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Trudeau’s handling of the Palestinian-Israel conflict, and the views of others

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Trudeau’s handling of the Palestinian-Israel conflict

The Arab World’s view of Palestinians: Facts and opinions

Based on the recent history of the news coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in the U.S., and the E.U., the Israeli government, the IDF and Israelis with rare exceptions, tend to be depicted as the guilty or the more guilty parties who formulate and pursue evil schemes in their treatment Israeli Arabs, Palestinian Arabs in Judea, Samaria and in Gaza.

By the same token, the mass media wilfully ignores the coverage of the same or related subjects and events by the Arab/Muslim political figures, scholars, analysts and journalists that contradict their reports.

The situation in Canada is not different in the key sectors of the mass media. With this kind of incitement, the Jews, citizens of Canada and these countries have been and continue to hounded, attacked, humiliated, injured in, while their communal institutions and synagogues are vandalised by pro-Palestinian and other antisemitic mobs, groups or members of antisemitic organisations .

Analytically, the Trudeau government’s statements during the Gaza war, and the coverage of Israel and of the war and Israel provided by the CBC and the major print media confirms the foregoing observations.

I propose to document these statements in subsequent Parts. 

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The perspectives of the Arab/Muslim political figures, scholars, analysts and journalists on Palestinians

One of the features of Canada’s dealings with Israel and the utterances of Trudeau and his successive Ministers of Foreign Affairs in the context of the Palestinian- Israeli conflict is Canada’s feigned or real ignorance of the views the Middle-Eastern Muslim officials and commentators concerning the Palestinian claims.

What do these Muslim write about the Palestinian people

“…. Palestinian Arabs did not view themselves as having a separate identity. They usually identified themselves by their clans and villages. When the First Congress of Muslim –Christian Associations met in Jerusalem in February 1919 to choose Palestinian representatives for the Paris Peace Conference, they adopted the following resolution:” We consider Palestine as part of Arab Syria, as it has never been separated from it at any time. We are connected with it by national, religious, linguistic, natural, economic, and geographical bonds.” Randall Price, Fast Facts on the Middle East Conflict, Harvest House Publishers, 2003, p.25

In 1937 and 1947: Testifying before the Peel Commission in 1937, Syrian leader Auni Bey Abdul-Nadi asserted: “There is no such country as Palestine…’Palestine’ is alien to us. It is the Zionists who introduced it”. According to Jerold Auerbach “Columbia history professor Rashid Khalidi would acknowledge that before World War I “Palestine did not exist in Arab consciousness.”

Shortly before the birth of the State of Israel, the distinguished Arab-American historian, Princeton professor Arab historian Philip Hilti conceded “There is no such thing as Palestine in history”. The U.N. General Assembly resolution in 1947, referred to the area west of the Jordan River as Judea and Samaria.

Walid Shoebat from Bethlehem stated “on June 4, 1967, I was a Jordanian and overnight I became a Palestinian… We considered ourselves Jordanian until the Jews returned to Jerusalem” (Jerold Auerbach, The Invention of Palestinians, February 14, 2019.)

On November 1, 2018, Abd Al Ghani on Official P.A. TV stated “Before the Balfour Promise [1917], when the Ottoman rule [1517-1917] ended, Palestine’s political borders as we know them today did not exist, and there was nothing called a Palestinian people with a political identity as we know today.”

December 19, 2018: Judith Bergman, Arab Historian Admits there is no Palestinian People

Similarly, the King-Crane Commission of 1919 found that Christian and Muslim Arabs opposed any plan to create a country called Palestine, ”because it was viewed as a recognition of the Zionist claims” Allen Z.Hertz, Feb. 8 2017, Aboriginal Rights of the Jewish People,

In the same article, Rawf Bin-a-Sa’in (supra.) wrote: “Palestinians, you are not Arabs!… But, you the ‘Palestinians’ who are you? Where do you come from?… You are the vestiges of nations, Gypsies, Turkmen, Circassians, Mongols …In whose name do you dare to interfere with Jews and Arabs?”

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The Al-Aqsa mosque and Jerusalem

1929: A pamphlet titled “A Brief Guide to Al-Haram Al-Sharif Jerusalem” published that year by the Supreme Moslem Council (with the notorious Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin Al-Husseini at its helm) acknowledges and emphasizes the Jewish history of the Temple Mount. The section of the document titled Historical Sketch (pages 4-8) reads: The site is one of the oldest in the world.

Its sanctity dates from the earliest (perhaps prehistoric) times. Its identity with the site of Solomon’s Temple is beyond dispute. This too is the spot, according to the universal belief, on which Davit Built there an altar unto the Lord and offered burn offerings and peace offerings (2 Samuel, XXIV 25).”Extracts from Israel Mizrahi, Muslim Pamphlet From 19129 Affirms Jewish Historical Claim To Temple Mount.” Jewish Press, May 20, 2022.

May 1, 2020: Rawff Bin-a-Sa’inm, a renowned Saudi intellectual, asserted that “There is no Al-Aqsa mosque: There is Jerusalem. The real Al Aqsa mosque, the one mentioned in our writings, is located at Al Ju’rana, 29 kms from the city of Ta’if in Saudi Arabia.” (My translation from French).

November 6, 2020: Khaled Abu Toameh wrote” Muslims: Al-Aqsa Mosque does not belong to Palestinians”, https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/16678/muslims-al-aqsa-mosque – while the P.A. has adopted an aggressive posture towards the access of Israelis to Temple Mount and Palestinian mobs have played havoc with the site in various ways.

