TABLE OF CONTENTS

A brief description of each article followed by the link – beginning with the most recent.

On Independence Day UNESCO declares Israel has no connection to Jerusalem – If there remained any doubt of the anti-Israel bias of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), today that doubt has been dispelled in the passing of the “resolution on Occupied Palestine”. UNESCO voted today (Tuesday May 2 2017), on Israel Independence Day (Yom HaAtzmaut) – the holiday commemorating 69 years since the re-birth of the state of Israel, to pass a resolution declaring that Israel has no legal or historical right to any part of Jerusalem. It also declares that the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, where the Jewish Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are buried are “Palestinian sites”, as is Rachel’s Tomb near Bethlehem. http://www.morehasbara.com/2017/05/02/on-independence-day-unesco-declares-israel-has-no-connection-to-jerusalem/

Israel’s Right to Build in Judea & Samaria upheld by French Court? According to a blog article published on January 13 2017 that has been getting circulated widely on social media, the High Court of Versailles has ruled that Israel has the right to ensure order and public life in “the West Bank”, which includes building infrastructure and dwellings. This article examines the court records and exactly what the French Court ruled. http://www.morehasbara.com/2017/01/16/israels-right-to-build-in-judea-samaria-upheld-by-french-court/

Paris Peace Summit – responding to the final declaration – Sunday, January 15 2017 representatives from more than 70 Nations met in Paris, France for the Paris Peace Summit – one which neither Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas were invited. In Israel, this conference was described as “a wedding with neither bride nor groom”. While the final declaration was considerably more restrained than the draft summary statement, there are serious issues with Paris Conference Declaration. http://www.morehasbara.com/2017/01/15/paris-peace-summit-responding-to-the-final-declaration/

Upcoming Paris Conference – text, terms and implications – Representatives from 70 Nations will gather in Paris, France Sunday, January 15 2017 for a conference ironically called the Paris Peace Summit with the sole purpose of implementing their vision for a “two-state solution”.  Neither Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will be present at the meeting. Haaretz news, a left-wing news outlet obtained and published (Barak Ravid Jan 09, 2017 7:40 PM) a draft summary statement for this conference and the full text appears below this article. http://www.morehasbara.com/2017/01/12/upcoming-paris-conference-text-terms-and-implications/


Jerusalem – modern and historic capital of the Jewish people – a summary of the Historic & Modern history of Jerusalem, including when the Arabs first arrived in the Land, the foundation of the modern state, the 1948 War of Independence and the Six Say War. Most importantly, how the recent UN Resolution 2334 contradicts historic agreements. http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/12/27/jerusalem-modern-and-historic-capital-of-the-jewish-people/


Security Forces Ready to Evict Amona Residents – pending vote on new proposal — Security forces are preparing for the eviction of Amona residents should they reject the state’s latest offer, which addresses none of the concerns that resulted in them rejecting the previous one. This “new offer” looks very much like the “old offer”  except 24 families, instead of 12 families  will be crammed into trailers on Lot 38, while the other 18 families will be relocated to Ofra. http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/12/18/security-forces-ready-to-evict-amona-residents-pending-vote-on-new-proposal/


Ultimatum in Amona – update December 15 2016 – The residents of Amona face an excruciating decision today – the end result of a crisis created for political advancement. Their ‘options’ outlined here. http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/12/15/ultimatum-in-amona-update-dec-15-2016/


Judea and Samaria – the West Bank of the Jordan – To understand the present issues with regards to Jewish inhabitants in outpost towns in Judea and Samaria*, in the so-called “disputed territories”, requires some knowledge of the modern history of region. This article provides that brief history. http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/12/13/judea-samaria-west-bank-jordan/



Struggle for Amona – Struggle for National Sovereignty – Amona will be demolished Dec 24th due to a ruling that says it was built on private Arab land – land seized from Israel and illegally annexed by Jordan, then given away by her King, as gifts: http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/12/13/struggle-amona-struggle-national-sovereignty-2/



The Middle-East Situation (Illustrated) – The situation in the Middle East is said to be one of the most complex problems in the world, but it’s very simple. This post was compiled from a transcript from Dennis Prager’s video “The Middle East Problem” and photos captured from that video. Prager explains how and when the modern state of Israel was founded and how, since that day in 1948, its neighbours have tried to destroy it, again and again. http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/11/27/middle-east-situation-illustrated/


Current Map of Israel’s Fires – The map in blue, below clearly shows that Israel is burning, but notice where the fires are burning, and where they are not. Overwhelmingly, it is Israel that burning compared with Gaza or the ‘West Bank’ (Judea and Samaria). How is it that it is mainly Israel that has “wildfires”? http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/11/24/current-map-of-israels-fires/


A Powerful Silent Response to Antisemitism in America – in photos – These photos are from a powerful 2 minute video posted by Rudy Rochman (link below). They tell a story – a very powerful story.  The story is of the choice people like you and I now face – and will increasingly face in the days ahead: the choice between apathy or taking a stand. http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/10/19/a-powerful-silent-response-to-antisemitism-in-america-in-photos/


UNESCO Adopts ‘Occupied Palestine’ Resolution – Following Mexico’s withdrawal of its intention yesterday to force a re-vote one day before the close of proceedings, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has adopted its controversial “Occupied Palestine” Resolution. http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/10/18/unesco-adopts-occupied-palestine-resolution/


Vote on UNESCO’s Temple Mount Resolution to be Reopened? UNESCO’s executive board may now be required to reopen voting on last week’s controversial resolution which effectively denied the Jewish connection to both the Temple Mount and the Western Wall, as the Mexican government now seeks to change its vote. http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/10/18/vote-on-unescos-temple-mount-resolution-to-be-reopened/


UNESCO denies Jewish connection to Temple Mount again – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) passed a resolution today (October 13, 2016) denying the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. UNESCO resolution acknowledges that the city of Jerusalem is holy to Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, it refers to the Temple Mount only as being sacred to Muslims – ignoring its significance to Jews. It refers to the Temple Mount only by the site’s Muslim names (al-Aqsa Mosque / al-Haram al Sharif and omits any mention of its Hebrew or English names and refers to the Western Wall only as al-Buraq Plaza. http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/10/13/unesco-denies-jewish-connection-temple-mount/


UN Demands Release of Worker Arrested for Aiding Hamas and Calls Beersheva by Arabic Name – in a letter to the Israeli delegation this week, the UN called for the release of a worker who Shin Bet arrested last month for funneling funds to Hamas.  In doing so, the UN referred to Beersheva (a city tied to the Patriarchs Abraham and Isaac and whose ancient remains date to the 12th and 11th century) by its Arabic name Ber asaabeaa. 
http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/08/26/un-demands-release-of-worker-arrested-for-aiding-hamas-and-calls-beersheva-by-arabic-name/


Supreme Muslim Authority Contradicts the Palestinian Authority’s Claims – The Palestinian Authority claimed that Israel is attempting to falsify a Jewish link to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. Ironically, historic documents from the supreme Arab-Muslim authority in Jerusalem contradicts their claim.

Is the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem the one mentioned in the Qu’uran? – A lecturer with the Department of Arabic at Bar-Ilan University and expert in military intelligence, Arab political discourse and Arab mass media recently raised some doubt as to whether the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem is same al-Aqsa Mosque mentioned in the Qu’uran. If it is not, that would shed a very different light on ‘Palestinian’ claims that the Temple Mount is the 3rd holiest site in Islam. http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/08/16/is-the-al-aqsa-mosque-in-jerusalem-the-one-in-the-quuran/


Gaza in photos only – See Gaza and you’ve never imagined it — certainly not the Gaza we see in the media. These are photos screen captured from the video in the previous post. A picture speaks 1000 words. 

Hamas video shows a very different Gaza –Is Gaza a place of immeasurable suffering and oppression as it’s been portrayed in the media or a beautiful travel destination? This recently released 2 1/2 minute video produced by Hamas shows Gaza as you’ve never seen it! This not the Gaza you’ve seen in the news.
http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/08/11/new-hamas-video-shows-a-very-different-gaza/


Terrorism – what delineates radical Islamists from moderate Muslims Some say that horrific acts of terrorism such as we saw in Nice, France yesterday and have seen in recent days in Tel Aviv, Brussels, Paris, Orlando, San Bernardino, Istanbul, and Lahore were never commanded by Allah http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/07/15/terrorism-what-delineates-radical-islamists-from-moderate-muslims/


Is Palestinian Terrorism Driven Poverty or the Need to Defend the al-Aqsa Mosque – this article explores two common justifications given for violence against Jewish Israelis; that it is caused by the poverty and deprivation of ‘Palestinians’ or by Jewish desecration of Islamic holy sites such as the al-Aqsa mosque. http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/07/13/palestinian-terrorism-is-driven-by-a-hatred-for-jews-not-poverty-or-the-al-asqa-mosque/


3 Articles on Islam –
This is a single page summary of each of three articles in a series on Islam, with links to each article. Each article is short, easy to read and has references. http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/06/16/3-articles-on-islam/


Taqiyya – the Deliberate Deception of Islam – Moderate Muslims will often assure non-Muslims that Islam is a religion of peace and that taqiyya (deliberate deception) is no longer practiced. The very nature of taqiyya should cause us to question whether such claims are in themselves, deceptions.


A Difference of Interpretation – what Separates Moderates from Jihadis – Moderates Muslims view passages that call for killing, beheading or crucifixion of unbelievers, infidels and hypocrites in light of other passages and conclude that the violent passages cannot be interpreted literally. Jihadis hold to a form of interpretation that requires them to replace earlier passages with later passages. This post examines this fundamental difference. http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/06/14/ja-difference-of-interpretation-what-separates-moderates-from-jihadists/


If 99% of Muslims are peaceful, how many is 1%? Taking  the conservative estimate that 99% of Muslims are peaceful and based on current data from Pew Research Center, we look at how many is 1% of Muslims and what does that number “look like”?   http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/06/13/assuming-99-of-muslims-are-peaceful-how-man-is-1-percent/


Tel Aviv Shootings; Photo Documentation from 3 Perspectives: They say that a picture says a thousand words. Photo documentation of the shootings in Tel Aviv from Israeli, Palestinian and Media perspectives.

The ‘Palestinian’ Narrative; descended from the Philistines: Mahmoud Abbas recently claimed Palestinians descended from Philistines & predate Abraham – which makes them neither sons of Abraham nor Arabs, but Aegeans. http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/06/07/problems-with-the-palestinian-narrative-descended-from-the-philistines/


The (((Echo))) – Identifying and Targeting Jews Online – The symbol ((())) known as an “echo” is used on social media to target and harass Jews and expose “Jewish collusion” in controlling media & politics. http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/06/06/the-echo-identifying-and-targeting-jews-online/


American University Students Fund Terror Attacks in Israel – Students on this American campus readily donated money to fund suicide bombers to attack Israeli cafes, shopping malls, schools, & Jewish places of worship.
http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/05/24/american-university-students-fund-terror-attacks-in-israel/


King Solomon’s Wall Discovered Outside 2nd Temple Wall –While the UN ignores that the Temple Mount has any Jewish heritage, archaeologists have uncovered part of the wall of Solomon’s Temple, 10th century BCE. http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/05/21/king-solomons-wall-discovered-outside-2nd-temple-wall/


8 Million People View 3 Lies About Israel in Just 4 Days -This “news video” from AJ+ [Al Jazeera in a new package] reached 8 million people in the last 4 days — over 5 million views in just the first 24 hours.  http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/05/16/when-8-million-people-view-3-blatant-lies-about-israel-in-just-4-days/


Is the Temple Mount Really Islam’s 3rd Holiest Site? ‘Palestinians’ claim the Temple Mount (“Haram esh-Sharif” or “Noble Sanctuary”) has always their holy site, yet photographic evidence testifies otherwise. http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/05/05/the-temple-mount-islams-3rd-holiest-site/


Where did the Palestinians of Today Come From? Central to the discussion regarding the Land is where those that call themselves ‘Palestinians’ came from, why and when. Fully referenced. http://www.morehasbara.com/2015/11/10/where-did-the-palestinians-of-today-come-from/


Hamas’ Radical Islamist Roots in the Muslim Brotherhood – Each Islamist group has their own ‘flavor’ of radical Islam and Hamas is no different. What they have in common are roots in the Muslim Brotherhood. http://www.morehasbara.com/2015/11/03/hamas-radical-islamist-roots-in-the-muslim-brotherhood/


Nazi Influence in the Middle East – Haj Amin al-Husseini  – A 2010 US National Archives report titled “Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, US Intelligence and the Cold War” tells of Nazi influence in the Middle East. Fully referenced many archived photos to support the text. http://www.morehasbara.com/2015/10/24/nazi-influence-in-the-middle-east-haj-amin-al-husseini/


The Mufti and the Fuhrer – background to Nazi Influence in the Middle East – Germany has taken responsibility for the Nazi role during the Holocaust, but what about the Palestinian role; specifically the role of Haj Amin al-Husseini? These are the actual German records of the meeting between al-Husseini and Hitler, as well as the transcripts of each page. http://www.morehasbara.com/2015/10/22/the-mufti-and-the-fuhrer-background-to-nazi-influence-in-the-middle-east/


Background to the Current Palestinian Uprising -The media often attributes the current ‘Palestinian’ uprising to “‘Palestinian’ frustration”; however that is not the case. Background & context in the post http://www.morehasbara.com/2015/10/21/background-to-the-current-palestinian-uprising/


Palestinian Loss of Land Map – Media Deception or Incompetence? A recent MSNBC broadcast displayed a map of alleged “Palestinian Loss of Land’ which is based on well-known Palestinian propaganda maps. http://www.morehasbara.com/2015/10/17/palestinian-loss-of-land-map-media-deception-or-incompetence/


The Current Situation in Israel – How the media frames headlines about events in Israel is very telling as to how these sources want the public to interpret — or not interpret it. http://www.morehasbara.com/2015/10/16/the-current-situation-in-israel/


Where Did the Land that is Currently Israel’s Come From? – Israel is often portrayed in the media as ‘land-grabbing’ and this article documents where the land that is currently Israel came from. http://www.morehasbara.com/2015/10/13/where-did-the-land-that-is-currently-israels-come-from/


Where is Ancient Palestine and Who are the Palestinians? People assume that the Arabs of Gaza and the “West Bank” had their land stolen from them, allegedly by the Jews, so where was “ancient Palestine”?  http://www.morehasbara.com/2015/10/11/where-is-ancient-palestine-who-are-the-palestinians/


Two Previous “Two-state Solutions” – A “Two-State solution” as a means to resolve the ongoing tensions between Israel and the ‘Palestinians’, fails to recognize there have already been two. http://www.morehasbara.com/2015/06/12/the-two-previous-two-state-solutions/

 

The Palestinian “Narrative” – descended from the Philistines

On March 21, 2016, Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud Abbas claimed that the ‘Palestinians’ preceded Abraham in the land of Canaan and that the Bible supports his claims:

“Our narrative says that we were in this land since before Abraham. I am not saying it. The Bible says it. The Bible says, in these words, that the Palestinians existed before Abraham. So why don’t you recognize my right?”
Mahmoud Abbas, Official PA TV, March 21, 2016

Abbas’ statement about the Bible relates to the Palestinian’s long-standing claim that they are descended from the Philistines. The text of Scripture that Abbas is referring to is;

And Abraham lived as a foreigner in the land of the Philistines for many days.

Genesis 21:34

Are the Palestinians of today descendants of the Philistines?

I – Palestinians: Not Sons of Abraham

First off, Abbas’ ongoing claim that the ‘Palestinians’ are descendants of the Philistines and predate Abraham, the father of Ishmael poses a major problem for them.   

If the ‘Palestinians’ of today are descended from the Philistines;

  1. the ‘Palestinians’ are not descended from Ishmael
  2. they are not sons of Abraham
  3. they have no inheritance with the twelve Ishmaelite tribes listed in Genesis 17:20; 25:13-18
[Special thanks to Orna W., Pennsylvania, USA]
II – Palestinians – not Arabs that predate Abraham

If the present-day ‘Palestinians’ predate Abraham, they could be Arabs that have no ethnic connection to Abraham, such as the descendants of Shem, and his progeny Aram, Eber, Joktan. All of them lived before Abraham.

  • One of Shem’s sons was Aram (possibly father of the Arameans), another was Arphaxad (whose grandson was Eber).
  • Eber had two children – Peleg and Joktan.
  • Joktan is the patriarch of many Arab tribes, many of whom can be traced to the Saudi Arabian Hejaz and Yemen.

Oh. Wait.

If the ‘Palestinians’ are descended from the Philistines, they cannot be Shemites from Saudi Arabia or Yemen (who are not descended from Ishmael, and not sons of Abraham).

Philistines were Aegeans – Hellenic, like Greeks.

Well done, Mr. Abbas!

You have now succeeded in making the ‘Palestinians’ neither sons of Abraham nor Arabs!

III – Palestinians as Philistines – Aegean (Hellenic)

If the ‘Palestinians’ are descended from the Philistines, what is their ethnic background?

The Philistines arrived from Egypt in the 12 century BCE and preceded the Israelite tribes, the people that call themselves ‘Palestinians’ today, and were a people of Aegean origin. Historical Philistines were closely related to the Greeks, Hellenic — with no connection ethnically, linguistically or historically with Arabia or the Arabs.

From the Biblical Archaeology Review;

“Archaeology has brought the Philistines to life more vividly than perhaps any other Biblical people save the Israelites and the Egyptians. We now know that the Philistines were one of the Sea Peoples that also included the Tjeker, the Denyen (or Danuna), the Shardana and the Weshesh. At the very beginning of the 12th century B.C.—the beginning of the period archaeologists call Iron Age I—the Sea Peoples swept out of the Aegean to make their appearance in the archaeological record and in ancient literary references.”

Wood, Bryant G.,The Philistines Enter Canaan, Biblical Archaeology Review 17:06, Nov/Dec 1991

“The Philistines were only one of several tribes known as the Sea Peoples, however, who invaded the Land of Israel during the 12th century B.C.E. It has recently become clear that these Sea Peoples conquered not only parts of the Land of Israel but virtually the entire eastern Mediterranean coastal region, including northern Syria and southern Anatolia. Their attempt to conquer Egypt failed.”

Stern, Ephraim,The Other Philistines, Biblical Archaeology Review 40:06, Nov/Dec 2014

The Philistines settled in the land of Canaan after having been evicted from Egypt in 1176 BCE by Egyptian Pharaoh, Ramses III, and there are inscriptions and reliefs from his mortuary temple located at Medinet Habu in Egypt which indicates that Ramses III took credit for defeating them and the other Aegean sea people in the eighth year of his reign (1176 BCE). forcing them to settle elsewhere. Ramses III claims to have “settled them in strongholds, bound in my name”.

Barako Tristan, Yasur-Landau, Assaf, One if by Sea, Two if by Land: How did the Philistines get to Canaan, Biblical Archaeology Review 29:02, Mar/Apr 1013

“The Philistines ended up in one of the choicest areas of Palestine, the southwest coastal region. Archaeologists have been able to track their presence there because of their distinctively Aegean material culture, especially their pottery.”

Wood, Bryant G.,The Philistines Enter Canaan, Biblical Archaeology Review 17:06, Nov/Dec 1991

According to Scripture, the Philistines originated in “Caphtor” (Jeremiah 47:4; Amos 9:7), identified as the island of Crete, supporting that they were of Aegean origin.

Hess, Richard S. 1992 Caphtor. Pp. 869–70 in The Anchor Bible Dictionary 1, ed. David N. Freedman. New York: Doubleday

“The Philistines [of the south] established the famous Pentapolis—Gaza, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Gath and Ekron—in the southern coastal plain. Archaeological excavations at each of these sites, save for Gaza (due to the modern buildings constructed atop its tell), reveal a rich material culture with origins in the Aegean.”

Ngo, Robin, The Philistines to the North, Biblical Archaeology Society, Mar 13, 2015

According to Ephraim Stern, the Philistines of the Bible lived in the northern region of Canaan and were also Aegean Sea Peoples but differentiated from the Sea Peoples who lived in the south, referred to Philistines in the Archaeological literature.

Stern, Ephraim,The Other Philistines, Biblical Archaeology Review 40:06, Nov/Dec 2014

Those that call themselves ‘Palestinians’ today are Arabs, not Aegean (Greek) in origin, thus the ‘Palestinians’ are not descended from the Philistines. 

But The Palestinians are Arabs!

The ‘Palestinians’ are Arabs and could not have ancestors that were in the Land from Biblical times because the Arabs only arrived in the land in 637 CE with the Muslim invasion. 

To frame that with respect to the Jewish presence in the Land, the First Temple was built in Jerusalem from ~833 – 827 BCE by King Solomon, son of King David.

The first Arabs arrived ~1500 years after Solomon build the first Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, and as foreign conquerors.

The Palestinians are Pan-Arabists

Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas’ predecessor and second Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), unintentionally revealed in the organization’s 1964 Charter, who they are;

Article 2 of the 1964 PLO Charter reads;

Palestine with its boundaries at the time of the British Mandate is a regional indivisible unit.”

