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The Truth matters #3

The Truth Matters. Part 3

The Truth Matters. Part 3

Saturday, June 09, 2007 4:23 PM

The Question of Jerusalem
And the Temple Mount

For over 3,300 years of history, Jerusalem has been a capital city for only the Jewish People. Jews have always lived in Jerusalem, except when they were massacred or driven out. There has, however, been a nearly unbroken Jewish presence in Jerusalem for the past 1,600 years. And since the early 1800’s, the population of Jerusalem has been predominantly Jewish. Even when the Jordanians captured and occupied Jerusalem from 1948-67, they (the Jordanians) never sought to change it to their capital (replacing Amman) nor make it the capital of all Arab-”Palestinian” people. Even during the 19 years Jordan “occupied” most of Jerusalem, Arab leaders from other Arab countries hardly ever bothered to visit this city! Only to the Jews has Jerusalem ever held special meaning! The reality is that Jerusalem was never an Arab capital and that it never was, until the Jews revitalized it, a dusty provincial city that hardly played and economic, social or political role.

Another myth deals with the issue of Jerusalem and its Temple Mount. The myth is that Jerusalem is really an Arab city and that it is a central focus of Islam. The truth is that the Arabs expressed very limited interest in the Temple Mount before 1967 after the Six-Day War. Besides, Mecca and Medina (both in Saudi Arabia) are Islam’s holiest cities!

Islam’s Holy(?) Koran mentions Mecca 2 or 3 (implied, but not actually written) times. It mentions Medina 5 times. It never mentions Jerusalem and with good reason. There is no historical evidence to suggest Mohammad ever visited Jerusalem! And if he did visit Jerusalem, it could not have been until 6 years after his death. Therefore, the notion that Mohammed ascended to Heaven from a rock in Jerusalem (today’s Dome of the Rock) is even more ridiculous!

One more thing about Jerusalem in general and its Temple Mount in particular. Jerusalem appears in the Jewish Bible 669 times and Zion (which usually means Jerusalem, sometimes the Land of Israel) 154 times, or 823 times in all. The Christian Bible mentions Jerusalem 154 times and Zion 7 times. All told, in the Old Testament (the Hebrew Bible) and the New Testament, the terms “Judah” or “Judea” appear 877 times, and “Samaria” is used on 123 occasions.

Hold on to your hats, everybody. It gets even better. Upon closer look at their Holy Koran, we have uncovered something quite amazing. These Muslims may actually be more Jewish than Muslim! Get this… the Koran mentions “Israel” [or “Israelites”] 47 times, “Jew” or “Jewish” 26 times! Even “Christian” or “Christians” gets 15 mentions!

OK, so maybe Mohammed just forget to mention “Jerusalem”. Maybe he also forgot to mention the Haram-esh-Sharif, their name for Judaism’s Temple Mount. Perhaps it was an honest oversight. That desert heat can do strange things to one’s brain. But surely “Palestine” is mentioned all through the Koran. After all, the poo’ poo’ ancient “Palestinians” go way back, right? WRONG. “Palestine” and “Palestinian” are nowhere to be found. Perhaps that’s because these so-called Arab “Palestinians” have ancient historical roots going ALL THE WAY back to June 1967! So much for the Arab, Muslim or “Palestinian” ancient religious or physical connections to a single ounce of turf in the so-called “occupied” territories!

From 1948 to 1967, when East Jerusalem and the Temple Mount were “occupied” by Jordanian Forces following the 1948-9 Arab-Israeli War, Jerusalem itself was ignored by the Arab world. No Arab leader ever paid a visit, not even to pray at the al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock (both located on the JEWISH Temple Mount). Also noteworthy during this 19 year period of Jordanian occupation’ no Jews were allowed there… not that there was much for them to see since the Arabs destroyed 58 of Jerusalem’s Jewish synagogues! Even the Arabs of “Palestine” placed so low a priority on Jerusalem that the PLO’s founding charter, the 1964 Palestinian National Covenant, made no reference whatsoever to it. Only when the Jews recaptured it after the 1967 “Six Day War” (initiated by the Arabs) did the Arab world SUDDENLY grow very passionate about Jerusalem!

Can any Muslim in the world produce any credible evidence for their connection to this holy site, other than Mohammed’s dream? Believe it or not, the one and only source for the Muslim’s claim to Jerusalem and the site of the Holy Temple, is a mention in the Koran of a dream that Mohammed had about an unknown “place far away”. Perhaps this “place far away” is the site of the White House in Washington DC or a Nevada “chicken ranch?”

In truth, the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosques are just but two of hundreds of thousands of Muslim mosques around the world. Except for these two minor mosques, Jerusalem itself has no major Islamic significance. In fact, far more Christian shrines are in Jerusalem than Muslim ones!

When a Jew prays from anywhere in the world, he faces the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. When a Moslem prays, even while IN Jerusalem, he faces Mecca, Saudi Arabia (1,300 miles away due east!). So in many cases, even when a Moslem is in Jerusalem, his “hind quarters” are facing these two Jerusalem mosques! What does THIS tell you! And when Islamic suicide bombers try to take apart Jerusalem piece by piece, what does THAT tell you!

Click Here for an Aerial Fly-Over [MySpace.com]

In order to have a “New” Middle East,
There needs to be new Arabs!

