Essa con­fused facts about Is­rael

The Star Early Edition - - LIFESTYLE - Don Krausz

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

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