The Temple Mount – the site of the Holy Temples, and the holiest site in Judaism – has seen much anti-Jewish incitement, as Jews who visit it are subject to abuse and violence. Writing at the Gatestone Institute, Khaled Abu Toameh says that this anti-Israel behavior has now backfired on the very leaders who have incited it:
The PA and Jordan have accused the Jewish visitors of “desecrating” the Haram al-Sharif [Noble Sanctuary], the name used by Muslims to refer to the Temple Mount.
The visits, which are held in coordination with the Jerusalem Police, are described by the PA and Jordan as attempts to “storm” the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The charges made by the PA leadership and Jordan have triggered a campaign by Muslims to foil the visits by Jews to the holy site. Almost every day, Muslim hecklers intercept the Jewish visitors by hurling abuse at them and chanting “Allahu Akbar” (“Allah is Greater”) in their faces.
In some cases, Palestinians have thrown shoes at the Jewish visitors, including children.
Various Palestinian groups have also recruited women and children to harass the Jewish visitors and any police officers accompanying them. The women, who are hailed as Murabitat (“the Steadfast”), have one main mission: to harass the Jewish visitors. They claim that their chief goal is to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque against Jewish “aggression.” Some of the women receive monthly salaries of up to 1500 shekels (about $400) to try and block the Jewish visitors.
But now those who have been inciting against Jewish visitors have fallen victim to their own campaign.
Palestinian and Jordanian officials who recently visited the Temple Mount received a firsthand lesson in what incitement can lead to. The officials themselves have fallen victim to hecklers who shouted profanities at them and forced them to flee the holy site…
Anti-Israel incitement has once again proven to be counter-productive. But will the Palestinian Authority and Jordan draw conclusions from their mistakes and start educating their people about tolerance and peace with Israel? Sadly, that is unlikely to happen, at least not in the near future. The anti-Israel rhetoric has made it impossible even to talk about the possibility of peace with Israel.