Monday May 20, 2013
The Political Video Game Both Sides Can PlayTim King Salem-News.com
Palestine fights back on YouTube in the fight for the 1300 year old al-Aqsa Mosque.
(SALEM) - It seems fairly clear that Israel is doing everything in its power to destroy the historic al-Aqsa Mosque in the old city of Jerusalem. A video war is at play; Israel is placing their children at the center of their plan to take one of Islam's most famous landmarks, dating back to the year 705 CE, and now the Palestinians in Gaza have fired back with their own video mirroring the one the Israelis made.
Critics say Israel wants to take control so they can tear down al-Aqsa Mosque, where the silver domed mosque sits, along with the Dome of the Rock, and build a replica of the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism. Jewish people believe it is the place where the Temple stood. Israel seems determined to actually destroy al-Aqsa; they are going so far, as to have archaeologists dangerously undermine the ancient building.
Our writer in Egypt, Dr. Ashraf Ezzat, wrote Israeli Video Insults New President of Egypt on 24 July 2012:
There is a long history of Israel illegally taking possession of property that belongs to Palestinians. It has taken place steadily since Israel gained statehood in 1948. The United Nations condemns the behavior but Israel uses its illegal settlement building as political bargaining power, and the United States allows all of it to happen.
History of al-Aqsa Mosque
Originally a small prayer house, the al-Aqsa Mosque was built by the Rashidun caliph Umar, and an extensive expansion was carried out by the Umayyad caliph Abd al-Malik. His son al-Walid finished the project in 705 CE. An earthquake in 746 completely wrecked the building, which was rebuilt by the Abbasid caliph al-Mansur in 754. It received yet another rebuild in 780 by his successor, al-Mahdi.
The mosque was left in pieces after a second devastating earthquake struck in 1033, but it only took about two years for the Fatimid caliph Ali az-Zahir to build another mosque which is the same one standing today.
The building has received many updates and upgrades over the years, but then fell into the hands of the Crusaders who captured Jerusalem in 1099. They would use the mosque as a palace and church, but it again became a mosque after Jerusalem was recaptured by Saladin in 1187. Even though Israel occupies old Jerusalem, the mosque remains under the administration of the Palestinian-led Islamic waqf.
The article In Video: “Our Children Are Ready Too” by the Palestine News Network, explains:
The Israeli video shows two Israeli kids building the Jewish temple on the beach. They get the attention of their father who drops the newspaper that displays the picture of Mursi on the ground. That was considered an insult for Egypt' President Mursi.
At the end of the Israeli video is the provocative statement, "The Children are Ready". The Palestinian video responded by another provocative statement, "Our Children are Ready Too."
Here are the two videos, I find it interesting that Palestinians can produce such excellent media and art and that the occupation and all of the death and helplessness has only made them stronger in so many ways.
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