The turnaround by Israel's rabbinical leadership, which in the past has acted as a sane counterweight to messianic Third Temple activists, is a worrying sign. Netanyahu has regularly dismissed suggestions that Israel wants to alter the status quo on the Temple Mount as 'incitement.' One of the biggest drivers of violence in Jerusalem in recent years has been Palestinian and Muslim fears that Israel is altering, or at least that it intends to, the status quo on the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif — the holy esplanade which once housed the Jewish temple and today is the site of the Al-Aqsa Mosque…Read More... | 5 Comments
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Despite Israel revoking tens of thousands of entry permits, some Palestinian worshippers were able to travel from the West Bank to Jerusalem to mark the first Friday of Ramadan. Photos by Ahmad al-Bazz, Oren Ziv / Activestills.org Text by Oren Ziv Thousands of Palestinians crossed through Qalandiya Checkpoint in the West Bank to Jerusalem on Friday, to participate in the first Friday prayers of Ramadan, the holy Muslim month of fasting, at Al-Aqsa Mosque. Buses from across the West Bank brought worshippers to the checkpoint, which they then crossed on foot. On the other side of checkpoint were buses that…Read More... | 4 Comments
The practice run, ahead of what some groups believe will be the construction of a Third Temple, was co-ordinated by dozens of groups from the Temple Mount Movement — including those who call for the destruction of Muslim holy sites. Warning: This article contains a graphic image of animal slaughter. Text by Tali Janner-Klausner Photos by Tali Mayer A crowd of hundreds came to watch the fifth and largest tirgul korban pesach – an annual re-enactment, or “practice run” of the paschal lamb sacrifice that was the central ritual of the harvest festival of Passover during ancient times. The ceremony…Read More... | 7 Comments
It is welcome news that the long-awaited cameras will finally be installed soon. The bad news is that they don’t even touch the root of the problem — restrictions on Muslim worshippers accessing Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount. By Aviv Tatarsky The issue of CCTV cameras on the Temple Mount has come up over and over again in recent weeks, and there are even reports of a final agreement between Israel and Jordan to install the cameras within the next month. Reaching such an agreement is praiseworthy, and one can only hope that the cameras help prevent another situation in which everyone…Read More... | 6 Comments
Instead of referring to Palestinians who carry out stabbings 'child terrorists,' Israeli society would do well to wake up and realize that this rebellion won't end until these teenagers have their freedom. By Umar al-Ghubari Over the past few days, the Israeli media marked six months since the beginning of the latest intifada. The media, as usual, told the story in its typical, shallow way, regurgitating what the vast majority of the Israeli public and its elected officials say on any given day. Most Israeli newspapers hold a classic Israeli-Zionist worldview, which sees Palestinians as murderous, culture-less creatures driven by…Read More... | 16 Comments
Even if we can't accept each other's historical narratives, it is still possible to acknowledge that there are both Israelis and Palestinians living here today. By Alex Stein MK Anat Berko (Likud) kicked off a storm in the Knesset last week when she pointed out that Arabic doesn’t have a ‘P’ sound, meaning that Palestinians themselves can’t pronounce Palestine (Arabic softens Ps into Fs, which is why the Arabic word for Palestine is Falastin). This led to uproar in the Knesset, with MK Tamar Zandberg (Meretz) shouting out “Are you for real?” and several members of the Joint List walking…Read More... | 24 Comments
Activestills selects the most powerful, important and moving images of 2015 — in chronological order. Photos by: Oren Ziv, Ahmad al-Bazz, Yotam Ronen, Faiz Abu-Rmeleh, Keren Manor, Hosam Salem, Ezz Zanoun, Anne Paq, Shiraz Grinbaum Editing: Anka Mirkin, Merieke Lauken / Activestills.orgRead More...
2015 was a year full of murder, stabbings, homophobia, and gender-based violence. I can't wait for it to be over. Damn you, 2015. Your place is in the dustbin of history. Leave us alone. You fraud. You began to shower us with specks of hope when the last elections were announced. We thought perhaps that the Israeli voter would cast away the thick layer of anxiety that has been sewn around him over 20 years of right-wing rule. Arab citizens worked tirelessly to put together the Joint List — for themselves and for the supporters of cooperation and democracy. For…Read More... | 3 Comments
Israel's prime minister defies staffers and lawmakers, pledging to host the Republican presidential contender. Trump, the Islamophobe, says he plans to visit what might be the most religiously sensitive site on earth. Just how worried should we be? While local leaders in the United States are declaring Donald Trump persona non grata, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is gearing up to host the xenophobic presidential candidate later this month. Trump’s racist outbursts and policies have focused on Muslims in recent days and weeks, something one might think the Israeli prime minister would be sensitive about, considering that 20 percent of…Read More... | 65 Comments
The prime minister had a busy week. We were taking notes. 1. We could destroy Al-Aqsa — if we wanted to Netanyahu dedicated a good part of the past few months to swearing up and down that Palestinians are inciting violence by suggesting that Israel, Israelis or Israeli rule threatens Islam’s third-holiest site, Haram al-Sharif and Al-Aqsa Mosque. (Ignoring, of course, that members of his own government regularly incite against Al-Aqsa.) And then there was this. “If the Jews wanted to destroy Al-Aqsa it wouldn’t take much effort, not at all,” the prime minister told party members in a closed…Read More...
The current events in Jerusalem have a political history and context. Attempts to attribute the violence to some kind of Palestinian pathology while ignoring other factors is a recipe for making things worse. A response to Jeffrey Goldberg. Jeffrey Goldberg wrote a powerful piece in The Atlantic last week claiming to scrutinize Palestinian violence through the history of Jewish and Arab ties to the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif over the past 100 years. (“The paranoid, supremacist roots of the stabbing Intifada,” the headline reads.) Goldberg starts by discussing Palestinian “paranoia” over Israel’s actions in Jerusalem and ends with a broader, more…Read More... | 17 Comments
For Israel and settler organizations, creating a Jewish identity and presence on the access road to the Western Wall is crucial. Palestinians, on the other hand, view it as a dangerous provocation. By Yonathan Mizrachi The many stabbings in Jerusalem's Old City in recent weeks have taken place in one precise location: Ha-Gai Street, or Al-Wad Street in Arabic. While the walled city is relatively small, it is interesting to note why the political and violent struggle over Jerusalem focalizes on its most heavily guarded street. [tmwinpost] Damascus Gate is located on the Old City's northern wall, and is the…Read More...
Dozens of Palestinians and several Border Police officers wounded in third day of clashes over restrictions to Jerusalem's holiest site. Tensions erupted in East Jerusalem and the West Bank on Friday, as dozens of Palestinians and three Border Police officers were wounded in the third day of clashes over restrictions on Muslim worship in one of Jerusalem's holiest sites. [tmwinpost] According to Ma'an News Agency, dozens Palestinians were wounded during clashes with Israeli security forces throughout the West Bank. Eighteen of them were lightly wounded near the West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum, while protesting in support of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound amid…Read More... | 1 Comment
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