Thursday, August 18, 2011

Do Palestinians Dream of New Homes on the Site of Western Wall?

Video transcript: “They know for certain that our roots are deeper than their false history. We, from the balcony of our home, look out holiness and on sin and in an area that used to have people and homes. We are drawing our new maps. When they disappear from the picture, like a forgotten chapter in the pages of our city’s history, we will buildt it anew. The Mugharabi Quarter will be built here (on the Western Wall Plaza).”

As pointed out in Dreams of Ethnic Cleansing over at Harry's Place: “If Israeli state television were to broadcast a programme in which the Al Aqsa mosque and its worshippers were described as “sin and filth” and expressed confidence that it would be swept away and replaced with houses for Jews – it would be front page news all around the world. Editorials would be devoted to such a broadcast. It would be held to us as proof that Israel had no intentions of negotiation a settltement with Fatah, and that the two state solution was dead. Demonstrations would be held around the world, which would be led by Islamist groups alignedwith Palestinian terrorist factions, and they would be joined by students and members of Parliament. Prominent Jewish personalities would declare that Israel had now forfeited its legitimacy. Foreign Ministers would make public statements expressing the severest concern…”.

Ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem has happened before - when Jews were
driven out
 of the Old City by the Jordanian Army in 1948.
Could this be what Palestinian ethnic cleansing dreams are made of?
Denial of the Jewish connection to Jerusalem is official Palestinian Authority policy. Recently, Al-Mutawakil Tahathe Palestinian Authority deputy minister of information, said that the Western Wall was part of an Islamic waqf – religious endowment – and that only “Islamic tolerance allowed Jews to pray there”. Last year, Sheik Tayseer Rajab Tamimi, chief Islamic judge of the PA, claimed that Judaism, “…has no historical roots” and that the Jews are engaging in an attack on “…history, theft of culture, falsification of facts, erasure of the truth and, Judaization of the place.” Should we worry about statements such as these when US and EU diplomats and politicians so blithely, so easily, assume that sharing Jerusalem will be a piece of cake?

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