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‘Islam is not entitled to Jerusalem’

Michael Stürzenberger, a controversial German politician, defended the decision by US President Trump to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Published: December 12, 2017, 6:36 am

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    Stürzenberger says it is correct from a historical and legal point of view, to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

    Mass protests by Muslims in Germany – such as the ones being staged currently against the Trump move – are significantly enough not held after terrorist attacks, he says.

    Muslims are once again burning Israeli flags around the world, demanding the destruction of the only democratic state in the Middle East. This hate may be directed to Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and atheists, all of which are as “unbelievers” of the Quran, according to Stürzenberger.

    “What has been happening for over 1400 years, with an estimated 270 million deaths, is now apparently in collective oblivion,” he says.

    “The fact is that Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Quran even with a single word. In contrast, in the Hebrew Bible it is mentioned 669 times. The only reference that Islam makes to Jerusalem is the fairy tale of Muhammad’s nocturnal flight on a human-headed horse known as al-burak. According to Islamic officials, this trip would have led to Jerusalem. As proof, Sura 17 verse 1 is quoted:

    Praise be to Him who, at night, let His servant travel from the sheltered place of prayer to the remotest place of worship of which we have blessed, so that we may show him some of Our signs. He is the all-hearer, the all-seeing.

    “But that could not have been Jerusalem, for there was no mosque in Mohammed’s lifetime,” he says.

    The “farthest Islamic place of worship” at that time was somewhere in today’s Saudi Arabia. Jerusalem was conquered only five years after Mohammed’s death by Islamic armies in the course of their worldwide military expansion, in the year 637.

    “The Al-Aqsa Mosque arose almost a hundred years later, just as the ruins of the Christian Basilica of St. Mary was converted. Muslim conquerors either destroyed places of worship of other religions in all the 57 countries they invaded, or turned them into mosques. The few non-Muslim houses of worship left behind were not renovated, such as the last churches in Turkey, where Christianity has been systematically rooted out,” Stürzenberger noted.

    According to him, Islam finally means “submission”.

    Jerusalem is the “third holiest site” of Islam, based on the unproven assumption that the “distant mosque” mentioned in Sura 17 verse 1 is Al Aqsa in Jerusalem, although this mosque was built about a hundred years after the event mentioned, and the word Jerusalem does not occur once in the Quran.

    The Dome of the Rock was built between 687 and 691 to celebrate the Arab victory over Byzantium and Persia, as well as to demonstrate the triumph of Islam over Judaism and Christianity, according to Wikipedia.

    On Friday, a Muslim speaker in front of the Brandenburg Gate called for the conquest of Jerusalem by the Turkish army, as Turkish president Erdogan condemned Israel as a “terrorist” state that “kills children”.

    According to the Hurriyet Daily News website, Erdogan, speaking at a meeting of his AKP Party in the central Anatolian province of Sivas, protested Trump’s declaration, calling Israel an “oppressive, occupation state”. He charged Israel with using “disproportionate” force against Palestinians.

    In his speech Erdogan said: “Palestine is an innocent victim … As far as Israel is concerned, that’s a terrorist state, yes, it’s terrorist!”

    Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has responded to these claims on his visit to France. “I am not used to receiving lectures about morality from the leader who bombs Kurdish villagers in his native Turkey, who jails journalists, who helps Iran go around international sanctions…” Netanyahu told his Turkish counterpart.

    Netanyahu has in the past refrained from responding to Erdogan’s anti-Israel rhetoric, but this time at a press conference in Paris alongside French President Emmanuel Macron, he shot back.

    It is interesting to note that in the wake of centuries of Islamic Ottoman rule, Jerusalem was largely forgotten in Muslim consciousness. The area in front of the Dome of the Rock was deserted and overgrown under Muslim rule.

    The historian Michael Wolffsohn pointed out that in decades of a futile appeasement policy, it never succeeded in achieving a peaceful solution between the two states. “If the Palestinians lay down their arms, there is peace. If the Israelis do it, they will be destroyed.”

    Stürzenberger says the Islamic claim to power will gradually come to neighbourhoods, then cities, federal states and ultimately all of Germany. “At the same time, this development will also take place in all other Western European countries, where the Muslim population is rapidly developing into majority status through birth-jihad.”

    The Islam-critic previously campaigned tirelessly against the proposed mega-mosque in Munich. He is also well-known for work on behalf of Die Freiheit. Recently Stürzenberger was sentenced to six months in prison for posting a photo of a Nazi and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem on his Facebook page.

    This was not a photoshop image, and the photo was not digitally altered. It was a simple historical artifact from World War Two.

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