The knowledgeable Jewish man is Joseph Cohen of the Israel Advocacy Movement and he holds a polite and civil debate with a Muslim man.Video of the Day
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The ninth annual conference on archaeological discoveries in Jerusalem and its environs that was held at the Hebrew University this week revealed the existence of an ancient Muslim inscription testifying to the fact that the original name of the Dome of the Rock, Qubbat al-Sakhrah, was “Beit al Maqdis” بيت المقدس — “Beit Hamikdash” in Hebrew, aka the Jewish Temple — during the early Muslim era, Makor Rishon reported Friday.
According to archaeologists Assaf Avraham and Peretz Reuven, the inscription is dated to the 10th century CE, about a thousand years ago. It is located above a mihrab-prayer niche inside an active mosque in the village of Nuba, located seven miles north-west of Hebron. It is unknown when it was placed there, but it certainly throws a fresh light on the process by which Jerusalem became holy to the Muslims and the inspiration that Islam drew from Jewish sources regarding the holiness of the Temple Mount compound and the Jewish temple that once stood at the spot where today stands the Dome of the Rock shrine.
Participants in the Jerusalem conference were particularly excited by this revelation in light of two recent UNESCO resolutions which disavowed any connection between Jewish history and the Temple Mount. One participant reminded the forum that the Mufti of Jerusalem already admitted that the Dome of the Rock stands on the same spot as Solomon’s Temple, “but here we have an archaeological find that proves it,” he said.
According to both researchers, in the early Muslim era the Dome of the Rock was the site of worship services that were influenced by the ceremonies of the Jerusalem Temple: cleansing, incense, anointing the Foundation Stone with oil and surrounding it with curtains inspired by the divine parochet. The shrine, built around the Foundation Stone, just like the two Jewish Temples, was completed in 691 CE, by an architect named Yazid Ibn Salam, who was either Jewish himself or had Jewish aides.
There is a theory that Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Malik originally had the Dome of the Rock built as a shrine for the Jews, while Al Aqsa, the mosque on the southern end of the Temple Mount, was built for Muslims.
There is a trend where Muslims have recently begun referring to the entire Temple Mount compound, which they also call al-Haram ash-Sharif (“The Noble Compound”), as Al Aqsa.David Israel
Israel Police have announced that the Temple Mount will be closed to Jews this coming Sunday, the eve of Rosh Hashana.
Temple Mount activists condemned the decision, which they called another “surrender to the terrorists.”
A police notice tacked on the door to the Temple Mount Thursday morning said: “As is done each year, the Temple Mount will be closed to visitors on Rosh Hashana HaHajira, the Al-Hijra (1Muharram) New Year’s Day.
Al-Hijra, marks the Hegira in 622 CE, when the prophet Mohammed, founder of Islam, moved from Mecca to Medina and established the first Islamic state, marking the beginning of Islam as a monotheistic community.
It is celebrated as the Islamic New Year, but doesn’t rate as high as the two major religious festivals on the Islamic calendar, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. According to the BBC, there are no specific religious rituals required on this day.
Nevertheless, this coming Sunday evening also marks the start of the Jewish new year and is the second holiest day on the Hebrew calendar, surpassed only by Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, 10 days later.
Jews consider this a time of sanctification, rededication and renewal. For the Israeli government to decide to close the holiest site in all Judaism to Jews on this day, in deference to Muslim sensitivities, is a grave move indeed.
It is important to note, however, that the Temple Mount will be open to allow Jews to visit during the Rosh Hashana holiday itself, during regular visiting hours.
Israeli Knesset members and government ministers are not allowed to ascend to the Temple Mount at any time whatsoever, under a directive of the prime minister.Hana Levi Julian
This must be shared and the truth must be told. Maybe if enough people see it, we can bring about some much needed change.
It seems the world is so caught up in hypocrisy, that when someone tells the actual truth and exposes the ugly hypocrisy, they are often shunned and called an extremist.
Anti-Israel activists often charge Israel with being an “Apartheid” State. The Arab citizens, doctors, lawyers, teachers, policemen / women, soldiers, parliament members and Supreme Court judges would easily prove this charge libelous and there is no excuse for anyone who is educated and honest to to be fooled by this often used piece of anti Israel propaganda.
They say in every lie there is a grain of truth.
It is difficult for me to write these words because it is our own Jewish government that upholds an apartheid like behavior that would be considered anti-Semitic if carried out in any other country.
The Temple Mount is currently being occupied by an Islamic mosque and a shrine.
Let me elaborate on that point, Muslims built a mosque and a shrine on the Jewish Temple Mount and we are the occupiers?
As if that is not insulting enough, the Mufti has demanded that the State of Israel prohibit Jews from praying on the Temple Mount.
One would think the Israeli government would have laughed this anti-Semitic request out of the Knesset, right?
