And burned the house of the LORD, and the king’s house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, and all the houses of the great men, burned he with fire-Jeremiah 52:13
Dome of the Rock
Few holidays are more confused than the fast day of Tisha B’Av (“the ninth of Av”) in Israel. Formally, it commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. Contradicting its source, it reintroduced idolatry by its date having become a magic number.
Jewish religious communities commemorate a plethora of other events that they define as disasters. It is claimed that on this date SS commander Heinrich Himmler received approval from the Nazi Party for The Final Solution. On this day started the mass deportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto, Ariel Sharon’s Gaza Disengagement Plan and many more. On this day, hungry Israel becomes an astrologist’s Utopia.
Don’t laugh, it kills. A Pulsa diNura* and a little help from good friends destroyed the life of the perpetrator of the Gaza Disengagement Plan.
From time to time, I report on the slow advances Israel makes in its plan to construct the Third Temple on the Temple Mount, where today is the Dome of the Rock. Last October in Israel gets closer to Third Temple, and afterwards in Israel Expands Western Wall.
Some of the preparations relate to the ground; others to the artifacts and ceremonies prepared by dedicated colleges. The latter are purposely changing the Biblical texts. The best known example of manipulation is the Menorah, the seven branches lampstand which was adopted by the State of Israel as its symbol. The reproduction publicly displayed these days is not the one described in the Bible, but the Roman pagan version (see Un-Branding Israel).
On Tisha B’Av 2013 (July 15), Israel inaugurated a new step in the preparations, virtually exploding the Dome of the Rock.
Har Kodesh Snapshot
A Graffiti of the Third Temple Appears over a Picture of the Dome of the Rock
Third Temple in the Har Kodesh Website
Jewish Fundamentalism and the Temple Mount: Who Will Build the Third Temple?
Out of respect to Muslim readers I won’t quote the Hebrew reports except one that shows the trend: “In the tour, you will be able to tour Har HaBait (“Mount of the House,” the Hebrew name of the Temple Mount) from nearby and see what those evil Muslims have done to our beautiful place, and what we can do to them now.” A superb example of the charming Jewish interpretation ofthou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself (Lev 19:18).
The address of the company identifies it as a commercial enterprise. It is owned by “Lev HaUma” (Heart of the Nation), an NGO. The tour uses various virtual guides, three dimensional renderings of real people and their real voices. The one in the snapshot below is Abshalom Kor, a well-known linguist. Another one belongs to Minister of Housing and Construction Uri Ariel, from the settler party The Jewish Home. To the say the least, a formal part of the Israeli Government was aware of the initiative and cooperated with it.
Dome of the Rock in the Har Kodesh Website
Jewish Fundamentalism and the Temple Mount: Who Will Build the Third
The press release states that the minister wants to create a museum on the Mount. The only way of doing that is by removing the Dome of the Rock and the adjacent al-Aqsa mosques. The company doesn’t explain how this would be achieved except for saying “quickly, in our days, amen.” The NGO had made the Third Temple experience available for those unable to visit the relevant sites.
Emphasizing this point “at any moment with a click on the mouse, the Dome of the Rock vanishes.” At that moment, it is replaced by the Third Temple.
Hey, Brute Samson, Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?+. The real Temple is in our heart; invariably, you violate it by raping others at any opportunity you have in the best fashion of the indefatigable conspirators.**“What we can do to them now,” you obscurely threat. Let me dare you. Show us! You know that if you dare, you’ll die with the Philistines.++
* Pulsa diNura (“lashes of fire” in Aramaic) is Jewish ceremony calling the angels of destruction to block heavenly forgiveness of one’s sins, causing all Biblical curses to befall the victim.
Two cases became infamous.
On October 6, 1995, at midnight, Avigdor Eskin, a prominent member of the Settler Gush Emunim movement recited (it was made public by the media): “Angels of destruction will hit him. He is damned wherever he goes. His soul will instantly leave his body… and he will not survive a month. Dark will be his path and God’s angel will chase him. A disaster he has never experienced will befall him and all curses known in the Torah will apply to him. I deliver to you, the angels of wrath and ire, Yitzhak, the son of Rosa Rabin, that you may smother him and the specter of him, and cast him into hell, and dry up his wealth, and plague his thoughts, and scatter his mind that he may be steadily diminished until he reaches his death. Put to death the cursed Yitzhak. May he be damned, damned, damned!” Later, in Court, it was proved that the Shin Beth secret police had been involved in the subsequent assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
Another published event is related to the odd stroke of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. After the abovementioned Eskin faced troubles for his public course, the perpetrators of this one were careful not to identify themselves. In July 2005, opponents of the Gaza pullout plan recited the Pulsa diNura in the old cemetery of Rosh Pina, asking the Angel of Death to kill Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Seven months later, he was clumsily taken in ambulance to the hospital during Jerusalem’s rush hour, instead of being taken with the standby helicopter available to Prime Ministers. Along the way—oops!—he was given the wrong drug. Since then he is in a coma. Shin Beth agents refuse to comment.
Israel’s Prosecutor refused to charge them, claiming that their prayers were aimed at God and not to specific persons, thus they were not instigating violence. Oddly, Shin Beth agent Avishai Raviv (a.k.a. “Agent Champagne” as disclosed by the Shin Beth during the Rabin’s assassiantion trial) instigated the assassin but was absolved by Court. He just followed orders.
+ 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
++ The Samson Option is the common name for Israel’s nuclear option. It originates in Judges 16:30And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life. It is now an idion for a suicidal attack.
** “Indefatigable conspirator” is an indirect method of referring to the Shin Beth secret police and its agents. Four catchy phrases ruined Shimon Peres political life, relegating him to the simple formalities of Israel’s Presidency. “Yes and No” was coined by Sefy Rivlin, and cost Peres the 1981 and 1984 elections. A Peres puppet was shown answering “yes and no” to every question asked. Before that, in 1977, Yitzhak Rabin called Peres an “indefatigable conspirator.” Since this article is in English, I won’t analyze the brilliance of the Hebrew saying; in the feat of his lifetime, Rabin ruined Peres with three words. The other two phrases are related to Shimon Peres’ attempt in 1990 to replace Shamir’s government—of which he was Minister of Finances—by a narrow government led by Labor and supported by ultra-Orthodox parties. Peres failed, and Rabin hit again. He called the affair the “Dirty Trick” (literally “The Stinking Exercise”). In the popular protests that followed, the fourth slogan appeared: “Mush’hatim, nim’astem!” (roughly “corrupt people, we’re fed up with you!”). Rabin used it as the Labor slogan for the 1992 election, which he won. It was obvious that he included Peres in the culprits at whom the slogan was aimed.
Roi Tov is a graduate—among others—of Tel Aviv University and the Weizmann Institute of Science. In addition to his memoir, Tov is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Molecular Physics and other scientific journals. He won various travel writing and photography awards.
In his writings, he tries to reveal life in Israel as a Christian Israel Defense Force (IDF) officer—from human rights violations to the use of an extensive network of underground agents. He was recognized first as a refugee and subsequently as political prisoner of Bolivia.