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Israel to demolish Jerusalem mosque

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The Dome of the Rock and other mosques are seen from the Arab neighbourhood of Silwan, in Jerusalem [file photo]

Israeli forces in occupied Jerusalem today ordered the demolition of the Abdullah Al-Sanawi Mosque in Silwan, under the pretext that it was built without the impossible to obtain building permit.

Image of the demolition order [assabeel.net]

Image of the demolition order of the Abdullah Al-Sanawi Mosque in Silwan  [assabeel.net]

A member of the Committee for the Defence of Silwan, Fakhri Abu Diab, said in a statement that the mosque was built several years ago on Waqf land using donations from the people to serve 4,000 residents of the Deir Al-Sunna neighbourhood which isn’t served by a mosque as authorities failed to issue building permits for one.

He pointed out that the Abdullah Al-Sanawi Mosque is one of six mosques threatened with demolition in the town.

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  • audentiorwatcher

    Which Jews would those be – the ones who converted?

    • Pepper Wingate

      Which Muslims are not converts? The tenor of your comments is racist!

  • audentiorwatcher

    Tell us about your grand parents and their grandparents

    • Pepper Wingate

      What kind of a racist remark is that? No! I am not Jewish.

      • audentiorwatcher

        Exactly how is asking where your relatives are interred racist? It seems you’re projecting

        • Pepper Wingate

          Cretin!

          • audentiorwatcher

            Your reply clearly demonstrates your level of intellect and the complete absence of veracity in your claim

          • Pepper Wingate

            You already did, Hence the comment.

  • Pepper Wingate

    Jews never left. If you are asking for historic proof of the continuous presence of Jews in Israel, you might look at the historical and archaeological record. Jews fought on the walls of Jerusalem against the Crusaders. They have been in Israel and Jerusalem consistently. The Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem was occupied consistently for centuries until the Jordanian Army removed the Jews. Their grandparents graves were removed and their homes razed and synagogues demolished to deny Jewish presence in Jerusalem.

  • Pepper Wingate

    Now we know that you judge Jews on a different standard from anyone else. What happens to Jews doesn’t count in your mind. Evidence of psychopathology, believe me!

  • audentiorwatcher

    You couldn’t make this stuff up – did you read it in a fairy story book somewhere?
    It’s revealing that you refuse to tell us where your grand parents are buried

  • Gareth Woods

    The Palestinians know that the two state solution is all pie in the sky. The Zionists have no intention of giving up any part of the Greater Israel project to the Palestinians, so the West Bank squatter settlements will stay and expand as more and more Palestinians are displaced. The ‘War of Independence’ was fought by a militarised community against a non-militarised Palestinian community. It was simply ethnic cleansing given a heroic name. Israeli history is made up of spin and double speak with the victim narrative coming through loud and clear for the World to hear. When that doesn’t quite work the Holocaust is trotted out to win over sympathy. That seems especially hypocritical when I read in Haaretz that over 100, 000 Holocaust survivors live in near poverty in Israel.

    • Mike Abramov

      Gareth – I agree with you. A two-state solution is ‘pie in the sky’ now. It wasn’t in 1992. However, the rest of your rebuttal is littered with mistakes.

      The War of Independence was fought against, Syria, Egypt ,Iraq and Lebanon, not Palestine. The identity of Palestinian did not appear until after the Six-Day War of 1967 when Yasar Arafat, an Egyptian, cleverly suggested to the people of the old Palestine to become nationalists and adopt a false nationality called Palestinian.

      There has never been an ‘ethnic cleansing’ as such. There were simply refugees which is a symptom of war. The expression ethnic cleansing did not appear in every day parlance until the mid 1990s when the Balkan wars resulted in Serbia enacting revenge on Croats and Bosnians. You need to read Croatia’s role in WW2 to understand the background to this.

      In the last 40 years. the anti-Israel protagonists have re-written history to suit their left-wing agenda. Many anti-Israel supporters like the PSC, have read and not questioned any of the diatribe that was written by Prof. Ilan Pappe, Dr. Norman Finlkestein and others too numerous to mention because it suited their aims which was to re-write history.

      Haaretz is a left-wing daily paper similar to the Daily Mirror but, with a bit more class. It is terrible that anybody should live in poverty, but I am doubtful that Haaretz has got this figure correct because all Holocaust survivors, such as my late father, receive a monthly pension from Germany as compensation.

      As for the ‘cry Holocaust’ allegation. The Jews that survived had lost everything. Their families, their homes, their possessions and their money. In 1945, they got up, brushed themselves down and started all over again. In England, France America and Israel. They moved on.

      What did the Palestinian refugees do? Fled to Lebanon and Jordan and took on refugee status and did….nothing for the next 70 years.

      • Gareth Woods

        Your’s is the orthodox Israeli version of history in Palestine.Why else would in excess of 700,000 Palestinians flee their homes unless under duress from the Zionist militia? The Palestinians had no organised militia to speak of when the land grab started in 1947, so most of the violence came from one source, the Zionists. There can be no doubt that the survivors of the Holocaust largely lost everything, but the use of the Holocaust as some sort of trump card in any discussion about Palestine is still very prevalent. How can the suffering of Europe’s Jews be used to justify the unjust and inhumane treatment of the indigenous Palestinian population? Some Zionists use the scriptures to justify this then’ elsewhere’ you state that Zionism is secular. Zionism is not secular and the Zionist state of Israel is an apartheid state. Ashkenazi Jews are at the top of the pile, followed by Jews from the Middle East and Africa, with the indigenous Palestinians at the bottom as decidedly third class citizens. They are subject to many more laws and restrictions than the Jewish population in Israel and even more so in the territories occupied in 1967.This is apartheid, plain and simple.
        Not all Palestinian refugees have done ‘nothing for 70 years’. Many have moved to other parts of the World, no doubt with the ultimate aim of returning to Palestine, not that any right of return will exist while Israel exists.You must remember that the European Jews who moved to Palestine did not do so on their own, they were assisted. The Palestinians have largely had to do fend for themselves with aid agencies only helping to set up camps for them in the Middle East.
        The Zionist version of history is largely mythical, written to justify and glorify the sordid events that have taken place against the Palestinians and their neighbouring countries.I used to believe it the version that we have been spoon fed over the decades and consequently support Israel against the ‘belligerent and intransigent’ Arabs. Even when I lived in Malta during the late 1960s and saw the USS Liberty in Malta Drydock it never occurred to me how just how devious the Zionist propaganda machine was.During the past 15 years, largely due to the Internet and satellite news channels, I have had my eyes opened with much of what I believed turning out to be based on lies, distortions and misconceptions. Israel’s lebens raum policy, its’ parasitisation of the US and Europe has been exposed for all to see.No amount of propaganda can fix things for Israel now.

  • Gareth Woods

    Lies, lies and more lies. There was a Jewish population in Palestine that lived peacefully along side its’ Muslim and Christian neighbours. Funny how it all went wrong once the Zionist terror groups started operating during the 1930s and really fell to pieces once the 1947 influx of European Jews got underway post WW2. The Zionists can not live side by side with anyone as they only want a Zionist state that can continue to expand, unhindered by any consideration for the indigenous population.

    • Mike Abramov

      Ok Gareth, what is the solution?

    • Mike Abramov

      Gareth – I think you need to read up on the role of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Al-Husseini,, in WW2 before you rant on about Zionists being so incompatible with the indigenous Arabs. You also need to expand upon your reading away from Thomas Suarez and Ilan Pappe. The driving force behind the anti-Israel brigade is left-wing politics, which I do not have a problem with except one thing which is the bias. ‘Support the underdog, right or wrong’.

      If you do not believe that Israel is secular, this is how much you have been persuaded by the material you are reading.

      Although the Palestinians are on the back foot, I would firstly look at their representatives first rather than blaming Israel. The concept of the ‘great jihad’ is still on the agenda especially in Gaza.