Which Museum Doesn’t Welcome Jews?

This one which is the The Islamic Museum which is located in the southwest section of the Haram al-Sharif, close to the Bab al-Maghariba [Muhgrabi Gate]. Yes, in the Temple Mount compound.



Of course, in order to approach the museum’s entrance one must have gained entrance to the Temple Mount itself and to do that, you must lessen your Jewishness.

The museum does contain wonderful artifacts:


It depicts the culture & heritage of the Islam. It is divided to several wings: Art, Koran books, architectural items, etc. A unique display of architectural remains help document the history of the adjacent Al-Aqsa Mosque, including great capitols removed from the Mosque during the renovations of 1938-42.

Could you imagine the Israel Museum seeking to restrict visits of Muslims?  In fact, since I have not been inside, I wonder if any remnant of the site’s Jewish history and presence on Mount Moriah is on display. Yes, I know the Waqf and the Palestinian Authority engage in Jerusalem and Temple Denial – that we weren’t here and no two temples ever existed – but this is a blog at a serious publication so in it is only fitting that I raise the matter.

So, if you think that it is being boorishly or even dangerously provocative to demand religious rights and human rights for Jews on the Temple Mount, what about culture?

Can I visit that museum dressed as I am at New York’s Museum of Modern Art?

The problem is, as illustrated by this ridiculous news report, is that even visiting the outside exhibit is viewed as “storming”.  Even more ridiculous is this report, that Israel supposedlyhas opened a ‘new museum beneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque’.  To assuage you, the “beneath” is actually about 350 meters away, if not more, north of the Dung Gate and across the road leading to the Western Wall Plaza.

Islamist extremism is irrational, illogical and plainly a fictiious conceptualization of contemporary reality.

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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