Guardian photo caption claims Jewish settlers “stormed” al-Aqsa mosque

On Sept. 21 the Guardian published ‘Life in Palestine 20 years on from the Oslo accord – in pictures‘, which included the following photo:

Anger as Israel Restricts Access to Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday

Here’s the caption:


According to the Guardian, Jews ‘stormed the mosque’, an incendiary and completely fantastical claim typically only advanced by the Palestinian Authority (and their extremist supporters) to characterize Jews who simply visit the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism.  Indeed, the site of Friends of Al-Aqsa (a pro-Hamas UK organization which advocates Israel’s destruction) had an almost identical claim on the same day.

Regarding the specific Guardian photo in question, it actually depicts (per Getty Images) Palestinians in Gaza City protesting restrictions imposed on visitors to the mosque that day due to previous riots, as well as recent calls by Al Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade to confront the ongoing “invasion of herds of settlers to the compound“.  Al-Aqsa Martyr Brigades is a terror group historically tied to Abbas’ Fatah party.

Further, the Temple Mount compound is closed to non-Muslim visitors on Fridays and Saturdays.  As Yom Kippur fell on Friday night, Sept. 13, at sundown, and ended at sundown on Saturday, “Jewish settlers” weren’t present at the compound, and obviously couldn’t have “stormed” the mosque. 

The Guardian not only published a photo caption which was simply a lie, but, even more shamefully, actually used language that mirrored the propaganda of Palestinian terror groups whose goal it is, as always, to stoke riots and ‘spark’ violence. 

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