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  1. They are not “clashes.” Israeli desecration of the holy shrine and the rivers of blood which ensue (sic) is not a “raid.”

    No Richard, Israel is not trying to force a war, nor was the assault on the Al Aqsa compound a ‘pogrom’.

    What happened is this.
    Muslim activists over-reacted to an imagined threat of renewed animal sacrifices on the Temple Mount and barricaded themselves inside the compound.
    The activists came armed with stones and fireworks and used same when Israeli police forced open the barricades.
    Violence was met with violence.

    The Palestinian Red Crescent in Jerusalem said at least 12 people were injured during clashes in and around the mosque, and at least three of the injured were transferred to hospital.
    Two policemen were injured.
    https://edition.cnn.com/2023/04/05/middleeast/israel-al-aqsa-mosque-clash-intl-hnk/index.html

    What was the Palestinian reaction to the police incursion?
    Rocket fire from Lebanon and Gaza. The shooting deaths of two Jewish Israeli Jewish and the murder and injury of tourists out for a walk by the beach in Tel Aviv.

    Where’s the photos of the two dead sisters or the interview with their mother, now laying injured in hospital?

    1. I don’t understand: even if the Palestinians ‘barricaded’ themselves in al-Aqsa mosque why would the Israeli police force open the barricades. Are you telling us they wanted to pray too ?

      1. @Deir Yassin

        I don’t know why you’d make light of the violence. Innocent people are dead.

        Nonetheless, I will attempt an answer.

        The al-Aqsa mosque compound was barricaded by armed militants, and those barricades preventing peaceful worshippers and opportunity to go inside and pray.

        Also, the police had a reasonable fear that the militants barricaded inside had fireworks and stones and were planning to use them to attack or disrupt Jewish worshippers coming to pray and celebrate their holiday at the nearby Kottel.

        A cynic might say that the mosque was barricaded by the militants in order to provoke a confrontation with Israeli authorities in order to bolster the standing of Hamas.
        Those Hamas rocket attacks that were launched from Lebanon were fired within 24 hours of the police ‘storming’ the al=Aqsa compound. Perhaps those rockets, which seemed to have been carefully aimed not to hit Israeli population centers in the North, were part of a carefully laid Hamas plan.

        Hamas would never have spontaneously launched the rockets without having received approval from Hezbollah. Rockets require some time to prepare for firing.

        :Lastly, Hezbollah is a fully committed Iranian proxy army, while Hamas and Iran frequently aid one another, especially when it suit both their interests.

        A blessed Ramadan and Easter to all..

        1. Is that the new hasbara spin: militants barracading al-Aqsa and preventing peaceful worshippers from going inside to pray ?
          I’m not even going to waste my time with you, you’re clearly some hasbara-bot.

        2. @ Jay:

          I don’t know why you’d make light of the violence. Innocent people are dead.

          Oh do spare us the concern trolling. Israelis are not “innocent.” Israel and its citizens are responsible for war crimes against Palestinians. Under international law, a people has the right of self-defense. If you murder 7 innocent Palestinians for every “innocent” Israeli then you’re getting the better end of the deal. So stop whining about whose death is innocent.

          The al-Aqsa mosque compound was barricaded by armed militants

          If they were barricaded (not trusting your word at all) they had every right to be. For reasons I’ve explained in other comments here.

          preventing peaceful worshippers and [sic] opportunity to go inside and pray.

          I am so touched by your concern for the other imaginary Muslim worshippers purportedly locked out of Al Aqsa. Funny, I never heard anyone say they were denied access to the mosque. So are you claiming that the heavily armed police broke down the doors, fired tear gas & stun grenades, beat the worshippers to a pulp and arrested 400 of them, because they wanted to restore the right to worship to these imaginary Muslims denied access? You’re not really trying to say that, are you? Because if you are, you’re more a damn fool than I thought.

          the police had a reasonable fear that the militants barricaded inside had fireworks and stones and were planning to use them to attack or disrupt Jewish worshippers coming to pray and celebrate their holiday at the nearby Kottel.

          If the worshippers were barricaded as you claim in the mosque, how would they throw fireworks at the Jewish settlers coming not to pray, but to stake a claim of sovereignty over a Muslim holy site? There is no possible way for anyone to throw anything at anyone at the Kotel from inside the mosque. Not only that, I’ve read numerous accounts from all sides about the attacks and NO ONE has ever made your claim that they intended to attack the Kotel. You have invented that out of whole cloth.

          A cynic might say

          I’m quite a cynic when it comes to anything you say. But Ben Gvir and his terror army are the ones itching for a fight.

          in order to bolster the standing of Hamas.

