Fayyad: J'lem Holy to Islam, Christianity

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NEW YORK CITY - Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Salam Fayyad told participants of the U.N.-sponsored interfaith conference in New York Wednesday evening that Jerusalem is holy to two religions - Islam and Christianity - never mentioning its centrality to Judaism over millennia.

"Jerusalem is home to the third most holy place to Islam, the place where Muhammad rose to the heavens, and the place where Jesus, the Christian, was resurrected," Fayyad said, adding that it came under occupation in June 1967 and would be the capital of the Palestinian state.

In a recent interview, former PA Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia said there has never been a Jewish presence on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, despite claims to the contrary in the Bible and in archaeological findings.

Both PA prime ministers reflect the tenets of Islam, called "the ultimate replacement theology" by some scholars.

For example, Muslims believe that Abraham sacrificed Ishmael, the son of Sarah's Egyptian handmaiden, rather than Isaac, the son of promise.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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