Bassam el-Shamaa' during the lecture at CIBF – Rana Atef
CAIRO – 28 January 2018: The 49th edition of the Cairo International Book Fair (CIBF) opened its doors for visitors yesterday.
The number of visitors of CIBF reached 300,000 on its first days, the CIBF official Facebook announced.
Prominent historian Bassam el-Shamaa' lectured at the Latifa Al Zayyat hall. The lecture was a continuation of his series of interviews and lectures aiming to refute Israeli and Zionist claims concerning the history of Jerusalem.
Shamaa' began by mentioning the Balfour Declaration during the First World War in 1917.
"Before the Balfour Declaration, there was another declaration issued by Napoleon Bonaparte," Shamaa' revealed. Bonaparte wanted to strengthen the French position in the Middle East, so he asked the Jewish communities to help him in return.
Shamaa' also stated that before selecting Palestine as the new homeland for Zionists, Argentina and Uganda were the earlier options considered as locations for Zionist repatriation.
Shedding light on the history of Jerusalem, Shamaa' started tracing the city’s origins; "Established and inhabited for the first time by an Arabic Canaanite tribe called the Jebusite, 5,000 years ago, and until the Ottoman Empire, the Jews have had no land in Palestine," Shamaa' stated.
Before the Balfour Declaration, the Jews had only two percent of Palestinian land, after the British Occupation they managed to increase their property to 5.7 percent, Shamaa' added.
He also explained that there is no historical relation between current Israeli groups and the historical Israeli tribe "Bani Israel" who are mentioned in the Qur'an and the Bible.
"A number of Jewish historians have traced the origins of modern Israeli/Zionists groups such as the Hungarian Jewish historian Arthur Koestler; he found out that the modern Israeli groups are originally derived from a tribe called the Khazars, who were a semi nomadic Turkic people," Shamaa' stressed.
Zionists still persevere in their attempts to erase the original identity of the city, and in addition, they are attempting to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque, Shamaa' remarked. He added that Israeli groups have not yet proved the existence of the third temple of King Solomon or King David.
He added that a number of Egyptian artifacts belonged to Ancient Egyptian King Thutmose III were unearthed near Al-Aqsa Mosque.
"The Word ‘Israel’ is historically and linguistically wrong, this is the first fact that should be declared," Shamaa' stated. He added that a number of chapters in the Old Testament were edited so they would fit the Zionist agenda.
He mentioned a video that showed former Prime Minister of Israel Golda Meir saying "I carried a Palestinian passport from 1921 to 1947, and Palestine borders reached Iraq."
Shamaa' concluded his talk by explaining the Israeli attempts stealing the Palestinian identity and culture such as they changed the name of Palestinian flowers, plants, and birds.
Israel exhibits great Islamic artistic artifacts in the Islamic Art Museum at Tel Aviv, and the Israeli people attribute many Arabic cultural traditions to themselves such as Arabic food. He declared the current Israeli state as a robbery of Arab heritage.
Finally, el-Shamaa' introduced to the audience the youngest lecturer in the history of Egypt, a 10 year-old boy called Marwan. Marwan read a number of facts about Great Muslim leader Salah Din, and Jerusalem for the audience.