“The Arabs had lived for centuries in Palestine. Many of them traced their ancestry back to the area’s earliest settlers. But the Jews also had ancient ties to Palestine.”
World Geography Building A Global Perspective, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007

The above textbook quote leads the student to believe that Muslims have a greater claim on the city of Jerusalem than the Muslims. The question is? How many centuries did the Jews live in the area and how many centuries before the Muslims had they lived there? However, to narrow our study of the facts, let us now focus on the city of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine.