Apparently, one of the hot fashion items this season in the far-right Israeli yeshiva culture is a sweatshirt sold by students at the Ateret Cohamin yeshiva which calls for the destruction of the Dome of the Rock. The sweatshirt, a picture of which is displayed here, says in literal Hebrew:
Sometimes you have to take off the kippah.
Kippah can mean either yarmulke or “dome,” hence the double meaning. This “wit” passes for political commentary in the Jewish terror crowd. Ateret Cohanim is the settler extremist group which is fraudulently “buying” East Jerusalem Palestinian property, evicting residents, and installing kosher Jewish settlers in their place as part of the orchestrated campaign to rid the city of Arabs. It also is training potential High Priests who can resume the sacrificial ritual of the Holy Temple once it is rebuilt, and presumably the Dome of the Rock destroyed. The sweats have been sold since at least 2007 according to messages posted at far-right message boards.
Imagine if Fatah youth sported sweatshirts calling for blowing up the Western Wall. How would that be received? I haven’t heard a peep from Itamar Marcus and his boys at Palestine Media Watch about this latest form of religious incitement against Palestinian holy places. I wonder why?
Former JDL leader and current New York Democratic powerhouse Dov Hikind is closely identified with Ateret Cohanim, as his wife is the paid fundraiser for the American affiliate. Last year, they brought former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem to endorse their efforts, where he also joined Irving Moskowitz at the recently stolen Shepherd Hotel property.
Silverstein has published Tikun Olam since 2003, It exposes the secrets of the Israeli national security state. He lives in Seattle, but his heart is in the east. He publishes regularly at Middle East Eye, the New Arab, and Jacobin Magazine. His work has also appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Nation, Truthout and other outlets.