Jihad grandstanding over a propaganda fiction.
Robert Spencer at Breitbart:
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is insisting that Jerusalem is the “eternal capital of the state of Palestine” after President Donald Trump recognized the city as the capital of Israel.
No Palestinian state has ever existed, but Abbas is leveraging the claim that Jerusalem is its third holiest city of Islam, after Mecca and Medina.
Moreover, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount are less important in Islam than they are important in Muslims’ anti-Semitic hatred of Israel.
Related article from Gatestone:
The international media is complicit in promoting the propaganda of Pali spin doctors:
- When we sit in our living rooms and watch the news coming out of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, let us ask ourselves: How many of these “events” are, in fact, media burlesques? Why are journalists allowing themselves to be duped by the Palestinian propaganda machine, which spews hatred and violence from morning until night?
- It is high time for some self-reflection on the part of the media: Do they really wish to continue serving as a mouthpiece for those Arabs and Muslims who intimidate and terrorize the West?
Muhammad’s famous Night Journey (Isra and Miraj) is the basis of the Islamic claim to Jerusalem as an Islamic holy city. Yet this journey is never mentioned in the Qur’an, and neither is Jerusalem. The first verse of Sura 17 says that Allah took Muhammad from “the Sacred Mosque” in Mecca “to the farthest [al-aqsa] Mosque.” There was no mosque in Jerusalem at this time (if the traditional chronology regarding the Qur’an is to be believed), so the “farthest” mosque probably wasn’t really the one that now bears that name in Jerusalem. Islamic tradition, however, is firm that this mosque is in Jerusalem.
According to Islamic tradition, Muhammad described the vision as beginning when the angel “Gabriel came and stirred me with his foot.” Soon “a white animal which was smaller than a mule and bigger than a donkey was brought to me.” This was the Buraq, which Muhammad further described as “half mule, half donkey, with wings on its sides with which it propelled its feet.”
Buraq carried Muhammad to the Temple Mount, and from there Muhammad was taken into heaven itself, where he encountered the other prophets and was given by Allah himself the order that Muslims should pray five times daily. Later Muhammad seems to have retreated from the claim that this was a bodily journey. His wife Aisha explained: “The apostle’s body remained where it was but God removed his spirit by night.”
This fantastic legend, which was first distributed in the late eighth century, over 150 years after the traditional date for the death of Muhammad, is the entire basis for the Islamic claim to Jerusalem. It was never an important city in Islam until one man decided to make it so as a response to Zionism.
That man was the Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Husseini, who lived in Berlin during World War II and recruited Muslims to serve as soldiers for the Nazis. He also made broadcasts in Arabic to Muslim countries, in which he quoted the Qur’an’s anti-Semitic passages to justify Nazi persecution of the Jews.
After the war, the Mufti raised money throughout the Islamic world to finance the refurbishing of the Dome of the Rock that dominates the Jerusalem skyline, plating the dome with gold, and he worked assiduously to compel Muslims to exaggerate the importance of Jerusalem to Islam to provide a counter-movement to Zionism.
How well he succeeded can be seen in the outrage over Trump’s announcement. But like so much Palestinian outrage, it is not based on fact, but on propaganda. The Palestinians claim an ethnicity and nationality that has no basis in history but which was concocted by Yasir Arafat and the KGB as a weapon to use against Israel, have a “capital” as fictional as they are.
But the rage they show as a result of Trump’s announcement will, unfortunately, be real.
More from Pal watch:
Palestinians react to US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel
- Burning of pictures of Trump
- Burning of Israeli flags
- Abbas: “US President Trump’s decision will not change the reality of the city of Jerusalem, nor will it give any legitimacy to Israel in this regard, because it is an Arab Christian and Muslim city, the eternal capital of the state of Palestine.”
- PA Ministry of Education announced suspension of studies in all schools
- Ramallah and Bethlehem municipalities turned off cities’ Christmas trees
- Official PA daily: “Blatant American aggression against justice and history”
- PLO Ambassador to Washington: “Trump’s decision regarding Jerusalem is a knife in the back”
- PA unity government: “Such a thing has only happened in the darkest periods of the history of the states and of human history”
By Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Different Palestinian responses have been noted throughout the day following US President Donald Trump’s recognition yesterday of Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and his promise to move the US embassy there. The following are some of these reactions:
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas “denounced and rejected” the American decision, stating that it is “a deliberate undermining of all efforts to achieve peace,” and “a declaration of the withdrawal of the United States from playing the role which it has played over the past decades as a peace broker.” [WAFA, official PA news agency, Dec. 6, 2017]
In what the official PA news agency called an “unofficial translation” of Abbas’ speech, Abbas repeated the Palestinian mantra that Jerusalem is an “Arab Christian and Muslim city,” completely denying Jewish history in it:
[WAFA, official PA news agency, Dec. 6, 2017]
The PA’s national unity government “emphasized its opposition and condemnation of the American steps,” and PA Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud likewise repeated that Jerusalem is the “occupied capital of the State of Palestine,” while he compared Trump’s decision to events in “the darkest periods of history”:
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 7, 2017]
Abbas’ Fatah Movement posted images of burning pictures of Trump (top). Text in English below the burning picture of Trump with a red x over his face said: “Jerusalem, Palestine’s heart is not up for negotiations” [Facebook page of the Fatah Information and Culture Commission, Dec. 7, 2017]
Fatah also posted pictures of Israeli flags being burned and signs held at a demonstration in Cairo. Among the signs, some called for “death to Israel” while others predicted the “fall” of Trump and America:
Posted text: “Pictures of burning the Israeli flag at a demonstration in Cairo that rejects US President [Donald] Trump’s statement that Jerusalem is the capital of the occupation.”
[Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 7, 2017]
Another Fatah post showed people demonstrating against Trump, holding posters with Trump’s picture on them with a red x over his face, and text in English over his face: “Jewish Shill” [Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 7, 2017]
Instead of Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Fatah made a Palestinian version of events, adding new text to a photo of Trump holding up his signed memorandum: “Jerusalem the eternal capital of Palestine” [Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 6, 2017]:
The headline banner in the official PA daily showed the Temple Mount with the western part of Jerusalem seen in the background and carried the text:
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 7, 2017]
A headline in the paper read: “Today: Rage, a general strike, the suspension of the schools, and processions.”
The PA Ministry of Education “announced a suspension of studies in all of the schools in the homeland today,” and encouraged students to participate in demonstrations. As a sign of condemnation of the American decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and transfer its embassy to Jerusalem, the Ramallah and Bethlehem municipalities “turned off [the lights on] the Christmas trees at Martyr Yasser Arafat Square and at the Church of the Nativity plaza.” [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 7, 2017]
PLO Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat said: “President Trump has destroyed any chance for the two-state solution,” and added: “I think that tonight President Trump distanced the US from playing any role in any peace process.” [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 7, 2017]
The PLO Ambassador to Washington and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Strategic Affairs Husam Zomlot said that “American President Donald Trump’s decision regarding Jerusalem is a knife in the back and a bullet that kills the two-state solution.” [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 7, 2017]
Fatah Central Committee member and Commissioner of Mobilization and Organization in the West Bank Jamal Muhaisen called on Palestinians “to go out into the streets to express rage”:
[Official PA TV, Palestine This Morning, Dec. 6, 2017]
Similarly, the PA Government called on “the masses of our people” to “express their opposition” and drew a parallel to “the last Jerusalem uprising,” which may refer to either several months of deadly Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis 2015 – 2016, or to Palestinian riots and violence in response to Israeli security steps at the Temple Mount in July 2017:
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 2017]
The PA Government further emphasized that a transfer of the US embassy “to occupied Jerusalem” or the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel “will threaten the peace and security in our region and the world.”
The Fatah Movement called for “a popular uprising” – a term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror:
[Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Dec. 6, 2017]
Fatah’s youth movement Shabiba hinted that violence should be the response of Palestinian youth, declaring that “All of the options are open for Jerusalem.”
[WAFA, official PA news agency, Dec. 5, 2017]
Terms such as “all options” and “all means of resistance,” are used by Palestinians to include using all types of violence, including deadly terror against Israeli civilians such as stabbings and shootings, as well as throwing rocks and Molotov Cocktails.
Before Trump made his statement, PA Security Forces Official Spokesman Adnan Al-Damiri warned that transfer of the US embassy or US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel would “put the US in a confrontation with all of the peoples of the region and the entire world… [and] turn it from a state that is biased in favor of the occupation into a state that is a partner in the occupation.” He added that Trump’s signing the embassy transfer will “threaten the interests of his country in the region, and will be met with unexpected responses on the official and popular level. This is because playing with the future of Jerusalem is a dangerous red line from a national, religious, and human perspective.” Damiri further stated that “the Palestinian people… will not accept this and will come out with all of its capabilities to defend Jerusalem, which is not only Palestinian, but also Arab and Islamic, and Allah wanted us as Palestinians to carry out Ribat(i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in Jerusalem and its surroundings; we will defend it and protect this precious diamond with all of our force.'”
[Donia Al-Watan, independent Palestinian news agency, Dec. 6, 2017]
The Palestinian National and Islamic Forces, which is an unaffiliated coordinating body comprised of representatives from factions in the PLO and outside the PLO, “declared ‘Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday as days of popular rage throughout the homeland‘” [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 2017]
Palestinians see Trump’s decision as a deliberate choice of turning his back on the peace process. A cartoon in the official PA daily illustrated this:
The cartoon shows a chameleon representing the US, indicated by the Uncle Sam hat. The chameleon is stepping from an olive branch representing the peace process onto a sword dripping with blood, which is marked with a Star of David representing Israel. As it steps over, the chameleon is changing colors from the green of the olive branch to the silvery steel of the sword. [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 2017]
PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi accused Trump of “dragging the region to the brink of the abyss in a deliberate and premeditated manner,” and said that the transfer of the embassy “has far-reaching consequences that will drag the region and the entire world towards additional violence, terror, and extremism.” [Wattan, independent Palestinian news agency, Dec. 5, 2017]