News Review - 11 Aug 2017

A holy shrine for Muslims – or is it?
A symbol of Palestinian identity – or is it?
Israel’s presence there violates international law – or does it?

Jerusalem - City of Myths

When God called us and opened our minds to His truth, the deception was stripped away and the truth revealed. He revealed to us that Satan is the god of this world (II Corinthians 4:4) …and that he, Satan, has deceived the whole world (Revelation 12:9).

How Has Satan Deceived The Whole World?

When we look at the situation in Jerusalem today, the word of God stands confirmed. Lies and deception are a way of life. The slant in the following article is typical of many articles on Jerusalem and the Middle East. As you will see, it follows the “official media line” on the situation in Israel - the poor oppressed Palestinian people suffering under a harsh illegal Israeli occupying government!

“Mass civil disobedience of thousands of Palestinian people has defeated an Israeli attempt to take territory around al-Aqsa mosque in occupied East Jerusalem by installing barricades and metal detectors at entrances.

For two weeks Palestinian worshippers refuse to go through metal detectors, and prayed in the thousands in the streets outside the compound, day and night. The Western media has given scant coverage to this important struggle, nor to the increasing repression which ignited it. Corporate media reporting on Palestine, when it does happen, often obscures the issues. The reality is that Israel’s presence there violates international law.

The compound, known to Muslims as the Holy Sanctuary, includes the al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock. It is one of the holiest shrines for Muslims all over the world, as well as an important symbol of Palestinian identity. The shrine is located in the West Bank, which Israel has illegally occupied for 50 years. No government recognizes Israeli sovereignty there.” (

While the reporter stresses the Palestinian reaction to the Israeli security precautions, he conveniently forgets to mention the reason for the extra security. The fact that guns were smuggled on to the Temple Mount and on 14th July two Israeli policemen were attacked and killed, along with the three gunmen, seems to have escaped his notice!

Spot A Myth

This article is promulgating a massive deception, in fact, several deceptions… yet the truth is available – but sadly ignored by today’s “infotainment” orientated media. What’s happening in Jerusalem takes deception to a whole new level!

Here are 3 myths that shape much of what goes on in Jerusalem:

  1. The Dome of the Rock, al-Aqsa and the whole Temple Mount is one of the holiest shrines to Muslims.
  2. The Temple Mount is an important symbol of Palestinian identity.
  3. Israel has no claim to the Temple Mount.

Let’s examine these three claims, and brand them for what they are: Myths! Or we could be honest and label them for what they really are; straight forward lies and deception! This all goes to show that the whole world HAS been deceived by Satan, the god of this world!

Mega-Myth 1

The dome of the Rock, al-Aqsa and the whole Temple Mount is one of the holiest shrines to Muslims.”

“Upon the 50th anniversary of the Jewish state of Israel’s reunification of Jerusalem, there is no better time to end the propaganda myth that Jerusalem is a holy city to Muslims. The Muslim fixation and clamour on Jerusalem is actually a very recent historical development — a product of political conflict, not historical truth. Jerusalem rates not a single mention in the Quran, and Muslims face Mecca in prayer. In the 7th century AD, the Damascus-based Umayyad rulers built up Jerusalem as a counterweight to Mecca. This is when the important Muslim shrines, the Dome of the Rock (691) and the Al-Aqsa mosque (705), were intentionally built on the site of the destroyed biblical Jewish temples — a time-honoured practice to physically signal the predominance of Islam.(

In 1917: No Muslim interest in Jerusalem

“Mark Twain, visiting Jerusalem in 1867, described it as a ‘pauper village.’ It did, however, become a majority Jewish city during the nineteenth century. The 1907 Baedekers Travel Guide lists Jerusalem with a population of 40,000 Jews, 13,000 Muslims and 7,000 Christians. So little did Jerusalem mean to the Ottomans that, during the First World War, they abandoned it to the British without a fight and even contemplated entirely destroying the city before pulling out.

Only upon the Arab confrontation with Zionism in the twentieth century did Jerusalem become a passionate Islamic issue. Today, the PA uses Jerusalem as a propaganda instrument, at once inciting violence and orchestrating anti-Israel campaigns.” (

“This myth of Jerusalem as Islam’s third holiest city based upon the mythical ascension of Mohammed from Al-Aksa to Heaven has grown exponentially in the recent telling since 1967. When you tell a Big Lie and repeat it often, it achieves credibility and legs of its own . In Islam, telling a lie to infidels for the sake of enlarging your own believers’ faith or defeating the infidel is acceptable, even desirable.”

Mega-Myth 2

The Temple Mount is an important symbol of Palestinian identity.”

There has never been a civilization or a nation referred to as ‘Palestine’ and the very notion of a ‘Palestinian Arab Nation’ having ancient attachments to the Holy Land going back to time immemorial is one of the biggest hoaxes ever perpetrated upon the world! There is not, nor has there ever been, a distinct ‘Palestinian’ culture or language.

