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August 19, 2009

Arab Denial of Jewish History

Since 1967, there has been a growing attempt by Palestinians to marshal the religious fervor of the Arab and Muslim world in order to wrest Jerusalem from Israeli control. Their campaign involves denying the Jewish connection to Jerusalem, the Temple Mount, and the even the Western Wall while advancing Jerusalem and particularly the al-Aqsa compound’s sacredness in contemporary Islam. Palestinian Media Watch reports on the latest attempt by a Palestinian Authority academic.

Shamekh Alawneh, a lecturer in modern history at Al-Quds Open University, says the Jews invented the connection to the Wall for political purposes, to convince European Jews and Zionists to come to "Palestine."

"It has no historical roots," he said on a television program called Jerusalem - History and Culture. "This is political terminology to win the hearts and the support of the Zionists in Europe, so they would emigrate and come to Palestine. Nothing more!"

The video, uploaded and translated by Palestinian Media Watch, can be viewed below.

Past negotiations have faltered on Palestinian denial of any Jewish religious or historical connection and rights to the Temple Mount. President Obama, who is planning to unveil a new peace initiative should take heed!

Read more about Arab attempts to deny and erase Jewish roots here.

Posted by rh at August 19, 2009 12:50 PM


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