The round of violence that began over a week ago with the murder of two Israeli policemen on the Temple Mount escalated over the following days, with riots in Jerusalem and then spreading throughout Arab communities in Israel, and culminating in the barbaric massacre of the Salomon family in Halamish on Shabbat.
Instead of calming tempers, Muslim and Arab leaders whipped up the masses into a frothing rage with the age-old lie – the Muslim equivalent of the blood libel – that “the Jews are desecrating (or defiling or destroying – delete where applicable) the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Just look at a few of the following examples, though I am sure you are all aware of such vicious hatred by now:
To which I answered:
Israellycool brings us one of the worst examples of incitement – or rather the result of incitement – that I have ever seen. Just watch, and more importantly, listen to the horrific words of this Palestinian woman replete with conspiracy theories and hopes – yes! hopes! – of violence:
As Aussie Dave correctly notes:
This needs to be mandatory viewing, especially those who do not think this is a religious war.
Just in case we need reminding, Jonathan Tobin in the Algemeiner stresses that the argument is not about metal detectors (the current pretext) but about Jews:
For a century, Palestinian Arab leaders have been playing the “Al-Aqsa is in danger” card. The cries that Jews were seeking to destroy the mosques or in some way harm Muslim rights led to a series of pogroms against Jews, including the riots of 1929 in which Jews were massacred in Hebron. But the appeal to holy war isn’t only a vestige of the horrors of the distant past and the influence of the Nazi sympathizer Haj Amin al-Husseini, the mufti of Jerusalem who incited those riots.
It was the supposedly moderate Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), whose inflammatory statements helped incite the so-called “stabbing intifada” in recent years by also claiming Jews were going to harm the mosques. It was Abbas, not just his Hamas rivals or other violent Islamists, who called on Palestinians to resist the Jewish presence in Jerusalem. It was Abbas who said “stinking Jewish feet” should not profane the holy places.
… His rhetoric sought to remind Palestinians that the conflict wasn’t over borders or settlements, but something far more basic: a religious war that mandates Arab opposition to the Jewish presence.
This is why the PA goes to such trouble to foment fights at United Nations agencies like UNESCO intended to deny Jewish ties or rights to holy places, even those that are self-evidently proof of Jewish history like the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.
This is also why the new security measures are merely the latest pretext for Arab violence intended to make the point that Jews should not merely have no say over the Temple Mount, but have no right to be there at all.
This is the kind of incitement that led directly to the mass murder in Halamish.
And this is the kind of incitement that led to these revolting scenes in London – or should we say Londonistan? – where Islamic thugs stole an Israeli flag from the Israeli embassy and burned it, right there in public:
A demonstration outside the Israeli embassy in London yesterday saw scenes reminiscent of extreme Islamist rallies in parts of the Middle East.
At the demonstration against the use of metal detectors to prevent terrorist attacks at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, supporters of Hizballah brazenly flew the antisemitic terrorist organisation’s flag, just a month after a large pro-Hizballah procession marched down some of London’s most iconic streets.
When a small group of pro-Israel demonstrators arrived, anti-Israel demonstrators grabbed their Israeli flag and set it alight, shouting “Allahu akbar” and stamping on it.
We will be bringing the incident to the attention of the Home Office.
Watch the video:
And this incitement was likely the instigator for the attack in the Israeli Embassy in Jordan which now has the potential to set off a break in relations with Jordan if not outright war in the Middle East.
An Israeli security official serving in the Israeli embassy in Amman, Jordan, was wounded Sunday night when he was attacked by a terrorist in his home adjacent to the embassy.
Two Jordanian men were killed in the incident, including the suspected terrorist.
Local police have released few details of the attack, referring only to an unspecified “incident” at the embassy compound. At this time there are still conflicting reports regarding the details of the attack.
According to a report by the Hebrew daily Maariv, the attack took place while furniture was being moved into the home of the deputy security officer of the embassy. According to the report, one of the two Jordanian workers moving the furniture in sneaked up behind the deputy security officer and stabbed him with a screwdriver.
After he was wounded, the Israeli official opened fire on the terrorist and neutralized him. The attacker later died from his wounds.
Instead of working to calm tensions, Jordanian authorities, up to the king himself, have escalated the situation with inflammatory rhetoric, demands that Israel hand over the wounded security guard for interrogation – contrary to all international diplomatic norms – and let us not forget that the guard was the initial victim here. One of the two other men was the assailant, and he got what he deserved. the other was an innocent bystander, and the responsibility for his death lies with the terrorist, not the Israeli security guard.
I will write more about the Jordan situation in another post. I will just conclude by wondering at the pusillanimity of our government. Why is it that the Arabs can declare a day of rage but not the Jews? Why is it that Jordan can escalate a local security situation into an international incident, but Israel is not expelling the Jordanian ambassador because of his country’s undiplomatic behaviour, and their actions to further inflame the situation?
If we don’t stand firm for our own principles, no one else will. We will continue to be trampled on, and continue to have our holy sites desecrated and our citizens butchered in their own homes.