On October 29, 2014, some Jews in Jerusalem attended a conference about bringing Jewish prayer to the Temple Mount. Currently, Jews can’t pray there.
They can’t do that because of something called ‘the status quo’. The ‘status quo’ of the Temple Mount is that Jews are forbidden to pray there. It doesn’t matter that, as Jewish activist Adina Kutnicki has said, The Temple Mount is to Jews what Mecca is to Muslims.
No one in the world would dare suggest that Muslims be banned from praying at Mecca. But everyone in the world seems to feel it’s just dandy to ban Jews from praying at their Temple Mount.
Rabbi Glick was one of the speakers at that conference. Shortly after giving his speech, an Arab man walked up to him and shot him four times.
Rabbi Glick is listed in critical-but-stable condition.
When that story broke, you were told several things. First, Rabbi Glick was a ‘far-Right activist’ (New York Times). He was a ‘Right-wing Jewish activist’ (BBC and LA Times). He was a ‘far-Right religious activist’ (The Sydney Morning Herald) (see, “Is Rabbi Yehuda Glick ‘Right-Wing?’”, HonestReporting, November 4, 2014).
He was also called, ‘controversial’ (LA Times).
To call someone ‘far-Right’, ‘far-Right religious’ and/or ‘controversial’ in Israel is to associate that individual with aggressive militancy and a kind of Jewish activism that some characterize as anti-democratic. Those words are code for ‘extremist’.
What’s Rabbi Glick’s extremism? He works for the right of Jews to pray on the Temple Mount. He doesn’t advocate to supplant Muslim prayer (HonestReporting, ibid). He doesn’t incite against Muslims. Instead, he says,
“We are talking about sharing, coexistence,
tolerance, respecting one another. I think that
genuine peace must begin with tolerance and
respect. I think that Jews, Muslims, or Christians,
anybody who supports peace, anyone who supports praying — talking to G-d — should be allowed to [do so]
on the Temple Mount.” (ibid)
The world’s press would have you believe that the victim of this shooting is the extremist. He isn’t. He’s as American in his freedom-of-worship belief as baseball, Thanksgiving and apple pie.
The Palestinian Authority, meanwhile, doesn’t believe in the freedom to worship. Palestinian Ambassador to the U.N., Ryiad Mansour, told CNN: “Al-Aqsa Mosque is always open for visitors…but it is not open — except for the Muslims — to pray there” (ibid).
To the world press, Rabbi Glick is an extremist. But Arab demands to cancel freedom of worship for Jews are okay.
Rabbi Glick is the ‘extremist’?
You weren’t told something else: the shooting of Rabbi Glick came after Palestinian (PA) TV spent three days rerunning an anti-Israel-inciting speech by PA leader Mahmoud Abbas. In that speech, Abbas said, ‘we must all carry out religious conflict/war at al-aqsa [The Temple Mount area]…we have to prevent the ‘settlers’ [Jews], in any way whatsoever, from entering the Sanctuary [Jewish advocates for prayer do not advocate entering the Sanctuary]…They [Jews] have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it. We must prevent them” (ibid, from a video from Palwatch.org).
PA TV reran that speech 19 times in three days. The Arab shooter then shot one of the pre-eminent Jewish advocates for Jewish worship on the Temple Mount.
If you can read, you can probably build a case that the dots connect here: incitement is not benign.
But you’ll have to work hard to find this information. Few—if any--in the mainstream media told you about it.
The alleged shooter, who died in a gun-battle with Israeli police, wasn’t just an ordinary Arab angered by Jews wanting to pray. He was a member of the Islamic Jihad organization (ibid). Islamic Jihad is a terror organization whose goal is the destruction of the state of Israel and the establishment of an Islamic ‘Palestine’ in its place. It is violent.
Most Western news outlets forgot to mention that. Instead, the media described the assailant as a ‘Palestinian man’ (The New York Times, BBC), an ex-prisoner (The Guardian) or a ‘suspect’ (CNN).
When he was killed, Islamic Jihad posted a statement. It said, “We praise his martyrdom that came after a life full of jihad and sacrifice and which responded to the call of holy duty in defending Al-Aqsa mosque” (ibid).
The ‘call of holy duty’ might have been that Abbas speech that ran 19 times in three days before the shooting.
The world’s press didn’t mention that, either.
The G-d of Israel has a Story for you. It’s the Story of the Final Jewish Redemption. Will world press distortions and misrepresentations be part of that Story?
Stay tuned. The G-d of Israel won’t disappoint you.