Thursday, June 09, 2005

Jews Visit Their Temple
Jordanian Leader Calls It a "Provocative Act"

From Front Page Magazine:

Last Monday, Jordan’s Ambassador to Israel, Dr. Marouf Bakhit called a hasty meeting with Israeli Foreign Ministry officials to declare his country’s outrage over the “provocative act” of a group of Jews who had the audacity to go up to the Temple Mount in commemoration of Jerusalem Day, the 38th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. The official Jordanian news agency called the Jewish visit: “A provocative act that could stir up confrontation and evoke outrage of Muslims around the world.”

The very next day, the suave, urbane Ambassador Bakhit told a group of diplomats and journalists at a Jerusalem think tank that there is absolutely no proof that the Temple ever stood at the spot known to Moslems as al-Haram-ash Sharif, now occupied by the Dome of the Rock.

The entire episode may be viewed as part of the ongoing Arab strategy to delegitimize Jewish claims to holy sites and by extension to Jerusalem itself. None of this is new—Moslem clerics have regularly seized on perceived Israeli violations of the Temple Mount as pretexts to incite violent riots. But now the inflammatory statements are coming from a representative of the Jordanian government, who in the same speech to the diplomats and reporters claimed that his country is on its way to becoming “a moderate, tolerant, open society.”

Evidently that attitude does not extend to tolerating a dozen Jews visiting their holiest site. When several hundred Arabs started throwing rocks and chairs at the Jews and Israeli Border Police fired stun grenades to force the attackers to retreat, Jordan’s Minister of Religious Affairs Abdul-Salam al-Abadi said police actions and the visit of Jewish visitors “represent a flagrant and an unacceptable challenge. They are part of repeated attempts by Zionist settlers to break into and sabotage Al Aksa Mosque to implement their vicious and criminal plans.”

The official statement went on to urge all Arab countries and Islamic organizations to “interfere” to put an end to “attacks” against Al Aksa. Quizzed about whether he personally considers the presence of Jews on the Temple Mount to constitute “an attack” on the mosque, Ambassador Bakhit refuses to answer. All he asserts is that “4 or 5 extremists managed to sneak in with a group of tourists…”

Bakhit issues no condemnation of the Arab rock throwers who injured two Jews during the incident. He does mention, “I’m not good at religion, not mine or others..” But evidently good enough to promote his government’s view that Jewish visits “endanger the safety of the mosque and Moslem worshippers.”

The Temple Mount is the location of King Solomon's Temple. You know, King Solomon of Song of Solomon and Ecclesiastes fame. David's father. The Temple Mount is the location of the Holy Temple of the Jewish religion, where Jesus overturned the tables of the merchants.

The idea that the Jews have no claim to the Temple Mount is ludicrous. I can't believe we even have to argue about it, but apparently when it comes to dealing with the Islamofascists, we have to argue whether the sky is blue. From ADL:

The Temple Mount, which Arabs refer to as the Haram al-Sharif, and on which today the Al-Aqsa Mosque is located, is the site on which the biblical King Solomon erected his Temple nearly 1000 years before the Common Era (see I Kings 5:15-7:51). This First Temple was destroyed by the armies of the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar in the sixth century BCE, and was replaced by a Second Temple some seventy years later.
The Second Temple was destroyed in the year 70 C.E. by Roman armies, whose victory was immortalized in the Arch of Titus that may be seen in Rome to this day.
Jews have venerated the site of the two Temples and have made pilgrimages there for two thousand years. According to some rabbis, Jewish law prohibits Jews from entering the Temple Mount before undergoing rituals of purification that are not currently practiced; partly as a result of this prohibition, Jews for millennia have prayed at the Western Wall of the Temple Mount, outside the Mount proper.