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Sixth Christian Rival: Corpus Separatum (Jerusalem)

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Submitted by Robert (United States), Jul 11, 2021 at 17:03

There is no real good reason, Dr. Pipes, for ignoring the old Christian claims, which of course, go back to the Crusades!

According to Wikipedia, a more recent claim was expressed even before the Palestine Mandate as "Corpus Separatum (Jerusalem)." Here's what Wikipedia has on the origin of this concept in one paragraph:

"The origins of the concept of corpus separatum or an international city for Jerusalem has its origins in the Vatican's long-held position on Jerusalem and its concern for the protection of the Christian holy places in the Holy Land, which predates the British Mandate. The Vatican's historic claims and interests, as well as those of Italy and France were based on the former Protectorate of the Holy See and the French Protectorate of Jerusalem."

What is perhaps unaccounted for is the apparent implicit disinterest in the Temple Mount or the Western Wall. Why Christianity apparent hasn't designated the site of the Second Temple where Jesus allegedly overturned (according to the New Testament) the pushcart of the money changers is a mystery to me. And was it by any chance the same spot where Muslim Prophet parked his horse Burak before the 2 ascended unto heaven?


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Daniel Pipes replies:

Christian claims were alive in 1947 but are defunct today.

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