Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Lebanon Fired at Northern Israel
Nadene Goldfoot
The border between Lebanon and Israel has been quiet in the past few years.  When I lived in Safed, Major Hadad of the Christian Militia guarded it and we were kept safe from terrorists for a while until things heated up around 1982 when they went into Sabra and Shatilla and overstepped their boundaries by executing the Palestinian terrorists.  Now Hadad has died and I don't think the Christian group is active with us anymore.

In October of 2009, these same Lebanese terrorists fired a Katyusha on the Upper Galille and wounded an Israeli.  The IDF answered with a half dozen rounds of fire.  Terrorists seem to keep trying, but the IDF is prepared to protect Israel. 

In January of 2009 three missiles were fired and exploded near Kiryat Shimona without causing damage.  This is my favorite town with a department store similar to Meier &Frank.  During my ulpan days of 1980, my co-student friend went to that town over a vacation period and couldn't leave as she was in the bomb shelter for the whole time and it was unsafe to leave it.  We had no cell phones in those days and so we worried about what had happened to her. Many American Jews had made aliyah and lived up there, and they were very upset. They weren't used to living under such stress.  The northern Galilee was being constantly attacked from Lebanon then, and we in Safed were not very far away.  I think we drove to Kiryat Shimona in 1/2 hour.   

August found a Lebanese army soldier opening fire on Israeli soldiers manning the northen border.  That was the first border incident in a year. 

Now, four or more Katyusha missiles from Lebanon were fired into northern Israel last night.  They exploded near the border  of Ma'alot and Kfar V'radim and caused some damage to a building.  It was thought  that explosions came from the Lebanese side of the border at first. 

IDF forces fired back and considers this a serious incident.  The Lebanese army is responsible for the prevention of firing at Israel. 

Resource: Arutz sheva news@israelinationalnews.com  Katyusha Missiles Fired from Lebanon at Northern Israel by Elad Benari
http://blog.standforisrael.org/articles/four-katyusha-rockets-strike-israel?s_src=SFIEN&s_subsrc=EN11112XXEXXA  added 12/1/11

Monday, November 28, 2011

Nadene Goldfoot
Cairo's Egyptians have been demonstrating all week about their own disorganized politics, but took time to have a Muslim Brotherhood rally against Jews and Israel purposely planned on the 1947 partition plan's anniversary which called for the establishment of a Jewish state They threatened to do this over a week ago. 

They went to Cairo's most prominent mosque on Friday and of course had a venomous anti-Israel protest vowing to "one day kill all Jews."  About 5,000 people joined into this demonstration.  Throughout the event, the Muslim Brotherhood activists chanted: "Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, judgment day has come."

The Muslim Brotherhood seems to be the leader of politics in Egypt as it is the best organized group, but the people have also showed an interest in the more Islamic parties as well.  The Brotherhood's charter calls for the destruction of Israel and Jews.  (See Stand With Israel and my blog article)

At a time when Sadat and then Mubarak were in charge, the Muslim Brotherhood was outlawed.  The leading religious leader, Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi was kicked out of the country.  He found refuge in Qatar, "that tiny Persian Gulf state" next door to Saudi Arabia with the Emir who embraced him.  Qaradawi has also called for the killing of all Jews as well as the destruction of Israel.  He tells people that he is a moderate, and I'm afraid that many good Americans have bought into this.   Qatar holds the rotating presidency this year of the Arab League. 

 Resource: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4153207,00.html Cairo Rally: One Day We'll Kill All Jews by Eldad Beck 
Oregonian Newspaper 11/18/11 page A5; Arab League backs sanctions on Syria

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Arabs Against Jews in Jerusalem  Million Prepare for Demonstration

Nadene Goldfoot
A million Egyptian Arabs are planning a march against Judaization of Jerusalem! Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt are behind this demonstration in Cairo to take place a week from Friday, during our Thanksgiving holiday.

They will leave from the Al-Azhar mosque, the largest in Egypt and walk to Tahir Square.  Leading the march will be Ahmed a-Taib, the highest Islamic cleric in Egypt and most important in the Sunni Arab world who is the head of the Al-Azhar mosque.  He's pushing everyone to join them.  Earlier this year he met with Khaled Masha'al, a big-shot terrorist, to work out a plan which Hamas could use to achieve the goal of eliminating Jews from Jerusalem. 

