the Temple Mount compound.  The official, Azzam Ahmed, was accompanying a Jordanian delegation on a tour of the compound when worshipers began hurling abuse at him...worshipers called on Ahmed to leave the area...A Fatah activist in the city told The Jerusalem Post...“Had he told us that he was coming, we would have provided him with security and prevented the embarrassing incident,” the activist said. He and other Fatah representatives accused Hamas supporters of being behind the expulsion of Ahmed.

Another eyewitness said that the protesters surrounded the Fatah and Jordanian officials and began chanting slogans against the Palestinian Authority leadership and the Egyptian army.

In a video posted on the Internet, the protesters are heard shouting at Ahmed, “Get out of here!” and “Don’t throw shoes at him because he doesn’t even deserve them.”

What was I thinking?


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