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Start by seeing Jews as human beings who are equal in dignity and rights

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07.06.2022

If we (Arabs and other non-Jews) want the Israel-Arab conflict to end, let’s start by recognizing that Jews are human beings who are equal in dignity and rights with other human beings, and let’s demand that others, including Palestinians, recognize that too. Let’s be honest about the fact that antisemitism is at the root of the conflict, and that it is the main reason why the conflict continues.

I wrote previously that the right of Jews to visit and pray at the Temple Mount is a fundamental right based in freedom of religion, but there is an even simpler aspect to this issue, basic human decency from one human being to another.

Violence is a regular occurrence at the Temple Mount, and the story is the same every time: a few Jews visit the site and, in some cases, pray, causing Palestinians to attack those Jews or to riot, resulting in an Israeli police response. As the Times of Israel puts it, “Jews are generally allowed to visit the Temple Mount during limited hours, but not pray there or perform other acts of worship that can be seen as a provocation to Muslims.” The same article reminds the reader that police protection is needed by Jews visiting the site.

These incidents are not rare occurrences caused by a few extremist Palestinians. They are the norm. And intolerance of Jewish prayer at the Jews’ holiest site, widely referred to as the status quo, is expected not only by Palestinians but also by countries that are at peace and even friends with Israel, including Jordan and Israel’s Western allies.

Why is a quiet prayer........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)


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