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  • May 30, 2011

    Jerusalem and Judaism are joined at the hip

    By Victor Sharpe

    Jerusalem Unification Day will again be celebrated in Israel and throughout the world with the exception of that 7th century alternate universe: the Muslim world.

    It marks 44 years since the amazing and miraculous event took place when the Jewish people’s 3,000 year old capital city was restored to the Jewish state in the 1967 Six-Day War.

    For 19 long years, from 1948 to 1967, Jordan had occupied Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) and the eastern half of Jerusalem. Only Pakistan and Britain had ever recognized Jordan’s illegal occupation.

    The British officered Jordanian Arab Legion had forced out at gunpoint the Jewish residents of the Old City and the neighboring Jewish villages: It was Apartheid and ethnic cleansing, Arab style.

    The Legion went on to desecrate the Jewish graves on the ancient Mount of Olives and use the headstones as latrines. They desecrated over 50 synagogues and forbade Jewish pilgrims to worship at their holy places. They had turned the Via Delarosa, the Way of the Cross, into a filthy, sewerage strewn alley through which Christian pilgrims were forced to walk.

    Jordan cut the Holy City in half with barbed wire and erected walls, complete with snipers along the dividing line who killed many Jews in the western half of the city.

    There is another city today divided by Muslims. It is called Nicosia in Cyprus, a country whose northern half is still occupied by Turkey. Strangely, no international calls are heard calling for Turkey to leave or for the city to be reunited.

    Another city that was divided against itself was Berlin and President Reagan called upon Soviet President Gorbachev to, “tear down this wall.”

    The world applauded when the wall came down. Now President Obama and most of the same world in effect is calling upon Israel to re-divide Jerusalem. Obama is essentially calling upon Israeli Prime Minister to ‘build up a wall.’

    Only when Israel was able to restore dignity and cleanliness in 1967 to all the holy places was the earlier Muslim discrimination against Jews and Christians finally brought to a long and overdue end.

    But this persecution of non-Muslims is par for the Islamic world and it continues today throughout the territory foolishly given to the Palestinian Arabs as a result of the grotesquely misnamed Oslo Peace Accords.

    Throughout the Middle East, Christians are fleeing from Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority itself. The only nation in the Middle East where the Christian population is growing is Israel.

    The Palestinian Arabs now live under the Palestinian Authority—a territory carved out of Judea and Samaria—the Jewish people’s ancestral and biblical heartland, incorrectly called by its Jordanian name, the West Bank.

    The Obama regime is today backing the Palestinian Authority’s spurious claim that the liberated areas from Arab Jordan must be forced back under the occupation and sovereignty of a future PA state.

    The PA is demanding that the eastern half of Jerusalem must be given to them in order to declare it the capital of a new Arab state called Palestine.

    Such an independent Arab state called Palestine has never existed in all of recorded history. Palestine has always been a geographical area just as Siberia or Patagonia is: never an independent state. Jerusalem has never been the capital city of any Arab or Muslim people.

    Jerusalem has been the eternal capital of only one people in all of that same recorded history: the Jewish people. A Kingdom of Jerusalem existed under the Christian Crusaders but this was created by a motley group of European knights who had no historical roots in the land.

    The Jewish Bible along with the Talmud and the Midrash tell us that the Torah, (the first five books of the Holy Bible) its light and its message, is to be broadcast to the entire world from one specific place: Jerusalem.

    Each time the Torah scroll is taken from the Ark to be read during synagogue services the following prayer is always sung. “For out of Zion shall go forth the Torah (Law) and the word of God from Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 2:1 and Micah 4:2)

    In the complete Jewish Bible (the Tanach) the words Jerusalem and Zion appear 821 times with Jerusalem appearing 667 times and Zion appearing 154 times. Both Zion and Jerusalem are usually considered synonymous.

    In the Christian Bible, itself an account of Jewish personalities whose lives were formed within the Jewish Judean province of Rome, as well as the Galilee, the name Jerusalem appears 154 times and Zion seven.

    In the Koran, Jerusalem and Zion do not appear at all. Indeed, it was only after the Arabs, under their new banner of Islam, conquered Jerusalem in the year 638 that they invented Islamic history in and around Jerusalem.

    We are told that Mohammed flew on his magic horse to a place called Al Aksa, which means simply the farthest place. Much later, and for political reasons to do with historic, temporal and spiritual Jewish and Christian ties to Jerusalem, did Muslims name the Holy City as their Al Aqsa.

    After the Holy Temple was destroyed in the year 70 AD by Titus, Jerusalem lay stricken. But Jews still maintained a presence there and continued to suffer under Roman occupation.

    The heroic Bar-Kochba Revolt broke out in 135 AD but was crushed three years later by the Roman emperor, Hadrian, who razed Jewish Jerusalem, plowed the city under, and renamed it Aelia Capitolina in part after his own name, Hadrian Publius Aelius. He built a shrine to the Roman god, Jupiter, on the site where the Holy Jewish Temple’s Holy of Holies had once stood.

