Monday, June 6, 2011

Erasing Our Heritage, An Artifact at a Time

Thank you to World Net Daily for this article. Aaron Klein is amazing!

Whether or not one believes in G-d and the Bible, if you are an ethical human being, this should infuriate you. Not to mention the pain and agony it causes the Jewish people and history buffs alike, the destruction of the grounds on the Temple Mount/Har HaBayis goes on without anything being said.

The rewriting of history that the Waqf, the Palestinian Muslim Authority over the Temple Mount, is trying to accomplish doesn't only have the goal of erasing the image of Jews in Jerusalem, but the Christian religion too. The Temple Mount, which was captured in the Six Day War in 1967, was under the control of the Jordanian authority until then. When the Jordanians ruled, the sight of Jews at the Western Wall was enough to invoke the ire of the Muslim groups, which physically assaulted Jews praying at the Wall.

In 1967, after the defeat of the Jordanians in the Six Day War, which is recently called the "Naksa", it also established the mythic "West Bank." The "West Bank" is defined as the West Bank of the country of Jordan, across the Jordan river. Obviously, this silly nomenclature defies logic and the internationally established and agreed upon rules of self defense known as protectorate. It would mean that the "West Bank" was owned by Jordan and, after losing an aggressive war, lost the control of their territory. The truth of the matter is as follows:

"The West Bank was never legally owned by Jordan. Under the UN's 1947 Partition plan - which the Jews accepted and the Arabs rejected- it was to have been part of an independent Arab state in western Palestine. But the Jordanian army invaded and occupied it during the 1948 war. In 1950, Jordan annexed the West Bank.

Only two governments - Great Britain and Pakistan- formally recognized the Jordanian takeover. The rest of the world, including the United States, never did.

During the 1950-1967 period of its occupation, Jordan permitted terrorists to launch raids into Israel. Amman lost the West Bank after Jordanian army entered the 1967 war."  Myths and Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict by Mitchell C. Bard

1947 Partition Plan

Jerusalem Before the Six Day War

Jerusalem After the Six Day War

With those facts in mind, the claims of the "West Bank" and the Waqf are utterly baseless.With the Waqf's authority over Judaism's holiest site in Jerusalem, the slaps in the face keep coming to the Jews and the Israelis.

Their absolute authority, as well, has caused many more problems than just Israel losing face. As the article states, the Waqf is accused of destroying items of historical importance. Not just accused, there are actual pictures of the destruction being perpetrated.

The shame is that no one believes this. The bigger shame is that the Muslim nation is not known for acceptance of other religions or their historical objects or places. We have all seen the images of the 2000 year old Buddhist statues being blown up  by the Taliban.

It is an absolute embarrassment that this happens. We can take solace in the fact that if we were supposed to save these artifacts, we would have, but it doesn't make the situation or the reality any easier to digest.

For the Op-Ed piece of this article: It is time to take the authority away from the Waqf. Their entire claim to Jerusalem and Israel is based off of lies and spin. The insanity must stop. Jerusalem, Israel and the Jewish nation must not be divided. Nor should we be parted from our rightful places in these cities. With these intruders ruining our home, it is high time to kick the tenants out and fully move in.

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