16 March 2010
Hamas Announces "Day of Rage"
Hamas has announced a day of rage to mark the dedication of the newly-rebuilt Hurva synagogue in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City, which was destroyed by Arab League troops in the 1947 Arab-Israeli war. I'm struggling to understand why Hamas has taken this line. After all, I've seen this building and it's a fair way from the Temple Mount, in a part of Jerusalem that had a strong Jewish presence during the Ottoman period. Might it be because Hamas maintains Israel has no right at all, religious or otherwise, to any part of the land or city?