The Islamic claim to the Temple Mount is very
Jerusalem's role as "The
Third Holiest Site in Islam" in mainstream Islamic writings does not precede
the 1930s. It was created by the Grand Mufti Haj Amin al Husseini
Most of the problems surrounding Jerusalem
can be traced to two areas of dispute. One is the political area that asks
Jerusalem to be the capital of both Israel and the nascent Palestine. The
other and most contentious problem is the holiness of Temple Mount to both
Judaism and Islam.
The role Jerusalem has in the Hebrew holy
works is well known and not open to debate; however, there are varying
opinions on the holiness of Jerusalem, specifically Temple Mount to Islam.
Many if not most opinions that counter
Islam's claim point out the Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Quran and
did not occupy any special role in Islam until recent political exigencies
transformed Jerusalem into Islam's third holy site.
Jerusalem's role as "The Third Holiest
Site in Islam" in mainstream Islamic writings does not precede the 1930s.
It was created by the Grand
Mufti, Haj Amin al Husseini. The Mufti knew that nationalist slogans
alone would not succeed in uniting the masses against arriving Jewish refugees.
He therefore turned the struggle into a religious conflict. He addressed
the masses clearly, calling for a holy war. His battle cry was simple
and comprehensive: "Down with the Infidels!" From the time
Herbert Samuel appointed him to the position of Mufti, Haj Amin worked
vigorously to raise Jerusalem's status as an Islamic holy center.
He renovated the mosques on the Temple Mount, while conducting an unceasing
campaign regarding the imminent Jewish "threat" to Moslem holy sites.
Here are some pictures of the Temple Mount
taken around 1875.
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The Moslem Claim to Jerusalem is False
There were no mosques in
Jerusalem in 632CE when the Prophet Mohammed died... Jerusalem was [then]
a Christian city
by Dr. Manfred R. Lehmann
The Moslem "claim" to Jerusalem is based
on what is written in the Koran, which although Jerusalem is not mentioned
even once, nevertheless talks (in Sura 17:1) of the "Furthest Mosque":
"Glory be unto Allah who did take his servant for a journey at night from
the Sacred Mosque to the Furthest Mosque." But is there any foundation
to the Moslem argument that this "Furthest Mosque" (Al-Masujidi al-Aqtza)
refers to what is today called the Aksa Mosque in Jerusalem? The answer
is, none whatsoever.
In the days of Mohammed, who died in 632
of the Common Era, Jerusalem was a Christian city within the Byzantine
Empire. Jerusalem was captured by Khalif Omar only in 638, six years after
Mohammed's death. Throughout all this time there were only churches in
Jerusalem, and a church stood on the Temple Mount, called the Church of
Saint Mary of Justinian, built in the Byzantine architectural style.
The Aksa Mosque was built 20 years after
the Dome of the Rock, which was built in 691-692 by Khalif Abd El Malik.
The name "Omar Mosque" is therefore false. In or around 711, or about 80
years after Mohammed died, Malik's son, Abd El-Wahd - who ruled from 705-715
- reconstructed the Christian- Byzantine Church of St. Mary and converted
it into a mosque. He left the structure as it was, a typical Byzantine
"basilica" structure with a row of pillars on either side of the rectangular
"ship" in the center. All he added was an onion-like dome on top of the
building to make it look like a mosque. He then named it El-Aksa, so it
would sound like the one mentioned in the Koran.
Therefore it is crystal clear that Mohammed
could never have had this mosque in mind when he compiled the Koran, since
it did not exist for another three generations after his death. Rather,
as many scholars long ago established, it is logical that Mohammed intended
the mosque in Mecca as the "Sacred Mosque," and the mosque in Medina as
the "Furthest Mosque." So much for the Moslem claim based on the Aksa Mosque.
