How many ways can Linda Sarsour misrepresent the volatile situation between Israel and the Palestinians? And why do we even care?
Sarsour, a Palestinian activist, is the darling of the left, the feminist movement and the BDS movement. Information she spreads is taken at face value; no one usually bothers to check the facts.
Because of this, her comments matter. One of her latest disingenuous Facebook posts shows Muslims in Israel praying on the street because, in Sarsour’s words, they have been (#1 deception) “denied access to pray at Al Aqsa Mosque in their own homeland.”
Sarsour then praises her Palestinian brothers for this act of “non-violent resistance,” where they are (#2 deception) “met with tear gas and rubber bullets” from Israeli police.
She then paints her people, the Palestinians, as victims, saying the world powers (#3 deception) “continue to turn a blind eye to the blatant injustice against and the suffering of the Palestinian people.”
Let us navigate through the minefield of these distorted remarks, which has become the common narrative of Islamists worldwide.
#1 Palestinians are denied access to Al Aqsa mosque
Sarsour accuses Israel of blocking Muslim access to Al Aqsa, a mosque located on the Temple Mount. What she conveniently fails to mention is that Arab terrorists sneaked weapons onto the Temple Mount about 10 days ago and used them to kill two Israeli policemen who were stationed just outside the mount to guard the worshipers.
Until now, Israeli authorities allowed the Jordanian waqf (Islamic trust) to provide security for the sensitive area. In response to the attack, Israel installed metal detectors outside of the entrances to the mount.
Palestinians object to the metal detectors and have refused to enter the mount to pray at Al Aqsa, protesting instead by holding prayers outside, rioting and inciting against Israel which they accuse of wanting to take over the mosque and the entire Temple Mount. It’s a blood libel that has been used by Muslims for close to 100 years to foment horrific violence perpetrated by Islamists against Jews.
In fact, even after Israel regained control of the Temple Mount in 1967, they made the Islamic trust the administrators of the area. And although the mount is the holiest site in Judaism, to keep the peace, Israel law actually prohibits Jewish and all other non-Muslim prayer on the mount.
After the Palestinians called for a “day of rage” to be held last Friday to protest the metal detectors, Israel announced that only women and men over 50 years of age would be allowed on the Temple Mount for Friday prayers.
This remarkable display of Palestinian hypocrisy over the metal detectors has been “reframed” by Sarsour and her ilk, who now claim to the world that Palestinians are “denied access to pray at Al Aqsa Mosque.”
#2 Peaceful Palestinians protesters are “met with tear gas and rubber bullets” from Israeli police.
Since Palestinian leaders forbid going through the metal detectors to pray at Al Aqsa, Palestinians held protest prayers at outdoors locations. As the picture Sarsour posted shows, peaceful Palestinian protesters were allowed to pray in peace outside the Temple Mount. Those who became violent were, at times, subdued with tear gas and rubber bullets.
#3 The world turns a blind eye to Palestinian suffering
Since the establishment of the Palestinian Authority in the 1990s and its rule in certain areas of the West Bank and (previous to Hamas’ takeover) Gaza, the U.S. government alone has committed more than $5 billion in aid to the Palestinians.
The Palestinians are also one of the world’s largest per capita recipients of international foreign aid.
Contrary to the lies put out by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that the Palestinians received no U.S. aid in 2016, $357 million was given to them by the U.S. State Department. Taken in connection with the additional $355 million that the U.S. contributed to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNWRA), total U.S. aid to the Palestinians last year alone was $712 million.
World-wide pledges to UNWRA alone in 2015 were more than $1.5 billion. That’s not including the massive monies that the Palestinians receive from the Europeans annually — $274 million in 2016 alone was pledged by the European Union.
Suffering only occurs because the leadership is corrupt and does not use these monies to improve the lives of their people.
As for the “non-violent resistance” Sarsour so lauds, Sarsour failed to mention a major terrorist attack that directly resulted from Palestinian incitement over the issue of the metal detectors (their proof that Israel wants to take over Al Aqsa).
On Friday night, as a Jewish family sat down to eat their Sabbath meal, three members of the family were slaughtered in a knife attack by a 19-year old Palestinian who had just written on his Facebook page, “Take your weapons and resist…. I only have a knife and it will answer the call of Al-Aqsa…. I know I am going and will not return.”
Sarsour says her beloved, protesting Palestinians brothers “remain steadfast and teach us life, determination and patience.” Comments to which I only have three words: God save us.