Tuesday, September 16, 2008


David Bedein: Genesis of an Anti-Semitic State (h/t Callie)

Clifford D. May: Confused 'plot' lines

Shrinkwrapped: Sense of humor in American politics

Sultan Knish: How post-Zionism became anti-Zionism

Mordechai Kedar: The Myth of Al Aqsa

By the way, in that last article I wrote Kedar an email:
Thanks for your article in YNet about the Muslim political uses of Jerusalem.

I was wondering if you could clear something up for me, though. You said:

"He tethered the horse to the Western Wall of the Temple Mount and from there ascended to the seventh heaven together with the angel Gabriel."

My understanding was that traditionally the Al Buraq wall was considered either the eastern or southern walls (see here: and that the idea of the Western wall being al-Buraq was pretty much made up by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem in the 1920s in order to stop the Jews from using it for prayer. I have said so on my blog.

Could you please clarify if you have evidence that the Western Wall was ever identified as Al-Buraq?
I have not yet received a reply, unfortunately.