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Tax-deductible US group pushes Israeli control of Temple Mount

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The news today is that there is more violence on the Temple Mount, with Palestinian rioting spreading out to the Muslim Quarter of the Old City. The source of this violence is clear: rightwing Jewish efforts to conduct religious rituals on the Temple Mount. Haaretz:

Most incidents involve Jews attempting to access the area in order to pray or demonstrate a Jewish presence. The growing strength of the Jewish Temple Movement and other organizations that seek to change the status quo on the Temple Mount has exacerbated these tensions, as has the crisis in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

It turns out that these zealots are getting support in the United States. This is from an American charity that supports Israeli soldiers, undated:

BREAKING NEWS: This morning, after Palestinian and Arab rioters threw stones and Molotov cocktails on the Temple Mount, the police were forced to close the area. Is it time for Israel to take control of the Temple Mount, end the violence, and open it to people of all religions? Click here to vote!

That “vote” is here. Should a Jewish government take sovereignty over the third most holy site in the Islamic faith and allow Jews to worship there?

The group is “Friends of LIBI,” an American nonprofit that donates funds to Israeli soldiers, tax free. “End the Violence on the Temple Mount!” it says, and features a photo of masked Palestinian youths throwing stones.

As for LIBI, it is an official Israeli quasi-governmental org, started by David Ben-Gurion 34 years ago to pass money to soldiers.

Those appeals by the American group may well have gone past incitement to pure hatred, in this suggestion: “Time to… get the Arabs out?” Our friend at I Acknowledge Apartheid Exists sent us this screen-grab of the Friends of LIBI Facebook page earlier last week. It was given to him by a friend; so he can’t vouch for its authenticity.

Original post at Facebook page of American Friends of Israeli army

Purported original post at Facebook page of American Friends of Israeli army

He points out that the same hateful statement appears on the “Israel Returns” Facebook page:

BREAKING: This morning an Israeli Parliament member was attacked on the Temple Mount by Arab protesters! Is it time to take over the Temple Mount and get the Arabs out? Click here to vote!

Of course the actual appeal by Friends of LIBI is loony enough: End the Violence on the Temple Mount, featuring Palestinian youths. Even Tom Friedman is now explaining to American Jews that Israeli political culture is dominated by zealots. Well, that zealotry gets giant hugs from Zionist zealots in the U.S.A. People on my side like to joke, This is the human brain on Zionism. That feels like namecalling to me till I see a story like this, which reminds us of the consequences in Jewish life of setting up a religious-nationalist garrison in the Arab world.

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  1. a blah chick on April 20, 2014, 12:06 pm

    Thanks right, Israel, keep poking that Temple Mount bear. In the end it will bite you in the ass.

    • amigo on April 21, 2014, 8:20 am

      “Thanks right, Israel, keep poking that Temple Mount bear. In the end it will bite you in the ass.”Blah chick

      That is exactly what the zionist entity wants.A violent response so they can return to their so called “victimhood” role.

      Nothing new here.

  2. stopaipac on April 20, 2014, 4:02 pm

    Mondo readers would also be interested in the $20 million propaganda campaign in major media markets to inspire Christian fundamentalists to support the “rebuilding of the Temple” as a requirement to pave the way for the return of Jesus. (supposedly, the deity’s plan to destroy the world is being postponed because of political hesitancy to evict the Muslims…). On two weekends in San Francisco Bay Area, “The Miracle of Israel” has aired prime-time on KPIX, a local CBS affiliate, promoting the idea that:
    a) Israel is a miracle of “god”, not overwhelming political/military power against indigenous people.
    b) Among other things, that the Temple must be rebuilt where now stands the Dome of the Rock. This “must” happen so that Jesus the Messiah can return and end the world.

    This “documentary” is narrated by a grotesquely illogical Leonard Nimoy, and is the brainchild of Jonathan Bernis of “Jewish Voice Ministries”, an organization that in 2012 had an income of $20 million. The film is being showed in many media markets in prime-time, like an infomercial for religious violence. It’s message is subtle, but clear. Get rid of the Muslims so that the Temple can be rebuilt and Jesus can return and end the world.

    • traintosiberia on April 20, 2014, 9:07 pm

      Does the Christian Zionist believe in this sham philosophy anymore? I can’t help but think that the crazy wants publicity and money . Zionist wants whole Palestine and is ready to deal with the fools and tolerating thier’s worse- than -Nazi doctrine ,knowing fully well that these Evangelics would be shed as the snake sheds the dry skin.

