UN says West Bank site a mosque, but Israel disagrees
October 29th, 2010
03:22 PM ET

UN says West Bank site a mosque, but Israel disagrees

A UN agency's decision to identify a Jewish holy site in the West Bank as a mosque has prompted cries of bias and distortion from Israel.

"It displays brazen political bias and stands in total contradiction to the organization's declared purposes of advancing education, science and culture" said Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor of a recent statement by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

In a statement released earlier this week regarding a vote of it's executive board of UNESCO said:

"The Palestinian sites of al-Haram, al-Ibrahimi/Tomb of the Patriarchs in al-Khalil/Hebron and the Bilal bin Rabah Mosque/Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem: the Board voted 44 to one (12 abstentions) to reaffirm that the two sites are an integral part of the occupied Palestinian Territories and that any unilateral action by the Israeli authorities is to be considered a violation of international law..."

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Filed under: Houses of worship • Islam • Israel • Middle East • Mosque • Palestinians

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  1. Muneef

    @Iqbal Khan.
    Sum Dude has some goodness in her and as seems your choices were not always successful I mean you should see and hear this link and maybe you can take it part serial from here:


    November 1, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  2. Iqbal khan

    People like Sam Dude,There is saying what comes out of your mouth is that what you have in your brain!
    I say these type of people are beyond my power of persuation, only God Almighty can guide and help them if they repent and want to be guided, and if God let them go astry no body can guide them.

    November 1, 2010 at 12:54 pm |
  3. Iqbal khan

    And those who don't like my postings of youtube, too bad, I am happy to put my thoughts by the help of these vedios it saves me time

    October 31, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
    • Sum Dude

      @Iqbal khan

      So you think laziness excuses your rudeness? How rude!
      I fart in your general direction!

      October 31, 2010 at 11:46 pm |
  4. Iqbal khan


    October 31, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
    • Muneef

      @Iqbal Khan.
      Wow that was very explainable YouTube about miracles of the Quran since all we come across are claiming to be scientists and only believe in science but soonest you prove to them that this was in the Quran then they start attacking satiating that we manipulate and play with with words to make it look as miracles?! Never can they admit to the truth?!

      October 31, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  5. Iqbal khan

    Malcolm X

    he Zionist armies that now occupy Palestine claim their ancient Jewish prophets predicted that in the "last days of this world" their own God would raise them up a "messiah" who would lead them to their promised land, and they would set up their own "divine" government in this newly-gained land, this "divine" government would enable them to "rule all other nations with a rod of iron."

    If the Israeli Zionists believe their present occupation of Arab Palestine is the fulfillment of predictions made by their Jewish prophets, then they also religiously believe that Israel must fulfill its "divine" mission to rule all other nations with a rod of irons, which only means a different form of iron-like rule, more firmly entrenched even, than that of the former European Colonial Powers.

    These Israeli Zionists religiously believe their Jewish God has chosen them to replace the outdated European colonialism with a new form of colonialism, so well disguised that it will enable them to deceive the African masses into submitting willingly to their "divine" authority and guidance, without the African masses being aware that they are still colonized.


    The Israeli Zionists are convinced they have successfully camouflaged their new kind of colonialism. Their colonialism appears to be more "benevolent," more "philanthropic," a system with which they rule simply by getting their potential victims to accept their friendly offers of economic "aid," and other tempting gifts, that they dangle in front of the newly-independent African nations, whose economies are experiencing great difficulties. During the 19th century, when the masses here in Africa were largely illiterate it was easy for European imperialists to rule them with "force and fear," but in this present era of enlightenment the African masses are awakening, and it is impossible to hold them in check now with the antiquated methods of the 19th century.

    The imperialists, therefore, have been compelled to devise new methods. Since they can no longer force or frighten the masses into submission, they must devise modern methods that will enable them to manouevre the African masses into willing submission.

    The modern 20th century weapon of neo-imperialism is "dollarism." The Zionists have mastered the science of dollarism: the ability to come posing as a friend and benefactor, bearing gifts and all other forms of economic aid and offers of technical assistance. Thus, the power and influence of Zionist Israel in many of the newly "independent" African nations has fast-become even more unshakeable than that of the 18th century European colonialists... and this new kind of Zionist colonialism differs only in form and method, but never in motive or objective.

    At the close of the 19th century when European imperialists wisely foresaw that the awakening masses of Africa would not submit to their old method of ruling through force and fears, these ever-scheming imperialists had to create a "new weapon," and to find a "new base" for that weapon.


