One of the most lethal recurring Palestinian Authority libels accuses Israel of planning to destroy and defile the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Many Palestinian terrorists who murdered Israelis have explained that they killed in defense of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
One version of this libel spread by the PA is that Israel is trying to destroy the Mosque by digging under it as it searches for remnants of the “alleged Jewish Temple” and/or tries to construct the third Temple.
Entrenching the libel in the Palestinian psyche, the official PA daily printed this cartoon.
Viewed from right to left the cartoon shows an Israeli soldier with a pickax in his hands, facing a giant Palestinian protecting the Dome of the Rock and stopping the soldier. When turned away the Israeli soldier is seen digging under the Dome of the Rock with the pickax.