By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, Israel365—
This year, like most years, the month-long Muslim fast of Ramadan has been marked by extreme violence, most notably, though not limited to, Israel’s capital of Jerusalem.
Dubbed the TikTok Intifada, the violence began last month when young Arabs began attacking Israelis, especially targeting the visibly religious, and posting videos of the attacks on the popular app.
Western media has also blamed the violence on a right-wing Israel protest on April 22 that the police shut down before it arrived in the Old City, where the Arabs were already rioting.
The violence spread amidst inaccurate Arab claims that the Israeli government was restricting Muslim access to the Temple Mount when, in fact, Israeli police were enacting measures to manage foot traffic by placing barricades in front of the square leading to the Damascus Gate, a procedure that has been practiced for over a decade. The police responded by removing the barricades, leading to increased violence.
ARAB LEADERS INCITING VIOLENCE
Arab leadership has universally encouraged the violence. Hamas and the Palestinian Authority see the violence as distracting attention from the elections which PA President Mahmoud Abbas delayed, blaming the Israeli government, a claim Western anti-Israel media was quick to parrot despite the PA preventing elections for the past 15 years with no excuses ever offered. Experts deem that Abbas’ true motivation for the delay to be his concern that Hamas will win at the ballots.
According to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), in the days leading up to Ramadan, from April 2 through April 10, state-run official Palestinian Authority TV broadcast a terror-promoting song and accompanying visuals of violence dozens of times. Focusing on influencing the youth, P.A. TV also broadcast the song during the 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. time slot for children’s programming. The song included violent incitement, with lines like “My brother, throw my blood on the enemy like bullets.” Continue Reading…