by Dexter Van Zile
Who knew that metal detectors were so offensive to Muslim sensibilities? These security devices are used extensively in Muslim countries throughout the world — at Mecca even — without complaint. But when Israel installs them on the Temple Mount to stop jihadists from murdering innocent civilians — it becomes a problem.
Many people have protested more about the installation of cameras and metal detectors at the Temple Mount than they ever have about the murder of Christians in Egypt, Iraq and Syria. Christian peacemakers are apparently more offended by Jews trying to defend themselves in their homeland, than by Christians and Yazidis being murdered in theirs. It’s not just sad. It’s disgusting.
Of course, it’s not the metal detectors themselves that are haram, but that they are used to protect Jewish lives. Apparently, interfering with the jihadist impulse to kill Jews, or people who protect them — like two Druze police officers who were murdered on July 14 — has become an Islamophobic act of discrimination. In fact, it’s so outrageous that the Palestinians have launched days of “rage” in protest. That people have attacked synagogues in Turkey and elsewhere. And that a Palestinian murdered three people in the West Bank town of Halamish, while they were celebrating a birth in their family.
Acts like this are a horrific echo of the massacres of Jews in Hebron that took place in 1929 and 1936 — but that hasn’t stopped Christians from protesting against the Jewish right to self-defense, which is really another way of protesting in favor of the rights of jihadists to kill Jews.