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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Israel's closing of the Temple Mount on Friday in response to the murder of two policemen has caused an uproar in the Arab world, although it is a lot more muted than it could have been.

Many are noting that the last time that Israel closed the Temple Mount for Friday prayers was in 1969, after a crazed Australian Christian named Denis Michael Rohan set fire to the pulpit of the Al Aqsa Mosque on August 21 of that year.

 The Arab states insisted on a UN Security Council resolution blaming Israel for the incident.

Here is the text:
The Security Council,
Grieved at the extensive damage caused by arson to the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on 21 August 1969 under the military occupation of Israel,
Mindful of the consequent loss to human culture,
Having heard the statements made before the Council reflecting the universal outrage caused by the act of sacrilege in one of the most venerated shrines of mankind,
Recalling its resolutions 252 (1968) of 21 May 1968 and 267 (1969) of 3 July 1969 and the earlier General Assembly resolutions 2253 (ES-V) and 2254 (ES-V) of 4 and 14 July 1967, respectively, concerning measures and action by Israel affecting the status of the City of Jerusalem,
Reaffirming the established principle that acquisition of territory by military conquest is inadmissible,
1. Reaffirms its resolutions 252 (1968) and 267 (1969);
2. Recognizes that any act of destruction or profanation of the Holy Places, religious buildings and sites in Jerusalem or any encouragement of, or connivance at, any such act may seriously endanger international peace and security;
3. Determines that the execrable act of desecration and profanation of the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque emphasizes the immediate necessity of Israel's desisting from acting in violation of the aforesaid resolutions and rescinding forthwith all measures and actions taken by it designed to alter the status of Jerusalem;
4. Calls upon Israel scrupulously to observe the provisions of the Geneva Conventions 1/ and international law governing military occupation and to refrain from causing any hindrance to the discharge of the established functions of the Supreme Moslem Council of Jerusalem, including any co-operation that Council may desire from countries with predominantly Moslem population and from Moslem communities in relation to its plans for the maintenance and repair of the Islamic Holy Places in Jerusalem;
5. Condemns the failure of Israel to comply with the aforementioned resolutions and calls upon it to implement forthwith the provisions of these resolutions;
6. Reiterates the determination in paragraph 7 of resolution 267 (1969) that, in the event of a negative response or no response, the Security Council shall convene without delay to consider what further action should be taken in this matter;
7. Requests the Secretary-General to follow closely the implementation of the present resolution and to report thereon to the Security Council at the earliest possible date.

This Resolution 271 passed, 11-0, with four abstentions from Colombia, Finland, Paraguay and the United States.

The hypocrisy of this resolution that the US allowed to pass is still jarring. The UN was placing responsibility for the actions of a madman on Israel.

Never has the UN said a word about direct Arab attacks on Jewish holy places.

Furthermore, the UNSC didn't say anything condemning Jordan after the assassination of King Abdullah I on the steps of Al Aqsa Mosque, which Jordan responded to by imposing martial law and a full curfew  on the Old City of Jerusalem - which it was then occupying and had acquired by military conquest, which seems to be "inadmissible" by the UN only when Jews are the ones who conquer.

Although I can't see it said explicitly, one can assume that prayers were also stopped at the site after that Friday assassination.





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