Further, there has never been a Palestinian state governed BY Arab Palestinians in history, nor was there ever a serious Arab-Palestinian national movement until 1964… three years BEFORE the Arabs of ‘Palestine’ lost the ‘West Bank’ and Gaza as a result of losing the 1967 Six-Day War [which the Arabs started].

Before the 1967 war, the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) primary goal was to destroy Israel. Post-1967, their goal became two-tracked: Either (1) destroy Israel outright (the same pre-1967 goal) or (2) the creation of an Arab-Palestinian state to be used as a launching pad from which to destroy Israel. Different strategies - same ultimate goal… a state not along side Israel, but IN PLACE OF Israel. It’s really that simple!(

Mega-Myth 3

Israel has no claim to the Temple Mount.”

The exact opposite is true. The Muslims have no claim to the Temple Mount – other than that it was theirs by conquest! While Jerusalem does not even rate a single mention in the Koran, it is recorded in the Holy Bible well over 700 times.

Both the first and second Temples stood on the Temple mount, a fact attested to by the Arabs themselves:

“A 16-page 1925 booklet in English published by the ‘Supreme Moslem Council’ and titled A Brief Guide to Al-Haram Al-Sharif, Jerusalem, contains passages that directly endorse the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount.” (

Interestingly, Islamic sources from the first 50 years or so after Muhammad’s death make clear that Jerusalem had absolutely no holy status for Muslims .”

How The Myths Were Made

“The role Jerusalem has in the Hebrew holy works is well known and not open to debate; however, there are varying opinions on the holiness of Jerusalem, specifically Temple Mount to Islam.

Many if not most opinions that counter Islam’s claim point out the Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Quran and did not occupy any special role in Islam until recent political exigencies transformed Jerusalem into Islam’s third holy site.

Jerusalem’s role as ‘The Third Holiest Site in Islam’ in mainstream Islamic writings does not precede the 1930s. It was created by the Grand Mufti, Haj Amin al Husseini. The Mufti knew that nationalist slogans alone would not succeed in uniting the masses against arriving Jewish refugees.

He therefore turned the struggle into a religious conflict. He addressed the masses clearly, calling for a holy war. His battle cry was simple and comprehensive: ‘Down with the Infidels!’

From the time Herbert Samuel appointed him to the position of Mufti, Haj Amin worked vigorously to raise Jerusalem’s status as an Islamic holy center. He renovated the mosques on the Temple Mount, while conducting an unceasing campaign regarding the imminent Jewish ‘threat’ to Moslem holy sites.

In the days of Mohammed, who died in 632 of the Common Era, Jerusalem was a Christian city within the Byzantine Empire. Jerusalem was captured by Khalif Omar only in 638, six years after Mohammed’s death. Throughout all this time there were only churches in Jerusalem, and a church stood on the Temple Mount, called the Church of Saint Mary of Justinian, built in the Byzantine architectural style.

The Aksa Mosque was built 20 years after the Dome of the Rock, which was built in 691-692 by Khalif Abd El Malik. The name ‘Omar Mosque’ is therefore false. In or around 711, or about 80 years after Mohammed died, Malik’s son, Abd El-Wahd - who ruled from 705-715 - reconstructed the Christian- Byzantine Church of St Mary and converted it into a mosque. He left the structure as it was, a typical Byzantine ‘basilica’ structure with a row of pillars on either side of the rectangular ‘ship’ in the center. All he added was an onion-like dome on top of the building to make it look like a mosque. He then named it El-Aksa, so it would sound like the one mentioned in the Koran.

Therefore it is crystal clear that Mohammed could never have had this mosque in mind when he compiled the Koran, since it did not exist for another three generations after his death.

Rather, as many scholars long ago established, it is logical that Mohammed intended the mosque in Mecca as the ‘Sacred Mosque,’ and the mosque in Medina as the ‘Furthest Mosque.’ So much for the Moslem claim based on the Aksa Mosque.

With this understood, it is no wonder that Mohammed issued a strict prohibition against facing Jerusalem in prayer, a practice that had been tolerated only for some months in order to lure Jews to convert to Islam. When that effort failed, Mohammed put an abrupt stop to it on February 12, 624. Jerusalem simply never held any sanctity for the Moslems themselves, but only for the Jews in their domain .” (

1948 – The Jews Are A Nation Again

What follows are excerpts from an article written by Mr Armstrong, first published in the June 1948 issue of the Plain Truth magazine.

Mr Armstrong interviewed the executive director of the World Confederation General Zionists, Itzhak J Karpman. Also present at the interview was the young Jewish labor leader, Hapoel Hatzair. What follows are Mr Karpman’s comments:

What Arabs and Jews Did in World War

Prior to World War I, there was no independent Arab nation! All Arab peoples were under Turkey!’ The Zionist leader was far from finished! ‘After World War I the Arabs got independence – Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, etc. They are still just deserts – and just backward, undeveloped people – but they were made independent! They didn’t contribute anything to the war – but they got independence!

