Palestinians suspicious of Al-Aqsa monitoring promoted by Kerry

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Israeli police officers take positions on the roof of al-Aqsa mosque. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry suggested adding cameras at the mosque to monitor tensions Photo by Amir Cohen courtesy of Reuters

Israeli police officers take positions on the roof of al-Aqsa mosque. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry suggested adding cameras at the mosque to monitor tensions Photo by Amir Cohen courtesy of Reuters

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A proposal to put video monitors at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque is seen by the U.S. and Jordan as a way to quell violence, but Palestinians object, calling this "a trap."

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  • Re: “Muslim fears that Israel seeks to lift its long-standing ban on Jewish prayer at the site …”

    Just a couple questions: First, what’s the evidence this will happen? What makes them so certain of it that they’re willing to kill and be killed over it?

    Second, how exactly would allowing Jews to pray there automatically prevent Muslims from ever doing the same? Why is it a zero-sum game?

    There’s a simmering subtext to this story that isn’t overtly visible. The Palestinian attackers are acting on assumptions that, as far as I know, are unfounded. But they’re responding to them nonetheless, which suggests there’s a lot going on that we in the west aren’t aware of. Are they acting in concert with a propaganda campaign? If so, who’s behind it? Why isn’t it being reported?

    Note, I’m aware there are lots of problems at play here as well, such as Israeli police & IDF excesses. So there’s plenty of blame to go around. Let’s uncover it all.

  • Garson Abuita

    PsiCop, there’s no evidence that Israel is looking to make a de jure change, but as the accompanying RNS article notes, there has been increasing Jewish tourism to the Temple Mount in recent years, and with it surreptitious praying by some. Add to that the fringe movement seeking to build a Third Temple on the site. The rock in the Dome of the Rock is believed in Judaism to be the Even Ha’Shtiya, the Foundation Stone, where the Holy of Holies sat in the Temple itself. It is Judaism’s axis mundi, the place where the divine presence manifested itself. To build a third temple, the Dome of the Rock would have to be destroyed. The Jewish prayers don’t at all prevent Muslims from praying, but it does agitate them.