An end to incitement promotes peace
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