They've also set up a committee to stop the progress of Zionists to Judaize Jerusalem.  Muhammad Amarra, chairman, cites Jewish presense to that of the Crusader occupation.  I'd say that they're a little late by about over 3,000 years, as Kings Saul and David and Solomon made it quite clear that Jerusalem was a Jewish city.  By this they may mean to destroy any Jewish article in the city. 

They plan on "defending" the Al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount.  All politicians and even the Coptic Christians are expected to endorse their platform.  They intend to remove Jews from Jerusalem.  They're calling on all "liberal and freedom-seeking groups" to support the Arab effort to liberate "Al-Quds" the Arabic name for Jerusalem. 

What American politician was unperturbed when it was brought up that the Muslim Brotherhood could become a leading party in Egypt's Arab Spring?  Remember?  Here we may have the whole country of Egypt trying to wipe out Israel again. 

The big problem is the mosque over the Temple Mount.  Probably the Muslims have been destroying anything Jewish under it.  It has even been wondered if the Ark of the Covenant wasn't under there.  Here Abbas's Fatah with Hamas have accused Israel of destroying artifacts and it is they who intend to do this along with forcing out all Jews.   

Jerusalem is not a word in the Koran.  They know our history, they just  don't intend to accept it.  It interferes with their ambition of a complete take-over of Israel. 

 However, this Saturday in Cairo started off with a riot of their own in Tahir Square.  A tent was asked to be moved by the police, and the occupants refused, so it ended with 600 wounded and one dead.  Hopefully, the citizens of Egypt will have had enough demonstrations for the time being and will not attend next week. 



Friday, November 18, 2011

Palestinian Qassam Rockets That Hit Israel
Nadene Goldfoot

Since 2001 Qassam rockets, unguided missiles, have been raining down on southern Israel, usually hitting Sderot, the closest Israeli city.  They started off with a range of hitting only 1.9 miles away and built up to 6.2 miles away and now can reach a 12 mile radius.  Considering the narrowness of Israel, they don't need to reach much farther. 

What it started off as was a simple steel artilery rocket developed and used by the Izz ad-Dinal Qassam Brigades, the military arm of Hamas.  The name was of a militant Syrian preacher who died in 1935 and was one of the reasons of the 1936 Arab Revolt against the British.  This preacher had died in a guerrilla raid against the British in 1935.  They have created 3 different models.  Actually, all types of rockets are fired into Israel.  The Palestinian Islamic Jihad Al Quds rockets are called Qassams by Israel and other countries.  Since 2000, the Palestinian rockets have killed 22 Israelis and one Thai. 

These may be made right in Gaza, and their design uses common tools and parts.  They use sugar and potassium nitrate, a common fertilizer  to make them move. The warhead is filled with TNT and urea nitrate, another fertilizer.  The TNT is smuggled in through the Rafah border tunnels into the Gaza Strip. 

By 2006 a more advanced Qassam was able to hit as far as Ashkelon.  Israel looked at them as a more psychological than physical threat at first.  IDF used the Red Color warning system in Sderot, Ashkelon and other targets.  This is radar that detects rockets being launched, and used loudspeakers to tell people to take cover.  They had between 15 to 45 seconds before impact.  Now a system called Iron dome has been built to intercept rockets before they hit that has been in use since March 2011, but so far is kept only in the larger cities. 

On July 23, 2004, a Palestinian family actually tried to physically stop the Brigades from setting up a Qassam rocket launcher outside their house and the brigade shot one member of the family, the Arab boy, and wounded 5 others. 

In 2009 They were able to reach Ashdod and  Beersheba with the more advanced Katusha and Grad missiles. 

In October 2010 five children and 3 women were injured after a Qassam rocket exploded near a crowded residential area of Tel As-sultan in Rafah.  Hamas has been condemned for storing explosive material near civilians.   In August another explosion wounded 58 and destroyed 7 houses of the Arabs in Gaza.  In trying to kill Jews, they have managed to kill more of their own civilians. 

Here it is 2011, almost 2012 and they are still raining down helter skelter.  What makes me angry is that the media other than Israel and pro-Israeli media do not understand the damage and deaths that these cause.  One website I had just read thought that because they may be home made are not something to fear and is listed under resources below. 

The word "Qassam" usually means the deadly home-made variety while those from Lebanon are called "Katyushas."  Katyushas are a generic class of rocket.  In 2007 the Palestinian Islamic Jihad or Al Quds fired 34%, Hamas fired Qassams or 22%, Fatah fired 8%, the Popular Resistance committes fired 6% and 30% came from unidentified enemy in Gaza. 

