Aqsa Mosque needs actions not words

By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Jerusalem

By now it should be amply clear that Israel is quite bent on seizing al Masjidul Aqsa, partly or fully, from Muslim hands. Jewish extremists, escorted by heavily armed crack soldiers have been storming the Islamic sanctuary nearly on a daily basis lately. In the process, Muslim worshipers, including women, were severely beaten. Others were arrested and given heavy prison sentences. In other cases, many Muslims, staying within the spacious holy place to repulse Jewish provocations were served flagrant court orders banishing them from the sanctuary for many months and imposing on them crippling financial fines.
The immediate Israeli goal behind the recurrent escalation at the Haram al Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) is apparently to divide the Mosque (plus its large courts) between Jews and Muslims. The Netanyahu government effectively began implementing this dangerous policy several months ago by restricting Muslim access to the holy place during specific hours- from 5 am to 12:00 o’clock.

The ultimate Israeli goal is to destroy the Aqsa Mosque, fully or in part, in order to build on its site a Talmudic Temple. Messianic Jews believe the building of the Temple would achieve Jewish National fulfillment and expedite the so-called redemption age for Jews, which would witness the appearance of the Jewish Messiah. The Jewish Messiah, Yacob Ben David, would bring about salvation for Jews and establish a worldwide Jewish Kingdom.

Jewish millenarians realize that the demolition of the great Muslim sanctuary, which ranks third in holiness and sanctity after the Ka’aba in Makkah and the Prophet Mosque in Madina, would ignite a huge conflagration in which numerous people would lose their lives.

Yet, Talmudic scholars believe that it is this kind of huge bloodshed and internecine war that would accelerate the appearance of the redeemer and realization of salvation for Jews.

Most right-wing government in Israel’s history

The present government in Israel, led by Binyamin Netanyahu, is indisputably the most extremist and anti-peace government in the Jewish state’s history. This government is comprised of and tightly controlled by Talmudic minded figures indoctrinated in Jewish supremacy.

This and the two previous governments, also controlled by extremists and headed by Netanyahu, effectively eliminated any remaining chances for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, mainly thanks to the cancerous expansion of Jewish settlements throughout the West Bank.

With the elimination of any realistic prospects for the establishment of a viable Palestinian state, two main alternatives now stand out: First, the creation of a unitary state between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean in which Arabs and Jews live together in peace and equality.

But this alternative is actually anathema for Jews, especially Zionist Jews, who insist that Israel must always remain Jewish with a clear Jewish identity and Jewish majority. Besides, the very concept of non-Jews enjoying equality with Jews is inconsistent with Orthodox Judaism and with Zionism.

According to Jewish law or Halacha, non-Jews living under Jewish law, must be treated as “water carriers” and “wood hewers.”

Hence, the chances of Israel accepting a unitary democratic state with the Palestinians are almost nil since this concept represents the ultimate antithesis of Zionism and would therefore never see the light of the day.

The other alternative is simply open-ended conflict. This is probably the one thing that a huge number of Jews and Muslims, religious and secular, agree on. Unfortunately, and in light of political realties, this is the most logical scenario expected between Israel and the Palestinians.

Real Catastrophe

There is absolutely no evidence corroborating Israeli claims that a Jewish Temple had stood in the area known to Jews as “Temple Mount” and to Muslims as “al-Haram al-Sharif.”

Several Israeli and western archaeologists and Bible scholars have concluded that the assumptions that the Temple of Solomon stood at the site of the Dome of the Rock is pure mythology.

Indeed, extensive archaeological excavations in the area have utterly failed to produce any genuine evidence suggesting that a Temple was standing in the vicinity of the Dome of the Rock as Zionist Jews keep claiming.

A few years ago, renowned Biblical scholar George Wesley Buchanan wrote a significant monograph ruling out the validity of the claim that the ruins of Temple of Solomon were under the Dome of the Rock.

The article, titled “What if the ruins of King’s Solomon are not under the Dome of the Rock,” which was translated into Arabic by the author of this article, stressed that there has been no hard archaeological evidence linking the Temple to the Haram al Sharif.

In one paragraph, Buchanan pointed out that archaeologists “discovered no ruins in the Haram that might have belonged to the temple. Instead they have found an image of a soldier on a horse, a brick with the mark of the 10th legion on it, and an image of Mars, the Roman god of war

“They have also found in the Haram an inscription once carved over an arch, honoring Titus, Vespasian, and probably Silva for their leadership in the war of AD 66-72. That was confirmed by a fragment of a column found honoring the same three leaders. This would not have been made until the war was over in AD 72.”

Yet, Israel and despite official denials seems bent on destroying one of the most splendid masterpieces of human architecture in order to appease its mythical whims.

This is why, Muslims in particular and the world at large, must never ever allow Israel to reach this evil goal, which would lead to phenomenal blood-letting and tribulations all over the world.

True, Israel is determined to embark on the unthinkable act. However, Muslims, especially Muslim masses and states, will have to consider every conceivable measure to deter Israel.

In the final analysis, if Israel is allowed to have her way, ISIS will also have its way as well