From Turkey's Anadolu Agency:
Israel has begun partitioning East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque complex with a view to creating a prayer space for Jewish worshippers, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) warned Wednesday.Dammit, no pictures! I'll have to go to Jerusalem to see it for myself!
“The placement of a glass room inside the courtyard of the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex is a first step toward the spatial division of the mosque,” Ahmad al-Ruwaidhi, the OIC’s representative in Palestine, said at a Wednesday press conference.
The move, he asserted, “follows the imposition of a temporal division [by Israel] in the form of daily incursions [into Al-Aqsa] by Jewish settlers”.
What’s more, the move reveals “Israel’s intention to dedicate a place for Talmudic rituals inside the Al-Haram al-Sharif,” al-Ruwaidhi said, using the Arabic term for the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
And notice how "Talmudic rituals" sounds a lot more sinister than "prayer."
But wait - there's more!
Yes, Israel is weakening the foundations in order to create an artificial earthquake.
The OIC representative also warned of the dangers posed by Israeli excavations that are reportedly being carried out under the holy site.
In light of these excavations, al-Ruwaidhi said, “we fear the Al-Aqsa Mosque could collapse in the event of a natural -- or artificial -- earthquake”.
The question isn't why these people believe this. The question is why the rest of the world takes anything else they say seriously.
It would be so easy for a single Western leader to say, "These guys are nuts for claiming these things." It would embarrass them and shame them and it would do more to stop Arab and Muslim antisemitism than a hundred declarations at the UN.
But the fear of upsetting the Muslim leaders is far greater than the mere worry about direct incitement against Jews - incitement that still causes Arabs to stab, shoot at and run over Jews in Israel today.