In 2001 only 4 were fired at Israel.  2002: 35, 2003: 155; 2004: 281, 2005: 179, 2006: 946, 2007: 896, and they hit the jackpot in 2008 by firing 2,048 at Israel.  Israel finally retaliated in 2008 with Operation Cast Lead, and then got bawled out by the world for trying to  protect themselves.  All this time there was no country speaking out and advising the Palestinian Arabs that they shouldn't spend their time taking all these shots at Israel if they wanted to live peacefully in this world.  All during this time Israel warned the world that they would retaliate and to stop, but they didn't.  The Arabs of Gaza sped up the attacks, instead, like they were daring: "Bring it on."  This led to the UN's Goldstone Report blaming Israel which he changed later after the damage was done besmirching Israel's name.  This same Goldstone Report is possibly very responsible for groups in the USA to continue to punish Israel by boycotting and divesting from Israel all products.  They are trying to delegitimize Israel's existence.  This has now become one of the largest problems Israelis and Jews are facing. 

Now that Libya has been under attack and Ghadafi is dead, weapons have been smuggled into Gaza, no doubt.  That's where some of the more lethal and long-range onces have been coming from.   Even the newer Qassam 3 made in Gaza can now reach out 12 miles away. 

These weapons rain down in southern Israel without any aiming.  They fall on civilians only.  The distance has been growing that they can reach.  People have 12 seconds to run for a bomb shelter. 

In just this month of November, rockets have come into Israel on the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th, 13th and 15th of the month for a total of 11 rockets.  No one ever knows where they will land.  Though Israel's Iron Dome since March 27th has stopped 24 rockets from coming into several larger cities, they cannot afford an Iron Dome for everyplace.  It costs $100,000 for every interception, and this does not include the cost of creating and setting up an Iron Dome. 

We here who live safely in the USA cannot imagine trying to live a life where you may really feel you are Henny Penny running to tell the king that the sky is falling.  We shudder thinking of an asteroid that could fall out of the sky.  How would Americans feel about living through years of shelling from 12 miles away and have 12 seconds to run to a bomb shelter?  One bout of that and you're done for the day, most likely.  You'd be afraid to even go to the bathroom.  Welcome to a world that the UN pretends doesn't exist but that Jews prayed for 2,000 years to regain.  And yes, it's worth it to us.  Ha Shem said, "but I didn't promise you a rose garden."  He's making us work for it, I think.  We've gone through so much that we're not about to give it up. 

Reference: http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90777/7640357.html -disgusting report minimizing danger of Qassam to a population

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

From October-70 Rockets and Mortars Rain Into Southern Israel From Gaza
Nadene Goldfoot
Two more long range Qassam rockets were fired into Southern Israel aimed at Kibbutz Sha'ar Hanegev in the Western Negev region  and destroyed a farm building near the kindergarten classroom. The kindergarten was also severely damaged.  Luckily it had already closed for the day, and the children remained safe. 

This was the 4th time that Israel's Ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, had to write to Ban Ki-Moon, the Secretary council about saying something like condemning Hamas about doing this.  Israel is enduring shrapnel hits in their homes, school and playground and fire in their streets. 

Such information never gets into our Oregonian, so I imagine it doesn't make the news into other papers as well, and Americans are not aware of these continual attacks.  Israel answered today with their air force and that will probably get into papers.  Israel has promised that they will retaliate everytime they are hit by these terrorists.  The IAF hit a tunnel in the terrorist center in N. Gaza. 

Reference: http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=245823

Monday, November 14, 2011

Iran Blames Israel For Stuxnet Virus, then Stars: Now Facing Duqu Virus

 Nadene Goldfoot                                        

Nadene Goldfoot

Iran had experienced a computer virus last year called the Stuxnet.  Since then in April they have experienced another attack called Stars. 

They just had a mysterious blast SW of Tehran at a missile base that killed 17 in the explosion.  The day after the attack they found their computers were hit with the Duqu virus. 

For a country that has called Israel every detestible name under the sun and has thrown in the threats of destroying it, this is good news since their missiles with atomic death are driven by their computer system.  Whoever has come up with such a non-violent way to stop attacks on Israel, the United States and any other freedom loving country, I cheer for you.  Sanctions haven't helped to stop Iran in their mission to have atomic weapons, and some countries are even unwilling to do that much.  What makes Iran different from Korea or Pakistan is that they have been so blatant in announcing what evil they plans of destruction they have  to bring down on the heads of Israel and her friends.  Their hatred for Israel is like a vendetta, a blood feud.
Iran testing their huge shabab missiles to be used on
USA and Israel according to their many threats
 It makes me wonder if Ahmadinejad isn't related to Haman, Chief minister of Ahasuerus, king of Persia, who wanted to order all the Jews in Persia to be killed.  He didn't like Queen Esther's Uncle Mordecai, so he schemed for the annihilation of all the country's Jews.  He wound up being hanged along with all his sons.  Actually, Haman may have been a  descendant of Agag, King of Amalek.  The Amaleks were an  original hateful group against Jews.  We remember this historical event with the holiday of Purim. 
Update:  We need another virus for their computers. 

