Terror Attacks Spark Misguided Rage Against Israel
That’s not a crazy over-reaction. But this routine safety precaution is now being cast as an unprovoked intrusion on Muslims wishing to go to the mosque. After the metal detectors were installed, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas broke off security cooperation with Israel. He also incited protests that turned violent, with three protesters being killed on Friday, and three members of an Israeli family being murdered that same day in a West Bank terrorist attack.
Although Abbas claimed to condemn the July 14 attack on the Temple Mount, but his Fatah party called for a “day of rage” over the metal detectors. Abbas also ignored the connection between the Temple Mount attack and the installation of the metal detectors.
“It’s hard to think of a worse debasement of a holy place than for armed gunmen in the middle of a shooting spree to flee to it for sanctuary,” Bloomberg‘s Eli Lake wrote last week. “Add to this the fact the Jerusalem police now say there were guns hidden in the Temple Mount complex at the time.”
For those who reflexively blame Israel, such context doesn’t matter.
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) issued a statement expressing unease over “the escalating tensions between Palestinians and Israeli police which led to the latter imposing unprecedented restrictions on worship at Masjid al Aqsa.”
Similarly, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) claimed that Israel’s closure of Al-Aqsa was “unacceptable.” In a statement released on Friday, it called the new security measures “proof Israel is using the current situation in Jerusalem as a pretext to divide the mosque and prohibit Muslims from accessing their holy site during certain days and/or periods.”
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR’s) St. Louis chapter organized a march that cast the metal detectors and security cameras as a “siege” of the mosque, and featured chants of “free free Al-Aqsa.”
“It’s just another way to put [Palestinians] on a leash and try to control them,” said CAIR intern Neveen Ayesh.
Anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour took to Facebook on Saturday to salute the protesters, and claim that “Palestine will be free, it’s not a question of if, its (sic) when.”
Friday’s West Bank terror attack, meanwhile, was the first in a series. A security officer at the Israeli embassy in Jordan was attacked on Sunday. And Monday morning, another Palestinian carried out an attack “for Al-Aqsa,” injuring an Arab-Israeli man whom he mistook for a Jew.
There have been no condemnations of these attacks from any of the groups who see metal detectors as a horrible injustice.