Monday, April 4, 2016

UK: Former Scottish MP claims extremist settlers conduct “Jewish ceremonies” in Al-Aqsa Mosque

Colin Campbell is a former MSP for the Scottish National Party (SNP), whose members keep on inciting Jew-hatred (such as comparing Jews to Nazis and to Islamic State or spreading the conspiracy theory that Israel is encouraging war in return for oil)

Nicola Sturgeon, head of the SNP, says that antisemitism in Scotland is 'unacceptable'.  Now would be a good time for her to show that such statements are not just words.

Via UK Media Watch:
We recently came across an article in The Herald (of Scotland) by former MSP Colin Campbell, titled ‘The power keg that is East Jerusalem‘, which recounts his tour of Jerusalem as part of a delegation funded by the Palestinian Committee of the Jordanian Parliament. 

Its propaganda value is truly off the charts, as Campbell repeats nearly every Palestinian talking point about Israel’s alleged “desecration” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City.  He also notes that al-Aqsa is Islam’s third holiest site, while failing to even acknowledge the holiness of the Temple Mount complex for Jews (It’s of course Judaism’s holiest site.)

However, the most egregiously false claim is found in the context of his complaint about Israel’s ‘encroachment’ on the al-Aqsa mosque
Extremist settlers have been allowed, many would say assisted, in entering and occupying the mosque and using it to conduct Jewish ceremonies.

However, as anyone familiar with the rules in place at the Temple Mount / Al-Aqsa Compound would surely know, Jews (and all non-Muslims) are not allowed inside the mosque, and are only allowed to tour the larger compound.  Indeed, even within the larger compound, Jews are not allowed to (even silently) pray. 

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