Following a brutal terror attack at the Temple Mount, the Israeli government installed metal detectors at the gates used by Palestinian Muslims to prevent future attacks. The Temple Mount is the third holiest site in Islam, but it is the holiest site in Judaism. Yet, Jews and tourists alike must go through metal detectors before entering the site.
Established after the liberation of Jerusalem in 1967, the status quo is absurdly one-sided against Jews, and constitutes control over the Temple Mount by the Muslim Waqf. The Waqf forbids Jews from praying there, and they have Jews arrested at the Temple Mount if they catch them uttering a single silent prayer. It is unlikely that the status quo will change anytime soon.
Many Palestinian Muslims feared that Israel would use the Temple Mount attack to change the status quo and take the control away from the Waqf, which the Israeli government certainly should have done. An outsider would have expected the Palestinians to be happy that the only result of the attack was the installation of metal detectors.
Instead, they have been rioting and protesting for a week. One Palestinian jihadist savagely murdered a 70-year-old grandfather and his two children as they sat down for Shabbat dinner last Friday night in the small town of Halamish. The terrorist leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas cut off all contact with Israel and will likely allocate pension money to the Halamish terrorist’s family for the rest of their lives.
As a result, Israel took down the metal detectors. Both the Palestinian rioting and the Palestinian Authority’s ban on contacting Israel have continued unabated.
Meanwhile in the United States, leftist anti-Semites lied about the security measures, claiming that Israel denied Muslims access to the holy site. In reality, Muslims only had to walk through a metal detector to enter, but they refused to do so. “Progressive” Islamist and anti-Semite Linda Sarsour, who recently called for a “jihad” on President Trump, repeated this lie in a Facebook post last weekend.
The deliberate and obvious lies about Israeli actions purported by anti-Israel activists should make any reasonable person question their motives. They use a minor security measure, one that is almost universal in major public spaces, to lie about Israeli actions. This “justifies” the Palestinian violence. Enemies of Israel use these lies to bolster their claim that Israel has been the problem, is the problem, and will continue to be the problem.
In the past, they blamed the violence on “Israeli occupation” and on the “illegal Israeli settlements.” Now, they say that the violence would stop if only those evil Israelis would stop making Muslims walk through a metal detector to enjoy their exclusive prayer access to the Temple Mount.
The problem could not possibly be the jihadists who blow themselves up on public buses. Or the terrorists who stab teenage girls. Or the terrorist Palestinian government that pays terrorist’s families. And it certainly could not be the parents of terrorists who praise them and thank Allah, or the Palestinians who dance in the streets in celebration of the slaughter of Jews.
No, the problem is always those pesky Zionists who think Israel has a right to exist.
I’ve got news for Sarsour and company. If you believe that forcing Muslims to walk through a metal detector is denying them access to a holy site, then you’re the problem.