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From now on, you are either with Jerusalem or Yerushalayim

Israeli forces stand guard as Palestinians gather to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque on 27 July 2017 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

Muslims around the world have their hearts in their mouths, afraid that Trump will actually acknowledge Jerusalem to be “the eternal capital of Israel”. Many Arab and Muslim politicians are preparing statements of condemnation or begging Trump not to do this, while some mosque preachers are waiting for Friday, having prepared firm words and phrases in this regard. Not all of the preachers will be in agreement, though; some in Saudi Arabia have already said that America is the reason for security and stability in the world, and that they have no problems with the Zionists.

Many people in the region will suffer pain and sorrow over Jerusalem, and wait on their leaders to do something; deep down, they hope and believe that, maybe, just maybe, Trump will not actually make such a declaration. They pray that they are not humiliated more than they already have been, but they forget that the events of the 1948 Nakba have been over for a long time.

What is left of Jerusalem after the Israelis have razed the Moroccan Quarter; turned the Buraq Wall into the Wailing Wall; razed the tombs of some of Prophet Muhammad’s companions; displaced Jerusalemites, demolished their homes and prevented them from being rebuilt; and filled Jerusalem with Jews from all around the world, in the biggest and most dangerous of its many Judaisation projects? What is left of Jerusalem for the Muslims to cry over?

Perhaps they are confirmed in their certainty that the most that the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and Arab League can do is issue a statement begging the US to study the consequences of its actions and end with a plea not to take such a dangerous step. A statement will probably be issued next Tuesday, after the meeting scheduled to be held at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo. Meanwhile, Arab officials continue to engage in suspicious projects to impose “deal of the century” formulas on the Palestinians, urging them to accept only a fraction of their legal and human rights, in light of the siege on Gaza, the fact that everyone has turned against them, and their demonisation.

Read: Palestinian leaders should stop discussing Jerusalem within the context of negotiations

However, the fact that Muslims and oppressed Arabs are even remotely surprised that the US is taking such steps means that the brutal colonial messages sent by Israel’s military occupation have not sunk into the consciousness of the Ummah’s political and intellectual elite. It also means that the true approach of the Americans over the past few decades has not yet penetrated the hearts of the Arabs and Muslims.

Trump and the US administration are not willing to take into consideration the emotions of the Muslims, nor are they even a little bit moved by their pleading. The issue is linked to a strategic path that requires an end to the Muslim world’s influence and a rise in its moral oppression, before throwing it into a maze of frustration and decline.

Successive US administrations have destroyed Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria, all while supplying Israel with the most up-to-date weapons to displace and kill the Palestinians and people of Lebanon. The US has committed more crimes than one can write about, and objects to the stance taken by more than 150 member states at the UN which are opposed to Israel’s illegal annexation of Jerusalem.

Read: The legal, political and popular consequences of Trump’s plans for Jerusalem

Let Trump move forward with his intentions, though, like the Crusaders before him; they turned Al-Aqsa Mosque into stables, remember. However, let it be clear that history does not move in straight lines and no one can count on future events with any degree of certainty. The centre of the action moves from place to place and nation to nation.

It must also be clear to us all that Trump’s expected speech will not add anything to what we already know; after all, we only expect evil from him. If he goes ahead and moves the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, his position will give the Palestinians additional ammunition for their revolution; and it will give the Arabs and Muslims a solid reference point.

From now on, friendship with the US will become a crime, just as failing to defend Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa will become a crime. Indeed, from now on, there is no room for any “grey areas” or ambiguity; you are either with Jerusalem or with Yerushalayim. May God grant us His Mercy. Amen.

This article first appeared in Arabic in Arabi21 on 6 December 2017

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  • Kaminoyona

    The feelings of Muslims?

    Really?

    Did the Muslims care about others feelings when they put foreword and passed resolutions that deny history ?

    There is not a more intolerant pig-headed group on this planet.

