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Listen to your mother

I've often cited Meryl Yourish as my "blog-mother." Hers was the first blog I ever read, discovered while looking for stuff about an author we both greatly appreciate. (Never mind his politics.) From her I discovered Little Green Footballs, Laurence Simon (then Amish Tech Support, now Is Full Of Crap), and finally Wizbang, where I parlayed winning caption contests into being head inmate of this asylum.

Anyway, I never forget my roots. I owe Meryl for cluing me into the blogosphere (so now you know who to blame), and I still read her daily (or more often).

Over the last couple of weeks, Meryl (who, by the way, is not just Jewish, but fiercely so) has had a new hair across her butt. She's been noticing that more and more mainstream accounts of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have been playing up the Muslim aspects of the region, while minimizing the Jewish historical ties.

It struck me as a bit silly, but then today I see this piece in the Boston Globe.

Buried in the midst of the "the world would be such a nicer place if they'd just talk to each other" routine BS, one passage almost slipped past me. But thanks to Meryl, it leaped off the page:

Last week, the bad news of Jerusalem centered on an Old City ramp up to the sacred precinct that Muslims revere as Haram al-Sharif and that Jews call the Temple Mount.

Let me repeat that, with a bit of emphasis:

Last week, the bad news of Jerusalem centered on an Old City ramp up to the sacred precinct that Muslims revere as Haram al-Sharif and that Jews call the Temple Mount.

The media always insists on calling that spot "the third holiest site in Islam," but never point out that it is the FIRST holiest site to Jews. If anything, they will make reference to the holy status of the Western Wall, not mentioning that the Jews would prefer to revere the whole site of their ancient Temples, but they're blocked from setting foot on that ground. (Some say that Jews are theologically banned from doing so anyway, but the Muslims up there enforce that ban against all Jews, for their own purposes.)

This is just more reinforcing of my earlier conclusion that Islam is like AIDS: once an area has been touched by Islam, it is forever Islamic and there is no going back. It is a common point made by Islamists; they say that they just want "their land" back, but by that definition they want a good chunk of southern Europe ("El Andalus,") and they are making strides towards colonizing portions of Western cities (witness Detroit and "Londonistan").

So the Jews built their most sacred Temple in Jerusalem, had it destroyed by the Babylonians, built a second Temple there, and had that one destroyed by the Romans, and plan to build a third one there once their Messiah returns. Big deal. What really matters is that, according to some fragment of a legend, Mohammed made a pit stop there on his way to tour Heaven. (Never mind that "Jerusalem" is not mentioned once in the Koran.) Because the Muslims conquered the city long ago and build some mosques on top of it, the Jewishness of its history are now irrelevant -- that makes it Muslim now and Muslim forever.

And the rest of the world, afraid of hurting feelings (or, more likely, afraid of ending up like Theo Van Gogh or a Danish cartoonist), just plays along with this obscenity.

Winston Churchill, as he did so very often, captured the attitude perfectly:

"An appeaser is one who feeds the crocodile hoping it will eat him last."


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Hmmmmm. Churchill-now who d... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Hmmmmm. Churchill-now who does that statement fit? Hmmmmm. Who have we heard that want that kind of approch to everything? Hmmmmmm. Naaaa couldn't be who I think it is. Hmmmm Or could it? Hmmmm.

I see this thing ending VER... (Below threshold)
nikkolai:

I see this thing ending VERY badly for some...wise men wrote about it some 2000 years ago...

The Mosque is sitting ON TO... (Below threshold)

The Mosque is sitting ON TOP of Solomon's temple.

ON TOP!

That site was ancient before the Muslims decided to claim it and it wasn't "the 3rd holiest city" in Islam until the "BigLie" started in the 1930's to rationalize driving out the Jews and Christians.

Mohammed died 6 years before Muslims conquered Jerusalem.

The media always insists... (Below threshold)
mantis:

The media always insists on calling that spot "the third holiest site in Islam," but never point out that it is the FIRST holiest site to Jews.

Always? I don't think so. Did a quick google search, and here are recent stories indicating that the Western Wall (or, somewhat inaccurately, the Temple Mount) is the holiest site in Judaism:

Reuters
UPI
GPA (via RawStory)
UK Independent

Somewhat hyperbolic, doncha think?

