Mahmoud Abbas’ Nonsense and Lies About the Temple Mount

Mahmoud Abbas, like so many Palestinians, likes to instruct the world on the diabolical plan of the Israelis to take over the Haram al-Sharif– what those credulous Jews call the Temple Mount — and to replace the Al-Aqsa Mosque with a Third Temple, though of course the First and Second Temples, the Palestinians know, never existed. More on Mahmoud Abbas’ fabulations can be found here: “RRefuting Abbas’ UN lies, nearly 4,000,000 Muslims visited the Temple Mount during Ramadan,” by Maurice Hirsch, Palestinian Media Watch, May 17, 2023:

There is no truth to this supposed Israeli plan to raze Al-Aqsa, nor to any of the other claims about Al-Aqsa and the Temple Mount made by the P.A.’s President-For-Life, now entering the nineteenth year of his four-year term. Let’s begin our discussion with the history of the Temple Mount under Jordanian occupation between 1949 and 1967. During that period, for the only time in its 3000-year history, the Temple Mount was off-limits to Jews. They could not visit the Temple Mount, they could not pray at the Western Wall. They were expelled from the Jewish Quarter in the Old City, where the Jordanians blew up 56 of its 57 synagogues. Nearby, at the 3000-year old Jewish Cemetery on the Mount of Olives, the oldest and largest Jewish cemetery in the world, with 150,000 graves, the Jordanians pulled up tens of thousands of tombstones and either pulverized them into gravel to be used for building roads, or used the tombstones to line the floors of Jordanian army latrines.

Since June 7, 1967, when Israel liberated the Temple Mount from the illegal Jordanian occupation (1948-1967), Israel’s governments have guaranteed that the site remain accessible to both Israel’s Muslim population and — subject to security precautions — to many Muslims who live in the areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority (PA). This guarantee was once again demonstrated during this year’s month of Ramadan, when nearly four million people visited the site.

Though the Jordanians had kept the Jews out of the Old City, and from visiting the Temple Mount, and did not even allow them to pray at the Western Wall from 1949 to 1967, the first thing the Israelis did after their victory in the Six-Day War was to reassure all the world’s Muslims that there would be no change in their access to the Temple Mount and to Al-Aqsa Mosque. As for Jews, they would now be allowed to visit the Temple Mount, but Defense Minister Moshe Dayan on his own decided that Jews would not be allowed to say prayers openly, or even to mouth prayers silently, on the Temple Mount. Nor could they bring onto the Mount prayer shawls, prayer books, or tefillin.

Jerusalem resident Fadi Mattour: “Praise Allah Master of the Universe, this month [of Ramadan] was very special. It was a wonderful month. The estimates of the [Jordanian] Waqf are that nearly 4 million visitors visited the Al-Aqsa Mosque this month, and this is a very large number.”

[Official PA TV News, April 21, 2023]

The record 4,000,000 visitors was made up of both Palestinians, who were given broad permission to enter Israel to visit the site, and Israeli Muslims. Despite the record numbers of visitors, in his speech yesterday in the United Nations to mark the “Nakba” – the term which means “catastrophe” used by the Palestinians to describe Israel’s creation – PA leader Mahmoud Abbas baselessly charged:

“Israel, ladies and gentlemen, beyond all its crimes against our people since the Nakba… it desecrates the holy Islamic and Christian religious places in Palestine… just as it denies the Palestinians their right to freedom of worship in the Al-Aqsa Mosque – the holy compound of Jerusalem which is the exclusive right of Muslims alone.”

[Mahmoud Abbas, Speech in the UN, May 15, 2023]

The only ones desecrating “holy places “in Palestine ”are the Palestinians. It is they who have firebombed Joseph’s Tomb, tried to destroy Rachel’s Tomb, tried to murder Israelis visiting the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron. It is the Palestinians who use Al-Aqsa Mosque for purposes other than religion, as a place to store rocks, Molotov cocktails, fireworks, and other weapons, in order to hurl them both at Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount, and Jewish worshippers at the Western Wall far below. Using Al-Aqsa as a weapons storehouse is most assuredly a “desecration” of a holy site. And turning the Al-Aqsa compound into a battlefield, where Palestinians attack Jewish visitors, and Israeli police try to halt their violence and maintain order, is another kind of desecration.

No Palestinians, and no Israeli Arabs, have been “denied the right of freedom of worship in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.” Muslims worship freely in the Mosque, and indeed outside, on Temple Mount itself, when an overflow crowd cannot fit into the Mosque. When the Mosque itself is full, many tens of thousands of Muslims pray outside, entirely covering the surface of the Temple Mount.

As many as 250,000 Muslims have prayed at one time on the Temple Mount. And during this year’s Ramadan, a total of four million Muslims prayed at the site, both inside Al-Aqsa and also outside, on the Al-Aqsa compound’s surface. Does this sound like Israel has been denying the Muslims the “right to freedom of worship”?