“There are some violent conflicts in the world that simply do not lend themselves to resolution by either signatures or handshakes. The Arab-Israeli conflict is one of them. That is because there are no tangible, realistic exchanges that can be made between the two sides that would guarantee lasting peace. No exchange of territory, no compensation to refugees, no guarantee of statehood will quell the insistent [Arab-] “Palestinian” demand for Israel’s extinction.”
Avi Davis
WorldNetDaily Article

“You can’t teach a monkey to speak and you can’t teach an Arab to be democratic. You’re dealing with a culture of thieves and robbers. Muhammad, their prophet, was a robber and a killer and a liar. The Arab destroys everything he touches!”
Moshe Feiglin

“Today, most of the Arab/Islamic world focuses its genocidal hatred on the Jewish State exactly as Europe once focused this same hatred on the individual Jew. There is now no greater Jewish responsibility than to prevent a second Holocaust… and it is nothing short of a Holocaust that the Arab/Islamic world now wishes and plans for Israel.”
Louis Rene Beres

9/9/04 Lecture to the Dawn R. Schuman Institute

Click Here for a lovely MP3 rendition of “Yerusalayim”

Map 1
Israeli Occupation of
West Bank from Jordan
in 1967

Map on Right Enlarges Jerusalem Area

Map 2
Jerusalem Includes:

West Jerusalem

The building of neighborhoods in what is known as West Jerusalem started in the middle of the 19th Century with neighborhoods such as Yemin Moshe, Nachalat Shiva, and Meah Shearim. Israel’s government, the Knesset, is located in West Jerusalem.
East Jerusalem
During the Six-Day War of 1967, Jordan attacked Israel from the “West Bank” of the Jordan River which was still in Jordanian hands. When the fighting was over, Israel liberated and occupied all this “West Bank” area, including all of East Jerusalem with her Old City.
Old City
Divided into four “quarters”… Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Armenian. Map 3 BELOW is enlargement of the Old City. All Jews were barred from the Old City following Israel’s 1948 War of Independence.

Jerusalem,Old City,Israel,East Jerusalem,West Jerusalem,Temple Mount,al-Aqsa,Dome of the Rock,al-aqsa mosque,Old City Jerusalem,GeogrMap 3 .[Compare Above and Below]

Old City - Google Earth View

Aerial view of Temple Mount
Aerial View of Temple Mount
Note that the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock are separate structures.

Western Wall with Dome of Rock in Background
Western Wall with
Dome of the Rock in background
The Western Wall is all that is left of the old Temple Mount when Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans nearly two thousand years ago. On the Temple Mount was a magnificent 2nd Jewish Temple (where the gilded Dome of the Rock appears behind and above the wall). Photo at Right is a scale model of this ancient temple.

Scale Model of the Second Jewish Temple. WSestern (Wailing) Wall indicated by arrow
The Red Arrow points to one of the few sections
of the Western Wall that remains
after the destruction of the second temple.

“B-E-T-W-E-E-N T-H-E L-I-N-E-S”

Myths of the Middle East by Joseph Farah
Wednesday, October 11, 2000

If you believe what you read in most news sources, Palestinians want a homeland and Muslims want control over sites they consider holy. Simple, right? Well, as an Arab-American journalist who has spent some time in the Middle East dodging more than my share of rocks and mortar shells, I’ve got to tell you that these are just phony excuses for the rioting, trouble-making and land-grabbing. What about Islam’s holy sites? There are none in Jerusalem. Shocked? You should be. I don’t expect you will ever hear this brutal truth from anyone else in the international media. It’s just not politically correct.I know what you’re going to say: “Farah, the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem represent Islam’s third most holy sites.” Not true. In fact, the Koran says nothing about Jerusalem. It mentions Mecca hundreds of times. It mentions Medina countless times. It never mentions Jerusalem! With good reason. There is no historical evidence to suggest Mohammed ever visited Jerusalem. So how did Jerusalem become the third holiest site of Islam?

The myth perpetuated!

Muslims today cite a vague passage in the Koran, the seventeenth Sura, entitled “The Night Journey.” It relates that in a dream or a vision Mohammed was carried by night “from the sacred temple to the temple that is most remote, whose precinct we have blessed, that we might show him our signs.” In the seventh century, some Muslims identified the two temples mentioned in this verse as being in Mecca and Jerusalem. And that’s as close as Islam’s connection with Jerusalem gets — myth, fantasy, wishful thinking. Meanwhile, Jews can trace their roots in Jerusalem back to the days of Abraham. Ariel SharonThe latest round of violence in Israel erupted when Likud Party leader Ariel Sharon tried to visit the Temple Mount, the foundation of the Temple built by Solomon.* It is the holiest site for Jews. Sharon and his entourage were met with stones and threats. I know what it’s like. I’ve been there. Can you imagine what it is like for Jews to be threatened, stoned and physically kept out of the holiest site in Judaism?So what’s the solution to the Middle East mayhem? Well, frankly, I don’t think there is a man-made solution to the violence. But, if there is one, it needs to begin with truth. Pretending will only lead to more chaos. Treating a 5,000-year-old birthright backed by overwhelming historical and archaeological evidence equally with illegitimate claims, wishes and wants gives diplomacy and peacekeeping a bad name.

Note: We beg to differ with Joseph Farah on this one point. The violence started the day BEFORE Sharon went up to the Temple Mount. In fact, the Arab Violence was planned months before after the failed Camp David. Sharon didn’t just go to the temple mount. He applied for a permit from the waqf. The Arabs knew he was coming and planned the intafada accordingly! There was nothing spontaneous about the Arab violence!

We appreciate Joseph Farah’s honesty and only wish more Arab-Americans would come forward with the same courage and honesty. Talk about the proverbial “Needle in the Haystack!”

Joseph Farah, a Christian Arab-American journalist, is the editor and chief executive officer of WorldNetDaily.com, a leading independent news site.