Said was a liar and his writings had a political slant based on his agenda. He obviously never visited the Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem - funded and maintained by Jewish philanthropists, Islamic art experts and art lovers. There probably isn't another one like it in the entire middle east. It's exhibits include items from the 7th century (Roman times Lakshmi???) and covers Islamic art from Spain to India. Funnily enough there wasn't too much found in this region (Israel) to be considered worthy of display in the museum. Check it out for yourself- there's a website on the Internet.
UN agency warns school may be delayed for Palestinian refugees due to lack of funding (AP)
from the article: Waqf Temple Mount excavation raises archaeologists' protests