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      Israel Gov't, Police Stand by as Hamas Broadcasts from Temple Mt

      Hamas gets exclusive radio broadcast rights from the Temple Mount this week - while Jews mourning the First Temple siege are banned from the site.
      By Hillel Fendel
      First Publish: 12/20/2007, 3:15 PM

      More Olmert-Fatah-Hamas collusion: Hamas has been given exclusive radio broadcast rights from the Temple Mount this week - while Jews mourning the First Temple siege are banned from the site.

      This week is the Moslem holiday Ein ul-Adhaa, marking the Islamic equivalent of Akeidat Yitzchak (the binding of Isaac by Abraham); the Koran, written in the late 7th century C.E., substituted Ishmael for Isaac. 

      Yesterday, as well, was the Jewish fast day of Asarah B'Tevet, commemorating the beginning of the siege by Nebuchadnezzar on Jerusalem over 2,500 years ago that resulted in the destruction of the First Temple, untold thousands of deaths, and a 70-year-long Jewish exile from the Holy Land.

      "The siege of Nebuchadnezzar is recurring again in our time," said Rabbi Chaim Richman of the Temple Institute, "this time through the Israeli government, which is banning Jews and Christians but is allowing Hamas, who will defile G-d in our holiest place. There is no greater demonstration of the total spiritual bankruptcy of the Israeli government." 

      He told Arutz-7 that if, alternatively, it is not the Israeli government that is responsible, "then who are we kidding when we say that Fatah will fight Hamas?  We see clearly that they work together, and Fatah has just as much of an interest in broadcasting Hamas incitement to murder Zionists as Hamas does."

      "It is unbelievable that [US Secretary of State Condoleeza ] Rice and [Foreign Minister Tzipi] Livni continue to repeat that a 'strong PA and Palestinian state to fight terror is in the interest of Israel,' when we see obviously that Fatah has no desire at all to fight Hamas terrorism."

      An ISDN line regularly broadcasts, over PA radio, the Islamic prayer services from the Temple Mount. This week, however, it granted the license to do so to Hamas - complete with Hamas Radio commercials, station identifications, and incitement against Jews. "Whoever wants to hear the Temple Mount services this week has to go to HamasRadio," says Rabbi Richman.

      Rabbi Richman was astounded at the symbolism involved: "Closing the Temple Mount to Jews all week long, including on our fast day, because of the Moslem holiday, emphasizes that the government not only favors Moslem sensibilities over Jewish ones, but also the Koranic version of our history over that of the Tanach, our Bible."

      WorldNetDaily's Aaron Klein reported that Hamas celebrated the "victory" of its broadcasts: "Our broadcast is a victory for the Al Aqsa Mosque, which is suffering from Judaization efforts imposed by the Zionist government," said Rami Kaoud, a manager at Hamas' Al Aqsa Radio. "Broadcasting daily radio is a way to bring Al Aqsa to the Gaza Strip and challenge the siege imposed on us by the Zionist entity."

      A joint statement by the New Jewish Congress, the Temple Mount movements and The Sanhedrin states, "Not only is Hamas trying, with the Palestinian Authority, to destroy the State of Israel and all its [Jewish] inhabitants, but now the Government of Israel has decided to give over the Temple Mount, the apple of the Jewish Nation's eye, for the use of enemy incitement."