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Temple Mount Outcry Denies Jewish Rights in Jerusalem

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Earlier this month, Israeli Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir peacefully visited the Temple Mount in Jerusalem for 15 minutes in the morning. Only 24 hours later, the United Nations Security Council convened a meeting to discuss the issue. So was Ben-Gvir’s reactions worthy of such an outcry?

The “Jews Storming al-Aqsa” Canard

Arab governments were swift to condemn Ben-Gvir. Representatives from the governments of Egypt and Jordan accused Ben-Gvir of “storming” the Al Aqsa mosque while the UAE and Saudi Arabia condemned Ben-Gvir for “storming” the Al Aqsa “courtyard” or “compound,” respectively. Ben-Gvir was never in the mosque, and observing the footage of his leisurely walk, he clearly wasn’t “storming” anything either.

But Secretary of State Ned Price enabled this false narrative by not correcting a reporter who made a parallel to Ariel Sharon’s 2000 visit to the Temple Mount, stating that “Ariel Sharon stormed Haram Sharif and launched one of the most violent episodes in Palestinian-Israeli history that went on for a very, very long time.” In this reporter’s bizzarro world, Sharon stormed the Temple Mount, and used this to launch violence against the Palestinians. But in reality, Sharon’s visit had been greenlighted by the Palestinian Preventative Security Service chief Jibril Rajoub and Yasser Arafat had planned the Second Intifada months ahead of time.

The “storming” libel echoes Palestinian propaganda that Jews are invading, defiling, and destroying the al Aqsa mosque, canards which have been shown to persuade terrorists to kill Jews. So Arab governments using such rhetoric, and even calling Ben-Gvir’s visit a “provocation” or a “provocative” act as the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar did, has potentially deadly consequences.

Arab Desecration of Jewish Heritage Sites

Rather, Arab leadership and terrorists were the ones that often did the invading, defiling and destroying of Jewish heritage sites. These include on the Temple Mount when the Wakf removed “roughly 400 truckloads” of dirt from the Temple Mount in the late 1990s using heavy machinery. Subsequent sifting of said dirt by the Temple Mount Sifting Project yielded several Jewish archeological finds.

Additional desecrations included the Palestinian Authority’s promise of and failure to protect Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus, destroyed by a Palestinian mob in 2000, and multiple terror attacks on Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem, the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, and many others. Back when the Jordanians controlled Jerusalem’s Old City from 1948-1967, Jordanian soldiers and everyday folk destroyed 56 synagogues in the Jewish Quarter and almost completely destroyed the 2,000 year old Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives.

Temple Denial

 Libels of the Jews provoking violence on the Temple Mount is related to Palestinian propaganda that Jews have no rightful claim to the Temple Mount, and that Solomon’s Temple never existed. Such “Temple Denial” existed in Palestinian nationalism at least as early as 1998, when Ikrima Sabri, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem at the time, denied that Solomon’s Temple was in Jerusalem, and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat repeated a similar claim in 2000. Palestinian propaganda also claims the Western Wall is a Muslim site, and exclusively so.

Such Temple Denial proliferated amongst Palestinian nationalism, despite an old Arabic term for Jerusalem, “Bayt al-Maqdis,” which comes from the Hebrew “Beit Hamikdash,” meaning “the Holy Temple.” (The modern Arabic term for Jerusalem, “al-Quds,” is in turn a derivative of Bayt al-Maqdis.)

 Ironically, Muslims have identified the Temple Mount with the site of Solomon’s Temple since Umar ibn al-Khattab, the Arab conqueror of Jerusalem. Versions of a tour guide for the Temple Mount written in 1924, 1925, 1929 and 1932 by the Supreme Moslem Council all recognize that the Temple Mount has a connection with Solomon’s Temple, with all four versions stating that the Temple Mount’s “identity with the site of Solomon’s Temple is beyond dispute.” Following Israel’s re-establishment in 1948, the Wakf removed references to Solomon’s Temple from its guidebooks.

What is the “Status Quo?”

The Biden administration supports the “status quo” of the holy sites in Jerusalem, as recently stated by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of State Spokesman Ned Price and US Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Robert Wood. When elaborating on the status quo, Price struggled to offer specifics, stating that “it’s not for me to define…what the historic status quo is.” But Israel and Jordan’s Armistice Agreement (1949), Israel’s Protection of Holy Places Law(1967), Article 9 of Israel’s Peace with Jordan (1994) and the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement on the West Bank and Gaza Strip (1995) all recognize the right of Jews to access holy sites in Jerusalem.

