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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Muslims take aim at Hurva Synagogue

The last time we saw the "Al Aqsa Foundation," they were seething and whining over the opening of the rebuilt Ohel Yitzchak synagogue at the base of the Temple Mount.

Now, they have suddenly noticed that the Hurva synagogue, one of the most famous and largest in the Old City before it was destroyed in 1948, is close to completion. Although this rebuilding of the structure that was deliberately blown up by the Jordanian army in 1948 has been no secret, something seems to have gotten the Al Aqsa Foundation's attention now:

Its iconic dome is now well on its way to completion.

This is what Hurva looked like before 1948:
And this is what it looks like now in the closing stages of its rebuilding:

The Muslim whiners seem to have two problems with Hurva's rebuilding. The first is a completely asinine claim that there was a mosque at that site.

The second problem is that the Hurva's dome has changed the skyline of Old Jerusalem, since it is one of the tallest structures in the Old City. Islam requires that the highest religious structure in any city always to be a mosque, and the existence of a tall synagogue is a huge insult to a people who are perpetually looking for reasons to seethe.

UPDATE: The PA has joined in condemning this attempt to "Judaize" the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem.