Senseless in Gaza

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  1. Netanel Livni says:

    “Alas, hatred and nihilism seem the dominant Palestinian products at present.”

    Hatred yes, nihilism?? That is simply inaccurate. These people believe in something wholeheartedly. That something just happens to be Evil.

    “Israel made no move to evict the mosques from the Temple Mount”

    Is the author quoting this as a positive act? That a Jewish government allows its enemies to enter places that are forbidden even for a Jew who is not a Kohen is Admirable??? That we uphold a building that was built to negate Judaism is to our credit??? Woe to the eyes that read such things. Every Jew should hope that we would have had the courage to destroy those mosques that are a constant desecration of Hashem’s name. The fact that we did not is only a sign of weakness, not of moral greatness.

  2. dochesed says:

    Is the contrast between the Israelis and the Palestinians really so stark? The comparable situation is the 140 mosques in villages in Israel abandoned by Arabs in 1948–few of the have been treated respectfully (see Meron Benveniste http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/622332.html : “Out of some 140 village mosques that were abandoned due to the war in 1948, some 100 were totally torn down. The rest, about 40, are in advanced stages of collapse and neglect, or are used by the Jewish residents for other purposes.” and further details there).

  3. Menachem Petrushka says:

    Two comments.

    1. Under the left wind governemnts that ruled Israel for the first 30 years, tens of mosques in abandoned Arab villages were destroyed or converted to other use.

    2. Similarily now, the secular media especially Haaretz has incited the Palestinians and Muslim extremists to destroy Jewish holy places and shrines.

    In the weeks immediately preceding the sacking of Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus, there was a spate of articles, op-ed pieces, and maybe even an editorial in Haaretz verbally desecrating the shrine. Writer after writer kept saying that the tomb was bogus and that it had no sanctity. The Palestinians took the cue and destroyed the shrine, murdering a number of Israeli soldiers and making the IDF look feeble.

    In the disengagement Haaretz was at it again. Editorial after editorial demanded that the synagogues be destroyed by the IDF, claiming that they had lost their sanctity. The question that struck me immediately is how the flagship of Atheist Israel became such an expert on the sanctity of synagogues. Be that as it may, Mr. Abbas, in justifying the destruction and arson at the synagogues, quoted the Haaretz editorial verbatim about how the Jewish houses of worship were no longer holy.

    The mute reaction of the world to both the events above is also explained by the
    unrelenting attacks of the Israeli media against Jewish Holy Places in the Holy Land.

  4. Nachum Lamm says:

    Menachem, you *really* think they needed an excuse from Haaretz?

    I don’t see how anything done to Mosques can compare. This would have been easier to stomach had the Palestinians said, “Look, we’re sorry, but nobody’s using these buildings and they’re in the way; we’re going to have to dismantle or convert them.” That’s not what happened.

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