By Dr. Charles Dyer
The Land and the Book
This is a good illustration of the propaganda that masks as news in the Middle East. A small area on the Temple Mount beside the western wall of the Al Aqsa mosque collapsed. So of course Israel is blamed. The article says it was caused by "Israeli excavations," "building new settlements," and "digging dozens of tunnels," all implying that Israel is somehow undermining the building so it will collapse.
Now, open the article and look carefully at the picture. The excavation in the foreground is an Israeli archaeological excavation. Just behind the excavation (and supported by the solid cement retaining wall) is the road that runs outside the Old City Walls, which can then be seen behind. And in the upper right of the picture, above the walls, is the dome of the Al Aqsa mosque. No settlements are on the Temple Mount. No tunnels extend under the Temple Mount. And the excavations are all outside the Temple Mount.
So what's causing the collapse? Oh, the Muslim religious authorities did dig a massive underground mosque on the southeast corner of the Temple Mount, right in the area of the Al Aqsa mosque. But of course, those excavations (which almost cause the outer walls of the Temple Mount to collapse!) couldn't have anything to do with the problem, could they!
Collapse near western wall of Al-Aqsa Mosque due to Israeli excavations
(Occupied Palestine)—Al-Aqsa Foundation and Cultural Heritage Organization said that an area collapsed near the western wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem late Tuesday.
The collapse happened near the Bab as Silsila, on the western part of the mosque, according to an eyewitness.
“It is the second collapse near the western wall in 5 years,” Cum’a Usayle, an eyewitness said.
Usayle told Anadolu Agency, ”The collapse has caused a deep hole there. It is dangerous for the Al-Aqsa Mosque. It poses danger especially for children and women.”
No security precautions around the area have been taken by Israeli officials so far. There is also no statement about the event.
Al-Aqsa Foundation and Cultural Heritage Organization accused Israel of paving the way for demolishing the Al-Aqsa Mosque by building new settlements and digging dozens of tunnels.
- Israel Blamed for Collapse on Temple Mount • CBN
- The Temples of the Bible (Part 1) • BPB (Andy Woods)
- Al Aqsa Mosque Collapsing, But only in English • Jewish Press
- Area Near Al-Aqsa Mosque Collapses • Arutz Sheva
- Arab Media Outlets Falsely Claim Christian Who Tried to Burn Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1969 Was a Jew • Algemeiner