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2 US lawmakers tour Aqsa with right-wing Jews
Published Thursday 10/04/2014 (updated) 10/04/2014 23:38
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Two members of the US Congress joined right-wing Jews who toured the al-Aqsa Mosque compound escorted by Israeli police officers in February, a Jerusalem-based Fatah official said.

Dimitri Daliani told Ma'an on Thursday that Republicans Bill Johnson of Ohio and David McKinley of Virginia entered the compound with the "extremist" Chaim Richman, director of the rightist Temple Institute.

Daliani said the "congressmen's participation in such criminal incursions into the al-Aqsa Mosque without being questioned by their own government indicates collusion with settler gangs whose aim is to hurt the al-Aqsa Mosque."

Daliani urged Arab and Muslim communities in the United States districts represented by those representatives to "punish them at the ballots."

He added that Johnson and McKinley were hosted by the Israel Allies Foundation which is active in "disseminating extremist Zionist ideology in the United States."

Correction: The original version of this story said that the incident occurred on Thursday. The article has now been amended to reflect that the trip occurred in February.

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1 ) Mel / USA
10/04/2014 16:25
All 'happy' Christian,Judeo-Nazionists together eh?They should not even be getting PAID as public servants of US TAX PAYERS! They SWORE an oath to "protect and defend" the US Constitution &Bill of Rights,not serve Absolutist Israeli/Zionist theocracy without a Constitution &just Basic Laws authored by Jim Crowe-ists &Zionist KKK lynchmobs,first! Johnson and McKinley are religious fascists &anti-democracy!

2 ) Free / Country
10/04/2014 18:03
American congressmen were visiting Jerusalem - capital of the state of Israel, which is close US friend and allay. American congressmen are free to go wherever they want in Israel, including Temple Mount. It is no different from visiting St. Peter Cathedral in Vatican, visiting Notre Dame De Paris Cathedral in Paris or National Cathedral in Washington DC. Palestinian bigots should shut up and do not interfere in internal Israeli affairs - Israel I a free country and it's guests are free people.

3 ) Realist / USA
12/04/2014 15:58
It's not the act of visiting the mosque that is the issue. It's the group that hosted the congressmen. Israel is not a free country for everyone.

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
12/04/2014 20:25
To Free/Country #2: 'American congressmen are free to go wherever they want in Israel, including Temple Mount.' The Temple Mount is no more in Israel than 'Littmanstadt' was in Germany from 1939 to 1945. Name one power that recognizes Israel's annexation of East Jerusalem -- and please don't try just lying.

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
12/04/2014 20:27
To Mel #1: 'Johnson and McKinley are religious fascists &anti-democracy!' They're just shameless vermin groveling for the AIPAC seal of approval. It's humiliating that we're ruled by such specimens.

6 ) Colin Wright / USA
12/04/2014 20:34
A look at Bill Johnson, for example, is suggestive. He's a Republican who is in his second term representing a conservative Ohio district along the Kentucky border. He's barely fending off challenges from the previous -- Democratic incumbent. He obviously needs to prove that he loves Israel the very bestest if he's to get those evangelical votes -- and if AIPAC is to get him the funds he needs. But he has to earn the money.

7 ) Colin Wright / USA
12/04/2014 20:38
Interestingly, David McKinley has an almost identical profile. His district is in West Virginia, actually, not Virginia, is traditionally conservative, and he's in his first term after beating out a Democratic incumbent. He also would need to show his true Israel-love.

8 ) Nell L. / U.S.
12/04/2014 21:03
Another, smaller but significant error: Rep. David McKinley represents a district in West Virginia, not Virginia. http://mckinley.house.gov/our-district/

9 ) Colin Wright / USA
14/04/2014 04:42
This is pretty funny. Someone pointed out, '“And the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death. (Numbers 1:51)...The inscriptions contained in the “stones of warning” ...described by Josephus...“this was encompassed by a stone wall for a partition, with an inscription, which forbade any foreigner to go in under pain of death.”. ' 'Johnson' and 'McKinley' don't sound like Jewish names to ME. Who's going to put them to death? Or is it a load of crap?
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