Thursday, February 15, 2007

Healthly Temple Mount discussions

As an illustration of how to create an imbroglio from which nothing sensible can be extracted, some of today's articles about the construction of the footbridge to Temple Mount.

From The Palestine Chronicle

This represents the heart of the Arab-Israeli conflict as Jews claim that their alleged Haykal (Temple of Solomon) exists underneath Al-Haram Al-Sharif.

In an attempt to confront Israeli schemes threatening the mosque, the Waqfs Ministry released some one million copies of an electronic guide about the mosque and its compound.
Hassan Al-Haifi in the Yemen Times
It is hard to believe that the West is still hypnotized to the goody-goody image of the Zionist thieves that took Jerusalem and most of Palestine from its rightful owners and are adamant on finishing up the job of ethnic cleansing and eating up the remains of the Palestinian homeland. What proof does one need to underscore the fact that the Zionist menace will ensure that the world faces another calamitous war just so a few eccentric Jewish fanatics show contempt for all things non-Jewish within their surroundings, including an important religious shrine like the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which for 1500 years was left without any claim to it by any Jewish faction as "the Temple of Solomon"?

Will the Zionist thugs in Tel Aviv and their supporters in the International Zionist Establishment have it their way for the next century or even decade until they find the right opportune moment and demand to take Medina, on the false pretext of once belonging to the Hebrew Tribes of Khaybar and Quraitha?
Meanwhile, Meron Benvenisti in Haaretz sees the situation as a little more complicated. He has harsh words for Sheikh Raad Salah, who claims that the new bridge is part of plans to "create a stranglehold around Al-Aqsa Mosque, in order for the Israeli establishment to fulfill its darkest dreams of building a Jewish Temple [in its place]."

But he also has a bone to pick with the Western Wall rabbi and the mayor of Jerusalem, who is Orthodox, both of whom he says "have no interest in preserving free access for Jews and tourists to the Temple Mount." This because of the Torah prohibition to go to Temple Mount from the Western Wall plaza. They designed the bridge to be as long as it is so as to cut off access from the plaza.

If you want to have a look yourself, there's now a webcam on the site.

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