    The number one weapon of 20th century imperialism is zionist dollarism, and one of the main bases for this weapon is Zionist Israel. The ever-scheming European imperialists wisely placed Israel where she could geographically divide the Arab world,

    To read the rest check.....................http://www.illuminati-news.com/00367.html

    October 31, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  6. Iqbal khan

    And from Quran...

    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

    Glorify the Name of your Lord, the Most High, (1) Who has created (everything), and then proportioned it; (2) And Who has measured (preordainments for everything even to be blessed or wretched); and then guided (i.e. showed mankind the right as well as wrong paths, and guided the animals to pasture); (3) And Who brings out the pasturage, (4) And then makes it dark stubble (5) We shall make you to recite (the Qur'ân), so you (O Muhammad (SAW)) shall not forget (it), (6) Except what Allâh, may will, He knows what is apparent and what is hidden. (7) And We shall make easy for you (O Muhammad (SAW)) the easy way (i.e. the doing of righteous deeds). (8) Therefore remind (men) in case the reminder profits (them) (9) The reminder will be received by him who fears (Allâh), (10) But it will be avoided by the wretched, (11) Who will enter the great Fire (and will be made to taste its burning). (12) There he will neither die (to be in rest) nor live (a good living). (13) Indeed whosoever purifies himself (by avoiding polytheism and accepting Islâmic Monotheism) shall achieve success, (14) And remembers (glorifies) the Name of his Lord (worships none but Allâh), and prays (five compulsory prayers and Nawâfil — additional prayers). (15) Nay, you prefer the life of this world, (16) Although the Hereafter is better and more lasting. (17) Verily, this is in the former Scriptures — (18) The Scriptures of Ibrâhim (Abraham) and Mûsa (Moses). (19)

    October 31, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  7. Muneef

    "Power means Money and Money means Power". They have got it all and can pi-ss on any body and every body as the please.

    October 31, 2010 at 8:53 am |
    • Reality

      Muneef, Muneef, Muneef,

      You are hopelessly brainwashed in Islamic myths and dark age mentality. Get back to us when your mind comprehends the 21st century.

      October 31, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  8. Gary

    also hotairace I noticed jews are much more focused on saving money,making money,building wealth and power than any other religious or ethnic group. ...As an agnostic who thinks religion is silly I realize its nothing supernatural that jews are so succssfull but its their focus culture close nit group...Many are very racist and closed when it comes to inter marriage and opening business with non jews.....A very tight nit group.

    October 31, 2010 at 12:30 am |
  9. Gary

    Hotairace , Many non jews are hard working smart great people too but as far as percentages in my 46 years of life experience Jews seem most successful ,intelligent especially as business owners and lawyers...

    October 31, 2010 at 12:27 am |
    • desert voice (troubledgoodangel or Nathanael)

      The more I live, the more skeptical I become about the seemingly "good people." I don't care what religion they are, Christians, or Moslems, or Jews. There is something about them I simply distrust! A Catholic priest yesterday advised me in the confessional: "Be good and holy." But he also said: "Don't be naive about the priests you meet." Priests todat aren/t what they used to be, all holy, all trustworthy. How come? How can a blind lead the blind? And so it is with all religions and denominations! One protestant pastor says that "his wealth is a proof of him being blessed." Another, a Catholic, swears that his cross and daily dying is proof of him being more blessed." Most Jews swear that wealth is a blessing. I a Catholic, has given my own home to the poor! Now who in the world is right?

      October 31, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  10. Gary

    I am a total agnostic but every jew I have met, worked for, worked with, grew up with in Austin are smart hardworking great folks.

    October 30, 2010 at 11:20 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Yes, but what about the non-jews? :^))

      October 30, 2010 at 11:23 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Sorry, I was not really questioning your views on jews or non-jews. My observation is that just about everybody we meet face-to-face for more than a few minutes, regardless of their believes, are reasonable, hard working, well intentioned individuals. It's something about belonging to a group, religion in particular, that brings out the worst in good people.

      October 31, 2010 at 12:54 am |
  11. Muneef

    We were told in the Quran that Children of Israel got divided in to two and that anger and curse was on the people of the Sabbath and that love,acceptance was to those believed Jesus and took him for a prophet of God and his word of guidance..
    So as seems that this article is correct except to the part where it makes of Jesus as God or Son of God...which I am sure was made as envy by Jews to mislead Christian from the correct path they believed in so they have brought up this issue of Jesus being the son of God and only since then Christians became astray from the truth... 

