Despite Palestinian Violence, Israel Ensures Freedom of Worship

Despite bombarding Jews on their high holidays with rocks and  incitement from Islamic clerics to riot,  Israel allows muslims to  defile the temple mount and to blast the hateful Friday kuthbas over powerful loudspeakers.  The surrounding Arab countries, Jordan, Egypt and Syria never stop to incite the Arabs to terrorize the Jews and threaten a new intifadah. Even Jordan’s plucky little king is doing his very best to display his Jew-hating obsession.


Jerusalem: Muslims Stone Jews on Jewish Holiday

Dare to compare: name one Muslim country where Christians or Jews would get away with something like that!

Regardless, the jihad must continue:

EGYPT: Sheikh Yusuf al Qaradawi calls for ‘Friday of anger’ against Al Aqsa violations


The head of the International Union for Muslim Scholars, Yusuf Al Qaradawi, is urging Egyptians to turn this Friday into a nationwide day of anger against the “Israeli practices at the Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.”

The outspoken cleric is famous for once calling Jews a profligate, cunning and arrogant band of people. He has long been in support of Palestinian suicide bombers and previously said that the Holocaust was God’s punishment to Jews for their corruption.

Qaradawi wasn’t the only cleric to criticize Arab regimes for their “passiveness” against “Israeli violations.” A number of religious scholars said that the Arab and Muslim world should rush to defend the sacred Aqsa from repeated “Zionist assaults.”

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“To divide once again the sovereignty of Jerusalem would mean to transform it into a Middle Eastern Belfast, a volcano that would spark conflict in the entire region,” Rivlin told La Stampa.

No can do:

“The entire Muslim population [of Jerusalem] was able to observe Ramadan in peace last month,” said Barkat. “Now the Muslims must allow the Jews to celebrate their own holidays,” he concluded, echoing sentiments communicated on Monday by Jerusalem police chief Cmdr. Aharon Franco. (Not. Muslims are religiously obliged to attack other religions when they celebrate their high holidays...)

Israel is lighting matches in hopes of igniting a big fire, said Erekat during a press conference. He claimed Israel was attempting “to strengthen its hold on occupied Jerusalem” rather than keep the peace. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, meanwhile, called on the Arab world to increase efforts and raise funds to ensure continued Arab presence in Jerusalem, in light of Israeli efforts to “Judaize” the city.”

Palestinian President Mahmoud...

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, meets Monday with Egypt’s intelligence chief , Omar Suleiman, left, in Jordan.
Photo: AP



Islamic Jihad’s website has an article on the ninth anniversary of the beginning of the second Intifada. The exact words the article uses are “the ninth anniversary of the glorious Al-Aqsa Intifada in Palestine.”

Think about this for a minute. The intifada resulted in the deaths of over 5000 Palestinian Arabs. As a direct result of the uprising, Israel built a wall to protect her citizens and that made the lives of Palestinian Arabs more difficult. The political goals of moderate Palestinian Arabs were set back by years. Yasir Arafat turned from a respected international figure into a joke, hiding terrorists in his compound. The Palestinian Arabs themselves suffered a huge split between Gaza and the West Bank and between Hamas and Fatah. More from the Elder of Zion

By the standards of any normal observer, the second intifada was anything but “glorious.”

Religious Freedom in Israel: A Fundamental Guarantee

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Starting on Ramadan, Israel Further Eases Life in the West Bank

Violence erupted in Jerusalem in recent days as Arab rioters stoned both tourists and policemen at the Temple Mount (which Muslims call the Haram ash-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary) and in eastern neighborhoods of the city. The first incident occurred on Sept. 27, the eve of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, and clashes broke out again this week with the start of the Jewish festival of Sukkot. [1]

Some notable Israeli-Arab and Palestinian leaders have supported the rioters. Sheik Ra’ad Salah, leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, said, We will liberate al-Aksa with blood and fire, and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam Fayad said, We call on the Palestinian public to confront Israel and its plans. [2]

On Monday night (Oct. 5), Jerusalem muezzins (those who announce the call to prayer in mosques) called on Muslims in Jerusalem to come to the defense of the Al-Aqsa Mosque due to the fear that Jews will try to break into it. [3]

Jerusalem police found wheelbarrows filled with rocks on the Temple Mount on Sunday (Oct. 4) and restricted access to the site as a result. The Jewish ceremony of the priestly blessing took place Monday morning with thousands of worshippers arriving at the Western Wall. [4]

The unrest has also spread to parts of east Jerusalem. A young Palestinian stabbed an Israeli border policeman in the neck Monday, and rioters threw stones at policeman near the Shuafat refugee camp. Jewish worshippers were stoned at the Mount of Olives cemetery and violent incidents have also taken place in the east Jerusalem neighborhoods of Silwan, Ras al-Amud and Isawiya. [5]

There has also been an increase in rocket and mortar fire from Gaza into southern Israel in recent weeks, as well as frequent attacks against Israeli civilians and security personnel on the Israeli side of the Gaza security fence. [6]

In June and July there were just seven rockets and mortars fired from Gaza. In August and September, that figure rose to 27 incidents of missile fire from the territory. [7]

Despite such instances of violence, the Israeli government continues to ensure that Jerusalem – a city holy to Islam, Christianity and Judaism – remains open for worship by members of all faiths. Please see below for background about religious freedom in Israel.

Religious Freedom in Israel: A Fundamental Guarantee

Israel Funds Mosques, Korans; Protects Holy Sites for All

Israel’s Mandate for Religious Freedom

Jews in Israel

Christians in Israel

Baháí in Israel

Integrating Israels Diversity

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Religious Groups in Israel

Muslims in Israel

Druze in Israel

Israeli Protection of All Holy Sites

Religious Oppression by Israels Neighbors

As a country in the Middle East committed to the free practice of religion for all, regardless of religious affiliation, Israel stands as an oasis of religious freedom in the Middle East. The Israeli government supports religious services for communities of all faiths. That includes funding Korans and the operating costs for more than 100 mosques [8] as well as the salaries of Muslim religious leaders; serving as a safe haven for minorities persecuted in surrounding countries; allowing citizens of any religion to hold political office; and paying for the upkeep of holy sites for all religions.

Israels Declaration of Independence