One reason mathematicians and others rejoice in mathematics is that it is precise. There are no penumbras in math. With history, however, historical events are subject to the biases of the historian, or the historian’s nationality or era.
But even history cannot be entirely created out of whole cloth merely to comport with the politics of the writer, as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) should know by now. In a recent report, according to www.LegalInsurection.com’s Matthew Knee, the renowned medieval Jewish philosopher, Maimonides, is now, presto! a Muslim. Knee writes:
A recent United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) report on Arab contributions to science has declared Moses ben Maimon (also known as Maimonides or Rambam), generally considered the greatest of medieval Jewish philosophers and theologians (and incidentally, among the most prominent physicians of his day) to have been a Muslim named Moussa ben Maimoun… This is not the first time that UNESCO has changed history to replace Jews with Muslims. They have been prolific in Islamicizing sites long considered to have religious and historical importance to the Jewish people. Last year, Rachel’s Tomb, traditionally considered the burial place of the Jewish matriarch Rachel, was declared by UNESCO to be a Muslim historical site called “Mosque of Bilal Ibn-Rabach,” and the Cave of the Patriarchs, where most of the other Jewish patriarchs and matriarchs and a number of important later figures are said to be buried, to be an Islamic holy site called the “Al-Haram Al-Ibrahami” (“The Mosque of Abraham”)…
Erasing Jewish history and contributions – whether its holy sites or its heroes – is not only an attempt at delegitimizing the Jewish claim to their historical homeland, but an act of great violence, and one that must not continue.