Photo Credit: Mohamar Awad/Flash 90
Arabs turn their back on the Dome of the Rock to pray towards Mecca, Ramadan 2009

Let’s play a game of association.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when I say JERUSALEM?

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If your answer was “Holy City”, then you are either Jewish or you believe in the Jewish connection to the city of Jerusalem. If you are Christian, Jerusalem is holy to you because Jesus, who was a Jew, lived there. Therefore, it is holy as the Jewish capital and the home of the two Jewish Temples that stood in Jerusalem.

If you are a Muslim, I am sure you are probably offended by the mere suggestion that Jerusalem was NEVER a Muslim holy city or an Arab capital of any kind, but since you cannot hurt me or blow me up, you’re going to have to face these historical truths and be content with writing violent reactions in the comments section below.

5 Facts To Prove Jerusalem Was NEVER A Muslim Holy City 1. The Quran While Jerusalem is mentioned in the Bible (Tanach) over 500 times, it is NEVER mentioned in the Quran, not once! Many Muslims claim this is a lie and claim the word Al Aqsa means Jerusalem. Al Aqsa literally means “The Farthest Mosque” and in no way does it mean Jerusalem.

Taken from Wikipedia    Al Aqsa’s Religious Significance in Islam The mosque is believed to be the second house of prayer constructed after the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca. Post-Rashidun-era Islamic scholars traditionally identified the mosque as the site referred to in the sura (Qur’anic chapter) al-Isra (“the Night Journey”). The specific passage reads “Praise be to Him who made His servant journey in the night from the sacred sanctuary to the remotest sanctuary.” Muslims identify the “sacred sanctuary” as the Masjid al-Haram and the “remotest sanctuary” as the al-Aqsa Mosque. Initially, Rashidun and Umayyad-era scholars were in disagreement about the location of the “remotest sanctuary” with some arguing that it was actually located near Mecca.  Eventually scholarly consensus determined that its location was indeed in Jerusalem.[57]

The Quranic passage that talks about the “night journey” of Mohammad to the “farthest mosque” took place sometime in the year 621 while the mosque in Jerusalem was not built till the year 705 CE! Which means, to whichever mosque Mohammad flew, it certainly was NOT in Jerusalem!

Let’s say for arguments sake that I were to accept Mohammad’s flight and let’s say I also accept for some reason that it was to the small sanctuary in Jerusalem, that still does not make the City of Jerusalem holy to Muslims, but rather a small mosque that didn’t actually exist at the time!

2. Direction of Prayer

Muslims turn their back on the Temple Mount when they pray.

While Jews face ONLY Jerusalem and while we mention Jerusalem in every prayer and when we say grace after meals, the Muslims do NOT consider Jerusalem as a holy city, EVER! Here is a picture from the Temple Mount – would you stick your backside out to a place that was holy to you?

3. Jerusalem Was Never An Arab Capital

While King David made Jerusalem the capital of the Land of Israel, never in the history of the world was Jerusalem ever a capital city of an Arab country, certainly not one called Palestine which NEVER existed!

You show me a single Arab country in the history of the world who held Jerusalem as its capital, I take down the Israel Shield blog!

4. Desecration of the Temple Mount

Whether you’re Jewish, Christian or Buddhist, you treat your temples and churches with respect and violence is simply not allowed in a place of worship. Watch these Muslims actually destroy furniture and carpets from the Mosque on the Temple Mount. Their lack of respect is witness to the fact that they clearly know that there is nothing holy to them and that the only reason they are holding on to that site is because they are fully aware that it is where the Jewish Temple once stood and will soon stand again. The mosque located on the Temple Mount was originally called Bayt al-Muqaddas which literally means built on the Mikdash (the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem)

There is one more historical fact that proves Jerusalem was NOT a Muslim holy city and that is, IT WAS A JEWISH ONE!

  • No one who disputes the fact that King David was the first to make Jerusalem a capital city.
  • No one disputes that David’s son Solomon built the first Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.
  • No one disputes the second Temple was also built on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem
  • No one disputes the fact that the Romans ransacked the Temple, slaughtered the Jews and kicked them out of Israel.
  • No one disputes that Muslims forcible conquered and occupied Jerusalem and built their mosque on the place of the Jewish Temple

For those of you who are planning on visiting Rome, you might want to check out Titus Arch which clearly depicts the Roman ransacking of the Temple vessels.

The fact is, Jews were in Jerusalem before Islam ever existed. Jerusalem was the Jewish capital of Israel before Washington was  called the capital of America or London was the capital of England and Paris was the capital of France, so before you demand we give our Holy Capital City to those who come with a fictitious claim backed with terrorism and Jihad, I would ask you to give your capitals to those who call for your destruction as well!

As Binyamin Netanyahu put it so eloquently:

“The French build in Paris, the English build in London and Israel builds in Jerusalem. Should we tell Jews not to live in Jerusalem because it stirs things up?”

Even the Israeli Shekel comes from the Temple times. On the right is what the new shekel looked like and on the left is a coin from the Jewish revolt against the Romans.

For those of you pointing a finger at Israel, you are not only strengthening lies, you are actually motivating those who burn your flags and behead those who believe in freedom.


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127 COMMENTS

  1. This is a well documented evidence of jewish presence long before the arrival of islam in to the scene. No normal thinking rational person can refute these facts. Face the truth. Don’t buy the lies of the palestinian cause.

  2. BIG Lie
    All of your facts are just nonsense based on lies.
    Islam is a religion of oneness God, it started since Noah. Muslims are not racist, we are exclusive for a specific nation "Arabs". The blessing and chosen people of God are who are the more devoted to him regardless their nation. Jesus and All other prophets are Muslims, they weren't racist or call for racism.

  3. By the sheer laws of physics, how can it be claimed that the mosque was in Jerusalem first when the mosque, which by the way, was originally a church, is built on the very foundations of the Temple.

  4. Israel IS real – “Palestine” is Fake. Another fact – “Palestinians” were never Muslim but non-Muslim. And the flight of Muhammed on a creature from Greek Mythology was not a dream but a nightmare. How can anyone really believe that gives credit to owning a place because of a supposed vision? Bad drugs? Bad khat or opium?

  5. Israel IS real – "Palestine" is Fake. Another fact – "Palestinians" were never Muslim but non-Muslim. And the flight of Muhammed on a creature from Greek Mythology was not a dream but a nightmare. How can anyone really believe that gives credit to owning a place because of a supposed vision? Bad drugs? Bad khat or opium?

  6. YO KATHIE,
    The God of Jerusalem is?
    The original inhabitants of Jerusalem were Phoenician Canaanites. Jerusalem was originally a village built on a hill. The name "Urushalim is first found on Egyptian statues, circa 2500 B.C. "Urushalim", in fact is a word of Canaanite derivation; the prefix "uru", meaning "founded by", and the suffix "salem" or "Shalem," Phoenician Canaanite god of dusk. This evidence is reinforced by archaeology and by tablets found in Elba, Syria, dating back to 3000 B.C., on which the god Shalem being venerated in a city called Uruksalem is mentioned. The old name of the city Urushalim figures also in the Egyptian texts called Texts of Proscription of XII dynasty 'ws'mm pronounced in Akkadian language Urushalim city of god.

    In the 14th Century B.C., King Abdi Hepa, king of the Phoenician Canaanites, wrote to the Pharaoh Akhnaton and implored him to rid Jerusalem of new invaders. He described a group of people known as the "Habirus", as having already conquered Rushada, and advancing on Jerusalem. In the Bible, the story of Abraham mentions Melchizedek, the King of Salem (King of Jerusalem) and Priest of the Most High God (El Elion), who offered bread and wine to Abraham.

  7. A HISTORY LESSON FOR JEWS:

    THE JEWISH RABBI WHO CREATED ISLAM
    JEWISHENCYCLOPEDIA
    The unedited full-text of the 1906 Jewish Encyclopedia
    SCHWARZ, JOSEPH:
    Palestinian geographer; born at Flosz, Bavaria, Oct. 22, 1804; died at Jerusalem
    Feb. 5, 1865. When he was seventeen years old he graduated as teacher
    from the Königliches Schullehrerseminar of Colberg, after which he joined his brother Israel at the University of Würzburg, where for five years he devoted himself to the history and geography of the Holy Land, and published a map of Palestine (1829; republished at Vienna, 1831, and Triest, 1832). It was his ardent desire, however, to study in Palestine itself the physical history and geography of the Holy Land, where his knowledge of Talmudic sources and early Jewish writers would be of more service. Accordingly he decided to settle in Jerusalem, whither he went in 1833. Schwarz then began a series of journeys and explorations in various parts of Palestine, to which he devoted about fifteen years.
    The results of his investigations and researches into the history, geography, geology, fauna, and flora of that country have placed him in the front rank of Palestinian explorers and geographers. HE IS THE GREATEST JEWISH AUTHORITY ON PALESTINIAN MATTERS SINCE ESTORI FARHI (1282-1357), the author of "Kaftor wa-Feraḥ."

