25 May, 2024

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75 Years On: The Shameful Legacy Of The ‘Palestinian Nakba’ Continues!

By Mohamed Harees –

Lukman Harees

“We must do everything to insure they [the Palestinians] never do return … The old will die and the young will forget.” — David Ben Gurion, the national founder and the first PM of Israel(1948)

Every story of ethnic cleansing is heart breaking. Many have been forgotten, driven much by hatred and unsettling prejudices. Every year on May 15, Palestinians around the world mark the Nakba, an Arabic word meaning “catastrophe” and refers to Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestine, its exiling of Palestinians and making them into refugees, its dispossession of Palestinian property, its destruction of Palestinian cities, towns, and villages, and its attempt to erase the existence of the Palestinian people from its homeland 75 years ago, in 1948.

This act of ethnic cleansing however did not end in 1948; it continues even today in the form of Israel’s ongoing systemic theft of Palestinian lands to build illegal settlements in pursuance of its racist nationalist policies, denying the internationally-recognised legal right of return of more than 7 million Palestinian refugees who are defined as people displaced in 1948 and their descendants. It is thus not a matter of history but an ongoing catastrophe facing the Palestinian people on a daily basis, inside and outside Palestine under the settler colonial Zionist project, and the occupier continues the project of killing, destruction, home demolitions, land confiscation, mass imprisonment, siege on Gaza and an ongoing series of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Nakba generation might have passed, but their children continue to fight for freedom and return. 

The 75th anniversary of the Nakba thus comes at a critical and dangerous juncture that has seen a relentless escalation in Israeli violent interventions against Palestinians in the occupied territories and Gaza, which began with the unity intifada (or uprising) in 2021. A record high of 204 Palestinians were for example reportedly killed in 2022, making it the deadliest year for Palestinians in the West Bank since 2005.So far even in 2023, 96 Palestinians have been killed during the first four months of 2023. And so it continues. The unity uprising called for a Palestinian popular mobilisation in the struggle against Israel’s settler-colonial rule and practices akin to apartheid. These have been documented and recognised as such by several international human rights organisations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

Nakba Day, inaugurated in 1998 by Yasser Arafatis generally commemorated on 15 May, the day after the Israeli Independence Day (Yom Ha’atzmaut). This year marks the first time that the UN has announced that it will commemorate Nakba Day, which also marks the creation of the state of Israel. While the UN move might be seen as a diplomatic coup for Palestinians, it nevertheless serves to underline two interrelated problems.The first is that Palestinian history, when it is told, tends to be done as part of Israeli history. The second is that the Palestinians themselves – as ordinary human beings – remain a largely unknown quantity in the west.

The Nakba was not an unintended result of war. It was a deliberate and systematic act necessary for the creation of a Jewish majority state in historic Palestine, which was overwhelmingly Arab prior to 1948. The Nakba was a deliberate and systematic crime of ethnic cleansing, committed by Zionist militias and later Israel, against the indigenous Palestinian people around 1948 to make room for a racially supremacist settler-colony. Internally, Zionist Jewish leaders used the euphemism “transfer” when discussing plans for what today would be called ethnic cleansing. Zeev Sternhell in an article in Haaretz says,“Racist nationalism wasn’t invented by Hitler, but grew gradually out of the rightist revolution that began washing over Europe. This radical nationalist approach is Netanyahu’s ‘West,’ in which he finds the legitimacy for the colonialist policy of annexation and oppressionwhich he has been orchestrating since he rose to power.” 

That this catastrophe occurred is an incontrovertible fact, affirmed by Israeli historians like Benny Morris, Tom Segev and Ilan Pappe, and was recently documented in the movie “1948: Creation & Catastrophe” (www.1948movie.com) through the words of those, Israeli and Palestinian, who lived through it. The tragedy of two peoples struggling on one land was captured, in a letter written by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, who described what he found when he returned to his village, al-Birweh (one of the lost Palestinian villages) after al-Nakbah. “… When [I returned] to my original village, al-Birweh, I found only the carob tree and the abandoned church, and a cowhand who spoke neither clear Arabic nor broken Hebrew”.

