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The 21st Century's Big Lie

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The 20th century saw the scourge of Nazism and its attempt to erase the Jewish people not only from history, but from existence. Writing at Israel Hayom, Sarah N. Stern says that this century's version is the ongoing attempt to erase the Jewish people's ties to the Holy Land:

Jerusalem is mentioned no less than 669 times in the Torah. According to Dr. Mordechai Kedar of Bar-Ilan University, it is not mentioned even once in the Quran, but a reference is made to it as belonging to the Jews: In verse 17:1, "Al-Aqsa," which means "The Farthest," is mentioned. From what point of reference is it farthest? The answer is Mecca and Medina, the two holiest cities in Islam. As most people know, Muslims face Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia when they pray, while Jews face Jerusalem.

Further, the Quran refers to Al-Asqa and the Dome of the Rock in the very same verse that mentions the First and Second Temples. Verse 17:7, which deals with Israel's transgressions, says, "We permitted your enemies to disfigure your faces and to enter your Temple, as they had entered it before."

Muslim tradition is particularly strong regarding the existence of the First Temple, built by King Solomon, whom it regards as a paragon of wisdom.

The irony is, as American-Israeli scholar Martin Kramer has pointed out, that the Muslim denial of the existence of the Temple undermines the very theological underpinnings on which the Muslim claim to the city is based...

We all know of Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels' "Big Lie Theory," whereby if one tells a lie one should "make it big, make it simple and keep repeating it." This was one of the first steps in preparing the groundwork among the German people to assist in the annihilation of Jews. The 21st century version of "the big lie" is an attempt to annihilate the Jewish people's claim to the land of Israel, and at that the very core rests our link to Jerusalem.

If there is one thing we Jews have, however, it is our memory, and it is the ancient memory of our holy Temple in Jerusalem that has sustained us throughout the darkest days of our exile. No institutional vote can ever rob us of that.

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