Monday, 15 November 2010

The hajj

The UK media is full of coverage of the hajj, as more than two million Muslims gather to enter Mecca. What I have not seen mentioned is that under the law of Saudi Arabia it is illegal for non-Muslims to even enter Mecca. This is based on a verse of the Koran:
'O you who believe! the idolaters are nothing but unclean, so they shall not approach the Sacred Mosque after this year; and if you fear poverty then Allah will enrich you out of His grace if He please; surely Allah is Knowing Wise.'
—Qur'an, Sura 9 At-Tawba, ayah 28

Please note that any non-Muslims who enter Mecca are liable to arrest and prosecution by the Saudi authorities.

All of this and yet the Western media call Israel 'an apartheid state' never criticising Saudi Arabia for its 'apartheid' policy regarding entry to Mecca. Those of all religions, or none, may enter Jerusalem. Indeed in the oldest part of the eternal capital of the Jewish state, Jews are restricted to worshipping at the one remaining wall of the Temple (the so called Wailing or Western Wall) whilst Muslims worship in the two mosque built either side of the Temple Mount - the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This contrasts with the state of affairs that existed in Jerusalem between 1948 and its liberation in 1967. During the 1948 Arab-Israeli War the Old City including the Wailing Wall were captured by Jordan. Article VIII of the 1949 Armistice Agreement provided for Israeli Jewish access to the Wall. However for the following nineteen years, despite numerous requests by Israeli officials and Jewish groups to the United Nations and other international bodies to attempt to enforce the armistice agreement, Jordan refused to abide by this clause as part of a policy of Islamization. Some sources claim Jews could only visit the wall if they travelled through Jordan (which was not an option for Israelis) and did not have an Israeli visa stamped in their passports. Others say Jordan even barred non-Israeli Jews, demanding that tourists present a certificate of baptism before a visa would be granted.

The most sickening thing about this, is that if you presented this information to the sanctimonious hypocrites that call Israel an apartheid state they wouldn't even care. They 'know' the 'truth' and everything else is irrelevant. They know that Israel is an 'apartheid state' and nothing will change their sick, closed, hate-filled minds.

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