Overall, the Nakba in 1948 and its legacy remains one of the most intractable and thorny issues in ongoing peace negotiations and continues to shame humanity and prick its conscience, more than seven decades on. Palestinian history and narratives are filled with the individual and collective pain of forced expulsion at gun point and after seven and half decades of struggle, the conflict has not abated. Israel’s arrogance, detestation of international law, ‘ongoing contempt for the world, the bragging and bullying’ have all reached unprecedented heights. 

It was treachery of the worst kind when Britain and the United States failed to keep their promises of protection that saw over 700,000 Palestinians were fleeing from their homeland 75 years ago when the Nakba happened. The great powers of the day took sides and plumped for a criminal regime, a mafia state that has continued to unleash atrocities on innocents. It was the original sin. The Zionist regime has never paid the price for its excesses, and the international community should collectively hang its head in shame for letting them get away with such impunity. All the uprooted who have been banished to distant lands are still seeking justice as the world has moved on to bigger conflicts, looking the other way, searching for deadlier foes when the chief among the violators is right here – in Israel, which has transformed from an aggressor into a terrorist state. Numbers do not lie. Palestine was overwhelmingly Palestinian at 94 per cent in 1946 before the purge, now only 15 per cent live there. Close to seven million of them live in foreign refugee camps today.

The Nakba’s roots lay in the emergence of political Zionism in 19th century Europe, when some Jews who were influenced by the nationalism then sweeping the continent concluded that the remedy to centuries of anti-Semitic persecution in Europe and Russia was the creation of a nation-state for Jews in Palestine. As a result, they began emigrating as colonists to the Holy Land, displacing indigenous Palestinians in the process. Despite many Israeli historians whose research shows that the Nakba is not a figment of the Palestinian imagination, but a real tragedy, many Israelis and people induced by Zionist lobbies prefer to ignore it or not believe it. They prefer to cover their eyes and close their ears when it comes to the Palestinian story, the Palestinian pain and the Palestinian narrative. However, the Nakba has a dual meaning today. On one hand, it is about the hundreds of villages that were razed in 1948 and the hundreds of thousands of refugees who lost their homes. On the other hand, as stated earlier, Palestinians continue to suffer the Nakba daily – the separation of families, continuous confiscations of land and settlements choking every Palestinian village and town.

Thus, without understanding the impact of 1948, no serious analysis of present-day Palestinian life could be complete. Materially, the 1948 Nakba shattered Palestinian socio-economic structures: The Arab economy in Palestine was virtually destroyed, and hundreds of villages were emptied of their inhabitants as over one half of the country’s Arabs were uprooted as refugees. After Israel refused to allow the refugees to return, they were forced to reconstitute their lives in exile as best they could while a complete spatial transformation of Palestine’s geography took place that destroyed their villages and all but wiped out the Arab character of the land itself. Politically, the war not only left them without a state as envisioned by United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181 of November 1947, but also produced a revolution in terms of political leadership, the echoes of which continue to be felt today in Palestinian politics. 

It is thus that the Nakba shaped the way Palestinian socio-economic, political and cultural-intellectual life developed in the past seven decades. Many heated discourses within the Palestinian body politic – such as the refugees’ right of return, securing a geographically-contiguous state, and the ongoing rivalry between the Hamas-led government in Gaza and the Fateh-PLO-PA government in the West Bank – cannot be understood without making references to these historical developments. What happened in 1948 has everything to do with these attitudes and the disputes among Palestinians who stand divided among several different countries, subject to external control and provided with warped understandings of “normal” social development. The international community would do well to keep this in mind rather than merely castigate Palestinians for their quarrels and alleged “lack of realism”.

Nakba is still relevant given that, as the Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU) points out, it “is the source of the still-unresolved Palestinian refugee problem.” Israel still refuses to adhere to the internationally recognised right of return for Palestinian refugees. Despite its continued relevance, or perhaps because of it, Noam Sheizaf argues in 972 magazine that recently “a trend of Nakba-denial has emerged in Jewish-Israeli political circles”. Yosef Weitz, director, Jewish National Fund Land Settlement Committee (1932-1948) said:“… the transfer of [Palestinian] Arab population from the area of the Jewish state does not serve only one aim–to diminish the Arab population. It also serves a second, no less important, aim which is to advocate land presently held and cultivated by the [Palestinian] Arabs and thus to release it for Jewish inhabitants.”

