Gaza Genocide Must Not Be Forgotten
- We will not be silent on Gaza! As a Christian I find the actions of Israel in the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people repugnant. The Bible does not condone murder. Neither does the bible teach genocide.
- The sad and somewhat strange truth is that many of these Palestinian people may be of the seed of the 12 tribes of Israel. That is they are genetically Jews from the 12 sons of Jacob. The Ottoman empire conquered the middle east after the fall of the Roman empire. Being a Muslim empire, many Jews probably were forced or of their freewill converted to Islam.
- Joshua Holland writes in Controversial Bestseller Shakes the Foundation of the Israeli State :
What if the Palestinian Arabs who have lived for decades under the heel of the modern Israeli state are in fact descended from the very same “children of Israel” described in the Old Testament?
And what if most modern Israelis aren’t descended from the ancient Israelites at all, but are actually a mix of Europeans, North Africans and others who didn’t “return” to the scrap of land we now call Israel and establish a new state following the attempt to exterminate them during World War II, but came in and forcefully displaced people whose ancestors had lived there for millennia?
That’s the explosive thesis of When and How Was the Jewish People Invented?, a book by Tel Aviv University scholar Shlomo Zand (or Sand) that sent shockwaves across Israeli society when it was published last year. After 19 weeks on the Israeli best-seller list, the book is being translated into a dozen languages and will be published in the United States this year by Verso.
Its thesis has ramifications that go far beyond some antediluvian academic debate. Few modern conflicts are as attached to ancient history as that decades-long cycle of bloodletting between Israelis and Palestinians. Each group lays claim to the same scrap of land — holy in all three of the world’s major Abrahamic religions — based on long-standing ties to that chunk of earth and national identities formed over long periods of time. There’s probably no other place on Earth where the present is as intimately tied to the ancient.
- I don’t subscribe to all the views in the book. Many assertions probably can never be proven. However, to say that all Israelis nowadays are direct descendants of the 12 tribes of Israel is likely to be untrue. Some are probably Khazar converts from the old Khazarian empire that converted to Judaism in the 8th century.
“Hasdai ibn Shaprut, who was foreign minister to Abd-al-Rahman, Sultan of Cordova, in his letter to King Joseph of the Chazars (about 960 AD) … speaks of the tradition according to which the Chazars once dwelt near the Seir Mountains [The ‘Seir Mountains’ are none other than the original land of Esau-Edom – ‘Thus dwelt Esau in mount Seir: Esau is Edom’ (Genesis 36:8). Seir was a mountain range sought of the Dead Sea and was also known as the ‘land of Edom’ (Genesis 36:21). The Seir mountains were the home of the Edomites for nearly a millennium (The Edomites arrived in Edom or Seir at the end of the 14th and beginning of the 13th century B.C. Encyclopedia Judaica, Vol. 6, p. 372) Thus we have it from Jewish sources that the Khazars originally ‘dwell near the Seir Mountains’ so are racially of Edomite stock. But how and when did Edomites get to Khazaria? There is evidence that in the 6th century BC, some of the Edomites fled their homeland of Seir and migrated north, ‘After the fall of Jerusalem, in 586 BC, the Edomites began to press northward (Ezekiel 36:5).” (The New Westminster Dictionary of the Bible, ed. by Henry S. Gehman, The Westminster Press, Philadelphia, 1970, p. 418 )
“Edom is in Modern Jewry.” (The Jewish Encyclopedia,1925 edition, vol. 5, p. 41)
“Strictly speaking, it is incorrect to call an ancient Israelite a ‘Jew’ or to call a contemporary Jew an ‘Israelite’ or a ‘Hebrew.'” (The Jewish Almanac, Compiled and Edited by Richard Siegel and Carl Rheins (New York: Bantam Books, 1980) p. 3.)
- Joshua Holland again :
….more serious criticism also greeted Zand’s work. In a widely read critical reviewof Zand’s work, Israel Bartal, dean of humanities at the Hebrew University, slammed the author’s second assertion — that Zionist academics had suppressed the true history of Judaism’s spread through emigration and conversion in favor of a history that would give legitimacy to the quest for a Jewish state.
Bartal raised important questions about Zand’s methodology and pointed out what appears to be some sloppy details in the book. But, interestingly, in defending Israel’s academic community, Bartal supported Zand’s more consequential thesis, writing, “Although the myth of an exile from the Jewish homeland (Palestine) does exist in popular Israeli culture, it is negligible in serious Jewish historical discussions.” Bartal added: “no historian of the Jewish national movement has ever really believed that the origins of the Jews are ethnically and biologically ‘pure.’ ” He noted that “[i]mportant groups in the [Zionist] movement expressed reservations regarding this myth or denied it completely.”
“As far as I can discern,” Bartal wrote, “the book contains not even one idea that has not been presented” in previous historical studies. Segev added that “Zand did not invent [his] thesis; 30 years before the Declaration of Independence, it was espoused by David Ben-Gurion, Yitzhak Ben-Zvi and others.”
One can reasonably argue that this ancient myth of a Jewish nation exiled until its 20th century return is of little consequence; whether the Jewish people share a common genetic ancestry or are a far-flung collection of people who share the same faith, a common national identity has in fact developed over the centuries. But Zand’s central contention stands, and has some significant implications for the current conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
- Why can’t we have a single Palestinian state for both Israelis and Palestinian Arabs? Why not? I don’ t see anything wrong with it. Religiously, Torah Jews and Anti Zionist Jews are correct in saying that the true Israel will only return to the promised land by an Act of God via the Messiah: Yeshua Hamashiach. It is the Will and Prerogative of God and no man should take it upon himself to act on it.
- Joshua Holland again :
A logical conclusion of Zand’s work exposing Israel’s founding mythology may be the restoration of the idea of a one-state solution to a legitimate place in the debate over this contentious region. After all, while it muddies the waters in one sense — raising ancient, biblical questions about just who the “children of Israel” really are — in another sense, it hints at the commonalities that exist between Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs. Both groups lay claim to the same crust of earth, both have faced historic repression and displacement and both hold dear the idea that they should have a “right of return.”
And if both groups in fact share common biblical ties, then it begs the question of why the entirety of what was Palestine under the British mandate should remain a refuge for people of one religion instead of being a country in which Jews and Arabs are guaranteed equal protection — equal protection under the laws of a state whose legitimacy would never again be open to question.
- See also :
Khazar Empire, Illuminati and New World Order
Richard Falk – Memories of Warsaw Ghetto
CBS 60 minutes – Exposing Apartheid !
Gaza 2009 – We will never Forget !
Solidarity with Gaza – Canberra Australia
The Truth About the Gaza Massacre!
History of Zionism – Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine !
We will not be silent on Gaza!
UK Jewish MP – Israel Behaving Like Nazis
Life In Occupied Palestine – Anna Baltzer
Protests Against Gaza Massacre by Anti Zionist Jews
Anti Zionist Jews’ Demonstration Against the Zionist Massacre in Gaza
Zionism is the Cause of the Problems – Rabbi
Anti Zionist Jews that lived in Palestine Tell Their Story
AMERICAN JEWS OPPOSE ISRAELI POLICY IN GAZA
Israelis who Refuse to Serve in the Military – American Jews Protest !
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