How the US perpetuates Palestinian violence

Palestinians gesture during a protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron defending cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, outside the Dome of the Rock in the al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam's third holiest site, in the Old City of Jerusalem, on October 30, 2020. (Photo by Ahmad GHARABLI / AFP)

Assessment: Instead of directing its denunciations where they belong, the Biden administration is buying and selling the anti-Semitic deception that Israel is spurring Muslim rage by attempting to change the status quo on the Temple Mount …  

The U.S. State Department welcomed the first night of Passover with an admonition against violence.

“We are closely monitoring events in Jerusalem during this sacred holiday period for Jews, Muslims and Christians,” read the official announcement in English, Arabic and Hebrew. “We urge everyone to refrain from actions that further escalate tensions.”

The statement, posted on social media by U.S. Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides, concluded, “We encourage all parties to work together to ensure calm and the quiet enjoyment of all religious holidays.”

The message summed up nicely the false equation between Palestinian terrorism and Israel’s war against it that the administration in Washington has been spreading since President Joe Biden assumed office 15 months ago. To make matters worse, the powers-that-be in D.C. are not only ignoring reality, but reinforcing the sense on the part of the jihadists inside Israel and those governed by Hamas and the Palestinian Authority that it pays, literally and figuratively, to kill Jews.

This year, the convergence of Ramadan, Passover and Easter could have provided an opportunity for pluralism and the freedom of religion that is Israel’s trademark; in a perfect world, that is. But the Islamists use their holy month as an excuse to turn up the volume on the lie that Israeli Jews are “storming” the Al-Aqsa mosque for the purpose of destroying it.

“He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.” Genesis 8:22 NIV

Nothing could be a greater distortion of the truth. Despite the fact that Al-Aqsa is located on the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, Israel handed control over the compound to the Islamic Waqf. And it is Jews, not Muslims, who have been forbidden from praying there for decades.

Nor is it Jews or Christians who have been in need of “monitoring” to make sure that they “refrain from actions that further escalate tensions.” The latest unprovoked terrorist attacks on innocent Israelis—two of which took place while U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was in the region undermining the Abraham Accords by highlighting the non-existent “two-state solution”—were not needed to prove this point.

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