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Friday, April 02, 2004

Good Shabbos

Israeli police protect a Jewish worshipper at the Western Wall from
stones during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli border police
at the Jerusalem's Old City, April 2, 2004.

Ever notice how what the media calls "clashes" are in reality, attacks, perpetrated by Arab Muslims?
AP: "Militants, Police Clash at Holy Site in Jerusalem"
BBC: "Clashes erupt at al Aqsa Mosque"
Reuters: "Clashes erupt at Jerusalem Shrine"
Independent (UK): "Israeli police clash with Palestinians at Jerusalem flashpoint"
Chicago Tribune: "Holy site clash shakes Jerusalem"
Other headlines begin with "Israeli police storm al Aqsa..." (after Arab Muslims threw stones)

I find it deeply disturbing that the media cannot or does not say, "Hundreds of Arab Muslims attack Jews at prayer; In response, Jews seek to defend themselves and protect one another." BTW, DEBKA says thousands, not hundreds.

I also find it significant and deeply disturbing that the Kotel, the holiest site on earth for the Jewish people, is described not as such, but variously as "holy site," "Islam's third-holiest site," a "Jerusalem shrine" or "flashpoint," or simply as the "al Aqsa mosque."

And, while I'm nit-picking the above photo caption: "... police protect a Jewish worshipper... from stones"??
Since when do people need protection from inanimate stones?
Oh, I get it, the stones were being thrown by someone. Why didn't they say so?