Jerusalem: The Heart & Soul of the Conflict

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“Jerusalem” is mentioned 669 times in the Jewish Bible (Tanach). It does not appear at all in the Koran or in Islamic prayers. Islam’s founder and prophet Mohammad never visited Jerusalem, and no mosque was built there until 682 CE, when the Umayyad Caliph Suleiman Abd al-Malik built the mosque on the Temple Mount to create from scratch an alternative holy site after Abd Allah ibn al-Zubayr rebelled against the Islamic rulers in Damascus, conquered Mecca and prevented pilgrims from reaching Mecca for the hajj. And even then, Jerusalem never served as the seat of any Islamic political entity. In fact, after the Arab/Islamic conquest of the region, the aforementioned Umayyad Caliph subsequently built the city of Ramla in 705 CE and his appointees ruled the region from there, not Jerusalem.

While the Caliph called the mosque “al-Aqsa,” claiming after the fact that this was the “al-Aqsa mosque” referred to in the Koran, as “the further mosque” where Mohammad prayed, this was merely a political contrivance due to the rebellion of al-Zubayr who then controlled Mecca. As Dr. Mordechai Kedar noted in a 2008 article in Yediot Ahronot,  Islamic tradition in fact tells us that the aforementioned “al-Aqsa mosque” referred to in the Koran is actually near Mecca on the Arabian Peninsula.

“Islamic tradition tells us that al-Aqsa mosque is near Mecca on the Arabian Peninsula. This was unequivocally stated in ‘Kitab al-Maghazi,’ a book by the Muslim historian and geographer al-Waqidi,” Dr. Kedar writes. “According to al-Waqidi, there were two ‘masjeds’ (places of prayer) in al-Gi’irranah, a village between Mecca and Ta’if – one was ‘the closer mosque’ (al-masjid al-adna) and the other was ‘the further mosque’ (al-masjid al-aqsa,) and Muhammad would pray there when he went out of town.”

Dr. Kedar further points out: “This description by al-Waqidi which is supported by a chain of authorities (isnad) was not ‘convenient’ for the Islamic propaganda of the 7th Century. In order to establish a basis for the awareness of the ‘holiness’ of Jerusalem in Islam, the Caliphs of the Ummayad dynasty invented many ‘traditions’ upholding the value of Jerusalem, which would justify pilgrimage to Jerusalem for the faithful Muslims. Thus was al-Masjid al-Aqsa ‘transported’ to Jerusalem. It should be noted,” Dr. Kedar reminds us, “that Saladin also adopted the myth of al-Aqsa and those ‘traditions’ in order to recruit and inflame the Muslim warriors against the Crusaders in the 12th Century.”

Hence, Islamic propaganda continues. The only new wrinkle is the “invented history” of the Muslim Palestinian Arabs, which is predicated on negating the true and documented history of the Jews. The method continues; the lie is still a lie. Unfortunately, today too many in the West have volunteered to become obsequious espousers of the Islamic falsehoods regarding the Land of Israel in general and Jerusalem in particular – including certain politicians in Washington, DC.

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  • Cry Me a River

    How many Jews actually believe in God? Probably not many. Jews are of the most secular, god-hating people the world has ever known. European Jews were, and still are, behind socialism and communism and every other atheistic trend in Christendom, with the ultimate motive always being Jewish selfishness and desires for control over the Goyim. Even in your own Torah, the Jewish people are famed for rejecting God's message time and time again. Instead, Jews go after wealth and sin in the bible. Many continue to do so today. So who cares what the bible says about Jerusalem? Do you really believe it yourself? If Jews want Jerusalem, they need to fight for it. And the fact that Jews don't believe in an afterlife, and are consequentially cowardly, is not the fault of Islam. A Jewish nuclear bomb will only decide regional politics for so long. Perhaps Jews need to do more soul-searching on whey they are so universally despised, today and throughout history.

