“Jews praying at the Western Wall* is sin and filth”

The Palestinian (peace partner?)Authority has publicly labeled Jewish worship at the Western Wall* to be “sin and filth” in a television program broadcast in Arabic on Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year.

Israel National News The documentary was broadcast in Arabic on Fatah’s PA TV, run by the faction headed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, and it was translated by the PA media watchdog organization, Palestinian Media Watch .

Abbas is participating Wednesday in a third round of direct talks with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The talks are being personally supervised by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Special Mideast Envoy George Mitchell.

The program, which was broadcast after the first round of talks in Washington two weeks ago, showed Jews praying at the Western Wall – Judaism’s holiest site, along with the rest of the Temple Mount area. As the camera panned the scene, the narrator explained, “They [Israelis] know for certain that our [Arab] roots are deeper than their false history. We, from the balcony of our homes, look out over [Islamic] holiness and on sin and filth [the Jews praying at the Western Wall].”

Denial of the Jewish history in Jerusalem and the existence of the Holy Temples is a central component in the PA’s political ideology. One of the most important themes in the harangues of Islamic clerics in the PA is the libelous charge that Israel plans to destroy the Al Aqsa mosque, today perched atop the site where the First and Second Jewish Temples once stood. The clerics whip up Muslim worshippers into a frenzy during their Friday sermons, and they in turn direct their murderous rage at Israeli soldiers, policemen and civilians.

In June, PA Mufti Sheikh Muhammad Hussein warned that Israel planned to implement “plans for Judaization of the Al-Buraq Wall (Western Wall), aimed at turning it into a center for the Jewish nation.” Hussein made the statement in an interview with the Arabic-language Al-Hayat Al-Jadida daily newspaper, linked to the Fatah-led PA government in Ramallah.

*Western Wall (aka The Wailing Wall) is the western wall of an ancient courtyard and for that reason it is also referred to as “The Western Wall.” The Romans destroyed the Jewish Temple in 70 AD after the Jewish people revolted against Roman rule. The wall is the only remaining structure of the ancient Temple of Jerusalem. Inside the courtyard King Solomon’s glorious temple once stood. The temple was destroyed and rebuilt several times until only part of the western wall remained. The wall is just outside of the Temple Mount and is considered to be Judaism’s holiest site.