Resource: Artutz Sheva: After Stuxnet: Iran Detects Another Computer Virus by Elad Benari
New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia

Thursday, November 10, 2011

What King of Security Does Security Council Work For?

Nadene Goldfoot
Last week Israel was violently attacked in a huge barrage of 39 missiles raining into the civilian population of southern Israel  which resulted in one death, 16 wounded, 14 traumatized, not to mention that one million people were forced to stay in their bomb shelters at home for the entire week.  This means that 200,000 children were kept out of school and all work came to a standstill.  Did the United Nations Security Council bemoan the deed?  Not a word came out of this council. 

Ambassador Ron Prosor, former Israeli ambassador to the UK and now to the UN,  spoke yesterday to this body dealing with security of its members and said this surely should have called for a reaction, but heard nothing from them in condemning the attacks.  What gives? 

Isn't it about time that this group speaks up and tells the Palestinians to stop?  What are they afraid of, or are they cheering on the side?  Are they betting as to who will win?  This isn't how the security council is supposed to react.  Is this what the USA supports with money?  It seems to me just about how Europe reacted to Jews' being treated by the Nazis.  Remember Kristallnacht?  It happened on November 9-10, 1938.  There wasn't any U.N. then, and no one nation stood up to stop the attacks on Jews, which resulted in the death of 6 million Jews and millions of other minority groups. 

Does the security council think that there has to be a certain number of people killed in an attack to react or even send a postcard of condolence?  The only reason that Israel has a small number of people killed is that they have a small number of people to begin with that have worked very hard to protect their citizens from attack and have bomb shelters for a large number of their population.  They are not a people ready to sacrifice life in order to make a point.  The philosophy of Israel is for "life", not death.  I'd like to see the members receive such bombardment in their countries and find out how they would feel about it.  Do they not remember the attacks in their countries during WWII? 

The Security Council does not endorse security, at least for Israel at all.  Get out of the bar and grill, fellows, and do what you're supposed to do or hang it up and go home.  I think enough money on your organization has been wasted.  The "Palestinian" Arabs have been taking enough shots at Israelis.  Enough is Enough! 

Reference: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Subscribe/
http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2011/11/kristallnacht-73-year-ago-holocaust.html?utm_source=The+Lid+List&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=24163a1eaf-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN sent from Victor Sharpe

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Rocks and Rockets Keep Flying
Nadene Goldfoot
Kassam rockets from Gaza attacked this weekend hitting a foreign worker who was taken to Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon  Two missiles had hit overnight south of this port city which is home to oil, gas and electric infrastructures. 

It looks like the Islam Jihad group is responsible, but Hamas is held responsible for what goes on in Gaza.  Egypt has warned Hamas that they must stop the attacks and that Egypt cannot broker a cease fire if they don't cease firing. 

Also, Judea and Samaria received terrorist attacks.  A man was hit in Samaria from an Arab fire bomb while he was driving his car early Sunday morning.  This was from about 30 Arab rioters throwing rocks and fire bombs on motorists on Highway 60, which is the Jerusalem-Hevron Highway.  They have had deadly attacks at times. 

Arabs also attacked IDF on patrol in the El Aroub Sundar Judean village  which is also on Highway 60.  They threw rocks at them, and they responded with riot control measures. 

In Judea on Saturday the IDF arrested two wanted terrorists.  One terrorist was caught near Bethlehem which is south of Jerusalem and another stopped near Shechem which is north of the capital. 

An Israeli worker was attacked by terrorists from Gaza while he was doing maintenance work on the security fence.  There was a 2 hour gunfight in which the 2 terrorists were killed.  I might add that the terrorists have made it very clear that they're out to kidnap IDF or probably any Israeli to be held for more ransom of terrorist prisoners, so that any person is in jeopardy of being either killed or kidnapped today. 

