Mr Arafat and
other Palestinian officials deny a Jewish relationship to
Jerusalem. That is contrary to the facts:
Jerusalem is never
mentioned in the Koran. Jerusalem is mentioned in Jewish prayers
three times daily. It is mentioned every time a Jew eats,
and on every happy occasion, as when a child is born, and
particularly at weddings when a glass is broken by the groom
to demonstrate our sorrow for the ancient destruction of Jerusalem.
The Moslems pray
towards Mecca even when they are in Jerusalem. The Christians
never pray towards Jerusalem. No other religion in the world
prays towards Jerusalem or for Jerusalem. No other religion
or nation took an oath if I forget thee Jerusalem let
my right arm wither, let my tongue get stuck into my throat
if I forget thee.
The name, Al
Kuds is a Hebrew name, taken from the Jewish
name for Jerusalem Ir Ha Kodesh (the Holy city).
Ha Kodesh has Ha as an article (in English the)
and in Arabic Al and Kodesh which
means Holy in Hebrew and was adapted as Kuds
in Arabic. The reason the Arabs adopted the Hebrew name Al
Kuds is that the first Khalif after the prophet Mohamad,
Abu Bakr Al Saddik, who was a Jewish convert, (Saddik is a
Hebrew name which means righteous) ordered Khalid Ibn Al Walid
to liberate Jerusalem from the Byzantines at the request
of the Jews and thus he called it Al Kuds as he was accustomed
to call it in Hebrew.
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