Thursday, February 28, 2013

Golan Heights Gets Hit With Second Rocket and 3 More

Nadene Goldfoot
Three months ago the Israelis living in the Golan were hit with a mortar accidentally from Syria due to their Civil War.

They were just hit again by a 100 mm shell from the battle Syria is involved in which landed in this Golan town.  People can hear the shelling in Syria from here, but recently they say it had been quiet.  The silence was broken by the whistling of incoming fire.  Luckily it didn't explode.

Update: 3/2/13 Three more mortars exploded in the Golan Saturday afternoon.  They all seem to be strays from the fighting below in Syria.  No one was injured.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

From Riots to Rockets: Ashkelon Hit

Nadene Goldfoot
Ashkelon, Portland's sister city, was just hit Tuesday morning from Gaza by an improved  Grad rocket breaking  silence since November.  It was from al-Aqsa Maryrs Brigade who are connected to Fatah in Judea-Samaria (West Bank), supposedly the moderate ones.

Why?  It was instigated by leaflets sent out urging harsh reprisals for Arafat Jaradat, the Israeli prisoner who died suddenly while incarcerated.  An autopsy showed heart attack, and bruises on the body were from trying to recusitate him, said the Israeli doctors whom the Palestinians will not accept.  Israel has now asked the international community's doctors to review their autopsy records on this man.  He has been buried already.  The UN is also probing the incident.

In a group such as this, where Palestinian mothers offer their children's life in any act that will harm Israel, and with Israeli's who's main word is L'Chaim (to life), who do everything to save lives, whose country is made up of bomb shelters, one can only expect that the autopsy report will be the final answer.  In the meantime, the Palestinians are making as much out of this episode as they can.  Their main goal is to do anything to bring down Israel.

"In October 2011, Israel freed more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners -- including hundreds serving life sentences for attacks on Israelis -- in exchange for one person: Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held by Hamas for more than five years."  


Monday, February 25, 2013

Clashes in West Bank (Judea-Samaria)

 Nadene Goldfoot                                     Judea-Samaria  (West Bank)
Does anyone realize that the West Bank (Judea-Samaria) happens to be the very land that was ancient Israel?  King David, of the tribe of Judah,  had ruled over Israel with Jerusalem as his capital in about 1,000 BCE.  It split into 2 kingdoms with Judah keeping the Davidic dynasty and Jerusalem while Israel made Samaria its capital.  This "West Bank" was to be part of the Jewish Homeland in the original plans with Britain who held the mandate. Jordan had illegally grabbed the area in 1948 as it lies next to his state, allowed or encouraged Palestinians to live there, and it didn't come under Israel's domain until 1967.   Now, the land is designated to become "Palestine" when the conditions become peaceful.  The catch is that Abbas and his crew plan to have it devoid of Jews, just like the Nazi plan of Judenrein.  Israel contains 1.4 million Arabs but the Arabs' state is to have zero Jews.

350,150 Jewish Israelis now lived in this area as it holds so many places and feelings for Jews. 300,000 Jews also live in East Jerusalem, which is also counted as part of the "West Bank."   Palestinian Arabs also live here. Area C of the West Bank is 70% Jewish.   Now that Gaza has quieted down, clashes are happening in many cities.  There are 4 Palestinian prisoners who decided to go on a hunger strike, and all belong to terrorist groups and are dangerous.  For some reason, the Arab population in the West Bank have suddenly started rioting, demanding they be released.

Now, another new prisoner, Arafat Jaradat, 30 years old, arrested for throwing rocks at Jews in Judea, was found dead in his cell and the crowd's immediate conclusion was that he had been tortured to death.    Israeli officials deny this and said that bruises on his body were from resuscitation.  They thought he had died from a heart attack.  An autopsy was done Sunday which was observed by a Palestinian doctor who was the Palestinian Prisoners Minister Issa Qaraqi.  He saw bruises on the chest, back, arms and mouth.  His conclusion was torture during interrogation causing psychological shock leading to immediate death.  Now Palestinians are calling for an international inquiry of the jails and how Jaradat died.  Israel is saying they need the results of a toxicology and other tests are completed and that torture didn't happen.    His body was returned to the family for burial today.

Before this unfortunate event happened, clashes were going on in Hebron, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Jenin and at checkpoints in East Jerusalem and south of Nablus. between IDF and young Palestinians.  With so many clashes going on at the same time, I feel they  had been purposely organized.  President Obama is due to arrive in Israel on March 20th, so somebody is stirring up trouble here.

