May G-d forgive us all

The most dreaded news I could imagine, my worst nightmare, has come true: Ehud Olmert’s Kadima party revealed yesterday it would divide Jerusalem and allow a Palestinian state to be established in parts of Israel’s “eternal capital.”

“The Old City, Mount Scopus, the Mount of Olives, the City of David, Sheikh Jarra will remain in our hands, but [regarding] Kafr Akeb, Abu-Ram, Shuafat, Hizma, Abu-Zaim, Abu-Tur, Abu Dis, in the future, when the Palestinian state is established, they will become its capital,” said Otniel Schneller, a Kadima member who represented the party at a debate yesterday on dividing Jerusalem.

There is no ethical or religious basis behind sharing Jerusalem.

This grievous announcement is the final aim of the Muslims and their appeasers to islamize Jerusalem which in turn, undermines the legitimacy of Judiaism and Christianity, both which observe Jerusalem to be a holy city.

The mythical holiness of Jerusalem to Muslims always was and still is no more than a politically motivated holiness. The Muslim claim to Jerusalem is FALSE!

Mohammed could never have had the Al Aqsa mosque in mind when he compiled the Koran, since it did not exist for another three generations after his death. At the time of Mohammed, who died in 632 AD, Jerusalem was a Christian city within the Byzantine Empire. Jerusalem was captured by Khalif Omar only in 638 AD, 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.

In or around 711 AD, or about 80 years after Mohammed died, Abd El-Wahd – who ruled from 705-715 AD – reconstructed the Christian- Byzantine Church of St. Mary and converted it into a mosque. He left the structure as it was and added a 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.

Have you ever asked why Muslims turn their back on Jerusalem in prayer? Because Jerusalem does not hold any sanctity for Muslims.

More recently, Jerusalem first was divided into eastern and western sections when Jordan invaded and occupied Jerusalem and the Old City in 1947, expelling all Jewish inhabitants. Israel built its capital in the western part of the city, while the eastern quarters remained under Jordanian control until Israel captured it, along with the Old City, in 1967 after Jordan’s King Hussein ignored Israeli pleas for his country to stay out of the Six Day War.

During the 19 years of Arab sovereignty, the ancient Jewish Quarter of the Old City was ravaged, 58 synagogues – some centuries old – were destroyed and slum dwellings were built abutting the Western Wall.

Jews were not allowed to visit their holy places and Israeli Christians were subjected to many restrictions, with only limited numbers allowed to visit the Old City and Bethlehem at Christmas and Easter.

Folks, everyone knows about Munich, September 1938: Britain and France generously donate a big slice of Czechoslovakia to Hitler, in exchange for “peace with honor,” “peace in our time”. What followed? Kristillnacht, in November, 1938.

Appeasement doesn’t merely fail to prevent catastrophe, it provokes catastrophe.

King David made the city of Jerusalem his capital. Mohammed had never been to Jerusalem.

In the Jewish Bible, Jerusalem has many names: Salem (Shalem), Moriah, Jebuse (Yevuse), Jerusalem (Yerushalayim), and Zion (Tziyon). The most common term for the city, Yerushalayim, is mentioned 349 times in the Jewish Bible, while Tziyon is mentioned an additional 108 times.

The earliest mention of the site is Genesis 4:18, when Abraham interacts with Malchizedek, King of Shalem. According to Jewish tradition the story of the Binding of Isaac (Genesis 22:1-19) also takes place in the “land of Moriah” on the site of the present-day Temple Mount. Abraham chooses the site specifically because he sensed how God’s presence is strongly connected to this site.

When Jews pray three times a day, they always turn toward Jerusalem. Jerusalem is mentioned numerous times in Jewish daily prayers and in the “Grace After Meals.” Jews close the Passover Seder with the words “Next Year in Jerusalem.” These same words are invoked to conclude the holiest day of the Jewish year, Yom Kippur. The Jewish national day of mourning, Tisha B’Av, commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples. During a Jewish wedding ceremony, the groom breaks a glass as a sign of mourning to commemorate the destruction of the two Temples which stood on Mount Moriah. The breaking of the glass is accompanied by the recitation of part of Psalm 137. Some religious Jews often keep a small section of one wall in their house unplastered and unpainted, as a sign of mourning for the destruction of the Temple.

For most of Islam’s 1,400-year period, despite its status as the third holiest Islamic city, Jerusalem remained a backwater, run-down town under Islamic control. Exceptions were during both the Umayyid period (7th to mid-8th century) and the Mamluk period (mid-13th to early-16th century), when major Islamic building projects were carried out in the city.

It is worth noting that the inaugural PLO Covenant of 1964 does not mention Jerusalem. Only after the city fell back to Jewish control did the updated PLO Covenant of 1968 mention Jerusalem by name.

For all of these reasons, I refuse to bow down to the mythology of Islam and its canard that Jerusalem is holy to Muslims.

May G-d Forgive the Israeli government for their pronouncement, and Muslims and their appeasers for participating in the spirit of Jihad and forcint the rest of the world to endure the trumped-up concoction of superstitions and deceit which is Islam and for investing in the pretense that Islam is more than terrorism, rioting, the death of free speech and artistic expression, homophobia, Jew-hatred, female genital mutilation, limb amputation, gang rape, stoning to death for victims of gang rape, hanging underage girls from cranes in public parks, and for killing, killing and killing innocent Jewish babies, women and men.

“If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest Joy.” — Psalm 137.

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