It’s New Settlements Stupid

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The Journal of Turkish Weekly has published a quickly spreading “news item”:

image Al-Aqsa Mosque

Collapse near western wall of Al-Aqsa Mosque

(AA) – An area collapsed near the western wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem late Tuesday.

According to an eyewitness, the collapse happened near the Bab as Silsila, on the western part of the mosque.

It is the second collapse near the western wall within 5 years, Cum’a Usayle, an eyewitness said.

Usayle told AA, “The collapse has caused a deep hole there. It is dangerous for the Al-Aqsa Mosque. It poses danger especially for children and women.”

No security precautions around the area have been taken by Israeli officials so far. There is also no statement about the event.

Al-Aqsa Foundation and Cultural Heritage Organization accused Israel of paving the way for demolishing the Al-Aqsa Mosque by building new settlements and digging dozens of tunnels.

Assuming any of this were true, “a deep hole there” is caused by “building new settlements,” is worthy of an It’s the Settlements Stupid Award.

What this could be “paving the way for” is more violence.

And that not only “poses danger especially for children and women,” but just about everyone.

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