By Jonathan Cook
Following the torching by Jewish settlers of a mosque near Ramallah two weeks ago, a former military chief of staff, admitted there was no political will to find the culprits.Under cover of dark, Israel sent in bulldozers to clear the area, forcing nearly 1,000 Palestinian residents out so that a wide prayer plaza could be created in front of the Western Wall.The Heritage Foundation has justified its activities by saying that excavations destroying Islamic history are necessary to unearth older, Jewish archaeological remains.
“If we wanted, we could catch them, and when we want to, we will,” he told Army Radio.
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“It might be said that the demolition of the Mughrabi quarter in 1967 was necessary … to allow masses to reach the Western Wall ~ not to build a new [visitor] building.”
“Non-Jewish holy sites do not enjoy legal protection under [Israel’s 1967 Protection of Holy Sites Law] because the government does not recognize them as official holy sites,” the report stated.
But Israel has given such status only to Jewish places of worship.
“I felt horrified and furious at this violation of the mosque’s sanctity. In the mosque there are plastic dolls and models wearing British and Israeli uniforms, some of them in shorts, among other exhibits that are irrelevant to Arab-Islamic culture or tradition.”
Observing that there had been many complaints about noise, Netanyahu observed:
“The same problem exists in all European countries, and they know how to deal with it. It’s legitimate in Belgium; it’s legitimate in France. Why isn’t it legitimate here? We don’t need to be more liberal than Europe.”