Robert Spencer at Breitbart: Arabs’ Rage Over Jerusalem is Islamic Theater, a post from with comments

Jihad grandstanding over a propaganda fiction. My latest at Breitbart:

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is insisting that Jerusalem is the “eternal capital of the state of Palestine” after President Donald Trump recognized the city as the capital of Israel.

No Palestinian state has ever existed, but Abbas is leveraging the claim that Jerusalem is its third holiest city of Islam, after Mecca and Medina.

Moreover, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount are less important in Islam than they are important in Muslims’ anti-Semitic hatred of Israel.

Muhammad’s famous Night Journey (Isra and Miraj) is the basis of the Islamic claim to Jerusalem as an Islamic holy city. Yet this journey is never mentioned in the Qur’an, and neither is Jerusalem. The first verse of Sura 17 says that Allah took Muhammad from “the Sacred Mosque” in Mecca “to the farthest [al-aqsa] Mosque.” There was no mosque in Jerusalem at this time (if the traditional chronology regarding the Qur’an is to be believed), so the “farthest” mosque probably wasn’t really the one that now bears that name in Jerusalem. Islamic tradition, however, is firm that this mosque is in Jerusalem.

According to Islamic tradition, Muhammad described the vision as beginning when the angel “Gabriel came and stirred me with his foot.” Soon “a white animal which was smaller than a mule and bigger than a donkey was brought to me.” This was the Buraq, which Muhammad further described as “half mule, half donkey, with wings on its sides with which it propelled its feet.”

Buraq carried Muhammad to the Temple Mount, and from there Muhammad was taken into heaven itself, where he encountered the other prophets and was given by Allah himself the order that Muslims should pray five times daily. Later Muhammad seems to have retreated from the claim that this was a bodily journey. His wife Aisha explained: “The apostle’s body remained where it was but God removed his spirit by night.”

This fantastic legend, which was first distributed in the late eighth century, over 150 years after the traditional date for the death of Muhammad, is the entire basis for the Islamic claim to Jerusalem. It was never an important city in Islam until one man decided to make it so as a response to Zionism.

That man was the Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Husseini, who lived in Berlin during World War II and recruited Muslims to serve as soldiers for the Nazis. He also made broadcasts in Arabic to Muslim countries, in which he quoted the Qur’an’s anti-Semitic passages to justify Nazi persecution of the Jews.

After the war, the Mufti raised money throughout the Islamic world to finance the refurbishing of the Dome of the Rock that dominates the Jerusalem skyline, plating the dome with gold, and he worked assiduously to compel Muslims to exaggerate the importance of Jerusalem to Islam to provide a counter-movement to Zionism.

How well he succeeded can be seen in the outrage over Trump’s announcement. But like so much Palestinian outrage, it is not based on fact, but on propaganda. The Palestinians claim an ethnicity and nationality that has no basis in history but which was concocted by Yasir Arafat and the KGB as a weapon to use against Israel, have a “capital” as fictional as they are.

But the rage they show as a result of Trump’s announcement will, unfortunately, be real.

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  1. mortimer says

    The only ‘Palestinian’ state prior to the Mandate of Palestine was the Crusaders’ Kingdom of Jerusalem. For the rest of the time, all of Israel was known to the Arabs as Lower Syria (or something similar). Arabs never distinguished between Syrians and ‘Palestinians’ until the KGB invented the Palestinian cause following the Six-Day War.

    All Jordanian kings and politicians until recently declared that everything west of the Jordan River to the Mediterranean is ‘Palestine’ and should be united with Jordan.