    • Helen4Yemen

      European Jewry are 100% of European ancestry – why no go back to Europe and live in peace?

      1) Larry David…………… 97.8% Ashkenazi … 99% European … 0% Middle Eastern

      2) Bernie Sanders……… 97.7% Ashkenazi … 99% European … 0% Middle Eastern

      3) Alan Dershowitz……. 98.5% Ashkenazi … 99% European … 0% Middle Eastern

      4) Tony Kushner……….. 97.5% Ashkenazi … 99% European … 0% Middle Eastern

      5) Neil Gaiman…………. 99.6% Ashkenazi … 99% European … 0% Middle Eastern

      • kirby1

        Palestine is Jordan and Jordan is Palestine; there is one people and one land, with one history and one and the same fate.” -Prince Hassan, brother of King Hussein, addressing the Jordanian National Assembly, 2 February 1970
        “Jordan is not just another Arab state with regard to Palestine, but rather, Jordan is Palestine and Palestine is Jordan in terms of territory, national identity, sufferings, hopes and aspirations.” -Jordanian Minister of Agriculture, 24 September 1980
        As “Palestinian” politician Zouhair Moussein told the Dutch newspaper Trouw in 1977 (Israel Matzav):
        “The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian people’ to oppose Zionism.
        “For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jersusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan. There are no differences between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. We are all part of one nation. It is only for political reasons that we carefully underline our Palestinian identity… yes, the existence of a separate Palestinian identity serves only tactical purposes. The founding of a Palestinian state is a new tool in the continuing battle against Israel.”

      • fondrees

        Why dont the arabs with their arabuan surnames go back to their country of origin and live in peace. They ALL have their ciuntry of origin where Jews have been kicked out and banned from ever returning to their homes. Despite living their for centuries. Many many muslim countries, no jews or christians alliwed. Is it too much to ask to allow the jews to have ONE country they can call their own? If u think it is. Than you are the problem, not the jews. The hatred and intolerance of the worldwide muslim community is the viggest threat to the civilised world.

        • Wani Farooq

          Your sentences make no sense and thus your argument is nothing but bullshit

          • kirby1

            Obviously reading comprehension isn’t your strength, moron.

  • Fasdunkle

    Buraq Wall. lol. Jews call it the Western Wall and have for centuries. Buraq Wall is a 19th century invention.

    • Helen4Yemen

      For over a thousand years, there were no Jews living in Palestine – and there are no Palestinian Jews living anywhere in the world today.

      In 1882 when European Jewry arrived in Palestine as Zionist colonial settlers, they found:

      • 400,000 Arabic-speaking indigenous Palestinian Muslims (88%)

      • 40,000 Arabic-speaking indigenous Palestinian Christians (9%)

      • 15,000 YIDDISH-SPEAKING European Jews (3%)

      All the 15,000 Jews were migrants from Eastern Europe who had arrived in the 1830’s and 1840’s to live on halukka (charity) sent them to from abroad. Make no mistake about it that these indigent Jews of Eastern Europe were sent to plant the seed for Jewish presence on that land before the stampede to colonize the land would begin by European Jewry.

