When evidence is artfully manipulated or distorted to make a point and to lead people to erroneous conclusions, the act is both dangerous and malicious. It makes no difference whatsoever if one’s intentions are righteous or evil, ends do not justify means.
In a recent article this writer described a controversy involving Planned Parenthood. Based on videos that were widely distributed on the Internet and other media outlets, the malfeasance of Planned Parenthood was absolutely apparent. However, right for life organizations responsible for Planned Parenthood’s predicament have admitted that their videos were faked. While they claimed to have filmed Planned Parenthood facilities surreptitiously, they looked elsewhere for disgusting video of aborted babies and stillborn babies and used them to level their charges. Even one absolutely sympathetic to the Right to Life agenda must be appalled when an organization stoops to these dreadful means.
This week Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of Israel made headlines when he declared that the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem convinced Hitler to kill the Jews of Europe, “the final solution.” He made headlines for his irreverent statement. Yet today a leading scholar, according to Arutz 7, claimed that Netanyahu’s statement was accurate. As was noted on Arutz 7, “Middle East Forum scholar Dr. Wolfgang Schwanitz has backed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday night, after the premier was heavily criticized for stating that Mufti Hajj Amin Al Husseini convinced Adolf Hitler to annihilate the Jews during World War II.” Whether correct or not, , even if the final solution was the brain child of the grand mufti, as German chancellor Angela Merkel later stated, the Germans were responsible for implementing the Holocaust.
Netanyahu’s assertion in no way should assuage Nazi guilt nor serve as a contretemps to the evil Hitler perpetrated. In Judaism acts have always been far more significant than words, even if life and death are under the control of them.
ISIS and the Taliban have made headlines for months when they razed ancient heritage sites from the early civilizations of the Fertile Crescent. Those sites in many cases featured large idols. Idol worship was a basic aspect of the ancient religions of the region. Father Abraham, according to Jewish tradition, was the first to recognize that there is only one true God. Islam also claims Abraham as the father to the Arab people. Yet, even as ardent monotheists and adherents to the commandment not to set a graven image before the Lord Almighty, none should willy-nilly destroy the historical record. Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians and Assyrians made the ancient Middle East the womb from which the beliefs of modern Western religion were born.
While mentioning Abraham, the father of the Jewish people, one ought not ignore this week’s corrupt decision by UNESCO to approve a resolution submitted jointly by several Arab states. In it, the Tomb of the Patriarchs was declared by UNESCO as an official, Moslem holy site. In that resolution the Tomb of Rachel is also declared to be such a site. In the original draft of the resolution it was declared that the Western Wall was not a Jewish site at all, but a supporting structure for the Al Aksa mosque.
Anyone knowledgeable about Jewish History would immediately recognize the falsity of the UNESCO declaration. Yes Father Abraham is also accepted by the Arab world as its father. So what? To declare the Cave of Machpelah as a Moslem Holy Site without also remembering that it is a Jewish holy site is wrong. The biblical book of Genesis notes the Cave of Machpelah was bought by Abraham at an exorbitant price from Ephron the Hittite as a burial site for his wife Sarah. Later Abraham’s sons Isaac and Ishmael jointly buried their father there. Isaac was laid to rest there by his sons Jacob and Esau. With the permission of Pharaoh, Joseph and his brothers transported Jacob’s body from Egypt to that cave where Jacob was interred. This false declaration by UNESCO pays no regard to the historical record.
As for declaring Rachel’s Tomb as a Moslem holy site, how did this come about? There is no significance for Rachel in the Moslem tradition. While Rachel may have been the favored wife to Jacob, she was also the mother of Joseph and Benjamin. Indeed she died in childbirth to Benjamin. Only last week Palestinians fire bombed the Tomb of Joseph. Why in one week would they be destroying the son’s tomb, a notably Jewish site, only to have their allies push for the declaration of his mother’s tomb as a Moslem site days later? There would be less an issue if UNESCO would declare the holy sites as special to both Jews and Moslems simultaneously. They did not. They instead supported the blatant anti-Semitism of Israel’s avowed enemies.
Thankfully, the chairman of UNESCO withdrew a most irksome distortion from the draft resolution before it was passed. The approved resolution takes no notice of the Western Wall as the support structure of the Al Aksa mosque. To have included this declaration would have made no sense at all. The Holy Temple that once stood on the Temple Mount was first built by King Solomon in fulfillment of the desire of his father, King David. The specifications of that Temple are recorded in the Second Book of Samuel and in Kings. Its destruction is described in Jeremiah and Lamentations. The establishment of a second Temple is central to the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. It was expanded by King Herod. Records of that Temple exist in the New Testament, and in books by Philo and Josephus, as well as a myriad of other sources. To have declared that Temple’s outside wall as a retaining wall for a mosque built centuries later is pure absurdity.
Another demand of that resolution, however, also attempts to force Jews to be complicit in the misuse of history. It charges that Jews are destroying the Old City and East Jerusalem with their archeological digs. Those digs have produced numerous records of Jerusalem life from the time the city was established by King David as his capital, from the time of the Greeks in which a recovered sign proves that gentiles participated in the life of Jewish temple practices, and from the era in which Jesus lived and in which Romans controlled the region they called Palestine. To deny the Jews their archeological efforts is to dismiss their right to bring their history to life.
Too many attempt to distort history and evidence for a wide variety of reasons. The only means to undo these wrongs is to be aware and knowledgeable of events as they truly occurred long ago and in our own time. Otherwise who can or will stand up to this malfeasance of the Third World who so clearly have a dominating role in the decision making processes of the UN and its agencies?