(Cross-Posted at Israel Thrives.)
Interview with Dr. Omar Ja'ara, lecturer at Al-Najah University in Nablus, and specialist in Israeli affairs on PA TV:
We must make clear to the world that David in the Hebrew Bible is not connected to David in the Quran, Solomon in the Hebrew Bible is not connected to Solomon in the Quran, and neither is Saul or Joshua son of Nun [of the Bible]. We have a great leader, Saul, [in the Quran] who defeated the nation of giants and killed Goliath. This is a great Muslim victory. The Muslims of the Children of Israel went out of Egypt under the leadership of Moses, and unfortunately, many researchers deny the Exodus of those oppressed people who were liberated by a great leader, like Moses the Muslim, the believing leader, the great Muslim, who was succeeded by Saul, the leader of these Muslims in liberating Palestine. This was the first Palestinian liberation through armed struggle to liberate Palestine from the nation of giants led by Goliath. This is our logic and this is our culture. - Palestinian TV (Fatah), Feb. 15, 2012
The Jewish people have long experience with replacement theology. For centuries Christians told one another that the Jewish covenant with G-d was no longer in effect due to our rejection of the divinity of Christ and that, therefore, Christianity represented the new "Israel."
Thankfully, this trend in Christian theology has long ago faded out. Islam, on the other hand, is involved in a theft of Jewish history and Jewish traditions and Jewish identity the likes of which Christians never even began to approach.
In the clip above we have a Palestinian-Arab academic, Dr. Omar Ja'ara, claiming that Moses was a Muslim. It's pure theft of Jewish religious tradition, but this is just one example of an ongoing effort to steal Jewish identity in order to remove any connection of the Jewish people to the land of Israel.
Similar claims are that the Tomb of the Patriarchs is a mosque, a bit of nonsense that UNESCO has agreed with. That Jesus was the "first Palestinian shaheed." That the Palestinians have 4,000... 5,000... 9,000 years of history on Jewish land. That the "Nakba" is the moral equivalent of the Holocaust.
Even the name "Palestinian" is the name that Jews under the British mandate referred to themselves by. It was appropriated by the local Arabs only years after the Jews no longer so identified, because they had become Israelis.
If stealing Jewish identity is a "Palestinian" tactic to replace the Jewish connection to the land of Israel, another tactic is simply denying Jewish history, altogether. Thus, for example, Arafat tells Bill Clinton that Solomon's Temple was not in Jerusalem, what Dore Gold has dubbed "Temple Denial."
These efforts are just the kind of thing that fly entirely under the radar of even people with an interest in the ongoing Arab-Muslim war against the Jews. I think that it is important that we remain aware of Muslim efforts to replace Jews, or to steal our history or identity, and highlight it whenever possible in order to limit its influence.
And, no, sorry, Anne Frank was not a "Palestinian," either.