Blowing in the Wind:
Hard to believe, but Palestinians demand control over the Wailing wall!
Via New Centrist:
.." Adnan al-Husseini, made the new demand in an interview with the Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv, sparking an outcry from many Israeli politicians who complained that recent reports about the Olmert government’s proposal to transfer Arab-dominated neighborhoods in Jerusalem to the jurisdiction of a Palestinian state have led to further Arab demands.
As the last remnant of the ancient Second Temple, which was destroyed by the Romans in the year 70 of the common era, the Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall, is considered Judaism’s holiest site. Muslims, who call it Al-Burak, also venerate it as the place where they believe the prophet Muhammad tied his horse before ascending to the heavens.
“We are talking about full control” over Jerusalem, Mr. Husseini, a scion of one of the most prominent Palestinian Arab families, told Ma’ariv. “The Wailing Wall,” he said, “is a Muslim waqf,” or sacred endowment, “and therefore cannot be abandoned.” He cited a 1928 British mandate white paper that called for the area to be under Muslim control where Jews would be allowed to worship.
I guess settlements, checkpoints and fences are not really bothering the Palestinians, as they keep claiming through different mouthpieces in the Western media. It's control over the Wailing Wall that they want, a demand they must know can never be complied with. Not even by Olmert.
Strange, too, after repeatedly making the argument that the British had not authority to make any determination over how Ottoman Palestine was to be divided, whether the 1917 Balfour Declaration or 1947 UN Partition Resolution, all of a sudden a clause in a 1928 British White Paper bears legal significance!
Stranger still, if the locus of the Western Wall is of such sacred importance to Muslims, why was it used as a garbage dump between the years 1947-1967, when Jerusalem was under the Hashemite control?
What cheek. Is it a genuine demand or just a negotiation primary position? Don't they know that Jews know all about the illusory effect of the rabbi's goats?
Depressing. Palestinians have no political will for peace. If they lack the will, they can't learn. It's that simple.
How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.
Solominia blogs about it here
And somewhat related:
Grass-roots peace concert in Jericho called off over security concerns: organizer
"Civilization is not self-supporting. It is artificial. If you are not prepared to concern yourself with the upholding of civilization -- you are done." (Ortega y Gasset)
Friday, October 12, 2007
Blowing in the Wind: