An end to in­cite­ment pro­motes peace

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Ro­lene Marks

THE ar­ti­cle by Azad Essa ”It’s Is­raeli dom­i­na­tion not se­cu­rity” refers.

Read­ing some of the out­ra­geous ac­cu­sa­tions in this op-ed got me think­ing that this type of rhetoric would not be out of place with what led to the re­cent flare-up of ten­sion around the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Essa would have you be­lieve that the is­sues are all about metal de­tec­tors and Is­raeli do­min­ion but let us ex­am­ine the facts.

Nearly two weeks ago, two Druze Is­raeli po­lice of­fi­cers were shot dead by three ter­ror­ists on the Tem­ple Mount. The fact that weapons and mur­der in a holy place is an abom­inable des­e­cra­tion of the sanc­tity of the site was lost in the hys­te­ria over cam­eras and metal de­tec­tors. Fed on a steady diet of in­cite­ment to hate all that is Is­raeli or Jewish, three mem­bers of the Jab­barin fam­ily shot them in cold blood.

The re­sult of this mur­der spurred the gov­ern­ment of Is­rael to make sure that other vis­i­tors to this holy site would not share the same fate. Se­cu­rity cam­eras and metal de­tec­tors, much like those that fea­ture at other ma­jor holy sites around the world in­clud­ing the Vat­i­can, Wail­ing Wall, Mosques in the Is­lamic world, were in­stalled. Not con­tent with the safety of their co-re­li­gion­ists, the Waqf who ad­min­is­ters the site and var­i­ous re­li­gious and po­lit­i­cal lead­ers de­cided to ex­ploit this for their own agen­das and used this as an ex­cuse to in­flame the Mus­lim world and ri­ots en­sued in Is­rael and other coun­tries.

The UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, whose mem­bers passed through a metal de­tec­tor, con­vened to dis­cuss yet an­other con­fla­gra­tion in the Mid­dle East.

Noth­ing is men­tioned in Essa’s op-ed about the fact that three mem­bers of a Jewish fam­ily were slaugh­tered in cold blood on Fri­day night as they sat down to mark their Sab­bath. The same goes for an Arab-Is­raeli who was at­tacked in Pe­tach Tik­vah on Mon­day.

The ac­cu­sa­tion that Pales­tini­ans are not al­lowed ac­cess to Jerusalem is fal­la­cious. The Tem­ple Mount is holy to Chris­tians and Jews who are not al­lowed to pray there.

When metal de­tec­tors are in­stalled in venues af­ter ter­ror at­tacks, ev­ery­body nods in agree­ment so why the dou­ble stan­dard for Is­rael? It is all about the rhetoric. Un­for­tu­nately for Is­rael, this ges­ture posed an op­por­tu­nity for prime ex­ploita­tion. Not con­tent with hate speech em­a­nat­ing from the schools and Mosques in Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries, lead­ers used this as an ex­cuse to fur­ther un­der­mine Is­rael.

For any­body who has a sin­cere in­ten­tion to see peace for both Is­raelis and Pales­tini­ans, we need to end the in­cite­ment. Modiin, Is­rael

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