    • LibertyMan

      “Cry Me a River” wrote “If Jews want Jerusalem, they need to fight for it”

      Answer: they did and God gave it back to them as God promised.

      … sorry to interupt your rant which is based on a pick and choose method … like a true rabid secular religionist would do.

      • Snorbak

        I'll go a step further & state that the Jews are on the verge of gaining more than just Jerusalem. I would suggest that the Sinai, Lebanon, Southern Syria & Jordan may soon too be reclaimed Israel, given the rapidly declining relationships these countries have with Israel, war is on the horizon as prophesised in Psalm 83.

    • Sage on the Stage

      Of course, the reason European Jews "go after wealth" in days past, was that they were excluded from being in a trade, or entering a profession.(That was this thing; that my Rabbi said shouldn't be here, called
      anti-semitism) And how would YOU KNOW how many Jews "actually believe in God?" To my knowledge, Jews never controlled "the Goyim," at any time in the 2000 year history of the Diaspora. But for the first time in over 2000 years, the Jews have a country to call their own, where they DO have some power over others. And THAT IS what you can't stand. Go cry yourself a river, and if you still don't like it, the edge of the cliff is THAT WAY….and get a running start.

    • DogsHateRomney

      Replying to Cry Me a River (QUOTE) "How many Jews actually believe in God? "

      "The land of Israel belongs to God,

      ……..and He has decided to give it to the Jewish nation,
      in accordance with the covenant sealed on Mount Sinai,

      A covenant that no other nation was willing to undertake.

      After a long exile, they have returned home.

      They bear no malice toward anyone and seek no harm to anyone.

      " But Israel will NOT surrender any portion of THEIR land to foreign powers, and if foreigners rise up against us to destroy Israel; they will fight against them and, with God's help, Israel will destroy them.
      ~Martin Wasserman (paraphrased)

    • esperantominoria

      Guys,check out these articles.

      "Caliph Al-Hakim of Muslim Spain,who created a Library of 400,000 Books,was Not a Muslim since he was an Openly Practicing Homosexual"
      http://www.antisharia.com/2012/03/19/caliph-al-ha

      AND ALSO

      "A Real Disaster:the Statistics on 1st and 2nd Cousin Marriage among Muslims"
      http://www.antisharia.com/2012/01/17/a-real-disas

      "The Koranic Verse that Justifies,for Muslim Terrorists,killing Fellow Muslims"
      http://www.antisharia.com/2012/01/11/the-koranic-

    • Moll

      The G-d of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob established in HIS WORD that: He "will bless them that bless Israel, and curse them that curse Israel" (Gen 12:3); "that the land of Israel belongs to Him" (Lev. 25:23 & Deut.11:12) and that He placed His Name on Jerusalem (II Chron.6:6, I Kings 9:3); and that His Covenant was with Abraham, through Isaac and Jacob, Not Ishmael (Gen.13:14; Gen.15:17-19); and that His Covenant of the land given to Abraham and his seed through Isaac & Jacob, is based on G-d's eternal character, not on Israel's righteousness, and where He makes it very clear that even when they forsake His will, HE, G-d will never forget His Covenant He made to them (Lev.26:42-45, Jer.31:35-37); that G-d says He will restore Israel for the sake of His Holy Name (Ezek.39:25-29, Jer.33:23-26).

      So, dear Cry Me a River person, it doesn't matter whether any jewish people actually believe in G-d or not; or whether they are god-hating people, whether they invented socialism, communism, &/or every other atheistic trend; or whether they rejected G-d's message time and time, or whether jews go after wealth and sin/ What the Bible says about Jerusalem stands, whether you or I believe it or not, because the G-d of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob said it matters. The G-d of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob caused to be written in HIS WORD, that "if any man shall take away from the words of the book of prophecy, God shall take away that man's part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book" (Deut.12:32/Rev.22:19). Be wise. Get with G-d's program, because what you think/believe is irrelevant.

