The Challenge to Palestinian Rights Over the Temple Mount is Political not Religious
|The Dome of the Rock|
The central point of this article from Al Jazeera is correct. The battle over the ‘right’ of Jewish nationalists to pray at the Al Aqsa mosque is not a religious battle but a nationalist one. Religion is simply the form the war takes. As the article in the Jerusalem Post makes clear, Chief Rabbis reimpose ban on Jews visiting Temple Mount Orthodox Jews have always been prohibited from going onto the Temple Mount for fear of trespassing on the Holy of Holies, where the High Priest of the Temple used to hang around with god.
Those who are pushing for the right to pray on the Temple Mount and in Al Aqsa mosque are the Jewish nationalists whose religion is defined and determined by their nationalism. Nationalism harnessed to religion is a heady brew and has always manifested itself in a racist and chauvinist manner. That was as true of the Crusades, nearly a thousand years ago as it is of Zionism Jewish nationalism today. It can be no other since it posits a particular religion as the badge of identification of racial supremacy. This is manifested as a perversion of the Chosen People concept. The religion of the nationalists consists of the worship of the Land of Israel at the expense of the people of Israel. It is is of course a form of idolatory. Hence why they disregard the injunction not to go on to the Temple Mount since they are Messianists who wish to build a Third Temple.
|Police invade the Mosque of al-Aqsa attacking worshipers and causing damage|
Ever year in Jerusalem the Temple Mount Faithful stage a reenaction of the scane they wish to carry out when al-Aqsa mosque is razed to the ground and their Third Temple is built. This year it was accompanied by the ritual sacrifice of a lamb and the whole performance is funded by the Jerusalem city council. Temple Mount Faithful sacrifices lamb in pre-Passover ritual
|Al Aqsa Mosque|
The Temple Institute, another group dedicated to the demolition of the Golden Dome and the Mosque of al-Aqsa, is funded by the Israeli government. So much for the claim that the govt is committed to no change to the status quo
|Yehuda Glick - one of the most assiduous of the Temple Mount Faithful - was nearly assassinated recently|