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Understanding Jerusalem’s History and Its Implications For Today

There are many preconceived notions, rumors and even outright lies that revolve around Jerusalem’s history, rights and sovereignty. It becomes essential to discover the truth and understand exactly what the Jewish and Muslim claims to Jerusalem are based on. The following article provides an in-depth history and analysis into Israel’s eternal, unified capital of Jerusalem.

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Please note that this article was authored before the death of Yasser Arafat, leader of the PLO terrorist organization that was renamed the Palestinian Authority.

Jerusalem: Jewish and Muslim Claims to the Holy City

Article Courtesy: Aish

The Jews of Israel are currently locked into a conflict with their Palestinian Arab neighbors. While the media bombards us with constant reports of violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, there is no doubt that the epicenter of the conflict lies in Jerusalem and more specifically on the Temple Mount in the Old City.

Jewish Spiritual Connection to Jerusalem

To understand the Jewish connection to Jerusalem we must begin with the Jewish Bible. From the Jewish perspective, the area of special holiness is Mount Moriah, today known as the Temple Mount. This area is located beneath the platform on which the Muslim Shrine, the Dome Of the Rock, now stands.

In the Jewish Bible, Jerusalem has many names: Salem (Shalem), Moriah, Jebuse (Yevuse), Jerusalem (Yerushalayim), and Zion (Tziyon). The most common term for the city, Yerushalayim, is mentioned 349 times in the Jewish Bible, while Tziyon is mentioned an additional 108 times.

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