The land under the British Mandate for Palestine is shown below, and includes present-day Israel (in white) and Transjordan (later renamed Jordan) in green.  According to Article 2 of the 1964 PLO Charter, all of this area is Palestine and is an “indivisible unit”.

British Mandate - Israel and TransJordan

Article 24 of the 1964 PLO Charter reads:

“This Organization does not exercise any regional sovereignty over the West Bank in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and on the Gaza Strip.”

Wait. What?

Article 2 of the 1964 PLO Charter states that all of the area under the former British Mandate is “Palestine” and is an “indivisible unit” with the exception of Jordan, the “West Bank” [ Judea and Samaria, in Israel], and the Gaza Strip.

That is, the only land that the Palestinian leadership was claiming for a future “Palestine State” was Israel; not Jordan, not the “West Bank” (Judea and Samaria) and not the Gaza Strip!

Why not?

In 1970, Yassar Arafat himself revealed why the ‘Palestinians’ excluded the “West Bank” and “Gaza Strip” from a future Palestinian State in his interview with Italian reporter Arianna Palazzi:

The question of borders doesn’t interest usFrom the Arab standpoint, we mustn’t talk about borders. Palestine is nothing but a drop in an enormous ocean. Our nation is the Arabic nation that stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea and beyond it….. The P.L.O. is fighting Israel in the name of Pan-Arabism. What you call ‘Jordan’ is nothing more than Palestine.

In 1970 the Palestinians (1) considered themselves to be Pan-Arabists and (2) their purpose to be “to fight Israel in the name of Pan-Arabism.

The Palestinian’s excluded the “West Bank” and Gaza Strip as part of a future “Palestinian State” because as Arabic countries, they were already part of the “Arabic nation”Egypt controlled the Gaza Strip and Jordan controlled the “West Bank” and Jerusalem. No problem.

The PLO’s focus was Israel, which it was “fighting in the name of Pan-Arabism“.

Pan Arabism is the belief that all the countries of North Africa and West Asia from the Atlantic Ocean to the Arabian Sea constitute a single nation, the Arab nation. 

The ‘Palestinians’ clearly had no issue with being “occupied”; they were occupied by Egypt and occupied by Jordan without any problem.  

What Changed?

During the 1948 War of Independence – which began the day after the State of Israel was created in May 1948, Jordan took control of territory on the western side of the Jordan River (hence the name “West Bank“) – including the cities of Jericho, Bethlehem, Hebron and Nablus, as well as the Old City of Jerusalem. They illegally annexed the “West Bank” in April of 1950.

In June 1967, weeks after Egypt blockaded the Straits of Tiran and cut off Israeli shipping, Israel launched an attack against Egypt, beginning the Six-Day War.

From 1948 until before the 1967 Six Day War, the ‘Palestinians’ of the “West Bank” were under Jordanian rule and the ‘Palestinians’ of Gaza were under Egyptian rule and neither made any demand for self-determination or statehood.

During the Six-Day War, Israel defeated the armies of the surrounding Arab states in a mere 6 days and took control of the formerly Egyptian-controlled Gaza Strip as well as the formerly Jordanian-controlled West Bank.

Suddenly, the ‘Palestinians’ had an issue.

When  occupied by Egypt and occupied by Jordan — no problem, no complaints about “occupation”, no push for “statehood”.  It was only in 1967, when Israel re-claimed its own land which had been theirs for ~3500 years, that the ‘Palestinians’ began to speak of “the occupation“.

What changed was the “West Bank” and Gaza Strip were no longer part of the “Arab nation” of Pan-Arabism.

This is what triggered the PLO to re-write their Charter in 1968.  This was the beginning of the Palestinian nationalism movement as we know it now.

The revised 1968 Charter called for “a war of liberation“, the use of terrorism (called armed struggle and commando actions) in order to achieve their aims and the ‘Palestinians’ now laid claim to every inch of land under the British Mandate not already ruled by Jordan; including the “West Bank” and the Gaza Strip – in other words, all of Israel.

The Arabs of the surrounding area never considered that there was a special, separate entity called “Palestine”;

In 1919:

“We consider Palestine as part of Arab Syria, as it has never been separated from it at any time. We are connected with it by national, religious, linguistic, natural, economic and geographical bonds.”

Resolution of the First Congress of Muslim-Christian Associations, Jerusalem, February 1919

In 1937:

There is no such country as Palestine! ‘Palestine’ is a term the Zionists invented! There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria.

Local Arab leader, Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, to the British Peel Commission

In 1947:

“Palestine was part of the Province of Syria” … “politically, the Arabs of Palestine were not independent in the sense of forming a separate political entity.”

Representative of the Arab Higher Committee, Statement to the General Assembly of the United Nations, May 1947

In 1948:

“Palestine and Transjordan are one.”

King Abdullah, Arab League meeting in Cairo, 12 April 1948

In 1956:

“It is common knowledge that that Palestine is nothing by Southern Syria”

PLO founder Ahmed Shuqeiri, to the United Nations Security Council, May 31, 1956

In 1970:

“Palestine is Jordan and Jordan is Palestine; there is only one land, with one history and one and the same fate”

Prince Hassan of the Jordanian National Assembly, February 2, 1970

In 1976:

“You do not represent Palestine as much as we do. Never forget this one point: There is no such thing as a Palestinian people, there is no Palestinian entity, there is only Syria. You are an integral part of the Syrian people, Palestine is an integral part of Syria. Therefore it is we, the Syrian authorities, who are the true representatives of the Palestinian people.

Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, addressing the PLO, July 20, 1976

Revising History – intent and purpose

Central to the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) policy is to rewrite history; specifically the history of the land and its inhabitants. The purpose is to legitimize its own alleged claim to the land and justify the destruction of Israel.

Long before the current “knife intifada”, there was the “history intifada”; seeking to erase Jewish history in the Land of Israel and replace it with a fabricated Palestinian history.

This is where the myth of the Palestinians as the ancient Philistines was born.

Palestinian revisionist history has two main goals:

1- erase the Jewish people’s 3,000+ year history in the Land of Israel
2- create an fabricated “ancient” ‘Palestinian’ history in the same land

This historical revision has an intentional political strategy to rewrite history to the political goal of denying Israel’s right to exist.

This strategy was presented by Dr. Yussuf Alzamili, Chairman of the History Department of Khan Yunis Educational Collegeat a 1998 conference of Palestinian historians .  At that conference, Alzamili

called on all universities and colleges to write the history of Palestine and to guard it, and not to enable the [foreign] implants and enemies to distort it or to legitimize the existence of Jews on this land…”

Al-Ayyam newspaper, December 4, 1998

Writing the history of Palestine was very clearly for the purpose of “not enabling the (alleged) foreign implants [the Jews] to legitimize their existence on this land.” Palestinian history is in effect to replace the Jewish history in the land of Israel with their own alleged ancient narrative and by conveying themselves as “a people under occupation” they elicit public support for their political ideology and agenda.

The Palestinian Narrative – alleged claim to the Land

Palestinians claim that they have been the occupiers of the land “since time immemorial” and many, including Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas insist that they are the “descendants of the Philistines”. 

Another tactic of Palestinian ‘historians’ seek to disconnect the Jews of today from the ancient generation of Jews, maintaining that the ancestors of today’s Jews were from places other than the land or Israel (“Palestine”) and thus have no claim to the land. Some of those that make this claim say that the Jews entered the Land as the “Arab Children of Israel tribe” or “Arab Yemenites“, were “weak in number“, “unimportant” and “never ruled” and were “wiped out” – and that the Jews of today are not related to that ancient people.

They maintain that the land has been theirs “since the last Arab immigration 200-300 years BCE” and that the “true owners of the land are Arabs” who have been “invaded” by a series of different people; first the Persians, then the Greeks, then the Romans “and in modern times by the English and the Zionist entity“.

Really, you can’t make this up;

“Palestine is ours since the period of the Canaanites (members of the Kinana Arab tribe), the Arab Jebusites, and the Arab Philistines (the Palestinians) (worshippers of the Arab god Falas in Yemen), and from time immemorial… It is ours since the last Arab immigration 200-300 years BCE, as a result of the collapse of the emirates/regions of the tribes of the Children of Israel (the Arab Yemenite [tribe] in Yemen)… In our land, as the archeologists say today… the Arab Children of Israel tribe, weak in numbers, was unimportant and never ruled, given the existence of dozens of other tribes in Palestine (in general, there is no connection between the people of Israel, the Arab Yemenite tribe which has been wiped off the stage of history and the present Jewish residents of Palestine who are mainly Jews from Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, [the region] between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, and then east and west Europe – see [the writings of] Shlomo Sand (author of The Invention of the Jewish People, which claims that that the ancestry of most contemporary Jews stems mainly from outside the Land of Israel -Ed.) and Arthur Koestler (author of The Thirteenth Tribe, which advances the thesis that Ashkenazi Jews are descended from the Khazars Ed.), two fair Jews.) (parenthesis in source) The invasions of Palestine which occurred one after the other – the Persians, Greeks, Romans, and in modern times the English and the Zionist entity – are nothing but a prelude to its redemption by the Arabs, the true owners of the land.”

Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 14, 2015
Author: Bakr Abu Bakr, regular columnist for official PA daily (Fatah Revolutionary Council member)

Professor Omar Ja’ara of Al-Najjah University in Nablus said on Palestinian national television in 2012 that their history is traced to those that defeated the Philistines — asserting that the Arabs that defeated the Philistines were Muslims.  How ludicrous, given Islam only began in 610 C.E;

“We must make clear to the world that David in the Hebrew Bible is not connected to David in the Quran, Solomon in the Hebrew Bible is not connected to Solomon in the Quran, and neither is Saul or Joshua son of Nun [of the Bible]. We have a great leader, Saul, [in the Quran] who defeated the nation of giants and killed Goliath. This is a great Muslim victory. The Muslims of the Children of Israel went out of Egypt under the leadership of Moses, and unfortunately, many researchers deny the Exodus of those oppressed people who were liberated by a great leader, like Moses the Muslim, the believing leader, the great Muslim, who was succeeded by Saul, the leader of these Muslims in liberating Palestine. This was the first Palestinian liberation through armed struggle to liberate Palestine from the nation of giants led by Goliath. This is our logic and this is our culture.”

Dr. Omar Ja’ara, Professor Al-Najah University, Nablus, PA TV (Fatah), Feb. 15, 2012

While a minority, there are those that accepts the Israelite presence in historic Palestine starting from Jacob (what the Quran calls “Isra’il”).

Mazen Abdel Latif, a lecturer in the archaeology department of An-Najah University in Nablus told the Times of Israel in a February 2014 interview that as a believing Muslim he accepts the Israelite presence in historic Palestine starting from Jacob (“Isra’il”) through the 12 tribes, down to Moses and King David;

“The Hebrew presence in the area has also gained archaeological support from the Amarna Letters found in Egypt and dating back to 1,300 BCE. The stone cuneiform tablets, written in Akkadian, make reference to a people called Habiru or ‘Abiru, believed to be the Hebrews.”

Mazen Abdel Latif, archaeology lecturer,  An-Najah University, Nablus

In that same interview, he said;

“Modern nations have the right to take pride in their ancestors, imagined or real.”

Final Thoughts

The Arabs calling themselves ‘Palestinians’ could not be descendants of the Philistines, who Aegean – closely related to the Greeks, with no connection ethnically, linguistically or historically with Arabia or the Arabs. Furthermore, the Arabs only arrived in the Land in 637 CE; ~1500 years after the First Jewish Temple was built in Jerusalem.

Palestinian family names speak more than anything to the foreign origin of their bearers; the Al-Masri family from Nablus originated from Egypt (Al-Masri means Egyptian in Arabic), the Chalabis came from Syria and the Houranis came from the Houran region of southwestern Syria, names such as al-Djazair (Algerian), el-Mughrabi (Moroccan / North African) and al-Yamani (Yemenite) bespeak the “Palestinians’ pan-Arab origins.

In March 2012, Hamas’s interior minister Fathi Hammad said this;

“Allah be praised, we all have Arab roots, and every Palestinian, in Gaza and throughout Palestine, can prove his Arab roots — whether from Saudi Arabia, from Yemen, or anywhere. We have blood ties. Personally, half my family is Egyptian. We are all like that. More than 30 families in the Gaza Strip are called al-Masri. Brothers, half of the Palestinians are Egyptian and the other half are Saudi.”

Fathi Hammad, Hamas’s interior minister

Jews are accused of being “settlers” and “occupiers“, yet it is evident from the words of their own mouths that the Arabs of the surrounding area never considered that there was ever a special, separate entity called “Palestine”.

The desire for a “Palestinian State” is very recent and traceable to the events following the 1967 Six-Day War, stemming from pan-Arabism.

The ‘Palestinians’ had no issue with “occupation” prior to 1967; the ‘Palestinians’ of Gaza were occupied by Egypt and the ‘Palestinians’ of the “West Bank” were occupied by Jordan – from 1948 until 1967 without complaint, and without any demand for self-determination or statehood.

No, “occupation” is not the issue.

Jews in Israel is the issue.

The Palestinians have said it from when the term “Palestinian” was created:

The question of borders doesn’t interest usFrom the Arab standpoint, we mustn’t talk about borders. Palestine is nothing but a drop in an enormous ocean. Our nation is the Arabic nation that stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea and beyond it….. The P.L.O. is fighting Israel in the name of Pan-Arabism. What you call ‘Jordan’ is nothing more than Palestine.

Yassar Arafat, 1970 interview with Italian reporter Arianna Palazzi

The Palestinians are not descendants of the Philistines and have not been in the Land “since time immemorial“, but are Pan-Arab Hashemite colonialists, descendants of Egyptians, Syrians, Jordanians and those from others Pan-Arabist lands. They are Arabs, descended from the conquering Muslims of Arabia that first arrived in the 6th century CE with the founding of Islam, and later enticed by the Ottomans and British to come as migrant laborers, and recruited by Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, in order to try to prevent a Jewish state from being formed (see earlier post).

They are the settlers and occupiers in the ancient land of the Jews.

 

 

American University Students Fund Terror Attacks in Israel

Ami Horowitz went out onto an American University campus last week saying “We are raising money to fund operations against Israel and the attacks we are talking about are soft targets like schools, cafes, hospitals, shopping malls, places of worship – civilian populations” and received hundreds of dollars from students to fund this cause in ~ 1 hour.

Ami Horowitz (Disruptive Films) went to Portland State University (PSU) mid-May because he wanted to see just how far America’s liberal students were “willing to take it”. Horowitz referred to the Pacific Northwest as “the home of the BDS (Boycott,Divestment and Sanctions) Movement” and he wanted to see if students here were willing to “take it to the next level” [and actually fund terror attacks against Israel].  The results are shocking.

Here are some of the things he told students as he asked them to contribute to this cause;

I work for American Friends of Hamas; we’re not your father’s terrorist organization.  We’ve kind of re-branded ourselves. Hamas is where it’s at.

We are raising money to fund operations against Israel, and the attacks we are talking about are soft targets…

“…the kinds of operations we are talking about are against soft targets like schools, cafes, hospitals, shopping malls, places of worship…civilian populations — this is what we are talking about.

It’s the only way we can fight back.  The suicide bomber is all we’ve got…fund operations against Israel, that’s what we’re looking to do“.


STUDENT’S RESPONSE:

As can be seen on this short clip, students on this Pacific Northwest campus readily donated up to $15-20 each to fund suicide bombers to attack Israeli citizens in cafes and shopping malls, to murder children and teachers in schools, and to attack Jewish places of worship.  


THE FRUIT OF LIES:

It should concern all of us, American or not, that a generation to whom the Holocaust is at best “ancient history” or at worst, “a myth” have been primed by what they have viewed in the mainstream media about the treatment of Palestinians by Israelis — to the point that they are willing to fund the massacre of Israelis and Jews where they live, work and worship.

The willingness of these American students to fund suicide bombing of Israelis is the fruit of the lies disseminating by Western news outlets — that share the propaganda generated by the ‘Palestinians’ themselves, without bothering to research and present what history and documents testify to.  The news is full of such misleading information such as the ‘Palestinians’ living under “Israeli occupation“,  of “Israel having robbed them of their ancient homeland“, of them having “no voting rights until 1967“, and of being “second class citizens” in Israel, “without government representation” -while inciting violence in Israel and abroad by claiming that “Jews defile their ancient holy sites such as the al-Asqa mosque on the Temple mount“.

These news outlets fail to share the fact that;

  • Arabs in Israel were able to vote in the first election in 1948
  • the Land is the ancient homeland of the Jewish people for ~3000 years as verified by archaeology
  • the first Arabs arrived in 600 CE (600 AD) with the advent of Islam – more than 1500 years after the first Jewish Dynasty ruled (Hasmonean Dynasty, Maccabees).
  • the ‘poor Palestinian people’ are a creation of Yassar Arafat’s 1964 / 1968 PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization) Charter [topic of an upcoming blog] and are the descendants of the pan-Arab Hashemites who settled there on the invitation of Haj Amin al-Husseini after WWI, from 1922 and onward.

CONCLUSION

It is barely 70 years after Hitler’s massacre of 6 million Jews (just because they were Jews) and the very same mindset that enabled him to take power has taken root in America.

…and the world is again asleep.

 

King Solomon’s Wall Discovered Outside 2nd Temple Wall

INTRODUCTION:

On April 15, 2016, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) passed a resolution (voted in by France,  Spain, Sweden, Russia and Slovenia and submitted by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Sudan) which referred to the Temple Mount by its Arabic term Al-Haram Al-Sharif. While UNESCO seeks to deny or ignore that the Temple Mount has any Jewish heritage, archaeologists have uncovered monumental structures, including a city gate, towers and a royal structure believed to be part of the city wall of Jerusalem, built during the 10th century BCE by King Solomon.


Dr Eilat Mazar - Hebrew University

Dr. Eilat Mazar is head of the Shalem Center’s Institute of Archaeology, affiliated with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is the 3rd in a family of extraordinary Jewish archaeologists. She is the grand-daughter of Benjamin Mazar, who was the first archaeologist to get a permit to dig in the State of Israel. When Israel reclaimed Jerusalam in 1967, Benjamin Mazar began excavating the area around the Temple Mount.

Benajmin Mazar escavating around the Temple Mount 1967
Benajmin Mazar escavating around the Temple Mount 1967

Dr. Mazar participated in archaeological digs from a young age alongside her prominent archaeological grandfather, and like her grandfather demonstrates the reliability of the Hebrew Scriptures by linking archaeological evidence to the text of Scripture.

Eilat at 11 y o working with Benjamin Mazar
Eilat Mazar at 11 years old working with her grandfather, Benjamin Mazar

In 2005 Dr. Mazar headed the excavations at the summit of the City of David (on behalf of the Institute of Archaeology of Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and there she discovered what is believed to have been the palace of King David (who ruled from ~1005 to 965 BCE). She continued digging at this site until 2008.

Israel archeologist at dig
Israeli woman assisting at the dig site
Davids Palace escavation inside
inside David’s Palace escavation site

Within the structure, she found a clay seal (called a “bulla”) bearing in ancient Hebrew lettering the name Jehucal, son of Shelemiah, son of Shovi: an Israelite high-ranking official mentioned twice in the Bible (Jeremiah 37:3 and Jeremiah 38:1).

government seal of Jehucal
clay bulla of Jejucal

In July 2008, she found a second bulla only a few meters away from the first, belonging to Gedaliah, son of Pashur, who is also mentioned as a high-ranking official together with Jehucal (or “Jucal”) in Jeremiah 38:1.

On the eastern side of her City of David excavations, Dr. Mazar uncovered what she believes was Nehemiah’s wall…

Part of Nehemiah's wall
Part of Nehemiah’s wall

…and the water tunnel dug by King Hezekiah

water tunnel dug by Hezekiah
water tunnel dug by Hezekiah

Literally across the street from the City of David, Dr. Mazar has been directing another dig since 2009 (which continues until the present day) and that is the excavation at the Ophel site —  the area adjacent to the City of David; between the Temple Mount and the City of David. Here she uncovered more royal ruins — this time from David’s son Solomon.

In 2010, excavators revealed a giant wall more than 220 feet long, and almost 20 ft high. Dr. Mazar believes this is the wall described in 1 Kings 3:1 which says that Solomon built a wall all around Jerusalem. It connected the City of David with Solomon’s Temple.

Solomons wall outside Herods Temple Mount wall
Solomons wall outside Herods Temple Mount wall – with 2nd Temple wall behind
Solomons wall outside Herods Temple Mount wall - lower down
Solomons wall outside Herods Temple Mount wall – showing height of wall
Eilat Mazar beside Solomon's wall
Eilat Mazar beside Solomon’s wall

Here is a photo showing the area of this dig, in relation to the Temple Mount:

Eilat Mazar dig site outside Herods Temple
Dr. Eilat Mazar dig site outside Temple (Herod’s Temple) wall
The Ophel excavations at the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem
The Ophel excavations at the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem

Solomon’s Wall is only part of it…

Inside the wall, there was more evidence tying the site to King Solomon. 1 King 4:7 speaks of Solomon’s governors who provided food for the king and his household (which was very large, given Scripture saying Solomon had many wives). Inside the gate, Mazar’s team found large clay jars which were for holding grain and jar handles whose seals were inscribed “to the King”.

