The British Muslim site 5 Pillars fancies itself a serious news outlet. However, the counter-extremism organisation Quilliam Foundation has demonstrated that it has track record of defending hate preachers and peddling anti-Israel conspiracy theories, including about Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Readers may recall our post from last October, when we prompted a correction at 5 Pillars to an article which included the false claim that Tzipi Hoteveley, Israel’s ambassador to London, has “promoted the movement to destroy Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque”. 

Their latest act of journalistic malice regarding the ‘danger to Al-Aqsa’ is even more egregious. It’s in an official 5 Pillars editorial (“Masjid Al-Aqsa: Its history, its significance and the urgent need for protection”, March 8), which, as you’ll see, reads, at times, like a parody.

The editorial focuses on this photo:

Editors write:

Last week a seemingly innocuous photo was posted onto social media – a father with his children pictured in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound with the stunning Dome of the Rock in the background and their fingers raised in victory signs.

At first glance it appears nothing more than a sweet family moment. Yet this was a Zionist family who had forced their way into Al-Aqsa dressed in the robes of the priests of the Temple many Israelis want to establish on this sacred Islamic site.

Jordan has administered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound since the Israelis occupied the area in 1967, and Amman has an agreement with Tel Aviv [sic] officially prohibiting Jews from entering the site to worship.

But the blatant incursion of this family (which is just one of many) says otherwise.

Oh my, where to begin?

This is a cross post from Camera UK by Adam Levick. You can read the rest of Adam’s post here.

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