    (Be sure to Google this article)
    HISTORY OF PALESTINE
    614-1096 C.E.
    From the Accession of the Mahomedans to that of the Europeans.

    By Rabbi Joseph Schwarz, 1850

    Rabbi Shallum, son of the then Resh Gelutha, in Babel, aka Abu Bachr al Chaliva al Zadik, Abu Bakr, the first Caliph, was in fact: [A JEWISH RABBI] Rabbi Shallum, son of the then Resh Gelutha, in Babel, perceiving this dreadful predicament, went to Mahomed, and offering him his submission, friendship, and services, endeavoured to enter with him into a friendly compact. Mahomed accepted his proposition with pleasure, conceived a great affection for him, and took his daughter, a handsome young girl (A 6 YEAR OLD CHILD), for wife; he made him also a general in his army, and gave him the name of Abu Bachr al Chaliva al Zadik, literally:

    The father of the maiden, the descendant of the righteous; this means, that of all his wives, who were either widows or divorced women, this one was the only one who had never been married before, and then she was the granddaughter of the celebrated chief of the captivity; therefore, the descendant of the righteous. This occurrence induced Mahomed to give up his terrible intention to destroy the Jews in his country, and thus did Rabbi Shallum save his people.

  8. 1. No Muslim refers to Jerusalem as Al-Aqsa. We call it Al-Quds. The mosque in question was the Temple Mount itself. Muhammad prayed there on that land before the Dome of the Rock was built.

    2. Muslims used to pray to Jerusalem, but after a command by God, the direction of the qiblah (prayer direction) was changed to Mecca. This does not negate Jerusalem’s link to Islam.

    3. So what if it was never a capital? That does not change the fact that it was controlled and (is still) inhabited by Arabs for over a thousand years.

    4. I’d like a source for that claim. If it’s anyone that’s destroying the site there, it’s Temple Mount Faithful, an extremist and terrorist Jewish organisation.

    There is a reason why Jerusalem is considered the third holiest city of Islam. There is so much historical significance to Arabs and Muslims in Jerusalem that right wing blogs like this keep trying to deny.

    Now watch as this comment gets removed for simply mentioning the truth about the many misconceptions and otherwise blatant lies in this post.

  9. Yr comment did not get removed as u wrongly assumed. U r paranoid and schizophrenic for no reason. This is not an Islamic website where they don't allow dissent. Muhammad did not allow dissent. He killed everyone in sight who criticized him or dared to oppose him. All your silly points are refutable with so many arguments but they are not going to be enough for you because you have a disease_islam. Even Ebola can be cured now, but you are a lost cause. I might add….Have you ever seen the faces of muslims in any public gathering? They look ferocious with blood shot eyes like count Dracula, and those beards without mustaches reminds one of billy goats. To me, they have devolved into half animals.

  10. Can you produce any clear example of the use of the word masjid to refer to a hilltop? To my knowledge, masjid always refers to a building. And even if masjid can refer to a holy place and not a structure, what made the Temple Mount a holy place at the time of the life of Muhammed other than its role as the holiest place of Judaism?

  11. No one disputes that Muslims have been among the inhabitants of Jerusalem since 638. The mere fact of Muslim residence and control does not convey sovereignty or the right to sovereignty. Arabs claim that the so-called refugees have the right to return to Israel no matter how long a time passes. By the same argument, since it is clearly we Jews who are the earlier inhabitants of Jerusalem, the fact that Muslims were in control for a long time is of no relevance. The usurper does not become legitimate by virtue of a long reign. Moreover, since at least 1860, Jews have outnumbered Muslims in Jerusalem.

  12. Bill Poser Thank you for being civilised and polite in your statements.

    From Wikipedia: “For centuries, al-Masjid al-Aqsa referred not only to the mosque, but to the entire sacred sanctuary, while al-Jami’ al-Aqsa referred to the specific site of the mosque. This changed during the period of Ottoman rule (c. early 16th century to 1917) when the sanctuary complex came to be known as al-Haram al-Sharif.”

