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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Israeli prof on al-Jazeera: 'Jerusalem was ours when Muslims drank wine and worshiped idols'

I have not seen this video with an English translation but I can't wait to get it.

On Monday, Bar Ilan University professor Mordechai Kedar debated an al-Jazeera host in Arabic and told him that Jews were living in Jerusalem when Muslims were drinking wine and worshiping idols and therefore Jews can build whenever and wherever they want in Jerusalem.
The encounter occurred earlier this week, when Jews around the world celebrated Jerusalem Unification Day. Dr. Kedar has frequently appeared on the widely viewed Qatar-based network but this time encountered a sharp attack from the show's host, Jimal Rian.

"Building in Jerusalem is another nail in the coffin in negotiations with the Palestinian Authority," narrator Jimal Rian asserted. Dr. Kedar answered in fluent Arabic, "This was our capital 3,000 years ago, and we were here when your forefathers were drinking wine, burying girls alive and worshipping pre-Muslim idols. This is our city and it will be our city forever."

His reference to Muslims drinking wine, which is forbidden in Islam, infuriated the host. Rian wagged his finger in the air and said excitedly, "If you want to talk about history, you cannot erase Jerusalem from the Koran, and don’t attack the Muslim religion if we want to continue talking."

Dr. Kedar replied, "Jerusalem is not mentioned even once in the Koran. Jerusalem is a Jewish city."

The Al Jazeera host responded by quoting a verse from the Koran in which he thought Jerusalem was mentioned by name, but stopped in the middle upon realizing that it only refers to "the farthest place."

Dr. Kedar: "Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Koran even once. You can't rewrite the Koran on air on Al Jazeera."

Rian changed the subject to "settlements" and asked Dr. Kedar why Israel is building 1,000 new apartments and deciding to build thousands more while there are rumors that "Jerusalem will include all of the West Bank [Judea and Samaria].

The Bar Ilan researcher replied. "My friend, Israel is not counting the number of apartments that Qatar is building on the Qatar Peninsula so why are you doing so in Jerusalem? Jerusalem is our city forever and is not an issue for you, for Al Jazeera or for anyone else. Period. Jerusalem belongs only to Jews.
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At 8:08 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

I LOVE Mordechai Kedar! Its too bad he isn't Prime Minister instead of Ehud Olmert. There are still people in Israel who know the conflict is NOT Israel's fault, and Israel has rights too, especially the right to Jerusalem. Its been a Jewish city for more than 3,000 years. That's longer than Islam has been around as a faith.

At 9:10 PM, Blogger Nannette said...

I just LOVE the guy! Who else, but a patriotic Jew would stand up and speak the truth on Al Jazeera.

No doubt they'll try and get some self-hater like Avi Shlaim to renounce everything that Kedar has said.

At 10:07 PM, Blogger Ashan said...

Now this is the way to confront the enemy! Bravo - a million times!

At 7:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I listened to Kedar being interviewed on Israel Radio's Reshet Bet yesterday morning. The ignorant show host sounded like he was interviewing Columbus just after discovering America. This was all newfound knowledge to him.

The interviewer then went on and commented that it would be great if we had foreign ministry representative who could present this information in their encounters and Hasbara efforts. Well DUH!!!

At 4:57 PM, Blogger Thud said...

give that guy a medal...it is refreshing not to hear somebody cringe before the half educated idiots that make up the anti Israeli media.


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