The Jews and Jerusalem
The Muslim claim that Jerusalem rightfully belongs to Islam is increasingly defended by Muslim scholars and clerics with the absurd notion that the Jews have no historic tie to the land of Israel. The following is from Aaron Klein at jewishpress.com.
The Jewish temples never existed, and Jews have no historic connection to Jerusalem, declared Sheikh Taysir Tamimi, president of the PA court system. Tamimi condemned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for stressing the Jewish people's historic connection to Jerusalem while in Europe last week.
Tamimi claimed "all Jewish rabbis and extremist organizations" as well as Netanyahu are lying when they state Jerusalem was a historically Jewish city. He called such claims "baseless and untrue."
"Jerusalem is an Arab and Islamic city and it always has been so," he said.
Separately, during an exclusive interview with this reporter, Tamimi, one of the most influential Muslim leaders in Israel, took his assertions even further, arguing that the Western Wall really was a tying post for Muhammad's horse, the Al Aqsa Mosque was built by angels, and Abraham, Moses and Jesus were prophets for Islam.
Tamimi is considered the second most important Palestinian cleric after Muhammad Hussein, the grand mufti of Jerusalem.