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Mordechai Kedar is an Israeli scholar of Arabic literature and a lecturer at Bar-Ilan University. He holds the Ph.D. from Bar-Ilan University. Kedar is an academic expert on the Israeli Arab population. He served for twenty-five years in IDF Military Intelligence, where he specialized in Islamic groups, the political discourse of Arab countries, the Arabic press and mass media, and the Syrian domestic arena. The Los Angeles Times' Edmund Sanders described him as "one of the few Arabic-speaking Israeli pundits seen on Arabic satellite channels defending Israel". Kedar drew attention with a June 2008 Al-Jazeera interview in which he challenged the moderator's assertion that "You cannot erase Jerusalem from the Qur'an", pointing out that Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Qur'an., The moderator cited the first verse of Sura Al-Isra which mentions the Al-Aqsa Mosque, but does not explicitly mention Jerusalem just as Kedar had claimed. The Al-Aqsa Mosque was built in Jerusalem following the Islamic conquest and after the Qur'an had been written, and therefore logically refers to a different mosque elsewhere in Arabia. (via Freebase)