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Israeli Jew Killed by Guard Near Western Wall

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Deep seated Israeli paranoia and Islamophobia has backfired.

A Jewish man who said “Allahu Akbar” was assumed to be Muslim by a security guard (who has obviously watched way too much “Homeland”) and killed because the obvious conclusion was that he must be a “terrorist.”

Islamophobes jumped on this news story as a “terrorist” incident when it was first reported and the religious identity of the man who was killed was not revealed. Now they are all silent.

Israeli Jew killed by guard near Western Wall

BBC

Gunfire was heard on Friday morning at the wall – one of Judaism’s holiest sites where hundreds of worshippers were attending prayers at the time.

Police say the guard shot the man after hearing him shout “Allahu Akbar”.

The area, which is patrolled by armed guards, closed to visitors for about an hour but has now reopened.

The incident took place at about 07:40 local time (04:40 GMT) as the man emerged from a public toilet at the wall compound.

A police spokesman said the guard drew his weapon and fired a number of shots at the man after hearing him shout “Allahu Akbar” (God is great, in Arabic).

The man had his hands in his pockets at the time he was approached by the guard, the spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld, said.

The Western Wall is part of the retaining wall of the Temple Mount (known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif), dating back to a time when a Jewish temple stood on the Mount.

Jews go to the Western Wall to pray and leave prayers on pieces of paper between its ancient stones.

The site and the area around it has in the past been a flashpoint for violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

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  • Abu’l-Qasim al-Hindi

    BBC didn’t report squat when the son of one of their own journalists in Palestine was killed during the Gaza bombings last year…

  • Nur Alia binti Ahmad

    I worship God, not bricks. I bow only to God, not stones.

    There is no created structure holier than any other to me…honestly.

    These places of reverence are like gathering places, reminders, and sometimes places of solice…but not in the same way as God himself.

    It is the people and the spirit and intentions they bring to these places that make them spiritual experiences to be remembered and cherished.

    I went to the Hiroshima Memorial. It is a walk through museum where some of the destruction was preserved, and along the way, little posters that told the stories of the people who were there on that day.

    There is no ‘alternative motive, no politics, no religion, no favoritism or memorium for one over the other there…just the story, plain, cold, and harsh.

    The feelings you got were not ‘engineered’, or narrated. There was no preaching, no lecture, no punditry, and no commentary. There was no reason for scholarly explaination, because there is no excuse for the purposeful killing of innocent people.

    There was no side to chose, no one to blame, except us…humanity…our intentions…and on that day, no matter the excuse, it was not a good intention.

    There…I learned the value of the life of someone other than ‘like me’ in a spiritual way…the turning of a leaf in my life. Something I personally believe I couldn’t have ever learned doing something ritualistic and routine, and for ‘religion’

    This may sound cold, or not Islamic, but it is how I feel, and I am sorry that I may have ‘insulted you’…but I don’t take one word back.

  • Just_Stopping_By

    “The idol structure”?

    Is that the term you would use for the Kaba’a? After all, you just justified Islamophobes doing exactly that, so was that your intent, or are you not aware that referring to holy places of one monotheistic religion as an “idol structure” provides justification to do the exact same thing to that of another monotheistic religion?

  • Nur Alia binti Ahmad

    This story has been corrected.
    The man killed was a homeless person known to the people who frequented the idol structure. He and the guard got into a verbal altercation, and the guard shot him point blank.
    The guard then told his superiors that the man screamed Allau Akbar, and the murderer thought the man was a militant.
    The witnesses told what really happened, than this murderer (it seems they always murder the helpless) will hopefully get more then thirty days on home arrest, and a 20 USD fine.

  • Tighe McCandless

    I guess that everyone who initially reported on the story – saying the man was an Israeli Jew – was actually part of the grand Anti-Zionist Conspiracy, too, then?

  • Leftwing_Muslim_Alliance

    Infortunetly it is not news when usual things happen .
    Its like the world expects Isreali gards to shot palestinians . The BBC is not alone in this . Unfortunetly
    Sir David

  • Yausari

    Damned BBC. You didn’t report squat when an Israeli guard shot 14 year old boy.

  • Tanveer Khan

    Well he definitely got a response it seems. :/

  • moraka

    I wonder what would have happened, if it was a christian who had been shot.

  • mindy1

    Itchy trigger finger much 🙁

  • JD

    In Nazi Theocracy Israel we all know what was going to happen Come on not rocket science I am sure this guy also knew what was going to happened

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  • Sam Seed

    Maybe he wanted to see what the response would be.

  • Tanveer Khan

    Do we know why the jewish man said Allahu Akbar?

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