Inside Solomons Temple Gate - large clay jars for grain
Inside Solomons Temple Gate – large clay jars for grain
jar handles - seals inscribed to the king
jar handles – seals inscribed to the king

Dr. Mazar believes the jars of grain came from the royal bakery because on one of them, inscribed in ancient Hebrew are the words “to the Minister in charge of the bakery”.

Carbon dating at the site supports that pottery shards found at ground floor of the structure dated to the 10th century BCE, when Solomon was King.

CONCLUSION:

Based on archaeological evidence, in the 10th century BCE there was a vibrant Jewish civilization in Jerusalem capable of carrying out such advance construction and in which there were many artifacts, supported by carbon dating to be from that time.


 


Dr. Eilat Mazar -Scientific Biography:

EDUCATION

Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJ):

1997 – Ph.D. in Archaeology, under the supervision of Prof. E. Stern: “The Achziv Burials: A Test-Case for Phoenician-Punic Burial Customs”

1990 – M.A. in Archaeology, under the supervision of Prof. N. Avigad: “The Ophel of Biblical Jerusalem in the First Temple Period in Light of Archaeological Research”

1981 – B.A. in Archaeology and Jewish History

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Public Committee against the Destruction of Antiquities on the Temple Mount
  • Archaeological Council of Israel
  • Directorate of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority
  • Government Names Committee

MAIN RESEARCH INTERESTS

Biblical Archaeology
The Archaeology of Jerusalem
The Archaeology of the Phoenicians

EXCAVATIONS AND RESEARCH – most recent

2009- on going project Director of the Ophel excavtions (First Temple Period), HUJ Institute of Archaeology

2005-2008 Director of City of David excavations, HUJ Institute of Archaeology, Jerusalem

1995- on going project Director of the Temple Mount Excavations Publication Project
(B. Mazar Excavations 1968-1978)

2002-2008 Senior Research Fellow, The Shalem Center ,Jerusalem; Director of the documentation of the Temple Mount Walls project and the City of David Excavations


Books by Dr. Eilat Mazar

2011 The Walls of the Temple Mount. Jerusalem (2 Vols)

2011 Discovering the Solomonic Wall in Jerusalem. Jerusalem

2011 The Temple Mount Excavations in Jerusalem, 1968-1978, Directed by Benjamin Mazar, Final Reports, Vol. IV: The Tenth Legion in Aelia Capitolina. (Qedem 52). Jerusalem

2009 The Palace of King David, Excavations at the Summit of the City of David. Preliminary Report of Seasons 2005-2007. Jerusalem

Video about this find: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH9ZDHUyu7A&feature=youtu.be

8 Million People View 3 Lies about Israel in just 4 Days

This “news video” from AJ+ [Al Jazeera in a new package] has reached 8 MILLION people in the last 4 days — over 5 MILLION views in just the first 24 hours.

The video opens by stating the

“The State of Israel was founded on May 15 1948 on much of the land that was known as Palestine“.

While not untrue, the inference here is that in 1948, “Palestine” was an Arab-ruled country or state, and this is not correct.

After WWI and prior to 1948, the area of present-day Israel, as well as the area of present-day Jordan were under British administration and the geographical area under the British Mandate system was called “The British Mandate of Palestine“.

This video titled “Where Did the Palestinians Go?” contains 3 blatant lies so we feel that setting the record straight is very important.

Here is AJ+ [Al Jazeera’s) video taken right off their web page and below are the three lies this video tells and the corresponding truth.

https://www.facebook.com/ajplusenglish/videos/730476790427164/

Here are the 3 blatant lies in the above video;

Lie #1:

“Today there are around 12 million Palestinians worldwide. About 1 million of them have Israeli passports, but they complain of being treated like second class citizens”

Truth:

Arab Israelis have the identical civil and political rights as Jewish Israelis plus an additional one. Arab Israelis have the option of not serving in the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces).

Arab Israelis have more freedoms in Israel than they would have in other Arab Middle Eastern countries.


Lie #2:

“Close to 5 million Palestinians live under occupation or siege in the West Bank and Gaza, where they have no political representation”

Truth:

a) In the area that Palestinians call “the West Bank” (i.e. Judea and Samaria), President Mahmoud Abbas has been the Palestinian President since his election in 2005.

In fact, President Abbas is serving year 11 of a 4-year term.

b) The people of Gaza voted for and elected the terrorist group Hamas in 2006 — a group which is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood and which rules the Gaza strip.

c) Furthermore, Arab Israelis have elected Arab Members of the Knesset (MKs) that represent them in the Israeli government.


Lie #3:

“…the rest [of Palestinians] stayed behind where they lived under military rule without rights until they were given citizenship in 1967”

Truth:

Israeli Arabs received citizenship and had full voting rights in Israel’s first election back in 1948.

 



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Is the Temple Mount Really Islam’s 3rd Holiest Site?

“Palestinians” claim that the Temple Mount has always their holy site, but historical records and photographs from the late 1800s tell a very different story.

“Palestinians” claim that the Temple Mount (known to Muslims as the “Haram esh-Sharif” or “Noble Sanctuary” has always their holy site, yet photographic evidence testifies otherwise. While it is believed by Sunni Muslims that Mohammed ascended into heaven from the al-Asqa Mosque nearby, it is clear from these photographs of the Dome of the Rock that were taken in the late 1900’s by Felix Bonfils (1831-1885), a French photographer that the Temple Mount complex was very neglected under Ottoman (Muslim) rule. There are no people visible in any of the photographs and thick tufts of grass are seen growing between the paving stones in front of the Dome of the Rock mosque.

Let’s look at a brief history of the Temple Mount;

King Solomon, son of King David built the First Temple on the the Mount beginning in 833 BCE completing it in 827 BCE. The First Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians 470 years after it was built, and the Jews were taken captive to Babylon. In 353 BCE, exactly seventy years after the destruction of the First Temple, the Jews began building again after the captives returned from Babylon, under the Medo – Persian Empire.

The Second Temple, was constructed under Zerubbabel from 353 -349 BCE.

Prior to the arrival of the Romans, the Jews enjoyed political independence and self-rule under for ~80 years under the Hasmonean (Maccabean) Dynasty, beginning in ~167 BCE.

In 66 CE, after the Jews protested excessive Roman taxation, the Romans plundered the Second Temple and killed 6,000 Jews. This was the start of the Jewish-Roman war (66-73 CE). The Roman Emperor Titus ordered the burning of the Second Temple, which was only ~ 90 years old at the time.

[Note: To put this in context, the first time an Arab government ruled in that region was in the sixth century CE; 700 years later!]

The (Western) Roman Empire fell in the 5th century and Christians ruled the Land during the Byzantine Empire (Eastern Roman Empire) until the rise of Islam in the late 6th century.Islam sought to establish a very different type of “empire”; the Caliphate. The Caliphate is a form of Islamic government led by a Caliph who is considered to be the political and religious successor to the prophet Muhammad, and its role is to administer everything according to the teachings of Mohammed (“Sharia law”). The Sunni-Arab Caliphate was carved out an Islamic empire from the Sassanid (Persian) Empire and the former Byzantine Empire became the Islamic Umayyad Empire (661-750 CE).

Jerusalem was captured from the Christians by Caliph Omar in 632 CE and the Dome of the Rock was built in 691 CE by Caliph Abd el Malik of Syria as a means of demonstrating Islam’s superiority over the Christians and Jews that they had driven from Jerusalem. The Muslims continued to direct their prayers toward Mecca, and what they consider the holy Kaba (a stone cube).

The al-Aqsa mosque was built ~20 years after the Dome of the Rock.

The Christian Byzantine Empire (Eastern Roman Empire) continued until the Middle Ages, with it’s capital city at Constantinople (present-day Istanbul). The Ottoman Turks (Muslims) ended the Byzantine Empire with the 1453 conquest of Constantinople.

During the Ottoman Empire, the Grand Mufti of Constantinople was the religious scholar responsible for interpreting Sharia (Islamic) law. Constantinople was the centre of religious life, not Jerusalem. While the Temple Mount was held by the (Muslim) Ottoman Turks for several hundred years, there are no historical records of high Muslim clerics or kings coming to Jerusalem to worship at the al-aqsa mosque or the Dome of the Rock.

During the World War I (1914-1918) there were two competing Grand Muftis of Jerusalem; one endorsed by the British and one by the Ottomans, however after the war, with the British administering the land under the Mandate of Palestine, the British appointed the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. In 1922, Haj Amin al-Husseini was appointed Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and took it upon himself to launch an international campaign to gather funds from Muslim lands in order to restore the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock (which stands over the remains of the 2 Jewish Temples) — because the area had fallen into such disrepair.

Note: This is the same al-Husseini who later allied himself with Hitler, became very close friends with Heinrich Himmler and became known as the “Fuhrer of the Arabic world” — leading 30,000 Muslim Nazi SS to destroy the “Jewish element living in the Arab sphere”.  [seehttp://www.morehasbara.com/2015/10/24/nazi-influence-in-the-middle-east-haj-amin-al-husseini/]

Prior to 1922, the Temple Mount was not revered as a major holy site in Islam.

As can be clearly seen in Bonafil’s photographs from the 1870’s, the Temple Mount was neglected, largely unused and the Dome of the Rock was unattended and fell into disrepair.  The building show decay and weeds and grass grew up between the stones; which would not occur if throngs of Muslim worshipers were coming there.

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The “Palestinians” claim that they have been in the Land “since time immemorial” and the Temple Mount (or as they refer to it the al-Haram al-Sharif) has been their holy site “from the beginning“.  The historical record, however indicates the Jews lived in the Land and built the First Temple almost 1500 years before the Arabs arrived and that Jewish rulers (Maccabees of the Hasmonean Dynasty) ruled the Jewish Land 700 years before the Arabs came and conquered it; long after the Roman Empire and after the Christians.

The “Palestinians” refer to Jews as the “settlers” and “occupiers” but history establishes otherwise.  The Arabs claim the Temple Mount has always been the third holiest site in Islam, but 1922, when al-Husseini applied himself to the task of restoring the neglected site wasn’t that long ago.  It has not even been 100 years.

“Time immemorial” is seems, is rather short.


UPDATE: A lecturer with the Department of Arabic at Bar-Ilan University and expert in military intelligence, Arab political discourse and Arab mass media recently raised some doubt as to whether the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem is same al-Aqsa Mosque mentioned in the Qu’uran. If it is not, that would shed a very different light on ‘Palestinian’ claims that the Temple Mount is the 3rd holiest site in Islam. http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/08/16/is-the-al-aqsa-mosque-in-jerusalem-the-one-in-the-quuran/

 

Where did the Palestinians of Today Come From?

Central to the discussion regarding the Land and who are its original inhabitants is the origin of those that call themselves ‘Palestinians’. This article tackles where they came from and when, with documentation.

Where is Palestine – a brief history

There has never been an Arab state called “Palestine”.   The term “Palestine” is a geographical term used to designate the region at specific points in history; (1) under the Romans (Syria Palaestina, 135-390 AD), (2) a province of the Byzantine Empire (Palestina Secunda or Palestina II – 390 AD ) and (3) a region under British administration (British Mandate for Palestine, 1920-1948).

The land of Israel changed hands three times between 614 and 638 CE; first to the Persians (614 CE), then the Christian Byzantines (629 CE) and finally to the Arab Muslims in 638 CE.

The Arabs first came to the Land in the 6th century CE, after the Jews had already been ruled for almost 100 years by a Jewish Dynasty (the Hasmodian Dynasty, aka as the Maccabees).  This was prior to Romans overthrowing the Hasmodian Dynasty during the Jewish-Roman Wars. Prior to the rule of the Hasmonean Dynasty, the Jews had been in the Land for ~ 1500 years.

[UPDATE: In March 2016, a 2500 year old Jewish seal was found in Jerusalem, dating from the first Jewish Temple Period, clearly establishing that there was an established  Jewish presence at that time.

[see http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/05/21/king-solomons-wall-discovered-outside-2nd-temple-wall/].

The Arabs arrived substantially later, when they first invaded the land and besieged Gaza in 634 CE, and defeated the Byzantines (636 CE) and two years later, conquered Jerusalem.

The Western half of the Byzantine Empire fell in 476 CEbut the Eastern half survived for 1,000 more years and fell to the Ottoman Turks when their Muslim army stormed Constantinople in 1453. 

The Ottoman Turks (converted to Islam in the 8th and 9th centuries) began traveling westward from the area now known as Turkey, into Europe and then through the Middle East, conquering lands as they went.  In 1453, the Ottoman Turks stormed Constantinople, renaming it Istanbul and destroyed the last remains of the Byzantine Empire. Under the Ottoman Empire (1517-1917 CE) the geographic area of southern Syria was referred to as ‘Palestine’ but wasn’t a state or province and was indistinguishable from southern Syria.

(3) At the end of WWI (1921), the former Ottoman Turkish Empire was carved up, with the British becoming responsible for administering the Holy Land, a region which became known as the British Mandate of Palestine.

Changing Demographics of Jerusalem – under Arab and Christian Occupation (638 CE – 1917 CE)

Arab Rule – part one

When the Arabs conquered Jerusalem in 638 C.E,  the majority of the population was Christian.  Umar, the first Caliph (Islamic representative) lifted the almost 500 year ban against Jewish residence imposed by the Christians under the Byzantine Empire and invited the Jews to return, live and worship once again in Jerusalem.

The Umayyads oversaw the construction of the Dome of the Rock mosque in 691 CE (almost 700 years after the time of Jesus), built near the area formerly occupied by Herod’s Temple (the Second Temple) and close by the Kotel (Western Wall)  — the last remnant of Solomon’s temple (the first Temple*). The Dome of the Rock was constructed over the outcropping of limestone rock which Jewish tradition held to be the place of Abraham’s intended sacrifice of Isaac and which Islamic tradition points to the sacred rock as the place from which Muhammad began his Ascent to Heaven to receive Allah’s final revelation. They also built the al-Asqa mosque in 705 CE. Under the Umayyad empire, Damascus (Syria) was their capital.

[*As mentioned above, the seal that was found in March 2016, and an earlier one found in 2007, both originated from the First Temple Period.]

For four centuries (691 – 1099 CE) the Jews and Christians lived peacefully along side the Muslims before the beginning of centuries of ‘holy wars’.

Christian Rule

In 1099 CE, the Crusaders stormed Jerusalem and massacred its Muslim and Jewish populations. Residence by non-Christians was banned and Jerusalem became the capital of the Latin Kingdom. Throughout the Crusader Period, neither Muslims nor Jews were allowed to live in Jerusalem.

The Temple Mount (known to the Arabs as the “Haram al-Sharif”) was desecrated and the Dome of the Rock was converted into a church. The al-Aqsa mosque became the residence of the king.

The Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem lasted only eighty-eight years.

Arab Rule – part two

In 1187, the Abbasids recaptured Jerusalem and for the next seven centuries, except for a very short period, Jerusalem remained under Muslim rule. Civilians were spared and churches were largely left untouched but the Dome of the Rock and al-Asqa mosque reverted back to their original use.

After the Abbasids took control, the capital was moved from Damascus (Syria) to Baghdad (Iraq) and Jerusalem began to decline.

In 1219, under threat of another Crusade, the walls of Jerusalem were originally reconstructed then later dismantle with most of the population of Jerusalem finally leaving the un-walled, ill-defended city. Battles took place between the Mongols and Muslims but for the most part, Jerusalem remained uninhabited and in decline.

Ottoman Empire

Jerusalem fell to the Ottomans in 1517 but the Sultan did not make the city a district capital. During the first part of their rule, Jews were allowed to practice their religion and the Holy Land became a refuge for Jews fleeing persecution under the Christian Crusaders in Europe.

With the decentralization of Ottoman rule in the mid 16th century, the lives of the Jews declined. Much of the land was in the hands of absentee landlords,  fell into disrepair and arable land returned to desert.  

In the last two decades of Ottoman rule, the first waves of Jewish immigrants mainly from Russia arrived in the Holy Land; coming to build a better life for themselves and fulfill their dreams of living in the Holy Land.

The Armenian Christians initially prospered during Ottoman rule and gained control over their own quarter in Jerusalem, comprising over 20% of the Christian population in Jerusalem by the late 17th century. Over the following two hundred years and during and just after WWI however, the Ottomans massacred between 1 – 1.5  million Armenians worldwide.

At the end of WWI (1921), the former Ottoman Turkish Empire was divided up, with the British becoming responsible for administering the Holy Land, a region which became known as the British Mandate for Palestine. It is very telling to see photos of what this area looked like just prior to them taking it over from the Ottomans — an arid, un-farmed land which was very sparsely populated. More on that below (with actual photos from the late 1800’s.

Southern Syria largely uninhabited under the Ottoman Turks

The region of southern Syria which included the Holy Land had fallen into disrepair largely due to the absence of Ottomans in the region, as the center of rule was Istambul (in present-day Turkey) — formerly Constantanople.

Félix Bonfils (1831-1885) was a French photographer and writer who was active in the Middle East and traveled to the region several times in the late 1800’s, while the region was still under Ottoman rule. Below are some of his photographs taken from late 1800’s.

Of the 9,000 photos taken by Bonfils, none show any evidence of any large-scale settlements — Arab or otherwise. 

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Here are a few other photos that are part of a collection from Harvard that were taken and collected by the Austrian chemist Dr. Rudolph Avraham Seiden.

 

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Grave of Maimonides (Rambam) in Tiberias (circa 1920).

British Mandated Palestine

When the British took control of the region in 1921, after WWI and the collapse of the Ottoman empire, the Holy Land was undeveloped and the population small.  The British  census of October 23, 1922 reported there were only 757,182 individuals including military and “persons of foreign nationality“.

Broken down according to religion, there were 590 794 Muslims  (“Mohammedans”), 83 794 Jews , 73 024 Christians and 9 474 “others” — Baha’i, Samaritans, etc.

The survey also notes that it included “persons of foreign nationality” in the census including those that came “from Syria and Asia Minor (Turkey)…since the British occupation, which presumably would be Muslims.

So where did the so-called ‘Palestinians’ come from?

Remember, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem?  Yes, the same Haj Amin al-Husseini who later went on to collaborate with Hitler and Himmler? See his role in this, below.

During Ottoman rule

During the Ottoman Empire, Arab migrant workers began to come to work in the Land, beginning around 1831-1947 and towns such as Haifa, Jaffa and Jerusalem saw an increase in their population under Ottoman rule between 1880 and 1919. For example, Haifa’s Arab population surged from 6,000 to 80,000, mostly due to migrant workers.

 

Influx of Muslim Arabs Into Palestine

Importation of Arab migrant workers that began under the Ottoman Empire, continued under the British Mandate, and Arabs were enticed to come to work on major civilian and military infrastructure projects. Legal and illegal Arab migrants were also attracted by economic growth generated by the Jewish community that began, starting in 1882.

After the creation of the first Arab Palestinian state (Hashemite Kingdom of Transjordan, renamed Jordan) in 1921, the newly appointed Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini began a intentional campaign to populate the British Mandate for Palestine (which was largely uninhabited) with Muslim Arabs.   

Al-Husseini knew that just prior to the creation of the Mandate for Palestine (1920), the United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour signed the Balfour Declaration of 1917 (dated 2 November 1917) which committed the British government to ‘the establishment in Palestine of a National Home for the Jewish people‘. The Balfour Declaration was intended and understood by British officials to mean that Palestine would ultimately become a ‘Jewish Commonwealth’ or a ‘Jewish State’; provided Jews came and settled there in sufficient numbers (i.e when a Jewish majority was achieved) — the wording of which was later incorporated into the British Mandate for Palestine.

Al-Husseini’s goal was to prevent a Jewish majority in the tiny piece of remaining land earmarked for the Jewish national homeland and to this end, the Grand Mufti, Haj Amin al-Husseini encouraged the mass influx of Arab Muslims from neighbouring countries. He used the noble concept of Muslims moving to non-Muslim lands in order to claim them for Islam to motivate Arab Muslims to move there. The largest influx of Muslims was in the mid 1920’s to late 1930’s.

[Great Britain and Palestine, 1915-1945, Information Paper no. 20, 3d ed. (London: Royal Institute for International Affairs, 1946), p. 64. C.S. Jarvis, “Palestine,” United Empire (London), 28 (1937): 633. Census of Palestine 1922, Census of Palestine 1931, Also see quote from Zahir Muhsein, Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), March 1977, below.]

British Census Date – 1922 and 1931

British Census data supports this significant increase in Muslims.

As mentioned above, just after the British began administering Palestine, census data (October 23, 1922) reported only 757,182 individuals including military and “persons of foreign nationality” and those that had recently arrived from Syria and Asia Minor (Turkey), presumably Muslim.

The 1922 data were broken down by religion, indicating that there were 590 890 Muslims (“Mohammedans”), 83 694 Jews and 73 024 Christians.

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In 1931 the British took a second population census which reported 1,035,821 individuals.  The population broken down by religion was as follows: 759 712 Muslims (total) / 693159 (settled)*, 174 610 Jews, 91 398 Christians, 9 148 Druze — with the rest Baha’i, Samaritan, etc.