    • oldgeezer on April 20, 2014, 10:40 pm

      This effectively incitement to violence and it should be treated as such. I find it ludicrous and disgusting that the three Abrahamic religions can’t find a way to share the space. Regardless of that if I promote an action I know will bring a response then the incitement is mine.

    • Linda J on April 21, 2014, 8:57 pm

      Oh no–not Spock! Cast against casting, but apparently not against lived life.

  3. chibear13 on April 20, 2014, 7:20 pm

    It is not possible for David Ben Gurion who has been dead over 40 years ago (December 1973) to found the group 34 years ago!

    It is obvious that Tax Free Status should have been revoked for this and other groups yet this seems impossible for the US Government to facilitate!

    These people will not be happy until a bloodbath is manifested, to achieve their goals that they are seeking!

  4. traintosiberia on April 20, 2014, 7:37 pm

    Separation of Church and State is to be preserved only when some nutter wants to celebrate Christmas at school,college,municipal or on County properties or wants to display religious symbols at public space. Religion has to be barred against Air force
    or airport lounge from getting displayed.

    One cynic can see while every trace of christianity is under attack,the Zionism is thriving here and even conducting illegal business.

  5. Daniel Rich on April 20, 2014, 9:45 pm

    I think, by now, ‘Jesus’ is an atheist.

  6. DICKERSON3870 on April 21, 2014, 12:34 am

    RE: Tax-deductible US group pushes Israeli control of Temple Mount

    MY COMMENT: It is time to begin a serious movement aimed at making Jerusalem an international city! Otherwise, this powder keg is bound explode, with devastating consequences to be felt far and wide.

  7. dbroncos on April 21, 2014, 12:44 am

    I can’t believe that the Arab League is keeping quiet about this Zionist assault on the Al Aqsa Mosque.

    • traintosiberia on April 21, 2014, 8:06 am

      Arab League ( it is now Saudi and Quaiti)wants a deal with Israel. They want to keep the asset they have ,ignore the frustration of the citizen,and remain kind of a Muslim leader in the zone from Morocco to Phillipine.. But the fear of uncertainty ,fear of incapacity to defend the royal family from those privileges are forcing them to openly embrace the Zionist. Why on earth ,they would not do that when
      ,just one generation ago made all kind of deals with British,French and in case of Jordan with Zionists. The attempt to normalization will begin in earnest across Muslim world . The bought and ignored elite in other countries ( Pakistan and other countries like Egypt, Tunisia, Azerabaizan, etc) will be asked to start preparing the acceptance of the new reality and celebrate it .
      Not that long ago, a Pakistani intellectual ,following 911 ,was saying ” Muslim could sleep with the Jews but can’t talk ! ” it was a rhetorical question with in- built answer, he was obviously responding to one set of reality with one easy solution to preserve his or her own elitist interest in a changing situation with manufactured and twisted reasoning.
      Arab League will do same . They are already doing by overt dependence on Saudi .

  8. piotr on April 21, 2014, 1:14 am

    Friends of LIBI seem to be the most amateurish and half-baked species of Hasbara. Currently, they display holiday messages with a lot of creativity:

    … beloved tradition is to hold the Passover Seder. To spread holiday cheer, we tell the story of the Exodus and remember the great miracles that God performed for the people of Israel in the days of Moses, Aaron and Miriam.

    Purim, in the Jewish tradition is the holiday which we celebrate communally by sending gift packages to spread the holiday cheer and remember the great miracles that God performed for the people of Israel in the days of Mordechai and Esther.

    The list of Purim miracles: (1) Ahasuerus, King of Kings, have fallen in love with Esther even though she was quite zaftig. (2) Esther was quite pleased, even though he was a superannuated lecher. And so on.

    By the way, is there a tax free American foundation to send gifts to soldiers of the Russian Federation or [Chinese] People’s Liberation Army? Or my actual favorite, civil defense units of Beijing (behold the attack of the pink revolutionary battalion here )

    • LeaNder on April 21, 2014, 4:14 am

      You remind me of someone, who was similarly creative. But I think his speckles of yiddish were slightly more palmate, if I recall correctly.

      In any case, you don’t seem a bad substitute. ;)

      As to substitutes: Is there any trace in the standard narrative that Esther did, what her predecessor objected to? I suddenly wondered if the superannuated lecher made sense in that context. If I don’t mix up narratives, that is.

  9. Walid on April 21, 2014, 1:30 am

    dbroncos, you’re knocking at the wrong door because there it’s mostly about pageantry; it has yet to resolve any issue for the collectivity it represents. Elegant flowing robes and lots of fluttering flags and super-grandiose convention halls. Full of form but of very little substance. Palestinians are flying solo on this one too.

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