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Jordanian Columnist Unhinged: Israel Causing Earthquakes to Topple Al Aqsa Mosque

Israeli flags fly near the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on December 5, 2017. The EU's diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said that the status of Jerusalem must be resolved 'through negotiations', as US President Donald Trump mulls recognising the city as the capital of Israel. / …
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DEBORAH DANAN

TEL AVIV – Israel is to blame for the recent spate of minor earthquakes felt in the region, an article in a Jordanian daily claimed this week, saying that the low-magnitude tremors were either the result of the Jewish state’s underground nuclear weapons testing or an attempt to topple the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

The earthquakes could have been “caused by experimental explosions carried out by the Israeli occupation’s army at a certain depth under the Kinneret,” columnist Kamal Zakarneh claimed in an article for the Jordanian Al-Dustour daily that was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

Zakarneh continued that the military was operating underground “in order to test new weapons, such as smaller nuclear bombs which have limited influence, or a conventional weapon created for use against regional armies, which the occupying state believes … constitute a new kind of threat.”

Nuclear tests cause a very different kind of tremor than natural earthquakes and seismologists are able to immediately discern between the two.

The other alternative, Zakarneh said, is that Israel is preparing “a major criminal action against sites in occupied Jerusalem which are holy to Islam and Christianity,” in particular, the Al-Aqsa mosque, the Dome of the Rock and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Israel has put all its technology into a “pre-planned earthquake to destroy them in preparation for creating a Holy Temple in the attempt to Judaize Jerusalem,” he went on.

“We cannot trust the Israeli occupation, since it acts, plans, and plots, and at the end of the day — destroys — in order to achieve political, geographic, and Biblical goals,” Zakarneh wrote.

“It does not hesitate to use the technology, knowledge and science in its hands in order to complete its planned expansion while blaming nature and natural causes. It also is not ashamed to ask for aid from other countries in the region and the world, in order to cover up its crimes and carry out its plans for Judaization at their expense,” he said.

Proof of Zakarneh’s claim is that Israel did not respond to the earthquakes. Israel did “nothing and did not take any preparatory or cautionary steps of any sort to [help] deal with the large earthquake which its own expert geologists claimed would occur after the smaller earthquakes.”

Israeli geologists are split on whether the minor earthquakes are indicative of an imminent large one, but in any case the claim that Israel has been ignoring them is patently false. There has been much debate surrounding the earthquakes, with the defense ministry calling for emergency sessions to deal with them and the prime minister announcing that Israel was preparing multiyear plans on how to prevent damage from the tremors.

Last week, Palestinian news agency Maan also published an article implying that Israel caused the earthquakes in an attempt to cause the Al-Aqsa Mosque to collapse. Entitled “Earthquake or Plot to Destroy Al-Aqsa?” the article began with the sentence: “Many people have stopped me in the street and asked me: ‘Is a devastating earthquake on the way, or is this a Zionist plot to destroy Al-Aqsa?'”

The article continues by lamenting the fact that the Arabs have no geological institutes of their own with which to receive information on earthquakes and instead are forced to rely on information from Israel.

Earlier this month, an Iranian general accused Israel of stealing Iran’s clouds while also manipulating existing clouds in Iranian airspace so they are unable to release rain, thus causing the country to suffer from droughts.

“Israel and another country in the region have joint teams which work to ensure clouds entering Iranian skies are unable to release rain,” Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organisation, told the Iranian press.

Earlier this year, a councilman in Washington D.C. suggested that rich Jews who control the weather caused an unexpected snowstorm.

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