Palestinians threw rocks and Molotov cocktails against Israeli soldiers who used tear gas and rubber bullets. The outcome was 4 protesters that were seriously wounded, report  the Palestinians.

Torture seems to be a world cry right now.  President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan is charging the USA that they are torturing and murdering innocent people and ordered all US special operations forces to leave a province in 2 weeks.  This results in  calling in NATO airstrikes in populated areas citing civilian casualties.  We're supposed to be out of there by 2014.  In the meantime, Taliban suicide bombers targeted Afghan security forces in 3 different attacks on Sunday with the results of 4 Afghan security men and one civilian killed.  Karzai is pinpointing US special forces in Wardak for harassing, annoying, torturing and murdering innocents.

Resource: Oregonian newspaper 2/25/13 Riots follow West Bank death by Edmund Sanders and Maher Abukhater, LA Times.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Israeli Jails Only Hold Palestinians With a Good Reason

Nadene Goldfoot
The 4 Palestinians on a hunger strike while being held in Israeli jails are there for good reason.  At the end of 2012, there were about 4,500 Palestinians in Israeli jails and prisons.  Palestinians in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem have been rioting in protest of their incarceration.  It has to be an organized act by the terrorist organizations.

1. Samer Issawi, fasting the longest, is there on a 26 year sentence from 2002 for attempted  murder and other terrorist crimes.  He was once released in the Gilad Shalit kidnapping on June 25, 2006,  but continued terrorism being a part of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.  He could be released in March.   He comes from a family of terrorists.

2. Eman Ismail Salame Sharouna, Hamas member arrested in 2002 for multiple terrorist attacks such as bombing in Be'er Sheva which wounded 18 people, kidnap attempt of IDF soldier, shooting attacks at soldiers.   with 38 year sentence, released in Shalit kidnapping in November 2011, returning to Hamas terrorist activities, rearrested January 2012. Gilad Shalit wasn't released until October 18, 2011 in a prisoner exchange swap.  He had been held for over 5 years.
Damaria (Shomron).

3. Jafer Az al-Din, member of Islamic Jihad Terrorists from northern Samaria (Shomron).  Arrested during Pillar of Defense operation in Gaza November 2012.

4. Tarek Dar Hussein,  member of Islamic Jihad Terrorists from northern Samaria (Shomron).  Arrested during Pillar of Defense operation in Gaza November 2012.

Perhaps it is Obama's upcoming visit to Israel on March 20-22nd, but Palestinian Arabs staged protests with the IDF at flashpoints in Jerusalem and across the West Bank on Friday, February 22nd.  They have been demonstrating for the past week in support of these 4 who have extended their hunger striking against their incarceration. The first two on the list are repeat terrorist offenders.    Two of the men are being held without trial and two were re-arrested after being released in a prisoner exchange in 2011.

Islamic Jihad terrorists are known to be very dangerous.  They are responsible for suicide bombings and other attacks.  Recently some from the Jenin area were caught trying to kidnap an Israeli citizen.

The Israeli police had to enter the compound of the al-Aqsa mosque  (Temple Mount) in Jerusalem and use stun grenades to disperse the protesters who threw stones at the police after their Friday prayers.  Friday is the Shabbat for Muslims.  "Israel had previously tried to prevent hunger strikes by coming to an agreement with the prisoners and the current hunger strikes are a violation of that agreement."  The thing is, it makes good propaganda against Israel by appearing in newspapers such as the Oregonian.

A 30 year old Palestinian from Hebron, Arafat Jaradat,  was just arrested a few days ago and died during questioning of a heart attack according to Saudi Arabia's  newspaper, Al Arabiya News. They also reported that about 100 were wounded in clashes in Judea-Samaria over the fasting prisoners of which 2 were shot by civilians, since the IDF were not using live ammunition.   Protests anywhere tend to become violent.  In this situation there were 200 Arab protesters against 25 Jewish people.

It could be anyone of the terrorist organization that organized the protests.  If so, they have just led to the harm of their own people.  All 4  men are terrorists and deserve to be locked up.

