“Muslim” Moses

3 Apr

As Jews around the world prepare for Passover – the celebration of Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt – Palestinians are working overtime to rewrite history by presenting Moses as “the great Muslim leader who liberated Palestine.”

On Palestinian Authority television, Dr. Omar Ja’ara, a lecturer at Al-Najah University in Nablus, declared:

“We must make clear to the world that David in the Hebrew Bible is not connected to David in the Koran, Solomon in the Hebrew Bible is not connected to Solomon in the Koran… and unfortunately, many researchers deny the Exodus of those oppressed people who were liberated by a great leader, like Moses the Muslim, the believing leader, the great Muslim, who was succeeded by Saul, the leader of these Muslims in liberating Palestine. This was the first Palestinian liberation through armed struggle to liberate Palestine…”

This outrage is the latest Palestinian effort to dismiss Jewish nationhood, a corollary to the repeated denial of any Jewish connection to the Holy Land. “The claims of historic and religious ties between Jews and Palestine are incompatible with the facts of history,” reads the Palestinian National Charter (Article 18).

When archaeologists in Jerusalem discovered a small golden bell, possibly from a tunic worn by a high priest during the Second Temple period, Palestinian officials angrily said this “underlines the efforts of the occupation and the extremist Jewish groups to falsify history and plant Jewish history forged in the region.” And following the release of an iPhone app that sends prayers to the Western Wall, Palestinians immediately went into protest mode, insisted that “the Wailing Wall is an integral part of the al-Aqsa Mosque, and it is exclusively Islamic… and non-Muslims have no right to it, even to the dust of the Wailing Wall.” (Palestine News Network, January 4, 2011)

This deceit goes straight to the top: In the words of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, the Jewish people “claim that 2,000 years ago they had a Temple. I challenge the claim that this is so.” (Kul Al-Arab, August 25, 2000) The Palestinian ambassador to Washington, Maen Rashid Areikat, claimed that historically the Jewish presence in Israel “never was in Jerusalem, it never was on the coast, it never was in Hebron.”

As detailed in my book, David & Goliath, it’s all part of an ongoing deligitimization campaign – aided by a willing media. Le Monde, the French newspaper of record, quoted PA cabinet minister Yasser Abed Rabbo: “Looking at the situation from an archaeological standpoint, I am sure there is no temple.”

Even canonized Jewish writings, accepted for millennia by billions of people worldwide, are targeted for revision. Speaking on Palestinian TV, researcher Dr. Hayel Sanduqa claimed that the well-known verse from Psalm 137, “If I forget thee, oh Jerusalem,” is not a Jewish source at all, but rather words uttered by a Christian Crusader, now “falsified in the name of Zionism.” And when the iconic 1970s disco group Boney M played a concert in Ramallah, Palestinian organizers demanded that the band not perform one of its biggest hits, “Rivers of Babylon.” Why? Because the song’s chorus quotes from the Book of Psalms which – in a brazen act of Zionist propaganda! – refers to the Jewish yearning for the land of Israel.

Follow the steps: First, Palestinians claim that Moses was a Muslim leader and that Jews never lived in Israel. Then before you know it, standard media references to the Jewish Temple – accepted as historical fact by every legitimate archaeologist and scholar – is deemed debatable. London’s Daily Telegraph referred to “the Temple Mount, where the two Jewish temples of antiquity are believed to have been built,” and Time magazine identified the “Dome of the Rock, where Jews believe Solomon and Herod built the First and Second Temples.” Not an indisputable fact of history; just something that “Jews believe.”

Beyond the problem of factual inaccuracy, these media manipulations can actually impede the peace process. Invariably, the starting point in any negotiation is whatever is defined in common terms as “normative.” With these outrageous pro-Palestinian views reinforced in the media, Palestinians sense the momentum predisposed in their favor, and harbor the illusion of bringing these demands to the negotiating table. Inevitably, Palestinians get a rude awakening every time that Israel – secure in their 4,000-year history and connection to the land – refuses to allow these skewed perceptions to dictate terms of an agreement.

Looking at the bright side, this is surely a good conversation starter for this year’s Passover Seder.

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2 Responses to ““Muslim” Moses”

  1. Michal Evenari April 3, 2012 at 11:45 pm #

    This is so unbelievable, I really do not understand, that anybody takes it as truth.
    Why do they want that Jews never existet?
    Or Moshe Rabbenu a muslim… I worked long ago for two years with mentally ill people.
    One of them was sure, he is God. Now the times would write: “God lives now in a German
    town.”

  2. dannykid April 4, 2012 at 1:28 am #

    All supporters of Israel should aggressively promote and viral this claim till it’s the most watched clip ever. There has never been such an opportunity to discredit the muslim and especially “palestinian” world as this.
    After all, who would have thought the Muslims had accomplished so much 1500 years before the birth of Mohammed?
    Wait a minute… Wasn’t Judea renamed Palestine by the Romans as a slap in the face to the Jews after the 70 CE revolt, “Palestine” referring to the Philistines, the historic foes of the Jews? Don’t the Palestinians (“Filistine” as they say it) claim descent from the Philistines? Why then, did they slay Goliath, the Philistine giant? Could this have been history’s first “own goal”?; or do these arab “scholars” not think things through?; or is it the ease with which islam lives with contradictions? (eg. 9/11 a CIA-MOSSAD conspiracy / the 11 heroic muslim martyrs); too ridiculous.

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