Tuesday, September 7, 2010

One Man's Ruin is Another Man's Shrine

Fact Or Fiction? � Daniel Levin

If you ever felt left out of the Dan Brown Christian symbology mania, here's the book for you. Allow me to recommend The Last Ember, Dan Levin's close-to-the-bone thrillerish novel that explores the politics of archeology. Its plot involves the actual struggle for control of the Temple Mount and what lies beneath, and the alleged shenanigans of those who would de-Judify Jerusalem. (see below)

While it isn't the greatest bit of writing ever and suffers from time-space-continuum problems action-wise, it is a fantastic travelogue and the historical research behind it is solid.

"For 34 years [the Israelis] have dug tunnels [around the Temple Mount]…they found not a single stone proving that the Temple of Solomon was there, because historically the Temple was not in Palestine [at all]. They found only remnants of a shrine of the Roman Herod… They are now trying to put in place a number of stones so that they can say 'We were here.' This is nonsense. I challenge them to bring a single stone from the Temple of Solomon."

Yasser Arafat
Al-Hayat (London), October 5, 2002

"The claims being made by the rulers of Israel and its rabbis about the alleged Temple are pure fabrications without any base or foundation."

Statement by the Higher Islamic Authority of Palestine
Al-Quds (PA), December 28, 2001

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