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November 19, 2014 12:17 am

Economist Says Jews Wanting to Pray at Temple Mount Are ‘Militants’

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The Temple Mount atop Jerusalem's Old City. Photo: Dave Bender

The Temple Mount atop Jerusalem's Old City. Photo: Dave Bender

In a great example of the media’s use of language to blur moral differences within the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, The Economist expanded the common understanding of the word “militant“ – a word favored by those who fear that “terrorist” is too judgmental a term for those committing violence for political ends – to include Jews wanting to peacefully pray at Judaism’s holiest site.

An article published on November 17 titled ‘The trouble at the Mount‘ included the following passage:

THE Temple Mount in Jerusalem is one of the world’s most explosive bits of real-estate. It has started to rumble again in recent weeks, with demands by Jewish militants to extend prayer rights, riots by Palestinians and the killing of several Israelis in knife or car-ramming attacks.

So, the term “Jewish militant” includes:

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1. A Jew who wishes to extend prayer rights to Jews at the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site.

Further in the article, the term is used again.

On the religious front, Jewish militants have stepped up their visits to the Haram, often to pray surreptitiously (for instance by pretending to speak into mobile phones).

So now the term “Jewish militant” includes:

1.  A Jew who wishes to extend prayer rights to Jews at the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site.

2. A Jew who insidiously engages in Jewish prayer at the Judaism’s holiest site while “pretending to speak into mobile phones.”

However, that’s not all. The term is actually used a third time, in the following passage:

Moreover, privately financed militant groups have been buying houses in the heart of Palestinian neighbourhoods, which have in any case largely been cut off from their hinterland in the West Bank by Israel’s security barrier.

So now the term “Jewish militant” includes:

1.  A Jew who wishes to extend prayer rights to Jews at the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site.

2.  A Jew who insidiously engages in Jewish prayer at the Judaism’s holiest site while “pretending to speak into mobile phones.”

3.  A Jew who – as part of a “privately financed” group – buys a home in a previously non-Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem.

Though there are good practical reasons for maintaining the status quo at the Temple Mount (where Jews can visit but not pray), it’s difficult to fathom how the British magazine can justify using a term that refers to those “favouring confrontational or violent methods in support of a political cause” to characterize Jews peacefully campaigning for the right to pray.

Adam Levick is the managing editor of CiF Watch, an affiliate of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA).

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  • bongo

    We need to circle back here. The point is not the use of the word militant. The point is that going up there to pray is a provacation. G-d doesn’t give extra credit for praying up there.

    Even the RAMBAM of blessed memory considered the place off limits.

    Nobody is a stauncher Zionist than myself but this entire crisis could have been avoided.

    You would think people would know better considering what took place after Sharon visited and launched the intifada.

    Moshe Dayan and Teddy Kollek were against going up there for good reasons.

    Glick has Jewish blood on his hands.

    typos corrected

    • Julian Clovelley

      Why are Zionists so keen on starting trouble?

      Grow up and pray somewhere else. We may regret that at the moment praying on the Temple Mount can instil anger there – and we may with reason regard the reaction to praying there as unreasonable and irrational. But these are questions best approached jointly by diverse members of a society that is not culturally divided. To do that you have a lot of preparatory reconciliation work to do – a lot of stepping away from the attempt to make one religion socially and politically dominate another. It is no longer 1917, 1922 or 1947….

      The Temple Mount issue shows ordinary people in the act of behaving not only badly, but stupidly – And it can also demonstrate when religious belief becomes the mental illness of “religiosity”

      Religiosity is an inappropriate devotion to the rituals and traditions of a religion, the exaggerated embodiment of certain aspects of religious activity. The priority of genuine worship seems to be lost in a public display of personal zeal that can incite avoidable confrontation and violence. With religiosity a distorted and ego dominated faith warps that which it should guide

      Prayer is never about dividing humanity – surely it is about coming together under one G-d whatever the cultural lens is of our own tradition. It is not a political tool or an ideological weapon.

