UN votes against faith. UN votes against faith, UN votes against faith

Once again, the United Nations has displayed its true colors as an Antisemitic and anti-Israel organization. On Wednesday, 129 countries voted in favor of a resolution (with 11 against and 31 abstentions) passed a resolution declaring Israel’s ‘proclamation of Jerusalem as “the capital of Israel,” were null and void and must be rescinded forthwith.’ Later in the resolution, it denied the Jewish people’s connection to the Temple mount by demanding that Israel should be “refraining from provocative actions and rhetoric and upholding unchanged the historic status quo at the Haram al-Sharif – in word and in practice, as well as for full respect for international law, including international human rights law and international humanitarian law, as may be applicable in Jerusalem.”

By calling the site Haram al-Sharif without mentioning that it is the Temple Mount and historically the home of the two Jewish Temples to God, most countries that voted to pass or abstain from the resolution were denying their own faiths. The written history and scripture of the  Muslim, Christian, and Jewish faiths all say that Jerusalem and the Temple Mount belong to the Jewish people.

Let’s start out with the basics.  Jerusalem was NEVER part of a Palestinian State because there was never an independent state of Palestine. After the Bar Kochba revolt in 135 CE, the Romans punished the Judeans (Jews) for revolting a second time in sixty years. They changed the country’s name from Judea to Syria Palaestina (after the ancient enemy of the Jews, the Philistines. The Philistines were destroyed about a thousand years before Rome changed the name). At the same time, the Romans changed the name of the holy city and Judea’s capital from Jerusalem to Aelia Capitolina (literally Capitoline Hill of the House of Aelius). After the Romans threw out many Jews, the holy land was ruled by the Byzantine Empire, the Ottoman Empire, and finally, the British mandate before it became a Jewish State in 1948.  

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Ancient Muslim, Greek, and Roman pagan authors, all report that Jerusalem was a Jewish city. Their text indicates the unanimous agreement that Jerusalem was Jewish because its inhabitants were Jews. It was founded by Jews, and the Temple located in Jerusalem was the center of the Jewish religion.

Writings from the ancient Greeks and Romans identified Jerusalem as a Judean City:

  • In an account by Hecataeus of Abdera ( 300 BCE), Jerusalem appears toward the conclusion of his counter-Exodus account and before he describes Jewish society and practices. He attributes the expulsion of the Jews to the pestilence which the Egyptians blamed upon the presence of foreigners, not only Jews, who caused the natives to falter in religious observance. “Therefore, the aliens were driven from the country.” While some went to Greece, most “were driven into what is now called Judaea … at that time utterly uninhabited … on taking possession of the land, he [Moses] founded, besides other cities, one that is the most renowned of all, called Jerusalem. Also, he established the Temple that they hold in chief veneration, instituted their forms of worship and ritual, drew up their laws, and ordered their political institutions.”
  • Several of the selections in Against Apion, including the anti-Exodus narrative, also provide descriptions of the interior and exterior of the Temple and some of its rituals. For example, Hecataeus states in the center of the city is an enclosure where there is “a square altar built of heaped up stones, unhewn and unwrought.” The Temple itself is “a great edifice containing an altar and a lampstand [Menorah], both made of gold … upon these is a light that is never extinguished … there is not a single statue or votive offering, no trace of a plant in the form of a sacred grove, or the like.” Hecataeus “On the Jews,” in Against Apion I, 198-199; Stern, I, V, No.12, 36-37
  • Along with physical descriptions, the authors mention the religious aspect of the Temple, which differed radically from Greek and Roman paganism. In the text preserved by Diodorus, Hecataeus says the priests and their duties in the Temple and even describes a worship service and sacrifice. Similarly, the first-century Roman historian Livy remarks that the Jews do not state “to which deity pertains the temple at Jerusalem, nor is any image found there since they do not think the God partakes of any figure.” Hecataeus, in Diodorus, Aegyptiaca, Bibliotheca Historica XL, 3, 4-6; Stern, I, V, No. 11, 26-28.

 

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From The Second Temple, Warning In Greek delineating a section of the Temple complex was off-limits to Gentiles.

An earlier capture of Jerusalem by the Greek-Egyptian King Ptolemy, son of Lagus, provided an opportunity for the obscure Agatharchides of Cnidus (second century BCE) to remark that the people of Jerusalem, who inhabited the most strongly fortified of cities, lost their city because they would not defend it on the Sabbath.

