The religion of peace is back at being outraged once again, after the Arab League called on the Jewish State to end prayers by Jews inside the compound of Islam’s third holiest shrine in east Jerusalem.
Of course, the request was followed with a threat, after the Arab League warned that Jewish prayers are an affront to Muslims and their feelings and that it could potentially trigger a conflict if their request is not met.
The league accused Israel of restricting Muslims in Jerusalem’s Old City right to worship, while nationalist Jews were allowed into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under police protection during the fasting month of Ramadan.
The site is known to Jews as the Temple Mount and Muslims refer to it as Haram al Sharif (Noble Sanctuary). It is believed that this location was once the site of two ancient temples.
Sitting atop the walled Old City plateau, the site is known to Muslims as Haram al Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, where they believe two ancient temples were located.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman al Safadi told reporters alongside the Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit said, “Our demands are clear that Al-Aqsa and Haram al-Sharif in all its area is a sole place of worship for Muslims.”
According to Gheit, Israel was in violation of a long-standing policy, that non-Muslims could visit the Al-Aqsa compound but are restricted from praying there.
“These violations are a blatant affront and provocation of Muslim feelings everywhere and they risk a cycle of violence that threatens security and stability in the region and the world,” the Arab League said in a statement.
Tensions have always historically risen during Ramadan, which runs parallel with the Jewish celebration of Passover. Israel considers the whole city of Jerusalem as its capital – the center of the Jewish faith.
Violence has also risen between Palestine and Israel and the conflict could indicate that things are about to get much worse between the two neighbors. Israeli forces have allegedly killed 29 Palestinians in raids carried out in the West Bank. Arab attacks have also reportedly killed 14 people in Israel.
Safadi said that the Israeli government had given him assurances that Jewish worshippers would not be allowed in the mosque during the last 10 days of Ramadan, a move that could help to ease tensions in the region.
It is however typical, that Muslims would be so upset to the point they threaten acts of violence against people for simply wanting worship.
It is also interesting to note that the violence that continues in the Middle East, is rarely published when the perpetrators happen to be Islamic.