Vicious Friday attacks on Al Aqsa

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Friday’s violence against Al-Aqsa (Israeli police storm al-Aqsa compoundIsraelis celebrating Sukkot beat Palestinians worshipers also see video here) is the result of a months long public campaign by Israeli forces against both the mosque and Palestinians in East Jerusalem.  Electronic Intifada documented as early as February 10th, 2012 that Israeli politicians and their proxy army of settlers were actively attempting to destroy Al-Aqsa: Israel media publish, retract, then confirm calls for destruction of Al-Aqsa, “cleansing” of Israel’s “enemies”.  

Earlier this week, the same Israeli politician who published calls in February to destroy Al-Aqsa organized a rampage of the mosque: 
On Tuesday 2nd October, since the early hours of the morning, Likud member Moshe Feiglin, escorted by 50 settlers  performed their religious rituals, under the protection of the Israeli forces. Al-Aqsa Association for Waqf and Heritage reported that another group of 30 settlers entered to the mosque through Bab al-Magharbeh, and roamed in its yards. Israeli forces arrested four Palestinian Journalists, a TV photographer and a girl from inside al-Aqsa mosque. Dozens of Special Forces spread out in the mosque and forced Muslims, whose ages are less than 45, to go out of the mosque.
On Wednesday an Israeli court appeared to support the efforts of these violent extremists:
A Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court judge said Wednesday that the police should allow Jews to pray on the Temple Mount – an exceptional remark given that the High Court of Justice has ruled that policy on the Temple Mount is the sole purview of the police.

Now, Ali Abunimah at the Electronic Intifada has just posted this video from Friday morning’s attack of the Israeli military punching a young boy’s head into concrete:  Video: Israeli forces smash Palestinian child’s head to ground near Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa.

Here’s what’s been happening for the last 4 weeks, most recent on top: 

No condemnation from Arab rulers who only see the threat of Shi’ism in the region, not a single stone tossed by Muslims that were enraged by a 14 minute youtube clip, and certainly not a single condemnation will be uttered by the U.S. The silence from everyone, is deafening.
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  1. yourstruly
    October 6, 2012, 2:56 pm

    will this latest Israeli affront to Arab/Islamic sensibilities turn into a reprise of the second (also known as the al-Aqsa) Intifada which began in late September 2000 after Ariel Sharon surrounded by hundreds of riot police visited the Al-Haram Al-Sharif (aka the Temple Mount) upon which the al Aqsa mosque rests? If so, what form might an Intifada III take, and will it stoke the embers left over from the Arab Spring, fulfilling, thereby, the promise of those eighteen magical days in Tahrir Square?

  2. piotr
    October 6, 2012, 3:00 pm

    It is not accurate that there was “condemnation from Arab rulers” (perhaps Jordan does not belong to those who “only see the threat of Shi’ism in the region):

    AMMAN: Jordan on Friday criticised Israeli police for entering the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, claiming that the Jewish state’s policies seek to “ignite religious violence” in the region.

    “Jordan condemns the raid on the mosque compound as well as attacking unarmed worshippers,” information minister and government spokesman Samih Maayatah said in a statement carried by state-run Petra news agency.

    “Israel’s policies against Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem seek to ignite religious violence in the region,” Maayatah added, demanding that the international community “stop such violations.”

    Read more:
    (The Daily Star :: Lebanon News ::

    Jordanian officials, including the King, raise the issue very regularly.

    Basically, protection of al-Haram al-Sharif is viewed as a historical obligation of the Hashemite clan. Hashemites descent from the same family as the Prophet and they were the custodians of Mecca and Medina, now the sponsorship of al Aqsa is the remaining point of their prestige and duty. What is quite puzzling indeed is the silence of the remaining Muslim governments (not counting Hamas, of course).

  3. riyadh
    October 6, 2012, 4:35 pm

    Why no post on the United Methodist Women subway ad that denounces Pamela Gellar’s disgusting “savage” ad?

    • ColinWright
      October 6, 2012, 6:45 pm

      That’s probably about the best counter I’ve seen to date. Everything about it is brilliant — even the small type.

      If one of those goes up next to every one of Geller’s — hell, I’ll give Geller some money. The combination of the two ads is the most effective rebuttal of Islamophobia and Israel-love I’ve ever seen.

      You can’t even deface the Methodist ad. It’ll just prove its point.

    • Annie Robbins
      October 27, 2012, 10:22 pm

      probably because we didn’t know about it riyadh. please send suggestions to one of us via the ‘about’ link on top of every page. thanks.

  4. gamal
    October 6, 2012, 10:21 pm

    “Arab rulers who only see the threat of Shi’ism in the region, not a single stone tossed by Muslims that were enraged by a 14 minute youtube clip,” what including the Shi’i Arabs, rulers or otherwise, ah and that old chestnut about the video, perhaps you could have sister site telling Arabs what they should be protesting about, it was all peace on the Arab street, till that video, you can hardly contain that contempt, even if it is largely baseless, and what of US blacks all that burning and looting over the late Rodney King, and yet nothing about the racialised justice system and didnt Harlem burn after Birth of a Nation, perhaps they are just expressing their inferiority, what do you think? what do you think are the dynamics of protest, tell me when was the last time US white/jewish populations brought down their goverments, or caused them to abandon key policy objectives? we could no doubt learn from your example.

  5. PilgrimSoul
    October 7, 2012, 2:34 pm

    The attacks on Islamic holy sites, particularly Al-Aqsa, are provocation. Palestinians and Arab leaders know this. Netanyahu is looking for a chance to ethnically cleanse Palestinians, almost surely linking it in some way to a military threat/confrontation with Iran. That’s why everybody is keeping a low profile, they don’t want to take the bait. What’s amazing, and so dispiriting, is that here in the US, where we run no real risk whatsoever except insults from the Lobby, nobody is talking about this. This is the preparation for the series of events that could lead to the religious war the neo-cons have been wanting. Yet people are paralyzed, or simply don’t want to think about it.

    Oppressive regimes generally have a passive-aggressive fighting style, accusing others of doing exactly what they do, or intend to do. Moshe Ya’along, VP and Minister of Strategic Affairs, is quoted in a New Yorker article that a nuclear Iran would use a bomb “as a nuclear umbrella to intensify its rogue activities” in the region. That’s exactly what Israel is doing. If nuclear bombs are weapons in search of a policy, we now know what that policy is: It is a gun that holds the world hostage, while the gunmen calmly and with great deliberation detonate the religious war we have all been working to avoid.

  6. sliver
    October 8, 2012, 8:35 pm

    I tremble when I write this, but it strikes me – more and more as the days pass – that the settlers are behaving very like the Nazis did, back in the days before hitler took power. I was a small child then, in the city of Frankfurt/Main, where my family had lived for 300 years. I was shielded, as much as possible, from the various “actions” but it’s hard not to get some sense of what’s going on. And, growing up in the USA I began to read about what happened in my hometown and all over the country where we had, so long, lived – liberal Jews, proud German citizens. One book, in particular (it was called “The Yellow Star”) made a deep impression on me. It consisted of many pictures, etched now in my mind. And the settlers, are close, too close, to those images. I dispair for Israel.

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