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PA tries to increase hatred regarding Jerusalem

Itamar Marcus  |
PA tries to increase hatred regarding Jerusalem
PA: "Jews of high position" 
planned arson in Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1969
by Itamar Marcus 

With Palestinian-Israeli tensions over Jerusalem's Old City and the Temple Mount still simmering, the Palestinian Authority has chosen to intensify Palestinian anger and hate by repeating one of its most dangerous libels - that "senior Jews of high position" planned the arson of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1969. In a documentary broadcast on PA TV, it was presented as fact that not only did Jews plan the arson of the Mosque but also that after the fire started Israel shut off the water supply, preventing fire fighters from efficiently putting out the fire.

The following is some of the narration from the documentary:

"From investigations conducted by the Islamic Council it became clear that there was more than one perpetrator [of the Al-Aqsa Mosque arson in 1969] and that the fire was planned by senior Jews of high position, especially since the roof can only be reached from a wooden spiral staircase located outside the Al-Aqsa building. This proves that careful, premeditated measures were taken to completely destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The proof is that the occupation authorities were slow to extinguish [the fire] and that the water supply to the Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount) had been cut off during those hours."
[Official PA TV, Aug. 21, 2017]

The 1969 fire in the Mosque was started by a Christian Australian man, who was arrested immediately afterward and found to be mentally unstable.

PA TV's decision to broadcast this Al-Aqsa libel now, follows its ongoing attempts to keep Palestinian hatred of Israel simmering over the Temple Mount issue. Last month the Palestinian Authority Minister of Religious Affairs told Palestinian viewers on television that Israel was planning to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque:

PA Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is:
"Israel divided [the Al-Aqsa Mosque between Jews and Muslims] regarding [prayer] time... It wants to reach what is beyond that, as it has plans to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establish the alleged Temple in its place."
[Official PA TV, Palestine This Morning, July 24, 2017
This documentary which claims that Israel planned the arson to the Mosque was previously broadcast on official PA TV on Aug. 21, 2015 and on official PA TV Live on Aug. 21, 2013.

On other occasions, the PA has claimed that the arsonist himself was a Jew:

"Forty six years have passed since the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] was set on fire by the Jewish terrorist Denis Michael (sic, Michael Denis William Rohan, an Australian Christian)."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 23, 2015]

To view more examples of the Palestinian Authority promoting this Al-Aqsa libel, click here.


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