Sunday, August 25, 2013

Israeli-Arab Muslim leader calls for a body blockade against Jews at the Temple Mount

Sheikh Raed Salah wants to stop Jews from praying at their holiest site, the Temple Mount.  The Al-Aqsa mosque, or Blue Mosque is located there, the third holiest site for Muslims, yet it is Islam that is given preference.  Israeli police restrict Jewish visiting hours in order to minimize potential conflict, another bone of contention with Jewish worshipers and visitors.

If Sheikh Salah had his way, no Jew would be allowed to visit.  Interestingly, Salah is a citizen of Israel which allows him to practice free speech in a way no Muslim country would.  I am sure Salah sees the irony in it.

From Arutz Sheva August 25 by  Maayana Miskin

Sheikh to Israeli Arabs: Block Jews With your Bodies

Sheikh Raed Salah is at it again. The leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, who has previously called on Muslims to “liberate” Jerusalemand has preached against Israel in Be’er Sheva, called this weekend for Israeli Arabs to block Jewish access to the Temple Mount with their bodies.

Salah warned his listeners that Israel is planning to “break in” to the Temple Mount, on which the Al Aqsa mosque now stands.

He may have been referring to a recent statement from a police commander, who informed the Knesset that police will try not to restrict Jewish visits to the Temple Mount during the upcoming holiday season. Jewish visitors are allowed to tour part of the Temple Mount compound, but do not enter the mosque or theDome of the Rock structure.

Salah made another claim sure to enrage many of his supporters: that he has information indicating that Israel is planning to build a synagogue on the Temple Mount. He also claimed that Israel plans to institute the same system used at the Tomb of the Patriarchs (Maarat Hamachpelah) in Hevron on the Temple Mount,setting aside a part of the holy space for Jewish prayer on a daily basis.

After warning of the alleged danger of increased Jewish prayer at the site, Salah called on Muslims from across Israel – from the Negev and Galilee, Akko and Haifa – to come prevent the “dangerous mass invasion into Al Aqsa” with their bodies....

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