For 75 years and through to today, Palestinians continue to fight for their freedom and the liberation of their land.  They continue to demand their right to live their lives in peace and on their own land, free of humiliation, colonization, racist apartheid, expulsion from their lands and the confiscation of all means for livelihood. For Palestinians worldwide, the Nakba is remembered as a traumatic rupture that represents their humiliating defeat, the destruction of Palestinian society and severance of links with their homeland. The Palestinian issue must be treated as a crime against humanity, and the more we delay finding a solution, the bigger the blot will be on the world’s conscience.

As Professor Dina Matar in an article (conversation.com) says,’Israel has been ascribed a degree of visibility and access that has made the Palestinians, and the ongoing violence against them, invisible and hardly mentioned in the western media. The lack of western knowledge about the Nakba is partly because the longstanding narrative surrounding 1948 and the creation of Israel has rested on several fictions – including the idea that the land was empty. It is also partly because of Israel’s ability to propagate its version of reality in the mainstream media, particularly as historians are forced to tell the story of the powerless by those who victimised them, as historian Rashid Khalidi argued in his 2007 book Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness’. 

Fortunately, the Palestinian voices that have fought against the official Israeli narrative are now joined by a growing number of Jewish voices and millions of saner voices around the world. It is through a new common narrative that a true understanding of the past can be attained, all with the hope that the peaceful vision for the future can replace the current one – one which can only be sustained through military domination, inequality and sheer propaganda. All the uprooted who have been banished to distant lands are still seeking justice as the world has moved on to bigger conflicts, looking the other way, searching for deadlier foes when the chief among the violators is right here – in Israel. An Israeli bill subsequently established the commemoration of the Nakba Day as a criminal offence, subject to 1-year imprisonment and/or a fine. Trump even supported the Natanyahu’s illegal move to make Jerusalem the capital of Israel. 

For Palestinians, commemoration and remembrance of the Nakba is not about marking a historical event. It’s about the need to continue telling their stories. Seventy-five years since the Nakba, it is time the whole world watched and listened. It is in this context that it is imperative for the world, to keep Nakba as a focal point of reference. It is necessary we remember and discuss it as a formative part of the history of the Palestinian struggle while working towards re-gathering global efforts to bring peace and the reality of a homeland closer to a people that have lived in catastrophe for near on a century and long for peace, freedom and security.

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    LH, Jesus was birthed into Israel as a jew, when the name palestine did not exist. This was God’s purpose to reveal 66 books of bible over time to many men through a human group called jews. Abraham was pledged the land and David conquered it when it was still called Canaan, occupied by gigantic Goliath crowd of philistines worshipping dagon. When the captured Ark of jews put in dagon temple, dagon statue fell down and broke its neck. Then the ark was hurriedly returned. It was after Jesus that Rome burned the 2nd jewish Jehovah temple in Jerusalem, and the land was mockingly called palestine, that the arabs were called palestinians. Why cannot arab states help the palestinian arabs live well without Nakba. The jews worship Jehovah and Jesus will come back to the jewish state as God ordained. UN and all world’s human armies will be unable to stop that victory of armageddon. Jesus is the prince of Peace, in city of God, Jerusalem.

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      What can possibly be good about a religion that is cited in support of cruelty, criminal behaviour, inhumanity, etc?

      How on earth can you say “Jesus is the Prince of Peace” & use such empty words to justify whatever is done to the Palestinians?

      If I hadn’t left the religion I inherited at birth, many years ago, I would certainly have renounced it now, on reading your justification in CT today.

      What does the word “good” mean to you, David? Does it absolve you from evil acts so long as there is something quotable for them in the Bible?

      Have you ever read any books by Israeli or Jewish writers who don’t subscribe to your vision of Palestine? I can cite so many who are heavily critical of Israel and its treatment of the Palestinians. Please educate yourself a little & try reading some of them. The Israeli historian Shlomo Sand, in Tel Aviv University, is one of those who hasn’t decided to leave Israel, but he says he is no longer a Jew (as he says Jewishness is a religion not a race). Three of his books are “The Invention of the Jewish People”, “The Invention of the Land of Israel”, & “How I Stopped Being a Jew”.
      Cont: 2

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        Facts should be stated correctly before making comments. Distortion of truth to suit one’s agenda is not acceptable. Israel was created at the same time and on the same principle as Pakistan. So if creation of Israel was wrong, then creation of Pakistan is also wrong and if creation of Pakistan is right, creation of Israel is also right. You cannot have double standards. Just much as the displacement of Palestinians took place to create Israel, millions of Hindus were killed and driven off when Pakistan was created, and still this 75 year old legacy of ethnic cleansing of Hindus from Pakistan is continuing. If you want to correct the wrong done to Palestinians, then do the same for Hindus. You cannot have difference in approach to justice.