Only very occasionally, at times of great tension, and the likelihood of violence, in Jerusalem, does Israel limit the number of Muslims, and of Jews, who can ascend to the Temple Mount. This is a security measure imposed temporarily, not an attempt to trench upon the freedom of-religion.

As Palestinian Media Watch has already noted, while the Al-Aqsa Mosque – built in 693 and marked in red in the picture below – is just one small part of the entire Temple Mount – marked in green in the picture below – in recent years, for political purposes, the Palestinians refer to the entire site, including the expansive courtyards and the golden topped Dome of the Rock (built in 691), as the “Al-Aqsa Mosque”.

Now the Palestinians express their fury that Jews are “desecrating Al-Aqsa” when all the Jews are doing is a taking brief walk – no prayers are said or mouthed — on the Temple Mount, walking along its perimeter, following a well-worn path that is nowhere near the Al-Aqsa Mosque itself. But those who hear the Palestinian complaints about Jews “at Al-Aqsa” will likely come away with the mistaken belief that Jews have actually entered the Mosque itself.

While the entire site is indeed holy to Judaism and Islam, a 1924 guide to the Temple Mount, published by the Supreme Muslim Council, clearly states that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is just one entity on the wider Temple Mount – referred to as “Al-Harm Al-Sharif” or “The August Sanctuary” – whose “identity with the site of Solomon’s Temple is beyond dispute.”

In 1924, the Supreme Muslim Council recognized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Al-Aqsa Compound are distinct. The Mosque stood inside, and was not coterminous with, the Al-Aqsa Compound. Furthermore, the same guide to the Temple Mount recognizes that the Temple Mount was where Solomon’s Temple stood, but long after that truth-telling guidebook appeared in 1924, the Palestinian Arabs have been denying that there ever was a Jewish Temple, or Temples, on what the Jews call – I wonder why? – the Temple Mount.

While permitting Muslim prayer on the site, as a rule, and despite the fact that no positive decision was taken by the authorized ministerial committee, Jewish prayer on the site has been mostly prohibited.

It is amazing and infuriating that the Israeli government continues to prevent Jews from praying, even silently, on top of the holiest site in Judaism, all in order to please the Muslims. Moshe Dayan made a grievous error in June 1967 when, acting alone, he set down the rule that Jews would not be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount. In June 1967, as the Arabs were reeling from their defeat in the Six-Day War, he could have announced that “from now on Jews will have the access to the Temple Mount that they were for so long denied by Jordan and will have the same freedom to pray that is enjoyed by Muslims on the Temple Mount.” At that point, the Arabs would have been unable to prevent this long overdue extension of religious freedom for Jews wanting to pray on the Temple Mount. Furthermore, in June 1967, before anti-Israel propaganda had yet managed to blanket the globe, many countries would have seen nothing wrong with allowing Jews to pray at the holiest site in Judaism.

Since 1967, Israel has made no substantial structural changes on the site. On the other hand, the Waqf — the Jordanian organization that controls and manages the current Islamic edifices on the site — illegally dug out a large area (some 600 square yards (500 square meters) known as “Solomon’s Stables” and turned it, in 1996, into another covered prayer area which they named the El-Marwani Mosque.

The Palestinians, including Mahmoud Abbas, keep insisting that the Israelis have been physically changing the Temple Mount. There is no truth to this. It is the Palestinians who have done what they accuse the Israelis of doing, by excavating a giant hole in the surface of the Temple Mount, some 600 square yards, and removing hundreds of tons of earth that was then thrown in a dump. Those hundreds of tons of earth contained thousands of Jewish artifacts from the time of the First and Second Temples, and horrified Israeli archeologists, when they got wind of what the Palestinians had done, rushed to collect the mounds of earth they had thrown away, and to sift carefully through the rescued rubble , finding all sorts of Jewish artifacts — oil lamps, knives, pottery, utensils, coins, Menorah candlesticks — still intact, and many more artifacts that had been smashed to smithereens during the excavation carried out by the Palestinians.

Who has done damage to the Temple Mount’s past – Israelis who are determined to preserve archaeological evidence of that long past, or the Palestinians, who are eager to destroy the physical evidence of a Jewish presence on the Temple Mount?

You know the answer to that.


I’m delighted to announce the first annual National Pride Flag Walk-Out Day on June 1st!

