A Palestinian public opinion poll conduced this week found that an overwhelming majority of Arabs in the Holy Land support acts of terrorism against the Jews in order to protect Jerusalem’s Muslim-dominated Temple Mount from Jewish influence.
The Temple Mount is Judaism’s holiest site, but modern Islam denies any Jewish connection to the site, and claims it as the Muslims’ third holiest site. Jewish visits to the Temple Mount and talk of permitting Jews to pray at the holy site are seen as a “provocation” by Arab Muslims in the region.
According to the poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, 86 percent of Palestinians believe the Temple Mount is in “grave danger” from Israel.
As such, 80 percent said they support the recent string of deadly terrorist attacks targeting Israeli Jews, including last month’s gruesome synagogue massacre. Well over half of respondents said they would back the outbreak of a new terrorist uprising, or intifada.
It was against this backdrop that a prominent Muslim cleric late last month delivered a spontaneous sermon atop the Temple Mount in which he called for the “slaughter” of the Jews, “the most evil creatures to have walked this Earth.”
Omar Abu Sara also publicly praised the Islamic State, or ISIS, suggesting it would eventually aid in the utter destruction of the Jews and their state.
Watch Abu Sara’s vile sermon atop Jerusalem’s Temple Mount: