Prof. Phyllis CheslerThe writer, a Shillman-Ginsburg Fellow at the Middle East Forum and recipient of the 2013 National Jewish Book Award, is the author of sixteen books, including Women and Madness, Woman's Inhumanity to Woman, and The New Anti-Semitism. She has written four studies about honor killing, Her latest books are An American Bride in Kabul, (Palgrave Macmillan) and Living History: On The Front Lines for Israel and the Jews.Professor Chesler may be reached at her website www.phyllis-chesler.com
This week, and not for the first time, peaceful Jews were mobbed and mocked on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Most chilling: they were taunted about the probable Hamas kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers. The video, uploaded to YouTube by user Asaf Fried, shows Jewish Israelis being mocked and followed by an angry Palestinian crowd.
A little background is called for, for those who are not famiiar with the facts. After Israel won the war of self-defense in 1967, it could easily have taken full control of Jerusalem. Former Defense Minister Moshe Dayan allowed the Muslims to “control” the Temple Mount, the site of two previous Jewish Temples and the site of Al-Aqsa Mosque. At that time, Israelis began “settling” on the 'West Bank' aka Judea and Samaria.
From that moment on, the United Nations, the Arab League, international human rights groups, Palestinian Arab terrorist groups, and the global media and intelligentsia began portraying Israel as a colonial, imperial, “Nazi” and “apartheid” power.
By the turn of the 21st century, Israel’s demonization reached fever pitch and gave cover to the Al Aqsa Intifada.
The drumbeat demonizing Israel never stopped. Most recently, with the tragic kidnapping of three Israel teenage boys, the media instantly described them as “settlers.” This meant that they “deserved” to be kidnapped or, God forbid, murdered.
The media also blamed the victims by stressing that they attend a yeshiva in Hevron (One does, ed.) What does this mean? It means that the Muslim world and the world media believe that Jews should be ethnically cleansed from the West Bank—the very accusation hurled against Israel. Arab Israelis number at least one million. They are both Christian and Muslim. Israel has not ejected them.
In addition, despite the fact that Jews have a Biblical history in Hevron and that Jews have lived there for millennia, the city is now supposed to be judenrein.
Look around. The entire Arab and Muslim world is now “free” of Jews, and, the entire Arab and Muslim world is busy burning churches and murdering Christians (as well as Hindus in India) because they are infidels or not People of the Book.
Unlike Yassir Arafat’s Palestinian terrorist thugs, Israel has kept the churches under Israeli jurisdiction safe. It has also kept mosques safe as well. The Muslim inclination is remain exclusive, superior, and to admit no infidels on holy Muslim soil. According to scholar Daniel Pipes, in an article about the Muslim claim to Jerusalem:
“Jerusalem appears in the Jewish Bible 669 times and Zion (which usually means Jerusalem, sometimes the Land of Israel) 154 times, or 823 times in all. The Christian Bible mentions Jerusalem 154 times and Zion 7 times. In contrast, the columnist Moshe Kohn notes, Jerusalem and Zion appear as frequently in the Qur'an "as they do in the Hindu Bhagavad-Gita, the Taoist Tao-Te Ching, the Buddhist Dhamapada and the Zoroastrian Zend Avesta"—which is to say, not once.”
Pipes ultimately suggests, in the name of Sheikh Palazzi, that “just as Muslims rule an undivided Mecca, Jews should rule an undivided Jerusalem.” Currently, infidels are not even allowed to enter Mecca, not even respectfully, not even as tourists or scholars.
As former Mayor of Jerusalem, Teddy Kollek has said:
People are not only misinformed—they have been systematically dis-informed.
"Jews care intensely about Jerusalem. The Christians have Rome and Canterbury and even Salt Lake City; Muslims have Mecca and Medina. Jerusalem has great meaning for them also. But the Jews have only Jerusalem, and only the Jews have made it their capital. That is why it has so much deeper a meaning for them than for anybody else...."(Teddy Kollek, Mayor of Jerusalem from 1965-1993).”
Nevertheless, the propaganda on the internet and in hard copy headlines stunningly reverses history and reality. Israel is falsely accused of attacking churches and mosques. Ali Abunimah, at The Electronic Intifada has created an industry of such revisionist history.
The media does not cover the systematic destruction of churches, synagogues, and temples throughout the Muslim world and especially in the Holy Land. Therefore, people are not only misinformed—they have been systematically dis-informed.
Earlier today, in the video, the crowds, both women and men, are almost lynch-mob ready. In addition to taunts, jeers, and physical aggression, they are demonstrating pride in the kidnapping, as if Palestinian Arabs “win” when Israeli children are kidnapped, tortured, or murdered. This is their end game.
Is the world media utterly blind to this or implicitly in favor, once again, of the destruction of the Jews?
These raging and exclusivist Palestinians—are, historically and tribally, no different than Israeli Arabs who are citizens of Israel—yet they behave as members of a mob cult out for blood, filled with hot hatred.
Perhaps it is time for less appeasement, not more appeasement; perhaps Carolyn Glick is right with her concept of a One State Solution. Perhaps it is nearing the time for Israel to assert control over all of Jerusalem. This includes the Temple Mount. Unlike Muslims, Jews have safeguarded the holy sites of all religions. Muslims everywhere have desecrated, destroyed, or built over infidel holy sites.
All over the Middle East-- and Muslim Asia and Africa-- churches as well as Christians remain under siege. This is not the case in Israel-controlled Jerusalem. Jews cannot visit Jewish holy sites in Judea and Samaria (The 'West Bank') without an armed guard—and even then, only at certain permitted times. Any Muslim can visit the Al Aqsa Mosque.
The information is in and it is very troubling and saddening indeed. A strong response may be necessary.
This article, sent by the writer, also appeared on Breitbart.com.