Usually, I decry Israeli de-Islamization & de-Christianization of sites in its attempt to erase Palestinian heritage in Israel/Palestine.... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Georges el-Khoury bin Ahmed Ha-Levi
    • 03.08.13 | 12:45 (IDT)

    And it is very clear that very often Israel does its best to erase Palestinian historical footprints which are across Israel/Palestine. However, in those cases I decry, it is done when the site has no known prior historical footprint. In the present case, I would like to use as an example the good job that Turkey has done in reverting Hagia Sophia from a Mosque back to its original as a Church. The modern-day Turkish people of the Republic of Turkey, who are Anatolian Turks, realise and accept that their history did not start with Islam and their adoption of Turkish language, culture and identity which was brought to them by the original Central Asian Turks, who were few in numbers. Genetics has shown that, overall, modern day Anatolian Turks are largely descended from the pre-Turkic Anatolian peoples who converted and underwent Turkification. So restoring Hagia Sophia back to a Church does not need to mean that they reject their current modern identity and language and religion. It is simply their embracing of all of their heritage in its entirety. Palestinians, who are essentially Arabized Hebrews of the Muslim and Christian faiths, should be the same towards King David's tomb as Anatolian Turks are in regards to Hagia Sofia. Restore King David's tomb to its its Jewish, pre-Arab, heritage. And then embrace that heritage as a part of our Palestinian heritage, because that is what it also is. Genetics has shown that, overall, modern day Palestinians are largely descended from the pre-Arabian Israelites who underwent Arabization, and religiously, first Christianisation, then later largely Islamification. So restoring King David's tomb back to a Jewish site does not need to mean that they reject their current modern identity and language and religions. It is simply their embracing of all of their heritage in its entirety. But this should only be done with sites with prior Jewish heritage. Sites without a prior Jewish heritage around Israel/Palestine must be maintained and restored to their Christian and Muslim glory, rather than be erased altogether for nothing prior. Hebrews of all faith (Jews, Samaritans, Palestinian Christians, Palestinian Muslims) are one people, with a common heritage, a common place of residence, and like it or not, a future bound together which is destined to be one held in common.

    from the article: Who is 'Judaizing' King David's Tomb?
    First published 05:12 03.08.13 | Last updated 05:12 03.08.13
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