          Because you’re so attuned to the internal politics of Palestine? You know that Muslim worshippers at Al Aqsa were under the guidance of Hamas. Because Hamas is itching for another war. Not only are you delusional, you’re an ignorant fool when it comes to understanding what motivates Palestinians.

          Hamas rocket attacks that were launched from Lebanon

          The IDF claims Hamas fired rockets from Lebanon. Pardon me. But the IDF lacks any credibility when it comes to anything it says or does. So I believe these claims like I believe the claim the earth is flat.

          Perhaps those rockets…were part of a carefully laid Hamas plan.

          And perhaps you’re full of s*. Much more likely the latter than what you’re peddling.

          Hezbollah is a fully committed Iranian proxy army

          Again, I could care less what Hezbollah is or isn’t. Any nation Israel threatens has a right to defend itself by any means necessary. Iran has proxies just as Israel does. But unlike Israel’s proxies which are totally dependent on Israel for their existence and would disintegrate if Israel didn’t prop them up, Hezbollah is a political movement participating in Lebanese politics. It’s political support comes from Lebanese and not from the barrel of an Israeli gun like Israel’s proxies.

          A blessed Ramadan

          Don’t you dare, you Islamophobic phony. Don’t you dare address Muslims here ever, and pretend you’re their friend.

          NOTE: 3 propagandists have had their say in this thread defending the Israeli attacks on Al Aqsa. I will not permit any further defenses of Israel’s approach to this. I will delete any further such attempts.

    2. @ Chad: I find your comment repulsive.

      Israel is not trying to force a war

      Itamar Ben Gvir has said repeatedly that he supports maximum force against Palestinians. That is inciting a war.

      nor was the assault on the Al Aqsa compound a ‘pogrom’.

      What a flagrant lie. Hundreds of heavily armed police invaded a holy site with stun grenades, tear gas and whaled on worshippers. It was worse than a pogrom. It was state-sponsored terrorism.

      What happened is this.

      No, what you claim happened is different than what actually happened. I don’t trust you to tell me what happened so don’t bother.

      Muslim activists over-reacted t

      Nor do you have the right to tell me what Palestinians did, or thought or felt; or what motivated them to act as they did.

      an imagined threat

      You think the Israeli threat to Al Aqsa is imagined? When Smotrich and Ben Gvir explicitly wish to destroy it and replace it with a Temple? No, the threat is very real and Muslims have every right to treat it very seriously; and as a grave threat.

      The activists came armed with stones and fireworks

      Frankly, I don’t care what they came armed with. It is a Muslim holy shrine. Their shrine. Not yours, not mine, not Ben Gvir’s. They have every right to defend it in whatever way they find necessary.

      Violence was met with violence.

      Israel has a monopoly on violence. Palestinians respond to actual Israeli mass violence. They respond. Even attacks which kill Israelis are responses to prior Israeli wanton violence.

      What was the Palestinian reaction to the police incursion?
      Rocket fire from Lebanon and Gaza.

      Palestinian allies have every right to defend them when they and Muslim holy places are desecrated. Again, I have no problem with anyone defending themselves from wanton Israeli violence and aggression.

      The shooting deaths of two Jewish Israeli Jewish and the murder and injury of tourists out for a walk by the beach in Tel Aviv.

      Yeah, you know why they were killed? Because nearly 100 Palestinians have been murdered since January. That’s SEVEN times more than the number of Israelis who were killed. So I mourn 7 times more for Palestinians than Israelis. Which is more than the 0 times you mourn for, or care about Palestinian murdered.

      So don’t peddle your sob stories. I’m not interested. If Israel wanted to solve this conflict it would. But it doesn’t. So the price you pay is those dead bodies in Tel Aviv and amongst settler-colonists. They paid for their lives for your sins.

  2. I’ll go you one better, and accuse the Palestinians of War Crimes.

    Their responses here, rockets, murder and terror, were disproportionate to the Israeli ‘crime’ of entering the Al Aqsa compound and beating a few armed protestors.

    ” the principle of proportionality seeks to limit damage caused by military operations by requiring that the effects of the means and methods of warfare used must not be disproportionate to the military advantage sought.”

    https://casebook.icrc.org/a_to_z/glossary/proportionality

    1. @ Pamela: You’re a pro-Israel propagandist. No one here credits any judgment you make about Palestinian actions. As I just commented, the Palestinian defense of Al Aqsa and Palestinian response to 100 murdered so far this year is actually less proportional than it should be. When as many Israelis die as Palestinians, then things will be proportionate.

  3. Israelis should know where racial and religious persecution leads to. As an in habitant of formerly occupied territory in Europe during the WW2 I remember what persecution looks like. I remember the language used. It is what Israel does now.

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