Jewish Journal

This week in power: Temple Mount tension and journalists targeted

by Danny Groner

December 4, 2013 | 7:24 pm

A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

Ruckus on the Mount
"A small but growing movement by Jewish activists demanding the right to pray at the site of their destroyed temple, in the heart of this disputed capital’s Old City, is creating a potentially explosive clash with the Muslim world, which considers the spot holy and bans Jews from public worship there," according to The Washington Post. (Watch video from an encounter here.) It's provoked some new uproar in kind: "No matter what the Obama administration is able to force Israel to surrender to Mahmoud Abbas, it won’t be able to ignore the Temple Mount," wrote Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu at The Jewish Press. Some are focused on larger issues at play here. "The real crux of the problem is a clash of civilizations," said Leo Rennert at American Thinker.

Israel vs. media?
The Foreign Press Association this week accused Israel of "targeting" journalists when army officers hit photojournlists with rubber bullets, according to reports. "On Friday afternoon, Israeli forces threw stun grenades at FPA photojournalists as they were leaving Qalandia. The FPA members had put their hands in the air, indicating to the forces that they were leaving at which point the grenades were thrown from close quarters directly at their backs," it said.

The army has denied it, and this is the 10th time that the FPA has issued a complaint along these lines. "But at least their crude attempts to blind the messengers of truth will serve to show the world exactly what 'brand Israel' is really like," wrote the editor of RedressOnline.

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Danny Groner is a contributing writer to the Jewish Journal. He has worked in journalism since he was a teenager, starting off as an intern for a local publication. During his...

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