    As for that second statement, I will retort by saying, and I may be biased as a Palestinian myself, that since we lived in Palestine/Eretz Yisrael for such a long time, that we also belong to that land. White Americans have only lived in the United States for a few hundred years, but I wouldn’t see anyone supporting a movement in which Native American tribes kick out the White Americans.

  13. Can you produce any clear example of the use of the word masjid to refer to a hilltop? To my knowledge, masjid always refers to a building. And even if masjid can refer to a holy place and not a structure, what made the Temple Mount a holy place at the time of the life of Muhammed other than its role as the holiest place of Judaism?

  14. No one disputes that Muslims have been among the inhabitants of Jerusalem since 638. The mere fact of Muslim residence and control does not convey sovereignty or the right to sovereignty. Arabs claim that the so-called refugees have the right to return to Israel no matter how long a time passes. By the same argument, since it is clearly we Jews who are the earlier inhabitants of Jerusalem, the fact that Muslims were in control for a long time is of no relevance. The usurper does not become legitimate by virtue of a long reign. Moreover, since at least 1860, Jews have outnumbered Muslims in Jerusalem.

  15. Bill Poser Thank you for being civilised and polite in your statements.

    From Wikipedia: "For centuries, al-Masjid al-Aqsa referred not only to the mosque, but to the entire sacred sanctuary, while al-Jami' al-Aqsa referred to the specific site of the mosque. This changed during the period of Ottoman rule (c. early 16th century to 1917) when the sanctuary complex came to be known as al-Haram al-Sharif."

    As for that second statement, I will retort by saying, and I may be biased as a Palestinian myself, that since we lived in Palestine/Eretz Yisrael for such a long time, that we also belong to that land. White Americans have only lived in the United States for a few hundred years, but I wouldn't see anyone supporting a movement in which Native American tribes kick out the White Americans.

  16. Mumtaz Ahmad Why do you respond with abuse ? I f you have evidence to the contrary, share it with me. The only way to stop ignorance, is through knowledge. I am quite willing to learn.

  17. Dear Bashar,
    One of the biggest differences between Jews, Christians and Muslims is tolerance!
    While the reality is that Jews have lived on this land for over 3,300 years (Not just 1000), and that is approx. 1,500 years before Islam, and that Jerusalem has always been THE HOLIEST place for Jews, even today Israel is excepting of ALL religions and allows free practice of any religion, including Islam. Islam only wants to destroy and kill all those who do not submit to it and convert!
    If I’m not mistaken, even in the Quran – Surah 10:95 you are told that if you are not sure about something you should consult the people of the book who came before you – the Jews!
    Teach tolerance, teach acceptance, teach that violence, beheading, mass executions and the likes are wrong. Than the world will think kindly of Islam!

  18. And by the Way Bashar,
    The place where the Al-Aqsa mosque is built is the exact place where the “Binding of Isaac” (Akedat Itschak) took place, as well a the place where the ‘Holy of Holies’ was in the Temple. Jews hold it in such high regard that they are not even allowed to go too close to it! Islam shoes it it’s bottom!

  19. The truth hurts doesn’t it Mumtaz?
    You are showing your ignorance by making your comment. learn any history book and you will see that Jews have been on this land including Jerusalem for over 3,300 years!

  20. Dear Bashar,
    One of the biggest differences between Jews, Christians and Muslims is tolerance!
    While the reality is that Jews have lived on this land for over 3,300 years (Not just 1000), and that is approx. 1,500 years before Islam, and that Jerusalem has always been THE HOLIEST place for Jews, even today Israel is excepting of ALL religions and allows free practice of any religion, including Islam. Islam only wants to destroy and kill all those who do not submit to it and convert!
    If I'm not mistaken, even in the Quran – Surah 10:95 you are told that if you are not sure about something you should consult the people of the book who came before you – the Jews!
    Teach tolerance, teach acceptance, teach that violence, beheading, mass executions and the likes are wrong. Than the world will think kindly of Islam!

  21. And by the Way Bashar,
    The place where the Al-Aqsa mosque is built is the exact place where the "Binding of Isaac" (Akedat Itschak) took place, as well a the place where the 'Holy of Holies' was in the Temple. Jews hold it in such high regard that they are not even allowed to go too close to it! Islam shoes it it's bottom!

  22. Mumtaz Ahmad From the author: since you cannot hurt me or blow me up, you’re going to have to face these historical truths and be content with writing violent reactions in the comments section below. – I see your taking full advantage.

