TLW's Historyscope of Jerusalem
By T.L. Winslow (TLW), the Historyscoper™
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Original Pub. Date: May 22, 2010. Last Update: July 31, 2015.
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Jerusalem is the key city that has to be dealt with for any permanent peace in the world. The focal point of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, it's seen some of the most fanatical battles in history, all for a few acres of worthless dirt. Mentioned 632 times in the Jewish Torah (622 by name) (767 in the King James Version), incl. Psalm 137:5 ("If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill, may my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy"), plus another 166 mentions of the word Zion, the Jewish Passover Haggadah incl. the words "Next year in Jerusalem" to conclude the Passover service. It's mentioned zero times in the Quran, except some argue possibly indirectly, and only mentioned by name in the Hadith. Who does history award Jerusalem and environs to, the Jews or Arabs? Let's scope Jerusalem and see how deep the rabbit hole goes.
Jerusalem (Salem) ("peace") (Arabic "al-Quds" = the holy) (Yiddish "Yerushalayem" = teaching of peace) 35 mi. from the E shore of the Mediterranean Sea was founded way back in 2300 B.C.E. or earlier by the Canaanite (Hittite?) (Hurrian?) (Amorite?) Jebusites (Shem and Eber, ancestors of Abraham?) on the ridge of the Judean Mts. between the N edge of the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, on the hard limestone Ophel ("fortified hill") above the Gihon ("to gush forth") Spring, which emerges from the Kidron ("dark") Valley to the E. Jerusalem had a water supply system based on the deep Warren's Shaft to the Gihon Spring dating back to the 17th cent. B.C.E., which was discovered in 1867 by British engineer Sir Charles Warren (1840-1927), who later become head of the London police during the Jack the Ripper year 1888. The city was originally surrounded by thick green forests of almond, olive and pine trees. It ended up divided with walls and fences from May 1948 to June 1967, some city of peace. It is the #1 key city of the Western world, home of its major religions and the greatest ticking time bomb that can trigger World War III. According to Eric H. Cline, since 2000 B.C.E. there have been at least 118 battles in and for it, in which it has been attacked 52 times, seiged 23 times, captured 44 times, and destroyed twice, and the so-called Old City is only 0.35 sq. mi. (0.9 sq. km) in area, beggin, gonna get that beggin, who wants a beggin' strip? No Historyscoper worth his salt would fail to master all the key facts about it, so here's your big launchpad from the original Historyscoper (tm), ready, set, go.
Jerusalem is in Palestine ("land of the Philistines"), which originally was run by the Philistines, from the word palash meaning migratory. The Philistines were not Arab or Jewish, and might have been Greek, Egyptian, or Martians, check back with me when the time travel machine is perfected or Indiana Jones discovers their Lost Ark. In the days of Abraham they were known as the Avvites (Avvim), but they were later conquered by the Caphtorites (Caphtorim) from Pelusium, easternmost city of the Nile Delta, which the Bible calls the city of "Sin, the strength of Egypt" in Ezek. 30:15, the original Las Vegas, trust in the Lord of Sin in all thy heart. Either way, they were absorbed into the culture of Canaan, which incl. Palestine/Israel, Lebanon, parts of Jordan and Syria, and NE Egypt, or in Bible talk, southward across Gaza to the Brook of Egypt, and eastward to the Jordan River.
Backpedalling a bit, in 4000 B.C.E. world pop. was 7 million, and began doubling every thousand years (pop. of India: 1M). The sea level, which had been rising since the end of the Ice Age, reached present-day levels, and the Saharan grasslands turned to desert. City-states began to rise along the banks of the leisurely Euphrates River (Sumerian for fruitful) and swift Tigris River (Sumerian "idigna" = swift river), and along the Nile River in Egypt, where the Egyptians (Remetch, meaning "people") enjoyed a lack of natural enemies, giving them the longest period of political stability in human history. The Nile is neat because it not only floods once a year and leaves a couple of miles of fertile silt on each bank, but it flows from S to N while the wind always blows from N to S because of the Mediterranean Sea, so that you can sail S and then turn around and float back N with the current, rock the Casbah. That was before they built the Aswan Dam, which messes it all up in the name of progress.
Around that time the long-headed (dolichocephalic) super-tall fair-skinned blonde-blue Semitic-speaking Amorites, from Europe (remotely possibly from the Arabian Peninsula) (who had a unique agglutinative language) migrated to S Mesopotamia and intermarried with the pop. of the old city-states there, founding the Uruk Culture in Sumer (pop. 300K-500K), containing Semitic elements from Akkad N of Sumer on the W bank of the Euphrates in modern-day Iraq (which derives its name from Uruk) about 30 mi. SW of Baghdad. Some of their cities had over 10K pop. They worshiped the Moon god Sin, as in Sinai Peninsula, super freak. Around 2500 B.C.E. the Hurrians (Khurrites) from the Armenian and Cacucasus mountains invaded and occupied N Mesopotamia, and areas to the E and W incl. Syria. Around 2400 B.C.E. the super freak Amorites invaded and occupied Canaan and Mesopotamia, and the Bible describes their king Og as last of the remnants of the giants (Deut. 3:11). The S slopes of the Judean Mts. are called the "mount of the Amorites" in Deut. 1:7, 19-20, hence the Jebusites might be Amorites.
About 1900 B.C.E. the white-is-right Aryan Migration (Invasion) of Indo-Iranian Medes, Persians, Parthians, Bactrians, and Arachosians from S Russia through Afghanistan into the Iranian Plateau began (ends -850), while more Aryan tribes invaded N India, setting up a white supremacist religious civilization based on several kingdoms run by rajahs, and hierarchical social classes of priests, warriors, farmers, traders, and Dravidians (dark skinned non-Aryans). About 1500 B.C.E. the Aramaic-speaking Semitic Arameans began to migrate from the Arabian Peninsula to the N Fertile Crescent and Syria (ends -1200). I guess that proves that Arabs have a right to Palestine - not, since Jews and Arabs are kissing cousins, merely different Semitic tribes, who hardened into following different gods, different mountaintops, and whose claims to Israel (not Palestine - that name sucks) are based on their holy books as well as history, as we will see.
In 1500-1300 B.C.E. the Hurrian-speaking Mitanni (Mittani) (Hanigalbat) kingdom in SW Armenia and N Syria flourished, run by a warrior nobility from India and Iran. Around 1300 B.C.E. the cuneiform-writing Hittites from Asia Minor invaded NW Syria as far south as the mouth of the Litani River, followed by upper Mesopotamia, but their empire collapsed around 1160 B.C.E. under invasions by the Sea Peoples, who might have been Semitic or Greek, or even Etruscan from Italy, ask David and Goliath or Aeneas.
Where do the Jews come in? In who knows when the maybe-real maybe-legendary characters Abraham ("father of many") (father of the Hebrews and Ishmaelites or Arabs, dated around 2000 B.C.E.) and Moses ("son of") (first Messiah of the Hebrews, dated 1500-1200 B.C.E.) allegedly lived, and the latter allegedly left the Books of Moses (Torah) that contained Jehovah's promise to give them the land of Israel, AKA the Promised Land: "To your descendants I have given this land, from the Brook of Egypt as far as the great river the Euphrates. The land of the Kenites, Kenizites, Kadmonites; the Chitties, Perizites, Refaim; the Emorites, Canaanites, Gigashites and Yevusites." (Genesis 15:18-21) "And I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your temporary residence, all the land of Canaan as an eternal possession, and I will be a God to them." (Genesis 17:8) If you believe the Brooks, er, Books of Moses, around 1500-1200 B.C.E. Moses with Jehovah's indispensable help led the Hebrews ("cross over") out of captivity in Egypt after performing many mighty miracles to wow their pharaoh (nobody is sure which pharaoh), and drowned the bum to boot in the Red Sea, then after they went pagan for a spell and got Jehovah angry, got them all lost in the wilderness for 40 years and died before reaching it and crossing the Jordan River. Truth or fairy tale, the militarily capable Hebrews, led by Joshua invaded and fought their way into Canaan ("land of purple") city by city, claiming that God had promised it to them as the Promised Land, AKA Greater Israel, "from the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates" (Genesis 15:18-21). Joshua defeated and killed king Og of the Amorites at the Battle of Edrei in modern-day Daraa, Syria, the original perfect short man. Whether the Bible stories are really true or are just national myths, the Jews did establish the right to the territory by conquering and settling it long before 1000 B.C.E. The Bible is a backdated fairy tale? Even if it is, in Jan. 2010 a pottery shard was found 18 mi. from Jerusalem dated around 1000 B.C.E. with Hebrew writing on it. That Jesus, the biggest Jewish Messiah of all was named Yeshua must mean something too, good morning Jerusalem, if you got plans you better get started early. The name Moses isn't really a name, it means "Son of", like Mac in Scottish. Moses was thus the Jews' original Son of Man, which term Jesus Christ later liked to refer to himself by, everything you hear, every single thing you say, is designed by the corporate media to keep you in their control.
Read my lips, no new gods. Abraham allegedly visited Jerusalem and met Melchizedek ("my king is righteousness"), king of Salem, the first known priest of Jehovah the Most High. After blessing Abraham, the latter reciprocated by tithing him (Gen. 14:18-20), ice-cold medium soda, bag of tacos, yummy. Since Abraham is the father of Jews and Arabs, the symbolic significance is that ultimately they will reunite and worship the One True God, how do I transform my pale dry skin into moisturized glowing skin.
The earliest known mention of Jerusalem in written records is by the Egyptians around 2000 B.C.E. in the Egyptian Execration Texts (Proscription Lists), where it is called Urusalimum or Rusalimum. Around 1700 B.C.E. the Jebusites fortified it. The Merneptah Stele, inscribed by Pharaoh (-1213 to -1203) Merneptah contains the earliest verified mention of Israel, although some hieroglyphic name-rings dating to 1400 B.C.E. are also claimed to contain the name.
Around 1000 B.C.E. Jewish King David ("beloved") conquered Jerusalem by sending his troops through the you-know-what King David Water Shaft leading into the city from the Gihon Spring, and reigned until 970 B.C.E., gaining control of the site of the future temple from the Jebusite Araunah by a typical Jewish deal, oy vey. Ever since it's been called the City of David, most of which now lies in the Silwan (Heb. "Shiloah", Gk. "Siloam") neighborhood of so-called East Jerusalem, which isn't really a separate city, just the part of the city filled with Arab squatters. David was succeeded as king by his son Solomon (allegedly from the Hebrew word shalom for peace, although those in the know think it's really Sol-Om-On, the Sun, Moon, and Stars or Venus), who around 967 B.C.E. built the Temple of Solomon (First Temple) on Mount Moriah ("foundation) AKA Mount Zion, dedicated to the Jews' god Jehovah, where Abraham went to sacrifice his son Isaac. Too bad, in 1961-7 Dame Kathleen Kenyon (1906-78) excavated Jerusalem, and concluded that Solomon's stables at Megiddo couldn't really hold horses, and that the whole Solomon-David story might be mythical - this even though her daddy Sir Frederick Kenyon, dir. of the British Museum spent his life trying to prove the Bible's history true. "At just that stage when archaeology should have linked with the written record, archaeology fails us. This is regrettable. There is no question of the archaeology being needed to prove that the Bible is true but it is needed as a help in interpretation to those older parts of the Old Testament which from the nature of their sources... cannot be read as a straight-forward record." In 932 B.C.E. after Solomon's death the ten northern tribes of Israel rebelled to form the independent Kingdom of Israel, under king Jeroboam ("he pleads the people's cause"), with capital in Samaria, leaving the two southern tribes (Judah, Benjamin, plus the Levites who ran the temple) as the Kingdom of Judah, headed by king Rehoboam ("he who enlarges the people"). Solomon's Temple housed the fabled Lost Ark of the Covenant, which in 925 B.C.E. in the 5th year of Rehoboam was plundered by the Egyptians under Pharaoh Shishak (Sheshonk) I, who lost it in a big month-long sandstorm in Tanis the next year, see Steven Spielberg's 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark for how it was found by Nazis.
While the Arabs, Turks etc. might have ruled Jerusalem and surrounding territory, there never was a king, prince, emir, or any other ruler based in Jerusalem after the Jews. The list of the Kings of Judah after Rehoboam incl. Abijam (Abijah) (r. -915 to -913) ("my father is Jehovah") (14 wives), Asa (r. -913 to -873) (totally righteous right-on king), Jehoshaphat (Jehosaphat) (r. -873 to -849) ("Jehovah is the judge") (namesake of the Valley of Jehoshaphat, where Jehovah will one day gather all nations for judgment, Joel 3:2), Jehoram (r. -849 to -842) (dies after his bowels fell out), Ahaziah (Jehoahaz) (r. -842), Athaliah (Atalia) (r. -842 to -835) ("Jehovah is exalted"), Jehoash (Josh) (Joas) (r. -835 to -796) ("Jehovah-given"), Amaziah (Amasias) (Amatzia) (r. -796 to -767) ("strengthened by Jehovah"), Uzziah (Azariah) (r. -783 to -751) ("Jehovah is my strength") (struck with leprosy), Jotham (Yotam) (r. -751 to -735) ("Jehovah is perfect"), Ahaz (Jehoahaz) (r. -732 to -715) ("Jehovah has held") (goes pagan), Hezekiah (Hizkiyahu) (r. -715 to -686) ("strengthened by Jehovah"), Manasseh (r. -687 to -643) (pagan), Amon (r. -643 to -609) (pagan), Josiah (Yoshiyahu) (r. -649 to -609) ("supported of Jehovah"), Jehoahaz (Joachaz) (r. -609) ("Jehovah has held"), Jehoiakim (Jehoikim) (r. -608 to -598) ("he whom Jehovah has set up"), Jeconiah (Coniah) (Jehoiachin) (r. -598 to -597) ("Jehovah will fortify"), and Zedekiah (r. -597 to -586) ("My righteousness is Jehovah"), the last, who was blinded and taken captive to Babylon after "he did evil in the sight of the Lord" according to his counselor and prophet Jeremiah (Jer. 52:2-3), this is what you want, this is what you get.
To really understand Jerusalem, you have to understand Jehovah-think, the Jewish Jehovah cult that believes that Jehovah is not only their tribal god but the omnipotent omniscient eternal God of the Universe, the Ultimate Historyscoper, who inspired them to take dictation using a Holy Ouija Board and gave them the Bible (Old Testament), a series of 51/39 books that tells them how he created the Universe and Earth as a home for humankind, and gave them a moral code to live by that incl. the 613 Mitzvot (Commandments) (248 positive, 365 negative), with draconian punishments such as stoning for adultery or blasphemy. The Jews are Jehovah's special Chosen People, who aren't just some tribes of Semites hoping to avoid the effects of inbreeding, but a holy nation of priests too, held to a higher standard of conduct. Not only that, they are his bride or wife, fancy butter and everything. Since Jehovah is God, as long as they are right with him the people prosper, harvests are plentiful, no plagues, no enemies bug them, etc., but when they aren't right with him and go after other gods, he punishes them. However, and this is what you have to understand or else you'll be forever clueless, Jehovah is omiscient and knows the end from the beginning, hence everything that happens, natural or political, he makes happen, indeed his name means I Make It Happen. Not that people don't have freewill, they just can't escape his omniscience, download the free app on attributes of God. Hence, when a pagan enemy nation conquers them, it was under Jehovah's orders as his arm of flesh in order to punish them for their sins, but since he's also perfectly just, he always sends a prophet in advance to warn them to change their ways, and usually gives them a just amount of time, usually 40 years, to repent and get right, or else he lowers the boom. The first time he did it was with Noah's Flood, and since he's perfect each act is like every other act, known from the beginning, like a hologram, break off a piece and you still see the image, only with less resolution. Hence, if you follow me, each book in the Bible adds more data to the hologram, which is illuminated by the passage of Time itself, leading to the End Times when Jehovah will finally judge the entire world and create a new one like he did in Noah's days, wiping off all evil people and leaving only the tiny remnant of the righteous. In actual practice Jehovah might just be a fairy tale invented and sustained by the highly secretive Jehovah Cult, who churn out Bible books then cover their tracks to release them, with Jehovah's foreknowledge faked by predating the books to make him look like he saw a big event coming and sent his prophet 40 years in advance, who was ignored, mistreated, and usually killed, making the coming judgment the only thing he could do, get it? Key Jewish prophets incl. Elijah, Elisha, Daniel, and Isaiah, whose book is often called the original Gospel since it foretells the coming of a Jewish Messiah who will be rejected by his own people and suffer like er, hell at their hands, as a surgical nurse I'm on my feet all day long and develop the worst heel pain. So, when Jews later rejected Jesus Christ, the Christians would quote to them out of Isaiah, messing their minds up until they wouldn't listen anymore, which Jehovah also foretold when he called them a stiff-necked people (Exodus 32:9), maddening isn't it?
In 722 B.C.E., after years of the Jews being bad and rejecting prophets sent by You Know Who, in the 6th year of King Hezekiah ("Jehovah has strengthened") of Judah (2 Ki. 18:10), Samaria was conquered (2 Ki. ch. 17) by the she-walks-she-talks-she-walks-on-her-belly-like-a-reptile super-cruel Assyrians under king (-727 to -722) Shalmaneser V (d. -722), who was assassinated, allowing his successor Sargon II (Sharru-Kin) (-763 to -705) ("legitimate king") to claim credit, baby back ribs tonight. The 28K members of the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel, incl. King Hoshea were carried away like foam upon the water to Harran, after which the depopulated land was slowly settled by Aramaic-speaking Assyrians, and the Samaritan religion was born. Jerusalem was strengthened with a great influx of refugees. After the time of Jewish prophet Nehemiah around 440 B.C.E., the Hebrew language died out, and before that Aramaic, the language of the Aramean internat. land traders became the universal language of the civilized Western world by the time of Darius I the Great around 520 B.C.E. Of the original Twelve Tribes, only the depleted 2-tribe (Judah and Benjamin) S kingdom of Judah is left (along with some Levites, the landless priest-class 13th tribe), and Judah only had seven more kings to go before their royal line became kaput (Manasseh, Amon, Josiah, Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, Zedekiah). As this was religiously one of the most momentous events in history, later speculators traced the lost tribes to the British Isles, North and South America, India (the Manashe Tribe in Manipur and Mizoram in E India), Abyssinia, Afghanistan, China, Japan, and Africa. The proof that the Tribe of Dan migrated W is their naming of the Danube, Dnieper, and Denmark? In the 18th cent. the Anglo-Israelite Theory, that they are the ancestors of the Anglo-Saxon peoples made it easier for Jews to immigrate. Did they go to Japan, as indicated by similar ceremonies? Some Scots claim that they are the lost tribes, and that their Stone of Scone (pr. SKOON) is really the Beth-El (Jacob's Pillow) in Genesis. The Book of Mormon claims that they migrated to North America, quoting Bible prophet Isaiah: "From the isles of the sea, from those parts beyond the sea into which they were carried captive" (Is. 24:24) - maybe to the British Isles? Sometime in his reign, Sargon II received tribute from S Arabian king Ita'amra the Sabaean. In modern times the entrance to Sargon II's palace throne room, unearthed by Paul Emile Botta (1802-70) of France features a pair of reliefs of a 16-ft.-high Winged Bull that combines features of a man (head), eagle (wings) and lion (tail). It ended up in the Oriental Inst. of the U. of Chicago, the search is on for cute boots.
The First Temple Period ended around 586 B.C.E. when the Babylonians conquered Judah and Jerusalem, and laid waste to the big temple, taking the Jewish pop. with them as slaves and beginning the Babylonian Captivity (Exile). In 538 B.C.E., after 50 years of Babylonian captivity, Persian king (-559 to -530) Cyrus II the Great (-600 to -530) invited the Jews to return to Judah to rebuild the Temple. Construction of the Jewish Second Temple was completed in 516 B.C.E., during the reign of Persian Achaemenid king #3 (-522 to -486) Darius I the Great (-550 to -486), 70 years after the destruction of the First Temple. Around 445 B.C.E. Persian king (-465 to -424) Artaxerxes I Longimanus ("whose reign is through truth") (known for having a right hand that was longer than the left) issued a decree allowing the city and the walls to be rebuilt, and Jerusalem resumed its role as capital of Judea and center of Jewish worship, albeit as a vassal state. When blonde-blue hung Macedonian super-warrior Alexander III the Great (-356 to -323) conquered the Persian Empire, Jerusalem and Judea came under Macedonian control, eventually falling to the Ptolemaic Dynasty under Alexander's general Ptolemy I Soter (-367 to -283). In 332 B.C.E. according to Jewish historian Josephus in his Antiquities 11.317-45, while conquering the Holy Land, swinging weenie Alexander the Great visited Jerusalem, and the Jewish elders freaked him out by reading to him from Book of Daniel (Ch. 2) the prophesy about the statue with a head made of gold, chest and arms made of silver, belly of brass, legs of iron, and feet of iron mixed with clay, explaining that the head is Babylon, the breast and arms Medo-Persia, the brass belly and thighs Greece, and the iron legs Rome, meaning that he is the cock of the rock now but one day Rome will be, before or after which he had a dream about the Jewish god being right and sacrified to him, sparing the city from sacking although putting it under his control. Meanwhile after cooperating with Alexander (who thought Jerusalem was a no-value town run by stargazers?), the Samaritans built their Samaritan Temple to Jehovah on Mount Gerizim, when I say Hillshire you say farm, go meat. This event, if true, makes the theory that the Bible was all postdated and that its prophesies are backdated fall into dusty clay, hence modern-day Bible thumpers latch onto it to stand up for the reality of Jehovah, pointing to verse 44: "And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever." You got it, the kingdom of God will have its capital in Jerusalem. Alas, Alexander died in Babylon of malaria while planning a campaign to conquer the never-conquered pesky wildass Arabs, spoiling the greatest chance in history for the West to strangle Islam in its cradle, even if he didn't realize he was gay.
So getting back to the Babylonian Captivity, it was Jehovah's punishment for going after strange gods, and after they killed his prophet Isaiah, who uttered the holy soundbyte "The land will be completely laid waste and totally plundered, the Lord has spoken" (Isaiah 24:3), Jehovah sent in the Babylonians whether they knew they were his arm of flesh or not to wipe out his temple and take his people captive in order to cleanse the defiled land and let it lay fallow for 70 years, after which he sent Cyrus the Great, a monotheist Zoroastrian, to destroy the horrible polytheist Babylonians and set the Jews free, which is why Isaiah actually calls Cyrus the Messiah (Isaiah 45:1), meaning somebody anointed to do a mission for God, like the Blues Brothers. Later, when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem in 70 C.E., and destroyed the temple for a second time, Jehovah made it permanent, forever divorcing himself from the Jews, because this time they went too far and rejected the ultimate and final Messiah, his only begotten Son, and that was grounds for divorce. In Jehovah-think, the Babylonian Capitivity ended the era when the Jews ruled themselves, and began the Times of the Gentiles, which can only be ended by the restoration of Jewish rule over Jerusalem. Of course, the Christians think this can only happen when they accept Christ, while some Orthodox Jews such as Neturei Karta and the Satmar Hasidim think that it will only happen when their real Messiah comes and kicks all their enemies' butts, and causes them to start loving them instead, which might be taking the Jehovah thing too far, since the Jews' right to Jerusalem and environs is historical with or without holy books, Jewish or Muslim. Jesus allegedly arrived at the end of the Seventy Weeks of Daniel, which is 70 x 7 = 490 years, guess when the Second Temple was begun give or take. The Jehovah's Witnesses cult has it all figured out to the year, claiming that the TOTG began in 607 B.C.E., and must last a Biblical year of weeks, a year being 360 days, and 7 times that being 2520 years. So, 607 + 2520 + 1 for the BC/CE divide = 1914 C.E, the start of WWI, which they claim began the Last Days when Satan was loosed on the Earth with furious anger to make his last stand, and everybody has their last chance to get right with God before the Big A, AKA Armageddon, now you know why you slammed the door in their faces last Saturday.
You might think this is all a fairy tale, but ever since no power on Earth can restore Jerusalem to the Jews, help them set up a kingdom again, rebuild the temple, or reestablish the Jewish priesthood which makes animal sacrifices to Jehovah to pay for the sins of the people, meaning that since 70 C.E. all Jews have died in their sins, while all Christians have had theirs forgiven by accepting his son Jesus Christ as their sacrifice, which the stiff-necked Jews absolutely positively refuse to do. Hence for Jerusalem to be controlled totally by the Jews again, not secular-atheist Zionists but real true blue religious Jews, and the temple to be rebuilt and sacrifices to be restored, would disprove Christianity and Jehovah both, here's a Rubik's Cube, go figure it out and prove you're the world's greatest genius.
In 198 B.C.E., Ptolemaic king #5 (-204 to -181) Ptolemy V Epiphanes lost Jerusalem and Judea to the Seleucids under king (-222 to -187) Antiochus III the Great (-241 to -187). Too bad, the Seleucid attempt to Hellenize Jerusalem and make the Jew boys quit cutting their dongs and love exercising naked came to a er, head in 168 B.C.E. with the successful Maccabean Revolt, led by Mattathias (Matisyahu) the High Priest and his five sons against Seleucid emperor (-175 to -164) Antiochus IV Epiphanes ("God manifest") (-215 to -164), and their establishment of the Hasmonean Kingdom in 140 B.C.E. to 37 B.C.E., with you-guessed-it Jerusalem as its capital.
About 150 B.C.E. the Hasmoneans begin to restore autonomy to Judea, but the Jews begin to split up into various sects, incl. the Pharisees (Heb. "divide") (who accept the written and oral law and advocate democratization of religious practices), the Sadducees (Heb. "tsadduqi" = Zadok, as in Ezek. 40:46), who reject the oral law and represent the ruling hierarchy, and the monk-like ascetic Gnostic Essenes, known for wearing white garments and serving as healers; the Dead Sea Scrolls are begun by clean-freak (daily ablution) Essene monks (Sadducee winer-diners?) in Qumran W of the Dead Sea.
In 63 B.C.E. Roman #1 gen. Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the Great) (-106 to -48) invades Palestine, quashes the Judean Civil War (begun -67) between two brothers, Aristobulus II (d. -49) (elder) and Hyrcanus II (d. -30), who vied for both the kingship and high priesthood, and captures Jehovah-town Jerusalem, taking the crown from Hyrcanus II and ending the Hasmonean Dynasty; Pompey then (after having a row of stiff-necked Jewish priests executed?) pompously enters the Jewish Temple, parts the 30 ft. x 30 ft. x 4 in. Holy Curtain and enters the Holy of Holies, finding it empty of Jehovah and his Shekinah (holy presence), making him believe that he proved Jehovah a fraud and/or that Zeus has destroyed him, giving the pagan Roman Empire its fatal hubris?; Pompey restores the high priesthood to Hyrcanus II, also making him ethnarch, responsible to the Roman gov. of Syria; Judea becomes part of the Roman province of Syria, with its territory greatly reduced, and now is in its last days as the blood flows every time a Messiah arises? - if the Jesus story is fiction, this is when they'd start thinking it out? Since Roman was overextended at the time, it couldn't put in place all the machinery for direct rule, so it installed puppet king Antipater I the Idumaean (-100 to -43), an Arab, go tell the Palestinians.
In 37 B.C.E. Antipater died, and Rome installed his son, rabbi-murdering Arab Herod I the Great (-73 to -4/-1) as client king; a hated Edomite (descended from Esau, elder fraternal twin brother of Jacob, father of Israel, who sold his brithright to Jacob for a pot of red lentil stew, after which their tribes split, Esau's tribe AKA the Edomites settling to the E and S of the Dead Sea, and Jacob's tribe AKA the Jews settling to the W and N), the Roman act of setting Herod I up over them as king is a huge slap in the face, the original Vichy govt. of France; Herod I has the last Hasmonean ruler Mattathiah Antigonus slain by Antony's orders, and marries Mariamne I of Samaria (a princess of the Hasmonean line) to consolidate his position with the Jews; Herod I devotes himself to developing and beautifying Jerusalem, building walls, towers, and palaces, and starting in 19 B.C.E. orders the Temple of Jehovah (Solomon) rebuilt and vastly enlarged, expanding the Temple Mount, buttressing the courtyard with blocks of stone weighing up to 100 tons, doubling its size, and doing the unthinkable by creating a courtyard for women, and another for dirty defiled genital-exposing gentiles, a desecration sparking patriotic Jewish resistance movements complete with several Messiahs, all duds; of course Jesus Christ was one of them, but his followers later claim that being a dud was part of the plan, and was a victory after all as his execution caused Jehovah to judge the Roman Empire and doom it, the original Jews don't get mad they get even; construction on the Jewish Temple continues until 64 C.E.
