Manfred and Anne Lehmann Foundation

Support for Israel- History of Jerusalem

As the Chairman for the Central Park Israel Day Concert this Sunday, May 21, from 3-6 p.m. I call on all friends of Israel to join me in this magnificent manifestation for Israel.

The Concert comes this year at a specially important and historic stage in our history. The Jerusalem 3000 celebration is being held at a time when our adversaries are attacking Jewish sovereignty over Jerusalem on a daily basis. The recently introduced bipartisan bill for moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem has been used as an excuse for pro-Arab Leftists to reveal their disdain for a Jewish Jerusalem. Their real aim is to give away the most important part of Jerusalem to the Palestinian Arabs -- our holy sites in the Old City including the Kotel, and the Temple Mount and our holy sites.

Unfortunately, we see an attempt by the official Rabin establishment to undermine the efforts of the many supporters of the Central Park Israel Day Concert. However, the overwhelming majority of American Jews who want that their message for a strong Israel and Jewish Jerusalem to go out to Washington and Israel alike, can best accomplish this by attending in the concert vast numbers.

Never in history has Jerusalem been the capital for any nation except the Jews. And Jerusalem is mentioned 825 times in the Hebrew Bible, but not once in the Koran. Jerusalem was a Christian Byzantian city in Mohammed’s lifetime. What today is called the Al Aksa Mosque was then the Church of St. Mary. Jerusalem became Moslem when it was captured by Sheik Omar in 638 CE. It is worth remembering -- as Arafat reminds his listeners in all of his secret speeches in Arabic -- and not in English -- that Omar’s treaty at the surrender of Jerusalem by the Christians banned Jews from living in the city. Yet the very name of Jerusalem in Arabic, El Kuds, is a Hebrew word. It is an abbreviation of al-Bayit al-Muqqadash -- a corruption of Hebrew Beyt ha-Miqdash, the Jewish Temple of King Solomon. In short, Arabs always knew that Jerusalem is a Jewish city. This is not the first time that Jewish sovereignty over the city has been challenged: Before Arafat there were Sennacherib, Nebuchadnezzar, Antiochus, Pompey, Titus, Vespasian, Hadrian, Omar, the Crusaders and, lately, the Pope.

For over 2,0000 years, Jewish daily prayers, endless suffering, heroism and martyrdom, has resulted in the return of Jerusalem as the Jewish capital of the Jewish Land!

All this is worth remembering, especially as we celebrate the 3,000 anniversary of Jerusalem as the eternal Jewish capital by attending the Central Park Israel Day Concert on Sunday, May 21.

Israel’s countless friends are exhilarated by the electrifying words in Senate Bill 77: "In 1996 the State of Israel will celebrate the 3,000th anniversary of the Jewish presence since King David’s entry...Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel."




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