posted on Jan, 5 2011 @ 03:24 PM
I have a few issues with this article.
Ultra-orthodox Hasidim have become more active in recent weeks, targeting Al-Aqsa Mosque, desecrating it and working towards its "Judaization".
If Al-Aqsa was desecrated by anyone, there would be an instant declaration of war. To say that it has been targeted and desecrated is very different
than saying someone held a conference. This is hideously irresponsible reporting.
In a press release, the Foundation said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is behind these calls.
It is quite clear to anyone who has spent time studying the dynamics of Middle East politics that saying the Netanyahu is behind Hasidic activists is
about the same as saying Barack Obama is producing Sarah Palin's reality show. The secular Israelis and the Ultra Orthodox Hasidim despise each
other. The seculars are nationalistic whereas the Hasidim believe that the Israeli state is an abomination. This has been even been shown here on
ATS where many of our members have linked to Hasidic websites regarding Torah vs. Zionism and organizations such as nkusa.org
Right-wing Israeli groups have demanded that the Israeli Prime Minister makes the necessary arrangements with the police so that Jews can pray
Some ultra-orthodox Jews say that it is forbidden for Jews to pray anywhere with Al-Aqsa Sanctuary as they have no idea where the "Holy of Holies"
lies; historically, only the High Priest of the temple was allowed to enter that inner sanctum.
A bit of a contradiction? Secular Israelis sometimes take tours up to the Temple Mount, which are permitted as long as they don't pray per an
agreement with the Waqf, the body that governs Al-Aqsa. Religious Israelis, however, will not ascend the Temple Mount for the reason stated in the
The first statement is saying they're demanding to pray there, while the second statement acknowledges that they will not even go there. I'm not sure
exactly how that would work.
This is a very poorly written and factually empty article. I've read it numerous times before posting this and simply can not accept the fact that it
was written by someone with even the slightest bit of familiarity with the situation in Israel/Palestine. Sad.
edit on Jan 5th 2011 by
Djarums because: added numbers for clarity