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Josh Marks (‫ג'וש מארקס‬‎)
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Israeli scholar of Arabic culture Dr. Mordechai Kedar on the origins of Islam’s Jerusalem myth that began during the Umayyad Caliphate in the late 7th century. The Umayyads retroactively gave the city a role in Muhammad's life. Muhammad never visited Jerusalem and the city is not mentioned once in the Koran. More from the article:

Muslims consider the Western Wall to be the site where Mohammed tied his horse, Buraq, before ascending on his “Night Journey” to the heavens from “the furthest mosque”, which many Muslims identify with the al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount.

However, Islamic scholars trace the connection to Jerusalem to a politically-motivated Islamic sect which controlled the Islamic world about 50 years after Mohammed’s death. Wanting to offer an alternative location for Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage, after a rebellion in Mecca, the sect “moved” the original mosque referred to in the Koran, which was located between Mecca and Ta’if in the Arabian peninsula, to Jerusalem.

“They invented thousands of stories about the sanctity of Jerusalem, including the Night Journey of Mohammed, which is mentioned in the Koran, as if it was to Jerusalem, in order to show that Jerusalem is more holy than Mecca,” said Dr. Mordechai Kedar, professor of Islamic studies at Bar Ilan University, calling the Muslim claim to Jerusalem centuries-old “fake news.”

In fact, until recent history, he added, most Muslims did not view Jerusalem as particularly important to Islam. He referred to Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Mohammed Amin al-Husseini in the early 20th century, who published a guide to the Temple Mount stating plainly that the site was the location of Solomon’s Temple.

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Nuclear fusion is the holy grail of sustainable energy — a potentially unlimited source of pollution-free electricity that can power the world. No greenhouse gas emissions. Only helium and a neutron are produced. Now Google has jumped into the race to commercialize nuclear fusion technology, teaming up with California-based fusion company Tri Alpha Energy to develop a new computer algorithim that optimizes plasma — an ionized gas that conducts electricity. Read my Inhabitat story for more. #NuclearFusion

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The world’s first crewless, autonomously operated ship is set to sail in late 2018. The Norwegian-built Yara Birkeland is being dubbed the “Tesla of the Seas” because the vessel is fully electric. Read my Inhabitat story for more.

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The world’s first crewless, autonomously operated ship is set to sail in late 2018. The Norwegian-built Yara Birkeland is being dubbed the “Tesla of the Seas” because the vessel is fully electric. Read my Inhabitat story for more.

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"The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has been a leader in advancing clean-air solutions for public transportation dating back to the early 1990s, when it became the largest transit agency in the country to transition from diesel to natural gas buses. Recognizing that its current fleet still runs on fossil fuels and that cleaner bus technology options exist, Metro is about to weigh a big decision to phase out fossil fuels and move to all-electric buses."

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Arab bus driver was stabbed by a Palestinian terrorist in Petach Tikva. The terrorist mistook the Arab for a Jew.

Told police he did it for Al Aqsa Mosque. Except the real Al Aqsa Mosque is located in J'irrana, Saudi Arabia. The Al Aqsa Mosque on Temple Mount was built 80 years after Muhammad died and was converted from a Byzantine church.

The Palestinians are being incited to violence by their radical leaders preaching that Jews and Israelis are threatening the Al Aqsa Mosque. It is a lie that leads to these types of attacks.

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Germany’s offshore wind boom is accelerating. Read my Inhabitat story for more. 

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Germany’s offshore wind boom is accelerating. Read my Inhabitat story for more. #Germany #OffshoreWind

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Just found out Jim Vance passed. They don't make news anchors like him anymore. A Washington institution. Grew up with the NBC 4 team -- Vance and Doreen Gentzler anchoring the news desk alongside the late sportscaster George Michael and weatherman Bob Ryan. Rest in peace.

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Had a great time Saturday learning about home solar, electric cars, battery backup and energy efficiency at the Electrum Home Energy Show at La Kretz Innovation Campus in Downtown Los Angeles. 
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