Tol­er­ance not just for Mus­lims

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - NANCY KARKOWSKY Sil­ver Spring, Mary­land

Ac­cord­ing to “Mus­lims clash with Is­raeli po­lice at Jerusalem holy site” (Web, Aug. 11), “Mus­lim wor­shipers and Is­raeli po­lice clashed Sun­day at a ma­jor Jerusalem holy site dur­ing prayers mark­ing the Is­lamic hol­i­day of Eid al-Adha.”

Last Sun­day was also a Jewish holy day: Tisha B’Av, the Ninth of Av, when Jews mourn the Baby­lo­ni­ans’ de­struc­tion of the first Jewish tem­ple and the Ro­man de­struc­tion of the sec­ond Jewish tem­ple, and the dis­per­sal of the Jewish peo­ple from their an­ces­tral land both times.

Is­raeli po­lice were try­ing to pro­tect Jewish peo­ple who had re­ceived per­mis­sion to as­cend to the Tem­ple Mount and pray and mourn the de­struc­tion of both tem­ples, as well as other tragic events that re­sulted from the di­as­pora.

Mus­lims were ha­rass­ing and pre­vent­ing the Jews from as­cend­ing to and pray­ing and mourn­ing at the most holy site of the Jewish peo­ple. Jews did not at­tempt to ha­rass or pre­vent the Mus­lims from ob­serv­ing their holy day.

Mus­lims should not ha­rass or pre­vent Jews or any other faith from ob­serv­ing their holy days.

Real peace can come only when all Mus­lims show the tol­er­ance for oth­ers that Mus­lims de­mand from all of us.

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