Etihad Airways removes advert showing the Dome of the Rock as the ‘Second Jewish Temple’

It came as the Abu Dhabi-based airline initiated direct flights from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital to Tel Aviv.

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Etihad Airways has removed a video commercial showing a drawing of the Muslim Dome of the Rock as the Second Jewish Temple. The step was taken after the Arabic media widely criticized it.

It came as the Abu Dhabi-based airline initiated direct flights from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital to Tel Aviv.

The Second Jewish Temple, which the Romans destroyed in AD70, is widely believed to have stood where the Al-Aqsa compound is today. Unlike other ancient sites in the state, little of it remains.

Nonetheless, the holy Western Wall is allegedly thought to be a supporting foundation and is the most revered site in Judaism.

The Jewish Western Wall. (Lisa Lubin)

Known by the Jews as the Temple Mount, the site was exploited by Jerusalemite Christians as a trash dump following the Temple’s destruction, believing the area was cursed.

Nevertheless, when the Umayyad Caliphate conquered the city in the late seventh century, it built the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock shrine in its place.

The Al-Aqsa compound. (Wikipedia)

‘Peace’ deal

 (JACK GUEZ / AFP)

The promotional video was part of the declaration made by Eithad Airways on Monday that it would begin operating flights between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv on the 28th of March 2021.

The UAE and Bahrain signed a normalization agreement with Israel on September the 15th, and since then have declared various deals in sport, commerce, and shipping. 

Titled “Visit Tel Aviv,” the video showcased some of the city’s beaches and promoted the Second Temple (Dome of the Rock) along with salt and mud from the Dead Sea.

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