Jordanian sheikh causes stir with claims Israel belongs to Jews
Sheikh Ahmed Aladoan, who visited Israel last year, based his assertions that Palestinian claims to Israel are false on the Koran.
A sheikh from Jordan's prominent Adwan tribe caused a stir recently when he said that Israel belongs to the Jews, and that Palestinian claims to the territory are false.
Sheikh Ahmed Aladoan of Amman, who made the remarks on his Facebook page, based his assertions on the Koran. In a post earlier this month he said that those who "distort the word of the Koran" are liars, and questioned the origins of the word Palestine.
"Allah is the protector of the Children of Israel," he insisted, also saying that there was no such place as Palestine.
The Muslim cleric also accused Palestinians of violence, saying that they kill children, the elderly and women, that they hide behind human shields and have no mercy for their own children.
The sheikh's remarks reportedly caused controversy in the Arab media, and the Adwan tribe released a statement distancing themselves from the assertions.
Last year, Sheikh Aladoan came to Israel, and paid a visit to Safed Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu. The visit was filmed by Orot TV in Israel. The Jordanian told the rabbi “there is no name ‘Palestine’ for this land," in the Koran, and that the Arabs should not therefore fight for the land.
According to the U.K.-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper, the cleric's supports the idea that Jordan is Palestine, and he believes that many Arabs, including Palestinians in the West Bank, would like to be Israeli citizens.