Beth GoodtreeBeth Goodtree lives in the New York City metro area and has a background in advertising. She writes political commentary and the occasional science and humor pieces.
It is undisputed fact that Islam regards Jesus as a prophet.
It is undisputed fact that Jesus was Jewish.
Let's start with something very, very basic -- something even the two esteemed historians who presented the material, Dr. Jarir Al-Qidwa, Head of the Palestinian Authority Public Library and Arafat's Advisor on Education, and Dr. Issam Sissalem, Senior Historian and Educational TV host and former head of the history department of a PA university, can understand.
According to the website Islam101:
"He (Jesus) and his followers used to worship in the temple which other Israelites used. The message of Jesus was to call people back to the religion of Abraham and Moses from which they had gone astray."
"Based on the statements of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.), Muslims believe that Prophet Jesus will return to earth at a time when Muslims will be in a dire need of a leader."
"The Holy Quran also gives a detailed account of the mission and lives of Jewish prophets like Moses and Zakarea (Zechariah)."
Meanwhile, both Dr. Al-Qidwa and Dr. Sissalem state that there is no such thing as Judaism nor that Jewish King Solomon's Temple existed:
Al-Qidwa: "The Temple is the fruit of their (Jewish) imagination."
If what these two 'learned' individuals claim is true, then Islam, which claims Jesus (who was a Jew) as one of their main prophets and future saviors, is based upon a lie.
At the same time, the statements of Dr. Al-Qidwa and Dr. Sissalem fly in the face of facts proven by legal expert and erstwhile Judaism researcher Dr. Nabil Hilmi, Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Al-Zaqaziq. In the August 9, 2003 edition of the Egyptian weekly Al-Ahram Al-Arabi, Dr. Hilmi stated that he takes as fact the Bible's account of the Exodus. In the article, he refers to "what is written in the Torah.... in Exodus, [Chapter] 35, verses 12 through 36?"
That Dr. Hilmi tried use these facts as the basis to sue every Jew on the planet for gazillions of dollars is immaterial. That he clearly stated in his interviews that he had verified the factual aspects of the Bible, even using the Egyptian police to do the detective work is significant. Dr. Hilmi has stated that the Hebrew Bible is fact, and that the Jews of today are absolutely the descendants of the Jews of yore. This alone flies in the face of what Drs. Al-Qidwa and Sissalem present:
Sissalem: "I want to point out that we should not focus much on what is called the [Biblical] Hebrew tribes, who are in fact Bedouin Arab tribes. There is no connection between them and these Khazar Jews [of Israel today]. Those [Hebrew-Arab] tribes were erased and ceased to exist and no traces were left of them..."
If nothing else, Dr. Sissalem has negated Dr. Hilmi's lawsuit against modern-day Jews by saying that we have no relationship to the Jews enslaved for hundreds of years by the Egyptians. It also implies, by extension, that if the Egyptians want to sue for return of goods ostensibly stolen from the ancient Egyptians, they should be suing the Bedouins. Unless of course, Drs. Sissalem and Al-Qidwa are wrong....
Further along, a very damning statement comes from the esteemed Dr. Sissalem: "...the Bible expresses a tradition of legends, that has no connection to history." (emphasis mine - BG)
Notice how he didn't state 'little connection,' or even 'only partial connection.' Dr. Sissalem stated very clearly the word "no". Yet, if one reads the Koran, it clearly states that Abraham settled, by God's command, in the place of what would become the Ka'ba (22, 27).
Since Dr. Sissalem stated that the Bible has "no connection to history," any mention of certain individuals and even groups from the Bible must be false. Therefore, since the Koran mentions Abraham, it must be a lie, too. The same holds true for other individuals and groups mentioned in the false piece of literature, the Bible, as well as the Koran. Such people as Ishmael and Moses, and groups such as the ancient Egyptians. Therefore, the words of Mohammed, as written down in the Koran, are based upon a lie.
This aforementioned statement even negates the rest of these learned men's arguments that the 'Palestinians' are the descendants of the Canaanites and therefore entitled to take away Israel's land from the Jewish people and claim it for their own: "...when our nation or our Canaanite forefathers came to Palestine."
Since the Canaanites are extensively written about in the Hebrew bible, according to Dr. Sissalem, there is no such thing as Canaanites, since the Bible has "no connection to history."
This means that the Palestinian claim of being the ancient Canaanites is a lie.
In essence, Drs. Al-Qidwa and Sissalem have not merely proven that the Koran is a lie, but that their very own contemporary scholars and statesmen are citing falsehoods when they quote the Koran, since it frequently mentions people and places mentioned in the Bible, which, as they will tell you, has no connection to history.
So instead of discrediting the Israel and the Jews, these two distinguished Arab experts have proven that Islam is a lie based upon lies. Bravo. Who knew you were working for us?