In 8 B.C.E. the Roman Census gives the pop. of the Roman Empire as 4,233,000 citizens; the city of Rome is the first in history to reach one million.
On Mar. 13, 4 B.C.E. Jewish rabble-rousers Judas and Mathias are burned alive for protesting the placement of the golden eagle at the entrance to the Jehovah-less Temple of Jerusalem. On Apr. 7, 4 B.C.E. Jewish proxy king of the Roman-occupied Holy Land (since -39) Herod I the Great (b. -73) has his eldest son Antipater (b. -45) (son of Doris) executed (3rd son he kills) after Augustus refuses to intervene, then dies five days later on Shebat 2 (Apr. 12) in Jericho after suffering "an intolerable itching of the whole skin, continuous pains in the intestines, tumors in the feet as in dropsy, inflammation of the abdomen and gangrene of the private parts, engendering worms, in addition to asthma, with great difficulty in breathing, and convulsions in all his limbs" (Josephus), and is buried in his fortified winter palace and mausoleum in Herodium 7 mi. S of Jerusalem (near modern-day Zatara); his Roman-educated sons wait in the wings while he orders the leaders of the Jewish nation burned alive in the Hippodrome in Jericho on his death so that the Jews will weep at his own funeral (Herod's sister Salome and her husband Alexas get the order countermanded?); his penultimate will names Antipas as his heir, but shortly before his death he makes a final will naming Archelaus (Matthew 2:22), causing Augustus to constitute him an ethnarch and divide the territory, with half going to Archelaus and half to be split by Antipas and Philip; Herod Archelaus (b. -23) becomes ethnarch of Samaria, Judea and Idumea (deposed in 6 C.E.); Herod Antipas (b. -21) becomes tetrarch of Galilee (home of Jesus Christ) and Perea (E bank of the Jordan) (home of John the Baptist) (deposed in 38 C.E.); Herod Philip (-20 to 34) becomes tetrarch (ruler of a fourth) of modern-day SW Syria and the Golan Heights (Gaulanitis, Batanea, Trachonitis, Autanitis, portions of Iturea and Hulitis) (all largely non-Jewish); Herod's sister Salome is given control of Phaselis, Yavneh (Jamnia), and Ashdod (Azotus); daddy's favorite Archelaus immediately proves to be a good choice for him as he orders 3K Jews killed on Easter for trying to get him to rehabilitate Judas and Mathias.
Also in 4 B.C.E. Judean Jewish prophet (of voice crying in the wilderness eating locust and honey fame) (St.) John the Baptist (d. 32 C.E.) is born; according to the Gospels he is born 6 mo. before Jesus - so what's this I hear about you're fall and I'm spring? Also in 4 B.C.E. Judean Christian Messiah Jesus Christ of Nazareth (Joshua or Yehoshuah) (d. 33) is born in Bethlehem of parents Mary and Joseph (a carpenter or stoneworker), both of the House of David; don't ask about the In-Vitro Fertilization Technique used?; the official Roman Catholic Church position is Dec. 25, although the shepherds are in the fields with the flocks at the time, and hence it would more likely be spring or summer, which might make John the Baptist a Dec. baby?
In 6 C.E. Coponius became the first prefect (hegemon) of the Roman Province of Iudaea (Judea) (Syria, Samaria) incl. Jerusalem and environs, the first in a line stretching to the year 41, based in the new Roman capital of Caesarea on the coast; Syrian Gov. Quirinius takes a census of the Jews, which shakes them up because it destroys their last illusions of self-rule (Luke Ch. 2), and there is a bloody revolt (Acts 5:37) led by Judas the Galilean (Gaulanite) (Josephus, Jewish Antiquities, XVIII, 1-4 [i,1]), founder of the Jewish Sicarii ("dagger-wielders") (known for concealed daggers) (armed freedom fighters drawn from the Pharisees and Essenes, not the small wealthy land-owning group of Sadducees, who are Quislings); Annas (Ananus), son of Seth is appointed Jewish high priest in Jerusalem by Quirinius (until 15). Herod the Great's descendants through #7 Herod (Marcus Julius) Agrippa II (27-100) remained client kings of Judea until 96 C.E.
On Aug. 19, 14 C.E. Rome's first emperor (since -27) Augustus (-63 to 14) was poisoned by his 3rd wife Livia with a poisoned fig to get him out of the way for her son, his last words being "The play is finished" (Fabula acta est). Roman emperor #2 (14-37) Tiberius (-42 to 37) got the unenviable job of presiding over the Jesus Christ era.
30-40 Sorry, historyscopers, but? --it happens in the Roman province of Judea; nobody knows for sure, and it depends on whom you want to believe; a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, the greatest coverup in history; the Great Track of Time enters not only a Dark Alley but a Black Hole, becoming an endless source of powerful fiction claiming to be fact, with the dividing line very hazy until centuries later - oh my gosh, I smell an Emmy? Way back when, nobody knows, a bunch of Roman pagans got infected with monotheism, and the most bookish kind, Judaism, and despite the Jews claiming to be the Chosen People, with pagans not invited, they managed to morph exclusivist Judaism into a new one-size-fits-all version by literally twisting the Jewish Bible inside out and claiming to discover that it was there all along, but needed a prophet to reveal it to them, whose life only they can tell us about, since nobody but believers documented it, a strange wonderful brew of historical facts and unverifiable miracles. The net result was a new religion called Christinsanity, er, Christianity, whose Aramaic-speaking Jewish founder Jesus Christ of Nazareth (-4 to 33) left no writings, works of art, statues, buildings, swords, armor, bling, portraits, descendants, or even newspaper accounts, worse, no body, because he was allegedly resurrected from the dead by God on Easter, visiting his believers for 40 days before being translated to Heaven, and now sits at God's right hand waiting to return and judge the world and everybody who ever lived, leaving it to his 12 Disciples to spread the word that he wasn't just a man but the Son of God, whatever that means, most followers apparently taking him for God himself, despite the intractable philosophical difficulties that rocked the Church for centuries. To become a Christian ("little Christ") and live with Christ forever in his Kingdom of Heaven, believers must take everything about him on faith, which is good since they don't have to learn Aramaic or any history other than that in the Hebrew-Aramaic Old Testament and the Greek New Testament, consisting of the Four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) and the Acts of the Apostles, and no theology other than that in the Epistles of Paul, Epistles of Peter, Epistle of James, Epistle of Jude, and Epistles of John, or any eschatology other than that in the Book of Revelation (Apocalypse), then undergo Baptism, which causes them to be "born again" as a symbol of future resurrection like Christ's; too bad, backsliders who go back to a life of sin, and apostates who deny their new faith become a thorny problem, especially if they apostasize under conditions of persecution then try to reclaim their Christian faith when it ends. Speaking of persecution, from the start the Jewish priests hated this blasphemous Jewish sect, which according to the Gospels made them plot to get Jesus (but not his disciples) arrested and crucified by the Romans for sedition, and the tolerant polytheist pagan Romans finally had enough of them too when they refused to worship the Roman emperor as a god like every other good citizen, labeling them as atheists and traitors, and forcing the cult underground, where they mainly recruited slaves but eventually penetrated the upper classes. The spectacle of Christians being fed to wild beasts in the arena while filled with joy at the prospect of being with Christ was a powerful recruiting tool, ask Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow why he paints John 3:16 on his face. Too bad, the early personalities and their organization are shrouded in mystery, and the takeover of the Roman Empire in the 4th cent. by the monomaniacal intolerant Roman Catholic Church gave them the opportunity to destroy, alter, or manufacture historical records, so it's one of the greatest coverups in history and we can only hope for glimmers of light and cast theories about what really happened, sorry. Talk about coverup, the disturbing parallels between Christianity and pagan Sun worship make many suspect that Christ was a fictional figure pasted together by brainy Jews based in some library in Alexandria or Babylon out of twisted Old Testament texts foretelling the Jewish Messiah, who was supposed to conquer the world and make everybody love Jews, but obviously hasn't shown up yet, unless it was him, get it? Why would Jews conspire to foist a fictional religious founder on the pagan Roman Empire? Answer: Jews don't get mad, they get even, and this time it was for destroying Jerusalem along with its Temple and priesthood in 70 C.E. and causing the Jewish Diaspora. If that was their goal, they achieved it in spades, turning the mean cruel blood-loving superior united pagan Romans into guilt-ridden ever-schisming ever-backsliding Bible-thumping Christian whimps who were easy meat for the hordes of barbarians, tanking the once all-powerful Roman Empire in 476, and giving the wandering Jews a chance to return and restore the Jewish nation of Israel based in Jerusalem, complete with Temple and priesthood, maybe king, ask Mel Gibson about it when you catch him drunk. Too bad, it's hard to imagine how these fiction authors could palm their writings off and get enough believers to fill a donkey cart, unless they posed as believers and made a career of it, risking persecution, which doesn't compute. Also too bad, there seems to have been a community of Christians before the writings even came out. Also too bad, by 476 the Roman Empire had split into two halves, and the Eastern Roman Empire that controlled Israel stood strong, keeping the Jews out like always. Also too bad, despite displaying a deep knowledge of the Old Testament, the New Testament doesn't read like it was written by Jews, treating them as an alien race who brought their troubles on themselves by rejecting you know who, although he was also a Jew and Christians must worship him as their Savior, what pretzel logic. No surprise, belief in Jesus Christ and respect for the Jewish Old Testament like he had didn't make former pagan Roman Christians automatically love Jews, but backfired, turning many into rabid anti-Semites, some even claiming to be the real "spiritual Jews", with the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox Churches both worked to keep the Jews from returning to Israel unless/until they accepted Christ, guess why the Muslim Quran displays a deep knowledge of the Old Testament and Talmud, the pretzel the pretzel the pretzel is twisty, and Christians are the salt of the Earth. Either way, the Old Testament started it all, and the Jewish Messiah's Mission: Impossible isn't done yet, which Christians explain away as the need for the Jews to finally accept Christ before he returns to judge the world, although in the Jews' thinking that would make them into blasphemers who would face damnation by God. Yet now after 2K years, if Jesus wasn't the Messiah, why do Jews still believe in one, those stiff-necked losers? After the WWII Holocaust, why do any Jews still believe in God anyway, it was mainly atheist Jews who restored the state of Israel in 1948 after chucking the Old Testament? And after 2K years of Christ never returning as promised, how can a Christian still believe in this deadbeat dad, the umpteenth recycling of the Book of Revelation and photos of the Shroud of Turin? Oh yes, they talk to Him all the time, and that's all they need. On top of all that, Christendom schismed a thousand ways to Sunday over the centuries, and got convolved with the government and its police and military power, getting mixed up with injustices and atrocities that stunk it up, maybe one of the sects is the true one, if Christ returns he'll tell us. The bottom line is that it takes a big brain just to attempt to straighten it all out.
Now the year nobody likes to talk about. In 33 C.E., or in Greek reckoning the 203rd Olympiad, the Roman consuls were Servius Sulpicius Galba Caesar Augustus and Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix; from this year until 257 C.E. Roman censuses are taken every 14 years. On Apr. 3 (Fri.) there was a lunar eclipse. Astronomers Colin J. Humphreys and W.G. Waddington claim that Jesus Christ was crucified on this day. Liar, Lunatic or Lord? The entire future of the Western and half of the Eastern world is changed by what allegedly happens to one man in a backwater of the Roman empire about this time? This job's a dead end, you can do better girlfriend? Jesus Christ of Nazareth (b. -7 to -2?) started the year E of the Jordan River (John 10:40-42), preaching in Perea and other cities on a slow walk toward Jerusalem, stopping in Bethany to raise Lazarus from the dead (John 11:1-46), then after skirting Jerusalem he went through Samaria, back through Perea, where he foretold his death and resurrection for a 3rd time (Matt. 20:17-19, Mk. 10:32-34, Luke 18:31-34), then passed through Jericho, healing two blind men, then visited Zacchaeus (Matt. 20:29-34, Mt. 10:46-52, Luke 18:35-19:28). Six days before Passover he arrived in Bethany (John 11:55-12:1), had a feast at the house of Simon the Leper, was annointed by Mary of Bethany (Matt. 26:6-13, Mt. 14:3-9, John 12:2-11), then finally made his Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem on Nisan 9 (Palm Sunday) (Matt. 21:1-11, 14-17; Mk. 11:1-11, Luke 19:29-44, John 12:12-19), cursing a barren fig tree on Nisan 10 (Matt. 21:18-19, Mk. 11:12-17, Luke 19:45-46). On Nisan 11 the barren fig tree was found withered (Matt. 21:19-22, Mk. 11:20-25), and he had fun in the Temple of Jerusalem, overturning the moneychangers' tables, then retreating to the Mount of Olives. On Nisan 12 the Jewish leaders plotted his death, and cut a deal with traitor disciple Judas (Yehuda) Iscariot, the one who kept the money bag. On Nisan 13 (Thur.) after praying in the Garden of Gethsemane (Aramaic "olive oil press"), where "his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground" (Luke 22:43-4), Jesus Christ (b. -7 to -2?) (clean shaven or bearded?) (single or married?) (does he or doesn't he?) (swings both ways or what?) was betrayed with a kiss by his disciple Judas Iscariot for 30 pieces of silver (the kiss was to tell him apart from disciple James the Lesser, brother of Matthew, who allegedly looks a lot like Jesus but wasn't as good a kisser?), and taken to the Jewish high priests, who couldn't stand his blasphemous jive honky mouth and spit on him and slapped the faker, then handed him over the Romans, talking Roman procurator of Judea (26-36) Pontius Pilate into having him flagrantly scourged with flagrums (flagri) (2-3 thongs with bell-shaped thingies to cause pain?). Then noting that Tiberius extended the law of laesa majestas (injured majesty) to incl. mere libelous words against the emperor under the definition of sedition, Pontius Pilate legally ordered his execution (John 19:12-16), and he was crucified on a cross (hung on a stake, according to the Jehovah's Witnesses) at Cavalry Hill (Golgotha) (Lat. "calvariae locus" = Gr. "kranion topos" = Aramaic "Golgotha" = "place of the skull") outside Jerusalem on Passover, Nisan 14 (Fri.), where he gave up the ghost about 3 p.m. (9th hour) as the sky grew dark. His last words (KJV): "It is finished" (Gr. "Tetelestoi") (John 19:30); "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Matt. 27:46, Mark 15:34); "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit" (Luke 23:46). Wealthy Jew (metals trade, dealing with Cornwall in Britain?) and secret Christian (member of the Sanhedrin) Joseph of Arimathea (owner of the Garden of Gethsemane?) requested his body from Pilate and placed it in his own newly-dug tomb (Matt. 27:57-60), although by Roman law crucified criminals can't be buried but are to be left hanging for the birds and beasts to feast on. Too bad (too good?), early on the morning of Nisan 16 (Sun.) his tomb was found empty, and his true believers began seeing things, claiming to see him appear and disappear, not only to them, to everybody, since he immediately proceeds to give the absolute proof that he's the Son of God and that his conviction by human courts was overturned by the Supreme Court of Heaven to silence all skeptics by making his second triumphal entry into Jerusalem in front of multitudes, where he walks up to Pilate and kisses him on the pucker, er, he skips that and leaves the 3-D holographic Burial Shroud of Christ, which becomes hard to prove exists for the next millennium or more, but wows scientists in the 20th cent. Meanwhile after Jesus II kind of sneaks around and only visits his own for awhile (if only he had gone back to Big J, imagine the high priest's face, er, maybe it's all a test for them stiff-necked Jews, who would have just sent him back to the Cross again and again and again, shut your mouth?), he gives his disciples the Great Commission (Mt. 28:18-20), then decides a wife and kids ain't worth it and retires from the flesh biz without having to be bitch-slapped and crooseefied again, and disappears into the sky on the 40th day of his new life (Ziv or Iyyar 25) at the Mount of Olives (Olivet) near Bethany (2 mi. ESE of Jerusalem) (home of his friend Lazarus and his sisters Martha and Mary) (Acts 1:9-12). Meanwhile, wasting no time, the first crop of 120 Christians (Gr. "little Christs") and Jewish proselytes (from around the Roman empire?) gather in Jerusalem on Pentecost (Festival of Harvest) (Festival of Weeks) (Day of the First Ripe Fruits), 50 days after the Passover (Sivan 6), where they received the "Holy Spirit", spoke in tongues and launched the World Religion of Christi[ns]anity (Acts 1:13-15), the belief that he rose from da dead and only his shed blood is truly lifesaving, plus plus plus take a bath and sign right here and you're saved, don't ask for a corpse or a skeleton he flew the coop and is looking back at ya from Heaven. Meanwhile true-moneygrubbing-Jew traitor apostle Judas Iscariot buys the Aceldama (Akeldama) (Aramaic "hagel dema" = field of blood) (Matt. 27:7) S of Jerusalem with his 30 pieces of silver (which he returns?), then does a swan dive, "falling headlong, burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out" - Acts 1:18). Seven qualified men were appointed as food distributors for the Christian Jewish congregation, the only non-Jew being Nicolaus of Antioch (Acts 6:1-6), while the 11 remaining original apostles went out and preached the good news, and all get martyred except John, who ends up in W Asia Minor and outlives the rest, reaching the age of 100. Peter goes to Gaul (Chartres), Britain (Cornhill), and Rome?; Matthew goes to Ethiopia and resides with an official converted by Philip?; Philip acompanies Lazarus, Mary Magdalene, Joseph of Arimathea et al. on a preaching mission to Gaul, with Lazarus and Mary remaining in Marseille, after which Philip sends Joseph of Arimathea with 12 disciples to Christianize Britain, founding a monastery at Glastonbury, and bringing the Holy Grail with him?; Matthias (one of the Seventy) goes to Armenia?; Jude Thaddaeus goes to Edessa and cures King Abigar with the Shroud (Mandylion)?; Simon and Jude go to Mesopotamia?; Andrew goes to Byzantium?; red-haired Mary Magdalene (of Magdala), Christ's wife, carrying his child and meant to run her hubby church was overthrown in a coup led by woman-hating, er, Peter, and fled to France with her red-haired daughter Sarah, carrying the sang real, the royal blood of Christ, and spawning the legend of the San Greal, or Holy Grail (Sang Real, or Royal Blood)? ("Witness the greatest coverup in history" - Dan Brown). Ready or not, there I go - Jehovah prepares to quit sticking with the home team despite his long-time partiality, divorce his wife the Chosen People, take away their driver's licenses, make the mean nasty Romans destroy his former temple and priesthood, and gets them dispersed out of their former land of milk and honey, where they will be forced to fend for themselves in a sea of goyim, but not right away, giving them 40 years to repent for what they did to his only begotten Son. The Jewish Temple will then no longer be needed, as the body of each believer is a temple, and the only sacrifice needed is the blood of the Lamb, sorry rabbi, kicks are for Trids. Yes, as a just God he must give them the customary 40, but funny how the first Gospels spring up after the Temple is destroyed, forever giving skeptics a platform to claim that Jeezy was all made-up afterwards when all the possible witnesses are kaput, and all the mean persecuting Jews are taken care of, like magic, er, that would make it true, check back in 2,000+ years?
On Nov. 6, 2005 Israeli authorities unveiled a 3rd cent. Christian church found under the planned site of a new prison ward of Megiddo Prison in Israel, which head archeologist Yotam Tepper calls "the oldest archeological remains of a church in Israel, maybe even in the entire region. Whether in the entire world, it's still too early to say"; the mosaics depict fish rather than a cross, and tell about a Roman officer and a woman named Aketous who donated money to build the church in the memory "of the god Jesus Christ" - roll in over in your grave, Arius? Speaking of coming back in 2K years, one small note for those who call the Jesus story a fairy tale. On Mar. 28, 1980 Talpiot (Talpiyot) Tomb was discovered 5km S of the Old City of Jerusalem, containing 10 ossuaries, 6 with epigraphs, incl. one that says "Jesus, son of Joseph", causing speculation that the tomb of Jesus Christ has at last been found, hence it must almost be the End of Days. Too bad, it was kept secret by archeologist Yosef Gat until 1994. In 1996 BBC-TV aired a documentary on it, and in 2007 Canadian film dir. James Francis Cameron (1954-) (known for the blockbuster film "Titanic") and Israeli-born Canadian Jewish archeologist Simcha Jacobovici (1953-) released a film and book titled The Lost Tomb of Jesus, soaking up some of the tail-end of the box-office bonanza of Mel Gibson's 2004 blockbuster film The Passion of the Christ.
In 36 C.E. armed Samaritans gathered on Mt. Gerizim in hopes of uncovering ancient buried treasures of Moses, and Roman gov. of Judea Pontius Pilate sent troops, which killed a number of them, causing them to complain to Pilate's boss Syrian gov. Lucius Vitellius the Elder (-6 to 51), who, seeking to secure Jewish goodwill removed Pilate and sent him to Rome to answer to the emperor on charges of rapacity and cruelty. Tiberius died in 37 before Pilate arrived, and the latter passed out of history into the realm of speculation, some claiming he became a Christian (with Ethiopian Christians making him a saint), or committed suicide. Marcellus became the new Roman prefect of Judea. Vitellius appointed a new independent high priest, who martyred St. Stephen (Gr. "wreath or crown") (Acts 7:58) (the first Christian martyr), and sent Pharisee Saul (Heb. "asked of God") of Tarsus (5-65) to Damascus to arrest some pesky Christians (Acts 9:4), which ended in the latter's miraculous vision of Jesus Christ and conversion and reinvention as the artist formerly known as Apostle St. Paul (Gr. "small"), who was rejected by his own people and promptly began spreading the new Christian cult among the gentiles, making the entire Roman world his prospects.
Jeezy or no Jeezy, Roman rule began to be challenged with the First Jewish–Roman War in 66-74 C.E., which backfired bigtime and resulted in the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E. along with the murder of most of the 1.1M Jewish pop., the remaining 97K being taken into slavery.
Backing up, in 64 C.E. the Romans groaned under insane emperor #5 (54-68) Nero (37-68), who fancied himself a poet as well as a god, and set the Great Fire of Rome, then blamed it on the new pesky cult of Christians in order to make room for a new pleasure palace.
In spring 66 C.E. Roman procurator of Judea (64-66) Gessius Florus seized 17 talents of back taxes from Jewish Second Temple, then some joker emptied a chamberpot outside a synagogue in Judea, defiling the holy ground and causing a riot, which escalated into the 6.66, er, 8-year First Jewish-Roman War (Revolt) (ends 74) after the fanatical Jewish Sicarii ("dagger men") (Acts 21:38) swarmed into Jerusalem and slaughtered the Roman garrison, then declared Judea independent of Rome, halting the hated Temple sacrifices to the Roman emperor. Smart-pretty Herod Agrippa II sided with Rome. The Sicarii wiped out the Roman garrison at the Dead Sea fortress of Masada (Heb. "fortress"), and took it over until they were relentlessly sieged, all allegedly committing suicide on the night of Apr. 15, 74 right before the Romans stormed the gates the next morning, the original income tax panic. Meanwhile within 3 mo. Gaius Cestius Gallus (-67), Roman legatus Augusti of Syria (since 63) marched 30K troops S from Ptolemais on the coast W of the Sea of Galilee, conquering Beit She'arim in the Jezreel Valley (seat of the Great Sanhedrin), and arriving in Jerusalem during the Festival of Booths (Oct. 22-28), being attacked by the Jews when they came with 50 furlongs, then pushing them back into the city, after which the Romans entered the city on Nov. 5, undermining the temple wall in six days, then suddenly (with no apparent reason?) withdrawing toward the coast, with the Zealots ("as though they were zealous in the cause of virtue and not for vice in its basest and most extravagant form" - Josephus), led by Jewish priest (one of the guardians of the Temple treasure) Eleazar ben Simon (-70) in hot pursuit for seven days, defeating and almost annihilating Roman Legio XII Fulminata at Beth-horon (Beit-horon), killing 6K Romans, then surrounding the rest of the army in a ravine and destroying most of its men and material before the remnant escapes to Antioch, after which Gallus died early next year, and was succeeded by Gaius Licinius Mucianus. The happy Jews, believing that they had won their independence coin silver shekels with the inscription "Jerusalem the Holy" and "The Freedom of Jerusalem", with this year considered as Year 1 (the original 666?). Before returning to Jerusalem the Zealots forced the remaining Jewish pop. to join their revolt, but not before the pesky Christians took Jesus Christ's advice "When you catch sight of the disgusting thing standing in a holy place, then let those in Judea begin fleeing to the mountains" (Matt. 24:15-16, Mark 13:14-19, Luke 21:20-24), and fled E to Pella in the mountains across the Jordan River. After Zealot leader Eleazar ben Simon allied with priest Zacharias (son of Amphikalles) against peace-lover high priest Ananias, the latter was murdered by a Jewish mob while hiding out in an aqueduct. Did Jeezy really forsee the wars in Gaul (39-40), N Africa (41), Britain (43, 60), and Armenia (58-62), the earthquakes in Rome (54), Pompeii (62), Asia Minor (63, 62) and Crete (62), the famines in Rome, Greece and Egypt (42) and Judea (46), the pestilences in Babylonia (40) and Rome (60, 65), and the false prophets in Judea (c. 56), and therefore the Good News (Gospels) (Matt. ch. 24, Mark ch. 13, Luke ch. 21) merely report his actual words, or did they make it all up after it happened and put the words in his mouth to make him seem like ickle me, pickle me, tickle me too, you know what in a flying shoe, I wish I knew.
Early in 67 after Gaius Licinius Mucianus fails to put down the pesky Jewish revolt, Nero grants Vespasian a special command in the East (three legions, 60K men) with the task of ending Jewish Revolt, and he lands in Ptolemais and reconquers Galilee, starting with Jotapata, giving the Jewish rebels time to complete Agrippa II's Wall (the Third Wall) around Jerusalem; the Romans win the naval Battle of the Sea of Galilee, and 37K Jewish POWs are held in a stadium in Caesarea (on the coast S of Ptolemais) for sale as slaves; Jewish gen. Flavius Josephus (37-101) deserts to the Romans (telling a wild tale about being holed-up with his fellow Jews in a cave and all agreeing to commit hari-kari, with himself somehow becoming the last man standing and chickening out?), and becomes friendly with Agrippa II; Idumea is assigned its own cmdrs.
The misty dawnings of Christianity as YAWMC (yet another white man's club)? On June 27, 67 after appointing converted pagan (St.) Evodius (d. 69) as Christian bishop #2 of Antioch (until 69), St. Peter (b. -1), prince of the Christian apostles arrives in Rome, becoming the alleged first bishop of Rome (pope #1), and doesn't last long before being crucified; before dying in the modern-day Trastevere section W of the Tiber River S of the Vatican on the site of the later Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, he allegedly founds the Church of Santa Pudenziana, the oldest Christian church in Rome; after watching his wife (Vagina?) die, Peter begs to be crucified upside down so he won't be confused with his savior? (instead he is confused with the first pope? How convenient they are both out of the way before the fall of Rome in 70?); (St.) Linus (-76) becomes the alleged Christian bishop #2 of Rome (pope #2), going on to forbid women to enter a church with their heads uncovered (very Jewish of him?), and creating the first 15 bishops (all male) - did they really have bishops back then, or did this function arise much later, corrupting pure Christianity, which relied on a government by elders not bishops, after which they attempted to rewrite history, beginning the Church's downward slide?
