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AL AKSA MOSQUE (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
(photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Holy sites: A secondary matter

Al-Khaleej, Sharja, UAE, October 1
Al-Aksa Mosque is the goal for settlers, who try to access it on a daily basis with protection and supervision from the occupation forces. At the same time, they are restricting the movement of Muslims who come for prayer, preventing those under 50 years old from access to Jerusalem, and subjecting many to arrests. By these acts, the Zionist entity sends more than one signal to the Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims and the world.
They are saying that Al-Aksa Mosque, in particular, and the city of Jerusalem, in general, no longer have a relationship with the Muslims and Arabs. The Zionist entity has falsified history and now it will change geography without any response. This disastrous reality will not change; it will get worse and more tragic as long as the Arabs lose the direction on their compass.
The Zionist entity is no longer listed as a national and patriotic threat on the Arab agenda, and the issue of holy sites has become a secondary matter.
Netanyahu’s desperate attempts
Oman, Muscat, October 1
It’s not an exaggeration to say that the Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is the most annoyed party resulting from any American closeness with Iran.
Netanyahu will be working for the next few months on trying to stop the new change or limit its momentum.
It is not a coincidence that the Israeli officials are waging a campaign against the Iranian policies and positions presented by the Iranian President Hassan Rohani, which casts suspicion on the credibility and intentions of Iran’s remarks. The Islamic Republic has said that it seeks to show flexibility and moderation in dealing with the nuclear issue, in a way that protects its benefits and at the same time goes along with the international agreements. Netanyahu’s speech at the UN General Assembly is another attempt to incite against Iran, its position and president. Regardless of the speech in New York, Netanyahu’s effect will be limited, because his goals are exposed – especially when it comes to the Iranian nuclear program and the situation in the region, including the peace process.
Israel steals even poor art
Al-Akhbar, Beirut, September 30
The famous song of the Syrian singer Luna Fares, “Ti rash rash,” is back in the limelight after Israeli singer Natalie Perez decided to record a Hebrew version of it. The Hebrew song included an Arabic section taken from the original song. The new song became famous a few months ago on YouTube, and has now made a comeback among Arabs on social networks, who say it is a part of the Israeli insistence on stealing Arabic culture and claiming it as Israeli.
Does Netanyahu seek a third intifada?
Al-Quds, Jerusalem, October 1
The accelerating and extreme policies and acts of the Israeli government in the Palestinian territories make people wonder: Is Netanyahu seeking a third Intifada? It’s not noteworthy that the Israeli acts got more aggressive despite the ongoing peace talks, which aim to create a development in the main political issues. The Israeli government should tone down the aggressive policies in an attempt to create a positive atmosphere for the peace talks, but what we are seeing is the exact opposite. As negotiations took place on September 16, the Israeli government approved the building of a settlement in Jerusalem – the first settlement to be built during negotiations. The IDF has carried out 3,565 raids in Palestinian villages and cities, and three Palestinian youths were killed during a raid at the Kalandia refugee camp. Palestinians are being exposed to pressure that might drive them to an uncalculated confrontation.
A rational analysis of the situation might not encourage a third Intifada, but who said that the uprising follows rationale?

First Arab to receive Israeli honor

Al-Ahram, Cairo, September 29
For the first time, an Israeli organization documenting and remembering the Holocaust granted an Egyptian a prize. Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial authority in Jerusalem, awarded Dr. Muhammad Helmy the honor of Righteous Among The Nations.
The prize, which is given to non-Jews who defended the victims of Nazi genocide, was given to Helmy for protecting a family of four people from danger – having hidden a young Jewish woman in his Berlin home during the war and helped treat three of her relatives.
Helmy was subject to discrimination from the Nazis, yet he publicly refused their policies.