      Your undoubted talents, Mr Levick, would be better spent persuading your own comrades to remove provocative items such as the Settlements. When we look at the size of the Temple Mount Land and compare it with the amount of Palestinian land to which the Arab population is denied entry – in their own territory – then I would suggest that the Israeli Jewish offence is somewhat greater – by a factor of hundreds of times perhaps.

      It is all so very sad. Even in your religions you are people of a single descent. For the secular we all have the same ancestors. So much hatred in one mankind. Open their eyes – that brother may recognise brother, and learn to share the inheritance of us all.

    • Abbushuki

      Hey, Bongo Bongo: Have you ever considered that building a Mosque on the site of the Jewish First and Second temples was a ‘provocation’? Have you ever considered that when 5 Arab countries attacked the newly announced Jewish State in 1948 that it might have been a ‘provocation’? Or their attacks in 1957, 67, 73, etc. were those not ‘provocations’?

      What about the forced eviction of 900,000 Jews from Arab countries in 1949? Not a provocation?

      Zionism, for your information, is the exercise of the Judean’s RIGHT OF RETURN to Judea. English shortened the name Judean to ‘Jew’, but the name is indeed geographic. 1400 years after the land of Judea and Israel was called that, along came the Roman conquistadores. Those occupiers chose to rename it. Today’s anti Semites and descendants of squatters on the land continue to retain the illegal occupation’s new name for the Land of Israel. As if to the thief gets all the rights. Jews and Israelis remain firm in their belief that all occupations by conquest that occurred in the last 2000 years are null and void. It’s symbolized by the candelabra emblem image of the state of Israel: It is the image carved in the Arch of Titus in Rome, showing the candelabra captured. The Candelabra symbolically has returned. Israel means the return of the exiled people of the Land to the homeland of their national birth. The U.N. established that right. That includes all rights to worship on the mount that was built by their King Solomon and refurbished by their King Herod. Remember: Mohammad happened over 600 years after the temple’s destruction. Omar later came along and decided to build on it illegally.

      Jews who come to pray are returning to the location of their Holy Temple. They are not militants. They are humble worshipers of their quiet non-militant faith. It is the Muslims who use their mosque on the Jewish Mount, who are intolerant of others and are not only militant, but crazed, hatefilled, terrorists. The anti semitic press refers to them also as ‘militants’.

  • bongo

    We need to circle back here. The point is not the use of the word militant. The point is that going up there to pray is a provacation. G-Unit doesn’t give extra credit for praying up there.

    Even the RAMBAM of blessed memory considered the place off limits.

    Nobody is a stauncher Zionist than myself but this entire crisis could have been avoided.

    You would think people would know better considering what took place after Sharon visited and launched the intifada.

    Moshe Dayan and Teddy Kollek were against going up there for good reasons.

    Glickman has Jewish blood on his hands.

  • Emanuel

    Apparently the “Economist” is in fact a religious magazine, I had no idea, I always thought economics was a science but apparently everything they ever said was garbage for left-leaning self-loathing privileged idiots who read it. If Jewish worshipers are militants, then they do believe keeping us off of the temple mount will prevent our messiah from happening and they aren’t unbiased or scientists; just bigots who dress like nerds.

  • confused

    This article is somewhat interesting, such a shame it is so politically minded. First of all lets look at the meaning of the word militant. Here is a extract from dictionary.com

    adjective
    1. vigorously active and aggressive, especially in support of a cause:
    militant reformers.
    2. engaged in warfare; fighting.
    None
    3.a militant person.
    4.a person engaged in warfare or combat.

    Yes looking at the different interpretations one of them is a person engaged in fighting. But however lets look at option 1 in more detail. Does this not fit for a group of people who are 1 breaking the rules & 2 attempting to change them. Demanding changes that they know will inflame the situation. The article is clearly meaning vigorously active and aggressive, especially in support of a cause, and in its context does not imply physical violence.

    Another fine peice of properganda

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