At the beginning of the year 70 C.E. the Jewish pop. in Judea was 2.5M, plus 4M outside Judea in the Roman diaspora, representing 10% of the pop. of the Roman empire, with as high as 25% in some eastern cities. All still paid the annual Jerusalem Temple tax. An oracle that a Jew would become ruler of the world pumped them up. In the spring (right before Passover) four Roman legions (80K soldiers, incl. the Third Gallica) under future Roman emperor #10 (79-81) Titus (Titus Flavius Vespasianus Jr.) (39-81), son of future Roman emperor #9 (69-79) Vespasian (Titus Flavius Vespasianus Sr.) (9-79) and his wily Alexandrian Jewish 2nd in command (procurator of Judea in 46-48 and prefect of Egypt in 66-9) Tiberius Julius Alexander, along with Jewish turncoat gen. Josephus (37-101) (who spent the rest of his life kissing flavorful Flavian butt, turned historian, and left "The Jewish War" and "Antiquities of the Jews", the main source of history for the times) arrived in Jerusalem, trapping the residents inside the city along with the pilgrims and refugees. King Malichus II of Nabataea (-70) (S Jordan) sent 5K horse and 1K soldiers to help Titus. Finding the set-up picture-perfect, the Romans stripped the countryside to build a 4.5-mi.-long wall of pointed stakes around the city, just like Jeezy allegedly predicted in Luke 19:43-44 ("Your enemies will build around you a fortification with pointed stakes and will encircle you and distress you from every side, and dash you to the ground, you and your children within your wombs, and they will not leave one stone upon another, all because you did not recognize the time of your visitation"). The seige caused famine, which was compounded by the scrappy Jews destroying each other in a civil war between the Zealots, led by Eleazar ben Simon (-70) (who occupied the inner court of the Temple), an opposing group of 6K led by John of Gischala (Johannes ben Levi), and the extremist dagger-wielding contract-killer Sicarii led by Simon (Simeon) bar (ben) Giora ("son of a proselyte") (-71) (cmdr. of the Idumeans), who began dressing in women's clothing and walking the streets to kill men for sport. Simon finally defeated John in a siege on the Temple, pulling some of his men out and forming a new faction, after which citizens had to climb over corpses in the Temple to offer their sacrifices. Meanwhile the Romans encircling the Holy City of Jehovah let it starve down to cannibalism, capturing any escapees and crucifying them for those inside the city to see, while letting others gorge until their stomachs burst, see Mel Gibson's "Road Warrior" outtakes or Deuteronomy 28:53-7. Finally on Aug. 30 after a 142-day siege (Nisan 14 to Elul 7) they stormed it, battered down the N wall, worked their way to the Temple and massacred the desperate defenders, then set fire to it. Jerusalem fell in the summer. The Second Temple of Jehovah (Jerusalem) burned on the 10th day of the month Av (Aug. 5), then was torn apart stone by stone by Roman soldiers to get at melted gold and silver, who failed to find 50 tons of holy relics, incl. the temple's golden candelabrum et al., which remains a mystery until modern times. Herod Agrippa II returned from Rome just in time to see Jerusalem fall. The entire city was levelled by order of Titus, with the exception of the three great towers of Phasaelis, Hippicus and Miramne; 1M-1.3M are killed (1.1M according to Josephus), and 97K Jewish POWs were taken (a fulfillment of Luke 21:23-24?), some being later used to build the Roman Colosseum and the Forum of Peace. Phannias den Samuel was killed during the destruction of the Temple. Simon bar Giora hid out in an underground cavern with his men, but when they failed to dig an escape passage and their supplies run out, he surfaced on the burned-out Temple Mount wearing a white frock and purple cloak, hoping to wow the supersititous Romans and walk away, only to be captured by Temple Mount capt. Terentius (Titus Arinius) Rufus, and later hurled down the Tarpeian Rock in Rome. Rufus had a plough drawn over the former temple courts to signify that it will never be rebuilt but will only be used for agricultural purposes. Pesky John of Giscala was taken to Rome and sentenced to life in priz, with some modern scholars claiming he is the author of the Book of Revelation. Judea was depopulated of Jews, the worst tragedy in Jewish history until ?. The original Jewish religion ceased to exist, as there was no longer a temple or priesthood with sacrifices, and the genealogical records used to prove eligibility wee destroyed, causing the remaining Jews to dummy-up a makeshift version, and mourn the loss of the Temple by wearing black, breaking a glass at weddings, and other tokens, while hoping, dreaming and plotting to rebuild it, meanwhile living in a zonked state of mind since they were all technically dying in their sins, unable to get the BBQ pits going at the Holy Golden Arches and sacrifice bulls, goats, etc. Meanwhile the Christian cult experienced a giant boost, since it could now claim that Jehovah had his Temple destroyed to punish the Jews for rejecting his son Jesus 40 years earlier, and had therefore done an Ahnuld and "called it a divorce" and given the Jewish birthright to Christians in their place (like when Esau sold his for a pot of lentil stew?), and that all "gentiles" (originally the descendants of the Roman gens, but coming to mean anybody) can become the new chosen people ("spiritual Jews") if they accept Jesus as their savior and sacrificial lamb presented in a spiritual temple for their sins, the physical one no longer being needed any more than the obsolete Jewish Law and its impossible rules and regulations. In Jehovah's cosmic poetic justice, the ignorant Romans, in killing off the Jewish people and religion and quelling the pesky Christians, have actually opened their empire to takeover by the new improved spiritual Jews that can use the roads, Pax Romana, common Greek Koine language et al. to their advantage - what a heady feeling. Ruined Jerusalem became the barracks of the Roman Legion X Fretensis, commanded by Trajan's father Marcus Ulpius Traianus (30-99), and no civilians lived there for 60 years. The center of stiff-necked Jewish community leadership and scholarship moved to Javneh (Yavne) (Jabnah) (Jamnia) in C Israel, where the Sanhedrin (High Court) Era of Judaism began (until 640), and the term silly rabbit, er, rabbi was first used for Hillel's student Yochanan ben Zakkai (30-90), who escaped from Jerusalem in a coffin, then founded a school there with the permission of Emperor Vespasian, and made it the HQ of the Sanhedrin, which began work on the Mishna (Mishnah) (Heb. "study and review"), a redaction into writing of the Oral Torah; the Tannaitic Rabbinic School of Palestine was founded (until 300). The use of the 2nd cent. B.C.E. Greek Septuagint trans. of the Hebrew Bible by the new Christian cult soon caused Jews to discontinue its use as the reconstituted Pharisee leadership banned Christian Jews from their worship. Herod Agrippa II and his sister-lover Bernice moved to Rome, where he was given the office of praetor. A special annual tax of two drachmas was levied on all Jews until the year 361. In Oct. Vespasian returned to Rome to give thanks to Jupiter Optimus Maximus for helping him kick Jehovah's butt, and new praetor Helvidius Priscus proposed that although the financing should be left to the discretion of the Senate, the Temple of Jupiter, which had been destroyed in the civil war should be restored at public expense.
Tired of another sleepless night? For falling asleep and staying asleep, try what? The original income tax panic? On Apr. 16, 74 (dawn) the Great Jewish Revolt (begun 66) ends with the fall of the Jewish Sicarii-held fortress of Masada overlooking the Dead Sea to the Roman Legio X Fretensis, led by Judean gov. Lucius Flavius Silva, when they burst through the gate and find all 960 Jews (everybody except 2 women and 5 children) dead; according to Josephus, who is there and interviews the survivors, they committed un-Jewish mass suicide after being talked into it by their leader Eleazar, who gives an Essene-like speech talking about an immortal soul that unites with God in death, with the soundbyte: "Death gives freedom to our souls and lets them depart to their own pure home where they will know nothing of any calamity; but while they are confined within a mortal body and share its miseries, in strict truth they are dead"; was it really covered-up murder?; the Romans garrison the fort for the next 40 years.
Yes, the history is murky, but the undisputed fact is that the core literature of Christianity got churned out and spread along the Roman roads, making converts, tada, 1B+ nominal Christians alive today vs. 13M nominal Jews, most of them atheists. Backing up, about 60-65 (66-74?) Jerusalem-born St. Mark (translator for St. Peter?) writes The Gospel of Mark in Rome, becoming the earliest surviving Gospel, from which Matthew and Luke copy?; the earliest known mss. stop at 16:8; the three become known as the Synoptic ("with one eye") Gospels, although anybody reading them has to shut both eyes at the numerous Gospel Discrepancies and Contradictions, some of which can be waved away by considering them all true, others of which can't.
About 68 after the death of St. Peter, St. Mark allegedly travels to Alexandria, writing the Secret Gospel of Mark, containing "a more spiritual Gospel for the use of those who were being perfected", reserved for "those who are being initiated into the great mysteries", whose existence is revealed in 1958 by Morton Smith of Columbia U., along with a Fragment of the Gospel of Mark About the Raising of Lazarus (which is otherwise only found in the Gospel of John) that was deliberately suppressed by Bishop Clement of Alexandria to fight the senses-satiating Gnostic Carpocratians, founded by Carpocrates of Alexandria; it incl. the homoerotic text: "And after six days, Jesus told him what to do, and in the evening the youth came to him wearing a linen cloth over his naked body. And he remained with him that night, for Jesus taught him the mystery of the kingdom of God. And thence arising, he returned to the other side of the Jordan."
About 80 (56-58?) (90?) Greek physician St. Luke writes the Gospel of Luke for a high-ranking Roman official in Caesarea, Roman capital of Palestine, after consulting many writings on Jesus, starting out "Many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed on to us by those whom from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word"; the mysterious hypothetical Q (Quelle) (Source) Document was consulted?
About 96-100 C.E. St. John the Evangelist (1-100), the last of Jesus' Twelve Apostles died after allegedly being given the Book of Revelation (Apocalypse) by an angel sent by Christ personally in the Holy Grotto of Patmos off the SW coast of Asia Minor (Turkey), foretelling the End of Days when Christ will return and destroy all of Satan's wicked minions in the Battle of Armageddon, and revealing in Rev. 13:17-18 that the Antichrist AKA the Beast will have the number 666 encoded in his name and will fool many by posing as a prince of peace. Too bad, the multitudes decided that it would be in a year ending in 66 or some multiple of 66 or 666 that either Christ would return to end the old world of Satan and begin his reign, or his archenemy the Antichrist would either be born or start his rise, bringing Christ to save the world, causing the phenomenon of Millennium Fever (MF) after too many of these false alarms caused all hope to be placed on the year 1000, and it proved a bust too, they switched to 1000 plus permutations of 6, 66, and 666, even using month #6 June as one of the magic keys to the big date, even though it said name not date, and some ancient mss. have 616 not 666, which not coincidentally is all the Roman numerals in order MDCLXVI, oops, no M, that's reserved for the real Messiah. Call it a coincidence, but the Arabic symbol for Allah looks a lot like the Greek letters for 666. (After returning to Ephesus?) John also writes the Gospel of John and the Three Epistles of John about this time; actually John's name is never mentioned in the Gospel of John, but it gets attributed to him by tradition; in the Gospel of John Jesus never utters parables, but instead performs signs, and never casts out demons; in contrast to the Synoptic Gospels, which concentrate on Jesus' doings in Galilee, it concentrates on his doings in Judea and Jerusalem, displaying a first-hand knowledge of the geography prior to the Jewish Revolt of 66, and seems to show a knowledge of an ancient tradition independent of the other gospels, leading many scholars to consider it the most reliable of the four; the only gospel to describe Jesus' turning of water into wine at the wedding in Cana (2:1-11), his conversations with Nicodemus (3:1-21) and the Samaritan woman (4:1-42), and the raising of Lazarus in Bethany (ch. 11), along with the Holy Lance of Christ (spear stuck in his side to prove that he's dead after only three hours on the Cross, when most last a day or more, and despite a corpse being unable to pump blood out with a dead heart) (19:34); the only one to describe the role of Nicodemus in Jesus' burial (19:39); the only one with vocabulary not used in the rest, esp. the Gnostic-like talk in the Logos Passage (John 1:1-18): "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was [a?] God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made...", creating the eternal Arian vs. Athanasius Controversy: in the beginning of God's Creation did he first create the Word AKA Christ (Love?), then use him to create all else, hence Christ is a created being not God, or was the Word there in the beginning with God, thus is God, even though God has no beginning, and is eternal and uncreated?; so, as the 1st cent. ends, despite the skimpiness of history, God spoke and laid out the complete Plan of the Man in the New Testament; the whole point of Christ is to suspend God's judgment of eternal death on truly repentant sinners (Mk. 2:17, Acts 17:30) by coming the first time to save them (John 3:15-18, John 12:47) and the second time to judge them (Acts 17:31, Heb. 9:28), which is why he tells everybody that his blood will pay for their sins prior to conversion (Heb. 9:11-28), but afterwards to sin no more (John 5:14, 8:11), because sin (violating the Ten Commandments incl. having other Gods, taking the Lord's name in vain, lying, stealing, coveting, murdering, committing adultery even with the eyes, etc.) is voluntary, and Christians will be sent the Holy Spirit to keep them from temptation and never sin again (1 John 3:1-10), but those who fall away are out of luck because Christ can't be crucified a second time (Heb. 6:4-6), and blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is unforgivable (Matt. 12:31-32); too bad, some Christian sects have the idea that they can get "saved" and continue sinning, when actually nobody is saved yet, because only at the End of Days will Judge Christ AKA God in Human Form open his court to judge us (Heb. 9:27), and going around claiming to be saved is sinful, taking the Lord's name in vain and lying?; the ultimate Supreme Court, the judgment is either entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven (Mt. 5:19-21, 8:11), or being cast by angels into the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:15); maybe it's all a fairy tale, but the punchline is that nobody can be sure until they're dead, what a sales pitch.
Skipping ahead, in 132-135 C.E. after years of groaning and moaning, Jerusalem once again became the capital of Judea during the last-ditch Bar Kokhba ("Son of a Star") Revolt of Simon (Shimon) Bar Kokhba (Kochba) (Cocheba) (-135) (Heb. "Son of a Star") (real name Bar/Ben Kosiba or Kozebah), which started when bearded bi Roman emperor (117-38) Hadrian (76-138) began the construction of a temple to Jupiter Capitolinus in Jerusalem on the site of the Jewish Temple, complete with a dangly statue of a naked uncircumcised man-god showing everything Jehovah detests, pissing the religious Jewish minority off bigtime and making them begin an all-out war to expel the hated Romans. Too bad, Hadrian was one of Rome's greatest emperors, the kind who never lost a battle, and he sent in 12 divisions from as far away as Britain with the mission of wiping the Jews out of Judea completely, led by troubleshooter gen. Sextus Julius Severus (gov. of Britain from 131-3), who kicked the Jews' butts bigtime, killing 580K (half the pop.), and destroying 985 towns and villages, plowing Jerusalem with oxen. After winning, whooping, and hollering Hadrian finished Romanizing Big J, renaming it in 137 to Aelia Capitolina in honor of himself and Jupiter, banning the pesky Jews from entering it, then covering Golgotha with dirt and building a temple to Venus in an attempt to squelch the pesky Christian religion. The same year the bishop of Rome (pope) declared that Christ's birthday be celebrated as a solemn fast which was later called Christ-mass or Christmas, although it wasn't ordered to be observed on Dec. 25 until 350 in order to take over the celebration of the Brumalis winter solstice celebration from the worshippers of Mithra and the celebration of Saturnalia (rebirth of the Sun) from the cootie-queen pagans. Hadrian renamed the entire Iudaea Province to Syria Palaestina, after the Phoenicians or Philistines, as originally coined by ancient Greek historian Herodotus, in an attempt to de-Judaize the country permanently, which is now used by Saudi-financed anti-Israel propagandists to actually deny that Jews ever lived there. Too bad he didn't know that Jews don't get mad they get even, so maybe he doomed the Roman Empire right there, inducing them to finally launch the wildass Arabs at it after inventing a new nutso killer religion for them, see my Islam Historyscope. Call it a coincidence that Hadrian, the Jews' most hated emperor, was the first to wear a beard, imagine their mixed feelings at Abe Lincoln later. Hadrian also issued an edict ordering the Jews permanently expelled from Israel (only permitted to enter Jerusalem once a year), completing the Jewish Diaspora (Heb. "Tefutzah" = scattered), the dispersion of the pesky oddball square-peg-in-a-round-hole Jews throughout the empire, creating the veritable Wandering Jew of fact and fiction. Not that it hurt the new Christian religion, rather, the way was now clear for the spreading of the name Jah-Zeus (Jehovah-Zeus) (Jesus) by the empire-wide Catholic (get all the pagans to join the Church no matter how the original faith has to be diluted) conspiracy, his real name was Yeshua, and being too Jewish it's now un-PC, drum roll please. The whole Jesus fable was invented at this point to get even with the Romans, with the destruction of the Jewish Temple in 70 C.E. used as a blind screen so that later historyscopers would scope in vain 60 years too early? As to Judaism, Rabbi Akiva ben Joseph (50-135) of Judea was executed by the Romans after teaching the Torah in public after the revolt. The Ebionites (Heb. "ebyon" = poor) sect of Jewish Christians who deny the divinity of Christ and consider St. Paul an apostate for declaring the supremacy of Christian teaching over the Mosaic Law headed W across the Jordan River into Peraea (modern-day Jordan), isolating themselves from the main body of Christians and adopting a conservative Pharisaic creed that evolved into a combo of Christianity, Gnosticism and Essenism, and split into groups who believe or reject the Virgin Birth. Too bad, they died out by the 5th cent. In 1960-1 Yigael Yadin (1917-84) excavated the Cave of Letters in the desert W of the Dead Sea, discovering a basket at the bottom of a privy containing 19 bronze items, which are now housed in the Shrine of the Book near Givat Ram in W Jerusalem, incl. patera (libation dish) with an engraving of the Greek-Roman goddess Thetis, mother of Achilles, causing speculation as to whether these are sacred objects from the Temple of Jehovah destroyed in 70. A purse containing the 35 Papers of Babatha, a woman who owned a date orchard in En-Geddi on the W shore of the Dead Sea was found, incl. dated orders by Bar Kokhba, showing him as a meany who threatened and ordered the arrest of fellow Jews. Comparison of C-14 dates caused Magen Broshi to propose Broshi's Law that the oldest extreme of the C-14 date range is the most accurate. Bones of starved women and children were later found, along with remnants of a Roman army outpost on top of the mountain. For the perfect burger with fries, Cochin (Malabar) in SW India became a haven for Jews until modern times.
In 217 the Hebrew Mishna (Mishnah) (Heb. "oral teaching"), which was up till now an oral tradition was closed by Jehuda Hanasi (Yehuda ha-Nasi) (Rabbi Judah the Prince) in Galilee, where the Jews had been driven since 135; he is the last of six generations of rabbinical Tannaim (Heb. "teachers of the oral law") since 10 C.E.; the Mishna is divided into six sedarim (orders), which are divided into 63 masechtoth (tractates), which are divided into perakim (chapters), which are divided into mishnayoth (teachings), which incl. both halacha (Heb. "law) and haggada (Heb. "story"); it incl. the tractate Pirke Avot (Sayings of the Fathers), sayings of the great rabbis from two cents. before to two cents. after Christ; the Aramaic Mishna commentaries Palestinian Gemarra (Gemara) (397) (3x as long as the Mishna) and Babylonian Gemarra (Gemara) (499) (11x as long as the Mishna) begin to be compiled by six generations of rabbinical Amoraim (Heb. "expounders") (ends 499), after which another six generations of rabbinical Saboraim (Heb. "reasoners") revise the Babylonian Gemarra to create the Babylonian Talmud (Heb. "teaching") (650) (2.4M words); in modern times, eds. of the Talmud incl. the commentary of Rashi (1040-1105) on the interior margins, the Tosaphoth (Heb. "additions") by French and German rabbis of the 12th-13th cents. on the exterior margins, and the Tosefta (Heb. "supplement"), remnants of the oral law omitted by Jehuda Hanasi; the Midrash (Heb. "exposition") are addresses on various books of the Hebrew scriptures allegedly delivered by Tannaim or Annaim, then assembled in the 4th-12th cents., incl. Genesis Rabbah, Wayyikrah Rabbah, On Leviticus, On Exodus (Mechilta), On Numbers and Deuteronomy, Sifra, Pesikta (homilies on Bible passages), and the Megilloth (five scrolls on Esther, the Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, and Ecclesiastes); "He who walks four ells in Palestine is without sin"; "Even the merest talk of those who dwell in Palestine is Torah"; no surprise, during the Middle Ages the Jews of Germany and France studied the Talmud far more than the Jewish Bible.
Speaking of modern times, by the way, it wasn't just the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Turks, Russians, or Germans, it seems that just about every group Jews came into contact with got filled with virulent rabid anti-Semites, which isn't hard to understand because of their label of Chosen People, plus the incredible wall of intellectual crap they surrounded themselves with. In recent times pseudo-scientific anti-Semites claimed that the Ashkenazi Jews from E Europe aren't really descended from the original Jews, hence they don't have any right to return to Israel where they can live free of anti-Semites, but the theory was exploded by both historical research and genetic studies, the latest in June 2010, DQ Blizzard Cakes, a delicious new flavor every month. Of course Judaism started out as a racist religion, actually a tribal one, the Chosen Tribes, but they claimed that Jehovah did the choosing not them, and since anybody can convert to Judaism, it isn't really racist, although only members of a certain tribe, the Levites can become Jewish priests and serve in the temple and live for free off everybody else, you figure it out, it seems there will have to be a WWIII before a new temple can be built, and according to Jehovah's, er, St. John's Revelation, by then they will all accept Christ and not need it, while according to St. Muhammad's Revelation the Quran the Muslim Messiah will arrive and exterminate every one of them pesky offspring of apes and pigs that doesn't convert to Islam, along with the blasphemer Christians who worship mere human prophet Jesus as the Son of God, so that Jerusalem will only have mosques, stay tuned and keep this handy.
In the five cents. following the Bar Kokhba revolt, Big J remained under Roman then Byzantine rule, which started out pagan until Christian-friendly Roman Emperor (306-37) Constantine I (272-337) built Christian sites in Jerusalem, incl. the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, allegedly built on the site of Golgotha where Jesus was crucified.
Jerusalem reached a peak in size and pop. at the end of the Second Temple Period, when the city covered 2 sq. km (0.8 sq mi.) and had a pop. of 200K. The enforcement of the ban on Jews entering Aelia Capitolina continued until Christian-turned-pagan Roman emperor (355-63) Julian the Apostate (331-63) allowed them to return in 361-3 to "holy Jerusalem, which you have for many years longed to see rebuilt", donating funds to rebuild the temple, which never happened since he didn't last long after that, and the ban was reinstated until 438, when Byzantine empress Aelia Eudocia (401-60) (daughter of a pagan father), wife of emperor (408-50) Theodosius II the Calligrapher (401-50) allowed them back. The same year Theodosius pub. the Theodosian Law Code (Codex Theodosianus), a collection of Roman laws issued since 312, formally separating the Eastern and Western Roman empires. Section XVI.i.2 made Christianity the official religion of the Roman empire, and declared all other religions illegal. In 439 it was adoped by the Western side too. Too bad, in 425 after his intolerant lifetime virgin sister Pulcheria ("beautiful") (399-453) (who acted as his regent from 408-16, and controlled him ever since) put him up to it for authorizing new synagogues to be built and adjudicating disputes between Jews and Christians, T2 ordered the execution of Jewish physician and Nasi (Hebrew for prince) (since 400) Gamaliel ("recompense of God") VI, who became the last Nasi of the Jewish Sanhedrin, abolishing his office in 429, and causing the House of Hillel (Hebrew for greatly praised) to become extinct, along with the Semicha, the tradition of judicial authority in an unbroken line from Moses.
After becoming the established religion, Christendom showed a mean streak of intolerance for the Jews, with St. Ambrose of Milan (337-97) advocating a convert-or-die policy, until St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430) came up with the "lovely brainwave" (Moses Mendelssohn's words) that they should be allowed to live and stay Jews, but be kept down as a wandering "witness people" that would serve as proof of what happens to those who reject Christ and his salvation, and hence must be kept from returning to Jerusalem and setting up their capital there as a matter of theology, clean makeup, easy breezy beautiful.
In 350 after Julian's brother Gallus taxed them so heavily that many sold their children to pay, the Jews of Palestine staged the Jewish Revolt Against Constantius Gallus (ends 352), ending up losing thousands killed or enslaved and seeing Sephoris burned to the ground, with partial destruction of Tiberias and other cities - talk about a losing cause?
Meanwhile ever since the Romans kicked them out, the pesky Jewish illegal aliens kept sneaking back into their holy main base of Jerusalem, where they became a minority compared to the top dog "Roman" (Byzantine Greek) Christians, who treated them like dog doo for killing their Savior. Who knows all the conspiracy theory behind it, but on Apr. 15, 614 the Persians under Sassanid king (590-628) Khosrau (Khusrau) II (-628) sieged Byzantine-held Jerusalem, and on May 5 after 21 days forced their way within the walls, aided by the 26K Jews, and captured the city after a mass slaughter of 90K Christians, which the Jews eagerly assisted, here's back achya phony Messiah Jehoshua of Nazareth. The Persians then finished sacking the city, destroyed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and seized the True Cross of Christ (allegedly found in a cave by Constantine I's mother Helena on May 3, 326 during a 2-year visit to the Holy Land while he was busy ordering the execution of his eldest son Crispus and his wife Fausta by means of suffocation in an overheated bath after they were accused of hooking up), taking it to Ctesiphon along with the remaining Christian pop., and annexed all of Palestine. Only the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem was spared, allegedly because its door had a mosaic depicting Persian wise men. Jerusalem briefly became the national capital of the Jewish people for the first time since the Bar Kochba Revolt in 135, for a grand total of 15 years. If there was any hope left of reconciliation between Christians and Jews, it was gone after the Christian slaughter on the site of their savior Christ's slaughter. The Sudarium ("sweat cloth") of Christ was allegedly taken from Palestine by Christians and carried through N Africa, arriving in Spain in 616 and becoming the Sudarium of Oviedo, known for type AB blood stains allegedly matching some on the head portion of the Shroud of Turin, the alleged burial cloth of Christ, which has spawned its own holy scientific industry.
In 628 Byzantine emperor (610-41) Heraclius I (575-641) defeated Persian king Khosrau II and regained the True Cross, taking it back in 629 when he marched into Jerusalem, and the Jews suddenly flip-flopped and claimed to be on his side. But he was probably figuring out the Arab thing by now in his subconscious, as proved by a dream that the Byzantine Empire will be destroyed through a circumcised people, and ordered them massacred by fanatical monks (later covered-up by claiming the monks did it on their own just as he was about to conclude a peace with them?), causing tens of thousands of Jews to flee to Egypt, at least they got good libraries and beachfront property is available, it's the original Miami, driving them into the arms of the Christian Copts, who were sore at them for aiding the Persians also, and massacred some of them, but not all, since there were 40K left in Alexandria alone. On Mar. 21, 630 Heraclius I personally returned the True Cross to the Holy Sepulchre, after which he became holy than thou than usual and substituted the title Basileus for Imperator, I never felt so undressed in a bathtub. The Persian empire was kaput, and over the next few years they handed the Byzantines Armenia, Syria, Palestine, Egypt and Byzantine Mesopotamia, while "a series of dynastic intrigues and romantic murders enliven the palace but weaken the country [Persia]" (H.G. Wells).
To back up his words with action, in 627 Muhammad ordered an atrocity against the Jewish Qurayza Tribe in Medina, having the men and pubescent boys beheaded and the women and children enslaved, and stealing their land, that's right, Islam doesn't want Jews anywhere to live on any land Muslims don't own.
In 628 Muhammad attacked another tribe of Jews in Arabia in the Battle of Khaybar (Khaibar), and stole their land, forcing the survivors to hand them half their annual produce forever, even locusts only come once in several years. Too bad, in the 20th cent. the Jews popularized the term anti-Semitic to refer to Jew-haters, leaving their Semitic kissing cousins the Arabs to play both ends against the middle.
Too bad, after occupying Khaybar, Muhammad saw a beautiful Jewish babe and killed her husband, then lay with her. She responded by inviting him to a sumptuous dinner where she served poisoned sheep. After he detected the poison and spit the meat out, she told him that if he were a real prophet it wouldn't harm him, which he agrees with before having her killed. Too bad, the poison seems to have started working into his system, killing him three years later, proving that anybody who messes with the Jews loses. How ironic that modern Jew-hating Muslims like to chant about Khaybar, not realizing the ending, no wonder they never win any Nobel Prizes.
In 632 Arab pagan-turned-monotheist self-proclaimed prophet Muhammad (b. 570) died after having claimed to visit Jerusalem (actually "the farthest mosque") (Quran 17:1) in the fantastic one-night Isra and Mi'raj journey in 621 that couldn't have happened, but which gave his Muslim followers the excuse they needed to capture it in 637, after which according to Muhammad's divine revelation from Allah called the Quran Muslims must never ever give it back to infidels, and are promised paradise for martyrdom while fighting to defend it or retake it, diplomats not needed. His new religion claimed to actually be the one true old religion, with an incredibly arrogant but pivotal claim that the Jewish Bible has been falsified and corrupted (perverted) by Jews to make them the Chosen People instead of the Arabs, and that Jehovah, er, Allah has made him the ultimate final prophet to set the world straight and bring the world to its knees worshiping him his way, by persuasion or force, their choice. In Muslim-think, the refusal of the Jews to accept Muhammad as their final prophet and Islam as the one true religion was what caused Allah to command him to change the Qiblah (direction of prayer) to Mecca, and forever bar Jews from having a Jewish state with capital in Jerusalem, so I guess so far it's a push between Allah and Jehovah on that score. I won't comment on the veracity of the Bible, but of course Muhammad was a FRAUD, and his Allah was a FAKE, and indeed Muhammad was a dummy corporation for a sinister New World Order movement which covered its tracks up like they always do, leaving the Quran as a cover story for the winner's side after enough military successes. So, when it comes to Muhammad we can't be sure that anything about his life is even real, but let's go with the surface narrative for funners, because for once a religion founder is portrayed as a cruel warlord filled with mean vices, not a harmless sinless walking-on-water nonviolent miracle worker.
