Monday, March 09, 2009

Jews "storm" their own holy site

Ma'an reports:
Dozens of Jewish settlers entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound from the Moroccan Gate (Bab Al-Maghariba) Monday afternoon, according to the Al-Aqsa foundation for Waqf and Heritage.

The foundation said in a statement that Israeli police guarded settlers who were led by a Rabbi. The group toured the compound starting from the southern mosque to the Marwani mosque in the east. Then they went to the Bab Ar-Rahma (Compassion Gate) in the north, then they headed west then to the (Chain Gate) near the Dome of the Rock staircase. Several settlers tried to enter the Dome of the Rock, but were prevented by the guards.

During the tour, settlers performed prayers and rituals, and a heated argument was observed when Muslim worshippers tried to prevent the settlers from performing some of the rites on the holy Islamic area. Israeli police intervened in the altercation and prevented it from escalating.
The Arabic version is a bit more strident:
Dozens of members of Jewish groups stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque via the Moroccan Gate and held prayers before noon on Monday.
Notice that the Arabic version doesn't use the word "settlers", since the intended audience is offended by any Jews who decide they want to go to the holiest spot on the planet. The English-speaking readers of Ma'an wouldn't see the big problem with Jews in the Temple Mount, so Ma'an needs to refer to them as "settlers."

Islamic Jihad's mouthpiece Palestine Today is even more upset:
Dozens of members of extremist Jewish groups on Monday afternoon after prayers, 9-3-2009, broke into the Al-Aqsa Mosque through the gate, under the custody of the Israeli police, and led by one of the "rabbis" of Jews.

During the raid, the members of these groups began to perform religious rituals in several places, and when some of the (Muslim) congregation tried to prevent the settlers from carrying out this ritual, Israeli police intervened in favor of the extremists and the Jewish groups completed their rituals under strict protection.
It is almost as if they pretend not to know what was on the Temple Mount way before the Quran was written.