Tag: Temple Mount

Sky News Arabia’s Jerusalem: the sun shines, the wind blows and Jews ‘storm the mosque’

Little is new in Sky News Arabia’s world: the sun shines, the wind blows, and Jewish settlers “storm al-Aqsa Mosque”. Thus, the British-Emirati network’s portrayal of virtually all Israeli and Jewish presence at the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site, as illegitimate, has encompassed twenty-two exclusive news items over less than two years.

Sky News Arabia gets it wrong on Judaism’s “holiest site”

Earlier this month, Sky News Arabia – a joint venture between the UK-based Sky News and Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corporation – joined the long list of news outlets who have falsely claimed that Jerusalem’s Western Wall is “Judaism’s holiest site”. The false claim was in an article, published in its website on March 8th, about a protest at the Western Wall compound by the organisation “Women of the Wall”. 

UKMW prompts correction to Times of London claim Sharon visited “al-Aqsa Mosque”

As we explained in our complaint to Times editors, the language used by their reporter erroneously suggests that then opposition leader Ariel Sharon visited a uniquely ‘Muslim’ holy site, when in fact his 34 minute tour was to the Temple Mount (Judaism’s holiest site).  Though al-Aqsa Mosque is located within the larger Temple Mount compound, Sharon did not visit the mosque itself.

Daily Mail (AFP) headline fail – Temple Mount edition

First, the characterization of the Jews who visited the site as “radical” (without quotes) seems to be uncritically accepting the Jordanian statement as detailed in the 5th and 6th paragraphs. Also, to describe the Jerusalem site as an “Islamic holy site” in the headline is also extremely misleading. As the article eventually makes clear, the Temple Mount is said to be the third holiest site in Islam, but is also the holiest Jewish site in the world. The Jews weren’t visiting a Islamic holy site. They were visiting a Jewish holy site.

Times of London embraces the ‘Israeli root cause’ explanation for Palestinian violence

The reason why such journalists always look for an Israeli root cause when explaining such acts of terror – whether it’s the settlements, “threats” to al-Aqsa, hopelessness, etc. – is that they immediately discount any explanation (no matter how grounded in empirical data) suggesting that attacks have a racist (antisemitic) motive – an ideological orientation which has fed anti-Jewish violence in the region for well over a century.