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Life Lessons with Judy Simon
I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970. I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh. I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and currently, am Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center.
The New York Times published an op-ed, another was last October, by a former Palestinian Authority Minister.
Ali Jarbawi's op-ed, "The Man Who Made Peace Impossible", on Ariel Sharon, is full of lies.
But I found something else.
He wrote that in 2000, Sharon "entered the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem". But he didn't. He did not enter any building but rather walked around a bit. The Temple Mount compound is open-air. Al-Aqsa Mosque is the southern building. What bothers Jarbawi about Sharon's presence at the Temple Mount? Why does he claim it "triggered the second intifada"?
Yes, I am aware that Muslims refer to the entire area as one big mosque but we need not accept that. But more importantly, let's not forget that it is also a Jewish holy site. Every day, non-Muslim tourists in their hundreds, and at times more, visit the site. So, why would Muslims respond in such a violent fashion to that 2000 tour?
Maybe the problem is not with Sharon but with a theological-political interpretation that views Jews as the failed of God? Like the former Christian outlook, we've been replaced by the religion of Muhammed.
If anything is "impossible", it is the twisted approach to Jews that Jarbawi and others of his ilk propogate. Like these among others:-
On December 30, 1973, King Feisal of Saudi Arabia proclaimed on Radio Riyadh
The Jews have no connection whatsoever with Jerusalem and have no sacraments there. They claim that the Temple of Solomon is there…The Temple of Solomon does not exist in Jerusalem…Therefore the Jews have no connection or right to have any presence in Jerusalem, or any authority there.
Saudi historian Muhammed Hassan Sharab declares that the Quranic Al Aqsa mosque encompasses the entire Temple Mount compound including the Western Wall and that the Temple of Solomon was never located there.
Egyptian archaeologist Abed al-Rahim Rihan Barakat, Director of Antiquities in the Dahab area of Sinai. Barakat asserts:
The legend about the Jewish temple is the greatest historic crime of forgery.
University of Cairo lecturer and one-time TV host Abed al-Tuwab Mustafa claims that there is no basis for the Jewish claim of a holy Temple on Mount Moriah.
But the NYTimes ignores all this, doesn't check or vet and allows such claptrap as that of Jarbawi to appear in print.