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Myths & Facts
Chapter 13: Jerusalem

By: Mitchell G. Bard

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Jerusalem is an Arab City.
The Temple Mount has always been a Muslim holy place.
Jerusalem need not be the capital of Israel.
The Arabs were willing to accept the internationalization of Jerusalem.
Internationalization is the best solution to resolve the conflicting claims over Jerusalem.
While in control of Jerusalem, Jordan ensured freedom of worship for all religions.
Jordan safeguarded Jewish holy places.
Under Israeli rule, religious freedom has been curbed in Jerusalem.
Israel denies Muslims and Christians free access to their holy sites.
Israel has refused to discuss a compromise on the future of Jerusalem.
Israel has restricted the political rights of Palestinian Arabs in Jerusalem.
Under UN Resolution 242, East Jerusalem is considered ‘occupied territory.’
East Jerusalem should be part of a Palestinian state because no Jews have ever lived there.
The United States does not recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The Israeli government wants to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Muslims treat the Al-Aqsa Mosque with the reverence it deserves.
The Trump peace plan does not offer the Palestinians a capital in Jerusalem.
The al-Aqsa Mosque is Palestinian.

The United States should not have recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The Temple Mount is solely an Islamic holy site.
Israel is preventing Palestinians from praying on the Temple Mount during Ramadan.