“Moderate” Palestinian President Abbas is at it again, calling for martyrdom and the shedding of blood in Jerusalem.  Appearing on official Palestinian TV on September 16th the man who arraigned for the financing of the Munich Massacre said, “The Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher are ours. They are all ours, and they have no right to defile them with their filthy feet.” Abbas further said: “We salute every drop of blood spilled for the sake of Jerusalem. (see video below)”

By filthy feet the moderate Abbas is not referring to Israeli Muslims or Israeli Arabs, he is referring to Jews (I don’t know who he is talking about–I showered this morning).

What most Christians don’t realize is this should be an affront to them. The Holy Temple which Abbas and the Palestinians claim never existed atop the Temple Mount is not only holy to the Jews, but that is a crucial part of the Jesus story.  Christians as well as Jews are not allowed to pray atop the Temple Mount..forget prayer, if they bend down and tie their shoes, or close their eyes, or bow their head, they are accused of prayer.

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And as for the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, remember this from 2007?

[T]he Palestinian Authority-appointed Waqf (Moslem religious property) authorities attempted to break through into the Church of the Holy Sepulcher from the adjacent al-Hanaqa Mosque. [They] decided to install a latrine on the roof of the Church. According to a May 11, 1997, report in Ha’aretz, “A Waqf internal report, written two weeks ago by the Waqf’s Jerusalem engineer, ‘Isam ‘Awad, confirms many of the Christians’ claims in the conflict that has emerged adjacent to the Holy Sepulcher Church regarding construction in the Church. The Church’s claim [is] that the Waqf has harmed the historical and architectural substance of the Holy Sepulcher, as a result of a construction addition to the courtyard of the ‘Hanaqa,’ which leans on the wall of the Holy Sepulcher and even darkens it by its height.”

Israel attempted to calm down the conflict after the Churches complained and issued a work stoppage order against it, which was promptly ignored. The same Ha’aretz story reported that “The Jerusalem district archeologist in the Antiquities Authority, John Zeligman, wrote to the Waqf director, ‘Adnan Husayni, pointing out to the Waqf the damage to a site that is declared to be an antiquity and threatens to go to law if work is not halted immediately.” Finally, the illegal construction was halted due to Israeli and world pressure, but we can be certain that without such pressure the desecration would have continue.

A major strategy of the Palestinians in their goal of ultimately taking over all of Israel is to deny Jewish and Christian ties to the land. That’s why they hold on to the Temple Mount and destroy artifacts. It is why they burned down Joseph’s Tomb and it is why they are now targeting Rachel’s Tomb calling it the Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque, and why they have built the al-Hanaqa Mosque adjacent to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (and the latrine for the mosque on the roof of the church). Abbas’ statement is just one more example of that strategy.