The fool´s stone (ISRAEL HAYOM OP-ED) Emily Amrousi 07/06/12)
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If the God particle had not been found in Switzerland, it would have
been discovered here. Even if it would have taken another generation,
the same particle responsible for matter in the universe would not
have passed up an opportunity to show up in the original Holy Land,
the same land that possesses patents for slogans uttered by biblical
prophets. The land of Israel is filled with holiness and God
particles. But try to deal with particles that have no public
Take for example the Foundation Stone, a flat stone that lies at the
center of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. According to Jewish
tradition, it is the holiest place on earth. Even archeologists have
no doubt about its precious value. At the time of the Great Temple,
the Ark of the Covenant rested upon it and only the High Priest could
enter the area on the holiest day of the year. According to both
Judaism and Islam, the world was created from that spot. Muslims have
maintained the site, which is holy to them as well, for years. They
never touch the stone itself except to dust it off once a year and
return it to its place.
Last week, images were published showing huge iron scaffolds and
construction material covering the stone. The Waqf, the Islamic body
with authority over the Temple Mount, is renovating the ceiling of
the dome to enhance the structure and emphasize its Arabic design,
and has placed metal tools and pales on top of the exposed stone.
Workers with shoddy footwear move about the site, and yes, we need to
be worried. The Foundation Stone is a powder keg, and ignoring calls
for Israel´s sovereignty in the area may lead to a dangerous
struggle. But in the midst of all the caution, we forgot to cry. For
most Israelis, the image of scaffolds at this sensitive and ancient
site does not bring on an immediate heart attack. The indifference
hurts. Cry, Jews, cry over the holy of holies where even a single God
particle did not survive this week.
Also this week, UNESCO agreed to declare the Church of the Nativity
in Bethlehem as an endangered world heritage site due to damage it
incurred at the hands of the "Israeli occupation." UNESCO´s advisers
actually said Israel was working to preserve the site, but who cares
about the facts. The strange behavior of the Waqf, which is
responsible itself for damaging the Foundation Stone — the spot from
which Islamic tradition says the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven —
is part of an ongoing struggle based on recollection and identity.
The denial of Jewish roots in the area has become a sport.
At a New York auction in March, an ancient coin dating to the time of
the great Jewish rebellion against Rome was sold for $1.1 million.
One side of the coin is engraved with the Hebrew words "Israeli
Shekel." On the other side, the words "Holy Jerusalem" appear. The
Palestinian Authority reported through its media about the sale
of "an ancient Palestinian coin that is part of the Palestinian
Last Passover, Palestinian television aired a talk show during which
the guest declared that Moses was a Muslim who led the Muslims out of
Egypt. The speaker described the event as the "first release of
Palestinians through the use of force." Another false claim is that
Jerusalem was the capital of Palestine. (In fact, Jerusalem was never
an Arab or Muslim capital, even for a single day.) You can still hear
on that same TV channel these familiar words in Arabic: "May my right
hand forget its cunning if I forget thee, Jerusalem."
Palestinians are transferring archeological findings from the Jewish
closet to the Islamic closet. History is being rewritten. And what
about us? We act like the three iconic monkeys and think
that "Foundation Stone" is a great name for a pub.
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