Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Prayer as Terrorism


The Palestinian government in Ramallah has described the latest incursions by dozens of Jewish settlers into Al-Aqsa Mosque as “another example of extremism and organised state terrorism”. The settlers were accompanied during the incursion by an Israeli television crew and protected by police officers as the conflict takes an increasingly religious turn.In a media statement the Ministry of Information in Ramallah said that making a film about the so-called “Third Temple” in the courtyard of the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa, and under the protection of the Israeli police, reflects “a mentality of extremism, deep hatred and open terrorism”.

The ministry demanded that the international community should take action and not keep silent about Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people and religious sites in occupied Jerusalem. “Silence from the rest of the world gives Israel a green light to carry on with their desecration of Muslim and Christian sites,” said the ministry.

Officially reported "Talmudic rituals":

JERUSALEM, February 10, 2013 (WAFA) – Tens of settlers, under Israeli forces’ protection, desecrated on Sunday Al-Aqsa mosque yards, according to witnesses.
One of the guards of the mosque told WAFA “settlers’ entry to the yards started early morning by small groups and continues till now.” He added settlers tried to carry out Talmudic religious rituals at the mosque’s yards.

But when the more liberal Women of the Wall pray, it's okay:

Israeli police detained 10 women at one of Judaism's most sacred sites on Monday for wearing prayer shawls, which Orthodox tradition sees as solely for men, a spokesman said.  The incident at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City highlighted the divisions between the more liberal streams of Judaism and politically powerful Orthodox groups that traditionally limit the role of women in prayer.

It would be so much easier if our Arab opponents were a bit more rational, logical and moderate.



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