Cordoba Calling to Jerusalem

Tisha B’Av is over. Four hundred Jews managed to enter, if only to be “tourists”. No praying. No swaying. No moving of lips. If you’re into destruction, this is the place.

But there is another place that should be relevant for a possible solution at the Temple Mount.

Cordoba, Spain.

Doesn’t this item sound familiar to anyone who is acquainted with the Temple Mount, conquered by Muslims in 638CE and turned into an Islamic compound with a mosque and then, eventually, becoming an exclusive site prohibiting any non-Muslim from entering or praying therein?


When Christians re-conquered Córdoba, they built a cathedral, completed in 1236, in the heart of the mosque. Since then, only Christian worship has been allowed inside the monument, which draws 1.5 million visitors each year. In 2010, two Austrian Muslims were arrested after an altercation with security guards who had stopped them from praying in the monument.
Isabel Romero, president of the Islamic Council, which represents Spain’s two million Muslims, said that in recent years the Catholic Church had showed “a lack of respect to the monument and its history … Just because it is not a mosque now doesn’t mean it was never a mosque. Wiping out eight centuries of history didn’t make sense.”

Can you hear this sentence there?

Just because it is not a Jewish Temple now doesn’t mean it was never a Jewish Temple. Wiping out eight centuries of history didn’t make sense. 

Even the Quaran admits the Temple existed, unlike political and religious figures of the Palestinian Authority.

temple quran

And now the news:

Local authorities in Córdoba have dealt a blow to the Catholic church’s claim of legal ownership of the Spanish city’s mosque-cathedral, declaring that “religious consecration is not the way to acquire property”.

The report, written by the city council’s secretary general, Valeriano Lavela,..says the building does not belong to the church nor to any other organisation or individual. Lavela writes that the church’s acquisition has no legal basis and cannot confer ownership. This, he adds, is not just because the site has since 1984 been a Unesco world heritage site “of exceptional universal value” and therefore cannot be owned by anyone.

Citing Roman law, Lavela argues that the site’s true owners “are each and every citizen of the world from whatever epoch and regardless of people, nation, culture or race”.

…While mass is held in the building, the local bishop has banned Muslims from praying there. In 2010 fighting broke out when a group of Muslim visitors knelt to pray.

I have blogged previously (and back in 2010) on the situation in Cordoba so parallel to Jerusalem except that in Jerusalem the Jews are denied the rights that Muslims demand for themselves in Spain.

And at the Hagia Sophia in Turkey, as reported:

The morning prayer from the Koran was read at Hagia Sophia in Istanbul on the first day of Muslim Ramadan, Monday, June 6, in the presence of Turkey’s general secretary of religious affairs.

The former Byzantine church that now serves as a museum, will turn into a mosque for the next 30 days and the Koran will be read daily until July 5, when Ramadan ends…The fact that the former Christian Orthodox Church that for the past 80 years has operated as a museum and now turns into a mosque for one month has touched a sensitive nerve with Christian Greeks and has been criticized broadly..

Will we ever be equal, at the least, to Muslims at our holy site?

Will we, at the least, not be condemned by Jordan’s King Abdallah, for seeking what Muslims seek around the world?

About the Author
Yisrael Medad, currently is a Research Fellow at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem and Deputy Editor of the English Language Anthology of Jabotinsky's Writings. American-born, he and his wife made Aliyah in 1970. He resides in Shiloh since 1981. He was a member of the Betar Youth Movement World Executive and is a volunteer spokesperson for the Yesha Council. He holds a MA in Political Science from the Hebrew University and is active is many Zionist and Jewish projects and initiatives.
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