  23. This is utterly biased and incorrect. The Muslims ruled Palestine and Jerusalem from 638 AD, for about 13 centuries to 1917, with about 107 years out of that period taken by the Crusaders. This is far, far longer than Jews were in control of Palestine. It is ridiculous to claim this as your land.

  24. Your claims are ridiculous there has always been a Jewish presence in the land of Israel, even before it was called Israel. There are coins and archeological finds proving this. Up until the state of Israel came into existence formally in 1948, there was a collection of muslim arabs under various remporary rules, Turkish, English. They were fine with this, they were a simple folk, some influxed from neighboring arab countries. When they saw how beautiful Israel became their jealousy arose and they decided they wanted control over the control. Since independence they try periodically to be rid of the Jews but fail despite their larger numbers so I guess maybe they should give it a rest already and enjoy the high standard of living that is in Israel and quit wasting energy and funds on warfare.

  25. Davida Vakachi You betray your ignorance and bigotry by proclaiming the indigenous arabs to be simple folk. “When they saw how beautiful Israel became their jealousy arose and they decided they wanted control” – this is the most nonsensical, utterly stupid statement since the whole world knows, apart from you it seems, that it is the Zionists and then the newly created State of Israel that violently ethnically cleansed the Palestinians from Palestine, beginning this process even before May 1948 when Israel declared its independence.

  26. Your claims are ridiculous there has always been a Jewish presence in the land of Israel, even before it was called Israel. There are coins and archeological finds proving this. Up until the state of Israel came into existence formally in 1948, there was a collection of muslim arabs under various remporary rules, Turkish, English. They were fine with this, they were a simple folk, some influxed from neighboring arab countries. When they saw how beautiful Israel became their jealousy arose and they decided they wanted control over the control. Since independence they try periodically to be rid of the Jews but fail despite their larger numbers so I guess maybe they should give it a rest already and enjoy the high standard of living that is in Israel and quit wasting energy and funds on warfare.

  27. Davida Vakachi You betray your ignorance and bigotry by proclaiming the indigenous arabs to be simple folk. "When they saw how beautiful Israel became their jealousy arose and they decided they wanted control" – this is the most nonsensical, utterly stupid statement since the whole world knows, apart from you it seems, that it is the Zionists and then the newly created State of Israel that violently ethnically cleansed the Palestinians from Palestine, beginning this process even before May 1948 when Israel declared its independence.

  28. Davida responded with the utmost respect Roanna. He meant they lived as simple people, no cities, infrastructure, no real industry. He is not calling them simple minded. I am neither Jew or Arab and even I can see that the land belongs to them. They had it first. They were exiled, they came home. There was no ethnic cleansing. Arabs enjoy full citizen rights in Israel and are persecuted in Gaza, and even killed in the neighbouring countries. That fact along with seeing hateful comments posted by angry Arabs and supporters shows me that one side is fuelled by hate and the other side is fuelled by a quiet determination. You sound irrational and your exhibiting offensive behaviour with your words meant to incite, not educate or defend. Go rant on a pro-Palestinian site.

  29. Davida responded with the utmost respect Roanna. He meant they lived as simple people, no cities, infrastructure, no real industry. He is not calling them simple minded. I am neither Jew or Arab and even I can see that the land belongs to them. They had it first. They were exiled, they came home. There was no ethnic cleansing. Arabs enjoy full citizen rights in Israel and are persecuted in Gaza, and even killed in the neighbouring countries. That fact along with seeing hateful comments posted by angry Arabs and supporters shows me that one side is fuelled by hate and the other side is fuelled by a quiet determination. You sound irrational and your exhibiting offensive behaviour with your words meant to incite, not educate or defend. Go rant on a pro-Palestinian site.

  30. Ronda Carifelle Longard Ronda, seriously he start’s his statement with “your claims are ridiculous” which is not in any way responding with the utmost respect. He then went onto denigrate the indigenous people by calling them simple. That is, beyond evil racist profiling, simply untrue. Have you found out how many Palestinians have been to the top universities, their contributions to art, philosophy, science, etc? The fact is that I am not lead by hate, but live by the idea of humanity, which is sorely lacking in Israel and their supporters at the moment. To be honest Pro Israeli’s, Zionists and the Government of Israel do not have a leg to stand on in terms of charges of crimes against humanity. The facts are the facts. Now most of Israel hides behind “we have to defend ourselves” whilst not acknowledging at all the crimes, committed daily, against the Palestinians. I, as a person of conscience, as a person of humanity, can not in any way condone the evil that Israel puts on the Palestinians. This is a very basic and simple level of being, somewhat some people may say as it was under Hitler. Where have you gone wrong?

