A Palestinian Authority university lecturer was the latest PA academic to rewrite history and deny Jewish history in Jerusalem, which was the Jewish capital for a full 1,600 years before Muhammad authored the Muslim Koran. The lecturer denied the Jewish people's connection to the Western Wall of the Jewish Temple.
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Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reported that Shamekh Alawneh, who teaches modern history in the televised lectures of Al-Quds Open University, said Jews invented the connection to the Wall for political purposes, to convince European Jews and Zionists to come to “Palestine.”
The Jewish claim to the Western Wall “has no historical roots," he said on a television program called “Jerusalem – History and Culture.” The Jews’ claim, he said, is “political terminology to win the hearts and the support of the Zionists in Europe, so they would emigrate and come to Palestine. Nothing more!”
The show's interviewer also referred to the "Judaization" of Jerusalem, and to alleged Jewish plots to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Denying Jewish history in Jerusalem and the very existence of the Jewish Temple is a central component of PA political ideology, PMW explained. This denial started with longtime PLO chairman Yasser Arafat and continues to be reiterated by academics, politicians and religious leaders.
PA leaders systematically distort the ancient history of Jerusalem, ignoring the vast historical documentation and thousands of archeological finds related to Jewish history that have been uncovered in Jerusalem.
At Ir David, for instance, seals have been found that bear the names of officials who are mentioned in the book of Jeremiah.