Bring Back Mr Balen

By Simon Rocker
October 26, 2009

In its coverage of the rioting on Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the 10 o'clock News on BBC1 last night referred to the site being sacred both to Jews and Muslims. But while it referred to the Al Aqsa Mosque, it neglected to mention that this was also the Temple site.

It's an unfortunate omission because it plays into the hands of those who would deny any connection between the location and the Temple. Here's Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi from the website Islam Online: "Muslims have not established their state on the debris of any Jewish monument. With the aid of their advanced scientific, technical or engineering equipment, they have been searching for anything as little as a trace of the assumed temple of Solomon for more than 30 years, yet to no avail. Where could this so-called Solomon's temple possibly be?"



Thu, 11/05/2009 - 12:54

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Muslims recognise Abraham, Moses, Solomon, Elijah and Jesus as part of their faith. Until quite recent years they were proud that their mosque stood on the site of Solomon's Temple and saw it as the triumph of Islam over earlier Prophets, much as Christians turned Roman temples into churches. Arafat told Pres. Clinton quite casually that the Jewish Temple has been built in Yemen or possibly Shechem, but not Jerusalem, making the Christian and Jewish Bibles into non-sense.


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