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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

For Yom Yerushalayim, From Buzzsawmonkey

The Mosque Upon the Mount

Mohammed rode the night horse,
or so the Muslims say
Mohammed rode the night horse
to a mosque so far away
And his followers the Muslims,
coming after his death, claim
That the mosque upon the Mountain
is the mosque the Koran names.
Never mind the mosque upon the Mount
was never even there
At the time Mohammed
—so they claim—
took his ride in the air.
Never mind the mosque upon the Mount
was built in later days—
Mere factual reality
did ne’er a Muslim faze.
Broadcast on Al-jazeera,
in the seething Arab street,
Are echoed calls to Muslims
that they must not retreat
That they must not cede
unto the Jews
they hold of no account
Possession of the Mountain
and the mosque upon the Mount.
The Muslims lost the mosque
and lost the Mount on which it stands
A foolish choice was made
then that it stay within their hands
And feverishly ever they work so as to erase
The record of the Temple there—
which must take pride of place.
The world stands by complacent
at the Mount destruction news—
When cared the nations
for the holy places of the Jews?
But bad though the nations’ silence be,
the silence that is worse
Is that of Jews who stand by
as the destruction occurs.
Why should a people conquered
justly through the force of arms
Be permitted to retain a symbol
that does lasting harm?
Why should the conquered be allowed
to rule the Temple Mount
And by this hold their conquerors
to be of no account?
The mosque upon the Mount is beautiful,
or so they say
But like the earlier Temple,
it also may pass away—
The mosque was built to show
who’d conquered many years ago;
The reason it was raised
is also why it now must go.
O Jews,
who claim Jerusalem is still your capital
How can you claim this
when the Mountain still remains in thrall?
It is in thrall by your consent.
Jerusalem will be
Your capital united
when the Mount has been set free.

~ Buzzsawmonkey

May 12 is Jerusalem Day

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