Tuesday, November 02, 2010

East Jerusalem's Jewish History

Nadene Goldfoot

The neighborhood of Gilo as well as other East Jerusalem's neighborhoods was home to Jews that were driven out in 1948 by of all people, the British officered Arab Legion of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. This was at the time that Israel was created as a Jewish state and all the surrounding Arab states attacked her. So it wasn't just Arabs who fled with the promise from their Arab soldiers of returning and living in Jewish homes. These Jews were forced to leave by Jordanian soldiers.

Jordan had illegally occupied East Jerusalem along with Judea and Samaria. This was recognized only by Britain and Pakistan.

Israel gained Jerusalem back in 1967 in the Six Day War.

Victor Sharpe reminds us that in 1918, Rabbi Hertz, Chief Rabbi of Great Britain, had spoken of the 4,000 years of history that bound Jews to Jerusalem calling to mind its history. At this time they were celebrating its liberation from the Ottoman Turks by the British. He spoke of Judah Maccabee who led his warriors against Greek-Syrians to liberate Jerusalem from the heathens.

Now the Palestinian Arabs are trying to take East Jerusalem for their to be state of Palestine. Their latest move is to have renovated 14 schools in the area claiming rights because of this. East Jerusalem is still a part of Jerusalem which is the capital of Israel. Here we have a situation where so much money has had to go into the IDF and security that Israel has had a hard time updating schools. Unlike the USA, they cannot risk spending what they don't have, and then they have this challenge. I say that if Palestinians have so much available cash on hand, perhaps they need to be taxed more to pay for such things.

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