*Note: for the purpose of the census, “houses” were defined as “an enclosure or residence of one or more families having a separate entrance from the common way” and could be either “attached” or “semi-detached“.  In 1931, a total of 66,553 Muslims lived in a dwelling other than a “house” but none of the Jews, Christians, Druze, Bahai’s or Samaritans did.

Comparing the 1931 census data with the 1922 census data indicates that;

  1. Muslims (“Mohammedans”) increased by 168822 individuals (102269 living in “houses” and 66553 in another kind of dwelling),
  2. Jews increased by 90 916 individuals
  3. Christians increased by 18  374 individuals

The Muslim population of mandated Palestine increased by 169,000 Muslims between 1922 and 1931, but during the same time period, the Jewish population only increased by 91, 000 JewsThe most notable increase in Muslim population was in Southern Palestine, Be’ersheva and the Jerusalem area.

Keep in mind, the data above is only up to 1931.

In order to claim the land for Islam and ensure there wasn’t a Jewish majority, the Grand Mufti, Haj Amin Al-Husseini continued to recruit Muslims to move to mandated Palestine until the late 1930’s.

According to a 1937 report by the British Peel Commission and published in the book, Palestine Betrayed

“during 1922 through 1931, the increase of Arab population in the mixed-towns of Haifa, Jaffa and Jerusalem was 86%, 62% and 37% respectively

Professor Efraim Karsh, “Palestine Betrayed”

It is these Arabs; ones who were enticed under the Ottoman Empire, the British Mandate for Palestine and directly by Haj Amin al-Husseini who are the so-called “Palestinians” of today — Muslim Arabs whose parents and grandparents emigrated to the British Mandate for Palestine from the late 1800’s to the late 1930’s.

These Arabs were not born in Palestine (under the Ottomans or the British).  They did not originate from Palestine. They moved there .

But from where?

The Royal Institute for International Affairs sheds some light on the origin of the increased Arab Muslim population during the 1920s and 1930s when it reports:

“The number of Arabs who have entered Palestine illegally from Syria and Transjordan is unknown but is probably considerable.”

[source: Great Britain and Palestine, 1915-1945, Information Paper no. 20, 3d ed. (London: Royal Institute for International Affairs, 1946), p. 64.]

The governor of the Sinai from 1923-36 C.S. Jarvis also indicated  where these Arab Muslims came from,  when he said that:

“illegal immigration was not only going on from the Sinai, but also from Trans-Jordan and Syria”

[source: C.S. Jarvis, “Palestine,” United Empire (London), 28 (1937): 633.]

“The Sinai” is Egypt.

These newly arrived Muslim Arabs came from; (1) Egypt and (2) Transjordan and (3) Syria; Hashemite Arabs. 

It is the descendants of these that call themselvesPalestinians“.


Footnote: Al-Husseini further added to the population imbalance of Muslim Arabs over Jews in the land by writing to Colonial Secretary Winston Churchill in 1921, demanding that restrictions be placed on Jewish immigration.  As tensions between the Jews and the increasing Arab population rose, the British government, then under the leadership of Churchill issued a White Paper (1939) restricting Jewish immigration certificates issued by the mandatory power to maximum of 75,000.  This was just as thousands of Jews were trying to flee the escalating Nazi violence in Europe and emigrate to the Holy Land and re-establish the Jewish homeland.   This left the Jews few options for escape the Nazis.

Al-Husseini did not stop there…

As you can read about it previous articles, al-Husseini then left the Middle East for Berlin where after meeting with Adolf Hitler, went onto to become the “Arab Fuhrer” — working closely with head of the Gestapo and SS Henrich Himmler (architect of the concentration camps) to carry out their shared goal to eradicate the Jews.

Hamas – Radical Islamist Roots in the Muslim Brotherhood

Introduction:

To understand the current situation in Israel one needs to understand the two main contrasting factions amongst the Arab Palestinians; the (1) secular nationalists and the (2) Islamist / Jihadists, such as Hamas.

1. The secular nationalist Palestinian groups in Israel include Fatah, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian Authority (PA) and their founder Yasser Arafat and current chairman, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen).

2. The Islamist Jihadi factions in Israel are fundamentally opposed to the very existence of Israel and seek its annihilation.  The main Islamists group in Israel is Hamas, which is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood and which rules the Gaza Strip. Other groups in operation in the ‘West Bank’ include Islamic Jihad, and the al-asqa Martyrs Brigade.

In this article we trace the modern radical Islamist movement to its roots in a group known as The Muslim Brotherhood, as well elaborate on the ideology of this group. We then tie this into Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, which rules in Gaza.

In a later article on the Palestinian’s claim to be descended from the Philistines, we begin to trace the secular nationalists / Pan-Arabists.


In Israel, as elsewhere in the world, each Islamist / Jihadi group has their own ‘flavour’ of radical Islam but what they have in common is roots in the parent group called the Muslim Brotherhood (founded in the 1920’s). To understand radical Islam in any of its manifestations worldwide, including Hamas in Israel, necessitates understanding the origins of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Muslim Brotherhood

The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928 by Sheikh Hassan al-Banna and is a revolutionary fundamentalist movement that exists to restore the caliphate (which had ceased to exist under the Ottoman Turks) and impose strict shariah (Islamist) law in Muslim lands . If a land is not Islamic, the goal of the Brotherhood is to conquer it and make it Islamic . The larger goal is to do so throughout the world — country by country. Their goal is nothing less than world domination of Islam by the restored caliphate.

The Muslim Brotherhood is without a doubt, the most important Islamic organization in the world.

The Muslim Brotherhood slogan is:

“Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. Allahu akbar!”

[source: Lorenzo Vidino, “The Muslim Brotherhood’s Conquest of Europe,” Middle East Quarterly, Winter, 2005]

What is the Caliphate?

The caliphate (Arabic: خِلافة khilāfa) is a form of Islamic government led by a caliph who is considered to be the political and religious successor to the prophet Muhammad and leader of the entire Muslim community. The caliphate administer everything according to the teachings of Mohammed under Sharia law.

Here is a quote by its founder, Hassan al-Banna:

“It is in the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its law on all nations and to extend its power to the entire planet.”

~Hassan al-Banna, Muslim Brotherhood founder

[source: The Muslim Brotherhood,” The Investigative Project on Terrorism, http://www.investigativeproject.org/profile/173]

Sharia Law

Sharia ( meaning “way” and “road”) developed early on in Islamic conquests of lands as a means to oversee their rule. It is important to understand that in Islam, there is no distinction between politics and religion. Courts in Islamic ruled lands were all conducted  according to Sharia dictates.

The Caliph, according to Sharia was obligated to wage war, or jihad, on his non-Muslim neighbors.

Al-Banna’s Egypt

The Egypt that al-Banna lived in, while Muslim in its roots, had for two hundred years become very westernized. Most Egyptians knew little more about Islam than the five pillars (faith, prayer, giving charity, fasting during Ramadan and the pilgrimage to Mecca once in a lifetime).

Al-Banna and his followers realized that at least at first their message needed to mobilize Muslims and as such involved  both activism and propaganda.   This combined role resulted in a complex, multi-layered organization attracting members from all walks of life — from the poor labourer to the most educated professional. The Muslim Brotherhood involved themselves in existing organizations; politicized them, Islamized them and finally mobilized them but no matter how humanitarian or social the group, Banna’s message and that of the Muslim Brotherhood’s, always used Islamic terms. Health-related issues, education and nationalism were all articulated through an Islamic framework. It was in this way that the Muslim Brotherhood very subtly Islamized the local worldview — starting initially in Egypt.

One of the early leaders in the Muslim Brotherhood, was none other than Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem who in 1941 aligned himself with the Nazis during the war (see 2 previous posts on al-Husseini, as well as upcoming articles).  The Mufti became known as the Arab Fuhrer, leading ~ 30,000 Muslim Nazis during WWII, and was closely affiliated with infamous Nazi, Heinrich Himmler.  Al-Husseini’s experience in heading Arabic Nazi propaganda during WWII became very helpful to the Muslim Brotherhood.

It was Al-Banna’s ultimate goal to restore the caliphate and so major themes of his talks included reference to the loss of the caliphate, the weakness of the fragmented Islamic world, and the need to restore the caliphate and enforce Sharia law, as this was the Islamic “way,”.  In all of their activities, this was always portrayed as the basis to justice. In impassioned speeches directed at Muslims, al-Banna described the fate expected for heretics and the need for Muslims to return to their purest religious roots, to re-establish the caliphate and resume the great and final holy war, or jihad against the non-Muslim world.

Al-Banna is credited with restoring some traditional practices and terminology. For example, the word jihad which embodied the idea of aspiration, self-strengthening, or making an effort — a form of ‘striving’ to be a better Muslim had come to be thought of as an intellectual and personal pursuit, not necessarily a violent activity. Al-Banna, however insisted that ‘jihad is an instrument in order to battle against the enemy‘ and defined the enemy as non-Muslims who were occupying Muslim lands — such as the British in Egypt and the Jews in ‘Palestine’. Thus, al-Banna insisted that Muslims were duty-bound to help the Palestinians fight the Jews and prevent them from usurping Muslim territory.

Creation of the Islamic Martyr

Al-Banna claimed that if a Muslim were to die in the ‘holy cause’ of liberating Muslim land from occupiers (i.e. jihad) such as the Jews in Palestine, that it would be considered the death of a martyr (Arabic, ‘shaheed’) and they would be rewarded by going straight to Paradise.

Believing al-Banna, the people volunteered for the Muslim Brotherhood and were not afraid to die — in fact, were eager to martyr themselves for the cause of Islam and take the short cut from this tormenting life to Paradise.

The Marriage of Nazism and Radical Islam in Egypt

In the early 1950’s, a blend of Nazi ideology and Muslim-based hatred of Jews, inspired by the preaching of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna and former Nazi and Grand Mufti, Haj Amin al-Husseini (who died in 1974) began to grow in influence, most notably under a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Sayyid Qutb. More on Qutb, below.

Qutb wrote Our Struggle Against the Jews, putting the blame for the root of all evil on the Jewish people. The Jews, Qutb maintained, were responsible for moral decay, materialism and democratic individualism and as such were the perpetual enemies of Islam. The essay was distributed in millions of copies throughout the Islamic world and forms a central part of Islamist Anti-Jewish ideology, today.

After completing some study in the US, Qutb returned to Egypt, joined the Muslim Brotherhood and became editor-in-chief of its weekly publication called al-ikhwan al-Muslimin and later headed its propaganda section. He soon rose to the highest levels of leadership in the Muslim Brotherhood, continuing to spread Islamic hatred of Jews to others.

Qutb – Father of the Islamist / Jihadi Movement

Sayyid Qutb is often viewed as the “father of modern Islamism” and the one who popularized “the jihadi movement“.

Qutb wrote prolifically and voluminously producing two Islamist classics still in wide circulation in Islamist / jihadi groups.
His large multi-volume work translated in English would be called “In the Shade of the Quran” and the second is a short book which translates as “Sign Posts” and captures the step by step or ‘stage’ approach of the Muslim Brotherhood.

While Qutb stressed the need for ‘stages’ on one hand, he argued strongly that the Islamic world was not Islamic enough and that ultimately only jihad could overthrow “jahiliyya” — which is the state of unbelief and ignorance used to describes the non-Muslim world. This same term is used for the period of ignorance prior to the revelations given to the prophet Mohammed.

Three basic themes emerge from Qutb’s writings which are very important to understand if one is to understand radical Islam / Jihadism.

Three Fundamentals of Islamism / Jihadism

[source: National Commission on Terror Attacks Against the United States; http://www.911commission.gov/report/911Report_Ch2.htm]

According to Qutb and adopted by Islamist / Jihadi groups are the following three fundamentals;

1.The world is beset with barbarism, licentiousness and unbelief (“jahiliyya”) and that humans can only choose only between Islam and jahiliyya.

2. More people, including Muslims, are attracted to jahiliyya and its material comforts than to ‘true’ Islam and as a result jahiliyya could triumph over Islam.

3. There is no middle ground in the struggle between jahilyya and true Islam and all Muslims must take up arms in this fight. Any Muslim who rejects these ideas is to be considered no different than any other nonbeliever and is worthy of destruction.

Goal of Islamist / Jihadi Groups

The Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist / Jihadi groups are preparing the way for the coming of the Caliphate; which judging from history is much more problematic than any single Islamic state or terrorist organization.

History stands as evidence that all Islamic conquests of non-Muslim, lands occurred under caliphates, including the Umayyad, Abbasid and the Turkish Ottoman Empire.

Fundamental Ideology of Islamist / Jihadi Groups- problematic for Westerners
  1. There is no distinction between religion and politics; this is very difficult for people in the West who for centuries have separated religion from politics. The Muslim Brotherhood (and its offshoots, such as Hamas in Gaza) are both a political group and a religious group.

Historically and doctrinally, Islam is politics.

The idea of sharia law is the Islamic way of conducting one’s affairs and governs every aspect of the believer’s life (including the Islamic five categories: obligatory, recommended, permissible, not recommended,  forbidden).

2. Muslim authorities are either ‘legitimate’ or ‘illegitimate’ based on whether they enforce Sharia law on society or not.

The importance of this should not be overlooked as this has historically been what motivates various Islamist and jihadi group, including the Muslim Brotherhood to support or oppose ruling governments or regimes of even so-called Muslim nations.  If those ruling parties are not enforcing Sharia law in their society, they are deemed to be ‘illegitimate’.

3. The primary goal of all Islamist and jihadi groups the world over is the establishment of “Allah’s rule” on earth.

This has been the Muslim Brotherhood’s goal from it’s inception and is the goal of all Islamist and jihadi groups from al-Qaida, Boko Haram, Islamic Jihad, Hamas — you name it.

The Only Difference is Tactics

The primary difference between the more violent Islamists and jihadists with the more ‘moderate’ Muslim Brotherhood has only to do with tactics. That is not to say, the Muslim Brotherhood is not a terrorist organization.  The Muslim Brotherhood most definitely advocates violent jihad:

“The change that the [Muslim] nation seeks can only be attained through jihad and sacrifice and by raising a jihadi generation that pursues death just as the enemies pursue life

~Muhammed Badi, Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide, September 2010 sermon.

As for their view of Israel;

“as far as the movement is concerned, Israel is a Zionist entity occupying holy Arab and Islamic lands…and we will get rid of it no matter how long it takes.

~Muhammed Mahdi Akef, 2005 & 2007, former Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide

As evidence of there direct role, the Muslim Brotherhood claims responsibility for the assassination of Anwar Sadat in 1981 for making peace with Israel (which it calls the “Zionist entity“).

They also sent troops to support Hezbollah’s war against the Jews and in 2006 Brotherhood leader Mahdi Akef pledged 10,000 jihadi fighters to fight at the side of Hezbollah’s war against Israel.

During the second intifada, the Muslim Brotherhood sanctioned “martyrdom operations” against Israel saying;

“they do not have bombs, so they turn themselves into bombs. This is a necessity.”

~ Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Dec. 17, 2010, Muslim Brotherhood Spiritual leader

All Islamist and jihadi groups share the primary vision of the establishment, enforcement and spread of Sharia law the world over.

The only difference is how they go about it.

But…Most Muslims are Peaceful

We’ve heard people say that Islam is a ‘peaceful religion” and that it is only a handful of radicals that are Islamists / Jihadist.  As we elaborated on in a previous article, assuming that 90% of the world’s Muslims are peaceful (against armed Jihad), how may Muslims make up the remaining 10% (Jihadi / Islamists)?

Current estimates are that there are 1.57 billion Muslims worldwide of which 80 – 85% are Sunni.  Sunnis are divided into 3 streams; Political, Missionary and Jihadi.  Assuming that 90% of Sunnis are non-Jihadi leaves 10% of Sunnis as Jihadi, although many experts say that number is on the rise. If only 10% of Muslims are Jihadi and looking at only Sunnis (which represent 80 – 85% of Muslims), the number of Jihadis Sunnis totals 125,600,000 – 133,450,000 people…125.6 million – 133.5 million people.  Let’s round that number off to 130 million Muslims who believe and support armed Jihad.

To envision how many 130 million Jihadis are, it is 35 times the number of individuals in the entire US Armed Forces (including the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard) or 3 1/2 times bigger than the entire population of Canada! Remember, that is assuming 90% of the world’s Muslims are peaceful.

It is important to know that just because a Muslim says they are peaceful, does not make it so because intrinsic to Islam is the doctrine of lying to non-Muslims.  Yes, you read that right.  It is called ‘taqiya‘.

Taqiya – Mandate to Lie to non-Muslims

Many people do not realize that entrenched in Islam itself is the concept or ‘taqiyya‘ which is an Islamic legal term  under Sharia law which defines when a Muslim should lie.  

This need for a Muslim to lie comes from Sura 3:28 in the Quaran which says;

“Let not the believers take the unbelievers for friends rather than believers; and whoever does this, he shall have nothing of (the guardianship of) Allah, but you should guard yourselves against them, guarding carefully“.

The word for ‘guard‘ or ‘guarding‘ in this passage is defined in al-Bukhari (a hadith ) that ‘believers are allowed to show friendship to the disbelievers outwardly, but never inwardly” and “we smile in the face of some people although our hearts curse them“.

The practice of taqiya falls under a section of Islamic law with regards to dealing with unbelievers.  For Sunnis (that represent 90% of all Muslims, a person who feels their faith may be jeopardized in any way they can lie to “conceal their faith” / what they believe.


Consider this: in the face of those that say 90% of Muslims say they are peaceful, 100% of those are permitted to lie to “conceal their faith”.


The Muslim Brotherhood in Israel

Hamas, is a Muslim Brotherhood offshoot, founded during the first Intifada in 1987.  Consistent with the tactics of the Muslim Brotherhood, it became popular with the Arab Palestinians initially because of its charitable activities in Gaza — and like its parent organization, used its charitable works to indoctrinate the Arab Palestinian Muslims by means of its propaganda.

Hamas took over leadership in Gaza after Fatah lost the parliamentary elections of 2006. Hamas fighters took control of the Gaza Strip and violently removed Fatah officials by throwing them off buildings and executing them in front of their wives and children, by means of a bullet to the head. The result was the de facto division of Gaza governed by Hamas and the ‘West Bank’ governed by the Palestinian Authority (PA).

Hamas, like its parent organization, the Muslim Brotherhood is dedicated to the establishment of the caliphate, which ultimately involves conquest of the entire Middle East (including Muslim countries that do not impose Sharia law) as well as the eradication of the state of Israel, replacing it with Muslim rule and Sharia law.  For Hamas, their role entails the elimination of the state of Israel.

Interestingly, according to many Muslim Brotherhood leaders, the very seat of the caliphate must be Jerusalem (which leads many evangelical Christians to postulate a link to end-time events and the rise of the anti-Christ).

To Islamists / Jihadists, the very idea of a Jewish state, no matter how small is considered a sacrilege and as a result, a so-called “two state solution” is not even an option.  So as far as Hamas is concerned, they do not want a two-state solution, they want the final solution.

Eradication of Israel is their primary goal.

Other Jihadi Groups operating in Israel

There are also other Jihadi groups operating in the ‘West Bank” area under the ignoring eye of the Palestinian Authority, including the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade (‘resistance fighters’ of Fatah) and Islamic Jihad.


Islamists / Jihadi Groups and Islamic Doctrine

We’ve heard people assert that the teachings of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Jihadi / Islamist groups such as Hamas lie outside the doctrines of Islamic authoritative texts (Quran, Hadiths), so we would like to highlight just a few here.

1. The highest calling a Muslim can engage in is armed jihad:

According to the Hadith (authoritative Islamic book accompanying the Quran) “Muhammad once was asked: ‘What is the best deed for the Muslim next to believing in Allah and his messenger?’ His answer was: ‘To participate in jihad in Allah’s cause’” (al-Bukhari 1:25).

2. Martyrdom in jihad is considered the highest of goals

“So narrated Anas bin Malik, ‘The prophet said, “Nobody who dies and finds good from Allah …would wish to come back to this world even if he were given the whole world and whatever is in it except the martyr who, on seeing the superiority of martyrdom, would like to come back to the world and get killed again” (al-Bukhari 51:6).

3. Decapitating unbelievers is totally acceptable in jihad

“When you meet the unbelievers (in battle), strike off their heads; then when you have made wide slaughter among them, carefully tie up the remaining captives. Afterwards either set them free as a favor or let them ransom (themselves) until the war terminates” (Surah 47:4).

4. Terror is a necessary psychological weapon to intimidate and crush non-Muslims

Allah says, “I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every one of their fingertips . . . Strike terror (into the hearts of) the enemies of Allah and your enemies” (Surah 8:12, 60).

5. Jihad continues until full world conquest

“Make war on them until idolatry does not exist any longer and Allah’s religion reigns universally” (Surah 8:39).

5. Martyrdom is what mujahidin look forward to

“(For) the believers …theirs (in return) is Paradise. They fight in his cause, so they kill (others) and are killed … (al-Bukhari 51:1). “So narrated Al-Mughira bin Shu’ba, ‘Our prophet told us about the message of Allah that “… whoever amongst us is killed will go to Paradise” (al-Bukhari 51:2).

