Category Archives: Al Aqsa mosque

Christians of Bethlehem and Jerusalem join Muslims in protest against Israeli security measures

These Christians have apparently never heard or understood the expression, “First the Saturday people, then the Sunday people.” Or perhaps they are hoping that Muslims have forgotten it, or will be compelled to set it aside by their gestures of solidarity. Dhimmi Christians have long sided with Muslims against Jews, in the vain hope that they would thereby win some favor with their masters. But Islamic law mandates the subjugation of both Jews and Christians. No expressions of solidarity will ever mitigate that.

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Truth and Deception: Calling Out Linda Sarsour on Al Aqsa

How many ways can Linda Sarsour misrepresent the volatile situation between Israel and the Palestinians? And why do we even care?

Sarsour, a Palestinian activist, is the darling of the left, the feminist movement and the BDS movement. Information she spreads is taken at face value; no one usually bothers to check the facts.

Because of this, her comments matter. One of her latest disingenuous Facebook posts shows Muslims in Israel praying on the street because, in Sarsour’s words, they have been (#1 deception) “denied access to pray at Al Aqsa Mosque in their own homeland.”

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Israeli Islamic Leader Kamal Khatib on Jazeera TV: Israel Inserted Chemical Substances into Al-Aqsa Mosque Wall to Cause Corrosion

In a July 16 interview with Qatar’s Al-Jazeera TV network, Sheikh Kamal Khatib, the deputy head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, said that Israel has been injecting chemical substances into the walls of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to cause its corrosion. Sheikh Khatib explained that these substances have a delayed effect, enabling Israel to claim that the cracks and fissures in the mosque structure are the working of nature.

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Muslim authority protests Temple Mount security measures, blocks entrance

Israeli officials reopen entrances to holy site following Friday’s deadly attack; disagreeing with installation of metal detectors, Wakf officials call on Muslim worshipers to protest move.

Abu Arar reiterated the notion that the situation was unacceptable for the Palestinian people and also called to avoid entering the compound.

“This our mosque and when we enter it we want to feel that,” he said. “The Jews have no rights whatsoever to this mosque – it is for Muslims only. We will not accept being checked every time we want to get inside. We are asking to go back to normal and enter freely, as it was three day ago,” he added.

Fine. Bring those police officers back to life – as it was “three day ago.”

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Israeli Police and Palestinians Clash in Jerusalem

Israeli police and Palestinians clashed on Sunday at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound, where violence in recent weeks has raised international concern.

No injuries or arrests were initially reported, after Palestinian youths, chanting “God is great”, threw rocks at police in riot gear, who responded with what a spokeswoman described as “appropriate riot dispersal means”.

She declined to elaborate, but said calm had been restored. Israel Radio said police had fired rubber bullets.

Palestinians have said they fear that increasing visits by Jewish groups to the holy compound, revered by Jews as the site of Biblical temples, are eroding Muslim religious control there.

Israel has pledged to maintain Muslim prayer rights at al-Aqsa, but, citing security concerns, has frequently banned young Muslim men from entering the area, which it captured when it seized East Jerusalem and the West Bank in a 1967 war.

There have been similar days of unrest at al-Aqsa over the past several weeks during a period coinciding with the onset of major Jewish and Muslim holidays.

Sunday’s incident occurred on the eve of the Jewish festival of Sukkoth and the end of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. An Israeli ban on Jewish visits to the compound, imposed several days ago in a bid to lower tensions, was still in effect.

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End The Strife Over The Temple Mount: Move The Mosque And Dome

In the interest of peace, I call on the Islamic states throughout the world to create a fund specifically for the physical movement of the mosque and the dome to a location more in line with the Koran and its teachings. Since Jerusalem

The Temple Mount around the time of Jesus (See anything missing?)

The Temple Mount around the time of Jesus (See anything missing?)

is never mentioned in the Koran, and the two holy cities of Mecca and Medina have abundant land on which to place these buildings, these seem like logical destinations, although the Hashemite Kingdom might have a significant historical and religious claim. But these are issues best left to the religious scholars of Islam and the rulers of their countries.

The immense oil revenue of the Saudi princes could be used to pay for the moves, so that the typical Muslim would not have to donate to the fund, and the growing engineering skills of the Arab world could be directed toward the project, although one would think that it is a straightforward, though large undertaking.

