From Friday's Opinion Journal
A Funny Way of WorshippingThrowing stones at Jews is rather popular among Muslims. Sam Harris notes in his book The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason:
"Israeli police stormed the grounds of Islam's third-holiest shrine Friday, firing stun grenades and tear gas to disperse thousands of Muslim worshippers who hurled stones, bottles and trash in an eruption of outrage over Israeli renovation nearby."--Associated Press, Feb. 9 [OpinionJournal's emphasis]
In parts of the Arab world it has been a local custom for Muslim children to throw stones at Jews and spit upon them. (page 114)More to the point, what is it that triggered another Muslim attack on Jews this time?
In Temple Mount Truths, Honest Reporting quotes the Jerusalem Post on the background to this incident:
What is Israel doing that has sparked such violent threats? Some years ago, the pedestrian ramp leading up to Jerusalem's Temple Mount fell apart. Now municipal authorities plan to build a permanent ramp to maintain access to this holy site, and are conducting, as required by law, an archeological salvage dig to make sure no artifacts are destroyed in the process.Honest Reporting also quotes Caroline Glick, about the steps that the Israeli government took in advance--coordinating the project with the Islamic Wakf and the Jordanian government, in addition to any other relevant groups.
All of this is completely outside the Temple Mount platform, and bears no relation or threat to that structure, let alone to the Aksa mosque. Why would Israel dream of undermining the Temple Mount, which is Judaism's holiest site? The claim that Israel is doing so is patently absurd, as anyone familiar with the area can immediately see. ...
What is going on now, of course, is a rerun of the violent riots of September 1996, over the opening of an additional exit to the then already existing Western Wall Tunnels, well outside the Temple Mount. Today this tunnel is a popular tourist attraction. It too had as much to do with the "foundations" of Al Aksa as does the reconstruction of the World Trade Center in New York.
The Muslim attack this time is the result of fear--but since Muslim leaders in the Wakf and Jordan were warned in advanced about the renovations, and the project is done in coordination with them, just what is it that these Islamists are afraid of? The truth.
Muslims fear these excavations, not because they physically endanger al-Aqsa's foundations, but because they undermine the tissue of lies proclaiming that the Jews have no valid historical roots in the city and its holy sites.In spite of claims by CAIR to the contrary, the biggest enemies of Islam and Muslims today are such Islamists.