Palestinians are continuing to use the Temple Mount, in Arabic known as the Haram al-Sharif, in Jerusalem, as a platform for incitement against Israel in general and Jews in particular.
This incitement, which began after Jewish tourists were permitted to resume their visits to the holy site in 2014, has since taken various forms. The Jewish visits to the holy site had been suspended for several years during the Second Intifada uprising, which erupted in September 2000.
Since 2014, the Palestinian Authority leadership, including President Mahmoud Abbas, have been waging an unprecedented wave of incitement against Israel and Jews to protest visits to the Temple Mount.
In 2015, Abbas announced that the Palestinians “won’t allow Jews with their filthy feet to defile our Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
He went on to praise Palestinians who were ready to sacrifice their lives in order to stop Jews from visiting the holy site: “We bless every drop of blood that has been spilled for Allah and Jerusalem. Every martyr (Shahid) will reach Paradise, and everyone wounded will be rewarded by Allah.”
Abbas, his senior officials and media outlets have since been lying to their people and the rest of the world by claiming that “extremist Jewish settlers were forcibly and violently invading the Al-Aqsa Mosque.” Of course, no Jewish extremist or settler has “invaded” any mosque on the Temple Mount, certainly not the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Most of the visitors happen to be religious Jews. The Palestinians, however, regularly label all religious Jews “extremists” or “settlers.” It seems to be their way of stereotyping Jews as aggressors, colonialists and extremists.