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Jews have much stronger claim to Arabia

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Submitted by Charles Martel (United States), Dec 22, 2017 at 23:07

The reasoned mind is constantly assaulted by myopic, factually vacuous claims by Muslims to the holiest spot in Judaism, Jerusalem. One may also ponder why the most sensible response is never offered - which is merely to point out that the Jewish people have a claim to much of Arabia - and based on far stronger evidence. Here, one need look no further than the Muslim holy book, the Quran itself which describes, in exhaustive detail, Mohammed's purge of the numerous Jewish tribes previously inhabiting the region. These include the Banu Aws, Banu Harith, Banu Kinanah and many others.

Such Jewish tribes first settled Arabia shortly after the fall of the Kingdom of Judah in 586 BCE and possessed the land for more than a thousand years thereafter. Measured against a fanciful legend of Mohammed and his narcoleptic journey to 'the far mosque' on a winged donkey the Jewish claim to Arabia seems far more grounded in reality.

Therefore, it appears to me that the proper retort to a Muslim claim upon Jerusalem ought to be a prompt, reasoned, and well-documented disquisition pointing out the historical facts and demanding the return to the Jewish people of the lands wrongfully stolen from the Jews, from Mecca to Yathrib and beyond. Perhaps, if and when today's Muslims give up their claim to the holiest spot in Judaism, today's Israelites may consider relinquishing their ancient claims to land their forebearers possessed in Arabia - for more than one thousand years.

Dr. Pipes, kindly show me the flaw in this argument, if there is one.

Charles Martel

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Two responses:

1. https://www.amazon.com/Bible-Came-Arabia-Kamal-Salibi/dp/0224028308

2. https://twitter.com/DanielPipes/status/945129871860215809

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