What can you say about the Arab mind when it is so consumed with hatred for the Jews that one of them can do something this stupid?
A Falacstinian Authority Arab named Soubhi Shweib el-Bashiti is claiming that the land the synagogue is built on was purchased by his family in 1880. There's only one problem with this idiotic claim. The Hurva was rebuilt, the structure being completed and put into a use in 1864, a full 16 years before el-Bashiti claims his family bought the land.
The land on which the original synagogue had been built, the site of the new Hurva, ended up in the hands of Arab creditors, to whom the Ashkenazi Jews who built it became indebted due to cost overruns and other financial difficulties. The Arab creditors lost patience with their Jewish debtors, so naturally they lit the building on fire in 1720 (if you haven't been reading between the lines, there was a Jewish presence in Jerusalem long before 1967, and that it was controlled by the Turks, and then the British...never "Palestinians," something Obambi and the rest of the White House racists can't seem to accept).
The Jewish quarter in 1920. Yes Pampers, there were Jews in Jerusalem before 1967, you racist waste.
When Jews desired to rebuild in the 1800's they petitioned the Ottoman government in Constantinople, which controlled Jerusalem at the time of the first construction as well as the second, to issue a decree, a firman, that would cancel the debts to the Arab creditors. This firman was issued in 1819. Subsquent firmans were secured from the empire for constructing the synagogue which was completed in 1864. The synagogue remained in use until it was destroyed by the Jordanians after they illegally expelled all the Jews from the Old City, where Jews had been living, even after the mass expulsion by the Romans.
So now we're supposed to believe that a plot of land that was purchased outright by Jews, with the consent of the Turkish sultan, that housed a synagogue and yeshiva, was sold to an Arab less than 20 years after it was built? This sound like just another Arab generated plan to incite Arabs to further violence like the "Day of Rage" that they held the day after the Hurva was rededicated.
Time and again the Arabs try in vain to erase and negate our history in Jerusalem. Time and again they fail. But thanks to EU and White House racism against Jews, they have a willing audience. If you'd like to see the extent of the Arab's lie over this you could go to Al Jazeerah. I myself am not willing to link that crap hole of Jewish hate to this blog. Here's a synopsis of his bull crap story from them:
[Bashti claims] his family purchased the land in 1880 and declared it as an Islamic endowment, pointing out that he protested the Israeli renovation of the synagogue on his own land but the Israeli authorities ignored the protest.
He explained that his grandfather Shaikh Hasan Al-Bashiti bought the land in 1880 after the 18th century synagogue was gutted by fire and the small Jewish community living in Jerusalem at the time could not rebuild it, so they put it up for sale.
Clearly Bashti is trying to insinuate himself and his family into the story of the Arab burning of the Hurva in 1720 due to non-payment of debt. Joe Stalin would be proud.
You have no claim. Mr. Bashti. You are however entitled to shut your hole and accept the fact that Jerusalem is ours and we are not leaving. If this offends you then please feel free to pack up and leave for any one of the 20 something Arab countries in the region. Live long and prosper.
To see video of the new Hurva synagagogue, go here.