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January 20, 2015 9:51 am

Temple Mount Tourists Unknowingly Featured in Palestinian Propaganda

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Temple Mount tourists falsely depicted as "settlers" who stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque in an article on the Palestinian Information Center website. Photo: Screenshot. An innocent photo of a group of young Canadians and Americans visiting the Temple Mount was used in a false accusatory article on a Palestinian website, indicating that the visitors had stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Geoffrey Zalter, 23, came to Israel on a MASA teaching fellows program (a joint project of the Israeli government and the Jewish Agency that brings young Jews to Israel) to teach English for a year. He went to the Temple Mount last week and was photographed there with a group of his friends from the program by several Palestinians.

On Jan. 18, the picture appeared on the “Palestinian Information Center” website alongside an article containing a slew of false information, including that a group of Jews had stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque and tried to fly a drone over it twice.

“Palestinian men and women were praising Allah (directed at us, with the intent to make us feel uncomfortable), yelling at us and taking pictures,” Zalter wrote on Facebook regarding the Temple Mount visit.

“I was in complete shock from the behavior of the people on the Temple Mount and from the false report,” Zalter told Israel Hayom. “I had heard about false reports against Israel and Jewish people in the Palestinian media before, and now I see they really exist.”

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