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July 18, 2017 1:41 pm

Palestinian Authority Says Aim of Temple Mount Metal Detectors Is to ‘Humiliate Worshipers’

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The official Palestinian Authority Wafa news agency is reporting on the hundreds of Muslims who are holding prayers outside the gates to the Temple Mount. They are praying outside because they refuse to go through the metal detectors that Israel has set up to prevent terror attacks — like the one that murdered two Israeli police officers last Friday.

While the Israeli media has reported that scores of Arabs ignored the picket line and passed through the metal detectors, the Palestinian Authority is denying that anyone did so.

Instead, Wafa describes the real reason that Israel put up those hated metal detectors — and, of course, it has nothing to do with security:

The aim of the occupation of placing electronic gates is the humiliation of worshipers and citizens during their entry and exit to Al-Aqsa, and to send a message to the Arabs and Muslims that they hold absolute sovereignty over Al-Aqsa … but Jerusalemites responded by rejection, until the situation returns to what it was before the electronic gates and checkpoints.

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Once again, Palestinian Arabs frame everything in terms of honor and shame. Even though the holy places in Saudi Arabia have metal detectors and tight security, the problem here is that Jews are the ones who are enforcing the security — which is humiliating to them. Since they are so sensitive to being humiliated — which is apparently worse than death — they assume that Israel’s aim is to humiliate them.

And this message resonates with all Arabs who share the same honor/shame mindset. Logic and facts are optional. Feelings are paramount. And feelings are what drives their “facts.”

Come to think of it, they do have a lot in common with the Western Left today.

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  • Ronald Spiegel

    It seems to me that Hashem has put a shtee-ot into the minds of the Pals. That they are staying away is a miracle. Maybe this is how it all begins, the coming of Moshiach.

    The objective reality is that there is a change right now, few Arabs are entering the Temple Mount because the Arab leadership and Waqf are telling Arabs not to go. Who could have imagined such a thing? What happens here on earth is a reflection of events in heaven.

    There’s a lot going on upstairs.

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