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The notion that Muslims should have any claim at all to that which is Jewish is absurd

Reader comment on item: The Muslim Claim to Jerusalem

Submitted by E. Martinez (United States), Jan 16, 2016 at 16:22

Thanks for your explanation, Mr. Pipes.

I have to admit that I am simply shocked at what I see happening these days. Let me preface this by saying that I am a female who was raised Catholic, so that you are aware of what my background is.

That Muslims should pretend to have any claims upon that which is clearly Jewish makes no sense. Theft and attempted theft never makes sense. Islam is a knock-off religion from Judaism (the original monotheistic religion which built the Temple and to whom the Temple Mount belongs), and Islam is also a knock-off from Christianity.

For Muslims to lay claim to the Jewish Temple and its land would be equivalent to Christians taking over the Temple Mount mosques and the Kotel, and laying claim to them. This is indeed what happened during the Crusades, and of course, Muslims were unhappy with that, despite the fact that all of it is part of the Jewish Temple, and it is the Jews who should have been angry with Arabs and Christians. It's simply incomprehensible that Muslims should think it's theirs. No, everything isn't theirs simply *because.*

Why should Muslims believe that it's their holy area when it is the Jewish Temple? It's shocking. This is a form of pirate behavior, and it is shameful that they should have protectors and defenders in the West. To me, as a Catholic, it feels more like anti-semitism on the part of the Muslims and the West, than any true discussion of land and ownership. It is not the first and won't be the last time Muslims lay claim to what isn't theirs. The Middle East, was not Islamic before Islam took it over using violence. It was Christian and pagan. This is the way Islam views the world - as everything belonging to Islam. I believe it is Islam and the Koran itself which cause them to behave in this manner. I see it as impudence and malice.

Thanks for listening.


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