  31. Ronda Carifelle Longard Ronda, seriously he start's his statement with "your claims are ridiculous" which is not in any way responding with the utmost respect. He then went onto denigrate the indigenous people by calling them simple. That is, beyond evil racist profiling, simply untrue. Have you found out how many Palestinians have been to the top universities, their contributions to art, philosophy, science, etc? The fact is that I am not lead by hate, but live by the idea of humanity, which is sorely lacking in Israel and their supporters at the moment. To be honest Pro Israeli's, Zionists and the Government of Israel do not have a leg to stand on in terms of charges of crimes against humanity. The facts are the facts. Now most of Israel hides behind "we have to defend ourselves" whilst not acknowledging at all the crimes, committed daily, against the Palestinians. I, as a person of conscience, as a person of humanity, can not in any way condone the evil that Israel puts on the Palestinians. This is a very basic and simple level of being, somewhat some people may say as it was under Hitler. Where have you gone wrong?

  32. Believe what you will Roanna, but why are you trolling a pro-Irael site? Is this acting out from a humanitarian place, as you say? No, I beg to differ. Israel defends themselves because if they do not the many groups united against them will kill all Israelis. There are no Israeli terrorists in Gaza. I’m not taking about the military operation either. Tell me, how many Jewish terrorists are terrorizing the US? France? UK? None? Ok, well then, many Palestinian children were used as either weapons or shields and then, when they perished the Palestians blamed Israel for war crimes. They did NOT target civilian areas. They targeted military targets that took over civilian areas and then did not allow the residents to leave. Your lies are abhorrent. Please troll elsewhere, your vile accusations will change no minds here.

  33. Believe what you will Roanna, but why are you trolling a pro-Irael site? Is this acting out from a humanitarian place, as you say? No, I beg to differ. Israel defends themselves because if they do not the many groups united against them will kill all Israelis. There are no Israeli terrorists in Gaza. I'm not taking about the military operation either. Tell me, how many Jewish terrorists are terrorizing the US? France? UK? None? Ok, well then, many Palestinian children were used as either weapons or shields and then, when they perished the Palestians blamed Israel for war crimes. They did NOT target civilian areas. They targeted military targets that took over civilian areas and then did not allow the residents to leave. Your lies are abhorrent. Please troll elsewhere, your vile accusations will change no minds here.

  34. the Muslims were very effective warriors and murdered all the way up into central Europe. The Crusaders were morally no better and in the end lost in the middle east because they did not adapt to the climate

  35. Roanna Jongeneel Sorry girl, but their arab leaders upon hearing the decision to seperate the land into two countries encouraged the arabs to attack and be rid of the jews…. well they lost. Simple people as in peons, under the control of others, lack of schools, hospitals, get the idea? Farmers (I am a proud farmer but also with various degrees as my husband.) The jews have never wanted, tried or expressed interest to be rid of the arab presence, we study with them in the univerisities, work with them in all areas, there are seperate and mixed living areas (as the various ethnic neighborhoods in Chicago for ex.) Alot of their leaders that hate Israel send their family to Israel for medical treatment. If you recall peace was promised if Israel would just move a bit further northwise. The people of Israel in the search for peace did so, at the price of all the development the loss of agricultural development, business homes etc. Well the Pallestinians moved in and……. immediately tore everything down instead of accepting in good will all this beauty. Ronda I can only imagine you feed off an arab site or friends, they are fed propoganda, read up on the lies on Pallywood for example putting together clips of things that never happened. Oh and I am not a bigot but I do hater murderers, terrorists, people who chose warfare over a good life and …chosen ignorance.

  36. Denise Mayer People essentially care for the underdog, and the arabs market themselves as mistreated, and they are… under their leaders, not in Israel. Israel is often hated because she comes across as a strong, independent country, but truly only responds to agression and in my opinion, lets too much agression slide until she responds and is too careful of the arabs and not as careful regarding the safety of her soldiers.

  37. Mumtaz Ahmad That is so rude, truly if you have some input please share, but try and keep a civilized tone, did you see you cursing a mature woman? Where is your respect? Little boys call names, mature people discuss.