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          Original people of middle east are Sumerians, Assyrians ans Cannanites. Recently a 4000 year old temple of Sumerians has been found in Saudi Arabia near Riyadh, which further proves who are the true owners of the land. Both Jews and Arabs are from north Africa who later settled in middle east. Jews have been present for more than 2000 years. Jesus Christ himself is a Jew who was persecuted as he claimed to be the messiah whom Jews were waiting for. Jerusalem is the birth place of Judaism and is quite fittingly belongs to Jews. the story that Prophet Mohamed went to heaven in a chariot from Jerusalem is a canard. How can a human being do that. Building of Al-Aqsa mosque on this pretext is an act of aggression and provocation. What is happening is according to prophesy in old testament, where it is said that Jews will roam the world for many years and come back to the promised land. Therefore however Muslims dance about, nothing will happen.

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            “Therefore however Muslims dance about, nothing will happen.”
            Muslims ir for that matter Arab Muslims are not a monolithic entity.
            Nothing will happen until US imperialism calls the shots, but that will not be for long.

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          Completely disagree, the creation of Pakistan and Israel around the same time are merely co-incidental whilst histories are totally different. Sadly many look at the Israel-Palestine conflict through religious lenses when it is actually a colonialism vs anti-colonialism issue. The modern state of Israel is a colonial project started by Zionists in Europe in the late 19th century which was then put into practice with European Jewish migration starting from the beginning of the 20th century. Only approximately 10% of Israeli Jews are indigenous to Israel-Palestine while the rest of the Jews either came from Europe (50%) or other parts of the MENA region (40%). All Palestinians (Israeli citizens, Gaza and West bank residents) are indigenous to the land. The Nakba was an intentional ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Palestinian population to ensure the newly created Israeli state will have a Jewish majority. What happened to both Muslims and Hindus when India was partitioned was horrible but to compare it to the ethnic cleasing of Palestinians is unrelated and ridiculous. I wish both Sinhalese and Tamils of Sri Lanka will look at the Israel-Palestine conflict as a colonial project imposed on the people of West Asia by Europeans which is the truth and not through their anti-Muslim bias.

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            Thank you, R Kaz, for so succintly presenting the situation that any reasonable mind can go along with.

            I had come to the conclusion that it was really a waste of time to argue with those who fall back on religion or ancient history to justify banishing the citizens/peoples who have occupied a particular land for centuries, & condemning them to refugee/prison camps, or to flee abroad.

            But having gone back to my books, in particular those written by Jews & even Israelis, I am tempted to draw attention (wistful thinking), again, to some of the thinking of non-Zionist Jews. “The Case Against Israel” by moral & political philosopher, Michael Neumann (2005), whose parents were German Jews & whose family suffered greatly under the Nazis.

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              Oh dear, that got posted somehow before I had finished. I may come back to it later.

              I was rewriting it & had changed “the citizens/peoples…occupied” to “a people…occupied”.
              MF

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            “What happened to both Muslims and Hindus when India was partitioned was horrible but to compare it to the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians is unrelated and ridiculous.”
            What happened at partition was madness.
            What happened and is still happens in Israel and occupied territories is PLANNED genocidal ethnic cleansing.

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            Do not distort the truth. Indus Valley belongs to Dravidians. Recent discovery of a skeleton carbon dated to be 4000 years, the DNA of which matched only with Irular tribe of Tamil Nadu proves this conclusively. Present day Pakistanis are descendants of Mogul invaders who had committed murder and ethnic cleansing of Dravidians. They must give the land back to Dravidians and get beck to where they came from.Secondly, Jews were driven off from Palestine by Romans and they have the right to get back to their homes. This has happened with divine help. Present day Arabs are being subjected to divine retribution for the dastardly act of their ancestors. Similarly Iranians committed murder and ethnic cleansing of Elamites and very soon will get the works. After the collapse of apartheid, it is the Muslim countries which are the worse racists. Saudi Arabia is practicing apartheid by denying non Muslims from observing their religious rights and not permitting movement including visiting Mecca. Muslim racists do not want to know about these atrocities and are barking up the wrong tree.

