Hey Erdogan, Jerusalem is Jewish, get over it!

Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Erdogan, the President of Turkey, is calling for Muslims of “Palestine” to swarm the Temple Mount, the Holiest Jewish site in Israel, because he thinks Israel is apartheid and is illegally “occupying” the Holy Land. He also wants to stop the U.S. Embassy from moving from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. I, a Jew from Jerusalem, Israel, have a problem with this. Here is why…

First thing is first Mr. Erdogan, Jerusalem, and I mean all of Jerusalem, belongs to Israel. Jerusalem is not mentioned at all in your Quran. The TANAKH, which is Jewish scripture that came before your Muhammad was even born, states that Jerusalem belongs to Israel. Just because UNESCO says there are no Jewish ties, it does not mean they are right.

Second, Mr. Erdogan, Israel is far from being apartheid. If you want to know what real apartheid is, go to South Africa or look at your own country as well as your own human rights record. Muslims in Israel are treated better than they are in Turkey. How do you have the audacity to say anything about Israel and human rights when Sharia law itself is a human rights violation?!

The history of Jerusalem proves it has always been Jewish since its founder King David. Jewish Jerusalem has lasted through every invasion. From the Greeks, the Ottoman Empire, and more, it continues to live on. If you actually visited Jerusalem you would see how deep the Jewish roots are in the Holy Land. You can’t always rely on the Pallywood photos because they can be false.

I challenge you to study Judaism 101 and learn about our history and culture. Learn that Israel was invaded by the Arabs and because of politics and previous invasions the name of Palestine came to be. The Palestinians have no culture, no language, no history. Nothing that belongs to them. The Arabs that live in Israel come from different surrounding Arabic countries. Jerusalem belongs to the Jewish people, get over it.

Lastly Mr. Erdogan, regarding the United States Embassy in Israel, who do you think you are to say that it does not belong in Jerusalem? The United States Embassy belongs to the United States Government and the USA does not take direction from you, nor do they answer to you. Jerusalem belongs to Israel. And Israel does not belong to you. You have no authority or right to have a say so in our land or what we do with it. Does Israel have any say as to how you run your country? And the answer is no. But we should bring all of your human rights violations to the ICC for review.

David Weissman was born in Queens, NY and served 13 years in the U.S. Army as a chaplain assistant, including two deployments to Afghanistan. Upon being honorably discharged he made the Jewish right of return (Aliyah) and moved to the city of Ashkelon in Israel where he experienced the war with Hamas in the summer of 2014. David is now a freelance writer living in the city of Efrat in the Jerusalem district.