Suddenly, the Temple Mount became Islamic….

We are not just dealing with fanatical zombies and psycho-killers. We are also dealing with savages that have no regard for reality, history or truth. And this latest UNESCO perfidy puts them in the same category.

The UN has been viciously anti-Israel for years. Now it is even certifying Islamic mythology and defying actual history. The Kotel is the largest single indication of the Jews’ long history in the land of Israel. It is no surprise, then, that Muslims would try to appropriate it. That they would have UN help is yet another indication that the UN is just an arm of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the US should withdraw from it.

Temple Mount

Temple Mount
UN body removes Jewish links to Temple Mount

The current Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Muhammed Ahmad Hussein, declared on October 25, 2015, that the Al-Aqsa Mosque was a mosque built on the site “3,000 years ago, and 30,000 years ago… since the creation of the world.” 

In his interview with Israel’s Channel 2, the Mufti also insisted that there never was a Jewish Temple or shrine atop the Temple Mount.

This is disturbing, not least because Russia and China backed the Arab world in getting this through:  UNESCO last week  passed a resolution ignoring deep Jewish  ties to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, hailing it only as a Muslim religious site.

The story:

The United Nations’ cultural arm on Thursday passed a resolution ignoring Jewish ties to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall in a move derided in Israel as “anti-Semitic” and absurd…

The resolution, adopted at the committee stage, used only Muslim names for the Jerusalem Old City holy sites and was harshly critical of Israel for what it termed “provocative abuses that violate the sanctity and integrity” of the area…

Voting in favor were: Algeria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chad, China, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan and Vietnam.

Voting against were: Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and United States.

Abstaining were: Albania, Argentina, Cameroon, El Salvador, France, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Haiti, India, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kenya, Nepal, Paraguay, Saint Vincent and Nevis, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda and Ukraine. 

The actual text of the World Heritage Committee’s decision does mention “the three monotheistic religions”:

Affirming the importance of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls for the three monotheistic religions…

But then it refers to the most sacred and contested site – the Dome of the Rock, built over the ruins of the Second Temple – only by its Arab name and only as a Muslim religious site in one long diatribe against Israel:

Al-Aqṣa Mosque/Al-Ḥaram Al-Sharif and its surroundings…

7. Calls on Israel, the occupying Power, to allow for the restoration of the historic status quo that prevailed until September 2000, under which the Jordanian Awqaf (Religious Foundation) Department exercised exclusive authority on Al-Aqṣa Mosque/Al-Ḥaram AlSharif…

13. Regrets the damage caused by the Israeli Forces, especially since 23 August 2015, to the historic gates and windows of the al-Qibli Mosque inside Al-Aqṣa Mosque/Al-Ḥaram AlSharif, and reaffirms, in this regard, the obligation of Israel to respect the integrity, authenticity and cultural heritage of Al-Aqṣa Mosque/Al-Ḥaram Al-Sharif, as reflected in the historic status quo, as a Muslim holy site of worship…

Even the director-general of UNESCO is shocked by the UNESCO decision:

Though she did not explicitly mention the resolution, Irina Bokova made her disapproval of the motion clear, saying that efforts to deny history and Jerusalem’s complex multi-faith character harm UNESCO.

“The heritage of Jerusalem is indivisible, and each of its communities has a right to the explicit recognition of their history and relationship with the city,” Bokova said in a statement…

“To deny, conceal or erase any of the Jewish, Christian or Muslim traditions undermines the integrity of the site, and runs counter to the reasons that justified its inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage list,” she said.

In fact, the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock are built over the ruins of the most famous Jewish temples in history – and almost certainly to take over the sacredness given to that site by the Jews:

Temple Mount

The current Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Muhammed Ahmad Hussein, declared on October 25, 2015, that the Al-Aqsa Mosque was a mosque built on the site “3,000 years ago, and 30,000 years ago… since the creation of the world.” 

In his interview with Israel’s Channel 2, the Mufti also insisted that there never was a Jewish Temple or shrine atop the Temple Mount. 

