Skip to comments.House of Worship or Palestinian Arsenal?
Posted on 07/28/2014 7:16:44 AM PDT by SJackson
House of Worship or Palestinian Arsenal?
Posted By Danielle Avel On July 25, 2014 @ 12:47 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 35 Comments
While salvaging Qurans from the rubble of the Al-Farouq Mosque in Gaza, junior imam Muhammad Hamad told the New York Times, This is a house of God as though this proved the mosque is a peaceful place of worship. He said this after Al-Farouq had been targeted by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on July 12. According to IDF spokesperson, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, intelligence indicated the mosque was used as a Hamas rocket cache and gathering point for militants. According to Hamad, That charge is baseless.
This debate conjures striking visuals the military against the mosque, the Qurans amidst the rubble, and the young imam invoking the term house of God. Media outlets eagerly perpetuate this narrative however incomplete or inaccurate. The problem, however, starts at the very root of the story, with the mosque. Lets explore what a house of God might look like to an average person living in a Palestinian-controlled neighborhood.
The above picture shows the Caliph Abu Bakr Mosque in Aida in Area A on the West Bank. Area A means Israel maintains control over external security, so Palestinians there are limited in the weapons they can amass, unlike in Hamas-controlled Gaza where Israel relinquished control of the border. Though Israel prevents missiles from entering the West Bank, Area A is otherwise similar to Gaza in that Palestinians are responsible for their own neighborhoods central to those neighborhoods are mosques.
The Aida mosque entryway is festooned with violent messaging that celebrates terrorists, that show all of Israel gone from the map, and advertisements for conferences that promote the caliphate (i.e., radical Islam taking over the world).
Note at least 7 specific examples of politicized imagery in the above photo:
1. Drawing of the word Fatah, the quasi-political party that rules the Palestinian Authority
2. Stylized drawing in Arabic depicting a map of Israel as Palestine as the final letter
3. Fatah graffiti
4. Remnants of an advertisement for the Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrirs 2012 Caliphate Conference
5. Poster celebrating a released terrorist with common Palestinian imagery featuring a map of Israel as Palestine
6. Remnants of a poster celebrating a terrorist
7. Poster advertising the 2013 Hizb ut-Tahrir of Palestine Caliphate Conference
The photo above shows a child walking by the side entrance of the same mosque. Directly above his head is a poster celebrating 2 terrorists with a common slogan throw off your chains. On either side of the terrorist poster are advertisements for a caliphate conference. The wall is splattered with graffiti: Fatah appears frequently alongside the terms struggle and Phalanxes of Martyrdom which are calls to war.
Mosques like Aidas are commonplace in Palestinian-controlled neighborhoods of Gaza and the West Bank: radical Islam is the norm, terrorists are celebrated, and the messaging reiterates the goal of destroying the Jewish State.
These messages, openly celebrated even on the exterior walls of houses of God make it is easy to comprehend how Palestinian mosques become part of their terrorist infrastructure.
Further, Palestinians have a documented history of using mosques as bases for terrorism. A few examples:
In 2003, Israeli police thwarted a suicide attack and located the explosives belt in a mosque in Taibeh.
In 2003, Hamas terrorists in Hebron used their mosques football team as cover while they carried out a series of suicide attacks that killed 34 Israelis.
In 2003, Raed Misk, an imam of a mosque in Hebron, carried out a suicide attack that killed 23 civilians. He was dressed in the explosives belt at a mosque in eastern Jerusalem.
In 2008, the IDF bombed a mosque in Gaza City that was used to store missiles and explosives and was used as a launching ground for rocket attacks.
In 2009, during Operation Cast Lead, IDF forces uncovered weapons caches in mosques throughout Gaza including ones in Jabaliya, Al-Atatra, and the Zeitun neighborhood of Gaza City.
As for the Al-Farouq Mosque recently targeted in Gaza for being a rocket cache and meeting place for terrorists, it broadcasts publicly its affiliation with Hamas and its promotion of jihad on the mosques Facebook page.
As the IDF targets terrorist sites in the Gaza Strip, more mosques will likely be destroyed. Waiting near the rubble will be Palestinians claiming these are merely houses of God. It is clear that as long as it is beneficial to use mosques as bases of terrorism, Palestinians will continue to do so and to lie about it. Media outlets may continue to gloss over this reality, but how long will their audiences be fooled?
Great justification for leveling every mosque (extra points for full occupancy).
That’d be a good start...
I don’t understand the concern with Palestinian deaths in Gaza.
I saw a Palestinian minister (female) on yesterdays Wallace’s Fox News Sunday and she made it clear that their intend was to get as many of their civilian’s , women and children, killed as they can.
Wallace asked her why they just don’t end the missile attacks if their civilian casualties bother them and her answer was that they will not stop them.
Palestinian cam recorded emotions look staged and scripted, I see no evidence that they care about these deaths.
Both. They worship death and the 'murderer from the beginning'.
Psychotic lunatics letting their children die for political purposes. Yeah, that’s REAL love...
It’s a real simple equation. Stop rocketing and killing the Israelis, and then they’ll stop killing you.
Israel should go in there and finish things.
Wont that just make the Palestinians mad(der) ?
Those that value their lives should experience fear, as for the rest, do the dead have emotions?
It doesn't look like Obama will accomplish peace in the middle East, let alone the world after all.
Something went wrong since he got that peace prize.
Seems like there’s been quite an uptick in global conflict in recent years.
I thought we’d all be holding hands and singing by now. Lalalalalalalalala.
I guess the quality of not being George Bush doesn’t actually have anything to do with genuine foreign policy acumen. Shocking.
You can’t live side-by-side with psychopaths that teach their children to hate and kill you, strap bomb vests on them, launch rockets into your cities, blow up passenger buses, etc.
Sooner or later, Israel will have to clean house.
It’s ugly, but it’s reality.
Again - here’s the simple solution; stop attacking the Israelis, and the Israelis will stop killing them.
But that’s introducing logic to lunacy.... and we CAN’T have that, now can we...
“...Those that value their lives should experience fear,...”
Impy, you rascal!! You’ve been watching “Patton” again, haven’t you?!?! Hahah!!