Daily Israel Report

PA TV: Rain in Jerusalem Cleanses It from 'Impure Jews'

A new meaning for "ethnic cleansing"? PA TV program says rain washes away the impurity of the footsteps of Jews on behalf of Muslims.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 11/14/2011, 11:15 AM

Western Wall (Kotel)
Western Wall (Kotel)
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A Palestinian Authority TV program recently stated that the rain in Jerusalem washes away the impurity of the footsteps of Jews on behalf of Muslims who come to pray in the city.

The Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) research institute translated the program and presented it on its website.

“The golden dome [of the mosque] shines with colors of the sky, with the white of clouds, while the joyous holiday [Eid Al-Adha] is good to the residents. The light rain cleanses the steps of the foreigners [Jews] so that the feet [of Muslims] in prayer will not step on impurity.”

The program, called "Sights of Jerusalem," was broadcast on November 6. It aired on a television station belonging to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement.

PMW reported in August that the same PA TV program portrayed Jews praying at the Western wall as “sin and filth,” and also stated that the PA plans to build an Arab residential area in place of the Western Wall Plaza in Jerusalem “when they [Israelis] disappear from the picture, like a forgotten chapter in the pages of our city's history.”

The following is the transcript as translated and presented on PMW’s website:

“They [Israelis] know for certain that our [Palestinian] roots are deeper than their false history. We, from the balcony of our home, look out over [Islamic] holiness and on sin and filth (Jews' praying at Western Wall) in an area that used to have [Arab] people and homes. We are drawing our new maps. When they [Israelis] disappear from the picture, like a forgotten chapter in the pages of our city's history, we will build (the residential area) anew. The Mughrabi Quarter will be built here (on the Western Wall Plaza).”

The Palestinian Authority denies that Jews have any historical rights to Jerusalem and even to the Kotel (Western Wall), a remnant of the Temple Mount, which is Judaism's holiest and most important prayer site.