Resource: Oregonian newspaper, page A3, Palestinians, Israellis Clash

Surrounding Arab States, Not Native Arabs Incensed Over Israel's Creation

Nadene Goldfoot
On the eve of the establishment of Israel, May 14, 1948, a war broke out when the Arab states and the Arab Higher Committee rejected the United Nation's Partition Plan, Resolution 181 ( November 29, 1947) of the General Assembly.  These Arab states threatened to use force to prevent the implementation of the resolution and did.  Israel's War of Independence was the first of many between the State of Israel and her neighboring Arab countries. Israel found themselves up against 5  regular Arab armies;  Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Iraq.   On the 13th of May there were still 100,000 British troops stationed in Palestine but their policy was not to intervene except to keep the British forces safe.

 The native Arabs living in Palestine were being manipulated by their brethren just like pawns in a chess game.   This was the first offering by the Jews through the United Nations of two states, Jewish and Muslim and it was refused.  The plan was taking place on land originally decided and stipulated by the League of Nations to be the Jewish National Homeland.  The new offer was a disappointment to the Zionist leaders as well, but they were desperate to have their own state, and something was better than nothing.  This first war lasted until January 5,1949.  It was 7 months of intense fighting with a few  truces, one of which was 28 days from June 10th to July 18th 1948.

By the time it stopped, Israel had 6,373 deaths including about 4,000 soldiers.  That was almost 1% of the total population of 650,000.  (Moses had taken 600,000 Israelites out of Egypt.) The Arabs suffered 2,000 the death of about 2,000 regular invading troops and  and unknown number of irregular Palestinian forces.  They never agreed to a truce and continued harassing against Jewish forces and villages in the north.  It was Egypt who had agreed on January 5, 1949, to negotiate for an armistice which the UN demanded on November 16, 1948.  Jamal Abdel Nasser was in an Egyptian brigade that was cut off in a small pocket around Falouja.

Israel had been able to reopen the road to the south and capture Be'er-Sheva on October 21.  Egyptian forces had been cut off from their bases.  Israel had an army of 100,000 troops, which was awesome considering they had 600,373 people, many of which had just come out of the holocaust.

The Jewish section of my old city of Safed in the Galilee, had been under siege.  Jews had continually lived there as had Jews in Jerusalem.  The Hagana managed to briefly reopen the road to Jerusalem and its Jewish section, captured all of Tiberias below Safed, Haifa and other places.  British intervention,  which wasn't to be allowed by their own rules, prevented the conquest of Jaffa.  The city later surrendered in May.  This is a good example of the fact that Britain was given the mandate "job" of carrying out the wishes of the League of Nations to establish the Jewish National Home and worked against it.

The Syrian army had captured Masada,  originally Herod the Great's Palace and fortress,  the site now used to induct Israel's soldiers into the IDF.  It is on the eastern edge of the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea.   This was where the last stand took place in 73 CE against the Romans where the Jews, on top of a high mountain had taken refuge.  Instead of allowing the Romans to rush and kill them all unmercifully, they decided on a mass suicide.  When the Romans entered, they found all 960 people were dead.

An interesting aspect of this is that the Druze, a light-skinned people with their own religion, a form is Islam which the Muslims sneer that they are idolaters, had started to fight with the Muslims and then switched and fought with the Israelis.  Today they are still on Israel's side and are some of its greatest champions.  They live in their own towns and marry within themselves and are wonderful Israeli citizens.  They also serve in the IDF while Israel up to now has not asked Israeli Muslims to do, but this is on the table for change to include all Israeli citizens.

Book: Genesis 1948:  The First Arab-Israeli War by Dan Kurzman  1970 2nd edition

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Does Iran Have The Bomb? Jews and USA's Relationship With Iran and Why Iran Is Out to Blow Them Up

Nadene Goldfoot
Iran is displaying uncalled for hatred for Jews and Israel.  Where does this come from?  Let's look at the history of the two entities. Geneticists are finding that body cells contain memory.  I wonder if the people involved are carrying an inherited memory  of their enmity for each other. Of course, oral history and written history continues their attitudes starting with parents.   

