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-Muslims Destroying Jewish Religious Sites?

by Dr. D ~ March 14th, 2010

Jerusalem, Dome of the Rock
(Jerusalem via Wikipedia)

Whenever Muslims have political control in a country or area, the minority religions are consistently persecuted and the customs and heritage including religious sites are assailed and some even blotted out.

We saw this demonstrated a few years back in 2001 when the Taliban destroyed the 1500 year old Buddha sculptures in Afghanistan.  We see this happening right now in Iraq as the government is planning to build a new gigantic mosque over the traditional Jewish memorial to the prophet Ezekiel.

We have also heard continual reports that the Islamic authorities over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem have purposely destroyed any artifacts found on the site that might be linked historically to the Jewish Temple and faith.

Here’s an article by Alexander Maistrovoy, an Israeli journalist, cataloging how Jewish and Christian sites in Jerusalem and the Holy Land have systematically been converted to Muslim sites instead:

“Jews in Holy Land? What Jews?”

by Alexander Maistrovoy

Welcome to the Holy Land: Al-Haram Al-Ibrahimi in Hebron, Bilal Ibn Ribah mosque in Bethlehem and Al-Burak Wall…

The Israeli government announced that it would include the Cave of the Patriarchs (Me’arat HaMachpelah) in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem as part of a comprehensive plan to preserve Israel’s national heritage and religious sites (”Moreshet”). The reaction of the Arab (and all Islamic) world to the decision has once again showed the real essence of the “Arab-Israeli conflict”, which actually is the holy war that Arabs had proclaimed against the Jews.

Any conflict can be resolved if the conflicting parties recognize each other’s right of existence. It becomes basically irresolvable if one of parties refuses to recognize the other. The key questions of borders, the status of Jerusalem and refugees are difficult but could be resolved in case Arabs recognized the right of the Jews to live in their land.

Arabs do not recognize it. All their policy, strategy, ideology is directed to depriving the Jews of any connection with the land of Israel: virtually, and then physically to uproot the Jews from the history of the Holy Land. Jews have neither antiquities nor holy sites, they have no past. In other words, they do not belong to this land and have no right to exist at all.
It is the genocidal approach that is characteristic of Islam. Power and possession are inherent parts of religious attitude in Islam. This approach extends to all other religions, not only to Judaism. The idea consists in depriving other cultures of their spiritual base to achieve total physical domination over them.

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