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Pro-Settler House Members Engel, Nadler, and Hoenlein Provoke Muslim Violence Touring Disputed Jerusalem Holy Places – OpEd

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Not to be outdone by Ariel Sharon, who provoked an entire Intifada by forcing his way onto the Temple Mount, nor by Moshe Feiglin, who provoked wholesale Muslim riots in the past two weeks with provocative flyers calling for destruction of the Muslim sacred mosques there, Congressmembers Jerrod Nadler and Elliot Engel, and Conference of Presidents head Malcolm Hoenlein toured the Mount of Olives under the direction of the Kahanist NY Jewish Press managing director, Yishay Fleisher.

Wonder of wonders, the settler supporters were shocked, I say SHOCKED that Muslim worshippers at a nearby East Jerusalem mosque met them with a hail of rocks.  Naturally, Israeli police drew their weapons.  Why not escalate the tensions with a few maimed or killed Muslims?

The Congressmembers have now earned pro-settler combat pay, which will come in handy in their next elections when they face their Chabad, Haredi and ultra-Israel Brooklyn supporters who expect nothing less.  You can be sure when Feiglin and Ateret Cohanim hold their first photo op at the newly rebuilt Holy Temple, built on the ruins of the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque, that Nadler, Engel and Hoenlein will be there to have their pictures taken.  With any luck, perhaps there can be a few bodies of the Muslim worshippers they had to kill in order to attain this august achievement.  That would put the victory in the proper context of a Jewish Jihad-holy war.

Let it not be said that Israelis and Palestinians are fighting this war solely amongst themselves.  For right wing American Jews are doing their best to fan the flames as well.  A schandeh.

This article appeared at Tikun Olam

Richard Silverstein

Richard Silverstein is an author, journalist and blogger, with articles appearing in Haaretz, the Jewish Forward, Los Angeles Times, the Guardian’s Comment Is Free, Al Jazeera English, and Alternet. His work has also been in the Seattle Times, American Conservative Magazine, Beliefnet and Tikkun Magazine, where he is on the advisory board. Check out Silverstein's blog at Tikun Olam, one of the earliest liberal Jewish blogs, which he has maintained since February, 2003.

One thought on “Pro-Settler House Members Engel, Nadler, and Hoenlein Provoke Muslim Violence Touring Disputed Jerusalem Holy Places – OpEd

  • February 26, 2012 at 6:42 am
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    I am shocked. Yours is a pathological spin on this incident. Would you oppose the right of Jews to visit a Jewish cemetery anywhere else in the entire world and be free from violence in so doing? Mt. of Olives, with 150,000 Jewish graves, is the oldest and largest Jewish cemetery in the world. I was there and witnessed this unprovoked attack on two American Congressmen. Your words are dripping with hate and distortion.

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