Sunday, April 10, 2005

Some Jews bent on ... what? ... armagedden?

Both the Jewish and Muslim religions preach forgiveness and acceptance of others. So why can't they just get along?

Here's an example:

Protests target Jerusalem holy sites (Sunday, April 10, 2005 Posted: 10:21 AM EDT (1421 GMT) , CNN.COM)

The story talks of hardline Jews in Israel who are trying to attack the Al Aqsa mosque and other buildings. Jerusalem is the 3rd most sacred site to Islam, and it is this site in Jerusalem that is sacred to Islam, Jews, and Christianity. To the Hebrew and Christians, this is the Temple Mount, the place where King David built the Temple, where the Temple was rebuilt, and there's a tradition about trying to rebuild the Temple on the Temple Mount.

The problem is that Islam reveres the same site as the place where Mohammed ascended to heaven.

A visit to the site in September 2000 by then-opposition leader Sharon led to rioting that escalated into more than four years of violence. Jews revere the Temple Mount as the site of their biblical temples, while Muslims tradition says the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven from the spot.

The current wave of violence in Israel was sparked, as it says, when Sharon visited the place. One guy visiting that site sparked over four years of violence, so think what would happen if the hardliners were to succeed with this plan:

Security officials say they fear hardliners will attack the hilltop shrine, home to the Al Aqsa and Dome of the Rock mosques, with the aim of blocking the Gaza pullout. Possible scenarios include the firing of shoulder-launched missiles at the mosque.

Also in the article is discussed the dismantling of settlements in the West Bank and Gaza. These were established illegally, but apparently with some backing from the Israeli government. These settlements are an encroachment on the Palestinians, and is surely part of what's incited the violence.

But, for the purpose of stopping that pullout, the hardliners would wish to attack the Al Aqsa shrine? Don't they realize what kind of war that would unleash?

How about this? These people pretend to be religiously minded, and following their spiritual traditions. How about they study up on forgiveness and the concept of loving their neighbors?

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