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UK media frame Palestinian murder of Jews in Halamish into a ‘clash’ over metal detectors


On Friday, July 14th, Arab terrorists smuggled semi-automatic weapons to the Temple Mount, killing two police officers.  

At least one of the Arab Israeli attackers is believed to have been motivated by his fear that ‘Al-Aqsa Mosque was in danger’ – a lie cynically used by Palestinian leaders over the past century to incite violence against Jews and Israelis.

A sample of cartoons published in Arab newspapers in recent years warning that Israel was going to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque

The unprecedented violence on the Mount prompted increased Israeli security measures, including the introduction of metal detectors for all Mosque visitors – similar to the detectors Jews must pass through on their way to the Western Wall.

Since then, Arab and Palestinian political and religious leaders began framing the metal detector as an incendiary act, a violation of the status quo, a threat to the mosque and – most importantly – an excuse for more violence.  This incitement led to Palestinian rioting in east Jerusalem throughout the week and culminated in a call by Palestinian religious and political leaders for a “Day of Rage” on Friday to protest the Israeli government’s decision to keep the metal detectors in place.

Such incitement prompted thousands of Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank to take to the streets and attack police with rocks and Molotov cocktails and culminated in a deadly terror attack that evening. In the Israeli town of Halamish, a Palestinian terrorist broke into the home of a family that had just sat down for Shabbat dinner and stabbed Yosef, 70, and two of his children – Elad, 36 and Chaya, 46 – to death.

The terrorist, 20-year-old Omar el-Abed, had posted a message on Facebook before the killing, citing Israeli ‘desecration’ of Al-Aqsa as his motivation, and imploring Palestinians to kill more Israelis to defend the ‘endangered’ mosque – presumably threatened by the installation of metal detectors:

I am writing my will and these are my last words. I am young, I have not yet reached the age of 20, I have many dreams and aspirations.”

“But what life is this, in which they murder our wives and our youth without any justification. They desecrate the Al-Aqsa mosque and we are asleep, it’s a digrace that we sit idly by,” he continued, asking those who have weapons “but only take them out for weddings and celebrations: Are you not ashamed of yourselves? Why won’t you declare war for God? They have closed Al-Aqsa mosque and your weapons are still.”

All I have is a sharpened knife, and it responds to the call of Al-Aqsa. Shame on you, you who preach hate. God will take revenge on you…we are all sons of Palestine and sons of Al-Aqsa. You, the sons of monkeys and pigs, if you do not open the gates of Al-Aqsa, I am sure they will come after you and beat you with an iron first, I warn you.”

However, the UK media largely framed the violence as a reaction to legitimate Palestinian concerns over ‘Israeli restrictions’ to the mosque, ignoring the role of incitement and downplaying the original Temple Mount terror attack which prompted the violence.  In stories we reviewed published after the terror attack in Halamish, most misleadingly cast the Palestinian killing as a part of a series of ‘clashes’ on Friday over Israel’s installation of metal detectors, equating Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces during violent riots (initiated by Palestinian leaders) with the intentional Palestinian murder of innocent Jewish civilians.

Here are a few examples:

Times of London print edition, headline. July 22.

Times of London, online edition, July 23.

Sky News

Three Israelis were not killed by “tensions”, nor by Israel’s installation of metal detectors.  They were murdered by a particular Palestinian man who bought into the Palestinian narrative erroneously warning that ‘the mosque was in danger’ and that the best way to defend it was by killing “the sons of monkey and pigs”. It’s impossible to properly understand events in Jerusalem over the past week without acknowledging this continuing pattern of Palestinian incitement, antisemitism and violence.

cycle of violence updated

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  1. The media tried to show an equivalence between three Israelis killed while sitting peacefully at their Shabbat meal and three violent protestors killed when attack police with at the very least stones or possibly hot weapons including Molotov cocktails.

    Those writing the articles may object to people living in settlements like Halamish, but drawing an equivalence to murdering them in their homes with the deaths of rioters posing a threat to the police provide an insight to a truly disgusting mindset among those who write them..

  2. Can anyone give me a rational and logical explanation why there is a problem with metal detectors?

    Other well known religious sites have metal detectors and security checks before you enter. So why not here where there is a history of weapons being used to attack and kill people.
    I am not there every day, but when ever I have been there I have not seen mass rioting outside the Vatican because you have to pass through security checks including metal detectors before you can get in St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums or the Vatican Gardens.
    http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en/visita-i-musei/consigli-utili.html

    • Before the metal detectors, Palestinians who, say, were shooting Israeli police officers were, in fact, behaving as Mighty Warriors. But now, with metal detectors, all Palestinians have been relegated to Overtly Oppressed Status. This, subsequently, gives rise to the 3 inches of manhood signifying the crazed MFer and Shit Stain postings, thereby getting us to where we are right here.

    • ‘Can anyone give me a rational and logical explanation why there is a problem with metal detectors?’ – yes, sure – they were installed by jooooooooooz

  3. Countries calling for Israel to remove these metal detectors – which are located at the entrances to but not on the Temple Mount, thus preserving the sanctity of the site – should lead by example by removing metal detectors from airport, government buildings, concert halls, theatres etc and everywhere else they have been installed.