History of Hypocrisy about Jerusalem
By Tarek Fatah
Donald Trump's declaration recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel had
barely sunk in when predictions of a looming catastrophe started to make waves
in the mainstream liberal media.
surprisingly, Tony Burman, former head of Al Jazeera English and CBC News,
warned in the Toronto Star that "(recognizing Jerusalem) foreshadows a
dangerous new phase in the conflict that will encourage extremists on both sides
to reach for the gun and engulf the region in violence."
over 15 years American presidents, both Democrats and Republicans, have declared
they believe Jerusalem is Israel's capital and promised to move the U.S. embassy
to the city, but stepped back when confronted by possible repercussions to their
supposedly principled stand.
1992, Bill Clinton declared, "Jerusalem is still the capital of Israel and
must remain an undivided city accessible to all."
was followed by George W. Bush in 2000, who made the following promise: "As
soon as I take my office I will begin the process of moving the United States
Ambassador to the city Israel has chosen as its capital (Jerusalem)."
Bill Clinton declared that Jerusalem is the "capital of
Israel" and "must remain an undivided city" while running
for president in 1992. George W. Bush pledged as a candidate in 2000 to
"begin the process of moving" the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem as
soon as he took office.
the tumultuous years following the 9/11 attack by al-Qaida on the U.S. put the
issue of Jerusalem on the back burner, but when the White House returned to
Democratic hands, Barack Obama took an even more vigorous stand supporting
Israel than his predecessors.
2008, Obama not only asserted his support of Jerusalem being the capital of
Israel, but emphasized, "Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and must remain
fact Turkey has now taken the lead to speak for the Palestinians is rich with
irony considering the Ottoman Turks colonized the Arabs for over 600 years and
Jerusalem was kept a backwater city of no significance. As the Pakistani
historian Mobarak Haidar recently wrote, "Muslims of the world have no
religious basis to rule Jerusalem."
was conquered by the Arab armies of Caliph Omar in 637, not because the Qur'an
or Prophet Muhammad had ordained it to be Islamic, but because it was part of
the war the expanding Arabs were fighting with the Byzantines.
after conquering Jerusalem from the Christian Byzantines, Muslim caliphs of the
Umayyad royalty in 715AD built a sanctuary in Jerusalem on top of the Jewish
Temple Mount, and called it the Al-Aqsa Mosque, thus retroactively giving the
city a role in Prophet Muhammad's life.
Dome on the Rock was used for a parallel Hajj by the Damascus caliphs to compete
with Mecca's Kaaba that was ruled by another competing caliph, Abdullah Bin
Hagia Sophia in Istanbul
did pray towards Jerusalem because of its connections to Abraham and because
Mecca was still in pagan hands, but when Jews rejected Prophet Muhammad as the
promised messiah, and Mecca was cleared of idols, Muslims turned their backs on
Muslims need to be a bit more honest than we profess to be. Imagine if Ethiopia
invaded Mecca and built a church over the Kaaba, then claimed the city.
have done this elsewhere, whether it was converting St. Sophia Cathedral into
the Hagia Sophia mosque in Turkey, or destroying the Hindu temple considered the
birthplace of Lord Rama and building the Babri Mosque over it in India.
is time for us to show remorse, to stop playing the victim because, other than
the likes of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, no one is listening.