Friday, June 13, 2008

AL Jazeerah Gets A Taste Of TheTruth

When Al Jazeerah's Jimal Rian asked Bar Ilan University political scientist Dr. Mordechai Kedar to guest on Rian's TV show,he obviously was expecting some Leftist academic. What he got was something very different!

"Building in Jerusalem is another nail in the coffin in negotiations with the Palestinian Authority," narrator Jimal Rian asserted. Dr. Kedar answered in fluent Arabic, "This was our capital 3,000 years ago, and we were here when your forefathers were drinking wine, burying your daughters alive and worshiping idols. This is our city and it will be our city forever."

That set off Rian who shook his finger in the air and said excitedly, "If you want to talk about history, you cannot erase Jerusalem from the Koran, and don’t attack the Muslim religion if we want to continue talking."

Dr. Kedar replied, "Jerusalem is not mentioned even once in the Koran. Jerusalem is a Jewish city."

The Al Jazeera host responded by quoting a verse from the Koran which he thought mentioned Jerusalem but stopped right in the middle upon realizing that it only refers to "the farthest place."

Dr. Kedar replied: "Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Koran even once. You can't rewrite the Koran on air on Al Jazeera."


Rian then went back to talking about "settlements" and asked Dr. Kedar why Israel is building 1,000 new apartments and deciding to build thousands more while there are rumors that "Jerusalem will include all of the West Bank [Judea and Samaria].

Dr. Kedar replied "My friend, Israel is not counting the number of apartments that Qatar is building on the Qatar Peninsula so why are you doing so in Jerusalem? Jerusalem is our city forever and is not an issue for you, for Al Jazeera or for anyone else. Period. "

"My friend, I invite you to Jerusalem so you can see with your own eyes that it has become a flourishing city after it was in ruins under Arab rule until 1967. We rebuilt the city and opened it to Christians, Moslems and Jews equally, unlike under Muslim rule."

Of course, one could also suggest that if the Arabs are all that concerned about the welfare of the Palestinians, there's absolutely nothing stopping them from building homes for them in the vast territories they control..or even giving them land for a state of their own. But of course,that's not the issue, is it? And it never was.

I cereainly hope the al-Jazeera viewing audience was able to recover from being exposed to the truth for a change!

1 comment:

Sabra said...

What a great slapdown! Too bad there are but only a few in the West willing to take issues and handle them head-on like Dr. Kedar does.