Portents Of A Fresh Palestinian Uprising Are Real
04 November 2014
By Khalid Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem
The seemingly totally unjustified recent killing of
several Palestinian children in Jerusalem by the
Israeli occupation force has already infuriated the
Palestinian community in a peculiarly ominous manner.
According to reliable sources in Jerusalem, the age of
the four Jerusalem boys murdered by Israeli troops and
messianic Jewish settlers in the span of the past few
weeks didn't exceed 14 years. The killings didn't
occur by mistake and the lives of the murderers,
whether settlers or crack soldiers, were not put at
In other words, the Zionist killers murdered the four
kids in cold blood, irrespective of Israeli
But what now seems to be an evolving uprising in
Jerusalem has more to do with the killing of a few
more Palestinians by the Israeli killing machine.
Since the beginning of 2014, Israel killed more than
2200 Palestinians, injured around 10,000, and
partially or completely destroyed more than 50,000
homes, especially in the Gaza Strip. These figures
caricature a genocidal onslaught by Israel against a
thoroughly tormented people seeking survival in the
face of relentlessly nefarious Israeli Nazism.
Indeed, Israel's no-holds-barred approach to the
Palestinian people has convinced most Palestinians
that Israel is effectively seeking their physical
liquidation as a people. Israel is ruled by an extreme
right-wing government which has much in common with
Germany's Third Reich. The fact that numerous
Jewish-influenced and Jewish-controlled media in
Europe and North America say otherwise, doesn't alter
the basic facts.
But there is a key difference between the two regimes
- Israel and Nazi Germany. In Israel's case, messianic
Jewish groups are having an immense influence on the
government of Binyamin Netanyahu. These people hold a
decidedly criminal and infinitely racist ideology that
views the rest of mankind as quasi animals who should
either be destroyed or effectively accept enslavement
by the "master-Jewish race."
According to the nefarious ideology of these religious
Zionists, the Palestinian people are descendants of an
ancient people called the Amalek or Amalekites, who,
according to the Bible, must be physically
Hence, the ongoing Israeli policy of gradual
extermination against the Palestinians.
Gradual seizure of Aqsa Mosque
Israel has always coveted the seizure of the al-Masjidul
Aqsa of Jerusalem, considered the third holiest
In recent months, however, Israel dramatically
escalated its provocations at the Noble Sanctuary,
known in Arabic as Haram al-Sharif.
These provocations included allowing fanatical Jews to
hold Talmudic rituals, barring Muslims below the age
of 50 from accessing the holy place and taking control
over the gates of the holy place.
Now, the Israeli parliament or Knesset is slated to
discuss partitioning the exclusively holy Islamic site
between Muslims and Jews.
The vast bulk of Muslims in occupied Palestine and
abroad are now convinced that a possible Jewish
takeover of the Aqsa Mosque is only a matter of time
and that Israel is awaiting the opportune time to
carry out its long-standing designs. Muslims view this
prospect as nothing short of a declaration of war on
This is the view of Ikrema Sabri, the former Mufti of
Jerusalem and Imam of the Aqsa Mosque.
"I say so because the very existence of Muslims in
this land is inextricably entwined with the al-Aqsa
Mosque. Our existence in Palestine would be
meaningless without the Aqsa Mosque. Hence, a Jewish
takeover of this paramount Muslim holy place, which is
an integral part of our faith as Muslims, would be an
earth-shaking event by any standard."
A Jewish takeover of the Aqsa Mosque would also
obliterate the so-called peace process and seriously
weaken the Palestinian Authority (PA). Indeed, the PA
would be in no position to suppress the overwhelming
indignation amongst Palestinians, triggered by an
Israeli folly of this magnitude.
Relations between Israel on the one hand and both
Egypt and Jordan on the other hand, would also suffer
More to the point, the current alliance between the
U.S. and certain Arab regimes, e.g. Saudi Arabia and
the United Arab Emirates, against ISIS would come
under immense pressure as a brazen Israeli provocation
at the Aqsa Mosque would seriously embarrass America's
Arab allies and redraw Arab sympathies toward the
In short, if Israel is to have its way in Jerusalem,
the entire Middle East will be on fire. Even the
internecine Sunni-Shiite confrontation would take a
backseat as both Sunnis and Shiite forces would strive
to display their indignation at the United States and
Finally, an Israeli takeover of the Aqsa Mosque would
also likely set off a campaign of violence in many
parts of the world. In short, another serious
escalation at the Haram al-Sharif of Jerusalem
wouldn't be just another event in the Middle East. It
would most likely be a game-changer in many respects.
Khalid Amayreh is a veteran Palestinian journalist
and political commentator living in al-Khalil in