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Reader comment on item: What Jewish Ties to Jerusalem?

Submitted by Salah al-Din Yusuf ibn Ayyub (United States), Jul 18, 2008 at 02:33

The Jews have been there longer, and their Temples were there. The Christian account of Jesus' leaving this world, peace be upon him, puts his execution directly outside the old walls, not to mention that famous incident on the Temple Mount (Noble Sanctuary). The Muslim Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) had his famous Night Journey to Heaven from the Temple Mount, and Muslims once prayed towards Jerusalem, just as they do towards Mecca today. Beyond all that, Abraham, father of all three religions, had his ordeal upon the rock on the Noble Sanctuary when God tested his faith, a rock now protected by the Al-Aqsa mosque, and a rock which was a cornerstone to the Jewish Temples. It seems all we can do is share. Perhaps create the Soveriegn Nation of Jerusalem, seperate from Israel, and let people of all faiths come and go as they please. Maybe one day a Buddhist will meditate in the Dome of the Rock as a Hindu chants in the Holy Sepulchre, while the city's rabbi, priest, and imam have tea in the courtyard. Or maybe we'll reduce it to all to rubble by years of urban warfare. Maybe that would be for the best. Only G-d knows. Peace out.


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