More about that in a moment, but first, I want to share some relevant background information to set the table… Parental rebellion against school boards indoctrinating children with LGBT propaganda is spreading, right across Canada. Here are a few examples:

  • The 16-year-old Josh Alexander who was suspended from his Renfrew, ON Catholic high school for expressing his biblical belief that God made only male and female, is traversing the country, encouraging youth and other Canadians to peacefully resist ideological transgender tyranny.
  • A Canadian dad, Chris Elston, a.k.a. Billboard Chris, is making waves as a human sandwich board. He’s educating the public on busy streets across Canada about the bodily mutilation of children, chemically and surgically, that’s occurring, in part, because schools are “affirming” students in the delusion that they were “born in the wrong body”.
  • Outside of the education file, but related nonetheless, Norwich Township Council in Ontario recently passed a bylaw to permit only the Canadian, provincial and municipal flags to be flown on township buildings. That effectively banned the LGBT Pride flag. What a God-send!       

Mass absence at Eagle Heights Elementary School shows us the way!

Another exciting development is what happened on May 17th at Eagle Heights Elementary School in London, Ontario, which is part of the Thames Valley District School Board.

In an extraordinary mass absence, one-third of the student population or roughly 400 kids, stayed home on that date which the TVDSB had announced it would celebrate the “International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia”.

Eagle Heights is the most populous public elementary school in London. It also has a large proportion of Muslim families. Those parents clearly had enough of their kids being brainwashed with LGBT ideology which seeks to separate their children from their religious faith and values.

I would guess another factor for the mass absence was the fear of kids being groomed at these events to question their sex. Due to the rapidly spreading social contagion of children identifying as “transgendered” and demanding to be put on puberty blockers, this is a realistic fear on the minds of a growing number of parents.

Well, Campaign Life Coalition has decided to expand on the amazing leadership demonstrated by the Eagle Heights community. Let’s hold a National Pride Flag Walk-Out Day, on June 1st, the start of so-called gay Pride Month.

How it works is simple…

Step 1. Commit your family’s participation

If you have children in a public or Catholic school where the transgender/homosexual Pride flag has been flown, plan to keep your kid(s) home that day. If you’re a grandparent, talk to your grown children about your grandkids participating in this event. Ditto if you’re an aunt, uncle, or God parent.

Step 2. Confirm the flag raising date

Contact your school principal or vice-principal to confirm whether the flag will be raised on June 1st. The reason for this is that some schools have noticed parents keeping kids away on these LGBT power days, and are sneakily raising the flag earlier, during May, to ensure that no child escapes indoctrination. If your Principal is evasive, be persistent. Demand an answer.

Step 3. Recruit more families

Share the plan with other families at your school and urge them to do the same. Try to recruit as many families as possible so that the number of absent students is unmistakably noticeable. Just to set a goal for yourself, aim for the Eagle Heights standard of 1/3 of the student body. 

Here is a printable pdf flyer that you can print off to share with others, or post on your church’s bulletin board. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FLYER.

Step 4. Record Stats

Send Campaign Life Coalition your stats, so that we can try to produce a report afterwards, and establish a benchmark for the next National Pride Flag Walk-Out Day. We won’t divulge any private data. Everything we publish will be anonymized. Enter your stats on our form by clicking here.

More Actions… Pray-In at Catholic Bishops’ Offices

For those of you who are Catholic, another way you can combat the harms of homosexual “Pride Month” is by joining Campaign Life Coalition for a few “pray-ins” we’ve planned on on Thursday, June 1 at the office of various Catholic Bishops and a school board.

UPDATE: Trump Exposes His Bogus Accuser E. Jean Carroll’s Previous Tweets

On Saturday, The Gateway Pundit reported that E. Jean Carroll’s weird obsession with former President Donald Trump was revealed by internet sleuths who dug up her old online posts.

In a post that Carroll made on Facebook in August 2012, she indulged her sexual fantasies by pondering the question, “Would you have sex with Donald Trump for $17,000?” (Even if you could A) give the money to Charity? B) Close your eyes? And he’s not allowed to speak?)”.

Prior to that post, Carroll announced that she is a “MASSIVE” fan of Donald Trump’s show, The Apprentice.

Who are the Palestinian Arabs?

Palestinian Arab nationalism originated in Zionism, as a tool to fight Israel’s existence. It has no historical or ethnic past. Op-ed..

In a speech delivered in March 2023 in France, Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich asserted that “the Palestinian people are an invention that is less than 100 years old.” He is a Palestinian he said. Why? Because “my grandfather, who was the 13th generation [of my family] in Jerusalem, is the real Palestinian. My grandmother, who was born in Metula more than 100 years ago to a family of pioneers, is Palestinian.”

Smotrich explained that according to international law, there are five criteria that define a nation: “history, culture, language, currency and historical leadership. Who was the first Palestinian king? What language do the Palestinians have? Has there ever been a Palestinian currency? Is there a Palestinian history or culture? There isn’t any.” [1]

The French government and the Biden administration widely denounced Smotrich’s speech. French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Anne-Claire Legendre condemned it as “infuriating and irresponsible.” [2] The rebuke of Smotrich exposed a limited understanding of the strategy used by the Arabs to deceive the West into believing there is a separate Palestinian Arab nation whose citizens are victims of the Zionists, who destroyed their society, stole their land, and forced them into appalling exile.

