Will somebody acknowledge that big white elephant, please?

So here’s how it is going to go here at “The Chase” with regard to Jewish-Muslim relations.  We can talk about all the zionism you want.  As soon as you acknowledge the historical precedent from which zionism sprung.  Basically, I’ll keep posting it until it gets through your thick head that the “Arab-Israeli Conflict” is 2000 years old.  Until you can get to a place where you can get your head around that, I probably won’t respond.  If you have an uncontrollable desire to rant on about UN Resolutions, Balfour, Zionism, blah, blah blah.  Please do so here….


I have very little desire to clutter the front page of the blog with your tiresome selective memory arguments devoid of any historical perspective.  As the header says…I don’t have time to listen to drivel!

Thanks in advance for your coorperation. 

Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) – The Muslim world is upset about archeological excavations around Jerusalem’s Temple Mount because they fear it will disprove their claim that Jews never inhabited the Holy Land before 1948, an Israeli expert on Arabic matters said here.

Islamic leaders on Tuesday urged Palestinians and Muslims across the region to rally against Israel to prevent damage to the Al-Aksa mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, which is located on the Temple Mount.

The calls for violence came as archeologists continued what they call “rescue” excavations, which are taking place about 50 meters (163 feet) outside the Temple Mount compound. The rescue work is part of a plan to build a new footbridge to be used by non-Muslims entering the Temple Mount.

The new bridge will replace a temporary wooden ramp that was built two years ago after the original structure leading to the Mughrabi gate partially collapsed following an earthquake and snowstorm. It is the only gate through which non-Muslim visitors can enter the Temple Mount.

The Temple Mount, known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary), was the site of two successive Jewish Temples built during biblical times and is currently the site of important Islamic shrines.

The most holy site in Judaism, it is one of the main points of contention in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has been a flashpoint for Palestinian violence in the past.

In 1967, when Israel captured Jerusalem’s Old City during the Six-Day War, Israel allowed the Islamic authorities to continue supervising daily affairs on the Mount, but overall security remains in Israeli hands.

The Muslims view anything that Israel is doing in Jerusalem as a sign of Israeli hegemony over the city — an affront to their ideology, said Dr. Mordechai Kedar of the BESA Center for Strategic Studies near Tel Aviv

That is why they are protesting so much, Kedar said in a telephone interview.

Some Muslims claim that all of Jewish history was concocted after 1948 just to validate Jewish claims to the land and the city. They are afraid that if there is digging around the Temple Mount, the archeologists will find evidence that the Jews were here 2,000 years ago and that would mean that Jerusalem was and should be the Israeli capital, Kedar said.

The Muslims came to Jerusalem in the 7th century. For them, everything before that — whether Christian or Jewish — is irrelevant. Claims based on previous ownership have lost their validity. Islam did not come to live side by side with Christianity and Judaism. It came to replace it and to build on its ruins, Kedar said.

This is why they are so “vociferous” in their complaints about the Temple Mount, he said.


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