  2. Walter Sieruk says

    President Thump is showing wisdom by recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of the State of Israel by moving the US embassy to Israel’s capital city which is Jerusalem. This is, indeed, wisdom for this move is right, fitting, proper and appropriate. This is because the Jewish people have Divine Right and historic rights to this city of Jerusalem
    To be more clear and specific, it should be made known that the Muslim terror organizations, Hezbollah, Hamas ,P.I.J. etc. are all fated to fail in their Islamic agenda of destroying the State of Israel and replacing with Islamic “state.” The reason that they will lose in the end and lose hard is because the members of those jihad terror entities are striving against the Will of God. The members who compose those Islamic terror groups might be too ignorant to know this, nevertheless the truth is the God had given all this land that now composes the State of Israel, including all of the West Bank, to the Jewish people. This may be found in the Bible, as seen in, for example, Genesis 28:13-15. 35:10-12. Deuteronomy 32:48,49. Psalm 105:7-11. 135:4. In other words the Jews have tall this land by Divine Right. Furthermore, the Jewish people should have this land by historic rights as shown in First Kings 4:20,21, 24,25. 8:55, 56. Still, in all fairness, there is one way for the Muslim members who make up Hezbollah, Hamas and the P.I.J. to convince God to change His Mind about being so much for Israel and then cause Him to turn His back on Israel and then have that nation be no more. That way is for the members of the jihad origination to gather together and then change the laws of astrophysics, including those laws of astrophysics the control the sun, the moon and the stars. For God had declared in His Word, the Bible, in Jeremiah 31:35,36. “Thus saith the Lord, Who gives the sun for a light by day and the ordinances of the moon and stars for a light by night…The Lord of host is His name. If those ordinances depart from before Me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before Me forever.”

  3. CRUSADER says

    There is much about Islam which is pure theater. Muslims, and many of us in the West due to our dhimmitude, just don’t know that they are straw actors on a stage of grand illusory performance.

    Time to draw back the curtain on this show…. Expose the workings behind the scenes….

    • Michael Copeland says

      It is also theatre-by-force. Failure to take part will result in beatings.

      “The only power the muslim community possesses is to acknowledge and obey.”
      Ruling by AMJA
      Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America
      citing :

      “It is not fitting for a Believer, man or woman, when a matter has been decided by Allah and His Messenger to have any option about their decision:”

      Koran 33:36, part of Islamic law.

      The dutiful performers demonstrate their SUBMISSION.

    • Westman says

      For Amusement:

      Let’s suspend critical belief for a monent and imagine that social “scientists” of a far-advanced galactic civilization arrive on earth and began an experiment using a primitive native, named Muhammad, as the subject.

      To him, of course, all the technology would look like “God-level” magic and it would be easy to feed him anything and he would believe it came from a God-being that he never sees. Put him on a machine, disguised as a horse, that takes him on a ride to a spaceship where he was told it was a mosque and use some effects and a little theatre to plant the seeds of all kinds of nonsense in his brain.

      Then turn him loose to see what happens to these human creatures over thousands of years.

      Would the results be any different than the history and current state of Islam?

    • tama says

      ew there’s protests going in in Toronto, Canada at the us embassy.
      the local news here in bc talked about the “controversial decision” then let some protesters be heard.

  4. Yochanan says

    After the war, Amin Hajj Al Husseini was due to be tried at Nuremburg as a war criminal, but he was protected from this by the French leader, Charles De Gaulle. Does anyone know why?

    • Jan Aage Jeppesen says

      The war criminal mufti was by De Gaulle deemed very useful for French influence in the Arab countries, according to Bat Ye`or in his book EURABIA, p. 40:

      “De Gaulle refused to let him be judged as a war criminal by the Nuremberg tribunal. A preeminent leader among the Muslim masses, and especially the Muslim Brotherhood, the mufti became an agent of French influence in the Arab countries. He pleaded for a Franco-Arab alliance against the British and the Zionists, stressing French and Arab common interests. Through his powerful Arab networks, he proposed a French policy of solidarity with the Arab world. Meanwhile, public knowledge of his close collaboration with the Nazis and his war crimes , led the French to facilitate his escape on May 29, 1946, from the Paris villa to which he had been moved. He then returned to Egypt, maintaining his contact with the French embassy in Cairo and with French diplomats, calling for a Muslim Catholic alliance against the Protestants and the Jews. He finally settled in Lebanon in 1962.”

      • Older Canadian says


        Thank you fot posting the truth.

        France also in years forward gave exile to the horrow who was head of the Iran revolutionin 1979. And look at the results…in both countries.

    • Voytek Gagalka says

      I’m not sure but this must have something to do with French being heavily involved with Mohammedans for many previous decades: They had colonies in Western Africa (predominantly Muslim countries), and de Gaulle was the first French President who later disengage from Algeria and I am almost certain that some appeasement played the role in that.

