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The Jewish connection with Palestine
submitted by Fuad Salem

I would like first to clarify the misconception about Jews and Christians.

First, even though Jesus was a Jew, Jews are not Christians. And that Christian and Jewish values differ.

Second, if it were not for the success of Christianity, Judaism would be nothing more than another obscure religion.

The Jewish connection with Palestine was practically broken for over 1,800 years, from about 135 AD, after Christianity split from the old Jewish practises, until the twentieth century.

During that period the Jews had no political, civilizational or leadership presence in Palestine.

Indeed, their religious teachings prohibited any return to it. Their claim of association with Palestine evaporates futher when it is recalled that most of the Children of Israel refused to join Moses in his exodus to the Holy Land.

And even those who followed Moses from Egypt into the Sinai desert, refused to relinguish their worship of the cow. Which was their god of choice at the time.

This infuriated Moses.

And similarly, most of them refused to return to it from Babylon after the Persian Emperor Qursh offered to safeguard this.

More than 80% of modern Jews have no historical relationship with Palestine.

They have no genealogic connection with Jacob [Israel] or his descendants. The vast majority of Jews today trace their origins to the Cazars (Ashkenazi), which are ancient Tartar-Turkic tribes that inhabited the northern Caucasus region and adopted Judaism during eighth century AD.

Unlike the old Israelite tribes, these Tartar-Turkic tribes are not part of the Semitic family.

The word Semite is derived from Sam, the eldest son of Noah. It is used to refer to the group of peoples who lived in the region that includes the Arab peninsula, Pre Greco Roman Palestine (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan) and Iraq. They all speak a number of closely related languages, semetic languages. To-day, the Arabs are considered the largest component of the Semites. However, the term anti-Semitic is always used in reference to the Jews and no others.

From earliest times many invaders have sought to control the land, port cities, trade routes, and the people of Palestine.

They included the Assyrians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, French, British and some other lesser known names.

Each of these newcomers were either absorbed into the population through marriage, or killed or later deported.

Whereas Christianity had previously been the principal religion of the Palestinian people, their numbers were gradually replaced by Islam starting around the 10 th century.

Jews always remained a small percentage of the population.

By the end of the 19th century (1895) the population of Palestine was estimated at about 500,000. About 40,000 were Jewish.

In the case of the original non Jewish population, they remained in Palestine continuously until the middle of the 20th century when the idea of Zionism to forcefully replace non-Jews and replace them with Jews, started gaining support in European political circles, especially after World War ll.

About three quarters of the Palestinian population were eventually expelled.

Stepping back in time, the Israelite tribes ruled over limited parts of Palestine and not all of it for about four centuries (1,000-586 BC). Apart from the period of David and Soloman, there was never an ancient Jewish state in Palestine.

David's forty-year ( about 920-961 BC ) rule was considered the Golden Age of Jewish history.

David made no attempt to "Judaise" Canaan. Quite the opposite, he created a multinational state that included peoples of various backgrounds and religions. Hence the Jebusites continued to reside in Jerusalem after David had established himself there.

The period of his successor, Soloman, also lasted another forty years after which a bitter succession dispute led to the division of the kingdom into two separate entities. Israel, the northern kingdom was located in Northern Palestine while its southern counterpart, Judah, located in the Central Hills of Palestine.

In 721 BC. the Assyrians invaded Israel and razed it to the ground. A few decades later, in 587 BC, the Babylonians conquered Judah and carried its nobles off into captivity.

Although some Jews managed to return, Cyrus the Persian king conquered Babylon, and Jews lived under Persian, Greek and Roman domination and rule.

They staged two major revolts against the Romans, which were crushed, first by Emperor Titus in 70 AD and then by his successor Hadrian in 135 AD. They were expelled from Palestine by the latter.

Fuad Salem California, USA

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