February 9, 2021: Raymond Ibrahim, “Islam’s Three Claims to Jerusalem -Built atop mythology, supremacism— and violent conquest” refers to “an Islamic preacher who once appeared on official P.A. television and, inter-alia, asserted that Jerusalem “ is the religious, Sharia and historical right of the Muslims, and of no one else but them.”

After a review of the historical facts, Ibrahim wrote: ”the entire Muslim claim to Jerusalem “as resting atop these three elements:

  1. A religious- or to Western sensibilities mythical-story about Muhammad reaching it atop a flying magical horse;
  2. A Muslim made supremacist law-the antithesis of universal law, namely Sharia- that naturally  always sides with Muslims against infidels;
  3. A brutal, bloody, historical conquest.

Ibrahim points out that “in his sermon the cleric added that, although they behave this way, Jews “have no right to arrogance, tyranny and occupation.” Ibrahim further notes that “his complaint is not that ‘arrogance, tyranny and occupation’ are always bad, but rather that “Jews ‘have no right” to behave this way. After all and as seen, this “right” belongs to the Muslims and “no one else but them”. Their law (Sharia) permits them to “occupy” whatever they can seize from and to treat contemptible infidels with “arrogance and tyranny.”

A map of the Old City of Jerusalem showing the locations of the Western Wall and other religious sites. (Image: middleeasteye.net)

Osama Yamani, Saudi lawyer and journalist in an article in Saudi news outlet Okaz asserts that the third holiest site in Islam is not located on Temple Mount in Jerusalem “the mosque is actually located in Al Ju’ranah, near Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The confusion between the two sites stems from the fact that many history books state that al-Aqsa is located in Jerusalem…Jerusalem is not Al-Aqsa, [and] is not cited in the missions that Allah gave Muhammad and the caliphs.”

Yamani notes that Jerusalem is not mentioned by Allah in his command for Muhammad to go on his ‘Night Journey’. He is told to go to the” farthest mosque’-al masjid al Aqsa- but the city is not mentioned. In fact Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Qur’an. According to Muslim sources, the Prophet made his “Night Journey” around 621 A.D. Yamani adds that” originally Muslims did not face in the direction of Al-Aqsa [in Jerusalem] while praying.”

Yamani states: “It was, Abd al Malik, the Ummayad Caliph of Damascus who changed the direction of the prayer toward Jerusalem” after being prevented by his political rival Ibn al Zubayr from making the hajj to Mecca ,for political reasons. He explains: “There are stories influenced by political considerations that served the purposes of that time, and sometimes claims are made that they have nothing to do with faith or following religious dictates.”

Note: Save the passages that quotes Osama Yamani, the rest of the narrative is that of the author of the article) Hugh Fitzgerald, Al Aqsa Mosque on Temple Mount pretends to be the third holiest site in Islam, Geller Report, December 20, 2021,

Contra: November 23, 2020 -Dr. Wasfi Kailani in an article titled “Debunking the myths of Osama Yamani-Where is Al-Aqsa? rejected both his thesis as well as those of the others who expressed similar views. https://ammannet.net/english/debunking-myths- osama-yamani

The Western Wall – the Kotel – was discovered in a decrepit and desecrated state after Jordanian rulers were evicted in the Six Day War. (Photo: Twitter)

Peace and tolerance to safeguard religious sites

On January 21, 2021, the U.N. adopted a resolution introduced by Saudi Arabia titled “Promoting a culture of peace and tolerance to safeguard religious sites”. The resolution:

a) states that “Religious sites are representative of the history, social fabric and traditions of people in every country and community all over the world and should be fully respected as such” ;

b) highlights the increasing threats to culturally and spiritually significant sites by terrorists and militias, who have at times destroyed religious property and illicitly trafficked artifacts;

c) denounces “all attacks on and in religious places, sites and shrines … including any deliberate destruction of relics and monuments” and condemns “all acts or threats of violence, destruction, damage or endangerment, directed against religious sites as such, that continue to occur in the world, and denounces any moves to obliterate or forcibly convert any religious sites”;

d) calls on the governments to promote these religious sites as vulnerable targets and to implement safeguards to protect them, and

e) further states that governments should assess risks and potential targets as well as “ensure that comprehensive measures are in place for the immediate response to an attack.”

Notwithstanding the passage of the Saudi resolution the P.A continues:

a) to let Palestinian rioting mobs to block the access of Israelis to Temple Mount. In the process Palestinian rioting mobs have also dropping stones to the Jews praying at the Wailing Wall below.

b) to steal and traffic through its antiquity dealers ancient Jewish religious artifacts and other valuable items of similar nature secured by Israelis through archaeological work in the underground site of the Jewish Temple, and

c) to destroy and failing that to damage Jewish ancestral religious sites located in Judea and Samaria in a vain attempt to destroy the incontrovertible proof of the Jewish people’s presence and territorial rights to these lands.

To date, Canada has failed to honor the Saudi resolution by continuing to ignore P.A’s policy of destroying and damaging Jewish ancestral religious sites which are part of the human heritage of the world, despite the fact that such destruction is against fundamental Canadian values.

So much for Trudeau’s support of the U.N in rightful causes and for his fundamental Canadian values.

Doğan D. Akman is an independent researcher and commentator. He holds a B.Sc. in sociology, an M.A. in sociology/criminology and an LL.B in law. He held academic appointments in sociology, criminology and social policy; served as a Judge of the Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, and occupied the positions of Crown Counsel in criminal prosecutions and in civil litigation at the Federal Department of Justice. His academic work is published in peer-reviewed professional journals, while his opinion pieces and other writings are to be found in various publications and in blogs.  

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