    October 30, 2010 at 9:20 pm |
    • Reality

      Muneef, Muneef, Muneef,

      Once again:

      Obviously, you skip over the passages in the koran that allow male Muslims to take four wives and beat, stone or kill them for various transgressions. Ditto for those passages that dictate male Muslim domination of the world by any means. Get back to us when your book is brought up to 21st century standards.

      October 31, 2010 at 12:27 am |
    • Muneef

      How could you be reality when you are still living in the era of "Alla AlDeen and the Magic Lamp" and "The Hareem"?
      "Al-Deen Yosser Wa-Lais Osser" and that means "Religion is about Easiness and not Har-dness",
      So Al-Deen gave way of Easiness for those living in har-dness and needed more than one wife to marry, but it never told us or enforce upon us as Muslims to marry Two or Four Wives ?
      Beside understand that females in numbers have now have exceeded the number of males on Earth,as for men they are shorter in age beside being fed by the shovels to endless wars?
      Such case It means that so many women are deprived from the right of creating family and a chance for a decent life under a man shadow rather than a wall shadow? But now you see they are rather to fill the night clubs and Xmarket. Wouldn't it have solved so many problem for many men and females if same was permitted for you or if can be afforded by us by the means of "Body Strength&Financial backup"??

      October 31, 2010 at 8:47 am |
    • Reality

      Muneef, Muneef, Muneef,

      It does appear you are hopelessly brainwashed in Islamic myths and dark age mentality. Get back to us when your mind comprehends the 21st century.

      October 31, 2010 at 11:17 am |
    • Muneef

      It does appear you are hopelessly brainwashed in Islamic myths and dark age mentality. Get back to us when your mind comprehends the 21st century.

      Do you mean the 21st Century Fox?? Holywood science fictions? No Sir rather be in my God Fiction at least my mind and heart are cool about it..

      October 31, 2010 at 9:14 pm |
    • Reality

      Well that is a start as Muneef has finally admitted to belief in a fictional god!

      November 1, 2010 at 12:12 am |
  12. HotAirAce

    We are never going to sort out who owns what in the middle east. We need all the rich religious folks to get together with all the rich peace lovers to *buy* the so-called holy land, and re-open it as a neutral, non-denominational religious theme park. The current residents can take their proceeds from the sale of the land and move if they like. Everyone can have the opportuntiy to be an employee of the theme park, perhaps with company provided housing. Competing religions can become divisions within the company – those with the best revenue and profit (or plans for same) will get more support than the struggling divisions. I could go on, but will stop my silliness here.

    October 30, 2010 at 1:50 pm |
  13. Andrew VA

    Israel is cheating again. Muslims are cheating again. The UN is cheating again. Somebody put a straitjacket on those whackos!

    October 30, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  14. Reality

    Once again:

    Muslims should burn their copies of the koran for the 1400 year old con job that is pulled on them daily by the imams and ayatollahs. Christians should burn their copies of the NT for the 2000 year old con job that has been perpetuated on them by popes, bishops, priests, ministers and evangelicals. And Orthodox Jews should burn their copies of the OT/Torah for the 6000 year old con job pulled on them by their past and current rabbis.

    October 30, 2010 at 9:57 am |
    • matt

      200 atheist rebels were killed today after suffering from heavy shelling from the agnostic strong hold of the north. There is a reason why you don't hear reports such as that...Religion is the ultimate cause to all our problems. Islam is the same thing as Judaism...they are one in the same.

      October 31, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  15. Iqbal khan


    October 29, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
    • Sum Dude

      @Iqbal khan

      I have mostly disrespect for you when you post these videos or whatever they are. I have never seen a single one of them, yet they intrude upon this blog like lumps of excrement.
      Speak in words or go elsewhere. Your spam is not wanted here.

      October 30, 2010 at 4:51 am |
  16. Iqbal khan


    October 29, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  17. Iqbal khan


    October 29, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  18. Peace2All

    Well, I'm thinking this decision by the UN is definitely not going to help ease the tensions in the West Bank. Just a guess...

    October 29, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  19. Reality

    All of this hatred amongst Abrahamic religions and Abraham and Moses did not even exist!!!!


    October 29, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  20. Visitor

    To HELL with the UN! Withdraw membership and kick them out of our borders.

    October 29, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
    • Margery

      and keep them out of Barnes & Noble, too!

      October 30, 2010 at 7:47 am |
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