Israeli Arab lawmaker Basel Ghattas visited the Temple Mount on Wednesday, touring the site in defiance of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's directive to the police to prevent Knesset members from visiting the flashpoint complex amid recent tensions and violence.
In the video, Ghattas, who is from a Christian family, addresses Netanyahu in Arabic, saying "you and your occupation will not prevent us from exercise our right to pray and visit Al-Aqsa… You and your occupation are temporary but this holy place will always remain Islamic and Arabic.
Ghattas is Christian but he is claiming the right to visit and pray on the Temple Mount, a right that he denies Jews.
But according to Islamic theology, there is no difference between how Christians and Jews should be treated. If Christians can ascend the Mount to visit and pray, then so can Jews.
Which proves yet again that the Arab claim to the site isn't based on Islamic rights - it is based on denying Jewish rights.
Another little piece of hypocrisy: The Muslims claim that the deadly 1929 riots were sparked by Jews bringing temporary partitions and benches to the Western Wall for Yom Kippur, something that they claimed was a violation of the "status quo" at the time. But notice that Ghattas is standing among the framework of what looks like a large tent being built on the plaza. Isn't that by definition a violation of the "status quo?"
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