My Mideast Punchlines: shifty mufti shufti*

Strong criticism was levelled on Monday at Sheikh Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, the grand mufti of Jerusalem, who claimed on Sunday that a Jewish Temple never existed on the Temple Mount.

Asked in a interview with Channel 2 if he accepts that the Jewish Temple existed at the site, the mufti said “the Aksa Mosque was an Islamic mosque since the world was created.”

He added, “It was never anything other than a mosque.”

The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism and is believed to have been the location of the First and Second Temples of antiquity. It is also a holy site in Islam, where al-Aksa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock shrine are located.

Small FistI must say that when I first read this, my eyes bulged in indignation like sheep’s orbs on a plate of couscous. The only word I can find to describe this shape-shifting sheikh’s comments is chutzpah. I suggest the shifty mufti take a shufti* at the words of the Prophet, whose views on Jews include his theological teaching of them as People of the Book (Ahl al-Kitab). What book does the sheikh believe the Prophet is alluding to – a prequel to the Harry Potter series? He clearly regards himself as a modern-day wizard, able to expunge archaeological artefacts with a wave of his wand.

It’s all part of the delegitimisation of the Jewish state, and there are many useful idiots out there ready to believe anything a Palestinian says (especially in the media). The Arabs are masters of the art of taqqiyah (deception), but thankfully for us, they are even greater exponents of self-deception.

*A word of Arabic origin meaning “look!” Was brought back to Britain after the Second World War by returning soldiers who had learnt the word from Arab peddlars of dirty postcards. The peddlars used to keep the postcards hidden inside their coats and would show them to soldiers saying “Shufti, shufti!” – “Look, look!”

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