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3000 years of Jews in Holy Land of Israel

In an article about a growing tide of African migrants sneaking into Israel, Joel Greenberg, the Washington Post’s Jerusalem correspondent, draws a false parallel between Israelis as a nation of recent refugees seeking to cope with a new wave of refugees from Sudan and Eritrea (“In Israel, flow of migrants poses dilemma — Some fear state’s Jewish character is threatened amid an influx of African refugees” page A8, April 16)

“Their presence,” Greenberg writes, “has created an acute dilemma for Israel, a state founded as a haven for Jewish refugees.” And he adds:”The controversy over the African migrants touches on core questions of Israel’s self-definition as both a Jewish and democratic state — a nation of immigrants created as a shelter for Jews after the Holocaust.”

A nation of immigrants created as a shelter for Jews after the Holocaust?

Greenberg simply has his history wrong by a margin of 3,000 years. The roots of Jewish nationhood go much deeper and cover a far longer historical span than the arrival of Holocaust survivors after World War 2. Jews ruled the Holy Land for a thousand years before the Common Era — with only a brief, half-century exile in Babylon. After the Roman conquest, there was a continuous Jewish presence in Palestine until modern times.

Israel as a post-Holocaust shelter for Jewish refugees? Think again. Jews have rightful claims to the Holy Land as its most indigenous people since David conquered Jerusalem.

A few historical samples that illustrate Israel’s historical ties to the land — not as immigrants, not as refugees, but as permanent local residents:

–In the 6th Century of the Common Era, there were 43 Jewish communities across all parts of the Holy Land

–In the 11th Century, Jews were among the fiercest local fighters in defending Haifa against the Crusaders.

–From 1,267 on, there were an unbroken Jewish presence in Jerusalem until Jordan briefly seized the city in 1948.

–In the 16th Century, Kabbalists flourished in Safed, whose Jewish population grew to 30,000 by the end of that century.

–By mid-19th Century — a hundred years before the Holocaust — Jerusalem was preponderantly Jewish.

When Jewish survivors of the Holocaust arrived in Israel, they were welcomed in Israel by a vibrant local Jewish community whose roots pre-dated the Holocaust by many centuries.

Jews as migrants or refugees in their own land? Greenberg needs a refresher course in Middle East history. Jews aren’t migrants or refugees when they come to settle in Israel. They may be refugees or immigrants elsewhere, but once in Israel, they’ve come home.

Thus, there’s no parallel between African migrants who cross into Israel and Israelis as a supposed post-Holocaust “nation of immigrants.”

If there’s a moral quandary in Israel about what to do with these African migrants, it’s not because both Israelis and Sudanese arrivals can be lumped together as foreign immigrants.

Rather, Israelis — as locals with an indigenous identity of three millennia — are commanded by their Creator to always be mindful, respectful and sensitive to the needs of the “stranger in your midst for you also were strangers when you were slaves in Egypt.”

As usual, the Bible has it right, while Greenberg has it wrong — Jews have been strangers, migrants, refugees not only in Egypt but around the world. Except in one place — the Promised Land. There, they have been and remain fully at home.

No Such Thing as a Palestinian (paulmarcelrene.wordpress.com)

Palestine 2.0 a Gun Aimed at Every Jew (paulmarcelrene.wordpress.com)

October 15, 2012 Posted by | Christianity / God, Islamorealism, Israeli-Palestinian Issues, Politics/Government/Freedom, Societal / Cultural Issues, Understanding Islam, World Affairs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Jerusalem

Oh Jerusalem … Oh Beloved City of Peace.
Oh Jerusalem … Oh Cradle of Civilizations.
Oh Jerusalem … Oh Land of the Prophets.
Oh Jerusalem … Oh Eternal Capital City of Israel!!

May 14, 2012 Posted by | Israeli-Palestinian Issues, Politics/Government/Freedom, World Affairs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Gaza and Judea and Samaria are Israeli

There is no such place as the West Bank. The name for this part of Israel is Judea and Samaria.

Prior to the First World War, all of the area known to Europeans as Palestine was part of the Ottoman Empire. In the 1920 San Remo conference, the victorious Allies allocated the area to the British Mandate of Palestine. The 1948 Arab-Israeli War saw the establishment of Israel in parts of the former Mandate, while Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) was captured and annexed by Jordan, which destroyed any existing Jewish villages. The 1949 Armistice Agreements defined its interim boundary. From 1948 until 1967, the area was under Jordanian occupation, and Jordan did not officially relinquish its claim to the area until 1988. Jordan’s claim was not recognized by most other countries. Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) was liberated by Israel during the Six-Day War. Most of the residents are Arabs, including a large population of Christian Arabs, although large numbers of Israelis have returned since the liberation settling in Israeli settlements that have been built in the region. Most of the Arab portions of the West Bank are administered by the Palestinian National Authority.

Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) have an anomalous international status, since Jordan’s occupation was never recognized as legitimate by most countries, and Jordan relinquished its territorial claims. The area is not occupied under the strict definition of international law, since it is not territory of another sovereign, but most countries consider Israeli rule as legitimate, except Islamic Arab countries that are using these areas as excuses for Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israel. Israeli courts apply most aspects of international law regarding occupation to cases where it is relevant.

April 30, 2012 Posted by | Constitutional Issues, Politics/Government/Freedom, Societal / Cultural Issues, Understanding Islam, World Affairs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Accused of being anti-Palestinian

Accused of being anti-Palestinian.