With this understood, it is no wonder that
Mohammed issued a strict prohibition against facing Jerusalem in prayer,
a practice that had been tolerated only for some months in order to lure
Jews to convert to Islam. When that effort failed, Mohammed put an abrupt
stop to it on February 12, 624. Jerusalem simply never held any sanctity
for the Moslems themselves, but only for the Jews in their domain.
[DR. MANFRED R. LEHMANN is a writer for
the Algemeiner Journal. Originally published in the Algemeiner Journal,
August 19, 1994.]
Background: El-Kuds is an abreviation for
"The Jewish Temple"
by Rabbi Joseph Katz
The Arabic name for Jerusalem is "el-KuDS"
which is abbreviation for another Arabic name used for Jerusalem until
the last century, "bet el-maKDeS". Under the Arab rule, in the 10th
Jerusalem was always called "bet el maKDeS"
The name "BeT el-MaKDeS" is a translation
of the Aramaic and Hebrew "BeiT ha-MiKDaSH", which means Temple.
But Islam has no Temple, only the Jews did.
Thus the Arabic name for Jerusalem makes
no reference to Mohammed's trip to Heaven, but rather refers to the Jewish
For instance Jordan
"Beit El Makdes
Tourism & Travel"
offers 1. Night / 2 Days in Beit El Makdes
with a picture
of the Temple Mount
There is a Turkish
description of the conquering of Beyt El-Makes
by Suleman at
In general it can be seen that significant
Islamic interest in the Temple Mount does not precede 1967.
The Greatest Lie Ever Told About Jerusalem
The 13th Century Arab biographer
Yakut noted: "Mecca is holy to Muslims; Jerusalem is holy to the Jews."
by Emanuel A. Winston, a Middle East analyst
January 7, 2001
Goebbels said that "If the lie is big enough
and told often enough, it will be believed."
Yassir Arafat and the Arabs claimed the
Holy Jewish Temple Mount and Jerusalem based upon one extraordinarily huge
lie told over and over again. Here then is a brief history of the religious
war against the Jewish people, the Jewish State of Israel and her 3000
year old Eternal Capital, Jerusalem.
Would be conquerors invariably issue false
claims to provide justification for their march to conquest. The more recent
call to "Jihad" against the Jews of Israel was first called in 1947 after
the U.N. partition in a "Fatwa" (religious ruling) by the Saudis - supposedly
to save the Al-Aksa mosque on the Temple Mount from the Jews. Thus, Yassir
Arafat, with the full support of the Arab Nations, later claimed the Jewish
Temple Mount as the third holiest site for Islam - including all of Jerusalem.
Therefore, as in the past, this claim has its root in a classic religious
war - in addition to other spurious reasons offered.
Arafat resurrected this false political
claim in 1967 with the same excuse that Arafat's uncle, the Grand Mufti
of Jerusalem Haj Amin Al-Husseini, used to initiate the riots of Hebron
and Jerusalem in 1929. The Grand Mufti FALSELY claimed that the Jews were
attacking the Al-Aksa mosque and killing Muslims in his virulent war against
the Jews. Then the Muslims began massacring the Jews in Jerusalem, Hebron
(67 killed) and other Jewish areas. Husseini later became a confidante
of Adolph Hitler, begging him to bring his Jew-killing machine to Jerusalem
Similarly, Arafat has done everything possible
to bring the larger Arab nations into the conflict, using the false claim
that the Temple Mount and all of Jerusalem belongs only to Islam. Arafat
desperately wants and needs a full scale war as a bloody rite of passage
for his miscellaneous Palestinians. Arafat may, however, absorb whatever
concessions he has been offered by Barak and delay the big war until a
time of his own choosing. (Just as Mohammed did in violating the Hudaibiya
Treaty in 628 C.E. - see below)
This myth of Jerusalem as Islam's third
holiest city based upon the mythical ascension of Mohammed from Al-Aksa
to Heaven has grown exponentially in the recent telling since 1967. When
you tell a Big Lie and repeat it often, it achieves credibility and legs
of its own. In Islam, telling a lie to infidels for the sake of enlarging
your own believers' faith or defeating the infidel is acceptable, even
