The Caliph gave Jerusalem to the Jews! - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Joel Evans
    • 16.09.06 | 19:45 (IDT)

    What better proof of Jewish sovereignty over Israel than the Arab's admitting to it? In his book 'Jerusalem Curiousities', pg 108-109, Abraham Milgram tells us about 'The One Hour When Jews Ruled Jerusalem', an old tradition wherein when a new sultan ascended to the throne of the Moslem Caliphate, the governer of Jerusalem would ritually restore the keys of Jerusalem to the Jews for one hour. The ritual is recounted in Ermete Pierotti's, 1861 book, Customs and Traditions of Palestine: "[T]he Jews brought forwards such proofs of the justice of their demand, that the pasha did not refuse it, but referred it to his ordinary council, [which] consisting of the mufti, or chief of religion, the khadi or chief judge, and other persons of distinction, native of the country. The decision was in favour of the Israeilites, those who council being aware that they [the Jews] were the ancient owners of the country. So, in 1861 the Jewish Nation possessed for one hour the keys of Jerusalem, which were delivered over to them by the Arabs in consequence of the unvarying traditon which they had presereved." This strange ceremony is also described by James Finn, the British Counsul in Jerusalem, in his memoirs, 'Stirring Times'.

    from the article: Islamic Movement head: J'lem destined capital of caliphate
    First published 00:00 15.09.06 | Last updated 00:00 15.09.06
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