Believe it or not, Israel has agreed to this racist anti-Semitic demand.
Once again, people’s freedoms are suspended in order not to offend radical Islamic ideology.
Why aren’t the liberals up in arms about the lack of religious rights and freedom in Jerusalem?
Not only is Israel enforcing this racist policy, WE are doing so with the utmost tenacity. Several days ago, someone photoshopped himself on the Temple Mount holding a flag. There would have been no problem if the person was an Arab with a Jordanian or an Arab flag, but it was a Jew who was holding an Israeli flag. This Jew posted his photoshopped picture on Facebook and before you can say ‘THIS IS INSANE’, Israeli police showed up at this door to arrest him for waving an Israeli flag on the Temple Mount.
First of all, the picture was photoshopped!
Second, even if it was real, what the %^& is illegal about waving the country’s flag on the Jewish holiest site!
THIS is why we are not winning this war on terror. We are not only ignoring terrorist demands, we are actually agreeing to them!
So, I’m reposting a picture I found on JewishPress.com! Is ‘big brother watching?
Not allowing Jews to pray on the Temple Mount is a law that reminds me of darker times in Jewish history. To have our own government, in Israel, uphold such an antisemitic law is shameful!
What can we expect from the world when this is what we do to ourselves!
(The Temple Mount WAS in our hands)
Well, it was, till we decided to give it away… shameful!Ari Fuld
by Jonathan Benedek
Interior Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas) on Thursday signed an order temporarily preventing two Arabs, Mesbah Mesbah Abu Sabih Sabih and Mohammed Yassin Sabah Yassin, from leaving Israel.
Minister Deri released a statement saying he exercised his authority to prevent these individuals’ exit in light of information he received that their departure would pose a threat to national security. The two Palestinians were allegedly planning to incite violence in Jerusalem as well as to meet with terrorists abroad.
Abu Sabih Sabih, a resident of Jerusalem who is a prominent Hamas activist and a leader of the Al-Shabab Al-Aqsa organization that aims to “defend” the Temple Mount from Jews and other non-Muslims, was planning to travel to Jordan.
As to Yasin Sabih, who is suspected of involvement in terrorist activity, Israeli security suspected that he would present a national security threat outside Israel. There was also concern that his departure from the country would be used to promote unrest in Jerusalem, as well as in Judea and Samaria, via the al-Hirak al-Shabab youth movement.
The ban will hold for at least one month and may be extended to as long as six months.The Tazpit News Agency
On Sunday we saw Jews beautifully singing and dancing through the gates of Jerusalem – on Jerusalem Day.
We also saw leftwing Jews desperately searching the crowds for even a single violent or loudmouthed Jew, so they could show off to the world how bad we Jews must be.
Turns out the leftwingers showed up on the wrong day.
On Monday evening, the first night of Ramadan, the Islamists had their turn to sing and chant at the Damascus Gate.
Their chants were less peaceful. They started with “Allahu Ahkbar” – what they almost always yell before stabbing a Jew, and then moving on to “With blood and fire we will redeem Al Aqsa“.
Where were the Tag Meir people, to hand them some flowers, and to tell them to be peaceful and think happy thoughts?
Where are all the Leftists, to film the Islamic calls to violence against Jews?
Apparently it’s not so interesting when Jews aren’t involved.
Or maybe they are too afraid to show up near a crowd of Islamists.Video of the Day
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has opened the gates, so to speak, to allow almost completely free movement between the Palestinian Authority and Israel during Ramadan this year.
IDF Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) issued a statement late Friday noting the move was Israel’s “civil policy to improve the quality of life for Arabs citizens of the Palestinian Authority in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, including the maintenance of their freedom of religion.”
The policy – recommended first by IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot – comes in advance of the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan which begins Sunday night.
Under the policy, Arabs in Judea and Samaria will be able to enter Israel for visits with relatives and to worship Friday at the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
In addition they will be able to travel overseas via Ben Gurion International airport, and also be allowed to visit relatives in Gaza as well.
Gazans living abroad will be able to fly in via Ben Gurion to visit their families in the region.
The “crossings will be open for [travel to] prayers as the activity hours of the crossings will be extended,” according to a spokesperson for the COGAT.
Moreover, Gazans will be allowed to attend prayers in Jerusalem at the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount, and attend Ramadan religious events.
They will also be able to visit relatives in Israel, as well as in Palestinian Authority-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria — assuming, of course, that Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization agrees to allow its citizens all this freedom. It’s also not clear whether Hamas will allow visitors to enter the region to visit family members either, for that matter. That is not under Israel’s control.
But this time it won’t be the Israeli government placing obstacles in the way.
The Palestinian Authority and the international community have been “updated on these steps for the holiday,” the statement said.Hana Levi Julian