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The PA’s Jerusalem libel continues

The PA’s Jerusalem libel continues:
Organizations and officials claim
Israel plans to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque
All deny Jerusalem’s history,
referring to “alleged Temple”
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

The Palestinian Authority continues to deny Jerusalem’s Jewish history and the existence of the Temple, referring to the “alleged Temple.” In addition, the PA continues to promote its Jerusalem libel:

“Israel is trying to achieve its desired goal:
To build the alleged Temple on the ruins of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

The use of the term “alleged Temple” to deny Jewish history has been PA policy under Chairman Mahmoud Abbas for many years. In August, after Abbas himself used the expression, Palestinian Media Watch reported that the term “alleged Temple” had been used nearly 100 times in 2011 – 2012. As this report documents, the PA continues to use the term.

The following are five recent examples of the PA libel that Israel plans to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and replace it with the “alleged Temple”:

“The Minister for Jerusalem Affairs, and District Governor Adnan Al-Husseini, called for an aggressive Arab, Islamic, and international stand to protect the holy places of Islam
and Christianity in the city of Jerusalem, especially the Al-Aqsa Mosque. He added that for a long time Al-Aqsa has been subject to premeditated Israeli steps aimed at dividing it, as happened at the Al-Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron), thus facilitating the process of building the alleged Temple on its ruins.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 14, 2012]
“The Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places said yesterday that the most recent excavations beneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque foundations are a final warning [before] the mosque’s destruction. The Council declared that Israeli occupation forces plan to damage the blessed mosque’s foundation and weaken them, so that they will easily collapse at the first opportunity… The Council’s Secretary General, Dr. Hanna Issa, called the digging under the Al-Aqsa foundations a dangerous desecration, a serious attack on the sanctity of the mosque, and a clear statement of the occupation’s intentions on the mosque, and its decision to cause its collapse and build the alleged Temple on its ruins.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 14, 2012]
“The Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places denounced yesterday the ‘invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by extremists and settlers dressed as priests of the alleged Temple, and conducting Talmudic ceremonies in the mosque’s plazas…’ The Council declared that through all these violations, ‘Israel’ is trying to achieve its desired goal: To build the alleged Temple on the ruins of the Al-Aqsa Mosque… The Council declared that Jerusalem today is very different from the Islamic and Christian Jerusalem, since acts of Judaization, including demolition, destruction, and banishment, have made the occupied city into something different, [something] adapted to the Jews’ extremist goals, and it (the Council) warned that the these programs’ crowning achievement will be the destruction of Al-Aqsa and the building of the alleged Temple on its ruins.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 20, 2012]
Headline: “Al-Tamimi calls for Arab and Islamic Intifada for Al-Aqsa”
“Elder Judge, former Chairman of the Supreme Council for Sharia Law, and Secretary of the Supreme Islamic Council in Jerusalem, Sheikh Dr. Tayseer Rajab Al-Tamimi, called for a strong Intifada (terror campaign) [to be conducted] by Arab and Islamic nations for the sake of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. He said that the mosque is subject to daily invasions by settlers and extremist Jewish groups, and [subject] to attempts to desecrate [it], [all of which] are steps in implementing a Zionist plan to seize control and Judaize [the mosque], as preparation for its destruction, and for building their alleged Temple on its ruins.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 20, 2012]
“The [Israeli Arab] Al-Aqsa Institute for Islamic Trusts and Heritage warned yesterday of dangerous excavations being carried out by the Israeli occupation army and its agents beneath the foundations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque… The Institute related to the occupation’s false claims that during excavations in the area, various archaeological artifacts were found [dating] from the time of the alleged first and second Temples, [claims that] are dangerous for the Al-Aqsa Mosque from a structural, archeological, and historical point of view… The occupation claims that during the excavations it found archeological artifacts from the alleged first and second Temple periods… Also, the occupation has begun to Judaize the new section of the western wall of Al-Aqsa by placing Talmudic ‘prayer and good-luck slips’ between its stones.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 14, 2012]
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Summer Love, Disgusting Arab Style

by /When it’s spring, a young man’s fancy may turn to thoughts of love, but when it’s summer, the thoughts of wealthy Arab men turn to purchasing underage, impoverished Egyptian girls as temporary “summer brides” for use as sexual slaves and forced laborers.

That disturbing revelation was found in the US State Department’s 2012 “Trafficking in Persons Report,” which found that rich Arab tourists visiting Egypt, most of whom hail from the Persian Gulf, are seeking temporary marriages with young girls in order to circumvent Egypt’s ban on pre-marital sex.

Those restrictions make finding a hotel or landlord willing to rent a room to unwed couples in search of extra-curricular sex virtually impossible, thus requiring the need to find quick and proper marital documentation.

It should be noted that temporary marriages have long been used in Islamic countries to give religiously legitimate cover to a sexual relationship, commonly used by young couples not ready for a permanent marriage, men seeking to have affairs, or men unable to afford the expense of a traditional Islamic wedding.

Not surprisingly, however, these temporary unions, called mut’a or “pleasure” marriages by Shiite Muslims and urfi or “customary” marriages by Sunni Muslims, have been used as loopholes for prostitution and human trafficking.

To that end, upscale Arab sex tourists are enlisting commission-based marriage brokers to locate Egyptian girls willing to enter into a misyar or “visitor” marriage, a temporary and legally non-binding marital contract that terminates once the men return to their home country.

The price for these misyar marriages range from $500 to $5000 and, in a country where almost half of its 82 million people live on less than $2 a day, proves a powerful magnet to cash-starved Egyptian families with young daughters.

As Dr. Hoda Badran, head of the NGO Alliance for Arab Women, said, “If those families are in such a need to sell their daughters you can imagine how poor they are,” adding that while many parents will marry their daughter without her consent, often the girls agree to the arrangement because “it is the only way out to help the family survive.”

Not surprisingly, the price paid by these girls for helping their families to survive their economic plight comes at a steep cost.

For starters, even though a misyar marriage is religiously sanctioned, the arrangement is little more than dressed-up prostitution, a fact that makes it, according to Siham Ali, who runs a help hotline for victims of visitor marriages, “taboo in society.”

That stigma has a cascading effect, especially for those girls who become pregnant during their temporary marriage, few of whom understand that they will be required to provide care for their child without any monetary support from their “husbands.”

The result is to lead many of these desperately poor and socially ostracized girls to dump their children in orphanages or abandon them in Egyptian streets.

Of course, it may provide some cold comfort to these abandoned misyar brides that they at least weren’t forced to go back as “servants” to their new “husbands” homes in the Persian Gulf a hot spot for human trafficking.

According to the State Department, women, girls and boys are trafficked within the region for commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes through forced marriages, in which their new “husbands” force them into “prostitution and involuntary servitude as beggars or laborers to pay debts, provide income, or support drug addiction of their families.”

As horrid as that prospect is, it’s equally disturbing that these temporary brides are little more than children themselves, with most of the girls auctioned off under 16 years of age.

The demand for young girls, according to Aiman Abu Akeel, chair of the Maat Foundation for Peace and Development, stems from the fact that the majority of men who visit Egypt looking for visitor marriages tend to be Saudis looking for women much younger than them.

That task, however, is complicated by the fact that Egyptian law forbids foreigners from marrying Egyptian girls if there is an age difference of 10 years or more.

So, to skirt around that barrier, parents and marriage brokers often forge birth certificates to make the girls appear older and the men younger, a task harder than it may seem given that girls as young as seven have been bought by Saudi nationals for temporary marriage.

Of course, the Saudi predilection for marrying young woman is well known, an age preference noted by one of Saudi Arabia’s most influential clerics, Sheik Saleh al-Fawzan, who issued a fatwa in January allowing fathers to arrange marriages for their daughters “even if they are in the cradle.”

Yet, al-Fawzan was quick to add that is wasn’t “permissible for their husbands to have sex with them unless they are capable of being placed beneath and bearing the weight of the men,” citing as an example the prophet Mohammad’s wife Aisha, whom he wed at the age of six, but didn’t have sex with until she was nine.

Unfortunately, the Saudi zeal for tossing temporary wives and acquiring illegitimate children is not relegated to the narrow confines of Egypt, where in 2010, nearly 900 children were born to Egyptian women and Saudi fathers.

Rather, Saudi sexual wanderlust has a global reach, with tens of thousands of abandoned wives and children in over 26 countries, with almost 5,000 wives and as many children having been deserted by their tourist husbands in Morocco alone.

As Najeeb Al-Zamil, founder of the Awasser, Back to the Roots Foundation, an NGO that helps Saudi children abroad, said, “Many children live in miserable conditions and turn to drugs and illegal activities, deprived as they are of their true identity.”

Yet, for Saudi and other Arab men, that seems a price they are more than willing to pay in order to receive the religious and legal approval to enjoy the sexual pleasures of a young “wife” during their holiday vacation before abandoning her and any offspring in familial and societal disgrace.