Josephus includes this selection in Against Apion as one of the early pagan critiques of the Jewish Sabbath, which Agatharchides deemed as “folly,” “dreams,” and “traditional fancies about the law.”

The Palestinians point to the fact that there is little archeological evidence that either Temple existed, which ignores the very convenient fact that there is no digging allowed on the Temple Mount because the Government of Israel tries to recognize its holiness to the Muslims. But when the Muslims dug up part of the Temple Mount to add to their Mosque, they dumped the tons of dirt with artifacts outside the holy city.

The Jerusalem Islamic Waqf, the institution overseeing the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, carried out excavations on the Temple Mount between 1996 and 1999 as part of the construction of a subterranean mosque in an area known as Solomon’s Stables. Tens of thousands of tons of dirt — roughly 400 truckloads — were excavated by heavy machinery, without the supervision of archaeologists, and were dumped outside the Old City.

Archeologists have been sifting through the dirt for years (the project is s called the Temple Mount Sifting Project) and have found artifacts from the Holy Temples. For example, in 2005, an archaeologist found what is now known as the Gaalyahu Seal, which in Hebrew says belonging to Gaalyahu, son of Imer. The house of Imer was a well-known priestly family at the end of the First Temple period, roughly from around the 7th – 6th Centuries BCE.
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Despite what the Palestinian Authority. says about the Jewish Temples, There are references to the Jewish Temples in sacred Muslim texts:

The Qur’an refers to the existence of both temples in verse 17:7. In this passage, the Qur’an deals with God’s punishment of the Children of Israel for their transgressions:

 

(We permitted your enemies)

To disfigure your faces,
And to enter your Temple
As they had entered it before,
And to visit with destruction
All that fell into their power.

The word translated as “Temple” by Abdullah Yusuf Ali (and by the influential translator Marmaduke Pickthall before him) is masjid. This word, which is usually translated as mosque, has the meaning of a sanctuary wherever it appears in a pre-Islamic context. The usual Muslim exegesis of this verse (including that of Abdullah Yusuf Ali) holds that it refers to the destruction of the First and Second Temples.

Muslim tradition is especially adamant about the existence of the First Temple, built by Solomon, who appears in the Qur’an as a prophet and a paragon of wisdom. Verse 34:13 is an account of how Solomon summoned jinn (spirits) to build the Temple:

They worked for him

As he desired, (making) Arches,
Images, Basons
As large as wells,
And (cooking) Cauldrons fixed
(In their places)

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Found By the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount-From Second Temple Inscribed, “To the Place of Trumpeting.” The spot where the Priests blew the Shofar to announce the beginning and end of the Sabbath and Holidays.

The very verse in the Quran that supposedly makes the Temple Mount holy to Muslims also proves that the spot was occupied by the Jewish Temple:

The Islamic sanctity of the Haram al-Sharif [what the Muslims call the Temple Mount] is based upon verse 17:1

Glory to (Allah)
Who did take His Servant
For a Journey by night
From the Sacred Mosque
To the Farthest Mosque

This is the textual proof of the isra’, the earthly segment of the Night Journey of the Prophet Muhammad: overnight, Muhammad was miraculously transported, round-trip, from “the Sacred Mosque” (al-Masjid al-Haram)-that is, the Ka’ba (or its vicinity) in Mecca-to “the Farthest Mosque” (al-Masjid al-Aqsa).

Later Muslim tradition came to identify “the Farthest Mosque” with Jerusalem. But during Muhammad’s lifetime, no mosque stood in Jerusalem; the Muslims conquered the city only several years after his death. Abdullah Yusuf Ali’s commentary on this verse summarizes the traditional explanation: “The Farthest Mosque,” he writes, “must refer to the site of the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem on the hill of Moriah.“

When Muslims did build a mosque on this hill, Muslim tradition holds that it was built deliberately on the verified site of earlier sanctuaries. According to Muslim tradition, when the Caliph Umar visited Jerusalem after its conquest, he searched for David’s sanctuary or prayer niche (mihrab Dawud), which is mentioned in the Qur’an (38:21). (David was believed to have chosen the site on which Solomon built.) When Umar was satisfied he had located it, he ordered a place of prayer (musalla) to be established there. This evolved into a mosque-precursor of the later Aksa Mosque. Thus began the Islamization of the complex that later came to be known as the Haram al-Sharif. It became the tradition of Islam that Muslims restored the site to its earlier function as a place of supplication venerated by all the prophets, including Abraham, David and Solomon.

