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The Palestinians

Facts and Fables of the Middle East

1930 Moslem Council: Jewish Temple Mount ties 'beyond dispute' (Both Below)


Excerpts from an article entitled The Palestinians...Victims of Jewish Oppression or Pawns In An Arab Conspiracy?
by Dr. David R. Reagan

"As for the Palestinian people, I have nothing but compassion for them over the terrible, inhumane way that they have been treated by the Arab nations ever since 1948. The war that year produced hundreds of thousands of refugees. One million Jews were forcibly evicted from Arab countries overnight, and tiny Israel had to absorb them.

"In contrast, The 500,000 Palestinian refugees were denied any place to go. The Arab states refused to absorb them because they wanted to use them as a pawn to orchestrate world public opinion against Israel. So, Jordan, the nation that controlled the West Bank from 1948 to 1967, herded them into horrible refugee camps and let them live like rats.

The Issue of a Palentinian State
"The call for a Palestinian state is nonsense. Israel is one of the smallest nations in the world, smaller than Kuwait (about the size of New Jersey). It has no land to give away. If the West Bank were to be given to the Palestinians, Israel would be only 9 miles wide at a spot directly above Tel Aviv. No nation in the world would give such land to its sworn enemy. And for the nations of the world to demand that Israel do so is pure hypocrisy of the first order.

"A Palestinian state already exists. It is called Jordan. It constitutes two-thirds of the land that has been historically referred to as Palestine. There is no need for another Palestinian state. There are 22 Arab states and only one tiny Jewish state. Why must another Arab state be carved out of the heart of Israel? Only because the World hates the Jews.

"Another point to keep in mind is that there has never been a Palestinian state in all of history. From the fall of Israel in 70 AD to the present, the area dubbed "Palestine" by the Romans (to insult the Jews, since Palestine in Latin means Philistine) has been a part of greater Syria, and all the Arabs who lived there looked upon themselves as Syrians. There was never a Palestinian state, nor was Jerusalem ever the capital city of any Arab entity. The land and the city are Jewish ..."


Facts and Fables of the Middle East

According to most news sources, Palestinians want their homeland back and Muslims want control over sites they consider holy, but is there any factual base to these claims?

The truth is that Palestine is no more real than Never-Never Land. The Palestinians discovered their national identity after Israel won the war 1967 Arab-Israeli war. Before this there was no serious movement for a Palestinian homeland however, in the Six-Day War, Israel captured Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem, not from Yasser Arafat, but from Jordan's King Hussein.  

The first time the name Palestine was used was in 70 A.D. when the Romans overran Jerusalem, smashed the Temple and declared the land of Israel would be no more. Adding insult to injury the Romans re-named the land ‘Palestine’, derived from the Philistines, a Goliathian people conquered by the Jews centuries earlier. They also tried to change the name of Jerusalem to Aelia Capitolina, which didn’t work.

    Palestine has never existed -- before or since -- as an autonomous entity. It was ruled alternately by Rome, by Islamic and Christian crusaders, by the Ottoman Empire and, briefly, by the British after World War I. The British agreed to restore at least part of the land to the Jewish people as their homeland.

    There is no language known as Palestinian. There is no distinct Palestinian culture. There has never been a land known as Palestine governed by Palestinians. Palestinians are Arabs, indistinguishable from Jordanians (another recent invention), Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, etc. Additionally the Arabs control 99.9 percent of the Middle East lands, while Israel represents one-tenth of 1 percent of the landmass, but no matter how many land concessions the Israelis make, it will never be enough.

What about Islam's holy sites.. The claim that the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem represent Islam's third most holy sites? The Moslem ‘claim’ to Jerusalem is based on what is written in the Koran, which talks (in Sura 17:1) of the ‘Furthest Mosque’:

    "Glory be unto Allah who did take his servant for a journey at night from the Sacred Mosque to the Furthest Mosque."

But there is no foundation to the Moslem argument that this "Furthest Mosque" (Al-Masujidi al-Aqtza) refers to what is now called the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

In fact, the Koran mentions Mecca hundreds of times. It mentions Medina countless times, but never mentions Jerusalem even once. With good reason. There is no historical evidence to suggest Mohammed ever visited Jerusalem.

In the days of Mohammed, who died in 632 of the Common Era, Jerusalem was a Christian city within the Byzantine Empire. Jerusalem was captured by Khalif Omar only in 638, six years after Mohammed's death. Throughout this period there were only churches in Jerusalem. A church, built in the Byzantine architectural style stood on the Temple Mount and was called the Church of Saint Mary of Justinian, .  

