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The Arabs vandalized Kever Yosef. April 10, 2022

As Passover, Easter and Ramadan all fell at the same time this year, religious tensions and harmony in Israel have come into sharper focus.

Muslims have a habit of keeping sites they consider holy intact, even though they are holy – let alone holier – to non-Islamic religions. In contrast, they have shown total disregard for non-Islamic sites that are sacred and important to other religions.

On April 10, 2022, Palestinian Arabs vandalized the tomb of Joseph, one of the main ancestors of the Jews. They destroyed the Jewish grave and set fire to some rooms in what Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett called “destruction frenzy“like Palestinian rioters”simply vandalized a holy place for us Jews.”

Meanwhile, the Palestinian leaders of Fatah and Hamas claimed that Jews were invading the Jewish Temple Mount (which they call the Al Aqsa compound) which they consider sacred. Arabs attacked Jews walking towards the site, stoned Israeli buses bringing Jews into Jerusalem’s Old City, and threw stones at Israeli worshipers at the Mount’s western retaining wall.

But the Islamists kept the site intact as they considered it sacred.

The government of Israel had given religious control of the Jewish Temple Mount to the Jordanian Waqf after the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967. The Waqf banned Jewish prayer at Judaism’s holiest site, in blatant disregard for the basic human rights of Jews.

But the Islamists kept the site intact as they considered it sacred.

In Hebron, the Muslims appropriated the cave of the Jewish matriarchs and patriarchs, which houses six of the seven ancestors of the Jewish people. Muslims call the site the “Ibrahimi Mosque” because they revere Abraham as the father of Ishmael, the ancestor of the Arabs. When Muslims controlled the site, they forbade Jews from entering the building or even climbing above the seventh step to Judaism’s second holiest site. Israel took control of the site in 1967 after Jordan attacked Israel, and has since divided the holy site into times and sections for Islamic and Jewish prayer, much to the chagrin of the Arabs.

But at least the Islamists kept the site intact while they controlled it, as they considered the site sacred.

Jewish history and sacred sites in their holy land were often destroyed if the place had no religious value for non-Jews. Last year, the Palestinian Authority demolished part of Joshua’s Altar on Mount Ebal in Area B under Palestinian Authority control. On the Jewish Temple Mount, the northern branch of the Islamic movement carried out illegal renovations and disposed of more than 9,000 tons of soil mixed with priceless archaeological artifacts that the Temple Mount Sifting Project painstakingly sorted out, even though the artifacts are not anymore on the spot.

The Kotel may only exist today because the Islamists considered it the “wall of al-Buraq”.

The Jewish state has done everything possible to respect the history and sanctity of Jewish and non-Jewish places throughout the Holy Land. However, Islamists have destroyed and vandalized important sites for other faiths that they dislike, while seeking control and exclusive rights to religious sites that they have appropriated from Jews.

Islamist scars in the Holy Land left destroyed Jewish sites where they were considered un-Islamic, or appropriate within their Islamic religion, and prohibited for Jewish prayer.

{Reposted from author Blog}


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