To my many “liberal” friends who are pro-Palestinian, embrace the cause of human rights, disdain and condemn human rights abuses, wherever they may occur, and consider themselves “humanitarians”, yet condemn Israel alone among all the nations of the world, I have a question for you.
Why is it that the condemnation of the Arab and Muslim world of Jews who would like to pray on the temple mount, known to Muslims as “the Noble Sanctuary”, or “Haram al Sharif”, doesn’t bother you?
We are not talking about Jews wanting to kick Muslim worshipers out of this area or prevent them from praying, attending mosque services, or in any way taking away their rights.
We are simply talking about people who wish to pray.
Why is that a threat? How is it a threat? What is the problem with multiple faiths praying in the same location, which happens to be holy to more than one faith?
How do you reconcile your love of “human rights”, freedom to worship as one pleases, freedom of speech, etc., with the denial of the right to pray somewhere simply because one is a Jew?
In the same vein, if you support the establishment (or recognition) of a Palestinian state, while condemning Israel for its “occupation”, how do you reconcile the many, many, many iterations of statements by Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the Palestinian Authority, and by many other Palestinian luminaries, that their state will not allow any Jews in it?
On the one hand, you decry alleged “apartheid” by the Jewish state, even though a full 20% of its population is not Jewish and has full voting rights and all other rights of citizenship, including representation in the Knesset (parliament), but you applaud wildly the foundation of another Muslim state called Palestine in which its leaders continually decree that not one Jew will be allowed to live there.
Why is that OK? Is that not racism of the first order?
If you support the Palestinians’ desire for a state, that is fine. But, how can you support outright discrimination and racism at the same time? Doesn’t that make you the least bit uncomfortable?
If not, why not?