538 BCE:  CYRUS of the Babylonian Empire conquered Israel putting Jews in exile in Mesopotamia and Israel, now under Persian (Iran) rule for 200 years.  Jews were later allowed to return to Israel but it was under Persian rule as a Persian province with some local autonomy.
   The Book of Esther shows Jews living in their 127 provinces of the Persian Empire as being numerous and influential in the capital of Susa (Shushan).  Queen Esther, keeping her Judaism a secret, was married to King Ahashueros.  Haman, on the king's council as advisor,  called for death of all Jews.  Esther reveals her Jewishness and her husband turns against Haman, having him hung along with all his sons.  Esther's uncle, Mordechai,  was a descendant of King Saul, Israel's first king and from the tribe of Benjamin.  Haman, on the other hand, was a descendant of the Amalek, a tribe that was not friendly to the Israelites and tried to kill them all.
247 BCE-227 CE  Persia later controlled by PATHIAN EMPIRE. (Iranian people)
225 CE Persia under Sassanid dynasty, extending authority over ancient centers of Jewish settlement in Mesopotamia.  Sasanids were heirs of ancient Achaemanean Empire, controlled both sides of the Caspian Sea, eastern part of Fertile Crescent, land between Tigris and Indus rivers.  Zoroastrianism became their religion and language was Pahlavi, or middle Persian.  They were autocratic, and used religion as a tool of the state.  They were people very proud of their heritage.  Constantly at war with the Byzantine Empire of the West with Constantinople being the capital, who spoke Greek.  The Babylonian Talmud (Jewish) was written during this period.  Queen Shushan Dukht was Jewish.

438-457   Zoroastrian religion caused suppression of Jewish observances under Yezdegerd II

468  Sweeping persecution  under Firuz

459-486   Persecutions when alleged murder of 2 magi by Jews in capital Isfahan (city of Jewish foundation supposedly) When Kavaadh I (485-531) adopted and imposed communistic practices of Zendicism.

513-520  Persian Jews joined in revolt led by Mar Zutra II , the exilarch

531-571 Khosrow Anushirayan was the Shahanshah, believed in absolute power, ambitious, reformer and law giver, concluded an eternal peace with  Justinian of Byzantines which lasted less than 10 years.  Persians carried on trade with India and China.
635 Arabs led by Caliph Umar defeated Iranians.

641-642  Islam in Arab conquest, brought in more tolerant spirit with reservations.   Jews flourished under the Eastern Caliphate of Baghdad.  Controlled by the exilarchs and paid allegiance to the Gaonim.

700 :  Many sectarian movements like that of Abu Issa al-Isfahani.  Karaism developed from teacher Benjamin Nahavendi.

1100 CE Benjamin of Tudela found many Jewish communities, but some disturbed by messianic movement of David Alroy,  (1160) was a Jewish pseudo-Messiah born in Amadiya, Iraq. Though from Iraq, this affected Jews all over.   "The Jews of Persia had considerable difficulty in appeasing the wrath of the Sultan, and were obliged to pay a large indemnity."

1200-1400 CE Mongol Rule.

1499 Safavid dynasty returned giving Persian independence.  Shiite Islam became very dominant and was highly intolerant in theory and practice.  Jews treated worse than in other parts of the Moslem world.  All manner of restrictions were enforced.

1600   Widespread persecutions of Jews, forced conversions, especially in Isfahan.

1736-1747  Conditions towards Jews improved under broadminded Nadir Shah who tried to create a new religious synthesis.  He set up a Jewish community at his new capital, Meshed where they had been excluded.  When he died, Shiite intolerance became supreme again.

1839 Meshed community forcibly converted to Islam but kept secret fidelity to Judaism as Jedid al-Islam.  Persian Jewry among the most depressed of the world's Jewish communities.  Shahs gave promises of ameliorations which were overlooked.

1898 Schools of the Alliance Israelite Universelle introduced a more modern spirit.   and the Jedid al-Islamd were afraid to return openly to Judaism.  Social and economic status of Jews didn't change but political rights were introduced under the Shah.

1948  Jews began to emigrate to Israel, West.

1960-1970's Many Jews moved  from provinces to Teheran.
1963: Shah of Iran's White Revolution of modernizing Iran.

1963-1964 Khomeini exiled to Turkey for speaking out against the Shah's relationship with USA and Great Britain.
1977-1979 Iran's upheaval forcing shah out of the country, established Ayatolah Ruhollah Khomayni.  Reign of terror followed the Islamic Revolution, trials, executions of hundreds of political and military leaders.

1978  Khomeini Revolution, Jews felt uncomfortable under strict Islamic regime and emigrated for Israel and West.  Population went from 80,000 to 20,000 in 1989.  Khomeini brought in Islamic Republic.  

1979 June 16:  Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (October 26, 1919-July 27, 1980) , who was supported and installed by the USA and Great Britain on September 16, 1941 at the start of WWII,   went into exile.  .  Two weeks later, Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Tehran to a greeting by several million Iranians.