[source: Avner Boskey, David’s Tent www.davidstent.org]

Nazi Influence in the Middle East – Haj Amin al-Husseini

Introduction: A US National Archives report released in 2010 titled “Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, US Intelligence and the Cold War” documents Nazi influence in the Middle East.  This report is an addendum to a 2004 US government report, “US Intelligence and the Nazis”  and both are based on thousands of documents declassified under the 1998 Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act. Of significance, this report supports the significant role that Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem played in WWII as well as the documenting the link between Adbel Nasser, the second President of Egypt and the Nazis.

In this article we trace Haj Amin al-Husseini from his role in the British Mandate for Palestine between WWI and WWII, through his meeting with Adolf Hitler where he secured the Fuhrer’s promise for “Arab liberation” and the”destruction of the Jewish element residing in the Arab sphere to his close relationship with Heinrich Himmler, the architect of the Nazi concentration camps, to his role immediately after the war in the politics of the Middle East, specifically Egypt.

Haj Amin al-Husseini – Grand Mufti of Jerusalem
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Haj Amin al-Husseini also known as Mohammed (Effendi) Amin al-Husseini was appointed Grand Mufti of Jerusalem in 1921 by the British under the Mandate for Palestine.  The role of the position of Grand Mufti was as the supreme Muslim religious leader. He used the position to promote Islam, push for Arab independence and oppose the establishment of a Jewish national home in the British Mandate for Palestine.

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In his determination for Arab independence, al-Husseini incited his followers to a three-year war against the Jews in Palestine and the British who administered the Palestine Mandate, which is known as the 1936-39 Arab Revolt. The British published the Peel Report in 1937 recommending the partition of Palestine between Jews and Arabs, however the Arabs rejected the Peel plan and escalated their revolt. Evading a British arrest warrant, al-Husseini fled British Palestine and took refuge in the French Mandate of Lebanon. When World War II started, the Mufti was asked to leave Lebanon and first went to the British Mandate of Iraq, escaped via Tehran to Italy and eventually ended up in Berlin, where he lived until the end of the war.

Once in Berlin, the Mufti received an enthusiastic reception by the “Islamische Zentralinstitut” and the whole Islamic community of Germany, which welcomed him as the “Führer of the Arabic world“.

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Grand Mufti al-Husseini meeting Adolf Hitler November, 28 1941, Berlin

On meeting Adolf Hitler on November 28, 1941 in Berlin,  the Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini requested backing for Arab independence and support in opposing the establishment of a Jewish national home in the British Mandate for Palestine, however al-Husseini got much more than he sought.

[actual German archive documents of the meeting between the Mufti and the Fuhrer, as well as the transcript in previous post]

Adolf Hitler himself told al-Husseini of his intention to eliminate the Jews of British Palestine in their November 28, 1941 meeting in Berlin.  In that meeting,  Hitler said that the outcome of the war in Europe Nazis and the Middle East would also decide the fate of the Arab world. Hitler told al-Husseini that German troops intended to break through the Caucasus region and move into the Middle East and that this would result in the liberation of the Arabs there. Hitler said that Germany’s objective was the destruction of the Jews.

Archived documents on German Foreign policy (posted in the earlier article, link above) document Adolf Hitler promising the Grand Mufti:
(1) “Arab liberation
(2) “destruction of the Jewish element residing in the Arab sphere under the protection of British power”
(3) letting the Grand Mufti become theauthoritative spokesman for the Arab worldwhere he wouldset off the Arab operations, which he had secretly prepared“.

[Editorial note: It would appear that his desire for “Arab liberation” and the “destruction of the Jewish element residing in the Arab sphere” made Adolf Hitler the first advocate for the “Free Palestine” movement.  Wait until you read below who joined Hitler and al-Husseini (the Grand Mufti) in the 1950’s! Hint: he became President of Egypt.]

Hitler’s third promise to al-Husseini was that he was to become the “authoritative spokesman for the Arab world” is supported by a recently released US National Archives report titled “Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, US Intelligence and the Cold War” (an addendum to a 2004 US government report, “US Intelligence and the Nazis“). This report is based on thousands of documents declassified under the 1998 Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act. This report supports that the Nazis planned for al-Husseini to serve as leader after Nazi conquest. More on that below.


Note: The balance of this article is based on this newly released US National Archives report titled “Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, US Intelligence and the Cold War”. Photos were added by us, to support the text. We have included the references cited in the report throughout the rest of the article to support that this is far from conjecture.


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Nazi Financial Support of the Mufti

 

The report documents that after the war, Carl Berthold Franz Rekowski, an official of the German Foreign Office who had dealt with Husseini, testified that the Foreign Office financially supported the two Arab leaders (Husseini and an Iraqi named Gailani), their families, and other Arabs in their entourage who had fled to Germany after the coup. The report documents that al-Husseini lived in a villa in the Krumme Lanke neighborhood of Berlin.  The report states that Husseini was a believer in a Pan-Arab state and that his closest ties were with the SSThe CIA file on al-Husseini indicated that he had a staff of 20–30 men in Berlin and from spring 1943 to spring 1944, al-Husseini was paid 50,000 marks monthly [JRofC note: 600,000 marks per year] for operational expenses and in addition received living expenses averaging 80,000 marks per month [JRofC note: 960,000 marks per year].  A German field marshal received a base salary of 26,500 marks per year. [JRofC note: al-Husseini was paid 1,560,000 marks per year by the Nazis]

[from pg 19 of the report “Hitler’s Shadow, source: Norman J.W. Goda, “Black Marks: Hitler’s Bribery of His Senior Military Officers,” Journal of Modern History, v. 72, n. 2 (June 2000): 413–52.]

Of great significance and supporting what Hitler said to Husseini when they met, Rekowski learned through conversations with other Foreign Office officials that Nazi authorities planned to use Husseini to control Palestine after Germany conquered them. 

[from pg 20 of the report “Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, US Intelligence and the Cold War”, source: Herf, Nazi Propaganda, 200.]

The Mufti – Nazi SS recruiter in Croatia

 

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The report states that in the fall of 1943 Husseini went to the Independent State of Croatia, a Nazi ally, to recruit Muslims for the Waffen-SS. During that trip he told the troops of the newly formed Bosnian-Muslim 13th Mountain Waffen-SS division that the entire Muslim world ought to follow their example. Husseini also organized a 1944 mission for Palestinian Arabs and Germans to carry out sabotage and propaganda after German planes dropped them into Palestine by parachute. In discussions with the Foreign Intelligence branch of the RSHA, Husseini insisted that the Arabs take command after they landed and direct their fight against the Jews of Palestine, not the British authorities.

[from pg 20 of the report “Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, US Intelligence and the Cold War”, source: Herf, Nazi Propaganda, 200.]

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Mufti inspecting Muslim Nazi recruits
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Amin Al Husseini giving Nazi salute to Muslim Nazi recruits
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Muslim SS praying November 1943

SS- Officer Wilhelm Beisner had frequent contact with Husseini during the war and told Rekowski that Husseini had good ties with Heinrich Himmler and with Waffen-SS Gen. Gottlob Berger, who handled the recruitment of non-German forces into the Waffen-SS.

The Mufti and Heinrich Himmler

For those that do not know who Heinrich Himmler is, let us provide a brief background.

Heinrich Himmler was head of the Gestapo and the head of the Waffen-SS,  under which al-Husseini recruited Muslim fighters.  Himmler was also the main architect and organizer of the mass murder of Jews in the Third Reich.  In 1933, Himmler set up the first concentration camp in Dachau and with Hitler’s encouragement over the next several years, extended the range of those who ‘qualified’ for internment in concentration camps. 

From the outset of his position as Reichsfuhrer of the SS, Himmler introduced the principle of racial selection and special marriage laws which would ensure the systematic coupling of people of ‘high value’.  It was Himmler’s vision to transform the idea of racial selection from a negative concept based on anti-Semitism into a positive concept for building up the SS and forming a perfect Aryan Race.

Himmler’s vision of this perfect ‘Aryan race’ of blue-eyed, blond haired people was to be achieved by literally ‘cultivating them’ based on the ‘laws of selection’ and according to very specific criteria of physical characteristics as well as mental and physical abilities. Simultaneous with that, was the systematic extermination of Jews and others seen as inferior in his instrument of perfect design for such, the concentration camps.

Below are some photos of Husseini and Himmler; the first one  they are sharing a glass of wine at one of the concentration camps, looking over architectural plans for another concentration camp, presumably Auschwitz.

 

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Mufti al-Husseini and Himmler

 

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Both the SS leaders, including Hitler and Himmler had common values with Husseini.  According the documents declassified under the Nazi War Declassification Act of 1997, both stated that Nazism and Islam had common values as well as common enemies—above all, the Jews.

[from pg 20 of the report “Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, US Intelligence and the Cold War”, source: Document XX-8830, old pouch, November 1-26,1944, NARA, RG 263, E ZZ-18, B 58, Haj Amin alHusseini Name File, v. 1, f. 1.]


The Mufti wrote a pamphlet for the SS Handschar division, called ‘Islam i Zidovstvo’ (Islam and Judaism) which closed with a quotation from Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, a Sunni Islam Hadith which states:

“The Day of Judgement will come, when the Muslims will crush the Jews completely: And when every tree behind which a Jew hides will say: ‘There is a Jew behind me, Kill him!.

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Muslim soliers of Handschar Waffen SS reading Islam and Judaism

As well, on 1 March 1944 while speaking on Radio Berlin, al-Husseini said:

‘Arabs, rise as one man and fight for your sacred rights. Kill the Jews wherever you find them. This pleases God, history, and religion. This saves your honor. God is with you.

Husseini after the War

According to the report, right after the war ended a group of Palestinian-Arab soldiers in the British Army who were stationed in Lebanon had staged anti-French demonstrations. They carried around a large picture of Husseini and declared him to be the
sword of the faith.”

According to one source considered reliable by the American intelligence organization known as the Strategic Services Unit (SSU), British officials objected to French plans to prosecute Husseini, fearing that this would cause political unrest in Palestine.

[from pg 21 of the report “Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, US Intelligence and the Cold War”, source: Gensicke, Der Mufti von Jerusalem und die Nationalsozialisten, 148. Burrell to Blum, March 7, 1946, NARA, RG 263, E ZZ-18, B 58, Haj Amin al-Husseini Name File, v. 1, f. 1. 22 Floyd A. Spencer, Asst. Military Attaché, Cairo Report, Background of Plan]

In October 1945, British head of Palestine’s Criminal Investigation Division Arthur Giles (who used the title Bey) told the assistant American military attaché in Cairo that the Mufti might be the only person who could unite the Palestine Arabs and “cool off the Zionists”.

[from pg 21 of the report “Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, US Intelligence and the Cold War”, source: Floyd A. Spencer, Asst. Military Attaché, Cairo Report, Background of Plan to Return … Husseini to Middle East, June 21, 1946, NARA, RG 165, Army G-2 3161.0503, MIS 279421.]

The report documents that after the war, Husseini was held in Paris when ” Palestinian Arab leaders” and “various Muslim extremists” agitated to bring him back to the Middle East“.  As prospects for a peaceful settlement in the British Mandate for Palestine declined, a delegate of the Palestine Higher Arab Committee went to Paris in June 1946 and told Husseini to get ready to escape France.

[from pg 22 of the report “Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, US Intelligence and the Cold War”, source: Floyd A. Spencer, Asst. Military Attaché, Cairo Report, Background of Plan to Return … Husseini to Middle East, June 21, 1946, NARA, RG 165, Army G-2 3161.0503, MIS 279421.]

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Amin Al Husseini, 1946 with founder Muslim Brotherhood Hassan al-Banna

Arab leaders from Morocco and Algeria worked out the details of Husseini’s escape. According to the report, the French government learned of the plan but chose not to intervene in order to avoid offending the Arabs of North Africa.

Husseini flew to Syria, then went via Aleppo and Beirut to Alexandria, Egypt.

[from pg 22 of the report “Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, US Intelligence and the Cold War”, source: The Escape of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, August 2, 1946, NARA, RG 263, Grumbach Series 12]

Husseini denies Nazi-connection; blames Jews for spreading slander

According to the report, in 1947 Husseini denied that he had worked for the Nazis during the war. It is documented that Husseini told one acquaintance that he hoped soon to have documentary evidence “rebutting this slander, which the Jews were spreading.”  Husseini said that he had been forced to take refuge in Germany simply because British wanted to capture him.

[from pg 22 of the report “Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, US Intelligence and the Cold War”, source: Palestine: Views of Mufti: Desire for British Neutrality. Remarks of the Mufti to an experienced Arab source, May 14, 1947, and Reuters article of March 4, 1961, NARA, RG 263, E ZZ-18, B 58, Haj Amin al-Husseini Name File, v. 1, f. 1 and v. 2, f. 1.

While physically absent from British Mandated Palestine, al-Husseini continued to exert a great deal of influence from exile and backed by Muslim Brotherhood and other Arab states, the Arabs rejected the UN Partition Plan for Palestine with the intention of preventing the establishment of a Jewish state, no matter how small.

In the early 1950’s, a blend of Nazi ideology and Muslim-based hatred of Jews, inspired by the preaching of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna and Haj Amin al-Husseini began to grow in influence.  In Part 2 of this article, we will cover the link between al-Husseini and the Muslim Brotherhood and its direct impact on the brand of radical Islam we see today.

Here is a small taste:

Below is a photograph showing Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization at Husseini’s funeral, in 1974.

[Note: Arafat was born in Cairo, Egypt. His father (Abdel Raouf al-Qudwa al-Husseini) was from Gaza City but his father’s mother, Yasser’s paternal grandmother, was Egyptian.  Arafat’s mother (Zahwa Abul Saud) was from a Jerusalem-based family.]

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Yasser Arafat, funeral Amin Al Husseini

According to Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann’s deputy Dieter Wisliceny (subsequently executed as a war criminal), al-Husseini’s influence was critical to the German decision to annihilate the Jews of Europe.

As Wisliceny testified at the Nuremberg Trials in July 1946:

The Mufti was one of the initiators of the systematic extermination of European Jewry and had been a collaborator and adviser of Eichmann and Himmler in the execution of this plan… He was one of Eichmann’s best friends and had constantly incited him to accelerate the extermination measures. I heard him say, accompanied by Eichmann, he had visited incognito the gas chambers of Auschwitz.”

[source: https://training.ehri-project.eu/d07-testimony-dieter-wisliceny-during-nuremberg-trial-3rd-january-1946-about-eichmann-and-order]


In addition to al-Husseini’s tie to the Nazis and the Middle East, the report exposes another; that of Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser.

Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s link to the Nazis

In 1956, Gamal Abdel Nasser lead a revolution in Egypt and became its second president however it was not known until very recently that along with Husseini, Nasser worked for the Nazis during war.

The document below, declassified under the 1998 Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act and contained in the report (pg 23) provides the evidence that Gamal Abdel Nasser (called Jamal Nasir in one document and Gamal Nasir in another) had worked for the Germans during the war.

Furthermore, this document shows that both al-Husseini and Abdel Nasser reported to SS Officer Wilhelm Beisner during WWII.

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Husseini and Gamal Abdel Nasr of Cairo, Egypt on Nazi chart
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Husseini with Abdel Nasser Egyptian President

According to the report, Wilhelm Beisner spent the last part of the war in Italy, where American forces apparently captured him but Beisner escaped from American internment with French help and went to work for French intelligence in Austria.

[from pg 25 of the report “Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, US Intelligence and the Cold War”, source: Nachrichtenagent Willi Beissner, May 9, 1950, both in NARA, RG 263, E ZZ-18, B 10, Friedrich Beissner Name File

In late 1950 an Austrian official who located Beisner in Munich reported that Beisner had a business enterprise in Munich named Omnia that probably served as cover for French intelligence activities.

[from pg 25 of the report “Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, US Intelligence and the Cold War”, source: Chief of Station Vienna to Chief of Station Karlsruhe, December 8, 1950, and Chief of Station Karlsruhe to Chief of Station Vienna, December 29, 1950, and January 8, 1951, NARA, RG 263, E ZZ-18, B 10, Friedrich Beissner Name File]

According to the report, West German intelligence in March 1952 indicated that Beisner had been involved in black-market arms transactions among Switzerland, Spain, and France and that discovery of these activities forced him to go to Cairo, where he allegedly continued to work for the French and enjoyed good connections with the Americans.

The report goes on to say that Beisner seemed to have been active in purchasing arms for the Egyptian government. prior to Gamal Abdel Nasser taking power.

[from pg 26 of the report “Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, US Intelligence and the Cold War”, source: Beissner, Willi, Egypt, April 4, 1952, and CS-7845, April 30, 1953, NARA, RG 263, E ZZ-18, B 10, Friedrich Beissner Name File.]

A CIA document indicated that Wilhelm Beisner arrived in Cairo on July 21, 1951.

[from pg 26 of the report “Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, US Intelligence and the Cold War”, source: Pull 6790, IN 48795, February 19, 1957, NARA, RG 263, E ZZ-18, B 10, Friedrich Beissner Name File.]

So now we have al-Husseini living in Egypt just before his old buddy, Gamal Abdel Nasser led a revolution to become the second president of Egypt in 1956.

The Muslim-Nazi link becomes even stronger…

Egypt’s new President Gamal Abdel Nasser established an intelligence organization under Zakaria Mohieddin who chose Beisner’s former RSHA comrade Joachim Deumling as his intelligence adviser.

[from pg 26 of the report “Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, US Intelligence and the Cold War”, source: Central Registry, 66th CIC Group, June 30, 1959, NARA, RG 319, IRR Deumling, Joachim, XE 017494]

Shortly after, Beisner suddenly decided to leave West Germany for….you guessed it… Egypt and traveled secretly to avoid attracting British attention.

[from pg 26 of the report “Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, US Intelligence and the Cold War”, source:  JX 5911, undated, and JX-6019, July 7, 1954, NARA, RG 263, E ZZ-18, B 23, Joachim Deumling Name File.]

According to the report, in February 1958 Franz Rademacher, a former Nazi living in Damascus under a pseudonym told a  CIA source in Syria that Gamal Abdel Nasser had worked for the Germans during the war and that Beisner had served as Nasser’s liaison and that Nasser and Beisner were still close.

[from pg 26 of the report “Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, US Intelligence and the Cold War”, source: IN-39568, March 6, 1958, DAMA, March 7, 1958, and 1961 chart of Beisner’s connections, NARA, RG 263, E ZZ-18, B 10, Friedrich Beissner Name File. ]

According to the report, Beisner who played an important role in the systematic killing of millions of Jews under the Nazis, as well as a number of other former SS (Rademacher, Brunner, Deumling ) and police officials had not only found haven in –, but postwar employment in the Middle East. 

It is from the safe shelter of the Middle East, that these former Nazis were able to carry on and transmit to others Nazi racial-ideological anti-Semitism .

[from pg 28 of the report “Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, US Intelligence and the Cold War”]

Al-Husseini died in Egypt in 1974.

The section of the report dealing with the Middle East closes with the statement

Perhaps one day the opening of archives in Middle Eastern countries will allow further insight into how far their (Nazi) influence went.”

 


Source: Breitman, R., Goda, N. J. W., & United States. (2010). Hitler’s shadow: Nazi war criminals, U.S. intelligence, and the Cold War. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration

 

 

 

The Mufti and the Fuhrer – background to Nazi Influence in the Middle East

Meeting between Adolf Hitler and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini on November 28, 1941 at the Reich Chancellory in Berlin

For years, Germany has taken responsibility for the Nazi role in the Holocaust, but what about the Palestinian role – specifically the role of Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem; spiritual leader of the British Mandate for Palestine’s Arab Muslims?

Background – Who is Haj Amin al-Husseini, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem?

Haj Amin al-Husseini also known as Mohammed (Effendi) Amin al-Husseini was appointed Grand Mufti of Jerusalem in 1921 by the British under the Mandate for Palestine.  He used the position to promote Islam, push for Arab independence and oppose the establishment of a Jewish national home in the British Mandate for Palestine. Al-Husseini’s opposition to the British reached its peak during the 1936–39 Arab revolt in British Palestine and in 1937, evading an arrest warrant, al-Husseini fled British Palestine and took refuge in the French Mandate of Lebanon and then the British Mandate of Iraq. 

On meeting Adolf Hitler on November 28, 1941 in Berlin,  al-Husseini requested backing for Arab independence and support in opposing the establishment of a Jewish national home in the British Mandate for Palestine.

Below are the actual German records of the meeting between al-Husseini and Hitler, as well as the complete transcript.


Meeting between Adolf Hitler and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini on November 28, 1941 at the Reich Chancellory in Berlin

Source: Documents on German Foreign Policy 1918-1945, Series D, Vol XIII, pp 881-885 (London, 1964)

A transcript appears directly below each page. [Source: Time of Israel, Full Official Record What the Mufti said to Hitler, October 21, 2015]


1. Analytical List of Documents – pg XLVIII

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Analytical List of Documents – pg XLVIII

November 30, 1941 Document 515, Page 881

Memorandum by an Official of the Foreign Minister’s Secretariat  Record of the conversation between Hitler and the Grand Mufti on     November 28.  Hitler promised to announce the hour of Arab liberation once the German armies stood south of the Caucasus but suggested that the declaration requested by the Mufti be put off for a few months.