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Al-Aqsa Mosque Address: We Should Fight Polytheists who Refuse to Convert to Islam or Pay Jizya

From MEMRI:

In an Al-Aqsa Mosque address, posted on the Internet on May 1, Sheik ‘Issam Amira said that polytheist enemies should be given three options: “They must convert to Islam, or pay the jizya poll tax, or else, you should seek the help of Allah and fight them.” “You should fight them even if they do not fight you,” Amira stressed.

Following are excerpts:

Issam Amira: Today, our honorable Islamic scholars talk about defensive Jihad. “Fight for the sake of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress, for Allah does not like transgressors.” In other words, you should always be polite, never go against anyone, and never point your weapon at anyone, unless someone attacks you. In all other cases, everything must be peaceful. No!

When you face a polytheist enemy, you should give him three options: They must convert to Islam, or pay the jizya poll tax, or else, you should seek the help of Allah and fight them. You should fight them even if they do not fight you. Seek the help of Allah, and fight them. Let the scholars hear this: You should seek the help of Allah and fight them. Only when they fight you? No! When they refuse to convert to Islam, and refuse to pay the jizya. In such a case, it is meaningless [to let them] keep enjoying their life in this world, eating from the sustenance bestowed by Allah, yet disbelieving in Him. No! against their will, we shall subjugate them to the rule of Allah, without forcing them to convert to Islam.

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h/t Elder of Ziyon

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Blood libel and al-Aqsa

The wheels of justice grind slowly, at times too slowly.

“The most beautiful moments in our lifetimes will come when we will meet Allah once the martyrs are on his ground, that of the Al-Aqsa mosque,” once exclaimed Sheikh Raed Salah, the “sheikh of Al-Aqsa.”

Salah, the head of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, added a few more sentences to that statement, including charges and accusations that could be construed as blood libels against the Jews. Salah took these canards, which date back to the Middle Ages, and tried applying them to contemporary times.

This week, seven years after he made those statements, the Jerusalem District Court convicted Salah, after state prosecutors appealed his original acquittal. The court concluded that Salah incited the masses not only to commit violence but also as a means of whipping up racist sentiment.

Seven years is a near eternity in the life of a city like Jerusalem. When it comes to a sensitive, volatile topic like the Temple Mount, that eternity stretches tenfold. The genie has long come out of Raed Salah’s lamp.

It is Salah who can claim the mantle of the father of the modern blood libel, for it is he who has repeated the lie of “Al-Aqsa is in danger,” a lie targeted at the State of Israel. This libelous charge is now buttressed by another lie that is somewhat less dated — the accusation that the Israeli government plans to permit Jewish worship on Temple Mount…

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Muslim religious authority in Jerusalem accuses Israel of starting mosque fire

Palestinians clean up debris inside the Al Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday following clashes between stone-throwing protesters and Israeli security forces. Agence France-Presse/Getty Image

TEL AVIV—A Muslim religious authority in Jerusalem accused Israeli police of a major attack that set off a fire in a mosque within the city’s most sensitive holy site during a clash with Palestinian protesters.

Israel denied it was responsible and blamed the protesters, saying they were launching firecrackers at police from within the Al Aqsa mosque on Wednesday and police shut the door on them.

The Waqf, a Muslim religious authority that administers the hilltop holy site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif, said it showed pictures of the fire damage to officials in Jordan. The country then recalled its ambassador from Tel Aviv, according to the Waqf.

Hayel Dawood, Jordan’s minister of Islamic affairs, said two chandeliers and carpets were burned in the mosque, which is Islam’s third holiest site.

“This is tantamount to state terrorism,” he said. “It is also a violation of Jordan’s peace treaty.”

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld denied that police had caused the fire.

“If there were any fires, it was as a result of the fireworks that were being fired,” he said.

Taha Oweida, the mosque’s restoration chief who works for the Waqf, said he witnessed the beginning of the fire and claimed it was started by sparks from police stun grenades. At one point, flames reached 15 feet in the air before being put out, he said.

The Temple Mount, revered by both Jews and Muslims, has been at the center of escalating tensions and violence between Arabs and Israelis in Jerusalem.

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