Site of the Temple Mount in the Future Jewish
Capital of Jerusalem
2 Samuel 24:21-25
The choosing of the site came when G-d
punished Israel because King David ordered a census of the Jewish people
after he defeated of the Philistines in a great battle. The sin was King
David's presumption that the salvation of the people came from their sheer
numbers and not the Hand of G-d. A pestilence followed which only ceased
when the prophet Gad advised King David to erect an altar on the stone
threshing floor on Mt. Moriah that belonged to Araunah, the Jebusite. So
King David purchased the site for 600 silver shekels, for which he assessed
50 silver shekels from each tribe. (1 Chronicles 21:25)
King David built the altar and the plague
ceased. The site was on Mount Moriah where Abraham had prepared to sacrifice
his son Isaac in obedience to G-d's Command as this final test of Abraham's
faith. This then was the place where the future Jerusalem was to be built
and the site of the First and Second Temples. As a man of war, King David
was not allowed to build the Temple, so the task fell to his son King Solomon,
who built the First Temple on the Temple Mount.1
Revision of History
These facts of recorded history have been
obliterated by the recent false claims made in the name of radical Islamic
Fundamentalism supported by the silence of scholars unwilling to face a
"Fatwa" of assassination as was issued against Salman Rusdie. Moreover,
the World Media, with full access to Biblical scholars and historical files,
have instead accepted the Great Lie. They carry it forward without question
and with a certain perverse enthusiasm, having refused to use the Bible
(Torah) as a resource. They also have neglected to publicize the opinions
of such experts as the 13th Century Arab biographer Yakut who noted: "Mecca
is holy to Muslims; Jerusalem is holy to the Jews."2
The history of Jerusalem and the site of
the Jewish Holy Temple, constructed in 956 B.C.E. (2956 years ago) by King
Solomon, son of King David according to G-d's specific instructions is
fully described with minute detail in the Torah. The First Temple was later
destroyed by the Babylonian conqueror, Nebuchadnezzar in 586 B.C.E. (2370
years ago). This was not the first attempt to destroy the Jewish people
but was significant in its goal to eliminate what was the repository of
Jewish strength and belief.
The Second Temple was rebuilt by order
of Cyrus, the King of Persia, who also paid for its reconstruction and
ordered the return of the Jews exiled to Babylon in 538 B.C.E. The Second
Temple was completed and consecrated in 515 B.C.E.2,
3 & 4
King Herod, a great builder but a cruel,
despotic ruler appointed by the Romans rebuilt and added to the Second
Temple for 46 years. After the Jews revolted against Roman rule, the Romans
under Titus destroyed and burned the Second Temple beginning on the Ninth
of Av (Tisha B'Av), 70 C.E. (1930 years ago). You may recall seeing photos
of the carvings on the Arch of Titus in Rome, depicting Titus' triumphal
march through Rome, parading the sacred Temple vessels, including the great
The Romans sent the Jews into exile again
for 1,878 years. However, for all that time there was a Jewish presence
and those dispersed across the globe prayed daily - "Next Year in Jerusalem!"
The City and the Temple have always been central to Jewish thought and
identity. (Note! Despite Arafat's claim that there was no Jewish Temple,
the Romans memorialized their capture of the Jews and their Temple in 70
C.E. by carving it in stone.)
The streets of Jerusalem and the Holy Jewish
Temple were walked upon by Jewish Kings and Prophets long before the 7th
century C.E. when a man named Mohammed had a vision that he was the last
chosen prophet of G-d, the G-d they called Allah. Mohammed was driven out
of Mecca by the Arab community and fled to Medina which had three Jewish
tribes. Mohammed offered himself to the Jews as G-d's (Allah) final Prophet.
For 19 months Mohammed offered his "quibla"
(direction of his prayers) toward Jerusalem as a "confidence-building gesture",
until the Jews refused to believe his claims and totally rejected him.
