Al Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem
Israel news photo: Flash 90
The Al Aqsa Heritage Foundation website featured photos Thursday of IDF soldiers touring the Temple Mount – and two photos the website says are of a Jewish man urinating on a wall within the Temple Mount compound.
However, the website does not provide any evidence that the man is indeed Jewish or that he was indeed engaged in the act they claim he was engaged in. Nor is there any account or documentation that he was approached by anyone following his supposed act of sacrilege, as one would have expected to happen.
The Elder of Zion blog notes: "One photo, apparently taken inside one of the buildings, is clearly a different set of tourists but meant to make people think that the soldiers barged in."
"I did not see [the man supposedly urinating on the wall] in any of the other photos that would show that he was part of this group. (One man in the group dressed similarly, but wore a kippah and glasses and carried a cane, so this wasn't him.)
"Obviously, if someone did urinate there (and I cannot find a stain on the wall showing he did,) it would be an outrageous act of sacrilege both for Muslims and for Jews. Needless to say, no religious Jew would ever consider doing such a thing. Even pretending to do so is in astonishingly bad taste and poor judgment.
"It could be a set-up, in order to enrage Muslims against Jews, something the Al Aqsa Foundation tries to do literally every day."