Alex your post is full of contradictions to say the least. The so-called Western Wall is an integral part of the Alaqsa Mosque. It is called the Western wall of the Haram just as there is eastern wall which is where the Islamic cemetery of Bab Al rahma is located to the east of the mosque and a southern wall facing the village of Silwan. As for the so-called Temple, there is no archaeological evidence that there was ever a temple on the site of the mosque. Archaeologists including Israelis, have long disputed the exact location of the temple. Furthermore, when the Arabs conquered Jerusalem in the 8th century, there was definitely no temple in the city! During the negotiations between the Caliph Omar and the Patriarch of Jerusalem Safronious, the later insisted on the expulsion of the Jewish residents of the city as a condition to surrendering the city to the Arabs. Islamic rule has continued over the city ever since and was only interrupted during the Crusade invasion. Jews have always been a small minority in Palestine. According to British Government documents, the Jews only made %6 of the total population of Palestine on the eve of the British Mandate in 1918. During the negotiations between the Caliph Omar and the Patriarch of Jerusalem Safronious, the later insisted on the expulsion of the Jewish residents of the city as a condition to surendering the city to the Arabs. Muslims believe that the temple story is nothing but a fabricated claim to justify the occupation of Palestine by the Zionists. I know its hard for you to understand this but this is what over a billion Muslims believe so I am afraid you will just have to get used to it. As for Israel respect of holy places! Pull the other one. The Alaqsa mosque in particular has been at the receiving end of many attempts by extreme Zionists to blow it up. It started in 1968 with some lunatic claiming to be Australian tourists and continued until the 80's when a soldier in uniform attacked the Dome of Rock and shot many worshipers. The Israeli government claimed later he was mentally disturbed just like the rest of the Israeli army. In the 80's there was an attempt by a Jewish terrorist group to blow up the mosque using explosives 'stolen' from the army. So do me a favour and stop lying about Israel respecting other religions because they don?t. Look what they have done to hundreds of mosques all over the country since 1948 and the desecration of cemeteries in Jerusalem, Yaffa, Safad, Haifa etc. You mention the tomb of Joseph in Nablus but of course you forgot to mention the Jewish mob attacking the historic mosque in Tiberias the day before. How convenient! You see Alex you are just full of stale propaganda, which could never stand to scrutiny. I live in Jerusalem and can see for myself how sad and miserable the city is since your lovely democratic Israel has banned Muslims and Christians from entering the city. There is no access to the holy places and only Jews can travel freely in this country. Israeli occupation is the most brutal, cruel, oppressive and racist colonial rule in modern history. Fortunately we have many people including Israelis who have the courage to speak up and expose the myth that is "Israel the only democracy in the Middle East"! Go and do your homework before you come here and make a fool of yourself on this forum.
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