Coexist? U.S. Reps hit with religious discrimination in Jerusalem

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In our latest installment of “How to Coexist With The Religion of Peace,” we bring you this story about the first-hand accounts by two U.S. Congressmen of religious discrimination against non-Muslims on the ruins of the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site, which sit below the vast Al Aqsa Islamic complex.

As the Israel National News reports, Congressmen Andrew Harris (R- Maryland) and Ron DeSantis (R-Florida) were taken on a tour of the holy site in Jerusalem by Rabbi Chaim Richman, International Director of the Temple Institute, who pointed out religious and historical landmarks along the way. The group witnessed how Jewish groups are singled out and closely followed by “guards” from the Islamic Waqf trust which administers the site, as well as Israeli police officers, both of whom scrutinize their behavior for any signs that they might be engaging in Jewish prayers or any other non-Muslim form of worship.

Congressman Andrew Harris expressed his concern at the lack of religious freedom on the site. “I’m actually surprised that access is so limited and especially the discrimination against Jews above any other religion in visits to the Temple Mount. It surprises me as an American, believing in religious freedom, that [such religious discrimination] would exist.”

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Sadly, it’s not surprising, when you consider history and the Islamic point of view. According to the Jewish Virtual Library, although it doesn’t appear in the Koran or the Hadiths, Islamic purists promote a concept that the world is divided into the House of Islam and the House of War, the Dar al-Islam and the Dar al-harb. The Dar al-Islam is everywhere a Muslim government rules and the Holy Law of Islam, Sharia, prevails. Non-Muslims may live there – but are penalized with a jizya tax. The outside world, which has not yet been subjugated, is called the “House of War,” and strictly speaking a perpetual state of jihad, of holy war, is imposed by the law. The law also provides that jihad might be interrupted by truces as and when appropriate.

Throughout history, as part of Islamic conquest, mosques were often erected in the sites of opposing houses of faith. For example, in today’s Istanbul the Hagia Sophia was once a Greek Orthodox Church dating back to the Byzantines. It was converted to a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453. The same occurred in what is termed Al-Andalusia in the Spanish city of Cordoba after the Islamic (Moors) conquest.

The Temple Mount is Judaism’s holiest site, where the ancient Temples of Jerusalem once stood and where some Jewish traditions say the creation of the world began. Today, the Al Aqsa Islamic complex stands on the ruins of the Temples and is administered by the Jordanian-controlled Waqf, which has been accused of heading a systematic campaign to “Islamize” the site by destroying ancient Jewish artifacts. Despite its status for Jews worldwide, those Jews who wish to ascend are subjected to a range of restrictions, including time limits on their visits and the number of Jews allowed to ascend at one time.

In fact, caving in to pressure by the Waqf and other Islamist groups, Israeli police now forbid Jews from praying or carrying out other forms of worship there. Those suspected of breaking the rules are often arrested and banned from visiting for a period of time – despite numerous court rulings stating that such measures contravene Israel’s Basic Laws concerning religious freedom.

I suppose in Dar-al-Islam, the whole idea of freedom of religion and free exercise thereof is somewhat lost — as demonstrated by the abhorrent savagery unleashed against the Coptic Christians, Assyrians, and Chaldeans, all of whom existed long before Muhammad and any converts to Islam.

Of course the Islamic worldview isn’t based on historical fact anyway, but rather the premise of conquest and subjugation.

Just as an historical side note, nowhere in the Koran will you find the word Jerusalem — but you will find reference to Al Aqsa. It was Muhammad’s tale of a night ride to Jerusalem which made his followers believe they had claim to the city as a holy site — of course his visit there was never confirmed. And it’s not just Muslims who have tried to rename the City of David. After his conquest, he Roman Emperor Hadrian changed the city’s name to Aeolia Capitolina, as he tried to eradicate Judaism from the region — hmm, some things never change I suppose.

Coexist? Only after subjugation.
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