Much of the Arab world says... (Below threshold)

Much of the Arab world says there never was a temple there and that the claim is a Jewish plot. Arafat said so to Clinton once. Quite a plot, to have 1900-year-old Roman carvings documenting it. Just to pick one source.

Also, the Islamic authority that controls the Temple Mount makes every effort to destroy historical evidence by digging beneath and dumping what results in a landfill. Israel could have knocked them out in 1967; they let them stay. This is the thanks they get.

Reading my post again, I gu... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Reading my post again, I guess the "never" part was what was hyperbolic (although the "always" part may also be).

Mantis, you dont get it. T... (Below threshold)
Robert:

Mantis, you dont get it. The Holiest site for Jews is the TEMPLE MOUNT. Not the Western (Wailing Wall). The entire mount! The Western Wall is only a small part of the Temple Mount. Get it yet?

Mantis, you dont get it.... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Mantis, you dont get it. The Holiest site for Jews is the TEMPLE MOUNT. Not the Western (Wailing Wall). The entire mount! The Western Wall is only a small part of the Temple Mount. Get it yet?

Robert, the Kadosh Hakadashim is not "the entire mount," but rather the inner sanctuary of the Temple. Since most Jews will not set foot there, however, the Western Wall is the holiest place for pilgrims. If you want to nitpick, you are technically correct about the wall, but incorrect about the mount itself. Nice try, but I get it just fine.

Nice try, but I get it j... (Below threshold)

Nice try, but I get it just fine.

And you're cool with the fact that the Islamic authorities there do everything possible to destroy pre-Islamic archaeological evidence, with not a peep from the media? And that Israel works on a ramp that's not even close and gets excoriated by that same media?

And you're cool with the... (Below threshold)
mantis:

And you're cool with the fact that the Islamic authorities there do everything possible to destroy pre-Islamic archaeological evidence, with not a peep from the media?

No, I'm not cool with the constant attempts to deny historical and ethnic significance of Jerusalem in Judaism, whether it be by destroying archaeological evidence or any other means. I don't know which part of the media is excoriating Israel for their construction, but if they are I'm not cool with that either, as the complaints are bullshit.

If you think I'm anti-Israel you're barking up the wrong tree. Sure, I disagree with some of their policies and methods, sometimes, and I'm sympathetic to the Palestinians (yes, I know they don't have an historical ethnic claim to the land that they live on) if not their leaders, but I also think that Israel has actually shown a great deal of restraint over the years considering the fact that they are surrounded by hostility to which they are superior in strength and capability. I believe in the absolute necessity of a Jewish state, both at the time of its creation and now.

I shoulda known that if any... (Below threshold)

I shoulda known that if anyone would bust my hyperbole, it'd be mantis. Fair cop, foil o' mine.

But my essential point remains: while the Muslims administering the Temple Mount do all they can to eradicate signs of Jewish presence on the Mount, the mainstream press does its bit to bolster the lie that the area is far more important to the Muslims than the Jews by emphasizing the "third holiest site in Islam" (quick, name the other two; most will get Mecca, but half will miss Medina, and almost none of them can tell you WHY Medina is important) and glossing over its relevance to Jews.

There's not much I can do about it, here in the hinterlands of New Hampshire, besides yell loudly about the emperor's lack of clothing. But it's something.

J.

And that pitstop was just i... (Below threshold)

And that pitstop was just in a dream (the Night Journey)

Meryl is my blog-mother als... (Below threshold)

Meryl is my blog-mother also! Meryl, Winds of Change, and LGF were the first blogs I ever read, in Spring 2002.

not to toot my own horn, but I have a whole category on my blog devoted to this topic, just start here and scroll down.

What's Islam's 4th holiest ... (Below threshold)
Myackie:

What's Islam's 4th holiest site?

5th? 23rd? 587th?

The world swims in lies.

At some point, earlier in t... (Below threshold)
Ariel:

At some point, earlier in the Iraq war, I remember them talking about some city (Najaf, maybe) being the third holiest city in Shiite Islam. At that point, I asked a relatively non-religious Muslim friend about it, saying the whole thing really confused me - every place seems like it's the nth holiest site, as long as Jews or Americans are somehow involved in it. I think that's the bottom line.




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