Originally Published: Politichicks
by Leslie Deinhammer – April 24, 2014
Israeli police dispersed a group of rioters in Jerusalem Monday. If you read the accounts from UPI, The Guardian and Newsweek you might be led believe that Israeli forces acted without provocation.
“Israeli soldiers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque, attack Muslims inside sanctuary.”
“Israeli police storm mosque compound.”
“Top Palestinian Cleric Says Israel Threw Stun Grenades Into Al As; Israel Denies.”
These accounts fail to disclose why Israeli police would storm an Islamic holy site – the third most holy site behind Mecca and Medina in Islam.
Israeli police have a strict policy of honoring the sanctity of mosques within the walls of the Old City. What is omitted in their accounts is the backstory; their recital of events begins at the story’s climax.