The Myth of a Palestinian Nation

In an interview in March 31,1977 with the Dutch newspaper Trouw, Zuhair Mushein, Palestinian Arab who was leader of the pro-Syrian Al Saika faction, a terrorist organization, and head of the Executive Council of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), exposed the myth of a Palestinian nation with a separate “Palestinian identity,” when he declared, “There are no differences between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. We are part of one people, the Arab nation… Only for political reasons do we carefully emphasize our Palestinian identity. The fact is that it is in the national interest to encourage the existence of the Palestinians against Zionism. Indeed, the existence of a separate Palestinian identity is only for tactical reasons. The establishment of a Palestinian state is a new means of carrying on the struggle against Israel and for Arab unity…. After we have gained our rights to all of Palestine, we must not for a moment postpone the reunification of Jordan and Palestine.” [3]

Prior to entering the Knesset in 1996 as head of the Arab Balad party, Azmi Bishara declared: “Well, I don’t think there is a Palestinian nation at all. I think there is an Arab nation. I always thought so and I did not change my mind. I do not think there is a Palestinian nation, I think it’s a colonialist invention – Palestinian nation. When were there any Palestinians? Where did it come from? I think there is an Arab nation. I never turned to be a Palestinian nationalist, despite my decisive struggle against the occupation. I think that until the end of the 19th century, Palestine was the south of Greater Syria.” [4]

Syrian President Hafez Assad admonished Yasser Arafat for using the term Palestinian People, since it was known this was a contrived and factitious identify: “You do not represent Palestine as much as we do. Never forget this one point: There is no such thing as a Palestinian people, there is no Palestinian entity, there is only Syria. You are an integral part of the Syrian people, Palestine is an integral part of Syria. Therefore it is we, the Syrian authorities, who are the true representatives of the Palestinian people.” [5]

A Palestinian Ancient Homeland?

Notwithstanding Arab claims, Palestine was never a separate country as Bernard Lewis has explained: “From the end of the Jewish state in antiquity to the beginning of British rule, the area now designated by the name Palestine was not a country and had no frontiers, only administrative boundaries; it was a group of provincial subdivisions, by no means always the same, within a larger entity.” [6]

With regard to the Palestinian Arab population, a study of Jewish, Arab and British policies conducted by the Esco Foundation for Palestine published in 1947 concluded: “It is highly improbable that any but a small part of the present Arab population of Palestine is descended from the ancient inhabitants of the land.” Aside from those brought to Palestine through conquest, “Palestine, like Syria, has been from time immemorial been peopled by the drifting populations of Arabia, and to some extent by the backwash of its harbors.” [7]

Furthermore, if Palestine was their ancient homeland, asked Michael Medved radio show host and political commentator, what did the Palestinian Arabs produce throughout the period? Who was the most eminent of all their kings, prime ministers or other prominent leaders? Which Palestinian Arab poet, author or intellectual affected humanity with their moving words and stimulating philosophies? Which eminent Palestinian Arab scientist, inventor, musician, physician or artist achieved worldwide or even regional prominence? There were none, because as has been noted there never existed an Arab or Palestinian state in this region. [8]

Terrorist Authority calls on ICC to issue arrest warrant for Itamar Ben-GvirT

The Palestinian Authority on Sunday called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to issue an arrest warrant against National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir for allegedly supporting the targeted killing of Palestinians in the West Bank.

A statement issued by the Palestinian foreign ministry also accused Ben-Gvir of “incitement” for allegedly supporting “a bloody aggression” against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

The appeal to the ICC came after Ben-Gvir was quoted by Hebrew-language media as praising the latest Israeli military operation against the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) organization in the Gaza Strip.

Obama born in Hawaii or Kenya?

Mercedes Carrera Trial Scheduled for July

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. — The criminal trial of Mercedes Carrera and her husband on multiple child sexual abuse charges has been scheduled to begin July 17, according to court documents.

Judge Katrina West has now scheduled a new pretrial date for June 23.

A pretrial hearing for the case was held last year in July, with an Oct. 3 date agreed upon for the beginning of the jury trial. Since then, however, the trial date has been repeatedly vacated and postponed.

Carrera and her husband, Jason Whitney, were arrested after a police raid of their Rancho Cucamonga home on Feb. 1, 2019.

By the new pretrial date, they will have been in the county jail awaiting trial for four and half years, held initially without bail and later, after they had liquidated their assets and had no source of income due to their incarceration, with bail set at $2 million for each.

For more of XBIZ’s coverage of the Mercedes Carrera case, click here.