Clashes at Al-Aqsa

Israel’s rightwing government headed by Benjamin Netanyahu is wrong if it thinks the Palestinians or the world will ever acquiesce in its occupation of Jerusalem. On Sunday, clashes took place once again between the occupying police and Palestinian protesters at the Al-Aqsa mosque, provoking a most angry and apt comment from a spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas who said Jerusalem was ‘a red line that Israel should not cross.’

A stronger warning came from Turkey’s Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, who is secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Conference. Calling upon the Muslim world to take a united stand for defending Al-Aqsa, he said Israeli actions could have ‘grave consequences.’ Similar condemnatory messages have come from the Arab League and Egypt.

There are reasons why Mr Netanyahu thinks Israel can get away with its crimes in occupied territory and continued attempts to alter the West Bank’s demographic character. For all its pious rhetoric, the American administration has not been able to make Israel give up its intransigence and get the peace talks going. Even though President Barack Obama declared categorically in his June four speech that all settlement activity must stop, the Likud government last month told George Mitchell, America’s special representative, that it will continue to build new housing units in what it calls ‘Judea and Samaria.’ Israel has also been emboldened by America’s success in pressuring the Palestinian Authority into ignoring the Goldstone report, which condemns Tel Aviv for its war crimes and crimes against the Gazans earlier this year.

Al-Aqsa is a Muslim and not just an Arab issue. Israel has been digging under the mosque, and there is a serious possibility that this could damage the Al-Aqsa and the Holy Precincts in general. As Mr Ihsanoglu said this could have ‘unpredictable consequences’ for world peace. One hopes Israel has not forgotten that the second Intifada in September 2000 began because of Ariel Sharon’s visit to the Islamic holy places despite warnings against it. Israel has no choice but to withdraw from the Palestinian territories if it wants lasting peace in the Middle East.

they never stop don’t they? why do they keep on creating such hatred towards them? muslims tried to make peace with them but they kept doing what they did before. i wish i could have the power to stop them.. article from Dawn.com.

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