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Israeli soldier opens the barred entry to the Temple Mount for religious Jews in Fatah cartoon

Cartoon and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “You will not pass”

The cartoon shows an armed Israeli soldier with a large nose and a Star of David on his helmet pulling aside the red slash in the center of a gate depicted as a “prohibition symbol” in front of the Dome of the Rock, allowing three ultra-Orthodox Jews with Stars of David on their hats to pass through the symbol to the Temple Mount.

The cartoon, which was posted on Tisha B’Av (see note below) on Aug. 11, 2019, apparently refers to how Israel initially banned entry to the Temple Mount for Jews that day, before later retracting the ban and allowing entry.

Tisha B'Av 2019 – Muslims rioted on the Temple Mount on Aug. 11, 2019, for the express purpose of preventing Jews from going up to the site on Tisha B'Av (see note below), and were explicitly incited to do so by PA leaders such as PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash, who two days prior posted a call on his Facebook page for Muslims in Jerusalem to postpone their holiday observance to the second day of the holiday so that "people will be available to carry out Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to resist the Israeli plan to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the first day of the holiday (i.e. Tisha B' Av)," adding "Our mosque is our Ribat and the Al-Aqsa Mosque is our Jihad."

Tisha B'Av - Jewish day of mourning commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem (586 BCE and 70 CE) and the forced exile of most of the Jewish people from the land of Israel.

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