Why a Jew's Visit to the Holiest Jewish Site Provokes Outrage

(Washington Times) Clifford D. May - Imagine if Pope Francis said: "Only Christians are permitted in the Vatican! No Muslims and no Jews!" The international community would be outraged. Yet when Palestinians and Jordanians say, "Only Muslims are permitted on Haram al-Sharif, the third holiest site for Muslims," the international community is outraged - at Jews. While Israeli minister Itamar Ben-Gvir did not approach - much less enter - the al-Aqsa Mosque on Jan. 3, the Kingdom of Jordan condemned "in the severest of terms the storming" of the Haram al-Sharif and the violation of the "sanctity" of the al-Aqsa Mosque. When walking becomes storming based solely on the nationality, race, ethnicity or religion of the individual putting one foot in front of another, shouldn't there be objections from members of the international community who say they oppose discrimination? Instead, the UN Security Council held an emergency meeting to discuss the presence of a Jew at Judaism's holiest site. The writer is founder and president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD).

2023-01-12 00:00:00

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