Moscow, July 25, Interfax - Alexander Boroda, the head of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR), said he believes the conflict surrounding the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem was initiated by anti-Semites.
"The current exacerbation of the situation in this area is utterly the handiwork of people who cover their anti-Semitism with pseudo-Muslim slogans, spreading slanderous rumors about Israel or Jewish people's alleged intentions to deprive the Muslims of the Al-Aqsa Mosque situated on the mount, while representatives of all confessions have had full freedom of belief in the city for the past 50 years, when Israel has had control over Jerusalem," Boroda told reporters on Tuesday.
The Israeli government's decision to install metal detectors on the approaches to the mosque was used as an excuse for anti-Semite propaganda in this case, although the same metal detectors are in place in Mecca, and Muslims are not protesting it, he said.
"Those people are by all means trying to fan the flames of an interethnic or interfaith conflict in the Holy Land," he said.
He urged politicians, public figures, and representatives of the media "to refrain from believing the lies circulated by anti-Semites and facilitating an increase of the confrontation".
"Lies about the Jews' allegedly hostile intents towards other peoples and religions have been repeatedly used for massacres and provocations. Let's not allow them do that again!" Boroda said.