Turkish computer game incites Jerusalem Arabs to ‘liberate’ Temple Mount

“The players are seen as strong, warrior-like people. The winner of the game receives the key to the Mughrabi Gate with the title ‘Liberator of Jerusalem.'” 

By World Israel News Staff

Lt. Gen. (res.) Baruch Yedid, former head of Arab affairs in the IDF’s Central Command, discussed a new computer game, “Mosque Guards,” being distributed in eastern Jerusalem that is suitable for smartphones and the home computer.

The player must reach different places on the Temple Mount with a special Facebook page for coordination and co-creation between players.

“The money for developing the game was given by a Turkish society called ‘Reading Time.’ It transferred money to the East Jerusalem Society called Burj al-Laklak, a historical motif in Islam,” Yedid told Arutz-7.

“The goal of the game is to teach the youth all the secrets of the Al-Aqsa Mosque during a virtual tour, and the players are seen as strong, warrior-like people who have already experienced the game and report that the game trains them to confront the Jerusalem Police,” he explained. “The winner of the game receives the key to the Mughrabi Gate with the title ‘Liberator of Jerusalem.'”

The Temple Mount, under the administration of the Jordanian Islamic Waqf, can be accessed by 11 gates in the Old City of Jerusalem, but tourists and non-Muslims may enter only through the Mughrabi Gate.

“Under the guise of cultural and heritage activity, Turkish involvement is growing,” Yedid stated. “All these initiatives can be attributed to the Turkish Cultural Center on Azhara street in East Jerusalem. I visited the place and saw vehicles with diplomatic plates.”