Just now on BBC World Service Radio, the anchor was trying hard not to reveal to listeners her bias, her clear hatred of Israel and the recent increased security at the Temple Mount, in response to the killing of Israeli soldiers there.
The current spate of violence started last week, when Palestinian terrorists smuggled guns into the Temple Mount. The guns were then used to murder two Israeli-Arab police officers guarding one of the entrances to the al-Aqsa mosque. Afterward, the attackers ran back to the Temple Mount plaza to engage in an open gun battle. (This was all the more shocking since the Temple Mount, home to al-Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock, is considered the third-holiest site for Muslims and the holiest site for Jews.)In response, the Israelis temporarily closed the Temple Mount for a police investigation. The site was later re-opened with metal detectors and security cameras installed at its entrances. That Israeli response — not the Palestinian smuggling of weapons, not the Palestinian attack, not the shooting that followed — was then deemed an outrageous desecration of the holy site by Palestinians and their leaders. [my emphasis]
And then, just to spur the violence a touch more, these votaries of the "religion of peace" recommend:
Abbas's Fatah party told its followers to "Set out for the al-Aqsa Mosque" on Facebook, initiating riots and clashes with Israeli police. Videos, however, showed large crowds of Palestinians chanting slogans against President Abbas, who is widely perceived as weak. Eager to fight that perception, Fatah's Revolutionary Council, chaired by Abbas, escalated the situation by declaring Wednesday a "day of rage," calling for mass demonstrations at al-Aqsa and throughout the suburbs of Jerusalem. Abbas has since placed responsibility for the resulting violence on the Israeli government, of course.
Remember, these are the Palestinian "moderates."
More of the "anything Israel does is wrong-criminal, anything the Palestinians do is correct-justified" narrative.
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