Jews believe that the “foundation rock” beneath the Dome of the Rock is atop Mt. Moriah, the site of the binding of Isaac. King Solomon built his Temple upon the rock in the tenth century before the Common Era (BCE), but it was destroyed in 587 BCE by the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. Seventy years later, the second Temple was built by Jews returning from Babylon with King Cyrus’s blessing…

In the first century BCE, the Second Temple … was rebuilt and massively expanded by King Herod. To accommodate the large Temple building and administrative offices, the Mt. Moriah plateau was expanded to become a colossal platform with huge retaining walls. The Western Wall, the prayer site for Jews over the centuries, was part of the retaining walls. Roman armies commanded by Titus destroyed the Temple in 70 CE.

Muslims believe that Muhammed (570 – 632 CE) was transported on a heavenly creature from Mecca to the Al Aqsa Mosque and then to heaven in his “Night Journey.” The mosque was constructed in the late seventh century CE and rebuilt several times after major earthquakes destroyed it.

The golden Dome of the Rock is a shrine built over the foundation stone in 691 CE.

More on the history:

One of Israel’s most intriguing archaeological undertakings … [is] the Temple Mount, the magnificent edifice that has served the faithful as a symbol of God’s glory for 3,000 years and remains the crossroads of the three great monotheistic religions.

Jewish tradition holds that it is the site where God gathered the dust to create Adam and where Abraham nearly sacrificed his son Isaac to prove his faith. King Solomon, according to the Bible, built the First Temple of the Jews on this mountaintop circa 1000 B.C., only to have it torn down 400 years later by troops commanded by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar, who sent many Jews into exile. In the first century B.C., Herod expanded and refurbished a Second Temple built by Jews who had returned after their banishment. It is here that, according to the Gospel of John, Jesus Christ lashed out against the money changers (and was later crucified a few hundred yards away). The Roman general Titus exacted revenge against Jewish rebels, sacking and burning the Temple in A.D. 70.

The Jewish general Josephus, who was defeated and then served as a translator for Titus during that siege of Jerusalem, wrote of the burning of the Jews’ Second Temple on Temple Mount:

So Titus retired into the tower of Antonia, and resolved to storm the Temple the next day, early in the morning, with his whole army, and to encamp round about the Holy House; but, as for that House, God had for certain long ago doomed it to the fire; and now that fatal day was come, according to the revolution of the ages: it was the tenth day of the month Lous, [Av,] upon which it was formerly burnt by the king of Babylon…

As the flames went upward the Jews made a great clamour, such as so mighty an affliction required, and ran together to prevent it; and now they spared not their lives any longer, nor suffered anything to restrain their force, since that Holy House was perishing, for whose sake it was that they kept such a guard upon it.

The Muslim takeover of Jewish sites is part of a broader – in fact, fundamental – Muslim usurpation of Jewish tradition. Islam, invented in the 7th century AD, in fact borrowed heavily from Jewish traditions and texts, which is why the Koran features Jewish figures such as Moses and Abraham, as well as borrowing Christ from the Christians.

From a comparison of of the Bible’s Genesis, Jewish texts and Islam’s sacred Sura, as reported in the Journal of Religious Culture:

The Quran sura … contains earlier narrative and later descriptive parts. The earlier parts are taken from the Jewish narrative oral history and presented as revealed word of Muhammad. In fact Muhammad stands here in an oral tradition of shared Jewish narratives…
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The dominance of Jewish narrative elements refers to the oral tradition of this narrative in Jewish culture at the time of Muhammad who was illiterate… The text of the Quran omits all Jewish cultural contents.
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UNESCO is lending itself to a Muslim project not just to borrow from the Jews but then to wipe out all trace of the original.

Related:

  1. Caroline Glick: Israel must go on offensive at UN Over the past eight years of the Obama Administration, US condemnations of Israeli construction beyond the 1949 armistice lines, including in Jerusalem, have become steadily more obsessive. This has been part of an unambiguous policy to delegitimize Israel in America. Until Obama entered the White House in 2009,…
  2. From Middle East Monitor (MEMO), the anti-Israel propaganda “newsletter” that employs Ben White: Israeli archaeologist denies Jewish ties to Al-Aqsa Mosque  An Israeli archaeological expert has asserted that there is no relation between the Western Wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and an ancient Jewish temple, Al Jazeera reported today.

One thought on “Suddenly, the Temple Mount became Islamic….”

  1. Really what does any body expect from that unelected bureaucratic money pit known as the UN? History can, will and is being rewritten to appease and reflect the narrative of the socialist UN and its lickspittle followers.

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