      • kirby1

        The biggest lie of all. Many Arabs identify their origins by their family names. Here are some of the most common family names among the “Palestinians”:
        “Masri” = from Egypt-Hamas member of Parliament, Mushir al-Masri (the word “masri” littelery means “the egyptian” in arabic !).
        “Khamis”= Bahrain “Salem Hanna Khamis” “al-Faruqi”= Mosul,
        Iraq
”al-Araj” = Morocco, a member of the Saadi Dynasty “Hussein al-Araj”
        “al Lubnani” = the Lebanese
        “al-Mughrabi” = the Moroccan (Maghreb” – meaning “West” in Arabic, and usually referring to North Africa or specifically to Morocco)
        “al-Djazair” = the Algerian
        “al-Yamani” = the Yemeni “Issam Al Yamani”
        “al-Afghani” = the Afghan
        “al-Hindi” = the Indian “Amin al-Hindi”
        “Iraqi” = from Iraq.
        “halabi” = from Aleppo, Syria
        “El Baghdadi” = from Baghdad Iraq.
        “Tarabulsi”= Tarabulus-Tripoli, Lebanon.
        “Hourani” = Houran Syria.
        “al-Husayni” = Saudi Arabia.
        “Saudi” = Saudi Arabia.
”Metzarwah”= Egypt.
        “Barda—wil” = “Salah Bardawil” HAMAS legislator in Gaza; Egypt, Bardawil Lake area.
        “Nashashibi” = Syria.
        “Bushnak” = Bosnia
”zoabi”= from Iraq: “Haneen Zoabi”.
        “Turki” = Turkey “Daud Turki”
        “al-Kurd” = Kurdistan.
        “Haddadins” = YEMEN descended from Ghassanid Christian Arabs.
        “Arab Abu-Kishk” = Egypt.(Bedouins)
        “Arab al shakirat” = Egypt (Bedouins)
        “Arab al zabidat” = Egypt (Bedouins)
        “Arab al aramsha” = Egypt (Bedouins)

  • Fasdunkle

    “like the Crusaders before him; they turned Al-Aqsa Mosque into stables”

    Jordan turned some synagogues in East Jerusalem into stables. Invading turks turned one of the most important Churches in Christendom, Hagia Sophia, into a mosque.

  • whiteaglesoaring

    The original Israel was in Asir province of Yemen. We know this because
    of the work of Dr.Kamal Salib, who discovered that the events of most of the Old Testament occurred in Yemen, confirmed because of the natural
    phenomenon described in 1st Isaiah in which Isaiah tells King Ahab that he
    has witnessed the path of the sun reversing and then proceeding on its
    normal path. This is a a natural occurrence in the tropics of Yemen but
    not in Jerusalem in the Temperate Zone. The true Promised Land is 1300
    miles south of the current “State of Israel”.

    • Kaminoyona

      The events in religious writing are fairy tales.

      Tell me about the peer reviews of this work…..

    • kirby1

      You forgot to take into consideration Global warming ergo Israel is the promise land, moron.

      • whiteaglesoaring

        LOL. so now AGW is related to where little David blew on his horn. Or was Goliath the biggest, meanest, hottest Philistine. Your stupidity is colossal.

        • kirby1

          Random incoherent thoughts should stay in you head not typed out for all to see. Just some friendly advice moron.

    • OOTrist

      You must be new to the planet. If you bring that stuff in here you will be eaten alive, but it’s good to see a change of pace from time to time…

    • peepsqueek

      Yet islamists claim Jerusalem is their third most holiest City. The first two, Mecca and Medina do not allow Jews, Christians, or any other non-Muslims to enter. Could you imagine the outrage if Jews played that game with their holiest City of Jerusalem? The banner of Islam already flies over the West Bank–the biblical birthplace of David, Solomon, and Jesus. Does anyone have a balanced scale?

    • Fasdunkle

      And Muhammad lived in Syria, the Koran being a poor translation of syriac Christian texts

  • kirby1

    The only reason Jeruselm has any value to Arab Muslims is because it is precious to Jews and the capital of Israel. If Jeruselm was still occupied by Jordanian and still ethnically cleansed of its Jewish population the dirty Arab Muslims wouldn’t give a hoot about the city.

    • Fargo

      Are you an ethno-racial Zionist or religious Zionist? One is worse than the other.

      • kirby1

        With that type of bigoted ignorant attitude it will be years until you can visit Jeruselm the capital of Israel.

        • OOTrist

          Who would want to visit the pick-pocket capital of the known world?

          • kirby1

            Your not welcome here go back sand monkey.

      • OOTrist

        Very good.

        • kirby1

          Obviously it doesn’t take much to impress you, I’ve seen old bumper stickers with more depth.

