One 0f the cornerstones of the Palestinian narrative is that the Jews have no real history in the Land of Israel, and in particular on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. They use this lie to foment unrest by claiming the “Zionist occupiers” are trying to “Judaize” what has only ever been a Muslim holy site.
Those who believe the Bible is accurate know this to be a bald-faced lie.
And many older Muslim sources likewise acknowledge the Temple Mount was the location of the temples built or expanded by King Solomon, Nehemiah and Herod the Great.
A pamphlet for tourists published in 1924 by the Supreme Muslim Council openly states:
“This site is one of the oldest in the world. Its sanctity dates from the earliest (perhaps from pre-historic) times. Its identity with the site of Solomon’s Temple is beyond dispute” (emphasis added).
And now a new photo book titled “The Noble Sanctuary” is saying much the same.
Recently published, the photo book is the work of Jordanian photographer Bashar Tabah and American archaeologist Dr. Robert Schick, who spent three years photographing and researching the holy site.
Noble Sanctuary (al-Haram al-Sharif) is what Muslims call the Temple Mount, and this book was blessed by both the Waqf (Islamic Trust) and the Jordanian royal family, both of which helped Tabah gain access to otherwise off-limits sections of the sacred plateau.
Given the involvement of the Waqf and its Jordanian overseers, who routinely echo the Palestinian lie that Jews have no right to be on the Temple Mount, Israeli media was surprised to find that the new photo book does make mention of the historical Jewish temples.
UPDATE: The book’s principle author Bashar Tabah contacted us about this article, suggesting it was not his intention to validate Jewish historical claims to the Temple Mount.
Tabah insisted that his book only mentions the historical presence of Jewish temples in the city of Jerusalem, not on the Temple Mount itself. Of course, from a historical point of view, that dismissal is entirely nonsensical. Archaeology confirms that in ancient times the city of Jerusalem occupied a very small area, with Mount Moriah as its high point, and the only part of the city that could support a structure so large as the Temple described in the Bible.
In his email to us, Tabah went on to claim that there is no archaeological evidence of a Jewish temple on the Temple Mount, a bald-faced lie that ignores decades of archaeological research, much of which can be found at the Davidson Center just outside the Temple Mount. But we’re guessing Tabah didn’t bother to visit and examine all of the evidence.
Then, of course, his claims also entirely ignore a plethora of written testimony regarding the Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount, including from non-Jewish sources like the Romans. Or the Supreme Muslim Council pamphlet mentioned above. Or the Bible, including the New Testament that makes repeated mention of Jesus at the Temple on the Temple Mount.
Tabah would like you to believe modern Islam’s revisionist history of the city of Jerusalem, but the truth can’t be hidden, even in his own work of fiction.
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