    From the 10th century, the Muslim Arabs still called the city various names that echoed its original Jewish origins. For instance they called it Beit al-Makdis, the Arabic version of the Hebrew name, Beit HaMikdash—House of the Sanctuary.

    The Arabic name, Al-Kuds, is derived from the Hebrew, Ir Hakodesh—City of Holiness.

    The Christian king, Frederick II obtained Jerusalem, along with Bethlehem and Nazareth, in a treaty with the Egyptian Sultan al-Kamil. This was a lease agreement given by the Muslim ruler and meant to last some ten years. Frederick subsequently crowned himself King of Jerusalem.

    But in 1244 the Muslims retook Jerusalem and the city lapsed into a long, dilapidated slumber and the Muslim shrines on the Temple Mount, which today are a focal point of anti-Jewish and anti-Israel activity, fell into disrepair and abandonment.

    Only when Israeli forces in June, 1967 liberated the Temple Mount and east Jerusalem, during their defensive war against Arab aggression, did the Arab and Muslim world suddenly wake up and demand control of the city, or at least the Temple Mount and Jerusalem’s eastern half.

    It is instructive to note that when the Jordanian Arab Legion occupied east Jerusalem and the Old City in 1948, after driving out its Jewish population, the Arab world again lost interest in the city.

    Indeed, King Hussein, Jordan’s ruler had little interest in Jerusalem compared to his desire to build up his capital, Amman, which he considered far more important.

    Between 1948 and 1967, during the illegal Jordanian Arab occupation of east Jerusalem and the West Bank, no Arab leader ever thought it important enough to visit Jerusalem except King Hussein, but he visited it rarely.

    Today, Mahmoud Abbas, the successor to arch terrorist Yasser Arafat and now head of the Palestinian Authority, demands that Jerusalem be divided again as it was from 1948 to 1967 and a new Arab capital—for the first time in history—established in Jerusalem.

    Not only the Muslim world, with its 57 member states, but the Europeans and President Obama pressure Israel into conceding parts of its holy capital to further placate the voracious Arab appetite and “further the peace process.”

    Giving away even one inch of Jerusalem would be to spit in the face of the endless generations of Jews who have held Jerusalem as the central spiritual and physical place in Jewish history.

    It would be a cataclysmic and symbolic act of betrayal of Jewish history and faith if any part of Jerusalem is lost to the Jewish people by this generation of Israelis. For Jews, Jerusalem is the spiritual and temporal heart.

    It would also be a reverse for the Christian world. Only under Israeli administration has Jerusalem been open for free and unfettered worship to members of all faiths.

    The prayer uttered at Passover and Yom Kippur—“Next year in Jerusalem”—must not become an empty phrase made bitter in its very utterance by abandoning much of eternal Jerusalem to placate a fraudulent Arab people called Palestinians and appease a hostile world by succumbing to an equally fraudulent peace.

    It is instructive to note that in prayer, Jews in synagogues face Jerusalem while Muslims in mosques face Mecca. This Islamic practice, even on the Temple Mount, speaks volumes.

    Victor Sharpe is a freelance writer and author of Politicide: The attempted murder of the Jewish state.

  • Posted by Ted Belman @ 6:14 pm | 19 Comments »

    19 Comments to Jerusalem and Judaism are joined at the hip

    1. esar says:

      Well, here’s a timely little video. May I present to you six minutes that Barry the POTUS needs to see:

    2. Shy Guy says:

      Video already posted here.

    3. Shy Guy says:

      Sorry, Esar. My video link is in Hebrew only. Yours is the new one with English subtitles.

      A must-watch!

    4. yamit82 says:

      Jerusalem’s major significance to the Jewish people is that it is the place designated and chosen by G-d for his house. The Temple on the Temple Mount.

      Temple Mount In Ruins
      by Dr. Israel Eldad

      Our land is not only a Homeland in the sense that Poland is a for the Poles or Korea is for the Koreans, but rather it is the Land in which we can “Go up to appear and bow down.” The Temple Mount is not sufficient without a good, spacious land around it, but neither is such a land sufficient without the Temple Mount. We are not like the nations of the world, they belong to a land; transfer them to another land and they will belong to it. Nor is this land like the lands of other nations, take away one nation, they will belong to another. Here a third factor comes into play, supreme and decisive, which does not permit the above occurrences. Jerusalem and the Temple Mount transform our tie to the land into a weltanschauung.

      This weltanschauung is symbolized by the Temple. This centralization, this facing toward one spot wherever our people have been, is what has kept us together for thousands of years.

    5. yamit82 says:

      weltanschauung is symbolized by the Temple!!!

      weltanschauung noun: World view; philosophy of life; a framework through which to interpret the world.