2. No. 515, Page 881

November 1941

 Memorandum by an Official of the Foreign Minister’s Secretariat

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Documents on German Foreign Policy – pg 881

(transcript p 881)

The Grand Mufti began by thanking the Fuhrer for the great honor he had bestowed by receiving him. He wished to seize the opportunity to convey to the Fuhrer of the Greater German Reich, admired by the entire Arab world, his thanks of the sympathy which he had always shown for the Arab and especially the Palestinian cause, and to which he had given clear expression in his public speeches.

The Arab countries were firmly convinced that Germany would win the war and that the Arab cause would then prosper. The Arabs were Germany’s natural friends because they had the same enemies as had Germany, namely the English, the Jews and the Communists. Therefore they were prepared to cooperate with Germany with all their hearts and stood ready to participate in the war, not only negatively by the commission of acts of sabotage and the instigation of revolutions, but also positively by the formation of an Arab Legion.

The Arabs could be more useful to Germany as allies than might be apparent at first glance, both for geographical reasons and because of the suffering inflicted upon them by the English and the Jews. Furthermore, they had had close relations with all Muslim nations, of which they could make use in behalf of the common cause. The Arab Legion would be quite easy to raise. An appeal by the Mufti to the Arab countries and the prisoners of Arab, Algerian, Tunisian and Moroccan nationality in Germany would produce a great number of volunteers eager to fight. Of Germany’s victory the Arab world was firmly convinced, not only because the Reich possessed a large army, brave soldiers and military leaders of genius, but also because the Almighty could never award the victory to an unjust cause.

‘The Arabs could be more useful to Germany as allies than might be apparent at first glance, both for geographical reasons and because of the suffering inflicted upon them by the English and the Jews’
In this struggle, the Arabs were striving for the independence and unity of Palestine, Syria and Iraq. They had the fullest confidence

3.  Page 882      Documents on German Foreign Policy

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Documents on German Foreign Policy 882

(transcript pg 882)

in the Fuhrer and looked to his hand for the balm on their wounds, which had been inflicted upon them by the enemies of Germany.

The Mufti then mentioned the letter he had received from Germany, which stated that Germany was holding no Arab territories and understood and recognized the aspirations to independence and freedom of the Arabs, just as she supported the elimination of the Jewish national home.

A public declaration in this sense would be very useful for its propagandistic effect on the Arab peoples at this moment. It would rouse the Arabs from their momentary lethargy and give them new courage. It would also ease the Mufti’s work of secretly organizing the Arabs against the moment when they could strike. At the same time, he could give the assurance that the Arabs would in strict discipline patiently wait for the right moment and only strike upon an order from Berlin.

With regard to the events in Iraq, the Mufti observed that the Arabs in that country certainly had by no means been incited by Germany to attack England, but solely had acted in reaction to a direct English assault upon their honor.

The Turks, he believed, would welcome the establishment of an Arab government in the neighboring territories because they would prefer weaker Arab to strong European governments in the neighboring countries and, being themselves a nations of 7 million, they had moreover nothing to fear from the 1,700,000 Arabs inhabiting Syria, Transjordan, Iraq and Palestine.

France likewise would have no objections to the unification plan because it had conceded independence to Syria as early as 1936 and had given her approval to the unification of Iraq and Syria under King Faisal as early as 1933.

In these circumstances he was renewing his request that the Fuhrer make a public declaration so that the Arabs would not lose hope, which is so powerful a force in the life of nations. With such hope in their hearts the Arabs, as he had said, were willing to wait. They were not pressing for immediate realization for their aspirations; they could easily wait half a year or a whole year. But if they were not inspired with such a hope by a declaration of this sort, it could be expected that the English would be the gainers from it.

The Fuhrer replied that Germany’s fundamental attitude on these questions, as the Mufti himself had already stated, was clear. Germany stood for uncompromising war against the Jews. That naturally included active opposition to the Jewish national home in Palestine,

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which was nothing other than a center, in the form of a state, for the exercise of destructive influence by Jewish interests. Germany was also aware that the assertion that the Jews were carrying out the functions of economic pioneers in Palestine was a lie. The work there was done only by the Arabs, not by the Jews. Germany was resolved, step by step, to ask one European nation after the other to solve its Jewish problem, and at the proper time to direct a similar appeal to non-European nations as well.

Germany was at the present time engaged in a life and death struggle with two citadels of Jewish power: Great Britain and Soviet Russia. Theoretically there was a difference between England’s capitalism and Soviet Russia’s communism; actually, however, the Jews in both countries were pursuing a common goal. This was the decisive struggle; on the political plane, it presented itself in the main as a conflict between Germany and England, but ideologically it was a battle between National Socialism and the Jews. It went without saying that Germany would furnish positive and practical aid to the Arabs involved in the same struggle, because platonic promises were useless in a war for survival or destruction in which the Jews were able to mobilize all of England’s power for their ends.

‘Germany was resolved, step by step, to ask one European nation after the other to solve its Jewish problem, and at the proper time to direct a similar appeal to non-European nations as well’

The aid to the Arabs would have to be material aid. Of how little help sympathies alone were in such a battle had been demonstrated plainly by the operation in Iraq, where circumstances had not permitted the rendering of really effective, practical aid. In spite of all the sympathies, German aid had not been sufficient and Iraq was overcome by the power of Britain, that is, the guardian of the Jews.

The Mufti could not but be aware, however, that the outcome of the struggle going on at present would also decide the fate of the Arab world. The Fuhrer therefore had to think and speak coolly and deliberately, as a rational man and primarily as a soldier, as the leader of the German and allied armies. Everything of a nature to help in this titanic battle for the common cause, and thus also for the Arabs, would have to be done. Anything however, that might contribute to weakening the military situation must be put aside, no matter how unpopular this move might be.

Germany was now engaged in very severe battles to force the gateway to the northern Caucasus region. The difficulties were mainly with regard to maintaining the supply, which was most difficult as a result of the destruction of railroads and highways as well as the oncoming winter. If at such a moment, the Fuhrer were to raise the problem of Syria in a declaration, those elements in France which were under de Gaulle’s influence would receive new strength. They would interpret the Fuhrer’s declaration as an intention to break up France’s colonial empire and appeal to their fellow countrymen that

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they should rather make common cause with the English to try to save what still could be saved. A German declaration regarding Syria would in France be understood to refer to the French colonies in general, and that would at the present time create new troubles in western Europe, which means that a portion of the German armed forces would be immobilized in the west and no longer be available for the campaign in the east.

The Fuhrer then made the following statement to the Mufti, enjoining him to lock it in the uttermost depths of his heart:

1. He (the Fuhrer) would carry on the battle to the total destruction of the Judeo-Communist empire in Europe.
2. At some moment which was impossible to set exactly today but which in any event was not distant, the German armies would in the course of this struggle reach the southern exit from Caucasia.
3. As soon as this had happened, the Fuhrer would on his own give the Arab world the assurance that its hour of liberation had arrived. Germany’s objective would then be solely the destruction of the Jewish element residing in the Arab sphere under the protection of British power. In that hour the Mufti would be the most authoritative spokesman for the Arab world. It would then be his task to set off the Arab operations, which he had secretly prepared. When that time had come, Germany could also be indifferent to French reaction to such a declaration.

Once Germany had forced open the road to Iran and Iraq through Rostov; it would be also the beginning of the end of the British World Empire. He (the Fuhrer) hoped that the coming year would make it possible for Germany to thrust open the Caucasian gate to the Middle East. For the good of their common cause, it would be better if the Arab proclamation were put off for a few more months than if Germany were to create difficulties for herself without being able thereby to help the Arabs.

He (the Fuhrer) fully appreciated the eagerness of the Arabs for a public declaration of the sort requested by the Grand Mufti. But he would beg him to consider that he (the Fuhrer) himself was the Chief of State of the German Reich for five long years during which he was unable to make to his own homeland the announcement of its liberation. He had to wait with that until the announcement could be made on the basis of a situation brought about by the force of arms that the Anschluss had been carried out.

The moment that Germany’s tank divisions and air squadrons had made their appearance south of the Caucasus, the public appeal requested by the Grand Mufti could go out to the Arab world.

The Grand Mufti replied that it was his view that everything would come to pass just as the Fuhrer had indicated. He was fully reassured and satisfied by the words which he had heard form the Chief of the German State. He asked, however, whether it would not be

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possible, secretly at least, to enter into an agreement with Germany of the kind he had just outlined for the Fuhrer.

The Fuhrer replied that he had just now given the Grand Mufti precisely that confidential declaration.

The Grand Mufti thanked him for it and stated in conclusion that he was taking his leave from the Fuhrer in full confidence and with reiterated thanks for the interest shown in the Arab cause.


It is said that Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini’s mixture of Nazi propaganda, Islam and Arab nationalism served an inspiration for Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization from 1969 until his death in 2004.

The chief goal of the Palestinians leadership now, under Mahmoud Abbas is the same as what it was under Yasser Arafat and what it was under Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini.

They do not want a ‘two-state’ solution – they want the final solution.

The Palestinian goal is now what is always has been — the establishment of an independent Arab state in ALL the land that once belonged to the British Mandate for Palestine and the complete eradication of the Jewish national homeland, Israel.

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Hitler Youth in Palestine

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Nazi symbol (right) – Palestinian symbol (left)

Background to the Current Palestinian Uprising

The media often attributes the current ‘Palestinian’ uprising to “‘Palestinian’ frustration”; however one Palestinian scholar living in the Middle East views it differently;

“Palestinian terrorists are not driven by poverty and deprivation, as many have long argued. Instead, they are driven by hatred for Jewsbecause of what their leaders, media and mosques are telling them.”

~Bassam Tawil


People act on what they believe to be true and the more shocking what they believe, the more passionate the response.  In this article, we will look at what the Arabs of Gaza and Judea and Samaria (the ‘West Bank’) have been told by their leaders and the media — because what they believe sheds light on their violent attacks against Jews.  We will also look at the current Arab violence in the context of similar repeated attacks against Jews over the last 90 years.

The Role of the Media

Since the beginning of the wave of current attacks on Jews in Israel, media reports both in the West and in the Middle East have been contributing to how Israelis and Jews in general are viewed.  In the West, the media highlights ‘Palestinian frustration‘ resulting from ‘Israel’s occupation‘ of the land and sets that up as the situation that underlies the wave stabbings and car rammings.  Israel is portrayed as ‘land-grabbers‘ and ‘aggressors‘.  In the Middle East media, Jews are seen as carrying out “cold blooded executions” of Arabs and “threatening Muslim holy sites“.

Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda said;

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from it. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

~Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945

What the ‘Palestinian’ leaders tell their people is no small matter, especially if it is untrue and it is repeated often enough’. Having been told the same lie over and over by their leaders, media and mosques, they believe these lies and this drives their hatred for Jews.

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Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) at UN September 30 2015

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in his address to the United Nations General Assembly on September 30 2015 said;

“I come before you today from Palestine, compelled to sound the alarm about the grave dangers of what is happening in Jerusalem, where extremist Israeli groups are committing repeated, systematic incursions upon Al-Aqsa Mosque, aimed at imposing a new reality and dividing Al-Haram Al-Sharif [the Temple Mount], allowing extremists, under the protection of Israeli occupying forces and accompanying ministers and Knesset members, to enter the Mosque at certain times, while preventing Muslim worshipers from accessing and entering the Mosque at those times and freely exercising their religious rights. This is the scheme that the Israeli Government is pursuing, in direct violation of the status quo since before 1967 and thereafter. By doing so, the occupying Power is committing a grave mistake, because we will not accept this, and the Palestinian people will not allow the implementation of this illegal scheme, which is aggravating the sensitivities of Palestinians and Muslims everywhere. I call on the Israeli Government, before it is too late, to cease its use of brutal force to impose its plans to undermine the Islamic and Christian sanctities in Jerusalem, particularly its actions at Al-Aqsa Mosque, for such actions will convert the conflict from a political to religious one, creating an explosive in Jerusalem and in the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

~Mahmoud Abbas, Chairman of the Palestinian Authority,

Willing to Die for a Lie

What the Arabs in Gaza and Arabs in the ‘West Bank’ (Judea and Samaria) do not know is that the allegations of Israel’s “threat to their holy sites is totally unfounded.  It is a lie, told by their leaders, the content of cleric’s sermons in their mosques and then fueled by their media.

Israel has not threatened, nor does it have plans to take over the Al-asqa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock, for that matter.

Below is an excerpt from Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu recent speech yesterday (October 20, 2015).

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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech to international Jewish leaders meeting in Jerusalem October 20, 2015. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

“Now let me try to put in perspective what it is we’re fighting: We’re fighting not only a campaign of physical assaults on the Jewish state – the Jewish people have experienced that throughout the centuries – but as we’ve experienced in our history, the physical assaults on the Jews is always preceded and accompanied by an assault on the truth, campaign of defamation and slander. And what I would like to examine with you today are the ten big lies that are hurled at us. And the only way that you can fight lies, and especially big lies, is to puncture them with the simple truth.

So here’s the first big lieIsrael is trying to change the status quo on the Temple Mount. No, we’re not. We haven’t changed the status quo on the Temple Mount in years. There’s a simple arrangement: Muslims visit the Temple Mount and they pray there. Others, Jews, Christians and other denominations, secular people, they come – secular people pray too by the way – they visit the Temple Mount but they don’t. Sunday to Thursday, 7:00 to 11:00, the non-Muslims visit. Muslims visit the rest of the time. How many Muslims have visited and prayed on the Temple Mount, on average, last year? Anybody know? No, not 300,000, three and a half million. Eighty thousand Christians and other denominations and 12,000 Jews. That hasn’t changed.

Though the Temple Mount is our holiest site – it was built there by king Solomon 3,000 years ago, 1,500 years before the birth of Islam – though we’ve been attached to it for 3 millennia, we in no way deny the sacred sites or the rights or the free access for other denominations, and Israel has not and will not change the status quo. This is one huge lie.

The second (lie) is not only that we seek to change the prayer arrangements on the Temple Mount and the non-prayer arrangements on the Temple Mount, which we don’t, is that we seek to destroy the al-Aqsa Mosque.

attacks on the Jewish community in 1920, 1921, 1929 were instigated by a call of the Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini, who was later sought for war crimes in the Nuremberg trials because he had a central role in fomenting the final solution… Haj Amin al-Husseini said “The Jews seek to destroy the Temple Mount.” Sorry, the al-Aqsa Mosque.

So this lie is about a hundred years old. It fomented many, many attacks. The Temple Mount stands. The al-Aqsa Mosque stands. But the lie stands too, persists.”

~Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel

The current wave of terror needs to be seen in its historic context and that is as “just another killing-spree aimed at terrorizing the Jews and forcing them to leave this part of the world”.

Our conflict with Israel is not about “occupation” or Jerusalem or ‘holy sites’ or borders. Nor is it about poverty and poor living conditions or walls and fences and checkpoints. This conflict is really about Israel’s very existence in this part of the world. The current wave of terrorism is just another phase in our dream to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. This is not an intifada. It is just another killing-spree aimed at terrorizing the Jews and forcing them to leave this part of the world.”

~Bassam Tawil, Palestinian scholar based in the Middle East (writes for Gatestone Institute)

Western Media

It is not only the Middle Eastern media that spreads misinformation and outright lies. The Western media has been fueling anti-Israel sentiment by portraying Israel as ‘land-grabbing’ and as using the smallest action on the part of Arabs to ‘execute’ them.

Here are a few recent examples;


MSNBC’s Shrinking Palestine Map

 

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On October 16, 2015 MSNBC host Kate Snow discussed the background to the current situation in Israel with Middle East expert Martin Fletcher using the “shrinking Palestine” maps to demonstrate the land the Jewish state has ostensibly taken from the ‘Palestinians’ since Israel’s creation in 1948.

Snow is heard stating that the mapshows historically the areas that used to be Palestine in 1946” that hasshrunk down to basically Gaza and the West Bank” and that “the area where Palestinians are living has been growing increasingly smaller“. The Middle East ‘expert’ appearing with Snow,  Martin Fletcher is heard saying “absolutely, this is what it’s all about, it’s all about the land and it’s pretty shocking when you present that way“. Both the map and the narration are inaccurate at best or deliberately deceptive, at worst.

It took 3 days for the network to admit it’s error and only did so after considerable social media outrage.

In an apology Monday (October 19 2015), Snow told viewers that the mistake had become apparent after the segment aired and the network ‘regretted’ using the maps.

MSNBC apologized for ‘completely wrong’ maps of Israel and that “it regrets the mistake showing Palestinian loss of land” and noticed the ‘error’ after the live segment aired and said the maps were “not factually accurate“.

Snow and Fletcher added that the maps  “gave the wrong impression” of the region and “did not reflect the demographic reality“.  

The bottom line is it was completely wrong; there was no state called Palestine.” Fletcher added.

In an attempt to explain the mistake, Snow and Fletcher went on to say how it highlighted the challenge of reporting on Israel, with Fletcher again showing his lack of knowledge, when seeming to argue that inflamed passions in the region made accurate reporting hard.

“Well, the passions are so high. It’s such a tiny area,” he said. “You know, you’ve got this one tiny piece of land which is basically the Jews and the Palestinians – the Jews and the Muslims both believe that God gave them the land. It’s that one piece of land for two peoples. That’s what the conflict has been all about for a very long time.”

~Martin Fletcher, Middle East expert

Fletcher claimed in his retraction that “both the Jews and Palestinians claim the land was given to them by God” – which is incorrect. In fact, the Arabs of Gaza and Judea and Samaria (the ‘West Bank’) are Muslims and as such know that the Qur’an states that Allah gave the land of Israel to the Jews;

Qu’ran Surah 5: 20-21 says Moses declared, “O my people! Remember the bounty of Allah upon you when He bestowed prophets upon you, and made you kings and gave you that which had not been given to anyone before you amongst the nations. O my people! Enter the Holy Land which Allah has written for you, and do not turn tail, otherwise you will be losers.”

Qur’an: Sura 10:9 says: “Allah settled the Israelites in a blessed land and provided them with good things“.

Qur’an: Sura 17:103 says:”Pharaoh sought to scare them [the Jews] out of the land [of Israel]: but Allah drowned him, together with all who were with him. Then Allah said to the Israelites: ‘Dwell in this land. When the promise of the hereafter comes to be fulfilled, Allah shall assemble you all together [in the Land of Israel in the End of Days]“.

Qur’an: Sura 28:5-6 says:
It was Allah’s will to favour those who were oppressed [the Jews] and to make them leaders of mankind, to bestow on them a noble heritage and to give them power in the land [of Israel]: and to inflict on Pharaoh, Haman, and their army, the very scourge dreaded by their victims“.

Qur’an: Sura 7:137 says: “Allah gave the persecuted people [the Jews] dominion over the eastern and western lands which Allah had blessed [the east and west banks of the Jordan River]. Thus your Lord’s gracious word was fulfilled for the Israelites, because they had endured with fortitude; and Allah destroyed the edifices and towers of Pharaoh and his people“.


BBC – two contrasting headlines

BBC recently reported the identical type of event occurring outside Israel differently than the one occurring inside Israel.

 

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Describing an event in Germany last week, the BBC headline read; “Germany police shoot Berlin Islamist after knife attack“.

Describing an event with the identical circumstances in Israel the week earlier, the BBC headline read “Palestinian shot dead after Jerusalem attack kills two”.

The headline from Germany makes it clear that it was the German police that shoot someone known to be an Islamist and it is clear that the person had attacked people with a knife and that is why German police shot him.  

The headline from Israel focuses on a Palestinian being shot dead. It does not say he was a terrorist (which he was), an Islamic Jihad member or that it was Israeli police that shot him. It also does not say that he was related to the ‘attack’ that killed two.  In fact, a 19 year old terrorist and Islamic Jihad member murdered a 21-year-old man, wounded his wife and two-year-old child and murdered 41-year-old father of seven,  as he attempted to save them. The terrorist then opened fire on police who responded by fatally shooting him.

NBC Quotes Abbas Rather than the Facts

 

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Then there was the report on NBC (October 14) where the network asserts that the facts are simply “too murky” to determine whether 13-year-old Ahmed Manasrah along with his 15 year old cousin stabbed a 13 year old Jewish boy to death and then falsely reported that Israelis forces “shot him dead” (from the story ‘Dispute Over Viral Video of Shot Ahmed Manasrah Sums Up Israel-Palestinian Conflict’).

Let’s  look at this a little closer.

Firstly, there is one small problem with this report.  Ahmed Mansara was not killed. He was hit by a car as he and his cousin ran along a busy street holding large knives. Mansara’s 15-year-old cousin and accomplice was indeed shot dead after charging at police with his knife. Their rampage through the streets of Jerusalem was recorded almost in its entirety by CCTV cameras, in footage released to the press by Israeli police;

 

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Secondly, Manasrah was notshot dead” as NBC asserted, but was being treated in a Jerusalem hospital for his injuries, after he was hit by a vehicle as he fled the scene of his stabbing attacks. Mansarah was evacuated alive to Israel’s Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital, where he was treated.

