What Waqf, Palestinian & Muslim Reactions To Temple Mount Events Teach Us

So let’s try to wrap our heads around this.

On Friday, three Muslim Arab-Israeli terrorists murderered two Israeli police officers, using weapons they stored at the Al Aqsa mosque compound (presumably with help from Waqf officials) – a desecration of not only the sanctity of human life but the supposed holiness of the Temple Mount (‘Haram esh-Sharif’) to Muslims. The murdered police officers were guarding the compound.

Muslims did not protest in response to the desecration of human life and their holy site, but rather seethed over the terrorists being killed and Israel’s brief closure of the area.

Then following the attack, Israel announced it would be installing metal detectors at all entrances to the Temple Mount – something that has been done outside other mosques around the world, including the Ka’aba Mosque in Mecca, Islam’s holiest place. This prompted more outrage from Muslims, with violent protests, and palestinian calls for a day of rage/increased terrorism. The Waqf also urged Muslim to boycott the Temple Mount!  (did I mention it is supposedly a holy site to them)?

Not much of this seems to make sense – until you look at it from the perspective of what is really motivating the Waqf, palestinians, and so many other Muslims.

The importance of the Temple Mount to them does not arise from any inherent sanctity of the site to them. It arises from the fact it is so holy to Jews.

They cannot stand for the fact that the Jews – the chief infidels – are in charge of this land. So they will stop at nothing to end this situation, whether through terror (the preferred choice of many) or bringing pressure to bear down on us politically.

Once you look at events through this prism, their actions before, during and following Friday’s terror attack make almost perfect sense.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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