    6. yamit82 says:

      Video done well but I fear it’s just preaching to the choir. To change or at least get the attention of the non choir something more dramatic must precede the message. Like 10,000 Jews storming the Temple mount at the same time. That would certainly shake up the world and specifically Israelis.

    7. Shy Guy says:

      yamit82 says:
      May 31, 2011 at 6:41 pm

      Video done well but I fear it’s just preaching to the choir.

      Much of the choir is ignorant on knowing how to respond the the claims this video deals with.

    8. yamit82 says:

      Shy Guy says:

      Much of the choir is ignorant on knowing how to respond the the claims this video deals with.

      Respond to what? To Whom? If much of the choir is still ignorant of the true facts, are they really part of the choir? If they are ignorant it is most likely willful ignorance and videos such as this will have no effect if it is watched by them in the first place.

    9. Shy Guy says:

      yamit82 says:
      May 31, 2011 at 8:16 pm

      If much of the choir is still ignorant of the true facts, are they really part of the choir?

      You mean, like, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs?


    10. yamit82 says:

      You mean, like, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs?



    11. Shy Guy says:

      The point being, this film is how “Hasbara” should have started 20 years ago. Clear concise facts, rebutting the most elementary anti-Israeli accusations in such a manner that even an eight year old could do it, let alone anyone of significance in the Israeli government.

    12. BlandOatmeal says:

      Yamit, you said,

      “Jerusalem’s major significance to the Jewish people is that it is the place designated and chosen by G-d for his house. The Temple on the Temple Mount.”

      I agree. The capital of Judea, the home of the “Jews” in their most ancient sense, was Hebron; and the Twelve Tribes had no fixed capital until David wrested Jerusalem, then called Jebus, from the Amorites who inhabited it. If it weren’t for God’s having chosen it for His “address”, the place would have held little importance in the affairs of men. Even Jews, at large, have attached little practical importance to the place. Many are willing to sacrifice their jewel for Tel Aviv, which they “fashioned with their own hands”. This is a subtle, but very real and consequential, form of Jewish idolatry.

      When Jews pray “Next year in Jerusalem” at Passover, they technically mean, “Next year in the Temple”; because it was in the Temple that the Passover feast was to be consumated with the offering of the lamb. If it weren’t for the Temple, “Next year in Jerusalem” would be meaningless.

      For Christians, Jerusalem plays an interesting role. The Fourth Century church was ruled by the Roman Emperor from Constantinople, through the various bishops and metropolitans. The relics of the “true cross”, etc. were transferred there, and the Roman capital became God’s new “address” in Christian eyes. When Rome was separated from the Empire and the Pope took on a power of his own, Rome and the Vatican became the “New Jerusalem”. With the Protestant Reformation, however, Rome became the seat of the Antichrist, and Protestants (at least the Bible-based fundamentalists) elevated the Scriptures above the Pope in authority. God’s earthly address, to them, returned eventually to Jerusalem — which probably goes a considerable way to explaining why fundamentalist Protestants tend to support Israel more than Catholics. It is not born of any special reverence for the Jews, but of reverence for God.

    13. yamit82 says:

      Holy moly Yamit, you are really very gifted. Reading your comments is like obtaining a doctorate in religious studies.A veritable encyclopedia of of holy wisdom.

      The Jewish people should get rid of the Arabs A. S. A. P.

      HYMIE Hells Bells: I would rather live with the Arabs than you.

    14. Dennis Cast says:

      Jerusalem and Jews are inseperable.

    15. Andrew says:

      Hello Yamit, you have got me very curious – who is this Hymie that you detest so much? And why do you detest him?

    16. Shy Guy says:

      I’ve got news for everybody. Jerusalem is the heart of the Nation of Israel. We’re not willing to donate our body, the Land of Israel, to science.

      “Home” is bigger than Jerusalem. And I say this as a Jerusalemite.

    17. Kufar Dawg says:

      Yamit wrote:

      Video done well but I fear it’s just preaching to the choir. To change or at least get the attention of the non choir something more dramatic must precede the message. Like 10,000 Jews storming the Temple mount at the same time. That would certainly shake up the world and specifically Israelis.

      If what happened in Gaza is any indication, I’ll bet the two mosques on the Temple Mount are ammo dumps, OP’s and armories as well as being mosques.

    18. Shy Guy says:

      It takes a Druzi

      You’ll have to watch to the very end to understand what I’m referring to.

    19. yamit82 says:

      Andrew says:
      June 1, 2011 at 3:43 am

      Hello Yamit, you have got me very curious – who is this Hymie that you detest so much? And why do you detest him?

      I can’t type his full name as it will be blocked by Ted’s spammer just Google Hymie Israpundit go back at least three years till now and you will have a very entertaining experience.

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