web analytics
July 30, 2015 / 14 Av, 5775
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post


Release of Murderers Leads To Important Consolation Prize

Keeping-Jerusalem

Jordan and Jerusalem

Though Jordan has apparently given up its claims to eastern Jerusalem – which it ruled and governed illegally for 19 years until the Six Day War – it continues to intrude on behalf of the Palestinian Authority. Last week the culture ministers of Jordan and the PA signed an agreement for a three-year program of cultural cooperation between the two. The Jordanian minister stated that one month of the program will be devoted to Jerusalem, which he called “the Capital of Arab Culture.” This was not his own idea; the PA gave this title to Jerusalem back in 2009, and sought to commemorate it with official ceremonies.

Not only is such a concept illegal – the Israel-PA agreements specifically prohibit the PA from organizing events in Israeli territory, and no official PA bodies are permitted to operate within Israel – it is laughable. As detailed in this column in the past, whatever historic and cultural connections ever existed between Jerusalem and Islam were artificially manufactured for a specific, time-restricted, narrow political purpose.

To underline this point, let us note yet again that while Yerushalayim is mentioned directly in the Bible approximately 650 times, it is not mentioned even once in the Koran – and Muslims actually turn their backs on Jerusalem when they pray! It is ironic that the Muslim name for the holy city is Al-Quds, an abbreviation of a previous Arabic name of the city, “Bet Al-maKDeS,” referring to none other than the Beit HaMikdash, our holy Temple. Thus, the name the Arabs use for Jerusalem for the purpose of “Arab-izing” it is actually one that marks its Jewishness.

Today, when the Muslim word is once again thinking “Caliphate” and worldwide dominion, we must remain alert: The awakening of supposed Muslim ties to Jerusalem means that Islam wants to conquer Jerusalem for political, nationalistic, or military reasons. This phenomenon first occurred in Muhammad’s own lifetime: Seeking to win over the Jews living near his hometown of Medina, he announced that prayers would from then on be directed toward Jerusalem. As soon as he was rebuffed, however, he re-directed Muslim prayers toward Mecca. When the Muslims later conquered the Holy Land, they totally ignored Jerusalem and established their capital in Ramle.

Later centuries saw this pattern repeated at least twice more: Around the year 700, Caliph Abdel Malik, seeking to save face after the capture of Mecca and Medina by a rival Muslim leader, came up with the idea of renewing Jerusalem as “top holy city.” And some five centuries later, Salah a-Din needed to inflame his Moslem warriors against the Christian Crusaders – and suddenly, Jerusalem briefly became the focus of jihad and religious longing. For centuries thereafter, Jerusalem remained way in the background for the Muslim world, overshadowed by the cities of Mecca and Medina.

Today, once again, the Muslim world has taken to claiming Jerusalem as a pinnacle of its religious aspirations – even though as recently as 1964, when the PLO was founded, its original charter did not mention Jerusalem. It has no religious links with Jerusalem; its goal is rather quite simple: to rid the Middle East of Israel.

When Jerusalem is championed as “the Capital of Arab Culture,” it is not only foolhardy to believe this, it is dangerous.

For more information on how to participate in keeping Jerusalem Jewish, send an e-mail to tours@keepjerusalem.org or visit the Keep Jerusalem-Im Eshkachech website at www.keepjerusalem.org.

About the Author: Chaim Silberstein is president of Keep Jerusalem-Im Eshkachech and the Jerusalem Capital Development Fund. He was formerly a senior adviser to Israel's minister of tourism. Hillel Fendel, past senior editor at Israel National News/Arutz-7, is a veteran writer on Jerusalem affairs. Both have lived in Jerusalem and now reside in Beit El.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Release of Murderers Leads To Important Consolation Prize”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Stabbing at Gay Parade
6 Stabbed in Jerusalem ‘Gay Pride’ Parade by Haredi Repeat Gay Stabber
Latest Indepth Stories
Rabbi YY Rubinstein

American leftists have a pathological self-inflicted blindness to the dangers of political Islam

Tobin-073115

Hillary should THANK Trump; By dominating the news he’s overshadowed the implosion of her campaign

Rabbi Yaakov Spivak

Hard to remember when Jewish youth were so hostile to their heritage as they are on campuses today.

Talks between Iran and the P5+1 were likely to be extended beyond Obama's self-imposed deadline.

Names of the enablers of Iran’s Nuclear weapons will be added next to Hitler’s on the list of infamy

By most accounts, the one person with the political muscle to swing enough Democratic votes to override a veto is Sen. Schumer.

The next day, in a speech in New York to the Council on Foreign Relations, Mr. Kerry substantially upped the ante.

In Israel, the judiciary has established itself as superior to ALL other branches of the government.

The Fifteenth Day of the month of Av became a day of national rejoicing. The moment that had seemed hopeless became the moment of Redemption.

I think the melodies in our religious services have a haunting sound to them that just permeates your guts and gets into your soul. If you have any musical inclination, I think they inspire you to compose.

Cavalier analogies to the Holocaust are unacceptable, but Huckabee’s analogy was very appropriate.

Pollard was a Jewish-head-on-a-pike for all American Jews to see and to learn the explicit lesson.

If the Iran deal passes, Obama’s WH becomes world’s leading financier of terrorism against Americans

{Originally posted to the author’s website, FirstOne Through} Some passionate and eloquent liberals have bemoaned the state of inclusiveness among Jews today. Leon Wieseltier, editor of the New Republic penned an angry piece “J Street’s Rejection Is a Scandal” about the exclusion in 2014 of J Street from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. […]

Magnanimity by Moshe Dayan, allowing Muslim control of the Temple Mount, led to today’s situation.

More Articles from Hillel Fendel and Chaim Silberstein / KeepJerusalem.org
Keeping-Jerusalem

We know we are closer than ever to saying goodbye to Tisha B’Av mourning and greeting our Redemption

Keeping-Jerusalem

KeepJerusalem revealed there’s NO long term plan for strengthening & perpetuating a united Jerusalem

Considering the news, it’s not for nothing the Midrash calls Jerusalem the world’s umbilical center

For a peace treaty with the PA, half the Israeli public would agree to divide the Jerusalem

48 years ago this week the IDF with heroism & Divine providence liberated our holy capital Jerusalem

“We returned to this Land not in order to be murdered, or uprooted. We came here to be replanted!”

Negotiations with the PA raises fears that some of Jerusalem will be handed over to foreign control

All Zionist parties must demonstrate that a united Jewish Yerushalayim is an absolute imperative

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/keeping-jerusalem/release-of-murderers-leads-to-important-consolation-prize/2013/08/14/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: