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The occupation of Jerusalem (Burak Bekdil, Hurriyet)

View of Jerusalem from southeast, showing city...
View of Jerusalem from southeast, showing city walls, the Dome of the Rock, and al-Aqsa mosque. 1 photographic print : gelatin silver ; 21 x 56 cm. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(EoZ)In the Hurriyet Daily News, in an op-ed that starts off criticizing Israel for its reaction to Günter Grass’ poem, Burak Bekdil notes something very important:

Hardly a day passes in the Islamic world (or in the western intellectual world) without people standing up against and decrying the occupation of “al-Quds” (otherwise known as Jerusalem). In this column I have often argued otherwise: A counter-occupation is no occupation.

Now, dear Islamists, I have a “witness” whom I guess you could hardly refute. Forget my words and listen to what Turkey’s top Muslim cleric, Professor Mehmet Görmez, had to say just last week: “After the Prophet Omar conquered al-Quds he was invited to pray at a church (since there were no mosques in Jerusalem). But he politely refused because he was worried that the (conquering) Muslims could turn the church into a mosque after he prayed there.”

Now, read that line once again, or a thousand times if you wish to: “After the Prophet Omar conquered al-Quds…” And think about why there were no mosques in Jerusalem at the time of the conquest. Still no clue? Allow me to explain: Because Jerusalem was not a Muslim city. And now you claim it back because it is under “Jewish occupation!”

The refusal to pray at the church was very noble of the Prophet Omar. I personally do not expect you, dear Islamists, to behave as virtuously and gallantly as the prophet, but at least you can do something easier: Stop fighting for a city that belonged to other faiths before your ancestors conquered it. And please recall my witness when you flood my inbox with more hate-mail tomorrow. Or is Professor Görmez, too, an infidel like me?

Notice that this shows that even Islamists know that there was no “farthest mosque” (“Al Aqsa“) in Jerusalem when Mohammed had his flying horse dream. They just say that there was to justify their own occupation of the city.

Photos the Guardian won’t publish: Israeli communities under siege from Gaza rocket fire

(CIF Watch)

In the eight stories (and one commentary) the Guardian published about last week’s terrorist violence from Gaza, all but one accompanying photo depicted Palestinian suffering, despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of those killed in Gaza were Islamic Jihad or Popular Resistance Committee terrorists (and all of those targeted by Gaza terrorists were Israeli civilians).

So, here are some photos depicting the real life consequences (of terrorist violence which began on March 9) on Israeli communities within range of Gaza rocket attacks – images of towns under siege not seen at the Guardian.

Gaza terrorist assaults on communities injured over a dozen Israeli civilians, forced hundreds of thousands into bomb shelters, and closed schools for up to a week.

South of Ashdod, children take cover in a concrete pipe/shelter as incoming Palestinian rockets seek their targets.

Iranian made Grad rocket hits Netivot, March 14

Young Israeli girl takes cover in Beer Sheba after rocket siren sounds

The Reuters caption reads: “An Israeli girl looks for steel ball bearings on a wall of a school in the southern city of Beersheba, after it was damaged by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza March 11, 2012. ”

A woman and child in Ofakim, Israel covers to protect against Gaza rockets

Israeli teens in Nitzana taking shelter in a sewage pipe

An Israeli man looks out of a window after a rocket attack from Gaza, March 12

Ashdod, Israel – March12: Israeli woman evacuated after rocket attack from Gaza

Ashdod, Israel, March 12: Israeli schoolgirls take cover next to bus during a rocket attack

Thai worker, injured when rockets fired from Gaza into Israel hit the area of Eshkol, is brought into the Soroka hospital March 9