Middle East studies in the News
Hatem Bazian's Latest Rant
by Gary Fouse
Cinnamon Stillwell has a great piece on UC Berkeley professor Hatem Bazian. Now Bazian is arguing that Jews must be barred from the Temple Mount, which last I checked, is located in Jerusalem.
It is hardly surprising that Bazian, a Palestinian, would make this kind of claim. Three thousand years ago, Jerusalem was the capital of Israel. There has never existed a nation called Palestine. Yet, Muslims claim Jerusalem as their third holiest site based on their Scripture, which claims that Mohammad flew there (The Farthest Mosque) on a winged horse and from there rose to Heaven where he met with previous prophets. That (and previous conquests and occupations by Muslims) forms the basis for their claims.
I don't know why Israel keeps Jews from praying at the Temple Mount, nor do I much care. I don't get where this guy Bazian says Jews should be excluded from anywhere in Jerusalem (or Israel for that matter, let alone a site that is sacred to them. That smacks to me of arrogance.Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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