Resource: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/149446

Friday, November 04, 2011

Abraham  and Isaac and the Akedah and Eid al-Adha
Nadene Goldfoot

How many million make a billion?  It would take 1,000 million to equal one billion.  With about 7 billlion people on earth today,  Jews number only about 13 million in the world.    Jews make up 0.02% of the world population.  Most Jews live in either Israel or the United States. 

Christians make up 33% of the total world population with 2.1 billion  followers.  It is the state religion of 16 nations: Armenia, Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Denmark, El Salvador, England, Greece, Georgia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, Norway, and the Vatican City, of course.  The Roman Catholic Church is predominate with 1.17 billion or about half of the Christian population in the world. 

There are 1.57 billion Muslims in the world.  that's 1/4 of the world population.    Fewer than 15% of them are Arabs.  The highest Muslim Arab populations are Egypt with 79 million, Iraq with 32 million , Saudi Arabia with 25 million, Yemen with 23 million and Syria with 20 million.  Iranians are not Arabs but are Persians and they have 74 million Muslims.  Muslims have about 40 countries where they are the majority of the population.

Abraham was the father of both Ishmael and Isaac.  Ishmael's mother was the Egyptian handmaid of Sarah, Abraham's wife who later gave birth to Isaac.  This was the beginning of the rift between Arabs and Jews, probably.  Abraham is the father of Judaism, breaking away from the city of Ur in the Chaldees, which is today's Iraq, where they had been worshipping clay idols as gods.  Being that Abraham's father, Terah, was an idol maker, Abraham knew that this was not a truth, and came to believe in one unseen god.  In order to make a clean break in habits for his family, he took his father and the rest of his family and migrated to a place where Canaanites and Philistines lived and pitched his tent.  He visited Egypt, then returned to live in Hebron.  His nephew, Lot, had migrated with him but separated only to get into trouble with the Elamites, so Abraham fought with the kings of Elam, Shiar and their allies in order to rescue him.  This is when G-d spoke to him telling him that his seed would inherit the land "from the river of Egypt to the Euphrates, and tested his loyalty to him with the ordering the sacrifice of Isaac. "And He said, "Please take your son, your only one, whom you love--Isaac---and go to the land of Moriah; bring him up there as an offering upon one of the mountains which I shall tell you." G-d did not say, "Slaughter him," because He did not intend for Isaac to be slaughtered, but only that he be brought up to the mountain and be prepared as an offering. The Torah does not use the word which signifies the slaying of the sacrificial victim.  From the outset, there was no intention of accepting a human sacrifice, although Abraham was at first not aware of this.  Mount Moriah is the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

 Abraham was stopped by an angel of G-d who had been testing him. "Do not stretch out your hand against the lad nor do anything to him for now I know that you are a G-d-fearing man, since you have not withheld your son, your only one, from Me".  (Being that Abraham made all the provisions to carry this out, though not wanting to, I believe that human sacrifice at that time and place was not unheard of, though Abraham always had sacrificed animals. It's hard for us to realize that this event occurred about 4,000 years ago.  Look how people have changed in the last 391 years from 1620 when the Pilgrims sailed on the Mayflower from Holland to Plymouth Rock.  They believed in witches and burned women at the stake if they were found to be one. 

Muslims will be making a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia this week for their annual hajj.  All Muslims are expected to do this once in their lives.  2.5 million were there in 2010.  Many of the concepts they will be remembering are linked to the life of Ibrahim or Abraham.  One of the holy days, Eid al-Adha, is about the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son, only in the Koran it is Ishmael that is the son to be sacrificed.  The Ishmaelites lived in N Arabia between Egypt and the Assyrian border who traditionally were the Arab descendants of Ishmael, and modern Arabs still claim this descent.  They are mentioned in Gen. 25:12 ff.  They also had been divided into 12 tribes, just like the Jews' 12 tribes. 

 The story, first found in the "Old Testament or Torah and later in the 600's CE of the Koran also says that G-d intervened and spared the boy's life where the son is Isaac. ishmael and his mother Hagar had already been sent away.   Jews remember this event as the Akedah found in Genesis 22.  This is read as the portion of the Law on the 1st day of Rosh ha-Shanah, or the Birthday of the world, the Jewish New Year. 

At Bet Alpha in the Beit She'an Valley in NE Israel, a mosaic floor was found in a 6th century CE synagogue of the binding of Isaac to the altar.  It pictures two young men waiting with the ass, the ram caught in the thicket, and divine intervention in the form of a hand with Abraham laying Isaac on the Altar.  This is the site of a Jewish village from the 5-6th CE where Kibbutz Bet Alpha now lies.  It is north from Jerusalem and you get to it before you get to Nazareth. 

Reference Oregonian newspaper 11/4/11section # Hajj by the numbers: Islam's pilgrimage
The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia
Pentateuch and Haftorahs-Dr JH Hertz, Chief Rabbi of the British Empire
Islamist Jihad Terrorists Taking Over Gaza

Nadene Goldfoot
Hamas terrrorists are  being overtaken by an extreme terrorist group in Gaza called the Islamist Jihad.  They seem to be responsible for the recent barrage of 39 missiles fired into Israel hitting everplace from the border to Ashkelon, which is the farthest city from Gaza and contains the area's main hospital, the Barzilai Medical Center, treating Arabs and Jews alike.

They were invited to Cairo to talk about a cease fire, which of course would give the terrorists time to re-position  their new portable missile launcher and  take a lunch break.  It didn't happen, but Israel's Knesset has given the IDF to go in and stop these missile shooters, which seems to have brought the shooting to a half for now. 

By their name, I wondered if this group isn't an outgrowth of the Muslim Brotherhood, the most organized politcal group in Egypt?  The answer is that they are.  Their goals are the same;  the destruction of Israel.  They plan to replace the tiny state with an Islamist state.  They started in Beirut Lebanon and were supported by Hezbollah terrorism, then branched out to an office in Damasus,  and are also found in Judea and Samaria's Arab population in Hebron and Jenin and of course have become predominant in Gaza.  What is worrisome is that they have been known to recruit chemical engineers into their web of destruction. 

There was a point where Hamas was trying to stop their rocket attacks, but have decided to just sit back and let them be the bulldogs in their plot to destroy Israel.  They have no intention to sign any peace treaties with this goal in prominence.  Like Hamas,they do not discriminate between civilians and soldiers.  They aim in a general direction of a highly populated Southern Israel and the population has 12 seconds to run for a bomb shelter.  Heaven help you if you are disabled in anyway.  One Israeli fellow in his 50's was hit in the stomach with shrapnel and died from his wounds.  Many were injured while others were so emotionally upset that they had to be hospitalized as well.   

Resource: http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=243793

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Can Voices of Peace from Arab Jewish Community Center Combat Anti-Semitism?

Can Voices of Peace from Arab Jewish Community Center in Jaffa, Israel Combat Anti-Semitism?
 Finding Jewish Ancestors in Many Lands
Nadene Goldfoot
"The forces of genetic mixing are so powerful that everyone in the world has Jewish ancestors, though the amount of DNA from those ancestors in a given individual may be small.  In fact, everyone on earth is by now a descendant of Abraham, Moses, and Aaron-if indeed they existed."  Steve Olson in Mapping Human History:  Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins page 114. "

Others have found that many populations in area such as northern Iraq or south ex-USSR, Caucasus, even to the edge of India, and more than half of the population of Afghanistan are...of Jewish descent.  It is believed that they are parts of the 10 lost tribes. 

After the destruction of the Kingdom of Israel by the Assyrians, the majority of the 10 Lost tribes were spread at the extremities of that empire to populate it and act as a buffer to potential invaders.  We are finding  them today through DNA where they settled.  This includes most of Kurdistan, which also has Q1b haplogroup people (today making up 5% of the Jewish population) .  Many of our ancestors were converted to Islam at the time of the creation of Islam by Mohammed in the 600's.  However, many retain some practices dating back from their Jewish heritage, often without them knowing about these customs and their origin.  A mission was sent from Israel in the 1960's to 1970's to identify these "lost" tribes, and they had been found.

Our house is split like brothers found themselves to be in America's Civil War between the North and the South.  Long ago our 10 tribes were carried off  and some became assimilated into what later became a Moslem population, whether by force or by choice. 

When Jerusalem fell in 70 CE, some Jews were able to remain by hiding, and their descendants are there today, but many were taken as slaves.  Some left and set up villages along the way from the Mediterranean to North Eastern Europe.  then traveled through the homeland referred to as the Levant, then Anatolia and Greece and sailed to Italy, which is not that far away if you look at today's map.  Rome in 70 CE had a large Jewish population already and some Romans and Greeks had  even converted to Judaism.  This had happened during the time of Roman rule.  Romans had changed the names of Judea and Samaria and Israel to the name "Palestine" to wipe out the Jewish presence after 135 CE when Bar Kokba had a final showdown and had  a rebellion against Rome. 

Some Jews who were in Anatolia, a part of Turkey since 1453 CE but originally under Persian and Roman rule,   joined the cities of Byzantine Jews there.  Others kept moving north in Italy, though the Southern Italian peninsula was the first home for the new communities of Jews.

In the 4th century Jews kept moving north into Northern Italy until the 10th century when they went north into the Rhineland (Germany) and set up communities which became the cultural center of the northern European Jews. 

They moved NE after the 11th century and settled in Eastern Germany and Poland.  This area became the largest Jewish Diaspora community in Europe before WWII which was when 6 million Jews were slaughtered.  It was in 1012 CE that Jews migrated from Germany to Poland near Bialystock and Grodno. 

The founding families of Lithuania are said to have come from Babylonia in early medieval times.  There had been a plague in 1347 followed by a 1348 migration of Jews going from Eastern Germany to Lemberg and Temopol with Hungarian Jews from 1349 to 1360 migration to Temopol, also.  The Jews of Kiev were a mixture of Byzantine, Western European and maybe even the few Khazarians who had converted to Judaism as well as other Jews living in Kiev and had moved into the Crimea in 1350. This is when the plague finally ended. 

There was also a Lithuanian migration of 1445 SE of the Crimea.  At the same time Byzantine Jews and the Judaic Khazars might have gone to Khakov from SE to the north of Russia.   By 1495 Lithuanian Jews also migrated to Bialystock, Poland.  Whenever a plague broke out, the Jews were thrown out of some German town and went into Poland.  Jews were accused of creating plagues because they didn't get sick and die to the degree that others did.  This was because of Jews keeping their kashrut laws which contained a lot of sanitary habits, such as bathing and washing hands before eating, weekly dips in the mikvah, and dietary cleanliness habits. 

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue, and this was the time that Jews were forced to leave Spain and flee to Portugal, who later also expelled them.  Many Spanish Jews at that time became Conversos, pretending to convert to Christianity but practicing Judaism in secret.  Today there are Spaniards who through DNA testing have found they match Ashkenazi surnames.  In their family's history they may remember such things as not eating pork and washing their hands before eating.  Some say that everyone in Castille had Jewish ancestors from there. 

It is believed that Jews arrived in Central Asia about 4,000 years ago.  There was a large population of Jews in Georgia.  Many think that the entire population of Georgia can point to a Jewish grandmother or grandfather, but this would have to be proved through DNA testing. Who was from Georgia?  Joseph Stalin. 

It's now discovered that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has Jewish roots.  He was seen in a picture holding up his identity card in March 2008 showing his former surname was Sabourjian, which is a Jewish name meaning "cloth weaver".  His family converted to Islam when he was 4 years old.  They came from Aradan. He has been continually berating Jews and Israel.  He calls for Israel's destruction at every opportunity and calls it a "fake regime".  He has said so many degrading things about Jews, calling Zionists the most detested people in all humanity, and that the Holocaust was a myth, used by Jews just to gain sympathy.   It is typical when people convert of degrading the religion they left.  People think he is overcompensating to hide his past by blasting Jew and Israel.   Not too recently there were about 25,000 Jews living in Iran, down from an original 100,000 to 150,000.  Since the Ayatollah Khomeini Islamic Revolution, Jews there are defamed often by the Mullahs.  

Evidence has turned up that Gaddafi of Libya and also even Hitler had Jewish connections. Yes, we know that Bernie Madoff is Jewish and he took advantage of everyone, Jew and non Jew alike.   This certainly tells me that it's what you learn from your mother and your wife family and community that counts, and that your genes just give you your  capabilities, such as leadership skills, but not your morality.  What's amazing is that anti-semitism is still so rampant and as it turns out, many of these  people may have Jewish ancestors! 

Today in Israel there is a Choir group called "The Voice of Peace, who just performed for Pope Benedict XVI in Jaffa made up of Jews and Muslims with Dudu Fisher singing songs in Hebrew, English and Arabic.  I hope the Pope recognizes the significance of this project.  Enjoy.  They sing of peace. 

Resource: http://www.youtube.com/embed/e7oK0nXB188?
Tracing Your Jewish DNA For Family History & Ancestry-Merging a Mosaic of Communities by Anne Hart, copyright 2003.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

How Arabia Came to be Home to Jews Hated by Muhammad

Nadene Goldfoot
1,000 years before Mohammed the Prophet was born, Jews were already experiencing an exile from their homeland, Judea and were sitting by the waters of Babylon saying "If I forget thee O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its cunning.  A Reverend Parks commented that "the religion which was developing into a universalistic ethical monotheism never lost its root in The Land.  The land of Israel is intertwined far more intimately into the religious and historic memories of the people; for their connection with the country has been of much longer duration---in fact it has been continuous from the 2nd millennium BCE to to modern times.  It is the emotional centre which has endured through the whole of their period of "exile" and has led to constant returns or attempted returns, culminating in our own day in the Zionist Movement."

Israel was a nation in about 1220 BCE, almost 2,000 years before the first Arab invasion began.  Arabist scholar Alfred Guillaume reports that Jews probably first settled in Arabia when Samaria fell in 721 BCE. All they had to do was travel south and follow the Red Sea and they were there.  It was not that far. 

 A self-contained Jewish military colony in Aswan and upper Egypt, found just a few years ago, was founded after Samaria fell.  The Jewish settlements in Arabia were from the fugitives escaping from the old northern capital of the Hebrews.  In the 1st and 2nd centuries CE...Arabia offered a near asylum to the Jews who had been the victims of the ruthless Romans. 

Jewish and Christian settlements were established in places in Arabia, spreading Aramaic and Hellenistic culture.  Jews and Judaised Arabs were everywhere in Najran, a southern Arabian Christian center.  Jews were also in Yathrib, later renamed Medina as agriculturists and artisans.  Medina is abut 280 miles north of Mecca.  The Jewish tribes that settled there were the Banu Nadir and Banu Quraiza.  Pagan Arabs then arrived attracted by the richness of the town.  They became clients of the Jews, then later dominated them.  At the time there was no stable government.  It was torn apart by the feuds of the rival Arab tribes of Aus and Khazraj while the Jew tried to maintain a balance of power.  The Jews were disliked as they were wealthier.  With the presence of Muhammad, the Arabs attacked and eliminated the Jews. 

In the last half of the 5th century, Persian Jews escaped persecution and fled to Arabia.  By the 6th century, Christian writers wrote about the Jewish community that remained in the Holy Land.  Tiberius in Judea was most important.  In Arabia in the kingdom of Himyar on the Red Sea's east coast, it was popular to convert to Judaism for important people.  The rule of this kingdom stretched over South Arabia.  Then commoners and the royal family adopted Judaism with the Rabbis from Tiberius begin part of the King Du Noas's entourage and serving as his envoys in negotiations with Christian cities. 

When Islam was becoming popular, Jews were dominating the economic life of Arabia holding lots of the best land and made up at least half of the population of Medina.  A Jewish settlement also was to the north of the Gulf of Aqaba.  Jews of the Hijaz made many converts among the Arab tribesmen.  These Judean refugees, Jews, had resettled to become prosperous, influential Arabian settlers.  They prospered because they had superior knowledge of agriculture and irrigation, were industrious and had the energy.  Jewish prosperity was a challenge to the Arabs, especially the Quraysh in Mecca and tribes in Medina.  Muhammad was a member of the Quraysh tribe, and they coveted all that the Jews were accomplishing but didn't have any of the necessary skills. 

There we have the background of how Muhammed became so bitter as to write in his Koran such things as kill a Jew if you see him behind a rock.   He himself even had one or two Jews...murdered and no blood money was paid to their next of kin.  He was coming into his power and couldn't abide pockets of disaffected Jews around his base so they had to be eliminated.  The Jews would not convert to Islam. 

A tribe of Jews were suspected of treachery and were forced to put down their arms and leave their homes so that the land and goods could be taken by the Muslims.  Other tribes were afraid to come to their aid, such as the Qurayza and the Aus.  Muhammad said, "Two religions may not dwell together on the Arabian Peninsula."  His successors, Abu Bakr and Omar I,  carried out the edict.  Jews were slaughtered and exterminated.  The Jewish dhimmi thus evolved; the robbery of freedom and political independence and taking of property of Jews in Arab lands until 1948. 

Well, Israel is not sitting on the Arabian peninsula.  Israel as a country is a Jewish state with over 1 million Muslims living there along with Christians and possibly other religious groups as well.  It was a haven for Asian boat people.   There are no Jews allowed to live in Saudi Arabia ever since Muhammad made his decree.  It is 100% Sunni Muslims with an absolute monarchy with about 27,601,038 population.  It's time for the Muslims to realize that Israel is not on the Arabian Peninsula and that was what was covered by their leader, not the land Israel is on.  Israelis have gone back home to Israel. 

Resource: From Time Immemorial by Joan Peters pps 140-145