It is not a coincidence that UNESCO has adopted a resolution which refers to the Western Wall by a new name: al-Buraq Plaza
The title is dripping with the symbolic sentimentalism which accompanies two additional Arabic terms, israa’ and mi’raaj (I choose to use the Sunni spelling).
The word israa’ refers to the night journey which Prophet Muhammad took to Jerusalem. The mi’raaj was the space shuttle (or maybe it was a giant sling shot?) which transported him from Jerusalem through the seven heavens and into the presence of Allah.
But to arrive at Jerusalem, Muhammad hopped onto an animal known as Buraq, taken from the Arabic word for a flash of lightning (Barq). The animal was white with winged hind feet and smaller than a mule, yet larger than a donkey.
Muhammad’s journey was affirmed by Abu Bakr, who later became the first Caliph of Islam. Because of his wholehearted support of the story he was bequeathed with a title of his own: The Truthful, or as-Sideeq.
The very choice of the name al-Buraq Plaza is meant to invoke generational ownership by the Muslims. It must be remembered that Muhammad first prayed toward Jerusalem until the Jews rejected his status as a prophetic messenger. Once rejected, he changed the direction of the prayer toward Makkah. Jews were eventually beheaded and the rest is history, present and future – all rolled up in one.
Until we debunk the myths…. until organizations like UNESCO come clean…. Israel and her population will continue to suffer under the tyranny of dreams built upon castles in the sky.