Friday, December 9, 2011

Damned if you do...

Whatever Israel decides to do about the safety issue will ultimately be viewed as an insult/aggression against Muslims, and another reason to get all huffy again. Nothing that Israel does is good enough for Muslims in Jerusalem, or anywhere, for that matter and so, the clash of cultures continues.

From AP/Yahoo December 9 by Amy Teibel

Violence feared over repairs at Jerusalem shrine

JERUSALEM (AP) — Jerusalem municipal officials said they will shut down a walkway to a contested shrine at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a move liable to touch off a new round of violence between Muslims and Jews.

Any work in the area around the Old City compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary draws fierce condemnation and sometimes violence from Palestinians, many of whom suspect Israel wants to harm Muslim shrines. An official with the Muslim clerical body that runs the complex warned that protests were liable to break out this time, too.

The municipality says the wooden walkway leading to one of the hilltop site's gates — built as a temporary structure after a centuries-old ramp was damaged in a 2004 snowstorm — is a fire hazard and structurally unsound and must be replaced.

In a letter released Thursday, Jerusalem city engineer Shlomo Eshkol informed authorities of his plan to block access to the walkway to all but security forces. The shutdown could take place immediately after a one-week public comment period.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu halted a plan to demolish the walkway last month, fearing a regional backlash at a time when pre-election violence was roiling Egypt. A spokesman for Netanyahu was not immediately available Thursday for comment on the Jerusalem municipality's latest move.

The walkway is not the only access to the contested complex, which Israel captured from Jordan along with the rest of east Jerusalem and the West Bank in the 1967 Mideast war. But the compound's centrality to both Islam and Judaism makes it one of the most combustible sites in the world. Clashes there in the past have ignited broader violence.

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1 comment:

A Christian Woman Who Has Lived Under Shariah said...

The solution seems rather simple to me: so Muslims believe that shutting down a dangerous walkway is really a ruse by Israel to damage Muslim shrines, then fine, don't shut it down! Leave it OPEN, and that dangerous walkway can be designated as a "Muslim Only" stairway.
Jews, Christians and other visitors to the Temple Mount can use the other stairway.
Dilemma solved, except for the fact that if Israel did do that, the moment any Muslim was injured as a result of that dangerous walkway, Muslims would riot and accuse the Jews of attempted murder and genocide, and the world would accuse Israel of racism, discrimination and apartheid.
Oh wait, the world already accuses Israel of racism, discrimination and apartheid...
The Jews just can't win, damned if they do and damned if they don't.