14 Aug, 2015
Aviya Morris is the fresh new face of Jewish extremism. A soft-spoken young mother who wants to see the Muslim walls tumble down and a new Israel rise. This is her dream.
She admits that it could “lead to world war”. That would be the fault of Arabs and the international community, she says. Ms Morris is 20.
Two weeks ago, together with her husband and their baby, Liberty Zion, she left their Jewish settlement in Shiloh in the West Bank to visit the raised esplanade in the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City that Jews call the Temple Mount and Muslims call the Noble Sanctuary. The walled compound is sacred to both religions. Jews believe it is where the world began and Abraham had his hand stayed by an angel of God before he struck a fatal blow against Isaac. Here, Jews built their First and Second temples.
It is also the site of Islam’s golden Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa mosque, which marks the ascension of the Prophet Mohamed on his night journey to heaven. And it was here that Ms Morris shouted: “Mohamed is a pig.”