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          “Facts should be stated correctly before making comments.”
          Rich, coming from you know who!

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      “Why cannot arab states help the palestinian arabs live well without Nakba.”
      You know well why.
      The Jewish state is threatening the existence Palestinian Arab every day, every moment.

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    Cont: 2
    Or look at a book by architect Eyal Weizman. “Hollow Land: The Architecture of Israel’s Occupation”. Or Ilan Pappe’s “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine,” or “The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories”. Or something like “A Time To Speak Out: Independent Jewish Voices on Israel, Zionism & Jewish Identity”.

    I find it harder & harder to keep abreast of the enormities visited upon the Palestinians. It is, surely, one of the greatest crimes of the 20th & now 21st century, and I can no longer bear to know the latest acts in this tragedy. Just thinking about the Gaza strip, the horrors visited upon its “residents” by a state — which I am sick of hearing called the only democracy in the ME — fills me with pain & despair. So much for the word “democracy”.

    Do you know about Elbit, David? If not, please look it up. Even you might start to wonder why the US gives Israel at least a 3rd of its overseas grants annually, when the recipient is reaping billions from arms & armament factories around the world.
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      Manel Fonseka, you have got it all wrong due to your biased mind. Jesus Christ preached peace. He said if someone slaps you on your cheek, show him the other. Can you quote a single line in New Testament which advocates violence. It is the Old Testament which Jews follow that says to treat non believers as infidels and to take revenge (Eye for eye and Tooth for tooth). Muslims say that Islam is peaceful, but Koran also advocates these two. In addition it says go in search of non believers and kill them, destroy their places of worship, tell lies to escape when confronted by non believers. All these are teaching of prophet Mohamed and still Islam is called peaceful. Muslims have committed ethnic cleansing in Egypt (Coptics) Middle east (Sumerians), Iran (Elamites) and in Pakistan (Hindus and Dravidians). Why are you not advocating that all these need to be given their lands back. What Jews are doing is wrong, but that does not mean that Muslims are innocent.

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        Dr Sankaralingam
        I dunno about my “biased mind” & I’m sure my memory of the Bible, or just the New Testament, is nowhere as good as yours, but I DO recall Matthew quoting Jesus saying something about his coming to set man against man…

        So I just opened my Bible after many years & found this:
        “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household.”
        That’s from Matthew 10:34-36.
        Now tell me that brandishing a sword is not violent.

        But what has this to do with the dispossession of a people from the land it has inhabited for centuries by another group/community that brandishes claims of ownership based on ancient history or their personal religious beliefs?

        And here I cannot resist introducing yet another book (by 2 Jewish archaeologists, Israel Finkelstein, then director of an archaeol inst. in Tel Aviv University, & Neil Asher Silberman, dir. of a Belgian archaeol. Inst.), “The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology’s New Vision of Ancient Israel & the Origin of Its Sacred Texts”.
        …>2

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          Cont. 2
          I take the liberty of quoting at some length. Not that anyone, let alone David the Good or GS, will bother to read it, but since Mohamed Harees has provided a rare opportunity, let me take advantage of it.

          F & S declare on page 1: “The historical saga contained in the Bible – from Abraham’s encounter with God & his journey to Canaan, to Moses’ deliverance of the children of Israel from bondage, to the rise & fall of the kingdoms of Israel & Judah – was not a miraculous revelation, but a brilliant product of the human imagination.”

          Of this statement, in his “Case Against Israel”, Michael Neumann says: ‘This is the authors’ exceedingly polite way of saying that the Biblical accounts are sometimes nonsense, sometimes deliberate lies, exaggerations, & distortions. The status of the Biblical kingdoms is particularly relevant to Jewish claims to Palestine.”