(Update: Mansarah was released from hospital on October 19 2015)

 

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Finally, NBC seemed to base their report on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech aired on Palestinian TV rather than on facts gleaned by investigating the story  — where they would have learned that Mansarah was neither dead nor innocent. 

The Committee for Accurate Reporting in the Middle East (CAMERA) reported October 18, 2015 (“NBC Can’t Be Sure, Assailant Ahmed Manasrah, 13, Could Be Innocent”) that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in his October 14 2015 televised speech that:

“Israeli government and its settler herds… are using terror against our people, our holy places, our homes and our trees and are executing our children in cold blood, just as they did to the boy Ahmad Manasra and to other children in Jerusalem and elsewhere.”

~ Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, October 14 2014, televised speech

Rather than NBC taking the opportunity to expose the truth. NBC repeated the Abbas’ assertion that Israeli police shot Mansarah dead.  


Driven by Hatred for Jews – fueled by leaders, media and mosques

According to Palestinian scholar Bassam Tawil in the quote at the top of this article;

“Palestinian terrorists are not driven by poverty and deprivation, as many have long argued. Instead, they are driven by hatred for Jewsbecause of what their leaders, media and mosques are telling them.”

So lets look more closely at what Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said (1) to the UN General Assembly on September 30, 2015 and (2) in his televised speech on Palestinian TV on October 14 2015 and see how the hatred of Jews is being fueled.

(1) Abbas’ speech to the UN General Assembly on September 30, 2015

“I come before you today from Palestine, compelled to sound the alarm about the grave dangers of what is happening in Jerusalem, where extremist Israeli groups are committing repeated, systematic incursions upon Al-Aqsa Mosque, aimed at imposing a new reality and dividing Al-Haram Al-Sharif [the Temple Mount], allowing extremists, under the protection of Israeli occupying forces and accompanying ministers and Knesset members, to enter the Mosque at certain times, while preventing Muslim worshipers from accessing and entering the Mosque at those times and freely exercising their religious rights. This is the scheme that the Israeli Government is pursuing, in direct violation of the status quo since before 1967 and thereafter. By doing so, the occupying Power is committing a grave mistake, because we will not accept this, and the Palestinian people will not allow the implementation of this illegal scheme, which is aggravating the sensitivities of Palestinians and Muslims everywhere. I call on the Israeli Government, before it is too late, to cease its use of brutal force to impose its plans to undermine the Islamic and Christian sanctities in Jerusalem, particularly its actions at Al-Aqsa Mosque, for such actions will convert the conflict from a political to religious one, creating an explosive in Jerusalem and in the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

~Mahmoud Abbas, Chairman of the Palestinian Authority,

Let’s examine what Abbas is telling his people, and the world in this speech;

  1.  extremist Israeli groups are committing repeated, systematic incursions [ i.e. invasions or attacks] upon Al-Aqsa Mosque
  2. Israel is imposing a new reality at the Al-Aqsa Mosque
  3. Israel is dividing Al-Haram Al-Sharif [i.e. the Temple Mount]
  4. Israel is allowing extremists to enter the Mosque
  5. Israel is an occupying force
  6. Israel is preventing Muslim worshipers from accessing and entering the Mosque and freely exercising their religious rights.
  7. the Israeli Government is pursuing a “scheme
  8. what the Israeli Government is doing is in direct violation of the status quo
  9. Israel is an occupying Power (implying they are ‘occupying Palestine’)
  10. Israel is committing a grave mistake at the Al-Aqsa Mosque (implied threat)
  11. Israel “scheme” is illegal
  12. the Palestinian people will not allow the implementation of Israel’s “scheme” (i.e. armed resistance)
  13. Israel is aggravating the sensitivities of Palestinians and Muslims everywhere (implying this is religious in nature, not political and that Muslims outside of Israel are being aggravated as well ( i.e. stirring up a religious response from inside and outside Israel)
  14. the Israeli Government is using brutal force
  15. the Israeli Government seeks to impose its plans (on Palestinians and Muslims)
  16. Israel is undermining Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem, particularly at the Al-Aqsa Mosque
  17. the Israeli Government will be responsible for converting the current conflict from a political to religious one
  18. the Israeli Government will be responsible for creating an explosive situation in Jerusalem
  19. the Israeli Government will be responsible for creating an explosive situation in ‘the West Bank’
  20. Israelis living in Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank) are “occupying” ‘Palestinian’ Territory.

Do you see how right from the opening of his speech, Abbas is inciting the Arabs of Gaza and the ‘West Bank’ (Judea and Samaria) to violence?

(2) Abbas’ speech on Arab television on October 14 2015

“Israeli government and its settler herds… are using terror against our people, our holy places, our homes and our trees and are executing our children in cold blood, just as they did to the boy Ahmad Manasra and to other children in Jerusalem and elsewhere.”

~ Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, October 14 2014, televised speech

Let’s examine what Abbas is telling his people in these few words;

  1. Palestinians will not accept the existing situation (i.e. implying armed resistance)
  2. Israel is really “occupied Palestine” (illegally ‘occupying’ Arab land)
  3. Israeli is using oppressive force
  4. Israeli government and its people (‘settlers’) have a policy of occupation (see #2)
  5. Israeli government and its people (‘settlers’) have a policy of aggression
  6. Israeli people are settlers (i.e. on land ‘rightfully’ belonging to ‘Palestine’)
  7. Israeli people are ‘herds’ ( implying they are blindly lead)
  8. Israeli government and its people (‘settlers’) are using terror against the Palestinian people (i.e. Israel and Israelis are political terrorists)
  9. Israeli government and its people (‘settlers’) are using terror against  Palestinian holy places (i.e. Israel and Israelis are religious terrorists)
  10. Israeli government and its people (‘settlers’) are using terror against Palestinian homes (i.e. Israel and Israelis are committing terrorist’s acts on Palestinian homes)
  11. Israeli government and its people (‘settlers’) are executing our children in cold blood (i.e. Israel and Israelis are cold-blooded murderers)

Do you see how in such a short speech Abbas is inciting the Arabs to violence?

Hamas and al-aqsa Martyr’s Brigade Response

Responding to Abbas’ statement on Palestinian TV on October 14, on top of his address to the UN General Assembly on September 30, terrorist groups Hamas (in Gaza) and the terrorist wing of Fatah called the Al-asqa Martyrs Brigade (in the ‘West Bank’) released statements (October 19 2015) that they must use all means necessary to “protect their holy sites

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Hamas terrorists in Gaza

On October 19, 2015 Hamas in Gaza has ordered its terrorists in Judea and Samaria (the ‘West Bank’) to conduct suicide bombings in the region as well as in Jerusalem, in a call that has Israeli security forces preparing against potential bombings that could reach anywhere in the country.

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Fatah al aqsa Martyr’s Brigade

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades announced;

“We call upon the Arab and Islamic nation to shoulder its responsibility towards Al-Aqsa Mosque. We urge all our people to back the popular struggle and [terror] outbreak to protect the holy places“…”The Zionist enemy knows very well that suicide bombings stood at the top of our priorities, and in the depths of Zion using our own bodies to blow up your soldiers and settlers“.


The Arabs of Gaza and the ‘West Bank’ are being incited to violence by their leader, Mahmoud Abbas, fueled by the media and reinforced by their clerics.

 

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Let’s conclude this article with the idea, as Bassam Tawil has said, that the current wave of violence is “just another killing-spree aimed at terrorizing the Jews and forcing them to leave this part of the world“.

Brief Overview of the History of Arab Attacks Against Jews – last 100 Years

[Acknowledgment: material presented below is adapted from material written by David Collier]

It is 19th August 1929. There is no partition, no Israel, no settlements, no occupation and no refugees. Adolf Hitler is out of jail, but yet to receive major popular support at an election. Zionist immigration is still on the slow dripping 4th Aliyah rather than fast flowing 5th Aliyah. A young Sephardic Jew named Abraham Mizrachi was stabbed to death by an Arab near Mea Shearim. The following Friday, August 23rd, a violent Arab demonstration took place at the Western Wall and that afternoon a massacre of Jews in Jerusalem began (17 Jews murdered). The violence spread across British Palestine and in the coming days, Hebron (65+ massacred) and Safed (18+ massacred) saw the worst of the incidents.

It is April 19–20, 1936. There is no partition, no Israel, no settlements, no occupation and no refugees. Even the original suggestions of partition first raised by the Peel commission are still some time away. But ‘The Bloody Day in Jaffa’ is upon us and the first day of the ‘Great Arab Uprising’. By the end of the first week, 17 Jews had been murdered. The revolt was to last 3 years and led to an almost absolute curb on Jewish immigration into British Palestine. The British, and the media placed the blame for the murders and the violence of the revolt on Arab opposition to growing Jewish immigration that was caused by Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany.

It is December 2nd 1947. There are no refugees, no occupation and Israel does not yet even exist. The Arabs of the area have not yet even labelled themselves as Palestinians. It is 3 days after the United Nations voted in favour of Partition, pushing a two state solution that the Arabs totally rejected. The Arabs begin a riot in Jerusalem, with 8 Jews reported as being killed. The New York Times pointed out that it was the knife that was the weapon of choice. The killings had begun even earlier with an ambush against buses near Kfar Syrkin on November 30th, and the following months were to see escalating violence as civil war erupted throughout the British Mandate of Palestine. Arabs began to leave the region within weeks, with 100,000 having fled by March. In January irregular Arab armies entered the arena to wipe the Jews out and the neighbouring Arab nations declared openly Israel would never be born. It is impossible to calculate precise Jewish losses over each period in a conflict that was to turn from civil to regional war, but in total over 6000 Jews were to be killed in the following 18 months. Proportionally more than the UK lost in the entire 7 years of WWII. According to western politicians and media of the time, this, all because of the ‘understandable’ Arab reaction to resolution 181 and partition.

It is 1966. The entire West Bank and Gaza are in Arab hands and there is no ‘occupation’. Not a single settlement exists.  The situation has been the same for 17 years and because most of the attacks against the Jews in Israel began beyond the border, the terrorists were armed with guns or explosives rather than knives. There were massacres on buses, attacks on trains, archaeologists, cross border shootings and numerous sniper attacks. The knife still made its appearance with an attack against the odd shepherd, kidnap rape and murder of women and various random attacks where specific details have been lost through time. Between 1949 and 1967, when Israel was in existence completely behind the ‘Green Line’, hundreds of Jewish people were murdered in Israel. Rather than take the available option and declare a Palestinian State, the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation) was formed in Cairo in 1964 with the intention of destroying Israel. Through all this violence, western media and the politicians placed the blame on the tensions in the region caused by the status of the refugees created during the War of Independence that followed the birth of the State of Israel.

It is 21st March 1989 and the Oslo Peace Process is not yet even a seed in Yossi Beilin’s mind. The first Intifada has hit its peak and Muhammad Zakut, an Arab construction worker in Tel Aviv began randomly stabbing Israeli civilians in Tel Aviv on the Jewish holiday of Purim. Zakut stabbed three Israelis with a commando knife as he shouted “God is great.” One of the victims, Kurt Moshe Schallinger, 73, was killed as he left his car on a Tel Aviv street full of children in costume. Zakut received a life sentence, but like Aziz Salha from the Ramallah lynching, Zakut was released as part of the Gilad Shalit exchange. Around 160 Israelis were murdered during the first Intifada, with western press and politicians blaming frustration at the ‘occupation’ and the building of settlements for the outbreak of violence. The violence over the coming years, some of the most brutal seen inside Israel since 1948 was explained away as a ‘side effect’ of the peace process itself. Over 250 Israelis died in the years immediately following the Oslo accord, sacrificed for a peace that never came. Western media and politicians explained away these terrorist actions as the desperate measures of extremists intent on stopping the process.

It is late 1993 and the stagnation of the peace process is yet to be seen on the distant horizon. ‘Hope’ is now the keyword as Israelis and Palestinians embark on a mission of mutual recognition that results in the beginning of the Oslo peace process. Within weeks, on 24/9/1993, Yigal Vaknin became the first of many victims of this process, as he was stabbed to death in an orchard near the trailer home where he lived. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

It is September 1999 and Ariel Sharon’s foot has not yet been placed on Temple Mount. Haifa couple Sharon Steinmetz and Yehiel Finfeter went hiking in the Megiddo region when they were stabbed and murdered by an Israeli Arab, Abdullah Salah Aghbariya. ‘Aghbariya reportedly first attacked Finfeter, 25, with a knife and stabbed him several times in front of his girlfriend, before hitting her with a rock and stabbing her to death. Although the terrorist suggested he had murdered these two ‘because they were Jewish’, the media and politicians of the time were having none of it. They suggested that the late 1999 tension was caused not by the self declared hatred of Jews of the terrorist, but by the friction and stagnation of the peace process.

It is October 2000, the conflicts against Hamas run Gaza are still a decade away, but the 2nd Intifada is upon us, Israelis are about to be murdered on the streets of Netanya, Afula, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, anywhere in fact that they can be reached. Two Israelis, Vadim Nurzhitz and Yossi Avrahami having accidentally entered Ramallah, were ‘arrested’ by PA policemen and taken to the local Police Station. There they were ‘beaten, stabbed, had their eyes gouged out, and were disembowelled’ by a mob of Palestinians. The picture is of Aziz Salha, one of the ‘lynchers’, waving his blood-stained hands from the police station window. Salha was later arrested by Israel and sentenced to life imprisonment, but was released in 2011 as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange. The general consensus amongst politicians and the western media was that this outbreak of brutal violence was the result of Ariel Sharon provoking the Palestinians by stepping foot on Temple Mount.

It’s April 30th 2003, at about 00:45 and 22-year-old Asif Muhammad Hanif entered Mike’s Place, a live music tourist pub on the Tel Aviv beachfront. Asif, from London and his friend, Omar Khan Sharif from Derby, had been born, grew up and were educated in the UK. Their entire itinerary had been planned using the latest Lonely Planet Guide book and they had spent the evening with a hundred other tourists at the Hayarkon Hostel, just up the road. Upon entering the pub, Asif detonated his bomb, killing 3 and injuring 50, with the damage restricted by the brave actions of Avi Tabib, the security guard. One of the fatalities was 29-year-old French-born Dominique Haas, a personal friend of mine. It would be difficult to argue that Asif and Omar were any more desperate than you or I. Young, British and university educated, they had their whole lives before them, but simply believed there was more to gain from murdering Jews in Tel Aviv instead.

It is 2014. The status quo on the Temple Mount is not being threatened. This is an attack by a 16-year-old terrorist who began stabbing Jewish customers at the Rami Levy supermarket in Mishor Adumim. The reason given by western media and politicians alike for the violence of late 2014, was that the conflict in Gaza earlier in the year had created a feeling of desperation and a need for revenge.

It is now October 2015 and Jews are again being murdered on the streets of Israel. Today, we are being told the reason Arabs are murdering innocent Jews is because the ‘status quo’ on the Temple Mount is being threatened. It is a false rumour that has been used before.


 

Our conflict with Israel is not about “occupation” or Jerusalem or holy sites or borders. Nor is it about poverty and poor living conditions or walls and fences and checkpoints. This conflict is really about Israel’s very existence in this part of the world. The current wave of terrorism is just another phase in our dream to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. This is not an intifada. It is just another killing-spree aimed at terrorizing the Jews and forcing them to leave this part of the world.”

~Bassam Tawil, Palestinian scholar

It seems clear that as Bassam Tawil has said, the current ‘Palestinian’ uprising is not about “occupation” or “holy sites such as the Al-Asqa Mosque, nor about borders of the land, but about Israel’s very existence.

The issue is not where Israel exists but that Israel exists.

 

 

 

Palestinian Loss of Land Map – Media Deception or Incompetence?

A recent broadcast on MSNBC (October 16, 2015) displayed a map of alleged “Palestinian Loss of Land’ which is based on well-known Palestinian propaganda maps. Was this media deception or incompetence?

The host on the segment Kate Snow is heard stating that the mapshows historically the areas that used to be Palestine in 1946” that hasshrunk down to basically Gaza and the West Bank” and that “the area where Palestinians are living has been growing increasingly smaller“. Theexpert‘, appearing with Snow,  Martin Fletcher is heard saying “absolutely, this is what it’s all about, it’s all about the land and it’s pretty shocking when you present that way“.

Both the map and the narration are inaccurate at best or deliberately deceptive, at worst.

The Jews continue to be portrayed by the media as ‘land-grabbers’ and the ‘Palestinian’ Arabs as ‘victims’ and most people who read about it or hear about on TV, simply accept it as portrayed. This is both naive and dangerous. Without people stopping to consider what they are being told to believe by any group and assessing whether it is true or not, allows governments or leaders or groups of people to act without accountability. How do you think any totalitarian regime took power during periods of democracy within the past hundred years? Think of the Bolsheviks in Russia, Franco in Spain, Mussolini in Italy, Hitler in Germany; all of these men took power during times of democracy when the masses were complacent and apathetic when it came to political affairs. By the time citizens realized there was a problem, it was far too late.” 

The map MSNBC aired is commonly referred to as the “shrinking Palestine map”.  Here is just one of many that can be found on any pro-Palestinian site;

 

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Let’s show the map that MSNBC showed again;

 

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Look at the “shrinking Palestine map” above. The MSNBC map looks familiar, doesn’t it?

Here is the transcript beginning at the 0:47 mark of the show. The bold text was added;

HOST: Another bit of history to remember. If you look at the map, we have a map that shows historically the areas that used to be Palestine in 1946, and then the UN Plan there, and then as it shrunk down to basically Gaza and the West Bank, right, and then at present. And so what does that show you Martin, that the area where Palestinians are living has been growing increasingly smaller?

GUEST: Well absolutely. But this is what it’s all about. It’s all about the land. And what this map shows you — plus it’s pretty shocking when you present it in this way — what it clearly shows is that if there’s no peace agreement between the Palestinians and Israel, more of those green areas, more of that Palestinian land will be eaten up by Jewish settlements. Although right now there is a freeze on settlements by Israel, because there’s so much international pressure, the Palestinians say “If we don’t have peace soon, then we won’t have a Palestine left.”

HOST: And the Israelis say, “we have every right to be in all of those areas.”

GUEST: Well, the Israelis say, “Look, you know, this is our land, too, and we’re Jews, and we have the right to live anywhere, same as anyone else in the world. We should be able to live anywhere we like. And it’s hard to argue about, except it’s taking the land of a future Palestinian state. Which that’s what the frustration and the violence is all about for the most part — the occupation of their land.

 


Let’s look at that map, frame by frame, and correct the errors;

There have 3 places bearing that name, none of them ever belonging to Arabs.

  1. The first was under the rule of the Romans(Syria Palaestina, 135-390 AD)
  2. A second was a province of the Byzantine Empire(Palestina Secunda or Palestina II – 390 AD)
  3. the third was a territory under British Administration (Mandate for Palestine,1920-1948) carved out of Ottoman Southern Syria after World War I.

Frame 1 of the MSNBC map is a map of the British Mandate for Palestine.

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frame 1, from MSNBC map

The firstArab-Palestinian state was created by the British when they divided the Mandate for Palestine to create Transjordan (later renamed Jordan) by giving 75% of the land of the Mandate for Palestine to the Arabs, specifically excluding it from Jewish settlement and setting aside the remaining 25% as the Jewish homeland (which is the area labeled “Palestine” in the first frame of the MSNBC, which we have labelled “frame 1”).

Below, in green is a map of that first Palestinian Arab state.

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frame 2 from MSNBC map

The borders shown in this map never existed. What this map shows is the 1947 UN Partition Plan of November 29, 1947 [Resolution 181(11)].

The 1947 Partition Plan proposed a secondArab-Palestinian state and was set out under Resolution 181 in November 1947.  This would have been where the remaining 25% of the former Mandate for Palestine designated as the Jewish homeland would have been partitioned into more two states (again); one Arab and the other for the Jewish homeland.

This proposed secondArab Palestinian state was to receive 43% of the land set aside by the British for the Jewish homeland.  The Jews accepted the Partition Plan but the Arabs refused it.

These borders never existed.


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frame 3 from MSNBC map

Frame 3 actually shows a map of Israel between 1949 and 1967.

The areas in green were illegally occupied by Jordan and Egypt which they seized from Israel during the 1948 War of Independence which they started a day after Israel declared statehood on May 14, 1948.

Jordan annexed Jerusalem and occupied Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank”) until 1967 when Israel liberated it.

Egypt occupied the Gaza Strip between 1948 June 1967.


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frame 4 from the MSNBC map

The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas controls all of Gaza which has been “Jew-free” since 2005, when Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon exchanged “land for peace” – a peace Israel has not known. Since the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza >11,000 rockets have been fired from Gaza at Israeli cities.

Parts of the “West Bank” fall under the Oslo accords and are controlled by the Palestinian Authority.  In his recent speech at the UN on September 30 2015, Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud Abbas asserted that the Palestinians are no longer bound to the Oslo Accords.


