When Dirt Is More Precious Than Diamonds

There is a massive crime being committed against the Jewish people today – and not just the Jews of today but the Jews of all days.

Because the Muslim Waqf, that horrendous organisation that Israel inexplicably left in charge of the Temple Mount after the liberation of Jerusalem in 1967, has proceeded to destroy precious invaluable and historical artefacts of the Jewish people over the last few thousand years.

During the last week of Ramadan, they reportedly made use of the closure of the Temple Mount to Jews to get rid of large mounds of dirt which contained archaeological and sacred treasures from the times of the Jewish Temples.

This dirt was originally dug up back in 1999, when the Waqf carried out a series of illegal construction projects on the Mount. During that time, something like 400 truckloads of the dirt dug up were dumped into city landfills.

Eventually, the Israeli authorities were able to intervene, preventing any further dumping of the dirt, but it hasn’t stopped the Waqf from looking for opportunities to get rid of it somehow.

That opportunity came during this week’s Ramadan when it was able to carry out its plan in their continuing attempt to get rid of Jewish history in Jerusalem.

But this is nothing new, and the palestinians have been doing this for years. They continue to deny Jewish history. They even refuse to admit there are a Jewish people! And these are’t radical elements within their movement – this comes straight from the top by that Jew hating dictator Abbas – who says there were never temples in the first place.

But there’s something else to all this – something that shows a clear divide between the Jews and the palestinian arabs.

As Jews, we grieve for this crime being committed against our history. We value simple dirt, because to us, it’s so much more. It’s part of the land and part of the voices of our people throughout history. It’s part of who we are, where we come from, where we’ve been. To us, each grain is like gold. Each pebble is like diamonds. Each speck of dust is to be treasured and honoured.

And yet… in Gaza, they are sending incendiary kites destined to burn fields. To destroy crops. To destroy homes. Animals are being harmed and left without shelter. The land that gives life is being destroyed by those who value only death.

And where are all the Green parties – supposedly at the forefront of environmental justice – coming out against this display of ecological terror? Those – who are quick to condemn Israel for anything – are remarkably silent in the face of this terrorist disaster being carried out today.

Jews weep at the destruction of their land. They cry in the face of this catastrophe. And that is how it should be, because when you love something, you want to protect it and care for it and nurture it and it breaks your heart when you can’t.

And all this time, while the Jews weep, the palestinians who want to ‘liberate their land’ and make it ‘free,’ continue to celebrate every bit of destruction they unleash.


Justin Amler

Justin is obsessed with Israeli pickles and has used that knowledge in order to blog about Israel and the Jewish world. He gains great pleasure when his blogs are read by more than just his mother.