Palestinian official speaks out against religious freedom
Ahmed Qurei, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, says that Jews who peacefully visit the Temple Mount are guilty of “religious aggression.”
The story is published in at least 15 Arabic media outlets.
Qurei charged that the Jews who regularly stroll around the holiest site in Judaism “provoke the feelings of Muslims worshipers by deliberately drinking wine,” which is of course a complete fabrication.
He is also upset that there are signs in the area pointing visitors to the Kotel HaKatan, or “Little Wall”, a tiny area a bit north of the Western Wall plaza, saying that giving it this “Biblical” name is another form of Judaizing.
He called for “Arab and Islamic nations to intervene” to save Jerusalem from those Jews.
Last week I posted this video – from a Muslim site – where you can plainly see who is guilty of “religious aggression.”
See also this from April, where Muslims were terrorizing little Jewish kids visiting the site.
Meanwhile, Ma’an “reports:”
The Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron will be closed to Muslim worshipers on Thursday and Friday, an official at the mosque told Ma’an Sunday.
Hijazi Abu Sneina told Ma’an the mosque would be open to Israeli settlers during the two days of Rosh Hashanah, or Jewish New Year, but closed to Muslims.
What they fail to mention is that this happens every year. For about ten days the site is closed to Muslims, for another ten days it is closed to Jews. The implication from this and similar articles in the Arab press is that Israel is arbitrarily closing the site to Muslims without warning, but this is part of a signed agreement.
For some reason, Palestinian Muslim intolerance of religious freedom is another of those things that is just not considered newsworthy.