Jews dancing while fire rages on Temple Mount lights up social media

Written by on May 11, 2021

Critics wrote scathing posts of how they were dancing as the Temple Mount was burning.

Israelis celebrate Jerusalem day at the Western Wall as blaze is seen in the background at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem Old City, May 10, 2021. (photo credit: MENDY HECHTMAN/FLASH90)

Israelis celebrate Jerusalem day at the Western Wall as blaze is seen in the background at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem Old City, May 10, 2021.

(photo credit: MENDY HECHTMAN/FLASH90)

A video clip showing Israeli celebrants marking Jerusalem Day by dancing and singing in the Kotel plaza Monday night while a tree is seen aflame on the Temple Mount has gone viral.

The video captured a scene similar to those that Israelis have used to criticize Palestinians in the past – whether dancing on rooftops as Scud missiles landed on Tel Aviv buildings, or handing out sweets in Gaza following a successful Palestinian terror attack on Israelis.

Critics wrote scathing posts of how they were dancing as the Temple Mount was burning.

“Shocking,” tweeted Joint List MK Ayman Odeh in a post accompanied by the video.

“This is a real scene from #Jerusalem today. Sorry, but the best description is: What a shit-show!” tweeted Haaretz reporter Noa Landau.


How fake news spreads on social media:

Lie: Israelis dancing & cheering because Al-Aqsa mosque has been bombed.

Truth: 1. It’s a tree on fire 2. B/c pal protestors threw firecrackers on it. 3. The singing & dancing is for Jerusalem Day, which always ends at the Western Wall. https://t.co/xx4A631udy

— David Patrikarakos (@dpatrikarakos) May 11, 2021

However, other social media posts pointed out that the primarily young, white-shirted religious nationalists would have been celebrating the day 0 marking the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967 – regardless of the fire. The juxtaposition of the dancing and the fire was inadvertent.

Other tweets breathlessly claimed that the fire was the onset of Jews taking over control of the area and of the al-Aqsa compound on the Mount, the third-holiest site in Islam.

According to the Jerusalem Police, the fire was started due to errant firecrackers thrown by Palestinians.

The Foreign Ministry tweeted “A burning tree on the Temple Mount this evening, the result of violent protesters shooting fireworks at police.”

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