Essa confused facts about Israel
WITH REFERENCE TO “IT’S Israeli domination, not security” by Azad Essa on Wednesday.
“On July 14, three Palestinians shot and killed two Israeli police officers in the Old City, Jerusalem before being shot dead inside the mosque compound. The next day Israel shut the mosque and new metal detectors and security cameras were installed. Metal detectors can reasonably be construed as a public safety measure – unless they are installed by an occupying force.”
In Essa’s opinion, Israel is at war with the Palestinians and has occupied their territory. He also states that “most Palestinians are barred from even reaching Jerusalem, let alone the holy sites”. He then informs us that 400 000 Palestinians are permanent residents in the city.
Jewish presence in the land goes back some 4 000 years. To this day Jews pray facing Jerusalem and its name appears some 600 times in the Old Testament. Muslims pray facing Mecca and Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Qur’an.
Essa says Israeli forces sprayed rubber bullets at Palestinians praying outside the mosque. Other than Essa, our press has made no mention thereof. He protests that Palestinians are forced to live behind walls and subjected to checkpoints. The security wall is only some 30km. Since 1920, 24 861 Jews were killed and 35 356 wounded at the hands of terrorists. The wall and checkpoints have reduced the atrocities in places by 90%. Killarney