As for Jerusalem, after originally telling his followers to pray facing it, 16-1/2 mo. later Muhammad changed it to Mecca 800 mi. away, home of the Kaaba (Qaaba), admitting that boring Jerusalem is the direction in which Jews pray in Quran Sura 2 Al-Baqara (The Heifer), verse 145, although he loved to relieve himself while facing it (see Bukhari 1.4.147). Boring, but supreme in importance even to Muslims, who believe that there isn't a hands-breadth of space in Jerusalem where a prophet hasn't walked, and they must have it for Allah whatever the B.S., because that's the real game, Satan and his fake prophets vs. Jehovah God and his real prophets, especially Christ for control of Da Earth :)
Focusing on the big year that the Muslims took Big J, and won't give it back, the year 636 wasn't the year 666, but to the superstitious it was 2 out of 3 at least. On July 23, 636 the Muslim Arabs under Gen. Khalid captured Gaza, the principal Jewish community in Byzantine Judea from the Byzantines, then in Nov. sieged Jerusalem for six months, taking it in Apr. 637, with Muslim caliph #2 (634-44) Omar (Umar) (586-644) personally receiving the city's submission, you know I don't like it but you know I'm a liar. Omar came from Medina to Jerusalem (600 mi.) humbly on a camel, carrying a bag of barley, a bag of dates, a water skin, and a wooden platter, and has only one attendant; when his own emirs greeted him in fine silks he threw a tantrum, as well as handfuls of dirt at them, impressing the Greek proprietors of Big J, who presented him with a key to the city. He met with Monophysite Christian Patriarch (634-8) Sophronius (560-638) of Jerusalem, with whom he toured the Holy Places, making jokes about his followers being too expensive, and refusing an invitation to pray at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, saying he didn't want to endanger its status as a Christian temple, instead praying outside it. Since Christian mucky-mucks had claimed that the Bible predicts that a humble but just and powerful man will come to Jerusalem riding on an ass and will actually prove to be a protector an ally to the Christians of Jerusalem, Sophronius died a happy man. The happy Jews were allowed back and allowed to practice their religion but were forbidden to ride horses, hold judicial or civil posts or build new synagogues. The neighborhood of Silwan (Heb. "Shiloah", Gk. "Silwan") in modern-day East Jerusalem (on top of the old City of David) was granted to an agricultural community of cave-dwellers living there called Khan Silowna. Sophronius accepted the Umari Treaty (Umariyya Covenant), in which the Holy Sepulchre and the True Cross were protected, and all Christian churches and relics were left in Christian hands, with Christians protected as long as they paid I'm-your-whore protection money (jizya).
Speaking of asses, Jehovah already had them Arabs, AKA Ishmaelites (descendants of Abraham via his slave Hagar rather than his wife Sarah) down pat, as proved by his own words in Da Bible about Ishmael: "He will be a wild ass of a man, his hand against every man and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen" - Gen. 16:12. In other words, he would never make them his prophets, tough titties. Oh yes, that's one of them perverted verses, it must have said something else, ask his final prophet. Holy books or no holy books, ever since 637 C.E. Jerusalem has been all about when will the Islamic world give up Jerusalem and thank the Jews for the memories. Too bad, so far they won't. When they conquered it by force from the Romans, who had conquered it by force from the Jews, Arabs had absolutely no historical claim to Jerusalem and environs like the Jews had established since 1000 B.C.E., they were like a plague of locusts, and have no more valid historical claim to Jerusalem and environs than locusts do to a wheat field, hence historical justice is not about letting them squat forever but when they are going to give it back to the rightful owners the Jews, and how, and that means with or without approval of the U.N. or other bystanders. Not that Arabs that give up Islam and convert to Judaism won't have some claim. Why is there no peace in the Middle East? Them *!?*! Muslims. Today, if it weren't for this fake prophet who rules his insane world domination supremacist religion from the grave that teaches its believers to love death more than life, Jerusalem would be the capital of the state of Israel, and even Greater Israel, like the Bible describes, which incl. far more territory than it now occupies. Too bad, the Quran's Sura 5 which claims that the Jews perverted the real Bible (the Quran) forever claims that that act destroys all their claims to Jerusalem and Israel, because only the true Bible called the Quran should be worshiped there, circular reasoning but backed up with holy violence backed up by the same Allah, decapitation doesn't cause death, it's Allah who withdraws life and does everything. So maybe it was Jehovah's plan all along to let Satan launch Islam as part of his punishment of his divorced bride before remarrying her, time itself will tell if Jehovah is just a fairy tale too or the real deal. Talking about Islam and Jerusalem, Quran Sura 17 Bani Israel (The Children of Israel), verse 104 says "And we said to the children of Israel, 'Go live securely in the Promised Land.' And when the final prophecy comes to pass, we will gather you together in one group." Before the Last Judgment, that is. In the meantime they can go to hell? No, modern Muslims point to 17:104 as proof that Allah was the one who destroyed their temple in 70 C.E. and caused the Diaspora, then allowed them to return to Israel so he could lower the final boom on them by sending them a false Messiah posing as Christ, who will be destroyed by true Muslim prophet Jesus don't say Christ say Antichrist along with them, only making Muslims cling to the Quran more, wouldn't you know it. The funny thing about the Muslim Jesus whom they call Issa is that virtually all the Gospel stories about his life are considered infidel crap, he's more like the punchline of a joke, although maybe it's on them, huh, time will tell, right? By the way, the Jews of the era pointed to the volcanic eruptions at Mt. Vesuvius et al. in 79 as proof of retribution for the destruction of his temple by Jehovah, don't know why, you are my destiny, nothing wrong with a little healthy competition.
The spot where Caliph Omar prayed outside the Holy Sepulchre, the very spot where Jesus allegedly proved his stuff by rising from the dead, became the site of the Mosque of Omar (Umar), which according to Gallic bishop Arculf, who lived in Jerusalem from 679-688 was a rectangular wooden structure built over ruins that could accommodate 3K worshippers. Caliph Omar argued about the location for this first Muslim mosque in Jerusalem with Yemeni Jewish (rabbi) convert to Islam Ka'b al-Ahbar (-653), who recommended building it N of the Rock (foundation of the Jewish Temple of Solomon), to which Omar replied "Oh you son of a Jew, is your Jewishness dominating your view?", explaining that that would force Muslims to bow down towards both Mecca and the Jewish Temple, and deciding to build it S of the Rock so that their asses face it instead. Jerusalem became Islam's 3rd holiest city after Mecca and Medina, for a long time being called Bayt al-Maqdes, then al-Quds al-Sharif, but not being regarded as a holy city until the 680s, when the caliph ruling from Damascus fought a revolt by the Muslims in control of Mecca, and decided to turn Big J into a counter-pilgrimage site, building the Dome of the Rock as the Disney World to their Disneyland.
So Jerusalem is considered Islam's 3rd holiest city after Mecca and Medina, just what was needed to put Islam into an eternal war over control of it with everybody, even though all Muslims between it and Mecca point their butt cracks at it while praying, time to try Domino's new pizza ends today. When the Muslims went to Bayt Al-Maqdes for the first time, they searched for the site of the Farthest (Far Away) Holy Mosque, AKA Al-Masjed Al-Aqsa or the Al-Aqsa Mosque that was mentioned in the Quran and Hadith and was originally completed in 705, destroyed by an earthquake in 745, then rebuilt in 754 and again in 780, destroyed by another earthquake in 1033, and rebuilt in 1035. They originally found the site full of rubbish, cleaned it up and started using it for prayers, and now after having decided that the Jewish state of Israel must go, fanatically claim it as the #1 reason they will never relinquish Jerusalem. "How can a mosque built nearly a century after the Qur'an was received establish what the Qur'an meant" when it mentioned the Farthest Mosque, according to Daniel Pipes. Answer: the Borg Hive concept of the Ummah, which never forgives or forgets or gives a square inch of conquered territory back, even for a king's ransom. To rub more salt into the wound, Umayyad caliph #5 (685-705) Abd al-Malik (646-705) commissioned the construction of the Dome of the Rock, which was completed in 691-2, becoming the oldest Islamic building to survive to modern times. 10th cent. Arab historian Al-Muqaddasi (945-1000) claimed that Abd al-Malik built the shrine in order to compete in grandeur with Jerusalem's monumental churches. Over the next four cents. Jerusalem's prominence diminished as Arab powers in the region camel-jockeyed for control.
About 720 Jewish Syrian Serene claimed to be the Messiah, causing Jews from Babylonia and Spain to join his campaign to recapture Palestine from the Muslims; too bad, he was taken POW, exposed as a charlatan by Caliph Yezid II, and executed. About 750 Obadiah Abu Isa ben Ishaq of Isfahan, Persia claimed ditto, and led 10K Jews to their defeat.
In 750 the Sunni Abbasids (who started in Harran, moved to Baghdad in 762, and ended up getting overwhelmed by their own Turkic Mamluk slave army by 1258) captured Jerusalem. In 878 the Sunni Tulinids annexed Palestine incl. Jerusalem to Egypt. In 904 the Abbasids recaptured it. In 939 the Sunni Turkic Ikhshidids captured it. In 969 the Ismaili Shiite Fatimids under gen. Gawhar al-Siqilli (928-93) took over Egypt, setting up their capital in Cairo, and taking Jerusalem from the Ikhshidids, burning the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and in 970-2 taking all of Palestine. In 1009 Fatmid caliph #6 (996-1021) Al-Hakim (985-1021) ordered all Christian churches and Jewish synagogues destroyed, resulting in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre being sacked and nearly destroyed. Not that Muslims cared much about Jerusalem, with one 10th cent. Muslim native uttering the soundbyte "Learned men are few, and Christians numerous". The Dome of the Rock collapsed in 1016 after an earthquake, and it was rebuilt in 1022.
In 762 Jewish exilarch Solomon dies, and his successor Anan ben David turns reformer a la the Shiites and Protestants, founding the Qaraite (Aramaic "qara" = to read, "qera" = text), ditching the newfangled Talmud and sticking only to the Torah like the old Sadduccees, causing the heads of the rabbinical colleges of Sura and Pumbeditha (near Baghdad) to elect his younger brother Chananya in his place; the office of Jewish exilarch (accepted by the caliphs as political head of all Jews in Armenia, Babylonia, Persia, Turkestan, and Yemen) ceases being hereditary and is elected by the rabbinical academies; the Qaraites gain followers in Palestine, Egypt, and Spain, and begin declining in the 12th cent., surviving in the 20th cent. in Arabia, S Russia, and Turkey. In the 9th cent. the Qaraites began interpreting the Torah symbolically, causing the orthodox Rabbanite sect to schism, taking every word literally incl. calculating the exact measurements of Jehovah's body and beard.
In summer 1073 the Sunni Turkic Seljuks took Jerusalem, but the Fatimids recaptured it in the summer of 1098, which turned out to be bad timing as Pope (1088-99) Urban II (1035-99), preached the first Crusade, er, First Crusade, promising a set-up-house plenary indulgence from sins for all who joined, causing every robber, rapist, murderer and other criminal in Christendom to flock in, while the royals snubbed it, the highest ranking noble being leader Godfrey de Bouillon (1058-1100), duke of Lower Lorraine, who later got a promotion to king of Jerusalem but turned it down because he didn't want another David Letterman extortion case. Like the Sword and Cross program of Charlemagne, Christianity seems to have been corrupted by the Muslims themselves, their perception that they could get away with the convert-or-die thing working on their minds, as in the grass is redder on the other side and keep up with the Shits and Shinolas, so call it the what goes around comes around effect, act like a man, what's the matter with you. Sure, the Christians were only coming to the rescue of poor illegal immigrant pilgrims after hearing of Saracen atrocities, then got caught up in the moment, start pursuing your career in Christian criminal justice today. The Seljuks were their first targets, followed by the Fatimids who held Big J. Too bad, the Crusader scum who left in the first wave took their sweet time getting to the Holy Land, stopping to stage Jewish pogroms, in which many Christian bishops tried to protect them by offering them baptism, causing most to commit suicide, after which the Jewish pop. took 70 years to recover. Despite this, many Jews believed that a Christian V in Jerusalem would cause them to restore it to them, which didn't happen.
The second stringers are down, so call in the first string? On Aug. 15, 1096 after selling Bouillon to Bishop Orbert of Liege for 1300 marks of silver and 3 marks of gold (1 mark = 230g), bilingual (French and German) Godfrey (Godfroi) (Godefroi) (Geoffrey) de Bouillon (1058-1100), duke (since 108) of Lower Lorraine and Margrave of Antwerp, a direct descendant of Charlemagne in the female line and a descendant of Sigisbert, last Merovingian king) leaves for the Crusades with his brothers Eustace and Baldwin at the head of 80K infantry and 10K cavalry; too bad, he starts out by declaring that he would avenge the blood of Jesus upon the Jews, and kill all who won't convert, abetted by a monk who claims that an inscription on the Holy Sepulchre orders all Christians to convert them; William I the Conqueror's eldest son Robert Curthose pawns Normandy to William II Rufus for 10K marks (1% of its yearly revenue) to finance his departure for the Holy Land, his party consisting of Frankish and Norman barons Tancred (1072-1112) (nephew of Robert Guiscard by his daughter Emma and Marquess Odo), Bohemund I de Hauteville, Count of Taranto (1057-1111) (son of Robert Guiscard) (the #1 military man of the First Crusade, who allegedly fights like a starved lion among a flock of sheep), Count (since 1093) Robert II of Flanders (1065-1111), and Count (since 1089) Stephen II of Blois and Chartres (1045-1102) (known for writing gung-ho Letters to Wife Adele About the Crusade), led by papal legate Bishop Adhemar of Puy and Raymond of Toulouse in several large contingents totaling well over 100K; on Dec. 25 Godfrey's main force of 60K arrives in Constantinople, where suspicious Emperor Alexius I is at first startled because he only asked the pope for 300 top knights, and instead sees a host of heretical locusts, which he locks outside the city gates, but finally gives up on stopping them and decides to use them, making the leaders promise to do homage to him for all territory conquered from their common infidel foes in return for giving them boat passage across the Bosphorus and opening food markets - I'll bet they renege? On June 7, 1099 after the Egyptian Fatimids under Caliph Mostali offer safe passage to the Holy Sepulchre along with expensive gifts, all in vain, and the Crusaders wait 10 mo. after the defeat of Kerboga "to enjoy the luxury of Syria" (Gibbon), 13K Crusaders begin the Siege of Jerusalem (pop. 200K) (ends July 15); the 40K Egyptian defenders under Aladin (Iftikhar) defeat the early assaults while awaiting reinforcements, which are too late, allowing the Crusaders to conquer the city on July 15 after (you guessed it) 40 days; on July 15 First Crusade leader Godfrey de Bouillon, whose camp was pitched on Mount Calvary enters Jerusalem, and his Crusaders merrily begin a 3-day massacre of the pop., killing 70K for Christ (incl. driving quaking Jews to their synagogue then burning them alive), while the flag of the Christian Cross flies over the city; "If you want to know what was done to the enemies found in the city, know this, that in the portico of Solomon and in his Temple, our men rode in the blood of the Saracens up to the knees of their horses" - Godfrey de Bouillon and Raymond Daimbert, Letter to Pope Urban II from Jerusalem; "They went together through the streets with their swords and spears in hand. All that they met they slew and smote right down, men, women, and children, sparing none... They slew so many in the streets that there were heaps of dead bodies, and one might not go nor pass but upon them that so lay dead... There was so much blood shed that the channels and gutters ran all with blood, and all the streets of the town were covered with dead men." (William of Tyre, 12th cent.); the Crusaders take the crescent off the top of the Dome of the Rock and replace it with a cross, then construct a Christian altar, only to see the Muslims take it back in 1187 and reverse the process.
Starting with Crusade #2 the royals took them over in order to get the credit. One permanent thing the Crusades generated that changed Euro history was the Knights Templar, named after the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem, who were supposed to guard Christian pilgrims in their dangerous journeys to and from the coastal port of Jaffa, but ended up becoming the richest international organization in Europe with special protection from the papacy, getting into traveler's checks and banking and ending up with every royal in Europe owing them money, causing them to finally be ruthlessly exterminated starting on Friday the 13th, 1307 after being accused of worshiping Baphomet, a combo Satan, Muhammad, and goat, with Madonna's breasts but no bustiere, causing the remnants to mole into the Catholic Church with a plot to destroy it from within as the so-called Illuminati, see about a zillion Web sites or the profound super-accurate historical tomes and films of Yankee Templar-wannabe Dan Brown (1964-), nyuk nyuk. As the blood dried, the Crusaders created the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, which lasted until 1291.
In 1148 fanatical Muslim Berbers captured and sacked Cordova, Spain, and ordered Christians and Jews to convert to leave, causing Jewish brain man Maimonides (Rambam) (Moses ben Maimon) (1135-1204) to move with his family to Fez, Morroco in 1159, pretending to be Muslims for nine years since they offered Jews the same options. After hiking to Alexandria in 1165, he ended up in Cairo, where he rose to personal physician of Saladin's son and Saladin's vizier, and in 1176 (1177?) was made head of the Jewish community in Egypt, going on to talk Saladin into letting Jews settle again in Jerusalem after he conquered it in 1187.
In 1160 after David Alrui stirred up the Jews in Mesopotamia with the claim that he's the Jewish Messiah, his father-in-law killed in him his sleep. When the job of Messiah stayed open and another claimant appeared in 1225 in S Arabia, Maimonides wrote Letter to the South, pooh-poohing him while keeping belief in a coming Jewish Messiah as one of the 13 principal tenets of the Jewish faith. He also wrote the immortal soundbyte "The other nations vanish, but the Jews last forever."
On Sept. 20-Oct. 2, 1187 the 1187 Siege of Jerusalem saw Big J wrested from the outnumbered Crusaders by cool all-black-wearing Tikriti-born Kurdish Sunni Muslim leader Saladin (1138-93), who gave the Christians safe passage to the coast then permitted Jews as well as Muslims to return and settle. Under his Cairo-and-Damascus-based Ayyubid Dynasty, a period of major construction began incl. houses, markets, public baths, pilgrim hostels, and Muslim religious endowments. Too bad, for most of the 13th cent. Jerusalem declined to the status of a village due to the waning of the Crusades and Ayyubid internecine struggles, and after the Crusaders were finally kicked out of the Middle East in 1291, the Christian pilgrims were fewer than before the Crusades started, and the Muslims were far less tolerant.
After the Crusaders borrowed money from the Jews to finance their expeditions, and later faced the reality of repaying it with interest, fanning hatred, W Europe became an unfun place for Jews, esp. the rich ones. On Mar. 20, 1144 (Mon. after Palm Sunday) or Mar. 22 (Wed.) (day before Passover) Christian tanner's apprentice St. William of Norwich was allegedly murdered by Jews Christ-style in Norwich, England to provide them with ritual blood, and his body was found on Mar. 25 (Sat.) in Thorpe Wood, causing the Jews to be blamed, and the Jewish quarter to be sacked and burned; William was canonized after Thomas of Mounmouth pub. a Latin work about him in 1173, claiming to be there; the Jews are accused of ritual murder for the first but not the last time, as the horrible bloody images of what Jews might be doing to Christians to make their yummy matzoh prove addictive to anti-Semites - the Medieval version of porno? In 1189 at the London coronation of English king (1189-99) Richard I Lionheart (1157-99), a mob staged a Jewish pogrom, which spread to Lincoln, Stanford, and Linn; meanwhile a mob led by Richard de Malabestia killed 350, while 150 Jews in York led by Rabbi Yom Tob committed suicide. 300 Jewish rabbis left persecution in England and France to settle in Jerusalem, where they were welcomed by Saladin's brother Sultan al-Adil; in 1263 Nachmanides reports that there were only a handful of Jews living there. On Mar. 16, 1190 (Fri.) (night) (Shabbat-ha-Gadol) the Clifford's Tower Massacre in York, England saw 150 Jews huddled in a castle surrounded by mobs set their castle on fire to commit suicide, with the survivors being murdered, becoming England's worst case of anti-Semitism (until ?). Also in 1190 Philip II Augustus of France ordered 80 Jews executed in Orange, France after learning that one of his agents had been hanged by city authorities for murdering a Jew. In 1218 English king (1216-72) Henry III (1207-72) proclaimed the Edict of the Badge, based on the Fourth Lateran Council of 1215, making England the first Euro nation to require Jews to wear a marking badge, causing many Jews to emigrate; next year France does ditto, followed by Hungary in 1279; a mass protest in Spain in 1219 caused it to be revoked; in the 15th cent. Spain, Italy, and Germany followed, er, suit, and the practice continued until the French Rev.; between 1218 and 1272 England imposed 49 levies for a total of 200K marks; after being given 15 years to get used to living without engaging in usury, they were finally expelled in 1290, and not allowed to return until the time of Oliver Cromwell. Meanwhile in 1255 English Christian boy Little St. Hugh (b. 1246) was allegedly ritually murdered by the Jews in Lincoln, England, after which the rabbi who allegedly presided over the ceremony was dragged by the tail of a horse through the streets and hanged, and another (the same?) Jew named Copin was executed after allegedly confessing that the Jews do it once a year; despite the intervention of Dominican monks, 18 more were hanged, and 90 were imprisoned in London for further investigation; Henry III transferred his "rights to mastery of the Jews" to his brother Richard for 5K marks. In the English Civil War of 1257-67, Jewish pogroms almost wiped out Jewish communities in Cambridge, Canterbury, Lincoln, London, Northampton, Winchester, and Worcester.
In May 1241 the first Frankfurt Pogrom (Judenschlacht) (Ger. "Battle of the Jews") over Jewish-Christian marriages and forced baptism of children of mixed marriages kills 180 Jews and a few Christians; 24 Jews avoid death by accepting baptism; the synagogue is plundered and the Torah scrolls destroyed; HRE Frederick II orders an investigation, and in 1246 his son Conrad IV issues a pardon of the citizens of Frankfurt, concluding that the pogrom happened "from carelessness rather than deliberation".
In 1244 Jerusalem was sacked by the Persianized Turkish Sunni Muslim Khwarezmians, who decimated the city's Christian pop. and drove out the Jews. They in turn were driven out by the Ayyubids in 1247. From 1250-1517 Jerusalem was ruled by the Egyptian Muslim Mamluks (Mamelukes), Turkish slaves who overthrew their masters. During this period many clashes occurred between the Mamluks on one side and the Crusaders and the Mongols on the other. In 1280 the first Jewish Ghetto to segregate Jews was created in Muslim Morocco; the word comes from the Venetian word for iron foundry after Jews were forced to live near one in 1516. In 1299 10K Mongols allied with 10K Georgian and Armenian auxiliaries crossed the Euphrates River and invaded Syria, winning the big Third Battle of Homs (Wadi al-Khazandar) on Dec. 22-23 against 60K-90K Mamluks from Damascus, whose banner featured a star and crescent Moon, which was later erroneously claimed to be adopted by Muslims after taking Constantinople in 1453; the Mongols lost 5K-14K killed, vs. 40K-50K Mamluks killed, after which the Mamluks fled S towards Damascus while being harassed by 12K Marionite and Druz bowmen seeking independence, after which the Mongols sacked Damascus and seiged the citadel until 1300, when they had to retreat across the Euphrates to stop an invasion by the Chagatais, leaving the Christians briefly in control of Syria and Palestine until the Mamluks returned, Merry Christmas. The area also suffered from many earthquakes and the Black Plague. At least the pesky Arabs who now claim to have the right to Big J were out to lunch for 267 years, oi vey. Meanwhile the permanent loss of Jerusalem, the so-called capital of Christendom changed the psyche of Christian Europe, unifying it around Rome, and later when Rome's Christian rival city Constantinopole fell to the Ottomans in 1453, it was a tough love thing, as now Rome had no rival in Christendom. Too bad they didn't automatically unite with Jews in helping them return and take it back because they required them to convert to Catholicism first, but maybe they will now that Israel needs them the most, let's hope.
In Christian C Europe, the Jews were treated like untouchable merde, forced to hole-up in ghettos, albeit not altogether without their own consent, since their turf had to be under rabbinical rule anyway, the Sabbath Police. In May 1241 there was a pogrom in Frankfurt am Main, Germany over mixed marriages and the baptism of children from them, resulting in 180 Jews killed, and the last 24 avoiding death by accepting baptism after the synagogue and Torah scrolls were trashed. In 1285 a blood libel in Munich, Germany resulted in the death of 68 Jews; 180 more were burned alive in a synagogue. In 1286 a Jewish pogrom in Oberwesel, Germany started after some Jews are accused of draining the blood of a Christian, resulting in 40 killed; this caused the Jews to give up and begin emigrating from the Rhineland in Germany (incl. Mainz, Worms, and Speyer) to Palestine to live under the Muslims, while a minority headed for Poland and Lithuania, which welcomed them. In 1298 the entire Jewish pop. of Rottingen, Germany was burned to death after a charge of desecrating a consecrated host; pious Baron Rindfleisch led an armed band of Roman Catholics to exterminate the Jewish pop. of Wurzburg, plus 698 in Nuremberg, wiping out 140 Jewish congregations in 6 mo. On July 24, 1349 the remaining Jews of Frankfurt were murdered after they were blamed for the Black Plague, and in 1360 the emperor allowed more Jews to move in, but with less rights than before; by 1412 there were only 27 Jewish households in Frankfurt, which dropped to four in 1416 after new taxes were imposed. The Jews were expelled from Trier in 1418, Vienna in 1420, Cologne in 1424, Augsburg in 1438, Breslau in 1453, Magdeburg in 1493, Nuremberg in 1499, and Regensburg in 1519, leaving Frankfurt as one of their only remaining ghettos, which ironically let them grow rich as financial dealers. Also in 1420 the pesky Jews were expelled from Lyons, leaving the last Jews in France in Provence and the possessions of the Holy See; for a little good news, Pope (1417-31) Martin V (1368-1431) forcibly reinstated the old privileges of the Jews in Rome, and forbade forced baptism of Jewish children under age 12, meaning when you turn 12 you better find a new home quick. On Feb. 23, 1421 Martin V issued a bull reminding Christians that Christianity is derived from Judaism, and warning friars not to incite against the Jews; too bad, he withdrew it the next year - what a bunch of bull? In 1462 the Frankfurt Jews were finally walled up in a ghetto, which at first let the pop. grow to 260 in 1543 and 2.7K in 1613. During the 16th cent. Frankfurt became the #1 Jewish town in Germany, with a Talmudic academy and printing press, and it even served as the collection point for moneys to be sent to poor Jews in Palestine. Too bad, when a rabbinical conference was held there in 1603 to pass laws regulating Jewish civil affairs, HRE Rudolf II got pissed off and declared it treasonous, withdrawing imperial protection for 25 years, allowing pogroms all over Germany until the Jewish towns paid a large fine to the archbishop of Cologne in 1631. Luckily or unluckily, depending on your sense of humor, the 1612-14 Fettmilch Rising in Frankfurt, led by gingerbread baker Vincenz Fettmilch (-1616) saw all 1,380 Jews plundered and expelled by a mob led by jealous guild members, resulting in the emperor intervening and having Fettmilch and six followers beheaded, and the Jews returned under imperial guard, with a stone imperial eagle placed at the gates of their ghetto with the inscription "Protected by the Roman Imperial Majesty and the Holy Empire", causing pogroms to virtually cease in Germany until the rise of the Nazis in the 20th cent. Right there the Jews of Europe realized that Europe was mellowing, and dropped their preference for living in Muslim lands, rigging the game in Europe's favor ever since. Not that they wanted to move to Frankfurt, since the Christian town council set a lid on the Jewish pop. at 500 familes, with a max of 12 marriages per year. In 1769 the Frankfurt town council rebuffed a petition by the Jews to be allowed to leave their ghetto on Sunday afternoons with the soundbyte "An example of the unbounded arrogance of this people, who expend every effort to take all opportunities to set themselves up as equals to the Christian citizens." Too bad for the anti-Semites, on July 12, 1796 French Rev. troops under Gen. Jean Baptiste Kleber sieged Frankfurt, which was garrisoned with Austrian troops, and on July 13-14 (night) they shelled the ghetto, destroying one-third of the houses, causing its de facto abolishment, which didn't stop the Christians from reestablishing it in 1816-64. In 1859-60 the Jews built a new synagogue which became the center of Reform Judaism until the Nazis destroyed it on Kristallnacht on Nov. 9-10, 1938.
