No rights to Arabs on Jerusalem. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • B. Gold
    • 06.10.09 | 08:33 (IST)

    Arabs and/or Muslims have no historical rights on Jerusalem. In the days of Muhammad, who died in 632 c.e., Jerusalem was a Christian-occupied city within the Byzantine Empire. Jerusalem was captured by caliph Omar only in 638 c.e. About 80 years after Muhammad died, Malik's son, Abd el-Wahd ‒who ruled in 705-715‒ reconstructed the Christian-Byzantine Church of St. Mary and converted it into a mosque, he named it El-Aqsa, so it would sound like the one mentioned in the Koran as described at : http://xrl.us/bjheo

    from the article: Islamic leader tells Haaretz: Temple Mount clashes won't end until occupation of Jerusalem does
    First published 02:10 06.10.09 | Last updated 04:41 06.10.09
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