Nervous Jews worldwide let out a collective sigh of relief after finding out that the Muslims in Philadelphia weren’t really serious when they were teaching their children to behead Jews over a disagreement about who should own the Temple Mount in Jerusalem:
Declaring “the mistake is ours to own,” Muslim leaders in Philadelphia apologized Wednesday for an event last month at which children were captured on video speaking in Arabic about beheadings and the liberation of Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site.
The Muslim American Society’s Philadelphia chapter and the Leaders Academy, a gathering place for cyberschooled children that rents space at the site, issued a joint statement Wednesday that sought to explain how the questionable material found its way into an annual event meant to celebrate diversity in Muslim communities.
A video uploaded to the chapter’s Facebook page showed children dancing to a revolutionary anthem often used by Islamist groups, and two young girls reading from a prepared text. One said, “We will chop off their heads, and we will liberate the … Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
The contested site, revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, is at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The compound is the third-holiest site in Islam and the holiest site for Jews. It has been a flashpoint of violence in the past…
“Over the last decade our members have poured their soul and resources to create a harmonious, peaceful and engaged community,” the statement said. “We are very sad that within minutes all of this work was tarnished and we realize the mistake is ours to own … we are deeply saddened to have hurt our partners in the Jewish community and beyond.”
“The children did not understand this song as their command of Arabic is not advanced,” the statement said. The speech, it said, “was likewise a selection that primarily sought to highlight the children’s capacity to read and project Arabic rhetoric; however, they have not yet mastered enough grammar to comprehend the words.”
Arabs are a hot-headed bunch, especially those who think the mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is somehow “holy” and worth killing themselves over. But Arabs aren’t known to get effective political strategists, and certainly cutting off the heads of Jews isn’t going to result in them possessing the Temple Mount. And the logistics involved with cutting the heads of random Jews just isn’t practical in a place like Israel of all places.
And one has to wonder what would happen if Arabs started cutting off the heads of Jews in Israel. Would Netanyahu cave to their demands and just hand over the Temple Mount to them and say, “Here, take the Temple Mount. Just don’t cut off the heads of any more Jews”? Since Bibi orders air strikes on Gaza over stone-throwing incidents, what do you think he’d do over just one beheading, let alone several? But he doesn’t need beheadings as an excuse to ethnically cleanse Gaza; that’s going to happen regardless of whatever Muslim children in Philadelphia sing about.