On Sept. 26, Palestinians influenced by ISIS burned down the St. Charbel Monastery in Bethlehem. Where was the media coverage? Did you hear about it?
Since Rosh Hashanah, dozens of Israelis have been wounded and killed in stabbings, shootings and stoning attacks. The new wave of terror is unpredictable and random, and as a result it is leading to widespread fear and anxiety all across Israel.
On the Internet one can find a Muslim cleric, Sheikh Mohammad Abu Rajab, who, during one of his Friday sermons in the Al-Abrar Mosque in Rafah, Gaza, brandishes a knife, demonstrating how to stab and kill Jews. (memritv.org/clip/en/5098.htm)
With those instructions, and in response to Iran’s incitement and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ endless lies regarding Israel’s intent to take over the Temple Mount where the Al-Aqsa Mosque stands, countless attacks have taken and are taking place, in Jerusalem and in other cities across Israel. Multiple stabbings, cars ramming into crowds of bystanders, shootings and bombs exploding are occurring with increasing frequency. Only attacks that ended in the killing of the perpetrators have been reported.
Many years ago, I visited King Solomon’s stables beneath the Temple Mount. You could still smell the horses after thousands of years. Want to visit? You can’t. The stables were destroyed and priceless antiquities from the time of the Second Temple were unceremoniously dumped by the WAQF, the Arab agency that oversees the Temple Mount. And now, Jacob’s Tomb was set on fire in another attempt to erase Jewish history.
Sound familiar? It happens first in Israel. And the world’s reaction: absolute silence.
My heart aches for the wounded and those who lost their lives to terror, including those of the perpetrators who were taught to hate and incited to kill. I was devastated to learn that the parents of these Palestinian youths who were killed attacking and killing Israelis celebrate their deaths as “defending Al-Aqsa.”
Defending from what? From children being allowed by the WAQF to store stones and Molotov cocktails at Al-Aqsa to throw on Jewish worshippers at the Western Wall?
Says Israeli Minister of Science Ofir Akunis:
“There is no excuse in the world to justify the murder of innocent children. The silence of the international community is regrettable and worrying. The fact that no one condemns Palestinians spreading lies that increase murderous terror is a warning signal to the entire free world.”