Al-Mutawakei Taha, a senior Palestinian official claimed in a 5 page report that Western Wall, the holiest place of Jews is in fact a Muslim shrine.
Taha wrote, “The Zioinist occupation falsely and unjustly claims that it owns this wall, which it calls the Western Wall or Kotel”, he further claimed, , “Al-Buraq Wall is in fact the western wall of Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
Being a deputy information minister, Taha declared that the document is the official position of the Palestinian authority.
The report was published amid Israel’s declaration of a five-year plan to renovate the place for $23 million dollars.
Archeologists have enough evidence to prove that the wall was built during the period of King Solomon.
Although, Muslims claim Al-Aqsa mosque is the second holiest city of the Muslims, it was not built until Muslims captured Jerusalem in 638 A.D.
According to an Islamic myth, Mohammed went for a night journey to visit Allah, the god of Islam. On his way, he stopped at Jerusalem. Islamic scriptures do not mention of Jerusalem, but Quran claims; Mohammed went from “the sacred mosque to the farthest mosque” and then went to see Allah.
Muslims assume the Quranic verse “farthest mosque” meant a mosque at Jerusalem, although there was no mosque in Jerusalem. After Mohammed died, the second caliphate of Islam Omar built a small place for Muslims to worship. Later, the mosque was rebuilt and became the famous Al-Aqsa mosque.
Claiming other religions’ holy places as Islamic shrines is the specialty of Muslims. Mohammed himself evicted the Quraish from Mecca and claimed the famous Kaba belongs to the Muslims. In India, Muslims destroyed a Hindu temple and built the infamous Babri mosque atop of the ruins.
Those westerners who support Muslims’ right to build mosque should take lesson from the history.