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Jerusalem Denial

June 9, 2011

On the lines of Holocaust Denial, there’s a phenomenon, apparently gaining traction, in which Palestinian spokesmen, sometimes officials, sometimes scholars, deny Jewish history in Jerusalem.

Here’s an example where a scholar (“scholar”?) claims that Psalm 137 (“If I forget thee Oh Jerusalem, may my right hand wither”), written in the 6th century BCE, was actually invented by some unnamed crusader and usurped by the Zionists.

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  1. David Gleicher permalink
    June 9, 2011 8:14 pm

    I believe that we fail to take advantage of the Palestinian denial of a 2nd Commonwealth Jewish Jerusalem. Every Israeli who speaks before a group of committed Christians should emphasize that this Palestinian denial is the equivalent of claiming that the entire New Testament is a lie as well. After all, if there was no Jewish Temple and no Jewish Jerusalem, just where exactly did Jesus preach and die? And the Palestinian claim that Jesus was a “Palestinian” is laughable to any believing Christian. Again and again, we should hammer home that to accept this Palestinian narrative requires the denial of basic Christian beliefs.

  2. Silke permalink
    June 9, 2011 9:11 pm

    in 1867 when Mark Twain was in Jerusalem they were proud to show of the remains of Solomon’s temple in their mosques.

    http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/3176/pg3176.txt

    to jump there ctrl-F for
    mighty mosque

  3. June 10, 2011 5:06 pm

    I understood Dr. Sanduqa differently, that he is not saying the crusader invented Ps 137, just that the crusader “said” it (which is possible, given the nature of the crusaders’ replacement theology beliefs, and their mission). The problem I see in this example is not one of denial (though elsewhere that exists), but misunderstanding, specifically, misunderstanding about the meaning of the words Zion and Zionism. While he appears to possibly understand that biblically Zion refers to the land (Jerusalem or the broader area), he does not understand that Zion is also used in the Bible to refer to a people, and only one people (the Jewish people), so for this reason we see him noting without criticism a misapplication of the scripture by the crusader, while condemning the notion that a member of Zion could want to remember Zion, how absurd!
    We Gentiles, particularly Muslims (for whom appeal to divine authority carries weight), need to be educated about the Creator’s definition of Zion, that the land, city and one people are so connected that the same word is used for the 3.

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