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Facts about Jerusalem
If you believe what you read in most news sources, palestinians want a "homeland" and muslims want control over sites they consider "holy".
The fact that Jerusalem is the FIRST and MOST IMPORTANT HOLY PLACE for JEWS seems to be irrelevant, while muslims claim that Jerusalem is their THIRD holy place...
These are just phony excuses for the rioting, trouble-making and land-grabbing. It is interesting that prior to the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, there was no serious movement for a palestinian homeland... You might say, that was before the Israelis seized West Bank and Old Jerusalem. That's true. In the Six-Day War, Israel re-conquered Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem. But they didn't capture these territories from any palestinian state! They re-conquered them from Jordan. Why all these palestinians suddenly discovered their national identity after Israel won the war? The truth is that Palestine is no more real than Eldorado or Lilliput.
The first time the name was used was in 70 CE when the Romans committed genocide against the Jews, smashed the Temple and declared the land of Israel would be no more. From then on, the Romans promised, it would be known as Palestine. The name was derived from the Philistines, an ancient people conquered by the Jews centuries earlier and by that time no longer existing since some centuries. It was a way for the Romans to add insult to injury. They also tried to change the name of Jerusalem to Aelia Capitolina, but that had even less staying power.
Palestine has never existed - before or since - as an autonomous entity. 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.
The Arabs control 99.9 percent of the Middle East lands. Israel represents one-tenth of 1 percent of the landmass. But that is too much for the Arabs. They want it all. And that is ultimately what the fighting in Israel is about today. Greed. Pride. Envy. Covetousness. No matter how many land concessions the Israelis make, it will never be enough.
What about Islam's holy sites? There are none in Jerusalem! I don't expect you will ever hear this plain truth from anybody in the international media. It's just not politically correct. I know what you're going to say: "the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem represent Islam's third most holy sites." Not true. In fact, the Qoran 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? Muslims today cite a vague passage in the Qoran, 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....." 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. Jerusalem was identified by imams as the mythic "Al Quds" after the Zionist movement encouraged Jews to settle in Eretz Yisrael... but we know how much accurate are Arabs with regards to history and geography... just have a look to the "1001 Nights" or the Qoran itself... Al Quds is no more real than Camelot! I suggest you to read the Qoran and try to find if Jerusalem is mentioned any time... you will find many history mistakes, instead - for instance, Maryam, sister of Harun (Aharon) is the same person that Maryam the mother of Jesus, no matter that there is a gap of over 1200 years between one and the other!... also Haman, who was a Persian visir, is said to be Pharaoh's minister! This is the reliability of muslim sources to claim for their legitimate rights!
Meanwhile, Jews have proved that their roots have close relationship with Mount Zion since the days of Avraham. King David founded Jerusalem and made of her the capital of the Kingdom of Israel - when Arabs were still not a definite nation...
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 is the solution to the Middle East? 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.
Nationhood and Jerusalem
Israel became a nation in more than two thousand years before the rise of Islam. Arab refugees in Israel began identifying themselves as part of a palestinian people in 1967, two decades after the establishment of the modern State of Israel. Since the Israeli conquest in Yehoshua's times, Jews have had dominion over the land for one thousand years with a continuous presence in the land for the past 3,300 years. The only Arab dominion since the conquest in 635 CE lasted no more than 22 years. For over 3,300 years, Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital. Jerusalem has never been the capital of any Arab or muslim entity. Even when the Jordanians occupied Jerusalem, they never sought to make her their capital, and Arab leaders did not come to visit Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is mentioned over 700 times in the Bible (Tanach), the Jewish Holy Scriptures. Jerusalem is not mentioned once in the Qoran. King David founded the city of Jerusalem. Mohammed never came to Jerusalem. Jews pray facing Jerusalem. Muslims pray with their backs toward Jerusalem...
Arab and Jewish Refugees: In 1948 the Arab "refugees" were encouraged to leave Israel by Arab leaders promising to purge the land of Jews. Almost 70 percent left without ever seeing an Israeli soldier. The Jewish refugees were forced to flee from Arab lands due to Arab brutality, persecution and pogroms. If there are Mizrachi and Sephardi Jews settled today in Israel, it is because Arabs have expelled them from the lands where those Jews were living for many centuries! Arabs sent Jews to Israel, now they want to expel them also from there! The number of Arab refugees who left Israel in 1948 is estimated to be around 630,000. The number of Jewish refugees that were forced out from Arab lands is estimated to be some more than that... Arab "refugees" were intentionally not absorbed or integrated into the Arab lands to which they fled, despite the vast Arab territory (Israel's extension is less than 1% of the territory of all Arab lands). Out of the 100,000,000 refugees since World War II, theirs is the only refugee group in the world that has never been absorbed or integrated into their own peoples' lands. Jewish refugees were completely absorbed into Israel, a country no larger than the island of Sicily.
The Arab - Israeli Conflict: The Arab nations initiated all five wars against Israel and were defeated. Israel defended herself each time and won. The P.L.O.'s Charter still calls for the destruction of the State of Israel. Israel has given the palestinians most of the West Bank land, autonomy under the Palestinian Authority, and has supplied them with weapons which is used against the Israeli people. Under Jordanian rule, Jewish holy sites were desecrated and the Jews were denied access to places of worship. Under Israeli rule, all muslim and christian sites have been preserved and made accessible to people of all faiths.
The U.N. Record on Israel and the Arabs: Of the 175 Security Council resolutions passed before 1990, 97 were directed against Israel. Of the 690 General Assembly resolutions voted on, before 1990, 429 were directed against Israel. The U.N. was silent while 58 Jerusalem Synagogues were destroyed by the Jordanians. The U.N. was silent while the Jordanians systematically desecrated the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives. The U.N. was silent while the Jordanians enforced an apartheid-like policy of preventing Jews from visiting the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. These are incredible times...
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