Then Mohammed gathered the pagan desert tribes under his visionary image.
Mohammed used the trick of a temporary
truce (permitted in Islam) to make a treaty called the Hudaibiya Treaty
with the Jewish Koraish tribe. But, in 628 C.E. at the Khaidar Oasis, Mohammed
killed them. Arafat often claims that the Oslo Treaty is similar to the
Hudaibiya Treaty which Mohammed violated with impunity when he was militarily
Mohammed never again mentioned the word
Jerusalem in his compilation of Islam's holy book, the Koran and directed
his "quibla" (prayers) to Mecca. If a Muslim happened to visit or pass
through Jerusalem, it was called a "ziyara" unlike the holy pilgrimage
to Mecca which was called by the honorific "Haj". A mandated visit to Mecca
allowed the Muslim pilgrim to add Haj to his name.
For Mohammed, Jerusalem was a despised
place of the Jews and had no place in his vision for his Islamic religion.
It was as if he could not excise the Jewish essence from holy Jewish City
of Jerusalem, although it is said that he believed that the Last Judgement
of man would issue from Jerusalem.
Mohammed spent his early years among the
Jewish tribes particularly in and around Yathrib (Medina). It was, therefore,
not unusual for Mohammed to include a pilgrimage to Mecca since the Jewish
Torah called for the Jews to make three pilgrimages to Jerusalem each year
on Sukkot, Pesach, and Shavuot. There is much in the Koran that finds its
source in the Torah (Jewish Bible).
Before the days of Mohammed, Christian
conquerors had occupied Jerusalem (within the Byzantine Empire). Bringing
one's religion into battle demonstrated that both their armies and their
religion were superior to those of their victims when they won. So, they
usually built their holy places on top of their victims' holy places, which
they did on the Temple Mount, to absorb the strength of their conquered
adversaries and to convert them to their religion. Even under the threat
of the sword, the Jews refused to convert and allow their lineage to be
absorbed, which would in effect, transfer G-d's Covenant.
Mohammed died in 632 C.E. Jerusalem was
subsequently captured from the Christians by Khaliph Omar, six years after
Mohammed's death, accompanied by the apostate Yemenite Jew, Ka'ab al Akhbar
(the same syndrome as today). There was a struggle over who would assume
Mohammed's role as leader of the new religion of Islam which he had envisioned.
So, another conqueror (the Muslims) had
superceded the Christian invaders and their Mosque was proof of their superiority
in battle and religion. But, it was much more. It was also to be a mighty
symbol in the struggle for leadership of the growing movement of Islam.
Since Mecca was already the location of Mohammed's power with its own priest
cult, if a claimant wanted to redirect that power to himself as the new
leader of Islam, he would also need an uncontested and new base of religious
power. He could not make war on Mecca and expect to be accepted as Mohammed's
Jerusalem, despite Mohammed's rejection,
was still looked upon in the then Arab world as a powerful symbol where
the ancient Jews had placed their faith. The Jews considered Jerusalem
the center of the world and the earthly dwelling place of HaShem... the
one G-d. It was not surprising that the Arabs and other nations wanted
to own and control this source of power.
Approximately 60 years after Mohammed's
death, the Dome of the Rock was built by Khaliph Abd El Malik of Syria
in a first effort to turn Muslim prayers toward his edifice. He wanted
to demonstrate Islam's superiority over the Christians and Jews they had
driven from Jerusalem. This was primarily for political purposes, not necessarily
religious. El Malik failed in his bid to become the replacement for Mohammed
and the Muslims continued to direct their "quibla" (direction of prayers)
toward Mecca and the revered Kaba"a stone monolith. The El-Aksa Mosque
was built 20 years after the Dome of the Rock or 80 years after Mohammed
died.4 & 5
The Church, Saint Mary of Justinian, constructed
on the Jewish Temple Mount, later became the foundation for the Dome of
the Rock built by Khaliph Abd El Malik over and around the Church in 691-692.
