For those who are home, and for those who are on the way. For those who support the historic and just return of the land of Israel to its people, forever loyal to their inheritance, and its restoration.
Chief PA Negotiator Saeb Erekat denied on Saturday a report in the London-based pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat claiming that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas had submitted a written proposal “agreeing” to Israel maintaining its control over the Western Wall.
Do the French need anyone’s approval to maintain their control over the Eiffel Tower, or does America need approval to maintain its control over the Statue of Liberty? The fact that Erekat is claiming Palestinian sovereignty over the ultimate witness and symbol of Jewish history is as offensive as it is absurd –though anyone familiar with the Palestinian “re-reading” of history wouldn’t be surprised.
A few days before Erekat’s denial, the PA-appointed Mufti claimed that Israel was threatening the Al-Aqsa Mosque (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 26, 2010). This past Sunday, the PA television broadcast an image of a demonic-looking Jew eating the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Accusing the Jews of destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque is not a new blood-libel. Hadj Amin al-Husseini inaugurated this practice in 1929, hereby causing the massive killings of Jews, and Arafat repeated it in September 1996 and in September 2000. On December 6, 1931, al-Husseini convened a pan-Islamic Conference in Jerusalem with the declared purpose of galvanizing the Muslim world around his political struggle against the Jews. He disseminated photomontages showing Jews with machine guns attacking the Dome of the Rock.
In September 2000, Arafat launched a terror war against Israeli civilians (cleverly named al-Aqsa Intifada), calling upon the Palestinian Arabs and the entire Muslim world to "defend" the al-Aqsa Mosque from the Jews. He sent out to foreign news agencies a photomontage portraying an Israeli policeman seemingly beating-up a defenseless and blood-covered faced Arab. This picture was published on the front page of the New York Times with the title: "An Israeli policeman and a Palestinian on the Temple Mount." In the pictures' background was a gas station, which is obviously nowhere to be found on the Temple Mount. Moreover, the alleged "Palestinian" was in fact a Jewish American yeshiva student who had been beaten up by an Arab mob.
I visited Hevron in November 2000 after the outbreak of the Rosh Hashanah War to see what could be done to assist in the face of the growing daily attacks on the community. After returning to work for the community in the summer of 2001, a bond and a love was forged that grows to this day. My wife Melody and I merited to be married at Ma'arat HaMachpela and now host visitors from throughout the world every Shabbat as well as during the week. Our goal, "Time to come Home!"