    • fondrees

      Exactly

    • Wani Farooq

      Kirby you better reread your readings of historicity of Jerusalem and it’s importance to Muslim world. I hope you’ll find your answer if you ever try with an unbiased approach and a clean heart which I’m sure you’re certainly incapable of.

      • kirby1

        Muslim tradition says that the prophet Mohammed traveled to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on his famous night journey and that tradition is the basis for the Palestinians’ claim to Jerusalem.

        Arabs claim Jerusalem as the Islamic city of Al-Quds, but there’s no record to prove that the prophet Mohammed had ever been there. His armies didn’t arrive in the city until five years after his death.

        The city of Jerusalem isn’t even mentioned in the Koran. However, the Bible mentions the city of David more than 600 times.

        In Mohammed’s lifetime, it was a fairly unimportant city in the Byzantine Empire. It was a Christian city without a single mosque.

        So how could Mohammed’s famous night journey have taken him to a mosque in Jerusalem that was not built until after his death?

        The Koran says that Mohammed’s dream flight took him to Al-Aqsa, which means “the farthest place.” Early Islamic scholars interpreted this to mean a heavenly place or the courtyard of Allah.

        This interpretation changed as Islam evolved into a political force. About 80 years, after Mohammed’s death, Muslim ruler Abd El-Wahd restored the church on the same site. He even kept the building’s basic structure, added a dome, then converted it into a mosque. He then named it Al-Aqsa, copying the name in the Koran.

      • kirby1

        Islamization of East Jerusalem under Jordanian occupation is what occurred during the Jordanian occupation of the West Bank between 1948–1967, when Jordan sought to alter the demographics and landscape of the city to enhance its Muslim character at the expense of its Jewish and Christian ones. At this time, all Jewish residents were expelled, and restrictions were imposed on the Christian population that led many to leave the city. Ghada Hashem Talhami states that during its nineteen years of rule, the government of Jordan took actions to accentuate the spiritual Islamic status of Jerusalem.Raphael Israeli, an Israeli professor, described these measures as “Arabization”.

        Arabs claim Jerusalem as the Islamic city of Al-Quds, but there’s no record to prove that the prophet Mohammed had ever been there. His armies didn’t arrive in the city until five years after his death.

        The city of Jerusalem isn’t even mentioned in the Koran. However, the Bible mentions the city of David more than 600 times.

        In Mohammed’s lifetime, it was a fairly unimportant city in the Byzantine Empire. It was a Christian city without a single mosque.

        The Koran says that Mohammed’s dream flight took him to Al-Aqsa, which means “the farthest place.” Early Islamic scholars interpreted this to mean a heavenly place or the courtyard of Allah.

        This interpretation changed as Islam evolved into a political force. About 80 years, after Mohammed’s death, Muslim ruler Abd El-Wahd restored the church on the same site. He even kept the building’s basic structure, added a dome, then converted it into a mosque. He then named it Al-Aqsa, copying the name in the Koran.

  • Fargo

    The only way to have peace is force it on the Zionists. They are not cultured enough to be negotiated with.

    • fondrees

      Wow….and u said it with a straight face…impressive. Now, go kill a fellow muslim for not being ” muslim enough” Mr. Civilised!!!!!

      • Fargo

        You must be an ethno-racialist Zionist from Britain. You have issue with “muslims” take it up with them. Your cousins, the original terrorists, in occupied Palestine only understand force, we misunderstood.

  • kirby1

    National Review nailed it when he stated that the Fakestinians never had any intention of peace with Israel,it’s always been about the destruction of Israel and the Jews.
    Fact is,peace won’t come about until they realize that they keep losing more and more territory the longer they go without a real peace agreement and settled,recognized borders. Or lose any chance at a State of Palestine. Israel has been ready for peace ever since their creation back in 1947.

  • Bezukhov

    From now on, you are either with Jerusalem or Yerushalayim

    I’m not with either. I have more important matters to ignore.