Approximately in 711 C.E., Malik's son Abd El Wahd, who ruled from 705
to 715 - reconstructed the Christian-Byzantine Church of St. Mary and converted
it into a mosque. He left the Christian structure as it was, a typical
Byzantine "basilica" structure with a row of pillars on either side of
the rectangular "ship" in the center. All he added was an onion-like dome
on top of the building to make it look like a mosque. He named it El-Aksa,
so it would sound like the one mentioned in the Koran.5
Early Islamic scholars, with no particular
political agenda, interpreted Mohammed's dream flight to El-Aksa * (lit.
the furthest place) was to a Islamic heavenly place where the purest and
most holy mosque which would be in the courtyard of Allah. That, indeed,
would be the "furthest place" or "El Aksa". The revised myth of today names
the earthly Al-Aksa Mosque built by Khaliph El Malik on the site of the
Jewish Temple as the basis of the Muslim claim to the Temple Mount. This
is substantially different than that of the early non-political scholars
of Islam. Serious Islamic scholars viewed the tale as merely a folk story.
The mythical story of Mohammed's night flight, which evolved from unidentified
sources after Mohammed's death went something like this: (Note! Keep in
mind that there was no El-Aksa Mosque on the Temple Mount until 80 years
after Mohammed's death.)
"In the time it takes for a drop of water
to spill from a tipped over jug, Mohammed flew, in a dream, to El-Aksa
(the furthest place). He flew on a winged horse named El-Buraq which had
the face and breasts of a woman and the tail of a peacock. El-Buraq landed
on the rock upon which it was believed Abraham prepared to sacrifice his
son Isaac as G-d's ultimate test of Abraham's faithfulness. (The Muslims
maintain that it was Ishmael, son of the Abraham's Egyptian concubine Hagar
who was to sacrificed.) This giant horse was tethered for a period of time
on the Rock or foundation stone of the Holy Jewish Temple, leaving a hoofprint
on the Rock. Then Buraq leapt to the 7th Heaven where Mohammed purportedly
met all the ancient Jewish prophets (including J...s) and received their
blessings as the last Prophet of Allah. Then (in the dream) he returned
to Mecca as the last authorized prophet of Allah.(6 Koran Sura 17:1)
This is the basis of Yassir Arafat's present
claim to the Jewish Temple Mount (and, by extension, all of Jerusalem)
as the third holiest place for Islam after Mecca and Medina. He has called
his recent terrorism against Israeli Jews, the Aksa "intifada" and renamed
the Western Wall: the "El-Buraq Wall". The Muslim "Wakf" (caretakers) are
presently excavating and destroying all evidence of Jewish artifacts under
the Temple Mount, and Arafat has claimed there is nothing in, on or under
the Temple Mount to prove its Jewish history. The Arabs" massive excavation
under the Temple Mount is more than removing the traces of the Jew, but
is a virtual displacement of the Jewish religion by Arafat for Islam.7
Tragically, Ehud Barak has not objected
to this de-Judaizing of the Jewish Temple - even to stop these grossly
Revision of the Myth
During the military campaign of Saladin in
1187 against the Christian Crusaders, the myth of Mohammed's flight to
a heavenly mystical Al-Aksa was revised to state that his dream flight
was to an earthly Al-Aksa on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Here we find
a political revision of a myth by Saladin (a Muslim and a Kurd) to attack
the Christian infidel Crusaders who had previously conquered and occupied
Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. To seal their earlier conquest, the Christians
Crusaders converted the Dome of the Rock to a Church called Templum Domeni.
They made Al-Aksa a Church called Templum Solomonis (Solomon's Temple).
Both were reconverted to Muslim shrines by Saladin after his victory in
1187. Both Christians and Muslims, each in own their time, claimed supercedence
over the Jews, demonstrating their superiority by conquest.