  38. I do not read arabic but understand there is no mention of Al Quds in the koran, if it was so important you think it might have been spoken of. IAC no one said don’t pray there… but the muslims are requested to respect other religions and beliefs and are required not to disturb someone elses prayers.
    BTW when the Dome of the Rock started to come apart, Israel took it as a priority to restore it… the Muslims claimed they were trying to destroy it to add another reason to demonstrate and fight. Seriously, where were the muslim religious leaders, why didn’t they worry about the upkeep of this holy muslim site?

  39. Davida Vakachi It is absolutely not as you state above. You should listen or read Miko Peled, Son of an Israeli General, on this subject. Further, I suppose you refer to the removal of the settlers in Gaza. They may have been removed, but their houses were demolished, and the a large percentage of the greenhouses were destroyed. More farm land was destroyed in order to create the buffer zone and a military siege was laid on Gaza, controlling imports, exports, air, sea, land, utilities, food (only a certain amount of calories were allowed in in order to prevent starvation, but to keep the populace on the edge) the fishing rights were descaled. Israel’s oppressive and military rule over Gaza has strangled all economic viability, and have suffered three huge bombardments, over 80% of their manufacturing and farming capabilities have gone. Israel has destroyed Gaza, not the Palestinians, This is not only my opinion, but the opinion of most NGOs, Amnesty Internaitonal, the UN, and every rational, critical thinkingn person on the planet, including those of Jewish faith who are against what Israel is doing.

  40. Roanna Jongeneel Sorry girl, but their arab leaders upon hearing the decision to seperate the land into two countries encouraged the arabs to attack and be rid of the jews…. well they lost. Simple people as in peons, under the control of others, lack of schools, hospitals, get the idea? Farmers (I am a proud farmer but also with various degrees as my husband.) The jews have never wanted, tried or expressed interest to be rid of the arab presence, we study with them in the univerisities, work with them in all areas, there are seperate and mixed living areas (as the various ethnic neighborhoods in Chicago for ex.) Alot of their leaders that hate Israel send their family to Israel for medical treatment. If you recall peace was promised if Israel would just move a bit further northwise. The people of Israel in the search for peace did so, at the price of all the development the loss of agricultural development, business homes etc. Well the Pallestinians moved in and……. immediately tore everything down instead of accepting in good will all this beauty. Ronda I can only imagine you feed off an arab site or friends, they are fed propoganda, read up on the lies on Pallywood for example putting together clips of things that never happened. Oh and I am not a bigot but I do hater murderers, terrorists, people who chose warfare over a good life and …chosen ignorance.

  41. Denise Mayer People essentially care for the underdog, and the arabs market themselves as mistreated, and they are… under their leaders, not in Israel. Israel is often hated because she comes across as a strong, independent country, but truly only responds to agression and in my opinion, lets too much agression slide until she responds and is too careful of the arabs and not as careful regarding the safety of her soldiers.

  42. I do not read arabic but understand there is no mention of Al Quds in the koran, if it was so important you think it might have been spoken of. IAC no one said don't pray there… but the muslims are requested to respect other religions and beliefs and are required not to disturb someone elses prayers.
    BTW when the Dome of the Rock started to come apart, Israel took it as a priority to restore it… the Muslims claimed they were trying to destroy it to add another reason to demonstrate and fight. Seriously, where were the muslim religious leaders, why didn't they worry about the upkeep of this holy muslim site?

  43. Excellent thoughts. Did you know that Jerusalem is mentioned over 800 times throughout the Bible but never once in the Koran – how they have the nerve to claim it as their own is testament to their stupidity, crass ignorance and willingness to lie uncontrollably. This from the people who burn people alive, crucify them, decapitate with a knife and perform FGM on little girls. What could be more evil than that?

  44. I like the article and agree with it, but found an error.

    “Bayt al-Muqaddas” does not literally translate to “BUILT UPON Mikdash”. Rather “Bayt al-Muqaddas” seems to be a linguistic calque to “Beit HaMikdash” (how the temple was referred to in rabbinical literature).

    I like the article, but trying to a “smoking gun” of “Bayt al-Muqaddas” translating to literally mean “BUILT UPON Mikdash”, I could not find any but rather found it’s just a linguistic calque of how the Jewish people referred to their temple.

    I did enjoy the article. Thank you

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