Palestinians Implicate Israel in 1969 Al Aqsa Mosque Arson

On this day 49 years ago, mentally ill Australian man Dennis Michael Rohan set fire to Al-Aqsa Mosque. The palestinian Quds News Network reminds us of this act, but tries to fan the flames of hatred against Israel by implicating us.

One of the photos itself should already clue you in that this is yet another disgusting libel.

Note how he is handcuffed to the policeman. Hardly the act of those who “gave him their blessing.”

Here’s another photo from the time:

As Ynet recollects:

About an hour after the fire was put out, then Defense Minister Moshe Dayan arrived at the scene. Later that afternoon, Prime Minister Golda Meir and her deputy Igal Alon arrived on the scene as well. Meir entered the mosque with her head bowed, and with sorrow hanging heavy on her face. Upon exiting, Meir said the arson would not affect relations between Jews and Arabs.

In fact, it was a mosque guard who let him in

A guard had attempted to prevent Rohan from entering the mosque that same day, however Rohan offered the guard “drinking money” and the Australian tourist was let in.

Why is this significant? Since 1967, Jordan and Israel agreed that the Waqf have control over matters inside the compound, while Israel has controlled external security. Thus the guard would have been a Waqf employee, not Israeli.

This is confirmed in the book The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount by Gershom Gorenberg.

Furthermore, Rowan’s act was treated seriously by Israel. He was tried, found to be insane, and hospitalized in a mental institution.

Despite there being absolutely no proof of Israeli involvement in Rowan’s actions (and the above showing how if anyone was to blame besides Rowan, it was the Waqf), this is not the first time Israel has been accused of giving him our blessing. A similar accusation was made last year in this article, with this sentence indicative of the haters’ mentality:

The suspicions that Israel was actively involved in planning and facilitating the arson attempt have never been disproved.

In other words, libel Israel and expect us to disprove the lie. Unfortunately, this tactic has worked quite well for the palestinians and their supporters.


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