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Why Palestinians Riot Over Jewish Heritage Sites
Frontpagemagazine ^ | 3-3-10 | Moshe Dann

Posted on 03/03/2010 5:14:49 AM PST by SJackson

Last week saw an upsurge in Palestinian riots and attacks against Israeli vehicles in Gaza and the West Bank. What crime did Israel commit to invite the wave of violence? Israel’s government simply announced that it intended to honor the country’s heritage by including the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem in a list of Israeli national “heritage” sites.

The violence-fueled Palestinian reaction may seem entirely disproportionate to Israel’s offense. But a look at the historical background shows that it is not without grim precedent.

For several decades, Palestinians have been attacking Jewish worshipers at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the Tomb of Rachel near Bethlehem, and the Tomb of Patriarchs and Matriarchs, Machpelah, in Hebron. After the Oslo and Hebron Agreements in the 1990’s, attacks intensified.

To protect visitors to Rachel’s Tomb, a fortified building was built around the tiny, 19th century building that had been built over the tomb. That wasn’t enough, since getting to the building from the closest Israeli checkpoint, a few hundred meters away, exposed Jews to sniper fire and bombs from adjacent buildings along the road. A new road was built, therefore, surrounded by high cement walls.

Palestinian riots against the rights of Jews to visit holy and historic sites are nothing new. In Jericho and Gaza, ancient Jewish synagogues from the Talmudic period have been destroyed and are off limits to Jews.

In Shechem, Nablus , the site of Joseph’s Tomb, was attacked by Palestinian mobs in 2000, fire-bombed and destroyed. A wounded Israeli soldier inside bled to death while Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and his Defense Minister, Shaul Mofaz, negotiated with the Palestinian Authority.

On the Temple Mount , the Palestinians have been systematically destroying Jewish artifacts and antiquities from the Second Temple period.

Why is attacking and destroying Jewish heritage sites so popular among Palestinians?

Arabs claim their own heritage sites. Their claims go back about 1,300 years, when the Al-Aksa mosque and golden Dome of the Rock were built on the Temple Mount. These buildings exist today under Muslim authority (Wakf); Jews are prohibited by Israeli police from praying, carrying holy books, or ritual objects on the Temple Mount, in deference to Muslim restrictions.

During the Muslim occupation of Israel, with the exception of about two centuries of Christian Crusader occupation, various public buildings, palaces, mosques and bridges were built. Remains of Crusader fortresses are popular tourist sites, along with Nabatean (pagan) sites in the Negev, many of which are UNESCO-designated.

All are part of the history and heritage of the Land of Israel. Except for their buildings on the Temple Mount, however, Muslims do not consider the Land of Israel, Judea and Samaria, Palestine, sacred in any way. During most of the Muslim occupation, these sites were neglected because they held little significance. The main focus, for Muslims, was Mecca and Medina, in Saudi Arabia. Muslims do not make aliyah to Palestine.

Christians and Muslims venerated holy sites in the Land of Israel, Palestine, but after visiting, or conquering, they went home. Their heritage was local, tribal, and familial. The Land of Israel was not part of their heritage. It was a heritage for Jews.

This explains why Palestinians are opposed to the designation of Jewish heritage sites. If it is important to Jews, what does that mean for Muslims? Indeed, what is their heritage?

Heritage is a legacy that connects generations; it’s not politics, but history. For Palestinians, however, the two are entangled – which chokes off rationality.

It’s not the Muslim significance of historical sites that inspires Palestinian riots; it’s that Jews claim it at all. Equal access to historical and holy sites is considered an affront by Muslims, as it questions their exclusivity and authenticity.

Under Muslim rule, for example, Jews were denied entrance to Machpelah, since, if Muslims don’t have exclusive control of the site, then no one else should, or will. Any attachment of Jews diminishes that of Muslims.

This deadly Arab zero-sum game is exacerbated by President Obama, whose opposition to the right of Jews to live beyond the 1949 Armistice Lines fueled Palestinian riots in eastern Jerusalem. Recently, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said “the administration viewed Israel ’s move as provocative and unhelpful.” He did not deplore Palestinian riots.

If you agree with President Obama and Mark Toner, no need to do anything. If you disagree, however, let your voices be heard. Silence is acquiescence.

TOPICS: Editorial; Israel
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; israel; rachelstomb; religionofpieces; unesco

1 posted on 03/03/2010 5:14:49 AM PST by SJackson
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2 posted on 03/03/2010 5:20:10 AM PST by SJackson (In wine there is wisdom, In beer there is freedom, In water there is bacteria.)
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To: SJackson

Seems like a lot of words to say: “Because they are murderous, uncivilized, hateful, barbarians”.