MSNBC’s airing of this set of maps is either deliberate deception or journalistic incompetence.

This is a breach of trust between the network and the public and should cause the public to question the credibility of any segments discussing the political situation in Israel broadcast on this network.

 

The Current Situation in Israel – some context

When headlines in the mainstream media shout “Palestinian shot dead “, does the world stop to think whether this was after an Arab terrorist stabbed people repeatedly with knife? How the media frames headlines and the words used to describe them, is very telling as to how these sources want the public to interpret it — or not interpret it.

People may simply read it or hear about it, accept it at face value and move on.

To understand the current situation in Israel necessitates knowing the history of the modern state for context and as a reference point.


President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas recently referred to the killing an ‘innocent child’; a 13 year old boy — in a “cold blooded execution”  — that is, until evidence became available that the 13 year old, along with his 15-year old cousin stabbed a 13 year old Jewish boy who was riding his bicycle in a Jerusalem neighborhood.

The 13 year old who killed the Jewish boy was in an Israeli hospital receiving medical care, and there is more than sufficient evidence as to why he is there. He was neither dead nor innocent.

The Arabs in Gaza held their “day of rage” against Israel following the above events because they’ve been told by their leaders that ‘Israel is attempting to take over the Temple Mount‘ and is ‘executing Palestinians‘.

Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas incited the current wave of violence which started 2 days after his speech at the UN at the end of September, following the brutal slaying of the Henkin’s, an Israeli couple in their early 30’s — who were shot dead at point blank range in front of their 4 children

Since that time and for more than two  straight weeks, we have watched our news feeds as Israeli men, women and children are brutally attacked in the streets with knives and meat cleavers — for no other reason than they are Jews.

What is being done by the Palestinian leadership to quell the violence?

Abbas yesterday incited even more violence by falsely accusing Israel of killing innocent children; which lead to today’s “day of rage”.

The Jews continue to be portrayed by the media as ‘land-grabbers’ and the Gazan Arabs as ‘victims’ and most people who read about it or hear about on TV, simply accept it as portrayed.

This is both naive and dangerous.

Without people stopping to consider what they are being told to believe by any group and assessing whether it is true or not, allows governments or leaders or groups of people to act without accountability.

This is how any totalitarian regime took power during periods of democracy within the past hundred years.  Think of the Bolsheviks in Russia, Franco in Spain, Mussolini in Italy,  Hitler in Germany – all of these took power during times of democracy when the public were complacent and apathetic when it came to political affairs.

By the time citizens realized there was a problem, it was far too late.

[Please see the bottom of this article for a blatant example of such propaganda being aired on MSNBC and being passed off as truth.]

Arabs in Gaza are being told by their own leadership that Israel is ‘executing Palestinians‘ and ‘attempting to take over the Temple Mount‘ – both which are untrue.

Jews are portrayed as the ‘aggressors’ and Gazan Arabs as ‘victims’.

They may well be seen as victims; victims of Hamas, the organization that took over Gaza and Mahmoud Abbas who is in his 11th-year of a 4-year term, as Chairman.

It’s only when reporters such as the one yesterday on NSNBC are called out for lying about the situation in Israel on live TV, that people might begin to question what is true.

That is, if they have heard about it.

This same reporter was already found to have broadcast false reports in the past about Israel, so why is a major news outlet still broadcasting his reports? It seems accuracy in the media is less of a priority when the content condemns Israel or shows them in a negative light.

Sadly, most people are simply unaware of the history of the modern state of Israel and of the two Arab states that were already offered in an attempt to exchange land for peace; a peace Israel has not yet known and that from the day after the State of Israel was created in 1948, Israelis have continued to face the same situation as they did before, and as they do now.

There has been no peace.

Arabs in Gaza have made it clear for decades that they don’t want peace, they want all the land of Israel. As any part of Israel exists on the land that was part of the former British  Mandate for Palestine, there will be no peace.

Gazans fire rockets at Israeli cities and dig terror tunnels reinforced by building materials that were provide to them free of charge for the building of homes, schools and businesses.  Rather than building a viable infrastructure for themselves and their children, they teach their children how to stab Jews and hold summer camps to teach them how to use firearms and fire rockets.

Arabs in Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank”) weren’t satisfied by the creation of the first Arab-Palestinian state on the east side of the Jordan in 1917 and turned down the offer of the second Palestinian-Arab state on the west side of the Jordan in 1947 have made it clear; they don’t want peace, they want all the land Israel is built on.

Arab offense is not where Israel exists but that Israel exists – and for this Israel owes no apology.

People protest the “occupation” by Israelis without knowing that the only ‘occupation’ in Israel since its foundation in 1948 was by Egypt and Jordan.

Jordan illegally annexed Jerusalem and occupied Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank”) and Egypt occupied the Gaza Strip — from 1948 until June of 1967, when Israel liberated both the Gaza Strip and the “West Bank”, during the Six-Day War.

This was ‘occupation’, but the Arabs of Gaza and ‘the West Bank” said nothing — and made no demands for statehood.

Despite having a sovereign state, Israeli-Arabs couldn’t even go up to the Temple Mount until Israel reunified Jerusalem in 1967; after 19 year of illegal occupation by Jordan.

There is no ‘Israeli occupation’.

Judea and Samaria (aka the”West Bank”) would have become part of the second Palestinian-Arab state had the Arabs accepted Resolution 181 in 1947.

The Israelis accepted the Partition Plan in exchange for peace, but the Arabs refused it — a peace that Israel has never enjoyed.

If ‘Palestinian’ Arabs are calling for the ‘West Bank’ to be returned to its rightful owners after the ‘occupation’ -fine. That’s Israel.

As for the ‘defilement’ of their ‘holy sites’; the two mosques on the Temple Mount (al asqa and the Dome of the Rock) – both had fallen into extreme disrepair under the illegal occupation of Jerusalem by Jordan.

[see the post we’ve written about this http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/05/05/the-temple-mount-islams-3rd-holiest-site/.]

These mosques only became of interest again to the Arabs after Israel liberated Jerusalem from the illegal occupation of Jordan, which came about as a result of the 1948 War of Independence, launched by neighboring Arab states just one day after the creation of the State of Israel.

Few realized that Israeli-Arabs couldn’t go to these mosques under the illegal occupation by Jordan, but could after Israel reunified Jerusalem.

Beginning in 1967, these sites were being said by Arab-Muslim leaders to being ‘defiled’ by Jews going up the Temple Mount to pray.

If al-asqa and the Dome of the Rock were historically as important to the Islamic faith as they claim they are now, why was it allowed to fall into disrepair under Jordanian occupation?

Jerusalem is the capital city of Israel (not Tel Aviv like most people think) and the Temple Mount is in our capital.

Israelis have no issue with Arabs worshiping in their mosques, but this is not reciprocated.

Prior to escalating to physically attacking Jews in the most recent ‘knife intifada’, Arabs on the Temple Mount have been harassing Jews going up there to pray for months. They have stationed Muslim women dressed in black (called Mourabitoun) who wail, spit and shout obscenities at Jews ascending the Temple Mount to pray at Judaisms holiest site, where both the first and second Temples stood.

How is it even remotely acceptable that Israel is held to an impossible level of conduct and expected to tolerate and accommodate Arab demands at all cost, yet the Arabs are not held to any account and there is no expectation for them to treat Jews civilly?

Are only some groups accountable or are there different standards, depending on whether one of the groups is Jews?

Historical facts should inform people’s views, not emotional rhetoric.

 

Media Bias

Here are two recent examples of the type of bias that is regularly seen against Israel.

SAME TYPE OF EVENT – DIFFERENT TYPE OF MEDIA COVERAGE

When the same type of incident occurs in Israel and occurs elsewhere, such as Europe, the very same news outlet (in this case the BBC), covers the very same type of circumstances, with very different type of reporting;

 

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Compare the two headlines:

(1) “Germany police shoot Berlin Islamist after knife attack”.

(2) “Palestinian shot dead after Jerusalem attack kills two”

Do you see the difference?

(1) In the headline from Germany is clear that it was the German police that shoot someone known to be an Islamist. It does not say whether they killed him or not. It is clear that the person had attacked people with a knife and that is why German police killed him

(2) In the headline from Israel, the focus is on a Palestinian being shot dead. It does not say he was a terrorist, an Islamic Jihad member or that it was Israeli police that shot him. It also does not say that he was related to the ‘attack’ that killed two. For all the reader can tell, there was some kind of attack in Jerusalem where two people got killed and in the process a Palestinian many was shot dead.

Here is the actual story: A 19 year old terrorist, and Islamic Jihad member murdered 21-year-old Aharon Banita-Bennett and wounded his wife and two-year-old child and murdered 41-year-old father of seven, Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, as he attempted to save them.. The terrorist attacker – a 19-year-old Islamic Jihad member then opened fire on police who responded by fatally shooting him.

For the second example, please see our previous post about MSNBS’ broadcast (October 16, 2015) blatantly presenting a Palestinian propaganda map allegedly documenting how Israel has taken land away from the ‘Palestinians’ since 1947 [see previous post].

There cannot be one standard for “Palestinians’ and another or Israelis — one kind of news coverage for Israel and another for any other country.

The vilifying of Israel and Israelis — of the Jewish state is called ‘anti-antisemitism’ and when we said “never again” after the Shoah (Holocaust), we meant it.

 

 

Where Did the Land that is Currently Israel’s Come From?

Israel is often portrayed in the media as ‘land-grabbing’, so where did the land that is currently Israel’s come from?

The Partition Plan – creation of the first two-state solution

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To the left is a map of the “Partition Plan” that was voted on in the UN on November 29, 1947. This was to be the second two-state solution offered to the Arabs, apart from the Jewish state.

The first two-state solution took place under Article 25 of the UN on 21 March 1921, where 75% of the land formerly under the British Mandate of Palestine and that was to be reconstituted as a national homeland for the Jewish people was allocated to the Arabs, as an Arab state; Transjordan, later renamed the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan).

The remaining 25% of the land on the ‘west bank’ of the Jordan River was then designated to become the Jewish national homeland.

When any size Jewish State was too big…

After the creation of the first Palestinian Arab state of Transjordan, Arabs living on the small piece of land on the “west bank” of the Jordan continued to attack and kill Jews living there in an effort to drive them out and claim all of land of the British Mandate for Palestine, as Arab land.

As Pan-Arabists (evidenced by both the flag of Jordan and the ‘Palestinian’ flag being based on the Pan-Arab flag of Hejaz), the Arabs remaining on the land earmarked for the Jewish state were determined that there would be no Jewish state. Such sentiments were fueled by their religious leader, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini

[see the two posts on The Mufti and the Fuhrer and Nazi Influence in the Middle East]

As the crisis with Arabs attacking Jews escalated, the British who were administering the Land at the time (under the Mandate system), grew weary of the time and expense involved and turned the matter over the United Nations (UN).

In a special session in November 1947, the UN General Assembly held a vote on Resolution 181, which would have partitioned the remaining 25% of the land set aside as the Jewish homeland into two states (again); one Jewish and the other Arab. That is, Resolution 181 would have allocated 43% of the remaining 25% of the land that the British set aside for the Jewish homeland to this SECOND Arab state.. This became known as the Partition Plan.

The Jews accepted the Partition Plan in exchange for peace with the Arabs, but the Arabs rejected it, wanting all of the Jewish homeland as theirs.

By rejecting the Partition Plan, the Arabs rejected making what is commonly called “the West Bank” (i.e. Judea and Samaria) and the Gaza Strip theirs. This is all the territory coloured orange, in the map above.

Let’s be clear; this land is not being occupied by Israel — it is Israel.

Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank”) was illegally occupied by Jordan beginning with the War of Independence that was launched by the surrounding Arab nations against Israel just one day after its creation in May 1948 – until Israel re-unified Israel after the Six-Day War in 1967.

Yes, Jordan, the Arab state that was part of the first two-state solution illegally annexed the “West Bank” and half of the capital city of Israel, Jerusalem.

Also following the War of Independence in 1948, Egypt occupied the Gaza Strip and did so until the Six-Day War in 1967, when Israel reclaimed it.

This was actual “occupation” – yet the Arabs of the “West Bank” and Gaza Strip had no objections, since they were being ruled by other Pan-Arab Hashemites whose goal it was to take over every inch of land of the Levant, as one “Arab nation”.

The “West Bank” is not “occupied” by Israel. The Arabs refused the Partition Plan, and every other subsequent offer by Israel of another “two-state solution” — in exchange for peace…a peace Israel has never known since its creation in 1948.

Jews living in Judea and Samaria (aka “the West Bank”) are not settlers and the Jewish communities there are not settlements.

This is Israel.

 

Where is Ancient Palestine and Who Are the Palestinians?

People often assume that part of the current land of Israel was once part of “Ancient Palestine” and that the Arabs of Gaza and the “West Bank” (Judea and Samaria) had their land stolen from them, allegedly but the Jews, so where was “ancient Palestine”? Is it where Israel is now? Who are the people that call themselves ‘Palestinians’?


There were 3 such geographic places with the name Palestine; none of them belonging to Arab people.  One belonged to the Romans, one was a province of the Byzantine Empire and one was under British administration;

(1) belonging to the Romans (Syria Palaestina, 135-390 AD); It was established by the merge of Roman Syria and Roman Judaea, following the defeat of the Bar Kokhba Revolt in 135. Shortly after 193, the Syrian regions were split off as Syria Coele in the north and Phoenice in the south, and the province was reduced to Judea.

(2) a province belonging to the Byzantine empire (Palestina Secunda or Palestina II – 390 AD), The province experienced the rise of Christianity under the Byzantines but was also a thriving center of Judaism, after the Jews had been driven out of Judea by the Romans in the 1st and 2nd centuries

(3) and a geopolitical entity under British administration (carved out of Ottoman Southern Syria after World War I,1920-1948).

There is no archaeological evidence supporting an Arab claim of an “Ancient Palestine” in the Land;  no ancient Palestinian coinage has been unearthed, no Palestinian Emperor’s or King’s names inscribed anywhere, and no ancient Palestinian manuscripts.

There is, however, abundant archaeological evidence dating back more than 3000 years of there being a thriving civilization in the Land of the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the Jews.

Excavations at the summit of the City of David have unearthed what is believed to have been the palace of King David (who ruled from ~1005 to 965 BCE). The site of the First Temple that was built in Jerusalem from ~833 – 827 BCE by King Solomon is currently being excavated [see http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/05/21/king-solomons-wall-discovered-outside-2nd-temple-wall/], and ancient Jewish seals called bullas have been found with ancient Hebrew lettering bearing the name Jehucal, son of Shelemiah, son of Shovi: an Israelite high-ranking official mentioned twice in the Bible (Jeremiah 37:3 and Jeremiah 38:1). These are but a few examples.

The reason the Romans named their territory Syria Palaestina when they conquered it in the early first century as an insult to the Jewish inhabitants they displaced; because the ancient adversary of the Jews, were the Philistines. Why would the Romans name to offend the Jews, if Arabs were the inhabitants of the land? They weren’t. The Jews were.

Right under the feet of those in what the press calls “the West Bank”, in Judea and Samaria — in Hebron, the Jewish Patriarchs are buried. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their wives.  The reason the Tomb of the Patriarchs is in Hebron is because Judea and Samaria are part of the ancient Jewish homeland.

What few people realize is that the Arabs of the surrounding area never considered that there was a separate entity called “Palestine”;

In 1919:

“We consider Palestine as part of Arab Syria, as it has never been separated from it at any time. We are connected with it by national, religious, linguistic, natural, economic and geographical bonds.”

Resolution of the First Congress of Muslim-Christian Associations, Jerusalem, February 1919

In 1937:

There is no such country as Palestine! ‘Palestine’ is a term the Zionists invented! There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria.

Local Arab leader, Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, to the British Peel Commission

In 1947:

“Palestine was part of the Province of Syria” … “politically, the Arabs of Palestine were not independent in the sense of forming a separate political entity.”

Representative of the Arab Higher Committee, Statement to the General Assembly of the United Nations, May 1947

In 1948:

“Palestine and Transjordan are one.”

King Abdullah, Arab League meeting in Cairo, 12 April 1948

In 1956:

“It is common knowledge that that Palestine is nothing by Southern Syria”

PLO founder Ahmed Shuqeiri, to the United Nations Security Council, May 31, 1956

In 1970:

“Palestine is Jordan and Jordan is Palestine; there is only one land, with one history and one and the same fate”

Prince Hassan of the Jordanian National Assembly, February 2, 1970

In 1976:

“You do not represent Palestine as much as we do. Never forget this one point: There is no such thing as a Palestinian people, there is no Palestinian entity, there is only Syria. You are an integral part of the Syrian people, Palestine is an integral part of Syria. Therefore it is we, the Syrian authorities, who are the true representatives of the Palestinian people.

Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, addressing the PLO, July 20, 1976

The very idea that the people of Gaza or Judea and Samaria are the inheritors of an ancient homeland called “Palestine” is simply a myth — or a lie. Most telling is the blatant fact that there isn’t even a letter in Arabic that makes the “p” sound. Literally, it is Falestine – “f” like fallacy.

Until the so-called ‘Palestinians’, no people in history have adopted a name for themselves or for their country that could not be said or written in their own language.  In Arabic, the ‘Palestinians’ call their country “Filastin” and themselves “Filastiniyun”. This detail testifies that the ‘Palestinian’ national narrative is a modern invention.

The ‘Palestinians’ claim to be part  Arab however the historical Philistines, from whom “Filastin” is presumably taken, came from the Aegean world and were Hellenic

[more here: http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/06/07/problems-with-the-palestinian-narrative-descended-from-the-philistines/]

The last identifiable vestiges of Philistine culture disappeared about 2600 years ago. It is possible they were incorporated into, or became the Tribe of Dan and became part of the Israelites. It is known that a Hellenic tribe known as the Danae disappeared from the south coast of Turkey just before the Philistines arrived in Canaan. DNA would provide no help here; 2600 years is roughly 100 generations, which is more than enough for everyone on the planet to have some Philistine DNA.

As mentioned above, the name ‘Palestine’ was given by the Roman emperor Hadrian to the province of Judaea in 135 CE as an insult and means to cut its tie to the Judaeans, from whom the name “Jews” is derived.

Christians residing in the land continued to use the term ‘Palestine’ to refer to this geographic area over the centuries, while (as documented above) the Arabs of the surrounding area referred to it as southern Syria.

The term ‘Palestine’ has always referred to a geographic area, and not a sovereign state – certainly never an Arab state, and so it was natural that the land that the British administered after WWI when the Ottoman Empire collapsed, was called the British Mandate for Palestine. During this period of time, the name “Palestinian” referred to the Jewish inhabitants of the land administered by the British from its inception in 1923 until the establishment of State of Israel, in 1948. During the Mandate, no Arab would call himself a “Palestinian”; they were the Arabs, living in Palestine.

So where did the people that call themselves ‘Palestinians’ come from?

For that we refer you to some two of our posts;

Where did the Palestinians of Today Come From?[http://www.morehasbara.com/2015/11/10/where-did-the-palestinians-of-today-come-from/]

The Palestinian “Narrative” – descended from the Philistines [http://www.morehasbara.com/2016/06/07/problems-with-the-palestinian-narrative-descended-from-the-philistines/]

Contrary to what they claim, the ‘Palestinians’ are not descendants of the Philistines and have not been in the Land “since time immemorial”, but are Pan-Arab Hashemite colonialists, descendants of Egyptians, Syrians, Jordanians and those from others Pan-Arabist lands. They are Arabs, descended from the conquering Muslims of Arabia that first arrived in the 6th century CE with the founding of Islam, and later enticed by the Ottomans and British to come as migrant laborers, and recruited by Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, in order to try to prevent a Jewish state from being formed (see earlier posts).

The youth of Gaza and the “West Bank” have grown up with this as their “history” – a history that their parents and grandparents wrote. This is all they have ever know – so they fight to the death for the “return” of “their land”. The ‘Palestinian’ narrative is a historical revision with the intentional political strategy of denying Israel’s right to exist.

At a 1998 conference of ‘Palestinian’ historians, Dr. Yussuf Alzamili, Chairman of the History Department of Khan Yunis Educational Collegeat;

called on all universities and colleges to write the history of Palestine and to guard it, and not to enable the [foreign] implants and enemies to distort it or to legitimize the existence of Jews on this land…”

Al-Ayyam newspaper, December 4, 1998

Writing the history of Palestine was for the clearly stated purpose of “not enabling the (alleged) foreign implants [the Jews] to legitimize their existence on this land.”

The ‘Palestinian’ “history”, this myth of an Ancient Palestine allegedly stolen by the Jews – that the youth of Gaza and the “West Bank” have grown up with, undermines and seeks to replace Jewish history in the land. However, the glaring facts remains; there is no archaeological evidence supporting ‘Palestinian’ “history” – no ancient Palestinian coinage, no inscriptions with Palestinian Emperor’s or King’s names anywhere, no ancient Palestinian manuscripts.

The ‘Palestinian’ Narrative has been told over and over again since the first PLO Charter of 1964, and its more militant revision of 194 – with the knowledge that if it is told often enough, for long enough, it will be believed;

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from it. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

~ Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda expert

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