The Aqsa Mosque was built 20 years after the Dome of the Rock (691-692) by Khalif Abd El Malik. The name "Omar Mosque" is therefore a misnomer. In or around 711, or about 80 years after Mohammed died, Malik's son, Abd El-Wahd, who ruled from 705-715, reconstructed the Christian- Byzantine Church of St. Mary and converted it into a mosque. He left the structure as it was, a typical Byzantine ‘basilica’ structure with a row of pillars on either side of the rectangular "ship" in the center. All he added was an onion-like dome on top of the building to make it look like a mosque. He then named it El-Aqsa, so it would sound like the one mentioned in the Koran.

Many scholars are agreed it is logical that Mohammed intended the mosque in Mecca as the "Sacred Mosque," and the mosque in Medina as the "Furthest Mosque." Which leads us to one inescapable conclusion.

There are no Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem.

The Jews on the other hand can trace their roots in Jerusalem back to the days of Abraham.

Interestingly Mohammed issued a strict prohibition against facing Jerusalem in prayer, a practice that had been tolerated only for some months in order to lure Jews to convert to Islam. When that effort failed, Mohammed put an abrupt stop to it on February 12, 624. Jerusalem simply never held any sanctity for the Moslems themselves, but only for the Jews in their domain.

Perhaps the solution to the Middle East mayhem should begin with the truth. 


 1930 Moslem Council: Jewish Temple Mount Ties 'Beyond Dispute'
By Etgar Lefkovits [Jerusalem Post 01/26/01

 JERUSALEM (January 26) - Although Islamic Wakf officials are currently denying any Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, a 1930 booklet about the site published by the supreme Moslem body in Jerusalem during the British Mandate states categorically that the site's identification with the First Temple is "beyond dispute."  

Published by the Supreme Moslem Council, the nine-page English-language tourist guide, entitled A Brief Guide to al-Haram al-Sharif, a copy of which was obtained by The Jerusalem Post, states:

    "The site is one of the oldest in the world. Its sanctity dates from the earliest times. Its identity with the site of Solomon's Temple is beyond dispute. This, too, is the spot, according to universal belief, on which David built there an altar unto the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings." A footnote refers the reader to 2 Samuel 26:25[1].    

The Supreme Moslem Council "was the supreme Moslem body appointed by the British Government during the Mandate period to administer the Moslem affairs in Palestine which included Wakf affairs," said Dr. Eli Reches, an Arab affairs expert at Tel Aviv University.

The booklet focuses on the Moslem connection to the site, with the authors stating clearly: "... for the purposes of this Guide, which confines itself to the Moslem period, the starting point is the year 637 A.D."

But Judaism's unequivocal connection to the Temple Mount comes up again on the last page of the booklet, which discusses the "substructures" of the Dome of the Rock.

Describing the area of Solomon's Stables, which Islamic Wakf officials converted into a new mosque in 1996, the guide states:

    "...little is known for certain about the early history of the chamber itself. It dates probably as far back as the construction of Solomon's Temple... According to Josephus, it was in existence and was used as a place of refuge by the Jews at the time of the conquest of Jerusalem by Titus in the year 70 A.D."

The guide mentions in passing Christianity's connection to Solomon's Stables. "We also know that this space was used by the Knights Templar as stables and the holes to which they tethered their horses can still be seen in the masonry of the piers... The contrast between lower and upper courses of the larger piers would tend to show that they belong to two distinct periods, and that the upper parts and the vaults of Arab construction [are] superimposed upon ancient foundations."

The guide also refers to Christianity's link to a small chamber in the vast subterranean structure, "which was believed in medieval times to have been associated with Jesus Christ's infancy, a belief that was prevalent long before the advent of the Crusaders, and was subsequently accepted by them."

Published by the Moslem Orphanage Press as a visitor's guide to the site and priced at 200 mils, the booklet contains seven full-page photographs of the Dome of the Rock which the guide says were reproduced courtesy of the American Colony.

This week, Palestinian Authority Mufti Ikrima Sabri, interviewed by the German Die Welt said, "There is not [even] the smallest indication of the existence of a Jewish temple on this place in the past. In the whole city, there is not even a single stone indicating Jewish history."

© 1995-2001, The Jerusalem Post  01/26/01


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