Then there is Koran, Sura 2:145, “The Cow.”

“…They would not follow thy direction of prayer (qiblah), nor art thou to follow their direction of prayer; nor indeed will they follow each other’s direction of prayer…”

Commentators explain that “thy qiblah” (direction of prayer for Muslims) clearly refers the Ka’bah of Mecca, while “their qiblah” (direction of prayer for Jews) refers to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

This Koranic passage appears to show that the holiness of Jerusalem is a Jewish concept and should not be confused with an Islamic concept, as the 13th-century Arab biographer and geographer Yakut noted: “Mecca is holy to Muslims, and Jerusalem to the Jews.”

The Official 1925 Supreme Moslem Council (Wakf) Guide Book To Al-Ḥaram Al-Sarif (Temple Mount) recognized the presence of the Jewish Temples atop the Mount.  Shown below is paragraph two, which appears on page four, which says, “It’s [the Temple Mount] identity with the site of Solomon’s Temple is beyond dispute.” After Israel became a state in 1948, the Waqf removed from its guidebooks all references to King Solomon’s Temple, whose location at the site it had previously said was “beyond dispute.”

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Thus there is indisputable proof that before it became a Palestinian strategy to deny the Jewish heritage with the Temple Mount and Jerusalem, the followers of the Muslim faith believed they were Jewish sites,

Some writers recall distinctive Jewish customs, such as the absence of idols, male circumcision, dietary laws, and the observance of the weekly day of rest, the Sabbath. Indeed, in 167 BCE, the Greek Seleucid King Antiochus IV ordered Jews to place an idol of Zeus in the Temple, outlawed circumcision, demanded the sacrifice of swine, and forbade Sabbath observance. I Maccabees 1:41-50 reads.” He thus desired to eliminate those unique features of the Jewish religion, noted by pagan writers. The books of Maccabees which tell the story of Hanukah and declare the holiness of the Jewish Temple atop Mount Moriah, are part of the religious scripture canon of the Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Coptic, and Russian Orthodox churches.

The Jewish Temple in Jerusalem is mentioned in the Christian Gospels, which pre-date Islam. For example, in Mark 12:40 and Luke 20:47, Jesus accused the Temple authorities of thieving and named poor widows their victims, Providing written evidence of this in Mark 12:42 and Luke 21:2. Dove sellers were selling doves that were sacrificed by the poor who could not afford grander sacrifices and specifically by women.

According to Mark 11:16, Jesus then put an embargo on people carrying any merchandise through the Temple—a sanction that disrupted all commerce. In the Gospel of John 2:15-16, Jesus refers to the Jerusalem Temple as “my Father’s house,” thus, making a claim to being the Son of God.

He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.”

What does this all mean?  Ancient Greek texts, Muslim texts, and Christian Gospels all agree with the Jewish scriptures that Jerusalem is a Jewish city, and there was a Jewish holy temple on top of Mount Moriah in Jerusalem.   No amount of lies from the Palestinians, the UN, or any country––no one except the Lord God himself, can take Jerusalem away from the Jewish people. But they keep on trying.

As Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, said, “The UN’s assault on Israel with a torrent of one-sided resolutions is surreal. “It’s absurd that in the year 2021, out of some 20 UN General Assembly resolutions that criticize countries, 70 percent are focused on one single country— Israel. What drives these lopsided condemnations is a powerful political agenda to demonize the Jewish state?”

The answer, Hillel, is the contempt those 129 nations have for the Jewish people and the Jewish nation of Israel. There is also blame that should be placed on the thirty-one cowardly countries which abstained. Many of the abstentions came from supposed allies of Israel, such as Great Britain. Britain and the other nations should learn from William Shakespeare, arguably the greatest playwright of all time. Shakespeare’s character Hamlet, from the play of the same name. Throughout the play, Hamlet is indecisive, including his most famous speech (to be or not to be…). His indecisiveness was a flaw creating many of Hamlet’s problems, including his death, as well as the death of most of the play’s central characters. What will the cowardly UN abstainers’ indecisiveness lead to?

Jeff Dunetz (The Lid) is on the national board of Herut, an international movement for Zionist pride and education dedicated to the ideals of the late Zionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky.  More about Herut can be found at www.HerutNA.org–Please consider joining me in Herut by clicking here

UN votes against faith. UN votes against faith, UN votes against faith

UN votes against faith. UN votes against faith, UN votes against faith

UN votes against faith. UN votes against faith, UN votes against faith

 

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