As Robert Spencer points out, although media outlets generally translate Allahu Akbar as “God is Great,” the real meaning is “Allah Is Greater Than Your God,” and is meant to “strike terror in the hearts of the enemies of Allah.”
Shouting “Allahu akbar” – Arabic for “God is great” — at Jews on the Temple Mount is illegal and constitutes a disturbance of the peace, a Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court judge ruled….
“Past experience in Israel has taught us that the commonly used chant for something other than prayer often accompanies riots and sometimes leads to physical violence and terrorism,” the judge said.
The ruling was about a five-year-old case involving Sahar Ghazzawi, an Arab who was detained by police after he yelled “Allahu akbar” at a group of Jews on the holy site. As he was being escorted away from the area, he began to flail his arms and resist, pushing a policeman to the ground and breaking his walkie-talkie. Ghazzawi was then indicted for interfering with the duty of a policeman….
According to witness testimony at the hearing, Ghazzawi had not been saying “Allahu akbar” while praying, but rather as a form of intimidation against Jews visiting the site. In addition, during cross-examination, it emerged that Gazawi regularly visited the Temple Mount – but skirted the question of whether his trips there were sponsored by the Islamist group “Amrat al Aqsa,” which pays activists to harass non-Muslims on the site….
The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam. It is where the Al Aqsa Mosque is situated, a place that is used by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to incite violence against non-Muslims, particularly Israeli Jews, who are often accused of trying to storm the Muslim house of prayer.
In September 2015, the beginning of the surge in terrorism that has rocked Israel ever since, PA President Mahmoud Abbas declared: “The Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is ours… and they [the Jews] have no right to defile it with their filthy feet. We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem.”