The heart of the matter is that the United Nations, the Arab states, and unfortunately the Biden administration do not recognize Jewish rights in the Temple Mount. Supporting the “status quo” is supporting the continued denial of Jews to those rights. True, enduring peace in the Middle East can only be achieved when all parties recognize and respect Jewish rights to peacefully access the Temple Mount.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

 

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Judiciary hearing spotlights Biden’s dangerously ‘intentional’ open border policy

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Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee bashed the Biden administration Wednesday for the growing southwest border crisis, saying the massive increase in illegal migration and drug trafficking is the result of intentional policies put in place by the White House.

I absolutely agree and contend that Biden’s open border policy is a direct threat to the national security of our nation, making the U.S. vulnerable to our enemies and putting the lives of U.S. citizens and migrants at risk.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who is Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, began the hearing by addressing the overwhelming numbers of migrants from all over the world that are being trafficked by cartels and associated human smuggling organizations into the United States since Biden took office, as Iv’e previously reported. These migrants pay thousands, and many times tens of thousands of dollars, to make the dangerous and harrowing journey to the U.S. border.

The trek is laden with tragedy. Children are at the mercy of those trafficking them resulting in physical, sexual and mental abuse. Women and men are raped. Many illegal migrants are sold into slavery to pay back the cartels for their journey. Even those that make it into the country without being victimized by the traffickers are many times forced into slavery once they arrive or live in the shadows.

The officials at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington D.C. are doing little to mitigate this crisis and in fact, tow the narrative of the Biden White House.

Republican lawmakers criticized embattled DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who has publicly stated that the U.S. southern border “is secure” despite all evidence to the contrary. His lies are palpable and lawmakers are calling for his resignation. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, was first to file impeachment articles against Mayorkas and said Tuesday, that “the founders said that you have impeachment for high crimes and misdemeanors — that’s constitutional. They didn’t say you have to be convicted of a felony. What they said is you have a public official who has violated public trust and there is nobody who typifies that more in my opinion than Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.”

Still, Mayorkas is refusing to budge. Why should he? He’s doing exactly what the President is demanding of him. As for the American people, a significant portion of our nation is left in the dark because of a feckless politically motivated media that can’t allow the truth to get in the way of its lies.

It has never been this bad. I’ve covered the border for roughly 18 years and the consequences of President Biden’s open border policies will be dire. The number of illegal migrant encounters and more importantly the overwhelming numbers of known got-a-ways that have not been vetted and who have disappeared into the fabric of our nation will, in my opinion, directly impact our national security.

Jordan put the blame for the overwhelming border crisis squarely on the White House. I agree. He stated, “make no mistake the Biden administration is carrying out its plan.” It was a plan that Biden advertised when he became President and one that his minions are carrying out regardless of the warnings being issued by federal employees, like the Border Patrol agents and ICE officers, and local and state law enforcement, who are on the front lines of this daily battle.

Jordan reminded the committee that in Mayorkas’ own words he said, “we are executing our plan on the border.”

He also referenced Biden’s statement at the beginning of his presidency, when he bragged that his administration “would make it easier for people to get here.”

It’s just that simple. There is no need to dissect the White House statements or try to come up with other interpretations of why the U.S. Mexico border, is almost non-existent.

The numbers of people illegally entering our nation since Biden was elected is evidence enough. More than 2.3 million migrants were encountered at the U.S. Mexico border in 2022, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. By the time Biden leaves office more than 5 million will have been encountered by federal agents and that’s a low-ball guess, according to many U.S. officials I’ve spoken with familiar with the crisis. In fact, the real numbers of illegal aliens in the United States are believed to roughly 22 to 25 million people and you can bet based on those already apprehended that some of them are terrorists with the intention of doing harm to our nation.

“These numbers make clear that the Biden administration does not have operational control of the border,” said Jordan.“Month after month after month, we have set records for migrants coming into the country and frankly, I think it’s intentional.”

We know what’s happing with the open border,  so the most important question we can ask is, why is the administration pursuing an open border policy? What is the ultimate agenda of this policy? Is it more votes? Is it more globalist pursuits in the Western Hemisphere?

We can only guess but it’s up to our lawmakers, like those on the House Judiciary Committee, to hold the Biden officials accountable in such a way that they are forced to confront the truth before the American public through tough questions under oath before the committees. No dog and pony shows. No excuses or deals.

Our lawmakers need to expose the truth no matter how difficult it is to hear – whether it’s the tragic deaths by our citizens from Fentanyl poisoning while adversaries like China send precursor chemicals to Mexican cartels to kill our youth, the trafficking of children for sex and other nefarious purposes, the increase in deaths of migrants at the border and the very real possibility that people associated with terrorism have entered the United States.

These are only some of the the litany of issues our nation is grappling with under a Biden open border policy.

We need to hold the Biden officials accountable because when something does happen, we need to  have their lies on record. We cannot accept any U.S. officials making excuses or acting ignorant of the situation, just like we saw during the 911 Commission hearings.

In fact, the White House’s continuing failure to protect the national security of our country is already a dereliction of duty.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC 

 

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