Monday, July 27, 2015

Was Raad Salah's "Quotation" an Error?


لا قيمة لإسرائيل بدون القدس، ولا قيمة للقدس بدون الهيكل

translates as

there is no value to Israel without Jerusalem, nor is there value to Jerusalem without the Temple 

It is at this news web site as a quotation direct from Sheikh Raad Salah, head of the Islamic Movement in Israel.  He incites and had been in jail.

I looked for it after seeing it at an Arutz 7 item.

In the past, he has declared:

“Netanyahu is about to build the false Temple, and when the Jews build the Temple they will do so upon the ruins of the Al-Aqsa [Mosque].”

But if you look at this article by another Islamist which includes this: 

 أنَّ المؤسّس لما يسمَّى بإسرائيل "ديفيد بن غوريون" قال:"لا قيمة لليهود بدون إسرائيل، ولا قيمة لإسرائيل بدون القدس، ولا قيمة للقدس بدون الهيكل"، وعليه فالصهاينة يحاولون طمس معالم الهويَّة الإسلامية للقدس؛ وهنالك حملة قذرة في تهويد القدس ومن ذلك:

you'll read, in English translation, that:

...the founder of what is called Israel, David Ben-Gurion, said, "there is no value for the Jews without Israel, nor the value of Israel without Jerusalem, nor the value of Jerusalem without the Temple" and the Zionists are trying to obliterate the Islamic identity landmarks of Jerusalem; and there is a dirty campaign in the Judaization of Jerusalem

So, Raad Salah declared what he declared based not on his belief but what he was given to understand was Ben-Gurion's belief.

But did B-G say that?

I checked here but no.  Here, I found this:

“There can be Jerusalem without Israel, but there cannot be Israel without Jerusalem”

The search is to be continued... 

But I think it's a (purposeful) misquote.



Found this from David Ben-Gurion:

The attempt to exclude Jewish Jerusalem from Israel is not calculated to establish peace in the Near East, and least of all in Jerusalem itself. Jews will sacrifice themselves for Jerusalem no less than Englishmen for London, Russians for Moscow, or Americans for Washington...We hope that those religions which respect the sanctity of Jerusalem and those nations which, like us, believe in the principles of peace and justice will respect the rights of Israel in Jerusalem just as Israel respects the rights of all religions in its holy capital and in its sovereign State.


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