Monday, April 27, 2009

Take the subway to the Kotel!

Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of the Islamic movement in Israel, has built his career on his constant accusations of Jewish destruction of Muslim Jerusalem. Literally every week, and often more often, he accuses Israelis of doing something or other. (He has famously claimed that there is no Jewish claim to the Western Wall.)

Of course, when you have to make up new accusations every week, you inevitably have to start making things up. So every time he opens his mouth, he comes up with something more bizarre than the previous time, just to stay in the news.

Now Salah is saying that the Zionists are planning to build a subway to travel to - and seemingly under - the Temple Mount.

And yet, no matter how absurd his claims are, Salah inevitably manages to grab headlines in the Palestinian Arab press every time he opens his mouth. In the PalArab world, there is no correspondence between someone's believability and their track record for being proven right; in fact there may be an inverse relationship between the two.