  • David

    Those who trouble themselves with the nation of Israel and their capital Jerusalem do not understand what they do and who will trouble them in return, because this is the word of the Lord concerning Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

    • Bartimaeus

      Zechariah 12:3, Amen

    • Snorbak

      Jerusalem being a burdensome stone & a cup of trembling is certainly the case now.
      Psalm 83 & Isaiah 17 are on our doorstep.
      I believe that Israel will soon show the world that they are not to be messed with during the Psalm 83 war when Israels immediate neighbours launch a confederated attack to destroy her. Syria/ Hezbollah is going to miscalculate (Chem/ Bio attack) & the result will be the destruction of Damascus.
      Anyone who claims that biblical prophesy is rubbish needs to have a closer study with an open mind.
      Making an argument from ignorance is no argument.

  • Larry

    Jerusalem is only important to muslims when someone else has it. It isn't mentioned in the koran, it wasn't regarded as important when the arabs took if from the Byzantines, it only became important when the Crusaders captured it. After that is wasn't important until the Entente captured it in 1917, and it was unimportant between 1948 and 1967.

    In the meantime, I'm sure the Greeks would like all those 2,500-3,000 year old cities of theirs that the Turks have.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      They always become very attached to conquered territory.
      Wait until they have the 'Holy City of Dearborn' some day.

  • maturin20

    Does Yedidya Atlas actually contend that the US State Department has to consult the Israel Unity Coalition and get their informed approval for every consultant they hire?

    He said: "To date, the State Department has failed to explain whether or not Mr. Insley, a known promoter of anti-Israel hatred, was there on behalf of the US government as the conference billing listed him."

    Atlas is an Israeli in the IDF. The last time I checked, the US STATE DEPARTMENT did not answer to an Israeli in the IDF. That would be a very warped government structure indeed.

    • ajnn

      i think the point is that Insley is a very bad representative of the US government.

      in addition, journalists are SUPPOSED TO ASK THAT QUESTION (is so-and-so representing the giovernment or is a private person). Are you critisizing a journalist for asking the 'tough questions' ?

      • maturin20

        I am criticizing political gotcha activists and bloggers for posing as journalists. Where is the investigative reporting? Where is the WORKING? It's work now to grow a beard and some locks and whine about who is allowed to be a US advisor? It's a job to be an Israeli settler? That's worth a Pulitzer Prize?

      • reader

        Look, fellas. maturin is a restless Jew hating troll with nothing better to do than trolling on this site and marking his own posts with rare pluses. Don't waste your precious attention on it and don't feed it.

        • maturin20

          Are you trying to start the boycott? Maybe if we don't feed Zionism it will go away too.

  • Old_BBart_School

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    Israel first became a nation in 1312 B.C.E., two thousand years before the rise of Islam!

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    • intrcptr2

      The Exodus was in 1440 BC.

      But yes, indeed, long before the best part of Muhammad dripped down his mother's leg.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Who is after Jerusalem, exactly the same who David predicted in the Psalms and in the same way under
    the exact circumstances. Those who are not interested in Scripture should read the Bible to gain sight
    into what is happening. In short the story ends with the destruction of Israel's enemies, no surprise to
    believers, what is surprising is how many Israelis and American Jews are ignorant of the Torah and how
    Jerusalem has been central to Jews from it's beginning and how important it is today. Those who scheme
    for the destruction of Israel have a big surprise coming and as the Rabbies of old I hope my bones are in
    the ground when the time of Jacobs troubles unfold………………………………….William

    • Snorbak

      Psalm 83 William

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Dan. 7:7, Rev. 13:1, Ezek. 38:10, Rev. 17:12, 11 Thes. 2:4, …………"The heathen shall know that
    I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel" Ezek. 39:7……….thank you Snorbak…………..William

    • Snorbak

      "I hope my bones are in the ground when the time of Jacobs troubles"
      I would not worry about being around during the tribulation period, Thessalonians 4:17 provides the answer assuming you believe in a pre trib rapture, & your welcome.