Monday, November 22, 2010

More Jewish-temple denial from the PA

Jews have no right to Western Wall, PA 'study' says
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH (Jerusalem Post)
11/22/2010 18:07

‘Muslim tolerance allowed the Jews to stand in front of it and weep,’ says Information Ministry official.
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The Western Wall belongs to Muslims and is an integral part of Al-Aksa Mosque and Haram al-Sharif (the Islamic term for the Temple Mount complex, meaning the Noble Sanctuary), according to an official paper published on Monday by the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Information in Ramallah.

The paper, which has been presented as a “study,” was prepared by Al-Mutawakel Taha, a senior official with the ministry, to “refute” Jews’ claims to the Western Wall.

In the past, PA leaders and officials have also denied Jewish rights to the Wall, insisting that the Temple Mount never stood in the area.

The new document claims that the Western Wall, or Al- Buraq Wall, as it is known to Muslims, constitutes Waqf property owned by an Algerian- Moroccan Muslim family.

It claims there isn’t one stone in the wall that belongs to the era of King Solomon.

The document is correct that there are no Solomonic stones in the structure, which is Herodian. But a Herodian Jewish temple refutes the PA's other claims in itself, and there is ample indirect evidence for a Judean temple on the site in the Iron Age II. See here and here for the historical evidence for the Jewish/Judean temples on the Temple Mount. On the title "Al-Buraq Wall" see here and follow the links.

Via Joseph I. Lauer.