In 1288 Christian Ethiopian emperor (1270-85) Yekuno Amlak (-1285), founder of the Solomonic Dynasty sent a bishop on pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and on his return he was captured by the sultan of Adal in Somalid (or Aden in Arabia), who tried to convert him to Islam and then circumcised him when he failed, pissing off Amlak, who marched on him, kicked his circumcised butt, and captured his capital of Zeila. The story was related by Marco Polo.
Too bad, Roman Catholic Europe was going along great until the horrific Black Death of 1347-50, which exposed the Church as a phony with no pipeline to God, causing them to attempt a coverup by horrible pogroms of Jews throughout Europe, incl. Chillon, Basle, Stuggart, Ulm, Speyer, Dresden, Strasbourg, and Mainz, destroying 60 major and 150 minor Jewish communities, causing survivors to head for Poland, which welcomed them.
In 1342 Pope (1342-52) Clement VI (1291-1352) issued the bull Gratiam Agimus, making the Franciscans the official custodians of the Holy Places in the name of the Church; William of Ockham became gen. of the Franciscans; the office of Latin patriarch of Jerusalem was established, becoming head of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre (until 1489); in 1374 the office was moved to the Basilica di San Lorenzo Fuori le Mura in Rome.
While Jerusalem was slipping from the grasp of the Christians, they began generating romantic legends to flatter themselves that it was worth all the vats of blood. In 1356 French Franciscan Jean de Roquetaillade (d. 1366) pub. his Guide to the Tribulation, predicting the return of the Antichrist in 1366, followed in 1369-70 by a Millennial Sabbath, where Jerusalem will get a king again and rule the world. Too bad, it didn't happen, despite all them 6's and 3's in the dates. Either way, by 1450 the learned in Europe considered the Earth to be a flat disk surrounded by imprenetrable oceans with Jerusalem at the center of all nations and paradise somewhere in the Far East, and in 1472 Pope (1471-84) Sixtus IV (1414-84) approved the celebration of the Dodecaorton (Twelve Feasts), incl. the Feast of the Virgin Mary's Presentation in the Temple of Jerusalem in which she allegedly danced on its third step at age three, no wonder that pissed-off German Catholic priest Martin Luther (1483-1546) launched the Protestant Reformation in 1517 to rid it of all this crap.
In 1482 Dominican priest Felix Fabri visited Jerusalem, describing it as "a collection of all manner of abominations", incl. Saracens, Greeks, Syrians, Jacobites, Abyssianians, Nestorians, Armenians, Gregorians, Maronites, Turcomans, Bedouins, Assassins, a sect (Druzes?), Mamluks, and "the most accursed of all", Jews. Only the Latin Christians "long with all their hearts for Christian princes to come and subject all the country to the authority of the Church of Rome." That didn't stop Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) from selling his expedition in search of a westward route to India to Spanish queen Isabella I the Catholic (1451-1504) by telling her in 1486 that all the spices he returned with could be turned into gold to finance yet another Crusader expedition to recapture Jerusalem and rebuild the temple to give Christ his signal to return. After finally talking her into it in 1492, it didn't turn out the way he planned, but after more voyages to the New World uncovered vast riches that made the Spanish into the new Euro superpower, they forgot about Jerusalem anyway when the pesky Protestant Reformation came along, as if they didn't have their hands full ridding the Iberian Peninsula of pesky Jews, many of whom fled to Muslim lands.
On Aug. 24, 1516 the Ottomans under sultan (1512-20) Selim I the Grim (1465-1520) (first Ottoman sultan to assume the title of caliph of Islam) defeated the Mamluks at the Battle of Marj Dabiq (Mercidabik) (Marg Dayek) 26 mi. N of Halab (N of Aleppo) in Syria. The Morons, er, Mormons, er, Mamluks refused to use gunpowder and artillery, calling it a "dishonorable weapon", relegating it to inferior units while taking on the Ottomans with valor and elan instead, no wonder they lost. Selim I then took Aleppo, followed on Sept. 26 by Damascus, then Palestine, and Jerusalem on Dec. 28. On Dec. 30 Sultan Selim I secretly visited Jerusalem for devotions, then annexed all of Syria and moved on to Cairo. The Turks generally remained in control of the Holy Land until 1917. Jerusalem enjoyed a prosperous period of renewal and peace under big turbaned Ottoman caliph (1520-66) Suleiman I the Magnificent (1495-1566), incl. magnificent new walls around the Old City. Too bad, the two engineers in charge mistakenly left Mt. Zion and King David's tomb outside the walls in 1538, pissing off the sultan, who had them executed. Speaking of the walls around the Old City, in 1541 they sealed the Golden Gate to prevent a possible entrance by the Jewish and/or Christian Messiah, putting a cemetery in front because it's taboo for a Jewish priest to walk through one. In 1556 an earthquake damaged the city. During much of Ottoman rule, Jerusalem remained a provincial but religiously important center, but since it didn't straddle the main trade route between Damascus and Cairo, it was a mainly a tourist trap. The Muslim Turks brought many innovations, incl. modern postal systems run by the various consulates, the use of the stagecoach and carriage, the wheelbarrow and the oil lantern, see 1001 Muslim Non-Inventions.
In 1540 after being forced to flee to Paris and change his name to Villanovus, Freethinking Spanish physician Michael Servetus (1511-53) discovers the Pulmonary Circulation of the Blood. On Oct. 27, 1553 Swiss Protestant leader John Calvin (1509-64) burns his theological enemy, Unitarian (non-Trinitarian) Catalan scholar Michael Servetus (b. 1511) (who was captured while fleeing to his protection after escaping a prison of the Spanish Inquisition) in Geneva, executioner Guillaume Farel warning the audience: "(Servetus) is a wise man who doubtless thought he was teaching the truth, but he fell into the hands of the Devil... Be careful the same thing doesn't happen to you"; liberals lose their illusions about Bible-thumpers ever lightening up anything but a faggot, and a corner is turned in the fight for freedom of conscience?; at his trial Servetus is ridiculed for describing Palestine as a sparse, sterile land when the Bible says it's the land of milk and honey; noted noble Paris-educated French Protestant ex-humanist poet Theodore Beza (1519-1605) backs Calvin up - I look bad, feel bad, which is most important?
In 1561 the jealous Christian-run city council of Hagenau in Alsace, known as a fortified haven for wealthy Jews passes a regulation prohibiting non-resident Jews from attending the synagogue, under penalty of closing it; by now only six of the original houses settled by Jewish families in the 1160s are considered permanent, all other Jews being required to lease "temporary" houses at exorbitant fees, while all Jews are heavily taxed - who's zoomin' who?
The idea of Jews being restored to the Holy Land started coming to Christians in the late 16th century, all on the Protestant side. On Jan. 14, 1589 Anglican clergyman (Corpus Christi College, Cambridge U. grad) Francis Kett (b. 1547) was burned in the ditch of Norwich Castle for Arian heresy and for claiming that the Jews would one day return to their Promised Land, "leaping and dancing... clapping his hands... until the fire had consumed all his nether parts, and until he was stifled with the smoke." In 1615 a book by English clergyman (Queens' College, Cambridge U. grad) Thomas Brightman (1562-1607) titled Shall They Return to Jerusalem Again? was pub. posthumously, advocating the return of the Jews to the Holy Land, with the soundbyte "There is nothing more certain: the prophets do everywhere confirm it and beat upon it." In 1621 Sir Henry Finch (-1625) pub. The World's Great Restauration, or Calling of the Jews, and with them of all Nations and Kingdoms of the Earth to the Faith of Christ, predicting the restoration of the Holy Land to the Jews in the near future, followed by a worldwide empire, albeit after accepting Christ, pissing off King (1603-25) James I (1566-1625), who just topped Shakespeare by publishing the King James Bible in 1611, and pushed the divine right of kings, namely his, leaving no room for any worldwide anything, and had him arrested until he disavowed his opinions. The Roman Catholics, who would never let Christ-killer Jews have any kind of kingdom until they saw the light and became good Catholics didn't see it that way. In 1590 Spanish Jesuit priest Francisco Ribera (1537-91) pub. In Sacrum Beati Ioannis Apostoli, & Evangelistiae Apocalypsin Commentarii, which uses Daniel 9:27 and its week #69 of 70 to interpret the Bible Book of Revelation as predicting a coming Antichrist who will reign for 3-1/2 years (1260 days), rebuild the Temple of Jerusalem, deny Christ, claim to be God, and conquer the world. Italian Jesuit Cardinal Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621) (the one who did Galileo in for challenging the Church dogma that the Earth is flat) added that he will be a Jew. This contrasts with their archenemy Martin Luther (1483-1546), a rabid Jew-hater who had been claiming that the papacy is the Antichrist and that it had already been 1260 years since the Catholic Church began its evil rule, and the End Times are already happening, yes, it's all about the final fate of Jerusalem, starting an eternal war between the two camps over who, when, and how Jerusalem will return to Jewish control, of course with both camps believing that ultimately the Jews will accept Christ, with or without the papacy, although they both seem to have forgotten that Muhammad was supposed to be the Antichrist, not some Jew, don't ask me if they even realized that Muslims believed that Christ is a Muslim and would return to help them defeat the Christians and Jews and take Jerusalem and the world for Muhammad and Allah. No surprise, with such a luscious menage a trois, in 1826 Samuel Roffey Maitland (1792-1866) pub. An Attempt to Elucidate the Prophecies Concerning Antichrist, dredging up the irresistible Jesuit interpretation of Revelation and injecting it into the Church of England, from which U.S. Protestants later got it and spread it, while trying to coverup the Jesuit origin since they wanted to keep calling the papacy the Antichrist too.
Speaking of Martin Luther being an anti-Semite, in 1543 he pub. On the Jews and Their Lies, advocating pogroms and other nasty persecution of European Jews, good evening, what would you like to do? "A base, whoring people, that is, no people of God, and their boast of lineage, circumsision, and law must be accounted as filth." "Full of the Devil's feces... which they wallow in like swine". "Incorrigible whore and an evil slut" (a synagogue that is).
On Apr. 9, 1609 Spanish king (1598-1621) Philip III (1578-1621) took care of some unfinished business and ordered the expulsion of the remaining Moriscos (Jews and Muslims of Moorish ancestry who faked Christian conversion since the days of Cardinal Francisco Jimenez in 1492-1501); by 1614 over 275K were expelled; the Roman Catholic Spanish went on to erase all traces of Muslim occupation of Spain, and burn 1M Arabic books - what was that ruckus in 711?
In 1621 Sir Henry Fitch (-1625) of England pub. The World's Great Restauration, or Calling of the Jews, and with them of all Nations and Kingdoms of the Earth to the Faith of Christ, claiming that the Jews will be restored to the Holy Land, then establish a worldwide empire after accepting Christ, getting him in trouble with James I (for threatening his divine right to rule England?), who has him arrested in Apr. 1621 until he disavows his work.
Too bad for King James I, his beautiful poetic English Bible caused a fundamentalist religious revolution in Britain called the Puritans, who started a civil war and beheaded his son Charles I (1600-49) in 1649 and set up a Bible-thumping theocracy under Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658), who was known for three big moles on his face, which he ordered his portrait painter not to coverup, with the immortal soundbyte "Warts and all". That same year English Baptists Ebenezer and Joanna Cartwright wrote from Amsterdam, calling for Parliament to lift the ban on Jews in England, from which they had been expelled since the days of Edward I Longshanks (1290). In 1650 the European pop. of Ashkenazi Jews was 100K (vs. 2M in 1800, 8M in 1900). That year Portuguese-born Dutch rabbi Menassah ben Israel (Manoel Dias Soeiro) (1604-57) (teacher of Spinoza) pub. Hope of Israel, arguing for readmission of Jews to England with the killer argument that until Jews live in all lands Christ won't return. The same year Irish archbishop James Ussher (1581-1656) pub. Annals of the World: The Origin of Time, and Continued to the Beginning of the Emperor Vespasian's Reign and the Total Destruction and Abolition of the Temple and Commonwealth of the Jews (Annales Veteris Testamenti, a Prima Mundi Origine Deducti), a 1600-page Latin tome that uses the Bible to date the creation of the world to Sunday, October 23, 4004 B.C., no surprise a Christian would have it on Sunday not Saturday or Friday. The immediate result was to put the pressure on Bible-thumpers to figure out when and how the world will end with a victory for their precious Christ, forcing them to factor the pesky Jews in. In 1654 the first Jew, Jacob Barsimson emigrated from Holland to New Amsterdam (later New York), after which many more Jews followed him to New Amsterdam and Newport, R.I., going on to establish trade with the Indians in firewater and cheap trinkets and pump up the African slave trade. Also in 1654 the Portuguese under Joao IV the Fortunate won a naval V over the Dutch off the coast of Brazil (first 1649), and took Brazil back from them, bringing the Inquisition with them, causing the Jews to flee, and the first group of Jews in North America arrived in New Amsterdam from Brazil, 23 Sephardic Jews from Recife who had been expelled from Spain in 1492, sought refuge in Holland, then migrated to Dutch-occupied Brazil), and founded Congregation Shearith Israel, the city's only Jewish synagogue until 1825. The Jews now had a beachhead in the New World, and unlike Europe, the govt. imposed virtually no restrictions on them, and let them accumulate unlimited wealth without confiscating it, causing the unique American Jew to develop - 335 years to Seinfeld. In Dec. 1655 after Menasseh ben Israel arrived in London and Oliver Cromwell summoned the Whitehall Conference, the Jews were readmitted to England - they bought they way back in by financing Cromwell's civil wars. When Cromwell died, the English freaked at the approaching Millennial Fever Year 1666 and invited Charles I's son Charles II (1630-85) back in on a red carpet in 1660, and he had Cromwell's body dug up and desecrated, his head passed around as a toy; it wasn't until Mar. 25, 1960 that his grisly head-on-a-spike finally came to a rest on the grounds of Cambridge U., where it was buried near a chapel at Sidney Sussex College.
Speaking of Jewish Messiahs with designs on riding into Jerusalem, in 1666 Millennium Fever hit the Christian world again, and this time Smyrna-born Qabbalistic Jewish rabbi Sabbatai (Shabbethai) Zevi (1626-76) milked it for all it was worth, proclaiming himself the Messiah in 1648, moving to Cairo and getting rich, proclaiming himself again in 1665 in Aleppo, Syria in a Jewish synagogue, making him famous throughout Europe and causing groupies from as far away as France to arrive. Too bad, in the Big Year 1666 he made the mistake of going to Constantinople to crown himself sultan with the help of Jehovah, who didn't go along with it, and he was arrested and imprisoned, but bribed his way out, and escaped beheading by pretending to convert to Islam and donning a turban, which pleased the real sultan, who made him the royal doorkeeper, but after he was caught trying to convert Muslims to Judaism on the sly, he was banished to Montenegro until he croaked, after which his diehard followers continued his Sabbatean Cult to this day, with 100K true believers in today's Turkey, some of whom were alleged to be behind Zionism and Freemasonry, stay forever young.
On Sept. 11-12, 1683 (you guessed it, the original 9/11) the Battle of Vienna (Kahlenberg) saw the horrible Ottoman Empire stopped militarily in its jihad to take over Europe, giving the Christian world a breather and allowing it to spurt ahead scientifically, leaving the Muslim world in the rearview mirror to this day.
The Jews always have Jerusalem in their main windshield. In 1695-6 multilingual Dutch scholar Adriaan Reland (Hadriani Relandi) (1676-1718) toured Palestine, and surveyed 2.5K places mentioned in the Bible (Tanakh) or Mishnah, drawing a map and taking a census, then publishing it all in 1714 in the book Palestina. Far from a Muslim state of Palestine or anything else, he found that most of Palestine was desolate, with most of the pop. concentrated in Jerusalem, Acre, Tzfat, Jaffa, Tiberius, and Gaza, and most of them Jews, with Christians being #2. The few Muslims he saw were nomad Bedouins, with 120 Muslims of the Natsha family and 70 Shomronites living in Nablus (Shchem), the most he found in one place. In contrast, 700 Christians lived in Nazareth in Galilee, and 5K lived in Jerusalem, mostly Jews, with some Christians. Gaza had 550 residents, 50% Jews, and most of the rest Christians. Tiberius and Tzfat were mostly Jewish. Of course he didn't find a single settlement that had an Arabic name other than Ramla, which was founded by the Umayyads in 705-715 because it lies on the Via Maris that connects Cairo with Damascus and is also at the intersection of the road between Jaffa and Jerusalem. In 1705 Reland pub. the first Euro work that attempted to describe Islam objectively, chick-a-boom chick-a-boom.
The news must have spread fast. In 1700 Judah the Pious (Judah he-Hasid Segal ha-Levi) (1660-1700) settled in Jerusalem with 1K Ashkenazi followers, joining 200 Ashkenazi and 1K Sephardic Jews already there, resulting in the Ashkenazis building a synagogue on credit and getting it taken back in 1720 by the Arab creditors, who set it on fire, after which the Turks decided to ban all Ashkenazis, causing most to move to other cities, while some pretended to be Sephardics.
In 1761 the modern town of Haifa, Palestine on Mt. Carmel was founded by Sheikh Daher el-Omar (1690-1775) 1.5 mi. E of the site of ancient Sycaminum (Tell el-Semak); he became the closest thing to a Muslim ruler of Palestine, ruling Tiberias, Acre, Galilee, and Nazareth while fighting off the jealous Ottomans, who claimed to rule it, siding with Egypt when it rebelled in 1768. Too bad for the PLO, he never became the official ruler of Jerusalem, or Palestine either, just parts of it.
In 1779 German Christian brain man Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-81) wrote the play Nathan the Wise, showing how wise Jewish merchant Nathan, an anonymous Knights Templar, and wise sultan Saladin worked to bridge the gaps between their three faiths and develop friendship and tolerance, along with rationalism (rejection of miracles); of course the town council of Frankfurt banned it. In 1781 German Christian brain man Christian Wilhelm von Dohm (1751-1820) pub. Concerning the Improvement of the Civil Status of the Jews (2 vols.), arguing for giving Jews civil rights, causing HRE Joseph II to issue an Act of Toleration (Toleranzpatent) this year for Jews in the Austrian empire, on the condition of compulsory military service, leading to riots in Galicia. In 1783 Dohm's friend, Berlin-based Jewish brain man (known as "the little hunchback") Moses Mendelssohn (1729-86) (ancestor of composer Felix Mendelssohn), father of the Haskalah (Jewish Enlightenment) pub. Jerusalem; or On Religious Power and Judaism, making a plea for freedom of conscience for I-really-love-you-oh-you're-my-best-friends Jews, arguing against the stern Jewish god, saying that on Mt. Sinai Jehovah never commanded Jews to action, only appealed to them; too bad, after he got too secular, all of his grandchildren converted to Christianity. The Jewish Enlightenment was basically the false dream that if Jews chucked orthodoxy and tried to fit into Euro society and even become nationalists, such as good Germans or good British, anti-Semitism would go away. Up until the creation of the state of Israel, this only seemed to make anti-Semites get more down and dirty. At least there was a Jewish Enlightenment, which was ironically possible because as Mendelssohn observed, their god Jehovah wasn't a world-ruling tyrant like Allah, er, forget it. The French Revolution of 1789-99 spread Enlightenment throughout Europe, giving Jews more ideas and causing them to work for their rights, only to be attacked by the reactionaries, who stooped lower and lower into what they called scientific racism and conspiracy theories to keep them down, when not engaging in horrible pogroms, what's in your wallet? The discovery of photography in France in 1825 by (Joseph) Nicephore Niepce (Nicéphore Niépce) (1765-1833) soon caused the racists to discover the delightful hooked noses and ratlike visages of European Jews, all they ever talk about is that boat, the boat, the boat, the boat.
Late in the 18th cent. several thousand persecuted mainly rich merchant Jews from Arab countries, incl. Iraq (esp. Baghdad), Syria, Yemen and Persia began immigrating to India, becoming known as the Yehudi or Baghdadi Jews, and settling in commercial cities such as Surat, Bombay and Calcutta, as well as Rangoon, Burma, later adopting the English language and migrating to England by the end of the 19th cent. Meanwhile in 1790 after living for generations in Morocco and building the cities of Meknes and Fez, a change in rulers caused the Jews to be expelled, and 60 jumped to their deaths by fire rather than convert to Islam on the orders of Moulay Yazid. The U.S. Jewish pop. at this time was about 2K, mainly Sephardim, although Ashkenazim from C and E Europe were beginning to arrive.
Let's skip forward to the era of Corsican-born French rags-to-riches emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821). On May 19-20, 1798 the French Invasion of Egypt (ends 1801), Napoleon's most romantic adventure began after he reconnoitered a British force under Commodore Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) that was scattered by a storm, and his dismasted flagship HMS Vanguard secretly sailed for Egypt from Toulon with 38K men, incl. a boatload of 167 savants (scientists and mathematicians) (Monge, Berthollet, Fourier) (incl. Orientalists from his Institut d'Egypt, which was founded in Cairo) in a fleet of 300 transport ships, 13 ships of the line and seven frigates, with vague grandiose plans of conquering all of the East like Alexander the Great, starting with the Ottoman Empire, cutting off British access to India. On June 9 they arrived in Malta, and took it by June 12, expelling the 322 Knights of Malta (St. John) (Hospitallers) still defending it under grandmaster de Hompesch, and abolishing all religious orders on the island, reforming its govt. and stealing their library and treasures (pissing off Tsar Paul I, who was also a grandmaster, and was trying to finagle the first Russian warm water port there). On July 1 after slipping by Nelson's clueless fleet on the night of June 22-23, Nappy landed 5K troops in Alexandria, Egypt, capturing it by July 2, then landing the rest of his troops, giving a speech to the Egyptian crowd with the soundbyte "We are the true Muslims", trying to sell them on his being a fan of Muhammad, which they didn't buy. After kicking the butts of Murad Bey and his best cavalry on July 13 in the Battle of Shubrakhit, Nappy's troops marched through the grueling desert and defeated Murad Bey's Mamluks at the Battle of the Pyramids on July 21, capturing Cairo after losing only 30 killed and 300 wounded vs. 3K Mamluk casualties. Back in Britain they finally learned of Nappy's invasion from French newspapers on July 12. Meanwhile Nelson's British fleet reached Alexandria on June 29, then went W instead of E, and swung back, sailing along the S coast of Crete and back to Syracuse on July 19, never finding Nappy. On July 25 Napoleon defeated 10K Turks supported by the British at the Battle of Aboukir (Abu Qir) (Abukir) Bay (14.5 mi. NE of Alexandria), making him master pharaoh of Egypt. Murad Bey retreated to Upper Egypt, and Ibrahim Bey to Palestine. Never fear, after heading for Greece, and receiving news of the French position on July 29, on Aug. 1-2 the British navy under Nelson finally arrived back in Alexandria to save the day, and sunk most of the French fleet (emptied of troops) in Aboukir Bay in the Battle of the Nile (only two of 13 French ships of the line escaped, while no British ships were lost), cutting Napoleon off from France, which ended his threat of conquering India and the East, but only pissed him off into invading Palestine and Syria. The 98-gun line-of-battle ship Fighting Temeraire was captured by the British, later gaining fame in the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar. The USS Constellation, commanded by Commodore Truxton captured the French frigate L'Insurgente; French capt. Aristide Aubert Du Petit Thouars (1760-98) of the Tonnant forced HMS Bellerophon to lower its flag, forced HMS Majestic to break off combat, then died in a bucket filled with wheat with both of his legs and one arm blown off, commanding to the end, his last order being to nail the flag of his ship to the mizzen-mast and never give up the ship, which was later captured. Meanwhile in July the suddenly-the-old-world-changes Rosetta Stone was found in Qayitbey Castle in the small Egyptian village of Raschid (Rosette) by French capt. Pierre-Francois Blouchard, who reported it to French gen. Jacques-Francois de Menou, Baron de Boussay (1750-1810), who, on Nappy's orders to be friendly with the natives feigned conversion to Islam under the name 'Aly Napoleon Bonaparte, and married Egyptian woman Sitta Zoubeida, daughter of a bathhouse keeper whom he mistakenly believed was of the Egyptian aristocracy because she claimed to be a descendant of Prophet Muhammad. A 36-in. piece of black basalt containing a decree of the Egyptian priests of Ptolemy V Epiphanes (-205 to -181) in parallel hieroglyphics, demotic and Greek characters, it proved to be the key to the lost art of reading hieroglyphics after the Egyptian Inst. was founded in Cairo on Aug. 22. On Mar. 3-7, 1799 after invading Egypt, Napoleon captured former Crusader port Jaffa, stinking himself up by executing all 3K of the garrison, pissing off the whole Ottoman army to resist to the last man. On Mar. 18 he sieged the port of Acre, which was defended by Ottomans assisted by the British navy under adm. Sir William Sidney Smith (1764-1840), causing him to give up after nine assaults. On Apr. 16 he won the Battle of Mt. Tabor, then returned to Acre, breached its walls with artillery on May 4, but after hearing about an approaching Ottoman army from Cyprus gave up on May 20, and returned to Egypt after uttering the soundbyte "That man made me miss my destiny" (referring to Smith). Lebanese emir #6 (1788-1840) Bashir Chehab (Shihab) II (1767-1850) refused to assist Nappy even though he and his family converted from Sunni Muslim to Marionite Christianity; a bloody war between the Marionites and Druzes in 1821-5 didn't get French aid either, even though Chehab won, but he ended up getting deposed by the Ottomans with British help in 1840, and the Chehab Dynasty founded in 1697 ended in 1842. A proclamation dated Apr. 20 making Palestine an independent Jewish state, which Nappy intended to proclaim from Jerusalem after taking Acre was trash-canned, conspiracy theories here, at least any Jews who wanted to restore their state knew they had to first take care of Britain and the Ottomans at the same time. Too bad that Euros had become Islam history ignoramuses by then and didn't seem to know about the thousand years of Hell that Islam had put the West through until the Ottomans were stopped in 1683, else they would have dropped their petty squabbles and united behind an all-out push to destroy Islam off the face of the Earth then and there, which they might have actually accomplished by now, instead of making us face a resurgent Islam in the 21st century. Instead, Euros contented themselves with calling the Ottoman Empire the "sick man of Europe" and working to dismantle it and whittle it down to just Turkey, dismantling the caliphate in the 1920s then blithely believing that Islam was dead or would dissolve in the light of Science, only to get the rude shock of 9/11, welcome to T2. Poor little Israel of course was the canary in the cage in the mine that had to get sick so the West could believe that Islam was baack, stay tuned.
On May 30, 1806 new emperor (since May 18, 1804) Napoleon I issued a decree calling for an Assembly of Jewish Notables, and on July 23 the first meeting of the Sanhedrin since the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in 70 C.E. was held in Paris at the City Hall, consisting of 111 Jewish reps. from all the depts. of France and N Italy, which pissed off Russia, Austria, Prussia and England, causing Napoleon on Nov. 29 after his V at Jena to give a speech in Posen making Judaism the official fifth column, er, third religion of France, proclaiming the long-disputed loyalty of the 40K Jews in France (1K in Paris) and making them into French citizens, but also depriving some Jews of their economic freedom. Thanks to Napoleon, Portugal gave Jews their freedom in 1811, followed by Prussia in 1812, Holland in 1830, Sweden in 1834, and Switzerland in 1838. After Napoleon fell in the 1815 Battle of Waterloo, Prussia reneged, along with France, until 1830, when it restored Nappy's laws. Meanwhile in the early 1800s the Christian Restorationist movement to restore the Jews to Israel got going, with prominent members incl. U.S. Pres. #2 (1797-1801) John Adams (1735-1826) and "Moby-Dick" novelist Herman Melville (1819-91).