Strangely, the succession of conquerors
demonstrated the universal belief that the Jewish Temple did indeed house
the invisible G-d of the Jews and whoever held this mystical Temple also
controlled vast powers. A succession of conquerors found to their disappointment
that they could not tap or unlock those powers and were left holding only
the bricks and mortar.
Arafat proclaims almost daily since the
signing of Oslo that "With the children of the stones, I will fight until
all of Israel is the new State of Palestine and its flag flies over the
churches and mosques of Jerusalem, the capital of that State and only that
State, and whoever doesn't like it can go drink Gaza (or Dead Sea) water
- or go to Hell."
It seems clear that Arafat and the Arab
nations have taken the liberty of distorting a mythical folk tale into
the substance of a false religious claim on the Jewish Temple Mount and
the environs of all Jerusalem. I believe it was Goebbels who developed
the concept that, if a lie is big enough, it will be believed. Although
the World Media and the Nations hostile to Israel as a Jewish State, know
better, they have accepted this El-Buraq myth and its attendant lies which
support Arafat's claims, justifying their displacement of the Jews.
Arafat has undertaken the task to literally
erase the past of the Jews. In doing so, he simultaneously erases the present
which includes their future. In essence, by giving up the Temple Mount
(among the many other concessions by Ehud Barak) he delegitimates the reasons
for having a Jewish State. This erasure of history is moving swiftly with
Barak, Clinton and Arafat in total agreement. The radical Jewish Left,
both in Israel and in America is hastening this erasure by not only denying
the past but has carried it into the children's classrooms...
Photos of the Dome of the Rock & AL-Aksa
The photos which
can be downloaded from the above website were taken in 1875 by the
family Bonfils of Lebanon. It seems amply clear that for centuries the
Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aksa Mosque were left unattended, without the
flood of Muslim worshipers who would have come IF this was indeed the third
holiest site in all Islam. The buildings show decay and lack of repair.
The weeds and grass grew up between the stone flooring, proving that few
Muslim feet trod the Temple Mount. (Recall that Jews were prohibited by
their rabbis from walking across the surface of the Jewish Temple Mount
since, without intent, they might tread on the place where the Holy of
Holies stood with the Ark of the Covenant.)
The Temple Mount was held by the Muslim
Turks for several hundred years. Nothing was done to repair the walls or
the roof tiles on the Dome of the Rock and the El-Aksa Mosque. There are
no records of high Muslim clerics or kings paying homage to Jerusalem by
visiting El-Aksa or the Dome of the Rock nor is there evidence of caretakers
or clerics to greet or preach to Muslims coming to worship during those
hundreds of years. Granted the Temple Mount was a magnet for conquerors
seeking its power but, once in hand did not give up her secrets. Only the
Jews seemed to want to stay and bask in its spiritual glow.
It wasn't until the Jews recaptured the
Temple when they reunified Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Days War that the
Arabs paid any attention to the area. King Hussein of Jordan previously
held the area for 19 years and did nothing to reclaim it. His only interest
was to destroy the 58 Jewish synagogues, desecrate the ancient Mt. of Olives
Jewish cemetery and drive the Jews out of what is now called East Jerusalem
by the Arabs. King Hussein (along with the Arab nations who lost the wars
they started to wipe out the Jewish State) vented his fury by destroying
The Muslims claim that either the Temple
Mount or Jerusalem is holy to Islam is false based upon irrefutable historical
evidence. Arafat, however, has found it quite easy to tell the Big Lie
since he received such positive support from the Nations and the Media.
Strangely, he also received support from the Catholic Church who were willing
to cut off the branch upon which their own religion rested. If, as Arafat
claims, there was no Jewish Temple, then J...s, the Jew, could never have
thrown out the money changers from the Temple, not studied there or even
Regrettably, he has also received support
from Leftist Jews who despise their heritage and have no honor for their
national memory. Their willingness to give up what constitutes the foundation
and core of Judaism did not bring them the affection and acceptance they
sought but rather they have earned undisguised contempt from the Arab world
who do honor their religion.