3 posted on 03/03/2010 5:20:16 AM PST by KeepUSfree (WOSD = fascism pure and simple.)
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To: SJackson

They’re NOT “Palestinians”, they’re Arabs. They need to be sent back to their homes in Egypt, Jordan, or their ancestral homeland of Saudi Arabia...that way, they can receive that famous Arabic hospitality the Left so brags about.

4 posted on 03/03/2010 5:20:20 AM PST by MuttTheHoople (
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To: SJackson

I was at the Machpelach in November, and some little 10 year old Palestinian was having target practice with rocks..he never came close. I seriously thought about throwing them at him, but thought better of it.

5 posted on 03/03/2010 5:21:43 AM PST by richardtavor
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To: SJackson

It is obvious the Jewish people have tried to help the Islamic people by even allowing the Dome of the Rock to exist. But the Islamic cult will never reciprocate. I think the time is coming when the Jewish people will be called to rebuild the temple and kick the muslim dome back to where it comes from. The decision will be made easier for the Jewish state because the world economy is collapsing and the choices made for economic reasons will no longer be necessary to help Israel. Israel will only be helped at that time by its worship of God through Jesus Christ.
Isreal, stand tall, build the temple, clear a kill zone, the war is being pushed upon you.. I am sure you understand.
Peace in Christ, America, God condemns that which is against Israel. Come Lord!!!

6 posted on 03/03/2010 5:30:53 AM PST by aeonspromise
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To: SJackson
One sentence. Palestinians suffer from genetic insanity.
7 posted on 03/03/2010 5:32:07 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (
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To: MuttTheHoople
They’re NOT “Palestinians”, they’re Arabs. They need to be sent back to their homes in Egypt, Jordan, or their ancestral homeland of Saudi Arabia...that way, they can receive that famous Arabic hospitality the Left so brags about.


When one calls these Arabs Palestinians, they give credence to the Big Lie.

YHvH preserved the promised land for His people by an 1800 year drought.

The Arabs did not come to the land until the Jews began to return in 1900.

shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
8 posted on 03/03/2010 6:32:31 AM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: richardtavor

How do you get a Palestinian kid to throw a rock? Point a TV cameras at him. The Palestinian HE MEN also are behind the camera line with AK 47’s. That way if an Israeli soldiers fires at them, it looks like they are shooting at the rock throwing little bastards.

9 posted on 03/03/2010 6:35:05 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: KeepUSfree

“Seems like a lot of words to say: “Because they are murderous, uncivilized, hateful, barbarians”.”

I don’t disagree, but it is also important to note that muslims equate tolerance of islam in Western countries as acceptance that islam is a true religion -— for if Christianity or Judiasm or whateveism was true, then the Christians, Jewish people, or Whateverists would not tolerate any other religion being practiced in countries where they hold power.

Intolerance of other religions is a very important facet of islam, and the Western idea of tolerance of islam is very much perceived as secret acceptance of islam as correct.

It’s an important mindset to remember when dealing with muslims.

10 posted on 03/03/2010 7:29:03 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: SJackson

Because there are TV cameras, and they wouldn’t want those nice reporters to go home empty-handed.

11 posted on 03/03/2010 8:27:48 AM PST by Eleutheria5 ( Two-state solution: A bad idea whose time has gone.)
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To: SJackson

The real reason Muslims hate Jewish holy sites in Palestine, is NOT merely that they aren’t their own, tribal, historic sites. The real reason is that ancient holy sites help to establish ownership...that is Jewish ownership of land which was once controlled by the Islamic Caliphate.

In Islamic the theology of eschatology, Muslims are destined to control the whole earth. Once land is taken by Muslims, it is officially theirs forever (they think) by the will of Allah. Saudi world maps today, for example, will not show a nation of Spain, rather “Al Andalus” as it was called when under Muslim Moorish control...(OVER 500 YEARS AGO).

Since Israel is a lot closer to Arabia, with its holy sites, and, since the Palestine, until WWI had been (with the Crusader exception) under Muslim Caliphate control since the 7th Century—ANYTHING that establishes a prior claim to sovereignty (and ancient holy sites do this in spades) is rejected.

This is also why Palestinian Arabs—in spite of all the best totally accepted historical & archeological evidence—deny the reality of the Temple mount, as this would establish a solid case of Jewish sovereignty over formerly Muslim lands....something they can never allow (the facts be d*mned....).

This Muslim mentality is also why any sort of “land for peace” deals are a fantasy. Muslims will not be happy unless ALL of Israel is destroyed.

12 posted on 03/03/2010 1:20:51 PM PST by AnalogReigns
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13 posted on 03/03/2010 7:04:22 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Freedom is Priceless.)
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