  5. Bill Garrison says

    Muhammad’s “Night Journey” consisted of two parts during the same evening: (1) “isra” Muhammad’s journey from Mecca to al-Quds (the “furthest mosque” atop a flying horse-mule (“Buraq”), and then after dismounting at al-Quds he was “Miraj” (ascended) into Heaven to chat with various prophets and then Allah.
    “mosque” (English) = “masjid” (Arabic) [or ‘place of prostration’ — not necessarily a building].
    “furthest” = “aqsa”
    “The farthest mosque” = “al-Masjidi ‘l-’Aqṣá”.
    “quds” = “holy”
    “Al-Quds” = “The Holy One” (Muslims contend means the Holy city of Jerusalem)

  6. Danel Riqar says

    It seems to me really has been a Palestinian state for the last 70+ years. It has existed ever since 2/3 of the land originally “allotted” for Israel was carved off to form……… Jordan.

    Funny how the “Palestinians” are such a reprobate bunch that nobody wants them, not even Jordan.

  7. mccode says

    “Jerusalem is the third holiest city of Islam, after Mecca and Medina.:

    OK, OK, we get it. Duly noted…….thanks.

    Jerusalem is THE holiest city of Judaism. Has been for over two thousand years.

    Israel gets title and keeps it. End of story.

    • Savvy Kafir says

      I’d say so.

      Devout Muslims believe they are entitled to the entire world, so demanding Jerusalem, their “third holiest” city doesn’t seem unreasonable to them.

      Also, they tend to really hate Jews, so taking the Jews’ MOST holy city would be especially sweet. They should never be given that prize.

  8. Vic says

    Trump was correct in declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. His reasons for doing so are based in the reality that many don’t want to see and/or admit. I see that reality spelled out in the Scriptures…

    Please bear with me, to recount this history of Jerusalem and why we can rest assured of the end of this story.
    In the Book of Nehemiah [cupbearer to King Artaxerxes]
    Chapter 1, Hanani, Nehemiah’s brother along with other Jews from Judah, came to Nehemiah and said that the “Remnant [Jews] who survived the captivity are in great distress and reproach because the walls of Jerusalem are broken down… and the gates are burned with fire.” Nehemiah wept and mourned at the news and pray d that God would make a way for them to be restored.

    Chap. 2, King Artaxerxes sees Nehemiah’s sadness and as he explains his reason, the king decides to commission Nehemiah to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and provides safe conducts, building material and escorts for Nehemiah to travel between Susa and Judah. When Nehemiah arrives in Jerusalem, he examines the walls himself to determine the extent of the damage and to make a plan to rebuild. The walls and gates had been destroyed by war and fire and had not been repaired, mostly due to the indolence of the officials left in charge of the city. He does all this under the cover of night.
    In verse 10: Nehemiah is met by the resistance…the officials in charge: Sanballat, the Horonite [the Samaritan/today’s Palestinian], Tobiah, the Ammonite [the Jordanian], and Geshem the Arab. Keep in mind, that these are the very same people who continue to dispute by any means Israel’s claims. But next, see what follows…

    17 Then I [Nehemiah] said to them [the Jews], “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” 18 I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me.

    They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.

    19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official and Geshem the Arab heard about it, they mocked and ridiculed us. “What is this you are doing?” they asked. “Are you rebelling against the king?”

    20 I answered them by saying, “The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it.”


    I encourage you to read Nehemiah for yourself… In my mind, that settles the question. Amen!

  9. Billy Chickens says

    So what if Jerusalem is supposedly the third holiest city of Islam. It’s the FIRST holiest for Jews and Christians.

  10. Walter Sieruk says

    Those Muslim /Arabs who call themselves “Palestinians” are very mad about President Trump moving the US embassy to Jerusalem . Well, many of the same “Palestinians” were very happy about all the mass jihad murders which occurred on September 11, 2001. So who care if they are mad or not ?

  11. Jac says

    The muzzlums already have their holy city, it’s called Mecca! However, muzzlums being muzzlums, they are NEVER content with what they have.
    #bestfriend #beach #happy #fitchick #fitdog #frenchieandherfrenchie #goodtime #wanderlust #sydney #expatlife #run #play #bondi #roseba

  12. Samer Ibrahim says

    Mr. Robert Spencer, for your knowledge and the knowledge of the visitors of your site, what is called “The Farthest Mosque” lies in a place between Mecca and Medina called Jurana (جعرانة), ie, , it lies inside the Arab peninsula. Thanks to the Egyptian clergyman ” Father Zakaria”, who found out this piece of information from the islamic books several years ago. Father Zakaria has own channel which bears the name ” Al Fady TV”. The address of his TV is:

  13. Guy Macher says

    Muslims should stop arguing with disbelievers and just cite the verse from the Koran which says Jerusalem is the capital of Palistinistan.