 

December 27, 2011 Posted by | Christianity / God, Politics/Government/Freedom, Societal / Cultural Issues, Understanding Islam, World Affairs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is given little credit for what he’s done to advance prospects for peace and Palestinian development — the ten-month settlement freeze, the lifting of blockades and checkpoints on the West Bank, oft-expressed support for a two-state outcome, and help for the rising Palestinian economy.

October 31, 2011 Posted by | Politics/Government/Freedom, Societal / Cultural Issues, Understanding Islam, World Affairs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

No Such Thing As A Palestinian

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There are no palestinian people. They are simply displaced arabs who should return to their native lands of Jordan (formed specifically as a homeland for palestinians), Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, etc. The whole of the Palestinian Mandate Area was a useless desert with few people at all until the return of the Jews to their ancestral homeland as promised by the One True God. Then once the land was made back into the land of milk and honey as foretold in the Holy Bible, then the displaced arabs started arriving to take that which was never theirs. And when the whole arab world atacked, they lost badly in a humilitating defeat because God was one the side of Israel and He always has been and always will be. The only hope for real peace, that mohammedians do not want at all, is for the arab occupiers of the Israeli areas of Judea and Sumeria to vacate and for universal acknowledgement and acceptance that Israel exists, has a right to exist, and will continue to exist through the second coming of the Son of God, Jesus. And in His Name I say these things in all truth and with His power and might, Amen.

אין אנשים Palestinian. הם פשוט הם עקורים ערבים צריכים לחזור לארצות מוצאם של ירדן (שהוקמהבמיוחד כמולדת של הפלסטינים), מצרים, סוריה, לבנון, וכו ‘כל שטח המנדט Palestinian היה מדבר עםכמה אנשים חסרי תועלת כלל עד שיבתם של היהודים למולדת אבותיהם כפי שהובטח על ידי האל היחיד והאמיתי. אז פעם אחת את האדמה נעשתה חזרה אל ארץ זבת חלב ודבש ככתוב בכתבי הקודשהתנ”ך, אז הערבים העקורים החלו להגיע לקחת את מה שמעולם לא היה שלהם. כאשר העולם הערבי כולו תקפו, הם הפסידו רע בתבוסה מביכה כי אלוהים היה בצד של ישראל הוא תמיד היה ותמידיהיה.התקווה היחידה לשלום אמיתי, כי המוסלמים לא רוצה בכלל, הוא עבור הכובשים הערבים בתחומיישראל יהודה ובשומר לפנות ועל הכרה אוניברסלית וקבלה שישראל קיימת, יש זכות קיום, ותמשיך קיימתדרך חזרתו של בן האלוהים, ישו. ובשם שלו אני אומר את הדברים האלה למען האמת, ועם הכוח שלואולי, אמן.

لا يوجد شعب فلسطيني. مشردون ببساطة هم العرب الذين يجب ان يعودوا الى بلدانهم الأصلية من الأردن (شكلت خصيصاكوطن للفلسطينيين)، مصر، سوريا، لبنان، وما إلى ذلك كله من منطقة الانتداب الفلسطيني كان صحراء غير مجدية مع عدد قليل من الناس في كل حين عودة اليهود إلى أرض آبائهم وأجدادهم كما وعدت من قبل الله واحد صحيح. ثم مرة واحدة وقدميعيد الأرض إلى أرض اللبن والعسل كما تنبأ في الكتاب المقدس، ثم بدأ العرب النازحين قادمة إلى اتخاذ تلك التي لم يكن لهم.وخسر فيه العالم العربي كله للهجوم، بالغة في هزيمة محرجة لأن الله كان واحدا الى جانب اسرائيل وقال انه كان دائماوسنكون دوما. الأمل الوحيد لسلام حقيقي، أن المسلمين لا يريدون في كل شيء، هو للمحتلين العربي للمناطق الاسرائيلية منيهودا وبلاد سومر لإخلاء والاعتراف والقبول بوجود اسرائيل، لديها الحق في الوجود، وسوف تستمر في وجود من خلالالمجيء الثاني ابن الله، يسوع. وباسمه وأقول هذه الأمور في كل الحقيقة ومع قوته وربما آمين.

 

October 29, 2011 Posted by | Politics/Government/Freedom, Understanding Islam, World Affairs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

No Such Thing As A Palestinian

There are no palestinian people. They are simply displaced arabs who should return to their native lands of Jordan (formed specifically as a homeland for palestinians), Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, etc. The whole of the Palestinian Mandate Area was a useless desert with few people at all until the return of the Jews to their ancestral homeland as promised by the One True God. Then once the land was made back into the land of milk and honey as foretold in the Holy Bible, then the displaced arabs started arriving to take that which was never theirs. And when the whole arab world atacked, they lost badly in a humilitating defeat because God was one the side of Israel and He always has been and always will be. The only hope for real peace, that mohammedians do not want at all, is for the arab occupiers of the Israeli areas of Judea and Sumeria to vacate and for universal acknowledgement and acceptance that Israel exists, has a right to exist, and will continue to exist through the second coming of the Son of God, Jesus. And in His Name I say these things in all truth and with His power and might, Amen.

October 17, 2011 Posted by | Politics/Government/Freedom, Societal / Cultural Issues, Understanding Islam, World Affairs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

   

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