Temple Insanity

Uh-oh! Arabs are set to riot on the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site! Better send the police… to keep the Jews out!

Jews have been barred from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem until Sunday, the last day of Hannukah. The Temple Mount is the holiest site on earth according to Jewish tradition.

The ban is aimed at preventing a Muslim riot at the site. Riots are thought to be particularly likely following Friday prayers.

Rhetorical question: if Islam is a religion of peace™, why does so much riot and mayhem take place after Friday prayers? I only ask.

Jewish organizations dedicated to Temple Mount activism expressed upset at the police ban. “The police treat the Temple Mount like a Muslim site, and open it to others only when necessary for tourism, at times and on days that suit tourists,” activists accused.

“In comparison,” they continued, “Jewish residents of Israel are discriminated against.”

Currently Jewish prayer is not allowed on the Temple Mount, again for fear of Muslim reactions. Jews are allowed to visit the holy site but can be arrested for praying or even moving their lips in what appears to be prayer.

But can they dress “Jewish”? They can’t in Jordan.

PS: If I ever visit the Temple Mount, I’d be tempted to recite the lyrics to Camp Granada under my breath. Either God or the Arab police would strike me dead.

Hey, it worked!

Despite Israeli fears, prayers on the Temple Mount in the capital ended without incident.

Elsewhere, however:

At least 2,000 Palestinian protesters marched from the West Bank city of Hebron’s city hall toward an Israeli checkpoint on Friday, as part of demonstrations throughout the territory marking the 25th anniversary of the Hamas terrorist organization.

IDF and Border Police forces were stationed near the checkpoint, which guards the city’s Jewish neighborhoods, in case the protests turned into riots.

In other parts of the West Bank, Palestinian demonstrators attacked Israeli targets.

In Qalandiya, north of Jerusalem, and in the village of Bil’in, known for its peaceful weekly protests, Palestinians threw stones at Israeli security forces.

In Kufr Qaddoum, dozens of protesters threw stones and lit tires on fire.

It wasn’t Israeli aggression that led to these riots, but Israeli weakness. There’s a viral video of IDF troops fleeing an angry, stone-throwing mob in Hebron. I considered linking to it as a counter-example to all those breathless charges of Israeli violence, but, ironically, Christmas preparations have interfered with blogging time. Now, I won’t dignify the Arab rioters with another broadcast. Whether the Israeli troops were scared [bleep]less or had calmly concluded that discretion was the better part of valor doesn’t matter, and I don’t blame them. But their decision had consequences. By turning instead of firing their weapons—which they had and the rioters didn’t—the results are as we have seen. Israel’s adversaries—and ours—interpret discretion as weakness, and respond accordingly. They always have, and seemingly always will. Sometimes you have to shoot first.

1 Comment »

  1. Joe said,

    December 14, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

    Absolutely right, Israeli weakness is the cause of so much of the trouble, throw the Muslims out and be damned, because Israel is damned anyway.

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