  14. Linda says

    The Muslims are so easily offended by just about everything. Anyone who can get upset because the Americans acknowledged the capital city if Jerusalem and will move their embassy there, can be upset by just about any old thing at all, big or small. Muslims have to have something to be offended about, otherwise they’re not happy. They wouldn’t be Muslims if they weren’t offended by something.

  15. says

    Even if Israel was created by the British and that was the only reason its there, notice that Pakistan was created by the British and no one challenges is borders or its right to exist. Just saying.

    Why is it OK for Muslims to have Pakistan created for them but they constantly scream about Israel? (Also anyone ever look at palwatch to see what Palestinians broadcast on their TV? )

    • Older Canadian says

      Pakistan had a right to exist because it is primarily muslim. That is all that is needed to make it legitamate.

  16. Dum Spiro says

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So here’s a video:

    So Buraq was “half mule, half donkey, with wings on its sides with which it propelled its feet.” You see the irony in a Buraq continuing to carry and promote Muhammad, don’t you?
    — Spero

    • St. Croix says

      Excellent video. I had read about these offers and their rejection, but they put it together in a clear way here, it’s undeniable. I dare anyone to argue against these facts.

  17. PRCS says

    This was interesting:


    Note: NOT favorable to Muslims

  18. Sarah says

    It just gives ever more credence to the inbreeding issues and their ramifications within the Islamic world

    Because honestly, only someone mentally deficient hears how a man, while asleep in bed, flew to heaven on a winged white mini donkey and was told by God to tell everyone to pray 5 times a day – and then turns around and somehow takes that as gospel instead of seeing it for the truth, that it is the creative dreams of a lunatic.

    If you are of such low intelligence to believe this nonsense, then you are, quite simply, not safe to be left alone to operate a potato peeler unsupervised.

  19. Jay Boo says

    The half mule half donkey with wings that carried Muhammad on his back.

    The half fool who insulted Christianity and kissed Muhammad’s @@@@@@

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8 Responses to Robert Spencer at Breitbart: Arabs’ Rage Over Jerusalem is Islamic Theater, a post from with comments

  1. θ says:

    You don’t know importance of a place, a thing, a person and miss them until you lose them, do you?
    Jerusalem will return to Moslems only after the typical liberation leaders such as Umar Ibn al-Khattab, Saladin (Salahuddin al-Ayyubi), and Mehmet al-Fatih, lead the conquest with the use of extensive weapons, not with pebbles and sermons only.

  2. θ says:

    History of Islam showed that oftentimes the unity amongst Moslems is not a factor that leads to victory. There’s a strong faction of Hypocrites during the Madinah era but Prophet Muhammad doesn’t rely on the aspect of unity to defeat the Jews and liberate Makkah.

    There’s a strong faction of Shi’ah Fatimides in Egypt during the time of Saladin, but he doesn’t need the factor of unity to liberate Jerusalem from the Crusades.

    There’s a strong movement of Shi’ah in Iran (Khomeini Revolution) during the time of Mujaheddin in 1990s Afghanistan, but they don’t need the factor of unity to liberate Afghans from the Russians.

  3. θ says:

    What makes History is not a factor of unity but the “committed leader” against all odds. Unfortunately, right now it is the Zionists who have a pro-Zionist US President to back up the Israeli illegal occupation against all odds.

  4. السلفية says:

    So far, the uncompromising pro-Zionist President just stands “unequaled”, just alone, without being contended or rivaled by any anti-Zionist leader throughout the vast of Muslim world.
    However, the Jews had needed 70 years to wait that staunch pro-Zionist President. How about any committed leader that may come from the Muslim world?

  5. السلفية says:

    No matter how tight you unify yourself, but if you don’t have a committed leader who dare stands against all odds, it is utterly useless.
    Under a loyal support of Saudis in the 90s, without relying to the unity with Iran and Shi’ah, the poor Afghans could kick out the superpower Russians.

  6. السلفية says:

    A thick mass of the foam doesn’t harm anything because the unity without a strong head is just nothing.

  7. θ says:

    I am sure the issue of Judaization of Jerusalem is more than just enough to unify all various factions throughout the Moslem worlds, but alas it is not sufficient or not a guarantee to bring forth a strong leader like Saladin, Umar and Mehmet.

  8. Anonymous says:

    A pro-Zionist US President is worthy of a title “delivering President” for his stance against all odds.

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