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History Abuse

History Abuse

With the recent assault against the Jewish people and Jewish history, Tisha B'Av takes on a special poignancy this year.


Tisha B'Av, the Jewish fast that commemorates the destruction of the Holy Temples in Jerusalem as well as other tragedies of Jewish history, will take on a special poignancy this year. For not only has the Temple not been rebuilt and does the Messiah still tarry, but the Jewish People in the Jewish Land are under siege by enemies consumed with hatred and seemingly unfettered by any sense of the holiness of human life.

What is more, the assault is being mounted not only against Jews and the Jewish State but against Jewish history itself.

Consider the official Palestinian Ministry of Information's statement that "there is no tangible evidence of any Jewish traces/remains in the old city of Jerusalem and its immediate vicinity."

Or the declaration of Palestinian Authority Mufti 'Ikrima Sabri, in an interview with the Germany periodical Die Welt, that "there is not [even] the smallest indication of the existence of a Jewish temple on [the Temple Mount] in the past." (The Muslim cleric went on to speak of how "it is the art of the Jews to deceive the world" and that Israeli Jews "from Germany should return to Germany," laughing to his German interviewer before adding "After all, you like them so much, don't you?") [quotes courtesy of the Middle East Media Research Institute]

And the world is all too happy to buy the cynical rewriting of history. Whether out of cowardice or something darker, a number of journalists have chosen to refer to the Temple Mount by the name Muslims have given it - though it was the site of King Solomon's Temple more than a thousand years before Islam's founder's grandparents were even glints in their own parents' eyes.

Such mindlessness masquerading as fair play assists the Arab determination to deny the ancient and essential Jewish bond to the Jewish land.

Wittingly or otherwise, such mindlessness masquerading as fair play assists the Arab determination to deny, as in the case of the Holocaust and other inconvenient realities, the ancient and essential Jewish bond to the Jewish land. The denial is executed quite tangibly too; credible sources report that the Waqf, the Islamic religious overseers of the mosques that function undisturbed on the Mount, has been excavating and systematically destroying artifacts of the Second Temple era, in a determined effort to prevent archaeologists from confirming the facts of history. Earlier this month, Jerusalem Police Commander Niso Shaham told a Knesset committee that a large electric saw is being used to destroy stones every day on the Temple Mount, and helicopter photographs of such destruction, and of a bulldozer on the Mount, also presented to the committee, confirm that charge.

Nor are our own people immune to the rot of revisionism. The most elemental events of Jewish history have been denied by even by some Jewish religious leaders, several of whom have famously gone on record rejecting the historicity of the Exodus, the revelation at Sinai and the conquest of the Land of Israel at the time of Joshua.

Judaism, however, has always been, and remains, a religion based on a historical tradition. We Jews recall - indeed, relive - our genesis as a people each Passover, and mourn the tragedies of our past each Tisha B'Av, when our tradition asks us to forego food, drink and other comforts.

This year, on Tisha B'Av, let us all, regardless of our level of observance or affiliations, reconnect to Tisha B'Av - and, through it, to each other and to the entirety of Jewish history.

Let us begin to recapture unity by joining together in the solemn observance of the millennia-old day of national Jewish mourning.

Let each of us find a place where Jews spend Tisha B'Av eve sitting on low chairs or stools and mourning, where images and feelings of Jewish tragedies, both distant and near are called up and bemoaned.

Let each of us set aside the day to fast, to pray, to reflect on our collective pain. And let us all, thereby, be joined by our fasting and praying -- to one another, but also to our fellow Jews across the ages - and to our fellow Jews living in the Jewish Land today.

Courtesy of Am Echad REesources

July 21, 2001

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Visitor Comments: 9

(8) Deborah, August 21, 2006 12:00 AM

My Prayers for Israel

Although I am not a Jew, my heart breaks for the unjustices put upon the Jewish people. My prayers go out to you..especially now with August 22 coming tomorrow. I pray for the safety and God's protection for Israel now and for always. Thank you.

(7) Norma LeVeille, August 6, 2001 12:00 AM

God doesn't forget!

Let them write their revisionist drivel!
The same God who gave His Word to Abraham will bring it to pass.Every promise that has yet to be fulfilled, will be, and we'll see who has the last laugh.Isaiah 49:14 But Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me,and My Lord hath forgotten me.15;Can a mother forget her baby, or a woman the child within her womb, but even if these forget, yes, even if these forget,I will never forget my own. 16;behold, I have carved thee on the palms of my hands, thy walls are ever before me............. We have witnessed some astonishing things in Israel; it's survival these last fifty- plus years has been a miracle of God. If the hacks, and the rags they write for, think that God is going to abandon his Jewish children (carved in the palm of His hand)they have a big surprise coming.If Mr. Arafat thinks he stands a snowball's chance,I have news for him, he's going to have to get past Almighty God"s plans for His Jewish children.I believe that Israel is going to face some very hard times in the near future, but I also know, without a shadow of a doubt, that she will survive, Not because of her own abilities, (with which she is truly blessed by God)but because of His great promises to her. May The Lord bless you and keep you. May He make His face to shine upon you and give you peace. Num:6

Anonymous, April 27, 2014 7:50 PM


I was bewildered and frightened for all of my childhood and most of my life by the hatred and contempt of Christians, well into adulthood, and now, having accepted it as I accept any naturally occurring phenomena, as welcome as incurable forms of disease or deformities but a given among most people, I am touched by your clearly sincere lack of those pervasive forms of ugliness..

(6) Shari Menzel, August 5, 2001 12:00 AM

Re. Tisha B'Av & the Temple Mount

As a non-Jew, I can assure you that there are many, many of us out here who are friends of Israel, and who watch with horror the way your opponents are playing a dirty game, scamming the whole world it seems. I'm grateful for reports like this one, that I can forward to others ... And, until Messiah comes, we'll keep praying for the peace of Jerusalem. And all of Israel.

(5) PEPPIE TANDHASETTI, August 2, 2001 12:00 AM


Is there recently more anit-Semitism than a year ago? I was recently told by coworker (of 12 yrs!) that the Jews control everything! Wouldnt people want to be prt of this powerful group?If this is true then would not people be lined up at the synagogues to convert?

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