‘The Jews participated, in the war in the US, British, and other armies and played an important part – there was a special Jewish Legion in World War I – and yet all our people got out of it was the right, by 52 nations, to have a national home in Palestine!

‘Now look at World War II. A million and a half Jews participated in Allied armies. The Palestinian Jewish Brigade fought in the desert, and in Italy against Rommel. It was help supplied by Palestine Jews which actually turned the tide of the entire war in the Allies’ favor at El Alamein. One of our greatest war correspondents wrote a book about Jewish participation, called Our Forgotten Ally.

Yes, America and Britain seem to have forgotten their Jewish ally! But now what did the Arabs do? Arab leaders brought the Nazis into Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. The British had to force Egypt to change its government from pro-Nazi to King Faruk. No Arab country declared war, or entered the war, against the Nazis until three months before V-E Day – and then only to get a place in the United Nations!

‘Arab leaders from Palestine, Iraq and Syria flew to the side of Hitler in 1941-42 and worked with him and helped him slaughter Jews! The British have brought back to Cairo the Arab Nazi leaders who worked with Hitler in Berlin through the war – but not one of them has been so much as tried!

‘Six million Jews were slaughtered in Europe! My family was all killed …’

‘… and so was mine,’ interjected Hapoel Hatzair.

‘Only one and a quarter million of these European Jews remain alive, and now today everybody is worried about how to feed the Nazis and care for the poor defeated Germans – but these Jews are still homeless, and no nation will admit them! Fifty-two nations gave them the right to enter Palestine, but the Arabs fight us, and the Arabs have oil, and so Britain and America listen to Arabs!

‘After this last World War, the Arabs got additional new independent nations out of it – Iraq [formerly British], Syria and Lebanon [formerly French], and Transjordan [previously under the British and French] – all given independence – and what for? As a reward for helping Nazis during the war!’ The Zionist leader was a little bitter now.

‘But what do the Jews get out of it for helping the Allies defeat Germany? When we have these homeless survivors from Hitler’s race-hatred slaughter in their present pitiful plight, we get the door to our homeland slammed in our faces! After 25 years of the mandate from 52 nations which said it is the Jews’ right to go back to Palestine, that mandate is exercised by the British fighting against any Jews who try to go there – sending these Jews to Cyprus and detention camps, placing them as prisoners behind barbed wires!

The Arabs won six seats in the United Nations. The Jews won nothing for their help in the war. We have no representative – no voice nor approach – in the United Nations councils. Yet they sit in judgment over our fate in Palestine and give us not one voice!

‘Palestine,’ Itzhak J Karpman concluded, ‘is not an independent Arab nation at all, but has been under mandate to Great Britain. In this mandate, those 52 nations promised the Arabs nothing – they promised the Jews a home – and we have not been getting it!’” ( The Plain Truth – February 1979)

Jerusalem: The Plain Truth

Those who would get themselves involved with Jerusalem would do well to read chapter 12 in the book of Zechariah. They should be very careful as this warning comes from God Himself:

“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth [United Nations] be gathered together against it” (Zechariah 12:2-3).

The fate of the nations that come up against Jerusalem is sealed:

“And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem(Zechariah 12:9).

The Warning Went Out

While written over 30 years ago, these words still ring true today!

“…America and other Western powers are being sucked inexorably into the swirling vortex of the Middle East, with all of that region’s unbridgeable divisions and implacable animosities.

In the final analysis, all the strife in the Middle East is centered around the ‘Glorious Land,’ and its legendary city, Jerusalem.

Who will control this much fought over city?

The Jewish state of Israel?

The Arab world — if so, which branch of Islam?

Or will it be established as an international city, as proposed by the Pope?

It is always tempting to try to ‘bring peace’ to the Middle East. Almighty God prophesied, however, that men would fail abysmally in this attempt. Through the prophet Zechariah, God foretold that ‘it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it’ (Zechariah 12:3 RAV [Revised Authorised Version]).

Yes, even if ‘all nations’ - a prophetic term for a powerful United Nations’ police force - should try to bring peace, they will fail.

Not long ago Jordan’s King Hussein remarked: ‘The Almighty in his wisdom, did not make Jerusalem that important and touchy a point in the hearts and souls of all of us — Jews or Christians or Muslims — except to offer us a challenge to learn how to respect each other and live together. Jerusalem must be the essence of peace, a symbol of peace.’

Not many years from now Jerusalem will represent more than the mere aspiration for peace. It will be the very fountainhead of peace, for the benefit of nations around the world.

For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem’ (Isaiah 2:3 last part). ‘Great peace’ will be the result of divine intervention in human nature and affairs, with humans everywhere learning to love and obey God’s law (Psalms 119:165).

Jerusalem will be the capital of the government of the kingdom of God in the coming World Tomorrow. It will no longer be the chief bone of contention between major nations and religions.

But until that happy day dawns, more tragic lessons will have to be written in blood.( The Plain Truth - March 1984)