1980, September 20-- 1988, August 20:  Iraq-Iran War (1st Persian Gulf War) :  Iraq crossed Iranian border

1981 June 7 Israel blew up the Tammuz-I nuclear reactor in Iraq.  Saddam Husayn greatly humiliated, lost prestige.  Soviet Union had 2,200 advisers in Iraq, helped both countries.  French lent Iraq 5 jets with missiles, England traded more with Iran, USA gave $460 million for grain in 1982 to Iraq. “There is regular cooperation, since the 1980s, between North Korea and Iran. North Korea also helped set up a plutonium nuclear facility in Syria, which was bombed by Israel in 2007, according to foreign sources,” he said."

1982  Israel sold spare parts for American planes to Iran.  

1984:  500,000 military and civilian casualties for both Iran and Iraq; 3 million displaced persons, debt of over $50 billion, destruction of cities, towns, industry.

1984 July:  Iraq asking for peace but still sinking oil tankers loaded with Iranian oil and Iran prepared 500,000 soldiers for a new offensive against Basra.

2003-2013   Ayatallah Khomeini ruling religious person, Ahmadinejad President, calling for destruction of Jews.  Ayatollah "sign of G-d" is a mujtahid,  whose job is to interpret and be sources of imitation, to imitate. He gets blind obedience from imitators.  Iran is working on nuclear energy with North Korea which is felt that their goal is to build a bomb to use on Israel and the USA.

2007 September 6:  Israel blew up another nuclear facility in Syria in Operation Orchard.  "In April 2011, the IAEA officially confirmed that the site was a nuclear reactor." Nobody knew about it except Israel.  It took almost 4 years for this confirmation.

2013-February 5, 3rd Nuclear test by North Korea with Iranian observer,  Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Mahabadi, father of Iran's nuclear Fordow program. Other Iranian observers were there with him.   Iran has developed a warhead small enoough to fit ballistic missiles.  They have used North Korean prototypes.  North Korea's 3rd test was more powerful than their 2006 and 2009 tests.   "The Iranians didn’t carry out a nuclear test in Iran, but they may have done so in North Korea,” Levkowitz said. “There is no official information on this... but Iran may have bypassed inspections via North Korea. If true, this is a very worrying development.” "Dr. Alon Levkowitz, coordinator of Bar-Ilan University’s Asian Studies Program and a member of the BESA Center for Strategic Studies, told The Jerusalem Post this information.

I wouldn't be surprised if we found out that Khomeini was a descendant of the Amaleks.  Such vicious hatred boiling over must be a  reaction from his being exiled out of Iran over the USA connection. The Jews only connection in this is the friendship of USA in backing Israel plus Persia's former attitudes towards Jews.  Israel has had to destroy 2 nuclear sites already that would destroy them and the western world.  The fear now is that Iran already has the capability to bomb both Israel and the USA since this 3rd North Korean tests was a positive one.  The window of opportunity may have already shut for Israel to act.  

Maybe I'll try to rent the movie, Altered States from 1988 with William Hurt to see how they handled genetic memory.  If there's a predisposed built in attitude we all carry, it should be altered with reason, you would think.  However, here we are, Israel battling the same old adversaries.  Amazing, isn't it?  

Resource:  The New Standard Jewish Enclopedia on Persia
Textbook:  Middle East Past & Present by Yahya Armajani and Thomas M. Ricks  INFORMATIVE  REPORT

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Palestinian Perversion of Their History

Nadene Goldfoot

So many lies have been told about the Israel-Palestine situation that the true facts have not even reached the UN.  Many follow the path of  least expended energy to find out what the facts are.  

Jews were deprived of their homeland ever since 70 CE because of the Roman Empire invasion.  They suffered from religious persecution for 2,000 years, leading to pogroms in the 1800's in Russia and with the Dryfus Affair in France of 1894, realized they had to return to their native homeland which was up for grabs, being the Ottoman Empire lost in WWI.  The British, holding the mandate and instructed to carry out the promise of establishing the Jewish National Home, double-dealt with them, because they also  were  guilty of this religious anti-Semitism.  

Palestinian leaders have long desired money and power and care little for their people.  It was they who told their people to leave homes in Israel as they were coming to attack the fledgling country and that they'd get their homes back and more when it was over.  They've created such Arabian Nights fairy tales about their history that even they might have started believing it all.  If you believe the following, then you have been duped along with the average Palestinian.

1.  Palestinians identified with the land for over  thousands of years.  
No:   There were very few Arabs living there that were natives.  Most landowners had sold out and were living in Damascus, Paris, and other nice places.  During 19th and 20th centuries Arabs/Arabic-speakers that were migrants wandered searching for food and jobs all over the Middle East.  Palestine was wasteland and peasants had left.  Nothing was there for them.  But, there were also poor Jews who had remained in Palestine even though many left after 70 CE during the Roman conquest.  Jerusalem was still populated by Jews and remained so.

2. Jews returned after 2,000 years in 1948 to displace Arabs because of their new state of Israel.  
No:  Palestine was the former Empire of Israel,  held by the Ottoman Empire for the past 400 years and included land east and west of the Jordan River.  It originally was to be the new Israel according to the British Mandate but had then been pared down to 20% of the land.  The plan was not to displace the Arabs but to live together in harmony.

3.  But it was Arab land.  Arabs were there first.  
No:  There were few Arabs living in Palestine and they thought of themselves as Ottomans, Turks, southern Syrians, Arab people, but never as "Palestinians."  Effendis and the Mufti tried to create Nationalism in them but it didn't take.  T.E. Lawrence tried it also, and he failed as well.  It was an alien idea.  The only non-Jews that were there first were people that Joshua had conquered when the Israelites entered Canaan in about 1270 BCE, people like the Hittites.  They were all killed, but any survivors were emerged with the Israelite people.

4. Jews stole the Arab lands.
No:   After the Dryfus Affair, Jews formed groups to ask Britain about creating a Jewish National Homeland out of the land held by the Ottoman Empire who lost WWI.  It was decided affirmatively in the League of Nations.  Britain held the mandate and were told  to carry it out.  Arabs living there at the time were included in the plan of being citizens along with the Jews.

5. Jewish terrorists forced the peaceable Arabs to flee from Palestine.
No:  Arabs were fed with religious prejudice, so Muslims of Palestine erupted into anti-Jewish violence many times when Muslim leaders called for it which the British called "Nationalism."

6.  Palestine is Israel, and Israel makes up all of Palestine meaning that in 1948 Palestine became Israel.
No:  The bulk of people living in Palestine that were not Jewish were  from east Palestine, Syrian, Iraqi, Egyptian and others who were already landless because of feudal type life styles, natural disasters, over-taxation by the Ottomans and loan sharks (people who loan money).  The British gave away state domain lands already designated to be the Jewish National Home to these landless Arabs screaming that they had been displaced by Jews in western Palestine.  Israel got only 20% of land promised to become the Jewish National Home.  That 20% contained mostly all Jews to start with.

7.  Arabs were natives of the land but Jews had to immigrate into Palestine.
No:  Only a few Arabs were natives of the land.  The bulk were poor landless peasants looking for work who came from Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon and further.  Jews had always remained in Palestine and their ancestors were  there when Joshua entered Canaan.  Jews had been coming back to the land through the ages, but noticeable groups started in 1880 with the 1st Aliyah from Russia which continued to bring in Jews suffering from religious persecution.  With European immigrants and the end of the Ottoman Empire, there was opportunity in Palestine for jobs, so Arabs came.

8. There are no places for homeless Palestinian refugees to go.
No.  For 64 years, refugees have been living in refugee camps in Gaza, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria which in fact are the homelands of most of these Arabs.  .  The UN has been feeding them and supporting them, even keeping them in UN refugee jobs which enables them.  They are pawns in the fight against Jews held in this condition by their leaders.  They've been brain-washed to remain in this state.  This means 3 generations have lived this way.   Transjordan had taken land illegally meant for the Jews and it was from there that homeless people wound up in refugee camps as well.  Surrounding Muslim states refused to grant citizenship to these Arabs who had left Israel. Jordan had a war with them and did take in many but not all. King Hussein's son, Abdullah II married one.   Today Obama and Netanyahu are planning to have a summit meeting about Jordan being involved with the West Bank where Fatah's PA rules over Arab communities.

9. Jews were living in equality and tranquility with the Palestinian Arabs before Israel became a state, just like Jews had lived in peace and benevolence throughout the Arab world.
In individual cases, this was true.  My neighbor, Mimi Padrow,  told me about living in Tel Aviv where they had orange groves and that the Palestinian workers got along well with them.  But there were many times, such as from 1919- 1929 that rioting was instigated by leaders  like the Haj Amin el Husseini which led to the slaughter of Jews. From August 23 -29, 1929, there was rioting that killed 133 Jews and injured 339.   In the Arab world, all Jews were called dhimmis, 2nd class citizens and were forced to pay higher taxes, and follow regulations that others did not that were slanderous.  They were looked down on due to their Muslim teachings.    True, it was a better state than Jews living in many places in Europe experienced.

10. Arab Palestinians, like other Arabs, have nothing against Jews, only Zionism.
Hatred started with the Koran.  Mohammed tried to convert Jews but failed, and in many instances he converted by the sword and if that didn't work he killed whole Jewish communities who were living in Medina.  So we started off on the wrong foot.  Treated as dhimmis showed how they felt about Jews.  Britain abetted their anti-Jewish feelings by their unfair treatment of Jews, such as restricting their immigration at a time Hitler was about to kill the 6 million. Those Brits stationed in Palestine are guilty of treating the land to be the Jewish National Home as Arab land.  They didn't stop Arabs from entering.  They counted as refugees the itinerant workers from neighboring countries.  All the Arab leaders had to do was speak those Holy Words and tell lies about Jews and they felt hatred.  They were afraid the Jews would treat them like they had been treated as dhimmis.  Actually, Arabs were not interested in creating their own state, even though offered their own in 1948.  It wasn't until 1967 after the Six Day War that they wanted what they never developed.   Now Abbas wants his state next door to Israel but has no money.  What money they were given by other Arab states has gone into weapons to use against Israel.  He expects Israel to accept them when they do not recognize Israel after these past 64 years.

Resource:From Time Immemorial by Joan Peters

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Hebron: One of 4 Sacred Jewish Cities; Part of "West Bank"

Nadene Goldfoot
Abraham bought a plot of land from the Hittites that is about 18 miles south of Jerusalem.  Land the plot was part of was called Kiriath-Arba then, but shortly was named Hebron, which became a city of Judah.  This piece of land was the Cave of Machpelah  that he needed in which to  bury Sarah.  Today a mosque stands on the site.  Abraham turned out to be the father of all the peoples, mainly Jews and Muslims.  Abraham had entered Hebron after arriving in Canaan after leaving Ur, his family home.

Moses didn't enter the land of Canaan, but Joshua took over for him.  Joshua assigned Hebron to Caleb, and it was deemed a Levitical city for the tribe of Levites, who had been given the job of being teachers and traveling around to all the tribes teaching  without owning any land of their own.  It was also one of the 6 cities of refuge.

King David ruled there for 7 1/2 years before making Jerusalem his capital.  A Jewish community lived there throughout the Byzantine Period under Arab rule.  The modern city stands just east of the historical location.  Jews listed Hebron, Jerusalem, Tiberias and Safed as the 4 sacred Jewish towns.  Jews continued to live in Hebron.  In 1890 there were 1,500 and they had a yeshivot and religious school.  The great Lithuanian yeshivah of Slobadka was transferred there in 1925.

1929 was the year Arabs massacred many of the 700 Jews remaining there. It was also the year of the economic crash in the USA.  The survivors left.  Two years later 39 Jewish families returned.  Again the Arabs rioted in 1936 causing Jews to leave again.  Simultaneously  anti-Semitism was occurring in Germany with WWII starting in September of 1939.  The population in 1967 after the 6 Day War of Israel was 38,310.  Jews returned to Hebron and established the Kiryat Arba quarter east of the city.  In 1988 the population was 3,700.  Today there are 130,000 Arabs living in Hebron along with 530 Jews and 3 Christians.  6,000 Jews live right next to it in Kiryat Arba.

" According to the Oslo accords, the IDF has sole responsibility for the security of the Jewish community of Hebron."  "Under the Hebron Agreement, the city was divided into two areas: H-1, under full Palestinian Authority, and H-2, under full Israeli control. At the outset of the second intifada in 2000, the IDF resumed operations in the H-1 area. In 2003, the IDF began constructing two permanent fortified posts in Arab neighborhoods which overlook Jewish homes in the center of Hebron."

 IDF just had to detain a Palestinian and it made news in the paper.  That was the tip of the iceberg.  A Hamas cell was found to be plotting a center in Hebron as well as kidnapping of Israeli citizens.

Resource:  The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia