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When the term is used of course, what exactly is controversial is not explained. Knowledge of it is presumed, as if with a wink and a nod to the reader. Actually putting into words what is controversial would take some knowledge of the situation and would reveal just how ridiculous and anti-Semetic it is to say that Jews should not be allowed to be here, in the Land of Israel, Judea, Jerusalem of all places. And so to avoid that entire discussion and all the unpleasantries it entails, the term “East Jerusalem” is used.

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Daniel Tauber is the Executive Director of Likud Anglos, and a former Opinions Editor at JewishPress.com. Daniel is also an attorney admitted to practice law in Israel and New York and received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. You can follow him on facebook and twitter.

9 COMMENTS

  1. It is not controversial to most Jews, including myself, to think of the Temple Mount, Judaism holiest site, as the Temple Mount.

    It is an honest historical description.

    But it is very controversial among the world's billion Muslims.

    The term East Jerusalem is used in the media to mean Arab East Jerusalem.

    It is really an editorial more than honest news reporting.

    But the media has voted on this dispute.

  2. Jerusalem was partitioned in 1948 as a result of a war which Israel fought defending her right to exist. In 1967, Jordan, who occupied part of Jerusalem and Judea & Samaria, was asked to stay out of the war being fought then. They attacked, & when the ceasefire was proclaimed, Israel had all these areas. That is to say, this land was gained in a defensive war and according to international law (such as it is), Israel may keep it. This is in addition to many other reasons why the land is Israel's.

  3. Chavazl – That is the theory by which the Soviet Union, in defending itself against Nazi Germany, was given control of Hungary, Poland, Romania, "Yugoslavia," Albania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Esionia, , etc. Your response presumes the legitimacy of that absurdity, and is, itself absurd. Good Shabbos.

  4. Chavazl – That is the theory by which the Soviet Union, in defending itself against Nazi Germany, was given control of Hungary, Poland, Romania, "Yugoslavia," Albania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Esionia, , etc. Your response presumes the legitimacy of that absurdity, and is, itself absurd. Good Shabbos.

  5. Disagree with the vast majority of the world about Israel? Perhaps the vast majority of the world should read what G-d says about Israel and then the vast majority of the world should be prepared to disagree with G-d about His land. Oh and by the way, disagreeing with G-d is neither intelligent nor wise. It might have been set up for partition but only because the Jews weren't able to finish taking Jerusalem during the '48 Independence War. However, in '67 they did take it. If the Muslims/Arabs want to keep their land then quit picking fights with Israel.

  6. Disagree with the vast majority of the world about Israel? Perhaps the vast majority of the world should read what G-d says about Israel and then the vast majority of the world should be prepared to disagree with G-d about His land. Oh and by the way, disagreeing with G-d is neither intelligent nor wise. It might have been set up for partition but only because the Jews weren't able to finish taking Jerusalem during the '48 Independence War. However, in '67 they did take it. If the Muslims/Arabs want to keep their land then quit picking fights with Israel.

  7. According to Psalm 105 verse 4, "Firm stands His Word to Abraham spoken, His oath to Isaac never broken, His everlasing covenant, With Israel – G-d will not recant. He said "To you this land I give, That as my heirs you there may live" besides if the palestinians had won the war of 1967, would they give the land back, they are sore losers.

  8. According to Psalm 105 verse 4, "Firm stands His Word to Abraham spoken, His oath to Isaac never broken, His everlasing covenant, With Israel – G-d will not recant. He said "To you this land I give, That as my heirs you there may live" besides if the palestinians had won the war of 1967, would they give the land back, they are sore losers.

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