Remember when Marc Lamont Hill claimed his call “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free” is not a call for genocide but really “calling for freedom and equal rights for all citizens, irrespective of race, religion, class, gender, or sexual identity”?
If he and so many others got their way – with the palestinian Arabs totally in charge – would there be equal rights for all, including Jews?
The answer to this question is not even in doubt, as we see from how the palestinian Arabs (and others) are reacting to Jews visiting their holiest site – the Temple Mount (which is also where the Muslims built their mosques on the ruins of the Temples hundreds of years later).
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett ordered the police to continue allowing Jews to ascend the Temple Mount on Sunday, the fast day of Tisha Be’av, even as Muslims clashed with police at the holy site.
Bennett met with Public Security Minister Omer Bar Lev and Police Commissioner Yaakov Shabtai after police entered the area to stop rocks being thrown from al-Aqsa Mosque.
“The prime minister instructed to allow organized and safe ascendance of Jews to the Mount, while keeping order at the site,” the Prime Minister’s Office said.
Images circulating on social media showed a small group of Israeli Jews praying at the site, which is against the rules set by the Jordanian Islamic Trust, known as the Wakf, and generally enforced by Israeli police.
Jordan sent an official letter of protest against Israeli “violations” on the Temple Mount, including “storming of the holy compound by extremist settlers under Israeli police protection,” Jordanian news agency Petra reported.
Palestinian and other Arab media reports often characterize any Jews visiting the Temple Mount as settlers, and their actions as “storming,” even when labeling videos of people walking in an orderly fashion.
Jordanian Foreign Ministry spokesman Daifallah al-Fayz said: “The Israeli actions against the mosque are rejected and condemned, and represent a violation of the historical and legal status quo, international law, and Israel’s obligations as an occupying power in East Jerusalem.”
Al-Fayez said the entire Temple Mount compound “is a place of worship purely for Muslims.”
Hamas warned on Friday that Israel was “playing with fire” by allowing Jews to visit the Temple Mount and march in the Old City, as it does most years.
The terrorist group called on Gazans to “keep their fingers on the trigger” to defend Jerusalem.
Religious leaders from east Jerusalem called on Arab Israelis to come to the Temple Mount on Sunday and Monday, Ynet reported.
Even the Ra’am party – which is part of the present Israeli coalition government – are against Jews visiting their holy site.
The Islamist Ra’am (United Arab List) Party said “Muslims have an exclusive right to the al-Aqsa Mosque and no one else has any right over it.
“Ra’am warned worshippers in a statement on Sunday against a “large number of settlers who have been storming and violating the sanctity of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque since the morning hours.”
“This could cause violent events and ignite the situation in Jerusalem and the entire region in way that could lead to a devastating religious war, especially when officials and MKs are allowed to storm al-Aqsa, hold prayers, hold religious ceremonies and read the national anthem ‘Hatikva,’” the party stated.
And it was even worse before there was a state of Israel.
Meanwhile, while the Muslims try to prevent Jews from visiting the site, the Israeli government guarantees their freedom of religion:
The prime minister also emphasized that “full freedom of worship on the Temple Mount will be maintained for Muslims, as well, who are marking the Day of Arafa and Eid al-Adha this week.
So yes, Marc, it is quite simple. If you and others were truly serious about “freedom and equal rights for all citizens, irrespective of race, religion, class, gender, or sexual identity”, you would support the state of Israel.