SHAFAQNA – Father Frank Gelli is an Anglican priest and cultural critic and commentator. He has a BA in Philosophy, MA in Christian Ethics, MA in Islamic Studies, PGCE in Religious Education and Oxford Certificate in Theology. He has been a journalist & drama critic in Italy and England.
It will be neither a truly happy nor a merry Christmas in Jerusalem as Christians continue to suffer alongside their Muslim brethren in the sacred city of the Abrahamic faiths. The.Israeli, American and most Arab imperialist regimes are ensuring that this is the case yet again this year.
Father Frank Gelli affirms what many have known for some time that ” today Saudi King Salman and his Crown Prince don’t give a damn about al-Quds.
Rapprochement with ‘the Zionist entity’ is halal. Their obsession is war with Iran and Shia Islam.” The prospect of peace and good will in the Holy City of Jerusalem is still a distant dream as Christians prepare to celebrate Christmas around sites equally as important to Muslim, Christian and Jew..
President Trump’s pronouncement of Jerusalem as the de facto capital of Israel has for some Muslims been a blessing by exposing the “Wahhabi Zionists” allegiance, uniting Muslim nations in condemnation of Trump, erasing
America’s delusion as Middle Eastern peace mediator.It has also potentially signalled – the death of the bogus two-state solution, the end of a fake peace process,.exposure of Arab and Muslim traitors, and it has resulted in pushing
Palestinian factions into each other’s arms as well as further heightened anti Israel/US public sentiment.
The general exodus of Christians from the Middle East has ironically been accelerated amid the strange dichotomy of Western support of Al Qaeda affiliates like Jabat Al Nusra and some say ISIS itself too. War on terror or War in support of terror by the US and the British is the question non Takfiri Muslims are asking. In any case this sad loss of Christians from their traditional sacred places is happening in Jerusalem, too, under the auspices of the ‘democratic’
zionists of Israel who continue to preside over the enforced exodus of MuslimPalestinians .
Father Gelli says” Jesus did not joke but wept over Jerusalem’s impending destiny: ‘Would that you knew the things that make for peace! But now they are hid from your eyes…The days shall come upon you when your enemies…will dash you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another in you’. (St Luke 19:41-44) A true prophecy. A forecast of the dreadful punishment the Romans inflicted on the unholy city after the Jewish revolt of AD 70. Seen by many as divine chastisement for the murder of the Messiah.”
Perhaps it is also a prophecy that referred to the Crusaders brutal sacking of the City in the Middle Ages and the wanton bloodlust they demonstrated as they murdered 25, 000 Muslims. Or does the Prophecy allude to the present day plight if Jerusalam newly designated the capural of Israel by Trump and Palestine by the OIC?
Father Gelli disproves Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu claim that ‘Jerusalem was always Jewish’, with his well researched fact that the name Jerusalam itself “alludes to the Jebusites, the original Canaanite owners. After Emperor Hadrian in 136 AD gave the eternally rebellious Hebrews another hammering, the city was renamed Aelia Capitolina – after Hadrian’s first name: Aelius – and Jews expelled from it. When Caliph Omar in 637 AD entered ex-Jerusalem a treaty was drawn up between him and the city of Aelia. Only after that did the Jews came back. (Should Arabs thank Omar? I wonder….) That means that for 500 years Jerusalem was hardly Jewish.” Caliph Umar is also said to have relied heavily upon the advice of Ka’ab ibn Ahmar, a former Jewish Cheif Rabbi of the Yemen who evidently converted to Islam, in his Jerusalem policy upon his conquest of it including the idea of constructing the Dome of the Rock later completed by the Ummayad Caliph Abd Ul Malik. Jews in taqiyah influencing
Caliphs is a likely reality which resulted in even imperialist Muslims like the Umayyad’s to behave with tolerance when it came to Christians and Jews.They were, rather criminally, less firgiving of the Ahlulbayti progeny and true supporters of the Prophet Mohammad’s (pbuh) legacy.
The Holy Quran mentions the city of Jerusalem says Father Gelli “not by name but by description. Surah 17:1 says: ‘Glorified is He who took his servant for the night journey from the holy mosque to the farthest mosque”. Reverend Gelli acknowledges that Muslim scholars interpret the latter as a reference to
Jerusalem and he adds “That is why al-Quds, as Arabs call it, is the third most sacred site of Islam after Mecca and Medina.”
He asks us to then “Fast forward to 1099 when the Crusaders took Jerusalem for the Cross and lost it again in 1187. Thereafter, first Arabs then Turks controlled Jerusalem till 1917, when British General Allenby wrested it from the defeated Muslims. After the 1967 war Jerusalem has been de facto but not de jure under Israeli rule.”
And what of Christianity in Jerusalem today? Father Frank explains that Christian belief in the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus (as) means Jerusalem is a Holy City for all mankind untill his return and beyond adding that ‘ ‘Christ’s public ministry was not limited to Jerusalem but focussed mostly in Galilee and environs. (Emperor Julian the Apostate indeed liked to deride Christians as ‘Galileans’.) the Messiah’s final journey was to the city of David, his ancestor.”
Father Frank also tells us that ” the UN 1948 Partition Plan for Palestine sensibly argued that Jerusalem should be a Corpus Separatum. An independent city under a special international regime. A proposition ignored by Israel but till recently embraced by the Vatican. Only the best of a bad job. Because the number of Galileans has fallen dramatically since 1917 when Christians outnumbered Muslims in Jerusalem. By the time the Brits pulled out their presence had been pitifully reduced. Today Christians in Jerusalem and the West Bank are barely two per cent of the Arab population. Even the shops selling tacky religious souvenirs in the Christian quarter are owned by Muslims. Soon sacred sites like Bethlehem and the city of David may turn into theme parks, a hideous kind of Disneyland, with few native worshippers inhabiting them, said former Archbishop Carey.”
The Anglican Priest concludes ” A joke has it that there are two possible strategies ahead for Palestine. One utopian and one realistic. The utopian one has the nations concerned agreeing to a peaceful, enduring settlement of all disputes. The realistic one? Moses, Muhammad and Jesus come down from Heaven and impose a just peace. Well, maybe. Supernatural solutions appeal to the priest, of course. My own version is no joke. Because it comes from Holy Scripture. Please, check out the Book of Revelation. St John’ vision of the new, heavenly Jerusalem. In that Holy City ‘there shall be no more be anything accursed but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and his servants shall worship him forever”. Perhaps ir needs the arrival of Imam Mohammad Al Mahdi (as) first to pave the way for the return of Hazrat Eisa (as) to a liberated Jerusalem. Fatber Frank in the meantime wishes us all.a happy “Christmas”.
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