JERUSALEM: A CUP OF TREMBLING
U.N. body votes Temple Mount no longer Jewish
October 14, 2016 — WND.com reports: “UNESCO, the United Nations committee responsible for ‘cultural understanding,’ has given preliminary approval to a resolution that denies the documented historic Jewish connection to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.
The vote was 24-6 with another 26 nations abstaining. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately condemned the resolution as ‘the theater of the absurd.’
The proposed resolution, submitted by seven Muslim nations under the title ‘Item 25: Occupied Palestine’ refers to parts of the site by the Muslim terms, ‘Al-Aqsa Mosque’ and ‘Haram al-Sharif’ and emphasizes the historic and religious significance of the site to Islam, but simply ignores evidence of Jewish history at the same site.
The document refers to Israel throughout as ‘the occupying Power’ and accuses it of ‘aggressions and illegal measures’ at the holy site.
UNESCO ‘firmly deplores the continuous storming of Al-Aqṣa Mosque/Al-Ḥaram Al-Sharif by Israeli right-wing extremists and uniformed forces, and urges Israel, the occupying Power, to take necessary measures to prevent provocative abuses that violate the sanctity and integrity of Al-Aqṣa Mosque/Al-Ḥaram Al-Sharif.’…” (Israel will be the invaded nation during World War III “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee” – Psalm 122:6. But Israel will be saved because God’s promise to His beloved people states: “…I will give them [Israel] an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off” – Isaiah 56:5. Amen! See the next three reports.)
Hamas: Neither Temple ever existed
October 21, 2016 — Israel National News reports: “Senior Hamas official and head of the Jerusalem Palestinian Parliament Ahmad Abu Helbiya praised UNESCO’s declaration that there is no connection between Jews and the Temple Mount and called on the UN to investigate ‘Israeli war crimes’ committed against Al-Aqsa mosque.
At a Gaza news conference, Abu Helbiya called UNESCO’s decision ‘brave,’ since it ignored the ‘Zionist narrative’ proving that there was once a Holy Temple on the Temple Mount. He also called the Temple ‘imaginary’ and claimed there have never been any remnants of a Temple found on the Temple Mount…”
Islam originally recognized Jews as owners of Israel
October 20, 2016 — Israel National News reports: “In the wake of the latest UNESCO decision, Prof. Nissim Dana of the Middle Eastern Affairs Department at Ariel University discussed in an Arutz Sheva interview the early Islamic attitude towards the connection between Jerusalem and Israel and Judaism.
Dana stated that he had investigated the early Islamic sources and had even published a book on the subject entitled To Whom Does This Land Belong?: New Insights into the Koran, revealing that Islam absolutely does not have a claim on the Land of Israel – even by its own standards – as it recognizes the Jews as the owners of this country and of Jerusalem.
Nowadays, however, he explained, Muslims seem to be following the maxim ‘Don’t confuse us with the facts’ and it is impossible to change beliefs which they have assimilated over the last few generations even by presenting them with facts from their own sources.
Dana said that ‘Islam was born in the seventh century C.E. and the Jewish Temple existed many years before that so that it is impossible to mistake those historical facts. Hundreds of years before Islam there was a connection between Jews and Jerusalem.’…”
Centuries before trying to deny it, Muslims carved Jewish link to Jerusalem into mosque
November 1, 2016 — The Times of Israel reports: “A recently studied inscription from a mosque near Hebron offers insight into how, until the mid-20th century, the Muslim world considered Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock to be the successor to two ancient Jewish shrines that formerly stood atop the Temple Mount.
The previously overlooked dedicatory inscription from the Mosque of Umar in Nuba, a village nearly 26 kilometers (16 miles) southwest of Jerusalem, mentions the village as an endowment for the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque. But what’s striking is that the Dome of the Rock is referred to in the text as ‘the rock of the Bayt al-Maqdis’ — literally, ‘The Holy Temple’ — a verbatim translation of the Hebrew term for the Jerusalem temple that early Muslims employed to refer to Jerusalem as a whole, and the gold-domed shrine in particular.
Local tradition ascribed the construction of the mosque to Caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab, under whose rule Arab armies conquered Jerusalem and the rest of Byzantine Palestine in the mid-7th century. It was under his eventual successor Abd al-Malik, the fifth caliph, that the Dome of the Rock was completed in 691 CE…”