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 (here’s the news story). They did so under the direction of the Kahanist NY Jewish Press managing editor, Yishay Fleisher, who lives as a settler in the disputed East Jerusalem neighborhood.
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? Or think of the alternative, we could’ve had a few knucklehead members of Congress with concussions and started an international incident that could’ve made the political climate even worse than it already is. In order to show which side his settler bread is buttered on, Hoenlein has announced his plan to retake Har Ha-Zeytim (Mount of Olives) for the Jewish people. Hey, if we’re going to have a holy war, why not have one over a cemetery and a bunch of gravestones?
The Jewish Press’ Kahanist editor announced his plan to complete the Judaization of the Mount of Olives in the same way Elad and other settlers groups are de-Arabizing Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah:
“One day soon, Maale HaZeitim will be a quiet, gentrified, normal Jerusalem neighborhood.”
The only thing he neglected to say was that to be “quiet, gentrified and normal” it would have to be, God willing, Arab-rein.
Engel and Nadler 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.