While their Koranic teachings (fervently
passed on to their children) mandate them to despise the infidel (Jews
and Christians), nevertheless they have a certain respect for People of
the Book (the Torah). However, Jews who give up their religion, land, water
and Holy sites are viewed as beneath contempt deserving conquest and serving
Muslims as "Dhimmis" (low people). Provoking the uneducated Muslim masses
with myths and religious fantasies is not a new method to be used in a
war. The political or religious demagogue can stir up their followers into
a frenzy of riots, wars, suicide bombings, road ambush with automatic weapons
- simply by proclamation - as Arafat is doing now.
As for Arafat's twisting of Koranic law
and customs by claiming what Mohammed had rejected, that is, Jerusalem
is holy to Islam, Arafat would likely be condemned by a "Fatwa" in Mohammed's
time. In our time, his leaders will discard any agreements he may have
made with the Jews as inconsistent with Koranic law and declare the agreements
null and void. Arafat's likely replacements have already stated this loud
The claiming of Jewish Holy Sites, like
Joseph's Tomb, has been a successful gambit by Arafat. His efforts are
consistent with the goals of many nations to remove the thought and presence
of the Jews from the Land of Israel. Separating the Jews from our historical
touchstones of religious sites (especially, the Tombs of the Patriarchs,
Rachel and Joseph) and the memory of our glorious past is intended to weaken
our resolve to stay. Sadly, this has been assisted by the Jewish Left in
the mistaken assumption that a Jewish nation unattached to an old religion
would be more acceptable to Islam and even to the Christian Nations of
Europe and America.
Many observant Jews and Christians who
believe in the destiny of the Jewish Nation as ordained by G-d to be a
light unto the nations, feel that we will experience G-d's wrath for challenging
His Laws. The Arab Nations' challenge to western civilization, with their
accumulation of catastrophic weapons of mass destruction, including NBC
(Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) missiles, then the Biblical prophecies
of the War of Gog and Magog could soon prove true. (Read: Ezekiel: Chapters
I have drawn the above facts from various
scholarly sources, including Dr. Manfred Lehman, z"l, a scholar and writer
for the ALGEMEINER JOURNAL and Encyclopedia Judaica. The photos (which
can be downloaded from the Internet) were called to my attention by Dr.
Murray Kahl, a dedicated research scholar whose clear reporting makes it
difficult for the Media to take too many liberties in their efforts to
distort and spin the news.8
It must be understood that the history
of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount fills hundreds of volumes which cannot
be offered in this brief review. However, it is all there if you wish to
look for it.
1. II Samuel
24:10-25; 1 Chronicles 21:25 The Stone Edition of THE TORAH - PROPHETS
- WRITINGS - 24 BOOKS OF THE BIBLE Edited by Rabbi Nosson Scherman, ArtScroll
Series Mesorah Publications December 1996
2. "The Jews
of Islam" by Prof. Bernard Lewis Princeton University Press 1987 &
Jerusalem" by Eliyahu Tal International Forum for a United Jerusalem 1994
5. "The Moslem
Claim to Jerusalem is False" by Dr. Manfred R. Lehmann ALGEMEINER JOURNAL
Aug. 19, 1994
the Temple Mount: The world's patrimony is being carried off in trucks"
by Hershel Shanks WASHINGTON POST 7/17/00
8. "The Islamic
Claim to the Temple Mount" by Dr. Murray Kahl http://www.cmep.com/temple2.htm
Emanuel A. Winston is a contributing writer for THE JEWISH PRESS/NY &
* "El" and "Al" are phonetic
English for the same Arabic word meaning "the". We used various forms of
Arabic spelling as they appeared in each source.
**There is no law on earth
that requires the Jewish people to accept the revision of their history
nor their own demise merely because the outgoing American president wants
a footnote in history and wishes to befriend a terrorist.
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