Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Israelis tour the Temple Mount, PalArabs claim they stopped them

From Ha'aretz (h/t My Right Word):

Under armed police escort, Danny Danon, a deputy parliament speaker, toured the site of an ancient Jewish temple, a plaza home to the al-Aqsa mosque, one of Islam's holiest sites, and said he thought Jews should be permitted freer access there.

A group of Muslim protesters shouted "Allahu Akhbar", or God is Greatest, as Danon, trailed by armed police and dozens of Israeli and Western tourists, strolled around the area known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif, and to Jews as the Temple Mount.

But despite the tense atmosphere there was no violence or confrontations during the lawmaker's hour-long visit.

Danon said he wanted a firsthand look at security procedures and to press the case for permitting Jews to pray at the site.

"There is full religious freedom for Jews and Muslims on the Temple Mount," Danon said. "But it is more difficult for the Jew than the Muslim to go and pray on the Temple Mount. This is a distortion that must be corrected."

"If Jews want to go and pray on the Temple Mount then they should be allowed to do it," he added.
But the Palestinian Arab press reported a much different story:

Al Aqsa fighters thwarted plans of Jewish extremists

Citizens of the occupied city of Jerusalem and the territories of 1948, who were keen to show up early in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, frustrated extremist Jewish groups who stormed the holy mosque for the performance of Talmudic rituals and rites of and to place a foundation stone of a structure in the courtyards of Haram al Sharif, on the anniversary of what it calls the 'destruction of the Temple.'
I think that in this case Ha'aretz is a bit more reliable.