          F & S again: “The biblical borders of the land of Israel as outlined in the book of Joshua had seemingly assumed a sacred inviolability…the Bible pictures a stormy but basically continuous Israeli occupation of the land of Israel all the way to the Assyrian conquest. But a reexamination of the archaeological evidence, supported by new, more precise dating techniques points to a period of a few decades, between around 835 & 800 BCE…p. 202)

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            Cont. 3
            To which Neumann responded: “In other words, they find that the ‘great’ Jewish kingdoms existed in something like their fabled extent for a tiny fraction of the period traditionally alleged. Even then, their boundaries never came close to the ‘Greater Israel’ of contemporary Jewish fundamentalism. The rest of the time, Judah & Israel are thought to have been, for the most part, very primitive entities, devoid of literate culture or substantial administrative structure, extending to only a small, landlocked part of what is now called Palestine. The great structures of the Biblical era are, all of them, attributed to Canaanite cultures…..[I am trimming] The authors refer to the Biblical kingdom at its greatest extent as a ‘multiethnic society’. The idea that such a past cd validate a Jewish historical to Palestine is simply ludicrous, even if it cd be shown – which it cannot – that today’s Jews are in some legal sense, heirs to the ancient Israelite kingdoms.”

            Neumann goes on to dismiss religiously-based claims. I quote just this: “The mystery here is why these claims should ever be taken seriously in the first place. We no longer live in an age when one religion can demand belief from all the world.”

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              Correction to above:
              I meant to say
              “The idea that such a past cd validate a Jewish historical
              CLAIM
              to Palestine is simply ludicrous….

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            Manel,
            “the Bible pictures a stormy but basically continuous Israeli occupation of the land of Israel all the way to the Assyrian conquest.”
            “Israelites” are different from “Israelis”.
            Mixing them up is much to the advantage of Zionists.

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              OC, I dunno about this distinction, but I was going by the words, opinions, of the 2 Jewish archaeologists.
              And dont the present-day “Israelis” consider themselves descendants of the Biblical ‘Israelites”?

              Tho, of course, only a very tiny fraction of today’s IZ’s (if that) probably have any genetic link to the original bearers of their faith. Dont forget that conversions to Judaism took place thru the centuries

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    Cont: 3
    Today there is a meeting in Mount Lavinia commemorating the Nakba. I wish I could be there but I’m not well.

    Have you ever visited Israel, David? Have you been to Gaza?
    If Jerusalem is the city of God, what is Gaza?
    The city of Satan?

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      MF, I appreciate your right to your belief system and this is not a personal battle really. It is the bible story of 66 authors and I believe it and have not made it up. It is my personal experience too as I have visited Israel several times and personally seen where Jesus was born, grew up, crucified , died, resurrected after 3 days, with the promise to return to the same mount of olives, and take the path back through the eastern gate into the temple mount The arabs have foolishly put a cemetery at this gate hoping to prevent his entry, as they really worship towards the black box of Mecca in their religion. So palestinians capturing mount of olives will only bring them disappointment regarding the obstruction to the sure return of the resurrected Christ. Every inch of the church of the Holy Sepulchre confirms its reality, but sad if not experience prince of peace, Isa.9,6. Respect you and blessings to you.

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        David, how can you call Jerusalem the city of God & Jesus, the prince of peace, will come back there?
        When the state that claims the whole of Jerusalem is an arms maker & dealer?

        See the latest development announced in The Times of Israel about Israel’s Elbit Systems:

        Israel inks first-of-its-kind $305 million sale of artillery systems to Netherlands

        European nation to purchase 20 PULS weapons produced by Elbit; Defense Minister Gallant says deal ‘strengthens ties, enhances Israel’s global position’

        https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-inks-first-of-its-kind-305-million-sale-of-artillery-systems-to-netherlands/

        How can any peace-loving, God-fearing person believe that the state of Israel is God-given?

        Equally, how can anyone justify, turn their eyes away from, the unbearable, unending treatment of the Palestinians? How long is the world going to allow this diabolical crime to continue?
        Nothing! Nothing at all can justify it.

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    Here are a few sites which treat the Nakba today:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OewcOB3xMSM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6EY3PUf4es

    Yanis Varoufakis on Nakba Day: End apartheid now. Freedom to Palestine!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wxc_xl3lsA

    Nakba film streams on Netflix despite Israeli threats
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nm0dVnVdmRc

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      In an opinion poll conducted among Muslims around the world, large section of them want Israel annihilated. Combined Arab states went to war four times and were badly defeated in all of them. Now they are trying to start another one with Iran and Turkey joining. They do not realize that Israel has divine protection, which no one including Allah can cause harm. In this war, Iran will probably use nuclear bomb on Israel, with serious repercussions. Al-Aqsa mosque may be accidentally bombed by Iran destroying it, which corresponds to an act of God.

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