Speaking of canary in a cage, not that we need to cover it in detail, it would take far too long, but Europe was never a very hospitable place for Jews, who were systematically treated like untouchable manure. To bring it up to the early 19th cent., on Aug. 2, 1819 after Jewish reps got too pesky and formally demanded emancipation at the 1815 Congress of Vienna, the anti-Jewish Hep-Hep Riots began in Wurzburg, spreading to Frankfurt, Bohemia, Poland, Latvia, and Denmark, killing many Jews and destroying their property. The cry "hep-hep" was allegedly an acronym for the Crusader rallying cry "Hierosolyma est perdita" (Jerusalem is lost). Too bad that Jews had to suffer for over another 100 years and go through the Nazi Holocaust before Europe finally let them go and accepted a Jewish homeland in Israel.
Everybody today knows that Palestine was a thriving Arab Muslim country until the mean Nazi-like Jews stole and occupied it, right? Wrong. French historian-politician Count Constantin Francois Chasseboeuf, Comte de Volney (1757-1820), later famous for questioning the historicity of Jesus Christ, traveled to Palestine in the 1782-5, and pub. Voyage en Egypte et en Syrie in 1787, with the soundbyte "Palestine is a ruined and desolate land", explaining: "The peasants are incessantly making inroads on each other's lands, destroying their corn, durra, sesame and olive-trees, and carrying off their sheep, goats and camels. The Turks, who are everywhere negligent in repressing similar disorders, are attentive to them here, since their authority is very precarious. The Bedouin, whose camps occupy the level country, are continually at open hostility." In 1844 Church of Scotland minister Alexander Keith (1781-1880) pub. The Land of Israel According to the Covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob, adding: In his [Volney's] day the land had not fully reached its last degree of desolation and depopulation." Okay, he was biased, since he was a Christian Restorationist, coining the slogan "A land without a people for a people without a land", along with the soundbyte "Greece was given to the Greeks, and in seeking any government for Syria, may not a confederacy of kings give Judea to the Jews?", like Mubarak's Egypt maybe democracy is not such a good thing in this particular case. In 1827 the Allegemeine Deutsche Real-Encyklopaidie called Palestine "desolate and roamed through by Arab robber-bands." In 1835 French politician Alpohnse Marie Louis de Prat de Lamartine (1790-1869) pub. Visit to the Holy Land; or, Recollections of the East, with the soundbyte about Palestine: "a complete eternal silence reigns in the town, on the highways, in the country... the tomb of a whole people." In 1849 U.S. Navy Lt. William Francis Lynch (1801-65) pub. Narrative of the United States Expedition to the River Jordan and the Dead Sea, about his 1848 U.S. Navy expedition to measure the elevation of the Dead Sea after visiting Jerusalem and environs, attributing the desertion of Palestinian villages to "frequent forays of the wandering Bedouin". In 1858 British consul to Palestine (1846-63) James Finn (1806-72) pub. A View from Jerusalem, 1848-1858, with the soundbyte "The country is in a considerable degree empty of inhabitants and therefore its greatest need is a body of population." In 1865 Finn founded the Palestine Exploration Fund to explore and map it out and help Jews move in and form agricultural colonies, obviously there weren't enough Allah Akbar "Palestinians" around to lift a porta potty. In 1865 after visiting Palestine in 1858 and 1863, Anglican clergyman Rev. Henry Baker Tristram (1822-1906) pub. The Land of Israel, a Journal with Reference to its Physical History, with the soundbyte that "both in the north and south [of the Sharon Plain], land is going out of cultivation, and whole villages are rapidly disappearing from the face of the earth. Since the year 1838, no less than 20 villages have been thus erased from the map and the stationary population extirpated." In 1869 Yankee author (an areligious netural observer) Mark Twain (1835-1910) pub. The Innocents Abroad, or The New Pilgrims' Progress, about his cruise aboard the Quaker City through Europe and the Holy Land with a group of religious pilgrims, becoming his best-selling work. In Ch. 46 he writes about the Jezreel Valley in Galilee: "There is not a solitary village throughout its whole extent; not for thirty miles in either direction. There are two or three small clusters of Bedouin tents, but not a single permanent habitation. One may ride ten miles hereabouts and not see ten human beings." Ch. 47: "We traversed some miles of desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds - a silent, mournful expanse, wherein we saw only three persons - Arabs, with nothing on but a long coarse skirt like the 'tow-linen' shirts which used to form the only summer garment of little negro boys on Southern plantations." Ch. 48: "It is solitude, for birds and squirrels on the shore and fishes in the water are all the creatures that are near to make it otherwise, but it is not the sort of solitude to make one dreary. Come to Galilee for that." Ch. 49: "We reached Tabor safely, and considerably in advance of that old iron-clad swindle of a guard. We never saw a human being on the whole route, much less lawless hordes of Bedouins." Ch. 52: "The pilgrims took what was left of the hallowed ruin, and we pressed on toward the goal of our crusade, renowned Jerusalem... There was hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country." Ch. 53: "To reproduce a Jerusalem street, it would only be necessary to upend a chicken coop and hang it before each window in an alley of American houses." Ch. 56: "We visited all the holy places about Jerusalem which we had left unvisited when we journeyed to the Jordan and then, about three o'clock one afternoon, we fell into procession and marched out at the stately Damascus gate, and the walls of Jerusalem shut us out forever. We paused on the summit of a distant hill and took a final look and made a final farewell to the venerable city which had been such a good home to us... Nazareth is forlorn; about that ford of Jordan where the hosts of Israel entered the Promised Land with songs of rejoicing, one finds only a squalid camp of fantastic Bedouins of the desert; Jericho the accursed, lies a mouldering ruin, to-day, even as Joshua's miracle left it more than three thousand years ago. Bethlehem and Bethany, in their poverty and humiliation, have nothing about them now to remind one that they once knew the high honor of the Saviour's presence; the hallowed spot where the shepherds watched their flocks by night, and where the angels sang Peace on earth, good will to men, is untenanted by any living creature... Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes. Over it broods the spell of a curse that has withered its fields and fettered its energies... Palestine is desolate and unlovely. And why should it be otherwise? Can the curse of the Deity beautify a land? Palestine is no more of this work-day world. It is sacred to poetry and tradition - it is dream-land." Duh, where are all the Palestinian Arabs who now cry to return to their national homeland? Clearly, Palestine was a project for anybody who wanted to turn it into a nation, lazy Arab jokes here.
In 1820-9 German Jewish writer Isaak Markus (Marcus) Jost (1793-1860) pub. the 9-vol. The History of the Israelites from the Time of the Maccabees, the first serious modern work on Jewish history, which had languished for centuries as Jews felt that the Bible was all the history they needed since Messiah was due any minute. Too bad, the thrust of this work was that the Bible miracles were bunk, the Messiah was a fairy tale, and Jews needed to secularize and assimilate, down by the Boardwalk, down by the sea, yah. No surprise, as Jews experienced anti-Semitism and resistance to assimilation, Jewish historians began going the other way, portraying Jews as an alien race that should not only stay separate but return to their ancestral homeland, all the better that Jehovah promised it to them in the Bible, surprise bridesmaids take over, next on Oxygen. Of course in practice the so-called Jews were a motley crew of peoples who were alien mainly because they lived in ghettos and practised Kosher and other religious laws, but in the 19th century racial theories were as thick as flies on shit, and Jews couldn't be faulted for joining the rage, that's the story of, that's the glory of love. Scientific proof of Semitic genes took until the 21st cent., by which time so much shit hit the fan that a whole new reason for a homeland arose, namely, because they needed a haven from anti-Semitism, never mind that Muslimland is the world's most anti-Semitic region.
In 1827 Italian-born British Jewish financier and philanthropist Sir Moses Montefiore (1784-1885) visited the Holy Land for the first of seven times (last in 1875), donating large sums of money to build up the Jewish community in Jerusalem, and building the Moses Montefiore (Jaffa Gate) Windmill in 1857 in Yemin Moshe, the first Jewish neighborhood outside the Old City walls, established in 1891.
With the annexation of Jerusalem by Albanian-born Egyptian khedive Mehmet Ali (1769-1849) in 1831, foreign missions and consulates began to establish a foothold in the city. In 1836 his son Ibrahim Pasha (1789-1848) allowed Jerusalem's Jewish residents to restore four major synagogues, among them the Hurvat Yehuda he-Hasid ("Ruin of Judah the Pious") Synagogue, which was rebuilt in 1864, then destroyed by the Arab Legion in 1948. On May 19, 1834 the 1834 Arab Revolt in Palestine began over attempts at conscription into the Egyptian army of Mehmet Ali, causing Qasim al-Ahmad to rally the Arab clans and notify Egyptian officials that they won't supply any more troops, causing Mehmet Ali's son Ibraham Pasha to send troops, after which Qasim led his forces from Nablus, aided by the Abu Ghosh clan, entering Jerusalem on May 31, attacking Christians and Jews until Ibrahim's Egyptian army routed them in June. The whole affair raised Arab consciousness and created the first Arab Palestinian consciousness.
Speaking of consciousness, in 1839 the first British consulate opened in Jerusalem after persuasion by ardent Zionist Tory MP Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury (1801-85), who in Jan. pub. an article in the Quarterly Review proposing resettlement of Jews in Palestine, the first by a major politician, and talked British foreign secy. Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (1784-1865) (AKA Pam) into stepping up plans to return Jews. In 1840 the Ottomans reestablished control of Jerusalem. On Nov. 4, 1840 Palmerston took out a full-page ad in the Times of London addressed to the Protestant monarchs of Europe, calling for them to help restore the Jews to the Holy Land, which stirred up a group of 320 Christians to send a letter to Palmerston on Mar. 2, 1841 "to remind your Lordship that the land of Palestine was bestowed by the Sovereign of the Universe upon the descendants of Abraham as a permanent and inalienable possession nearly 4,000 years ago, and that neither conquests nor treaties among men can possibly affect their Title to it. He has also decreed that they shall again return to their country and that the Gentiles shall be employed as the means of their restoration." On Dec. 7, 1841 Jewish convert Michael Solomon Alexander (1799-1845) was ordained as the first Anglican bishop of Jerusalem, and sent by Queen Victoria and PM Gladstone on a warship to Jaffa with a number of missionaries, arriving in Jerusalem on Jan. 21, 1842, and founding the first Anglican church outside of England, in Jerusalem, pissing off the Jews there, and spurring the Roman Catholic Church and Greek Orthodox Church to send their own patriarchs to Jerusalem. On July 23, 1845 after the increase of Catholic pilgrims to 4.2K made exclusive control by the Franciscans inappropriate, Pope Pius IX issued the bull Nulla Celebrior, reestablishing the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem along with the Order of the Holy Sepulchre for the first time since the Crusades, with bishop Giuseppe (Joseph) Valerga (1813-72) as the first, superseding the Franciscan control that began in 1342; he arrived in Jerusalem on Jan. 17, 1846 and entered the Holy Sepulchre; the papacy retained the title of grand master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre until 1949.
In 1844 the first census of Jerusalem by the Prussian consul Ernst-Gustav Schultz listed 7,120 Jews, 5,000 Muslims, and 3,390 Christians, plus 800 Turkish soldiers and 100 Europeans. Many Egyptian Muslims remained there, while Jews from Algiers and North Africa began to settle in the city in growing numbers, call it a population war. In the 1840s and 1850s, the international powers began a tug-of-war in Palestine as they sought to extend their protection over the region's religious minorities, a struggle carried out mainly through consular representatives in Jerusalem. The tide of Christian pilgrims increased under the Ottomans, doubling the city's pop. each Easter.
In 1844 New York U. Presbyterian Hebrew prof. Rev. George Bush (1796-1859) (ancestor of U.S. presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush) pub. the bestseller (1M copies) The Valley of Vision; or, The Dry Bones of Israel Revisited, calling for "elevating" the Jews, which "the thralldom and oppression... has so long ground... to the dust" to "a rank of honorable repute among the nations of the Earth" via a new Jewish state in guess where, uttering the soundbytes "It will blaze in notoriety", and "It will flash a splendid demonstration upon all kindreds and tongues of the truth." Of course he was an Islam history ignoramus else he'd never have assumed that the Muslims would go along with this program, maybe ignorance is hereditary :)
In 1847 British banker-politician Lionel Nathan de Rothschild (1808-79), son of German-born Jewish British banking house founder Nathan Mayer Rothschild (d. 1836) was elected to the House of Commons for the city of London, but as a Jew he wouldn't take the Christian oath to be seated, causing a political struggle that ending with a V in 1858 when they allowed him to take a Jewish oath, becoming the first Jewish MP. Too bad, in 1868 Queen Victoria refused to elevate him to the House of Lords, but in 1885 she made up for it by raising his son Nathan Mayer "Natty" Rothschild, 1st Baron Rothschild (1840-1915), who became the first unconverted Jewish member of the House of Lords. Did I mention unconverted? Yes, there were side-switchers in the Tribe. In 1868 and again in 1874-80 in Merry Ole England, Conservative Jewish-born Anglican convert Benjamin Disraeli (1804-81) worked his way up to prime minister, selling out his Jewishness for the glorious British Empire, while retaining a belief in Jewish racial superiority, especially his own, and uttering the immortal soundbyte when somebody tried dissing him for being Jewish: "Yes, I am a Jew, and when the ancestors of the right honorable gentleman were brutal savages in an unknown island, mine were priests in the temple of Solomon." Make it special, pure Hershey's. Too bad, he never backed the Zionist cause openly, although in secret who knows, although if so it's hard to figure out why he backed British support of the Ottoman Empire against Russian expansion.
In 1850 Ottoman sultan Abd-El-Majeed Khan rejected a Zionist proposal to allow Jewish migration to Palestine
In 1860 the Alliance Israelite Universelle was founded in Paris by French Jewish statesman Adolphe Cremieux (Crémieux) (Isaac Moise) (1796-1880) to fight for Jewish rights, with the slogan "All Jews bear responsibility for one another." After opening a school for Jewish children in Tetouan, Morocco in 1862, in 1870 it founded the Mikveh Israel ("Hope of Israel"). the first Jewish agricultural school in Palestine. By 1900 it operated 100 schools with a student pop. of 26K, and by 2010 it educated 1M Jewish children. In 1878 Petah Tikva (Heb. "Opening of Hope") (from Hosea 2:17) (modern-day pop. 194K) in the Anchor Valley near Jericho in C Israel was founded as the first modern Jewish agricultural settlement in Ottoman-controlled Palestine. Too bad, the sultan kicked them out, and they resettled near the source of the Yarkon River in the middle of a malarial swamp, which forced them out until 1883 after Baron Edmond de Rothschild paid to drain it. The first recorded Arab attack on Jews in Palestine took place there in 1886, followed by Arab rioting in May 1921. In 1882 Rishon LeZion in WC Israel was founded by European Jewish immigrants, becoming the 2nd Jewish agricultural community in Palestine after Petah Tikvah. In 1909 after chief Zionist land agent Arthur Ruppin (1876-1943) helped get a loan, the Mediterranean coastal town of Tel Aviv (Heb. "hill of spring", from Ezek. 3:15) (Ahuzat Bayit until 1910) (modern-day pop. 394K) was founded in Palestine by 60 Jewish families as a Jewish ghetto on some abandoned sand dunes near the Arab town of Jaffa, becoming the first all-Jewish town since the Diaspora, and the garden spot of Palestine, going on to become Israel's 2nd largest city, with 390K in the city and 3.2 million in the Gush Dan metro area after Jaffa was merged with it in 1950. In contrast, Arab towns were depopulated hellholes, such as Kakun in the Sharon Valley.
In the 1860s the British Israel Movement was launched in Britain by the Freemasons and Jews to create a new state of Israel in Ottoman-controlled Muslim-filled Palestine.
Back to Big J. In 1860 the Russian Compound was founded in Big J, followed in 1869 by Mishkenot Sha'ananim, the first Jewish neighborhood outside the walls of the Old City, on a hill across from Mt. Zion, which was walled to fend off Arab bedouin attacks; in 1873-5 Mea Shearim was built by ultra-orthodox Haredi (Charedi) Jews, bringing the look to the Wailing Wall. In 1863 the Jerusalem City Council was set up by the Jewish pop. In the 1860s, new neighborhoods began to develop outside the Old City walls to house pilgrims and relieve the intense overcrowding and poor sanitation inside the city. On Jan. 1, 1863 the 112 km. Beirut-Damascus Road opened, becoming the first major road in the Middle East for wheeled traffic, shortening the journey from 3 days to 13 hours, and causing Beirut to become the main harbor for the E Mediterranean seaboard. In 1866 the British consulate reported that Jerusalem had a pop. of 15K, incl. 8K Jews, 4.5K Muslims, and 2.5K Christians, which makes Jews a majority. In 1867 an American missionary reported the pop. of Jerusalem as 15K also, with 4K-5K Jews and 6K Muslims. Every year there were 5K-6K Russian Christian pilgrims, go figure. In 1914 Big J had a pop. of 65K, incl. 45K Jews, a clear majority, nyaaa. In 1869 the Jerusalem-Jaffa Road was opened, although there wasn't much wheeled traffic until 1914 and WWI.
On Jan. 5, 1873 after ample rains in 1872 caused Jews to quit buying water from the Arab residents of Shiloach (Silwan), pissing-them off, Hungarian-born Talmudic scholar Aaron Hershler (b. 1850) was murdered by Arabs Jerusalem, becoming the first Jewish victim of Arab terrorism in Israel.
In 1879 Magdeburg, Germany-born activist Wilhelm Marr (1819-1904) pub. The Victory of Judaism over Germandom, Considered from a Non-Religious Point of View, which coins the term "anti-Semitism" (later Antisemitism) for Jew-hatred, and founds the League of Anti-Semites to stop the Jews from taking over Germany; before dying he recanted and apologized to the Jews, not that he could stop the monster.
In 1880 after visiting Palestine in 1879, then going to Constantinople to unsuccessfully negotiate for a lease of the N half of the Holy Land for Jewish settlement, then receiving funds from Christians, Jews, and Christadelphians to purchase land in Galilee, British MP Laurence Oliphant (1829-88) pub. The Land of Gilead, promoting Jewish settlement of Jordan under British protection while respecting Turkish sovereignty, incl. repatriation of Jews from E Europe and Russia along with the driving out of "warlike" Bedouins and settling Arabs on reservations a la the Indians of America. In 1886 his Ukrainian-born secy. Naftali Herz Imber (1856-1909) pub. a book of poetry with the lyrics for "Hatikvah", which became the nat. anthem of Israel.
In 1882 Jewish immigration to the U.S. from Eastern Europe began to greatly increase as mainly young people sought to escape the anti-Semitic stinkhole of Russia and Austria-Hungary; by 1927 80% of 4.2M U.S. Jews were of Eastern European origin.
Speaking of Russia, on Mar. 13, 1881 Tsar (since 1855) Alexander II (1818-81) (who freed the serfs on Mar. 3, 1861, causing them to mix with Jews, stirring up envy) was assassinated by a group of 15, one of whom, Gesya Gelfman (Hesya Helfman) was Jewish, causing a wave of pogroms encouraged by his son, Tsar (1881-94) Alexander III (1845-94), and resulting in the 1881-2 First (Farmers') Aliyah, the Hebrew word Aliyah meaning ascent (opposite of Yeridah meaning descent), which saw 25K-35K Jews funded by French Rothschild banking family member ("the Famous Benefactor") Baron Edmond Benjamin James de Rothschild (1845-1934) ascend, er, immigrate to Palestine from Russia and E Europe by 1904, adding to the 12K already there, dominated by Socialist Zionists who established 23 kibbutzes (agricultural settlements); by 1914 2M Jews emigrated from Russia. The whole idea pissed off the Muslim Ottoman govt., which issued orders prohibiting Jewish settlement in Palestine, followed in 1892 by restrictions on purchasing land, although baksheesh-taking local officials looked the other way. In 1881 Lithuanian Jew Elieser (Eliezer) Ben-Yehuda (1858-1922) (original name Eliezer Yitzhak Perlman) emigrated to Palestine, dedicating himself to reviving Hebrew as a living language, and going on to publish a Hebrew dictionary and coin new Hebrew words for modern living by transforming vernacular Arabic, causing Jewish to be adopted as the nat. language of Israel despite orthodox rabbis opposing it since the language is too holy for that for them. On Nov. 6, 1884 the Kattowitz Conference in Katowice, Germany for lovers of Zion (Chibath Zion), many from RUssia got Zionism its first internat. recognition. In 1904-14 after more horrible Russian pogroms, the Second Aliyah saw 40K more Jews join them, followed by a Third Aliyah in the 1920s of tens of thousands more from Russia. Once they arrived, they purchased land and set up collective farms called Kibbutzes (Kibbutzim), turning the backward desert shithole populated by Arab Bedouins into productive agricultural land. Too bad, this backfired in attracting Arabs to the area like honey attracts insects, fomenting big trouble later. Make that sooner, since they started by raiding the Kibbutzes like Huns. The Russky Jews naturally brought their Communist indoctrination with them, causing the Kibbutzes to become little Zionist Commie paradises sans atheism, after which the horrors of Stalinism along with the rise of the capitalist U.S. caused the Kibbutz movement to fade in the 1970s. One famous Kibbutznik was Russian-born Golda Meir (1898-1978), who worked on a Kibbutz in 1921-32 then became Israeli PM #4 in 1969-74 (first in the world who wasn't the wife or daughter of a previous head of govt.), and uttered the immortal soundbyte about the death-wish jihadist Muslims: "There will be no peace until they love their children more than they hate us."
In 1888 American Methodist minister (ardent Christian Zionist) William Eugene Blackstone (1841-1935) visited Palestine, coming back enthused with the prospects of a new Israel, then organizing the Nov. 24-25, 1890 Conference on the Past, Present, and Future of Israel at his First Methodist Episcopal Church in Chicago, Ill., which incl. Jewish leaders and called on the Ottomans and other great powers to give Palestine back to the Jews. In 1891 he beat Herzl to the punch and got the Blackstone Memorial petition calling for American support of you know what signed by 413 prominent U.S. Christian and Jewish leaders, incl. John D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, and Cyrus McCormick, and presented it to U.S. pres. Benjamin Harrison and secy. of state James G. Blaine, with the soundbyte "for they never abandoned the land. They made no treaty, they did not even surrender. They simply succombed, after the most desperate conflict, to the overwhelming power of the Romans." U.S. Supreme Court justice Louis D. Brandeis, head of the U.S. Zionist movement later became a fan, getting him to reissue the Blackstone Memorial to Pres. Wilson to assure his support for the 1917 Balfour Declaration. In 1902 when Uganda was offered to the Jews as an alternate homeland, Blackstone personally contacted Theodor Herzl to send him his personal Bible redlining Biblical references to a Jewish restoration in Palestine, which Herzl kept on his desk for years.
In 1894 the Dreyfus Affair stunk France up after French Alsatian Jewish military officer Capt. Alfred Dreyfus (1859-1935) was framed for treason (selling secret military info. to the Germans) and convicted "in camera" by royalist anti-republican officers, then stripped of rank and his sword broken, and made into an example of traitors in the republican govt. in an attempt to discredit it. It took until 1906 for him to be released from priz. French Jewish deputy Joseph Reinach (1856-1921) (oldest of the three famous Reinach archeologist brothers, and a former assoc. of Leon Gambetta) championed Dreyfus' cause, only to be criticized for defending him only because they were both Jews, causing him to lose his seat in the chamber of deputies. Austrian-Hungarian-born Jew Theodor Herzl (1860-1904), Paris correspondent for the Vienna Neue Freie Presse covered the story, causing him to freak and abandon the idea of gradual assimilation of Jews like him into Christian Europe, predict a future Holocaust and begin advocating a separate Jewish state, founding let's-have-our-own-Jewish-state Zionism. He ended up predicting a Holocaust 33x in his writings, making him a genuine Jewish prophet. Actually, in Mar. 1881 after Herzl applied for membership, the Lesehall at the U. of Vienna was dissolved after a discussion degenerated into vicious anti-Semitism, causing him to join the Fraternity Albia instead; too bad, two years later the members attended a Richard Wagner memorial which turned into an anti-Semitic rally, after which his resignation was refused so they can throw them out on their own terms, causing him to decide that Jews had no future in Europe already.
On Aug. 29-31, 1897 the First Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland was led by Theodor Herzl (1860-1904) and Max Simon Nordau (1849-1923), formulating a Zionist platform and org., and adopting Hatikvah as its anthem; Red Cross founder Henri Dunant was a prize guest; they went on to revive the Hebrew language; Herzl went on to meet with the pope, kaiser, sultan (4x), and other leaders to garner support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine, becoming the first Zionist efforts to establish a Jewish state in Israel; the refusal of Sultan Abdulhamid II to give land to Jews for settlement leads to the abolition of the sultanate and caliphate?; Zionist leader Litman Rosenthal had a conversation with Herzel, in which he uttered his Great War Prophecy: "The great European war must come. With my watch in hand do I await this terrible moment. After the great European war is ended the Peace Conference will assemble. We must be ready for that time. We will assuredly be called to this great conference of the nations and we must prove to them the urgent importance of a Zionist solution to the Jewish Question." On Oct. 28, 1898 uppity Herzl briefly met with German kaiser (1888-1918) Wilhelm II (1859-1941) outside the city walls of Big J, through the wall they can see the baseball field, over there is the old warehouse with a tin roof. The kaiser was riding a white stallion and wearing a gold helmet, and after Herzl waited with his cheap safari hat in hand for an official recognition of his plan for resettling Jews in Israel, the kaiser uttered the soundbyte "The land needs water, very much wasser", promising to put in a good word with the sultan for a Jewish chartered co. in Palestine under German protection. Instead it backfired as the kaiser strengthened Ottoman-German ties, helping launch the Pan-Arab movement with Germany as their #1 weapons supplier, investing heavily in the Baghdad Railway (1899) and other capital projects, then allying with them against the West in horrible WWI, the love between the anti-Semitic Germans and anti-Semitic Arabs will never end. In 1904 Herzl tried Pope (1903-14) Pius X (1835-1914), asking for Vatican support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine, apparently unaware of the St. Augustine lovely brainwave. The pope's reply was the immortal soundbyte: "The Jews who should have been the first to acknowledge Jesus Christ have not done so to this day. And so if you come to Palestine and settle your people there, we will be ready with churches and priests to baptize all of you." Looking for love, starting tonight at the all-new Bachelor Pad. Of course, the Vatican refused to recognize the new state of Israel in 1948, stalling until Pope John Paul II did it in 1994, after even the PLO did it. Not that it was easy getting even fellow Jews on board. In Aug. 1902 Baron Rothschild wrote a Letter to Theodor Herzl, with the soundbyte that he "should view with horror the establishment of a Jewish colony pure and simple; such a colony would be Imperium Imperio; it would be a Ghetto with the prejudice of the Ghetto; it would be a small petty Jewish state, orthodox and illiberal, excluding the Gentile and the Christian."
In 1899 Avraham (Albert) Entebbe led five noted Jewish artists in a renovation of the Muslim Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem; an iron panel commemorating the work was later destroyed by Jew-hating Muslims.
On Dec. 26-31, 1901 the Fifth Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland established the Jewish Nat. Fund to purchase and develop land in Palestine for Jewish settlement; by 2007 it owned 13% of the total land in Israel, has developed 250K acres, established 1K+ parks, built 180 dams and reservoirs, and planted 240M trees; eventually Israeli-owned land could be leased by Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel, so much for apartheid.
On Apr. 6-7, 1903 the Kishinev Pogrom in Bessarabia was instigated by Russian officials, causing Jewish poet Chaim Nachman Bialik (1873-1934) to compose the poem The City of Slaughter, chastising the Jews for not defending themselves, and throwing a monkey wrench in the Zionist movement as it split over a 1902 offer by the British govt. to create a Jewish homeland in Uganda; after another pogrom in 1905 in Kishinev, the American Jewish Committee, dedicated to the advancement of the interests of U.S. Jewry was formed in 1906 by Am. Reform rabbi Judah Leon Magnes (1877-1948), German-born Am. financier Jacob Henry (Jakob Heinrich) Schiff (1847-1920) et al.
In 1907-10 the Augusta Victoria Sanatorium on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, named after Kaiser Wilhelm II's wife is built, joining the 1888 Church of the Ascension, becoming the center of the German Protestant community in Ottoman Palestine; in spring 1914 the home of wealthy English atty. Sir John Gray Hill is purchased by Zionists for a Zionist univ., making for a 3-way contest - don't say war?
On Oct. 29, 1910 Degania Alef was founded by 12 Jewish Zionist pioneers (10 men, 2 women), becoming Palestine's first kibbutz; starting out socialist, it goes capitalist in 2007.
In 1912 German-born Jewish Macy's dept. store co-owner Nathan Straus (1848-1931), known for funding milk pasteurization to combat infant mortality and giving away meals for 1 cent each visits Palestine, becoming a big fan; when his brother Isidor (the other co-owner) and his wife are killed on the Titanic, he gets religion and devotes two-thirds of his fortune to helping Palestine. In 1927 the Israeli city of Netanya 18 mi. N of Tel Aviv is founded and named in his honor, along with Rehov Straus in Jerusalem. His son Nathan Jr. was friends with Anne Frank's daughter Otto Frank.
In 1914-18 the horrific World War I caused 15M deaths and 39M military casualties and destroyed the Old Order of formerly Christian Europe. The Jews supposedly had nothing to do with it, other than maybe financing all sides and making about ten mints, but they sure saw their chance to spend it as the Ottoman Empire was fatally weakened.
In Dec. 1914 new Turkish military cmdr. of Palestine Gen. Djemal Pasha (1872-1922) rounds up 500 Russian immigrant Jews and deports them from Jaffa to Egypt; in Beirut he hangs several leaders of the Arab nationalist movement; in Jerusalem he disbands a Jewish militia set up by the local Otomanization Committee to fight the Allies, ordering the execution of anyone carrying Zionist documents, and expelling Zionists David Ben-Gurion (1886-1973) and Yitzhak Ben-Zvi (1884-1963), who are put on a ship in Jaffa with a note banning them from the Ottoman Empire forever, after which they travel to the U.S. and switch sides to the Allies, forming a new Jewish Legion.<
On Mar. 25, 1915 British colonial secy. (1910-15) Lewis (Reginald) Vernon "Loulou" Harcourt (1863-1922) sends a memo to the British War Council titled The Spoils, proposing that after the expected easy defeat of Turkey, Britain annex Mesopotamia "as an outlet for Indian immigration", and offer Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Nazareth (the "Holy Places") to the U.S. as a mandate, while Lord Kitchener suggests British annexation of Aleppo and Alexandretta, making Haifa a British port and oil pipeline terminal linking to Mosul, the British Admiralty suggests annexing the entire Euphrates River Valley from Urfa and Baghdad to Basra to block Russian expansion, British secular Jewish diplomat Herbert Louis Samuel, 1st Viscount Samuel (1870-1963) kibbutzes for a Jewish homeland in Palestine, British Conservative MP Col. Sir Sir Mark Sykes (1879-1919) proposes giving Palestine incl. Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Jaffa to a "special Russian admin.", and Winston Churchill suggests giving Palestine to Belgium, and urges another naval attack to make an army landing unnecessary; Sykes and his group at Lord Kitchener's War office resurrect the names Syria, Palestine, Iraq, and Mesopotamia, and design the Arab Revolt Flag with its green-red-black-white colors.
Er, the Jews were accused of having everything to do it, by the increasing numbers of anti-Semites in Europe. Most of the 20th century was wasted fighting against last-gasp attempts at retro fascist Euro dictatorships, usually fueled by ever-popular anti-Semitism, with dreams of a new Charlemagne dancing in their heads. Throughout the 19th century anti-Semitism was festering bigtime in Europe, especially in Germany. In 1899 British-born Germanophile Houston Stewart Chamberlain (1855-1927) pub. The Foundations of the Nineteenth Century (Die Grundlagen des Neunzehnten Jahrhunderts), which became a big hit with the pan-Germanic "Aryan" movement, claiming that the "noble" Aryan race (Germans, Celts, Slavs, Greeks, Latins) (all descended from the Proto-Indo-Europeans) have always ruled Euro civilization, and of course the Nordic or Teutonic peoples are at the top of the Aryan heap, with the soundbyte "Physically and mentally the Aryans are pre-eminent among all peoples; for that reason they are by right... the lords of the world. Do we not see the homo syriacus develop just as well and as happily in the position of slave as of master? Do the Chinese not show us another example of the same nature?" According to him, the Germanic takedown of the Roman Empire was good because the Romans were infected with pesky hooked-nose "homo judaeica" (Jews), who were "infusing Near Eastern poison into the European body politic". "All historically great races and nations have been produced by mixing, but wherever the difference of type is too great to be bridged over, then we have mongrels." Sounds good, until he claimed that since Jesus is God, he must have really not been Jewish, but Aryan. After selling 100K copies by the start of WWII, Kaiser Wilhelm II awarded him a medal in 1916 and gave him German citizenship, after which Hitler lapped it up and guess what happened. Funny that Hitler's British appeaser was named you know what.
On Feb. 27, 1902 the Anglo Palestine Co. in London was founded by Zionists to promote Jewish development of Palestine; it opened its first branch in Jaffa in 1903; in 1950 it was renamed Bank Leumi Le-Israel (Nat. Bank of Israel); in 1983 it was nationalized.
Meanwhile in 1903 after mystic priest Sergius (Sergei) Alexandrovich Nilus (1862-1929) presents it to the tsar, who declares it a fabrication and banishes him from the court, the Black Hundreds newspaper Znamya, owned by far-right anti-Semite Pavel Alekandrovich Krushevan (1860-1909) pub. the anon. Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, detailing an alleged Zionist meeting in Basle in 1897 where plans are made by Jews and Freemasons to subvert and destroy Christendom and rule Da World; in 1905 mystical philosopher Vladimir Soloviov repub. it as an appendix to his book, and it finally catches on as proved by 600 Okhrana-inspired Jewish pogroms throughout Russia that kill thousands in an effort to divert worker and peasant discontent away from the shaky govt. by blaming it all on a worldwide Jewish conspiracy to take over the world; the Protocols are a total fabrication, but become a worldwide bestseller with anti-Semites until ?, and a favorite of Adolf Hitler; in 1921 the London Times claims them to be authentic before recanting; the first Arabic trans. appears in 1951; meanwhile in 1903 the Sixth Zionist Congress declines an offer for Jewish settlement in E Africa, causing Israel Zangwill and his English followers to walk out. In 1921 American automobile king Henry Ford (1863-1947) crowed loudly about the Protocols, sponsoring the printing of 500K copies and saying "they fit in with what is going on... They are sixteen years old and have fitted the world situation up to this time. They fit now." It's probably still a bestseller today on the Internet, although it's a total work of fiction, as if real Jews would write it all down in Russian not Hebrew and leave it where their worst enemies could get it, then not later claim copyright when they saw all the millions being printed, when not dodging horrible pogroms that is. The nice part about it is that every time the Jews overcome some obstacle to have a good future, the Protocols are dragged out and cited to prove it was all part of their insidious age-old plan to take over the world sans numbers or army, just pure brains, despite being an inferior race, while if something bad happens to the Jews, the Protocols are dragged out and cited to prove that the good guys are beating them, call it a new self-fulfilling edition of St. Mazel Tov's Revelation. Worse for anti-Semites, the Protocols declare that the future king of da world will be of "the dynastic roots of King David", and that "the King of the Jews will be the real Pope, "the patriarch of an international church", that "Certain members of the seed of David will prepare the Kings and their heirs... Only the King and the three who stood sponsor for him will know what's coming", and end with the statement: "Signed by the representatives of Sion of the 33rd Degree" of Freemasonry, who aren't practicing Jews but use the bloodline of King David as a punchline for their king of the Jews, Jesus. In other words, it was written by anti-Semitic Christians with their heads stuck up their butts. Okay, a lot of wealthy internat. banker Jews were into Freemasonry and any and all movements to create a One World Govt. that they thought they could control via money, and some might have financed them if not attended their orgies. But is it their fault? Since Charlemagne the Jews were into banking and interest, after they were forced into it by Christendom as fit only for lowlife scum like them, not for good Christians, who reserved real jobs in govt. and military service for themselves. Prominent old Jewish banking families incl. the Rothschild ("red shield") Family, the Pereire (Péreire) Family, the Warburg Family, and the Oppenheim Family, who between them are alleged to help Jews control the world through the international banking system, which after WWII they have made so convoluted and interdependent that they can starve any country that gets pesky at will, except Muslim ones of course, they are into Islamic banking that has a different set of rules. Maybe not, ask George Soros (Gyorgy Schwartz) (1930-).
In 1911 Awni Abd al-Hadi (1889-1970) and Muhammad Rafiq al-Tamimi (1889-1957) founded the underground Al-Fatat (Young Arab Society), devoted to Arab unity and independence from the Ottomans a la the Young Turks. On June 18-23, 1913 the First Arab Congress was held in Paris to discuss the granting of more autonomy to Arabs by the crumbling Ottomans, launching Arab nationalism. Of course the real reason was anger over all them Jews moving in, buying land, and outperforming them. In Aug. 1922 the Fifth Arab Congress was held in Nablus, followed in June 1923 by the Sixth Arab Congress in Jaffa, followed in June 1928 by the Seventh Arab Congress in Beisan. The 1922 Fifth Arab Congress send out a Manifesto to all Muslims and Christians in Palestine, with the following soundbyte: "We the delegates of the Arab people of Palestine in the Fifth Congress held at Nablus pledge ourselves to Allah, to history and to the nation to continue our endeavors looking toward the independence of our country, to bring about Arab unity by all legal and lawful means, and to refuse the Jewish National Home, and Zionist immigration", calling on all to refuse to sell land to Jews and boycott them. Meanwhile in 1913 the British Palestine Royal Commission issued its report, with the soundbyte: "The area was underpopulated and remained economically stagnant until the arrival of the first Zionist pioneers in the 1880's, who came to rebuild the Jewish land. The country had remained 'The Holy Land' in the religious and historic consciousness of mankind, which associated it with the Bible and the history of the Jewish people. Jewish development of the country also attracted large numbers of immigrants - both Jewish and Arab." On Jan. 7, 1916 the Arab Bureau was founded in Cairo, becoming the center of the British intel network in the Middle East. On May 19, 1916 Britain and France concluded the secret Sykes-Picot Agreement, partitioning the postwar Middle East and recognizing an independent confederation of Arab states; France receives Cilicia, Lebanon, coastal Syria, and a sphere of influence stretching E to Mosul; Britain received Baghdad and Basra, Haifa, Acre, and a sphere of influence between the new pasted-together state of Iraq and Palestine, which was to be placed under an internat. admin; the remainder went to one or more new Arab states; the latter later grumbled that they were supposed to receive Palestine? Speaking of Palestine, as Theodore Herzl envisaged in his 1902 novel "Altneuland", in the 1920s Haifa was turned into a deep water port. On Aug. 23, 1917 British Liberal politician Edwin Samuel Montagu (1879-1924) (2nd Jew in the British Cabinet) submits a Memorandum on the Balfour Declaration to the British Cabinet, claiming that the Jews are not a nation, have no exclusive intrinsic connection to Palestine, hence have no special rights to the land, and that a Jewish homeland would become a "Jewish world's ghetto". On Sept. 12, 1917 Russian-born Jewish physician M.L. Rothstein writes a letter to Lord Francis Bertie, British ambassador to France, asking for British support "for the conquest of the Turkish province of El Hassa", an oasis on the E coast of Arabia, which was promised to the Ibn Saud family, with the soundbyte: "I undertake to assemble, for next spring, a Jewish fighting troop, a force of 120,000 strong men", that British troops could double, which could assemble in Bahrain, attacking once they reach the "coup de main" of 30K, turning the province into a "Jewish state, un Etat juif" and baiting Turkey into a "state of war", causing Jewish troops to respond with their own campaign; on Oct. 3 Lord Balfour's private secy. tells Bertie to nix the proposal. On Nov. 2, 1917 after Russian-born Jewish U. of Manchester chemistry prof. Chaim Azriel Weizmann (1874-1952) invents the ABE Process, which extracts cordite from British chestnuts for production of cordite for explosive shells, and PM David Lloyd-George asks him how to repay him, getting the reply "All I want is a homeland for my people", British Conservative foreign secy. Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl Balfour (1848-1930) sent an official letter to British Jewish Zionist scion Lionel Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild (1868-1937) known as the Balfour Declaration, announcing "His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country." Pip pip jolly jolly and all that rot. On Nov. 17-Dec. 30, 1917 the On Nov. 17, 1917 the Battle of Jerusalem (ends Dec. 30) saw the British Army led by field marshal Sir Edmund Allenby (1961-1936) fight to capture Jerusalem, sieging it on Dec. 8, and capturing it on Dec. 9 after the Turkish defenders slip away overnight to Nablus and Jericho, and British Pvts. Church and Andrews encounter a group of dignitaries (mayor, priests, rabbis, and imams) early in the morning carrying a white flag while out searching for eggs, with Gen. Allenby pissing-off the Muslims by announcing that the Crusades have been completed and triumphally entering the Old City on foot Jesus-style through the Jaffa Gate on Dec. 11, which PM David Lloyd George calls a "Christmas present for the British people"; back in 1191 English king Richard I Lionheart got as close as the egg-loving privates, but never captured Big J; actually Allenby did it to avoid copying the Kaiser's triumphal horseback entry in 1898, and afterwards no Allied flags are flown over the city, and Indian Muslim troops are sent to guard the Dome of the Rock; Allenby's proclamation of goodwill is read aloud in English, French, Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, and Greek; church bells are rung in Rome and London, and Jews worldwide are turned on by hopes of a national you know what; in Jerusalem Allenby obtains a fighting spider he names Hindenburg, which can bite off a scorpion's tail; the name Allenby bears a calligraphic resemblance to the Arabic prophet Al-Neby, causing some to think of him as a Muslim liberator, assuming that he knows that no land once ruled in Allah's name can ever be ruled by infidels, esp. pesky Jews, without Muslims being required to declare jihad? In Mar. 1918 in accordance with the Balfour Declaration, the Zionist Commission for Palestine, chaired by Chaim Weizmann was formed to promote a Jewish state in Palestine, sending reps to study conditions and make recommendations to the British govt.; it received official recognition in 1922, and evolved into the provisional govt. of Israel on May 14, 1948, while ending up ignoring a promise to Palestinians to consult them on the issue; Balfour uttered the soundbyte to U.S. justice Louis Brandeis, leader of the U.S. Zionist movement: "The situation is further complicated by an agreement made early in November (1918) by the British and French, and brought to the President's attention, telling the people of the East that their wishes would be consulted in the disposition of their future... Palestine should be excluded from the terms of reference because the Powers had committed themselves to the Zionist programme which inevitably excluded numerical self-determination. Palestine presented a unique situation. We are dealing not with the wishes of an existing community but are consciously seeking to reconstitute a new community and definitely building for a numerical majority in the future." On Nov. 11, 1918 an armistice was signed, and on June 28, 1919 the Treaty of Versailles was signed, ending WWI and creating the League of Nations. On Jan. 3, 1919 the Faisal-Weizmann Agreement was signed by Faisal and Chaim Weizmann, agreeing to cooperate in the creation of a Jewish homeland in Palestine along with an Arab nation E of the Jordan River; too bad, there never were any such thing as Arab Muslim Palestinians, so they had no power to stop Faisal from reneging and forcing them back on the Jews. On Aug. 11, 1919 Arthur James Balfour wrote a memo to Lord Curzon, with the soundbyte: "The contradiction between the letters of the Covenant and the policy of the Allies is even more flagrant in the case of the 'independent nation' of Palestine than in that of the 'independent nation' of Syria. For in Palestine we do not propose even to go through the form of consulting the wishes of the present inhabitants of the country, though the American Commission has been going through the form of asking what they are. The four Great Powers are committed to Zionism. And Zionism, be it right or wrong, good or bad, is rooted in age-long traditions, in present needs, in future hopes, of far profounder import than the desires and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit that ancient land."
On Mar. 1, 1920 the Battle of Tel Hai (Chai) (Heb. "Hill of Life") in N Palestine between Jewish settlers and Arab bedouins became the first battle between future Israel and Syria; eight Jews were killed, incl. two women and six men, incl. Russian-born Joseph Trumpeldor (b. 1880), inspiring Jews in Jerusalem and becoming an inspiration for the creation of Israel; the town of Kiryat Shemona ("Town of Eight") was later named after them; Trumpeldor's last words: "Never mind, it is good to die for our country"; meanwhile the idea of a Muslim Palestinian nation is born; "In January 1920, Palestinian nationalism hardly existed; by December of that critical year, it had been born." (Daniel Pipes)
On Apr. 25, 1920 the San Remo Resolution, AKA the Jewish Magna Charta incorporated the 1917 Balfour Declaration and Article 22 of the League of Nations Covenant, unanimously approving the British Mandate of Palestine, giving the world's Jews the right to reconstitute their nat. home in Palestine under British protection, and conferring on Britain the mandate to bring this into effect in the area covered by present-day Israel, Jordan, Judea, Samaria, and Gaza by promoting their resettlement; it's still in effect today. The original British Mandate for Palestine extended east of the Jordan River all the way to Iraq.
Meanwhile on July 1, 1920 the British appointed Zionist Jew Sir Herbert Louis Samuel (1870-1963) as British high commissioner of Palestine #1 (until June 20, 1925), pissing off the Muslims and Christians. The Arabs now call 1920 the Year of the Catastrophe (Am an-Nakba), since after hearing the bad news they begin uprisings in Syria, Palestine, and Iraq; meanwhile Arab and other Muslim countries get busy expelling 900K Jews between 1920-70, of which 600K end up settling in Israel and 300K in France.
In 1921 British military gov. of Jerusalem (since 1917) Sir Ronald Henry Amherst Storrs (1881-1955) ("the most brilliant Englishman in the Middle East" - T.E. Lawrence) was appointed British civilian gov. of Jerusalem and Judea (until 1926), insisting that all of the bldgs. in Jerusalem be built or faced with white Jerusalem stone - nothing's too good for my Jesus?
In 1921 attempting to bend over backwards to please the Arabs, Sir Herbert Samuel appointed rabidly anti-Semitic Mohammad Amin al-Husayni (al-Husseini) (1895-1974) as grand mufti of Palestine (until 1948), allowing him to become the most powerful figure in the mandate, working to destroy Zionism, stinking himself up by backing Hitler and asking him in 1941 to oppose the establishment of a Jewish nat. home in Palestine; in 1941-5 he lived in Berlin, becoming big friends with Islam admirer SS man Heinrich Himmler, who helped him found the volunteer Waffen-SS div. in Bosnia made up mostly of Bosnian Muslims, who were all issued al-Insani's booklet Islam and Judaism, which begins: "For us Muslims it is unworthy to utter the word Islam in the same breath with Judaism, since Islam stands high over its perfidious adversary."
In 1921 Bank Hapoalim was founded in Tel Aviv by the World Zionist Org. and the Histadrug trade union congress (Gen. Federation of Laborers in the Land of Israel); it went on to become Israel's largest bank.
On Apr. 18-22, 1922 the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs held hearings on a resolution expressing satisfaction with the Balfour Declaration, with France, Italy, Serbia, Greece, Netherlands, Siam, China, and Japan sending letters expressing support; on June 30 a joint resolution of both houses of the U.S. Congress endorses a mandate for Palestine, and confirms the right of Jews to settle anywhere between the Mediterranean Sea and Jordan River.
In June 1922 the League of Nations Lausanne Conference in Switzerland entrusted the U.K. to administer the Mandate for Palestine, along with the neighbouring Mandate of Transjordan to the E across the River Jordan, and the Mandate for Mesopotamia beyond it. On July 24, 1922 after both houses of the U.S. Congress approved it on June 30, the League of Nations enacted the British Mandate for Palestine as a first step towards implementation of the Balfour Declaration, calling for the establishment of a Jewish nat. home, with the right to increase Jewish settlement in all of the historical territory of Israel, incl. Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem; in Aug. 1922 the 5th Arab Congress in Nablus rejected the mandate, and Arab riots and pressure led to the Churchill White Paper, which postponed the provisions of the mandate in Eastern Palestine (E of the Jordan River), giving it to the Arab Hashemi family and effectively denying Jews access to three-fourths of Palestine for the purpose of settlement in the new state of Transjordan, with Sharif Abdullah Ibn Hussein granted autonomy by Britain within the Palestinian mandate; Winston's Hiccup (Churchill's Sneeze), a narrow of strip of Transjordan extending into Iraq was attributed to Winston Churchill drawing the boundary after a big meal; later Article 80 of the U.N. Charter stipulated that the U.N. shall recognize all decisions made by the League of Nations council. Under the British, new garden suburbs were built in the W and N parts of the city, and institutions of higher learning such as Hebrew U. of Jerusalem (1918) were founded. Of course, it was only later that in frustration at not exterminating Israel the Arabs came up with the ploy that they want a Palestinian state, but in the 1920s both Jordan and Syria attempted to annex the territory for themselves, and kept playing it that way forever.
In 1922-48 the total pop. of Big J rose from 52K to 165K, consisting of two-thirds Jews and one-third Arabs, both Arab Muslims and Christians. Too bad, they could never get along, and riots occurred, starting on Apr. 4-7, 1920 with the 1920 Nabi Musa Riots, which saw 60K-70K Arabs massed in the city square of Old Jerusalem shouting "Palestine is our land, and Jews are our dogs" ransack the Jewish Quarter, looting homes and shops, wounding 160 Jews until the British moved in to stop it, with a total of four Arabs and five Jews killed, and 216 Jews and 23 Arabs wounded. Ironically, most of the Jewish victims were anti-Zionist Orthodox Jews.
In 1924 the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) in Haifa, endorsed by Albert Einstein, who visited in 1923 and planted the first palm tree finally opened its doors with 17 students after foundations were laid in 1912, and now the did-I-mention smartest people on Earth were unleashed. In 1925 British Zionist industrialist Alfred Moritz Mond, 1st Baron Melchett (1868-1930) became pres. #1.
In 1925 the Am. Palestine Line (founded 1924) flew the flag of Judea for the first time since the 1st cent. as 500 Jewish colonists leave New York City. In 1925 the anti-Marxist Gordonia Youth Movement was founded in Poland to promote emigration to kibbutzes in Palestine.
In 1925 British field marshal Herbert Charles Onslow Plumer, 1st Viscount Plumer (1857-1932) was appointed British high commissioner #2 of Palestine (until 1928), pissing off the Arabs by standing for the Zionist national anthem" "Hatikva" in Tel Aviv, to which he replied that they would feel offended if he stayed seated when the Palestinian national anthem was played, to which they replied that they didn't have one - until 1996, lazy Arab jokes here - with the inspiring words "Palestine is my home, Palestine is my fire, Palestine is my revenge... I will live as a revolutionist, I will remain a revolutionist, I will end as a revolutionist, until my country returns". On Aug. 22, 1929 after he was succeeded as commissioner #3 by British Lt. Col. Sir John Robert Chancellor (1870-1952) (until 1931), the 1929 Palestine Riots, AKA the Western Wall or Buraq Uprising broke out in Palestine between Arabs and Jews, sparked by a dispute over prayer at the Western (Wailing) Wall, when the women brought chairs to sit on, all because the Jews put up a screen between the men and women during their Yom Kippur prayers, and the Arabs claimed that violated a Sharia rule forbidding them from construction in the area, plus they believe that the wall is where Muhammad mounted his wing steed on the way to heaven. 116 Arabs and 133 Jews were killed, and 339 wounded. Chancellor was in London at the time, and when he returned, he started out critical of Arab attacks then fell silent, and helped lead the British retreat from Zionism and the Balfour Declaration, the era of Arab oil money was arriving and greasing Britain's wheels. On Aug. 23-24, 1929 the 1929 Hebron Massacre saw 67 of 800 Jews massacred in Hebron, 20 mi. S of Jerusalem, site of the Cave of the Patriarchs (#2 holy site in Judaism after the Temple Mount in Jerusalem), causing the rest to be evacuated, after which they didn't return permanently until after the 1967 Six Day War. The massacre started when the Arabs heard rumors that the Jews were seizing Muslim holy places and massacring Jews in Jerusalem, causing them to switch to the Allah Akbar mode and start doing their own massacring.
In 1929 the Jewish Agency for Israel (Sochnut) (JAFI) began representing all Zionist and non-Zionist Jews, serving as their pre-state govt. Too bad, on Feb. 25, 1994 during the overlapping holidays of Purim and Ramadan the Cave of the Patriarchs Massacre in Hebron on the occupied West Bank saw ultra-right Jewish settler Baruch Kappel Goldstein (1956-94) massacre 29 (39-52?) and wound 100+ Muslims praying in a mosque, until the survivors beat him to death, after which riots throughout the occupied territories caused 19 Palestinians to be killed by Israeli forces in the next 48 hours. You guessed it, on Mar. 1 as revenge for the massacre, Lebanese-born Muslim Am. immigrant Rashid Baz (1966-) opened fire on a van carrying over a dozen Hasidic students on the entrance ramp to the Brooklyn Bridge, killing 16-y.-o. Ari Halberstam (b. 1977) while shouting "Kill the Jews"; four others were wounded. On Jan. 18, 1995 Baz was sentenced to 141 years in prison; the ramp was renamed after Halberstam in 1995.
Speaking of uppity, the growing Zionist Movement among world Jewry to reestablish their old Jewish homeland in Palestine, founded by did-I-mention Theodor Herzl (1860-1904) et al. was fought tooth and nail by both the Egyptian-based Sunni Muslim Brotherhood, founded in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna (1906-49), and the Muslim Grand Mufti of Jerusalem (1921-48) Mohammad Amin al-Husayni (al-Husseini) (1895-1974), who finally lost after getting friendly with German chancellor (1933-45) Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), instigating a failed pro-Nazi putsch in Baghdad and hiking to Germany for protection, then seeing Hitler's can kicked in WWII, leaving him looking like an idiot to the U.S. and U.N. Hasan al-Banna supported him and helped save him from being tried as a war criminal. Hitler seems to have channeled Islam and mixed it with Darwinism and white supremacy in his Nazi philosophy, taking advantage of the mass number of German Islam history ignoramuses to put it over on them, sometimes making lame references to God to back him up, while pushing his own Bible Mein Kampf (1925-6), which contains several parallels to the Quran. As Der Fuhrer was building up his military strength and openly telling everybody what he was going to do, the Brits led by PM (1937-40) As he was building up his military strength and openly telling everybody what he was going to do, the Brits led by PM (1937-40) Arthur Neville Chamberlain (1869-1940) kissed his hiney with an appeasement policy, allowing him to pick his time to invade for maximum advantage. Without the intervention of the U.S., combined with his failure to take the Soviet Union out, giving him a two-front war, we'd all be speaking German today and he would be in the throes of his final solution not only of the Jews but the Muslims. Da Mufti is known for the soundbyte "Arise, O sons of Arabia, fight for your sacred rights, kill the Jews wherever you find them. Their spilled blood pleases Allah, our history, and religion." Hitler reciprocated with the soundbyte "Only in the Roman Empire and in Spain under Arab domination has culture been a potent factor. Under the Arab, the standard attained was wholly admirable; to Spain flocked the greatest scientists, thinkers, astronomers, and mathematicians of the world, and side by side there flourished a spirit of sweet human tolerance and a sense of purist chivalry. Then with the advent of Christianity, came the barbarians. Had Charles Martel not been victorious at Poitiers - already you see the world had fallen into the hands of the Jews. So gutless a thing, Christianity!" Where did Hitler get his contempt for Christianity and admiration for Islam? German philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900), who bit the Darwin bug bigtime and created the idea of the Superman (Übermensch), coined the phrase "God is dead", and preached the Will to Power in his work Thus Spoke Zarathustra (1883-5), with the soundbyte "What is ape to man? A laughing stock or painful embarrassment. And man shall be the same thing to superman." He also wrote the book The Antichrist (1895), knocking Christianity as a religion of pity for weak losers only, which drags supermen down with hatred of Nature, where survival of the fittest rules. No surprise that Nietzsche went mad before croaking, he proved to be no superman, just a normal man who failed to grow and couldn't even stand to see a horse being mistreated, a life wasted on philosophy rather than a wife, kids and grandkids. Too bad that equally celibate wasted life Hitler was an Islam history ignoramus like his Volk, or he'd have known that just because Muslims don't have pity, that doesn't make them supermen, just religious fanatics who will play him like a fiddle for an advantage in the war to make him and his entire nation submit to Allah. The Nazis spent the 1930s and 1940s spreading anti-Jewish propaganda in Arab lands, telling them that the Jews were trying to take over the world and destroy Islam, and that Hitler was the Shiite Mahdi come to lead the resistance, etc. No surprise that Muslims admired and even loved Hitler, since his whole program was to reverse all the gains made by Western liberals, especially the idea of a democratic republic, and replace it with a dictatorial regime run by a near-holy Fuehrer or Great Leader, him, whose goals were enunciated in his Bible Mein Kampf, which translated means My Struggle, or maybe now you get it, My Jihad, maybe if he had won he would have finished off Islam by sheer genocide, would serve them right. Hitler went crazy too and committed suicide as the Allies closed in on his Fuhrerbunker in Berlin, taking his bizarre Nazi philosophy down the Fuhrertoilet as the whole German nation proved to be no supermen, shoosh Blondie. Speaking of shitting yellow, it was the Muslims, who from square one when Prophet M banned them from Mecca treated them as merde and made them pay the jizya tax, who forced them to wear yellow badges back in 9th cent. Baghdad, and Hitler copied it after the Mufti's hearty recommendation, that's why modern Westerners are fascinated with Islam, it's horrible Stormtroopers are little different than Islamic jihadists, only with more potent weapons and armor, and to listen to them, Aryan (Iranian) to boot.
While Hitler was still a nobody, in 1923 Russian Zionist thinker Ze'ev Jabotinsky (Vladimir Yevgenyevich Zhabotinsky) (1880-1940) pub. The Iron Wall, arguing that the Muslims will never accept a Jewish state of Israel other than by pure force, and that an iron wall should be built around the new state first, and negotiations if any to jockey for position or a longshot peace and possible incorporation of Arab citizens started second. Time has proven the wisdom of this, da? In 1920 after Arab riots, the Zionist Jewish Haganah (Heb. "the defense") paramilitary org. was founded in Palestine (until 1948), growing to 160K members, plus a 6K-member unit called the Palmach; actually there was an underground Haganah in Palestine since Ottoman times. In 1931 the most radical elements led by Jabotinsky split off and formed the Irgun Tsva'i-Leumi (Heb. "Nat. Military Org.") (AKA Etzel), followed in 1940 by the 200-300 member hardcore Lehi (Stern) Gang (Lhamei Herut Yisrael) (Fighters for the Freedom of Israel).
Too bad, on June 30, 1924 after the orthodox Eida Chareidis group splits with the secular Jewish Zionists over their program to create a secular "new Jew" for a future state of Israel and begins contacting Arabs and Brits, Dutch-born Eida Chareidis leader Jacob Israel de Haan (b. 1881) is assassinated by the Haganah under Yitzhak Ben-Zvi as he leaves the synagogue of the Shaarei Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem, stopping the group from negotiating with the British for a separate peace, becoming the first victim of Zionist political violence, and launching an eternal war between secular and religious Jews.
On Oct. 1, 1930 (Yom Kippur) Hassidic rabbi Moshe Segal (1904-85) blew the shofar (ram's horn) at the Kosel (Kotel) HaMaaravi (Western Wall) in Jerusalem in violation of British law (allegedly to avoid offending Muslim Arabs, who still thought Allah owned the Holy Land), and was arrested, which didn't stop others from doing it every year until the end of British occupation in 1947, I may seem stupid but that's just to get your mother not to ask me to do stuff.
In 1930 German Jewish Zionist philsopher Theodor Lessing (1872-1933) pub. Jewish Self-Hatred (Der Judische Selbsthass), nailing it on the head about there being so many Jewish intellectuals who promote anti-Semitism, which doesn't stop him from being assassinated by Czech. Nazy sympathizers in 1933.
After Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany on Jan. 30, 1933, the world Jewish community immediately started a world boycott of Germany in a rather cruel attempt to starve it into ousting him, which only backfired by uniting the German people against the Jews in Germany, a mere 1% of the pop. who were viewed as an enemy fifth column, making them receptive to anti-Semitic propaganda about the rat-like Jews wanting to get their pure German women and mongrelize their nation while enslaving it with world banking tricks. On Mar. 12, 1933 the American Jewish Congress announced a protest to be held at Madison Square Garden on Mar. 27, along with a Jewish Boycott of German Goods; on Mar. 23 20K Jews protested at New York City Hall; on Mar. 27 there were simultaneous protest rallies in New York City, Boston, Philly, Cleveland et al., causing the London Daily Express to carry the headline "Judea Declares War on Germany - Jews of All the World Unite - Boycott of German Goods - Mass Demonstration", describing a "holy war" of the Jews against Germany. On Apr. 1, 1933 the Nazis began boycotting Jewish businesses, obviously Kosher food makes you fat. Meanwhile Zionist leaders saw their chance in using the Nazi regime as the cause that would turn German Jews into Zionists and cause them to emigrate to Palestine, and Hitler struck the secret Transfer Agreement with them to transfer German Jews to Palestine. Too bad, the British demanded that each Jew pay 1K pounds sterling upon arrival in Haifa or other ports in Palestine, causing Zionists to subvert the worldwide Jewish boycott of Germany in order to allow Jewish capital to leave with them via internat. merchandise transactions. Meanwhile on Mar. 12, 1933 Sachsenhausen (Oranienburg), the first German concentration camp opened outside Berlin, followed on Mar. 22 by Dachau concentration camp. Homosexuals were identified by pink triangles on their stripey uniforms, Jews by yellow, and vagrants by black. Paragraph 175, which was passed this year making homosexuality a capital crime was left on the books for 24 years after the end of WWII, and many of the pink triangle POWs were kept in prison by the FRG, after which the pink triangle became the symbol of the gay movement, and it took until 2002 for the German govt. to issue an official apology. By 1945 8M-10M were interned in concentration camps, and at least half died. On Sept. 15, 1935 the Nuremberg Laws in Germany dispossessed all 600K Jews from German citizenship, causing 150K to flee by 1938, most to Palestine. In Mar. 1938 the Nazis annexed Austria, making the 200K Austrian Jews stateless also. On Nov. 9-10, 1938 the fit hit the shan on Kristallnacht (Crystal Night) (Night of Broken Glass), which saw the Nazi mobs organized by "blonde beast" Reinhard Tristan Eugen Heydrich (1904-42) stage an anti-Jewish pogrom in Germany and Austria on the pretext of the Nov. 7 assassination of minor German closet gay diplomat Ernst Eduard vom Rath (1909-38) (AKA Madame Ambassadeur), murdering 91 Jews and arresting 25K-35K and shipping them to concentration camps for fresh air and exercise, while destroying thousands of homes and businesses along with 267 synagogues, causing 1 billion marks in damage, I'm in good shape for the shape I'm in. On Nov. 12 after confiscating all firearms from Jews, all Jewish retail establishments in Germany were ordered to close by the end of the year, and on Nov. 15 Jewish children were expelled from German schools, all of which caused some Jews to commit suicide out of despair, they tried so hard to assimilate, now what. Public outcry over what Germany claimed was an "internal affair" caused the British to lower barriers against Jewish immigration, while Nazi leaders decided to keep future cleansing actions as secret as possible. While U.S. leaders did nada, American journalist Dorothy Thompson (1893-1961) championed the cause of Herschel Feibel Grynszpan (Grunspahn) (Greenspan) (1921-45), a German-born Polish Jewish immigrant to France, whose assassinated vom Rath, broadcasting over NBC radio to 5M listeners and raising $40K for the Journalists' Defense Fund, which paid for top Euro lawyer Vincent de Moro-Giafferi (1878-1956) to defend him using the defense that it was a crime of passion not politics since he and Rath had been sexual lovers. After this caused the trial to get repeatedly delayed, the Nazis ended up capturing him after their 1940 invasion of France, then end up with the same problem about trying him publicly, after which he disappeared during the war in a Nazi prison. In 2008 Jewish journalist Yaron Svoray uncovered a dump in Klandorf near Brandenburg, Germany (N of Berlin) that was used by the Nazis to deposit rejected loot from Kristallnacht. During Kristallnacht, the synagogue of Cologne was destroyed, and was not rebuilt until 1959, after which in Aug. 2005 Pope Benedict XVI visited it during his first foreign trip to preside over World Youth Day. In Mar. 1939 Hitler moved into the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia, making another 200K Jews into people without a country. Meanwhile on July 6-13, 1938 on the eve of Hitler's world war nightmare, the Evian Conference, convened by U.S. pres. Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Evian-les-Bains, France tried to find countries willing to accept Jewish refugees from Germany. Too bad, only the Dominican Republic offered to accept 100K, while a resolution condemning German persecution of Jews failed to pass, and any mention of Palestine as a place for them to go was deleted, along with mention that the U.S. was balking at filling its immigration quotas. In May 1939 the British (MacDonald) White Paper capped Jewish immigration to Palestine to 75K over five years, after which the Arab majority was left to give its permission for more, causing the Aliyah Bet (Heb. "Ascent B") of illegal Jewish immigration to Palestine to begin (until May 14, 1948), which the Brits tried to stop with a naval blockade of the Palestine coast involving 100K troops and a network of coastal radar stations and long-range patrol planes, with captured refugees put in British prison camps in Palestine, Cyprus, and Kenya. Of the 100K who attempted to enter Palestine on 142 voyages in 120 ships, 50K+ were stopped and imprisoned, and 1.6K drowned at sea. After the horrors of WWI, these actions guilt-tripped all the nations involved into backing a new ghetto, er, homeland for the Jews, as long as it wasn't in their backyard, with the Arabs told to like it or lump it, since they supported cold dead Hitler.
On Apr. 2, 1936 the Saudi-Iraqi Treaty of Non-Aggression and Arab Brotherhood was signed in union against a Jewish Palestine, promoting Pan-Arabism with the view towards forming an Arab federation, no talk of an Arab nation of Palestine back then. In Apr. the 1936-9 Arab Revolt in Palestine began after mass Jewish immigration and land development triggered Arab anti-Semitism fueled by Jerusalem mufti Amin al-Husayni and the Nazis, resulting in Arab riots against the Jews in Jaffa, killing 16 and wounding several, followed by Arab highwaymen holding up Jewish cars on the road between Tulkarm and Nablus then killing them; by late Apr. Jews buses were stoned and fired on, and Jewish settlements in the N burned; in May-June the Arabs attack Jewish property and sabotage public utilities; on May 16 three Jews were murdered and two wounded as they leave a Jewish cinema; in Apr. the Arab High Committee in Palestine was formed by al-Husayni to combat Zionism, calling for a boycott of Jewish goods and services, along with a gen. strike, which ramped up in Aug. after four Arab leaders called in vain for peace negotiations. On Oct. 12, 1936 after British troops arrived in Palestine to stop the fighting, the Arab High Committee called off their gen. strike, after which the British govt. appointed the British Peel (Palestinian Royal) Commission, which arrived in Jerusalem on Nov. 11, 1936 to study the situation; the Arabs boycotted the meetings. On July 7, 1937 they pub. a report in Britain recommending that Palestine be split into a Jewish and an Arab state, with Britain maintaining their mandate only over Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and a corridor to the sea, but no surprise, the Arabs rejected it, and continued rioting until 1939, by which time over 10% of the adult male Palestinian Arab pop. between ages 20-60 had been killed, wounded, imprisoned, or exiled, i.e., up to 5K killed and 15K wounded, vs. up to several hundred Jews killed. On May 17, 1939 the British govt. pub. the Woodhouse Partition Plan for Palestine for separating the Arab and Jewish pops. after negotiations with Arabs and Jews fell through, let's say we've made it into Round 2. At that time it was the Jews not Arabs who were called Palestinians. David Ben-Gurion later wrote "Had partition been carried out, the history of our people would have been different and six million Jews in Europe would not have been killed - most of them would be in Israel."
In 1938 oil was discovered in the backward Sharia hellhole kingdom of Saudi Arabia, changing the balance of power in the Middle East bigtime. As its main customer, the U.S. could have demanded establishment of democracy, human rights, a Jewish state of Israel, etc. in exchange for military protection, but crafty king #1 (1932-53) Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud (1876-1953) instead turned the U.S. into its protector sans conditions, even making them believe they had to protect the horrible monarchy there. We're still suffering from this horrible history ignoramus mistake. On Oct. 27, 1973 he issued a Statement on Palestine Partition, with the soundbyte: "Our hatred for the Jews dates from Allah's condemnation of them for their persecution and rejection of Isa (Jesus Christ), and their subsequent rejection later of His chosen Prophet. It is beyond our understanding how your Government, representing the first Christian power in the world today, can wish to assist and reward these very same Jews who maltreated your Isa (Jesus)." Also the soundbyte: "The main thing at all costs is to prevent the Jews from having an independent state of their own sliced out of Arab territory with no one to guide their future acts and policy. For from such will come a perpetual struggle with the Arabs living round them." Also the soundbyte: "It were far preferable form every point of view if Great Britain were to make Palestine a British Possession and rule it for the next 100 years, rather than to partition it in the way they propose: such partition cannot possibly solve the difficulty but must only perpetuate it and lead to war and misery." And the soundbyte: "Today I am the Imam or Spiritual Leader as well as the Temporal Ruler of the greater part of Arabia. I also have not a little influence in all the great Muslim countries of the world." Yah, a lot of influence. To this day the Saudis pull strings to throw Arabs at Israel in eternal jihad while pretending to be against Islamic extremism but actually secretly funding it, and juking the U.S. around anytime it pleases. Despite the smokescreen of the fake Palestinian national movement, the Saudis are the nut to crack. Only when the U.S. stands up to them can any real permanent peace be possible, but with a president like Obama who bows to him and sticks out his tongue looking for his holy ass crack to lick, forget it. Speaking of nut to crack, one more soundbyte from Ibn Saud's 1973 letter: "Verily the word of Allah teaches us, and we implicitly believe this, that for a Muslim to kill a Jew, or for him to be killed by a Jew ensures him an immediate entry into Paradise and into the august presence of Allah. What more then can a Muslim want in this hard world, and that is what my people are repeatedly reminding me of?"
In 1939 the United Jewish Appeal was founded by William Rosenwald (1903-96) (son of Sears, Roebuck & Co. chmn. Julius Rosenwald) et al. to provide funds for Jewish refugees in Europe and Palestine.
In 1939-45 horrific $3.5T World War II resulted in 24M military and 49M civilian deaths, and featured the low Jewish Holocaust (Shoah) by the German Nazis, I guess it was the Jews' fault for not ransoming themselves to go to Israel before they could round them up for the camps. The whole experience turned Jews from lovers into fighters, ramping up the Zionist movement with full world sympathy and support by new world superpower U.S., which had its own guilt trip because on Nov. 24, 1942 Budapest-born Am. Zionist leader Rabbi Stephen Samuel Wise (1874-1949) announced in a press conference in Washington, D.C. that he was authorized by the U.S. State Dept. to confirm that the Nazis had murdered 2M Jews as part of a plan to exterminate all Jews in Europe; too bad, the nat. newspapers didn't consider it front page news, and the U.S. govt. did nada. After the war ended and Americans toured the concentration camps in horror, Polish-born Jewish scholar Raphael Lemkin (1900-59), who single-handedly led an unsuccessful campaign to get the League of Nations to give internat. protections against genocide starting in 1933 finally got what he wanted after his own people got it, namely the Dec. 9, 1948 U.N. Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Gen. Assembly Resolution 260), which didn't come in force until Jan. 12, 1951, and which the U.S. still didn't ratify until 1988.
As WWII dragged on the fit hit the shan with the Brits, who started out mildly pro-Zionist but as the Arabs and their oil money became more important started to back off. On June 1-2, 1941 after Jerusalem grand mufti Amin al-Husseini fled to Iraq in 1939 with 400 Palestinian supporters and whipped up anti-Jewish feeling, helped by Nazi propaganda, the Farhud (Farhoud) (Arabic "violent dispossession") saw Muslim Nazi sympathizers in Baghdad and Basra, Iraq stage a pogrom against the long-settled (2.6K years) Jewish pop., killing 180, wounding hundreds, and destroying 900 Jewish homes and 586 shops; British authorities stood by and didn't pub. their official report until 1958; the dissolution of the Iraqi Jewish community began, complete with Nuremberg-style laws, and 90% fled to Israel after 1948, along with 1M Jews from the Arab world. In June 1941 the Am. Council for Judaism was founded by Reformed Jewish rabbis Henry Cohen, Abraham Cronbach, Morris Lazaron, David Philipson, and Louis Wolsey, who didn't think that Jews should have a nat. state and oppose Zionism; supporters incl. Sumner Welles and Dean Acheson; New York Times publisher (1935-61) Arthur Hays Sulzberger (1891-1968) (a Reform Jew), who told his editors to bury news of the Nazi genocide on the back pages and omit descriptions of victims as Jews enthusiastically supports it with frequent coverage; in 1946 after visiting a Nazi concentration camp, he gave a speech with the soundbyte: "It is my judgment that thousands dead might now be alive" if the Zionists had put "less emphasis on statehood." On Dec. 17, 1942 British foreign secy. Sir Anthony Eden told the British House of Commons "The German authorities are now carrying into effect Hitler's oft-repeated intention to exterminate the Jewish people of Europe", causing the U.S. to declare that these crimes will be avenged. On Dec. 24, 1942 to counter the German-American Bund, a Christmas Declaration by Men and Women of German Ancestry condemning Nazism, written by Dorothy Thompson and signed by 50 prominent German-Ams. incl. Babe Ruth was printed in 10 major U.S. daily newspapers incl. the New York Times, paid for by the World Jewish Congress. On July 14, 1945 the Labour Party swept away Winston Churchill and his Conservative Party, with new PM (1945-51) Clement Attlee (1883-1967) turning the British govt. against the Zionist cause and keeping the White Paper restrictions in place, and foreign secy. (1945-51) Ernest Bevin (1881-1951) telling Jews not "to get too much at the head of the queue", herding tens of thousands of Holocaust survivors that ran the British naval blockade into British concentration camps in Cyprus, better food than the Nazi ones and that's about it. Bevin even told the British ambassador to the U.S.: "Should we accept the view that all the Jews or the bulk of them must leave Germany? I do not accept that view. They have gone through, it is true, the most terrible massacre and persecution, but on the other hand they have got through it and a number have survived." New PM Attlee even tried comparing Jews trying to leave Europe for Israel to Nazi troops, and in 1947 Sir Arthur Tedder (1890-1967), chief of the air staff (1946-50) uttered the soundbyte "If one of the two communities had to be antagonized, it was preferable, from the purely military angle, that a solution should be found which did not involve the continuing hostility of the Arabs, for in that event our difficulties would not be confined to Palestine but would extend throughout the whole of the Middle East." British gen. Sir Alan Gordon Cunningham (1887-1983), last British high commissioner for Palestine in 1945-8 uttered the soundbyte "The forces of nationalism are accompanied by the psychology of the Jew, which it is important to recognize as something quite abnormal and unresponsive to rational treatment", pip pip bloody bloody and all that rot.
On July 22, 1946 irrational Zionist Lehi (Stern Gang) extremists, incl. Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir (who in 1988 uttered the immortal soundbyte about Arabs: "We say to them from the heights of this mountain and from the perspective of thousands of years of history that they are like grasshoppers compared to us") blew up the SW corner of the 5-star pink limestone King David Hotel (opened 1931) containing British administrative offices, killing 91 and injuring 45, turning it into a Zionist stronghold on May 4, 1948 when the British flag was lowered, overlooking the no-man's land armistice line between Israeli and Jordanian territory. So it was the Jews who invented modern publicity-seeking terrorism? The affair turned #1 Am. journalist Dorothy Thompson (1893-1961) (supporter since 1920) against Zionism, causing the Zionists to put on the screws, getting her column dropped by the New York Post, along with other newspapers, tanking her career; in 1951 she founded the pro-Arab Am. Friends of the Middle East; funded by the CIA and ARAMCO?
On Oct. 6, 1943 the Rabbis' March, led by Russian-born Zionist Peter Bergson (Hillel Kook) (1915-2001) (nephew of the chief rabbi of the Palestine mandate) sees 400-500 Orthodox rabbis march in Washington, D.C. demanding that the U.S. govt. help the Jews in Europe, which only pisses-off FDR, who sneaks out the back of the White House and snubs them, causing them to stand in front and read their petition to his secy. Marvin McIntyre, after which FDR sics the FBI and IRS on them, who grudgingly give them a clean bill of health.
In 1944 Lebanese Marionite Christian scholar Philip Khuri Hitti (1886-1978), a Princeton U. prof. who introduced the field or Arab culture studies to the U.S. testifies before a U.S. House committee that there has never been an entity called Palestine, and that it was historically part of Syria, hence the creation of a Jewish state of Palestine would be opposed by Arabs; after the proclamation of the Jewish State of Israel in 1948, and repeated failure to destroy it by jihad, Arab propaganda artists reverse the argument and claim that Israelis are oppressing their Muslim state of Palestine.
On Feb. 15, 1945 Pres. Roosevelt (FDR) meets aboard the USS Quincy in the Great Bitter Lake of the Suez Canal with Saudi King Abdulaziz Al-Saud (Ibn Saud), who insists that a tent be built for him because he won't sleep in an "iron cabin"; after FDR proposes a Jewish state in Palestine, Ibn Saud tells him that the Muslim World won't accept a Jewish state or a temporary haven in Libya, and that the Jews should go back to Germany and not try to horn in on Arab land; FDR assures him that he will do nothing to assist the Jews against the Arabs in Palestine, and that he will never do anything to harm the Arab people and that the U.S. will not many any changes to its policy on Palestine without prior consultation with both sides; on Feb. 17 Ibn Saud meets with British PM Winston Churchill in the Grand Hotel du Lac on the Fayyoun Oasis 50 mi. S of Cairo, and Churchill takes a harder line, trying to pressure him into using his influence to get the Arab world to accomodate Zionist aspirations, and making no promises to temper support for the Zionists with sensitivity to Arab rights. On Mar. 1 after telling Stalin in Yalta that "there was only one concession he thought he might offer and that was to give him the six million Jews in the United States", Pres. Roosevelt addresses a joint session of Congress, and proclaims the Yalta Conference a success; he utters the soundbyte: "I learned more about the whole problem, the Moslem problem, the Jewish problem, by talking with Ibn Saud for five minutes than I could have learned in the exchange of two or three dozen letters" - call for a free brochure?
In July 1946 British deputy PM (1945-51) Herbert Stanley Morrison (1888-1965) and U.S. ambassador Henry Francis Grady (1882-1957) proposed the Morrison-Grady Plan to solve the Palestine problem by federalization under overall British trusteeship; both Arabs and Jews rejected the idea of British control - welcome to the sea of love?
On Oct. 4, 1946 (Yom Kuppur) Pres. Truman issued a statement endorsing the Zionist solution in Palestine of a partition and a "viable Jewish state", shutting the British up. On Nov. 29, 1947 as the British Mandate for Palestine was expiring, the U.N. Partition Plan for Palestine (U.N. Gen. Assembly Resolution 181) was passed, which recommended giving the Jews three slivers of disconnected land along the Mediterranean coast and the Sinai Desert, 60% in the Negev Desert, along with "the creation of a special international regime in the City of Jerusalem, constituting it as a corpus separatum under the administration of the United Nations", with Jews given access to it only as an island cut off from their slivers, surrounded by Arab-controlled land, what an insult. The international regime (which also incl. the city of Bethlehem) was to remain in force for a period of 10 years, after which referendum was to be held in which the residents were to decide the future regime of their city. Of course the Arabs rejected even this generous plan that gave them about 90% of the original Palestine Mandate, not only in Transjordan and the U.N. partition area, but in the new state of Israel, 800K Arabs bumping elbows with 1.2M Jews, with Jews barred from settling in the 35K sq. mi. of Transjordan, later renamed Jordan, a probable double snub on Christians and their John the Baptist.
Of course, Resolution 181 didn't create or recognize any new Jewish or Arab state, but just recommended a process to get to that point, after which "sympathetic consideration" was to be given to their U.N. membership applications. No surprise, thanks to the relentless hate-filled anti-Semitic ideology of Islam, the Arabs blew it bigtime. After getting the U.S. to impose an arms embargo on the region in Dec. 5, 1947 (which lasted until the 1967 Six-Day War), forcing the Israelis to turn to the Soviet Bloc for arms, the Allah Akbars, who got their military supplies from the Brits got violent all over the Promised Land, spawning "the Father of Jihad" Abu Nidal (Sabri Khalil al-Banna) (1937-2002), founder of Fatah (Revolutionary Council), the original Osama bin Laden, son of the richest man in the British Mandate of Palestine, who owned 6K acres of orange groves S of Jaffa near Ashkelon, and had 13 wives, 16 sons, and 8 daughters, but treated him as a bastard because his mother was one of his maids, 15 years old when she got pregnant, you saw the man and got the word, right, right again, what'd he say? After fleeing the fighting in 1947, he ended up in Yasser Arafat's PLO, then split in 1974 to set up his own terrorist org. that killed or injured 900+ in 20 countries.
On Mar. 13, 1948 after hearing that he refuses to meet him, Pres. Truman's old Jewish business partner from Mo. Edward "Eddie" Jacobson (1891-1955) pushes Chaim Weizmann on him to hear his arguments, with the soundbyte: "Your hero is Andrew Jackson. I have a hero too. He's the greatest Jew alive. I'm talking about Chaim Weizmann. He's an old man and very sick, and he has traveled thousands of miles to see you. And now you're putting him off. This isn't like you, Harry", causing Truman to agree after uttering the soundbyte "You win, you baldheaded son of a bitch", causing him to drop the anti-Zionist policy of top U.S. State Dept. advisor George Frost Kennan (1904-2005), who wrote position papers in Jan. and Feb. calling for the 2-state plan to be abandoned and a U.N. trusteeship to be established in the belief that a Jewish state couldn't survive a military attack by the Arab world, later writing: "When we lent our support, nearly thirty years ago, we accepted a certain share of the responsibility for the success of the undertaking", adding that the U.S. should do everything to help Israel survive "short of the actual dispatch and employment of combat forces".
Too bad, on Apr. 9, 1948 the Deir Yassin Massacre saw the Zionist Irgun Zwei Leumi terrorist org. of Menachem Begin (1913-92) attack the small Arab village of Deir Yassin near Jerusalem, massacring 300 of all ages; really just 100? They followed it with 254 more on Apr. 13, 90 more on Apr. 19, and 100 more on May 18. On May 13 they attacked and seized Jaffa, the Arab outpost in Jewish territory, causing all but 15K of the Arab pop. to flee. After the first truce on July 9-19, 1948, the Jews under Yitzhak Rabin (1922-95) launched Operation Danny to strike out E from Tel Aviv and push towards Jerusalem, capturing Lydda (Lod) and Ramla (Ramle), after which only a few hundred of 50K-70K Arab residents remained, to make an omelet you have to break a few eggs. Jewish terrorists went on to depopulate 531 Palestinian towns and villages, and 11 urban neighborhoods, killing or displacing 450K-725K Arabs in the 1948 Palestinian Exodus, many of whom really fled Palestine on their own initiative or under Arab orders as the Arab armies attacked the Jews like turbaned Nazis, later causing a propaganda war, it depends on whom you believe, not even a genius can figure it out, but the Arab Higher Committee (AHC), the de facto Muslim govt. ordered tens of thousands of Arabs to evacuate Haifa on Apr. 21-22, after ordering the 6K Arabs out of Tiberias a few days earlier despite Jewish protestations, and later it ordered the partial or complete evacuation of the Arab. pops. of Jaffa, Jerusalem, and Beisan, and on Apr. 30 they allegedly ordered the evacuation of all Arab villages between Tel Aviv and Haifa. The AHC gave the excuse either that the Arab army needed maneuvering room, or that the Jews would take them hostage, or that remaining in a Jewish state would make them into traitors. Speaking of geniuses, on Apr. 10, 1948 after being solicited by the Stern Gang, Albert Einstein wrote them a letter calling them a "terrorist organization" full of "misled and criminal people". Meanwhile on Apr. 13, 1948 the Hadassah Medical Convoy Massacre saw the Arabs massacre a Jewish medical convoy, killing 79, mostly doctors and nurses.
The 1947 U.N. Partition Plan was never implemented, as on May 14, 1948 at midnight the Jewish Nat. Council in Tel Aviv proclaimed the formation of the new yes, Jewish State of Israel, with an Unwritten Israeli Constitution and a unicameral Knesset (Heb. "assembly"). To quote from the official proclamation: "We offer peace and amity to all the neighboring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East." The U.S. recognized it 11 min. later, but Pres. Truman refused to call it a Jewish state, although he ignored advice from his advisers in order to recognize it because he believed that it fulfilled Biblical prophecy? "Thus says the Lord God: O my people, I will open your graves and have you rise from them, and bring you back to the land of Israel." (Ezekiel 37:12) The Israeli army had nine obsolete planes for an air force, no cannons or tanks, and 60K trained fighters, only 18.9K of them fully ready for fighting, causing operations chief Yigael Yadin to tell David Ben-Gurion, "The best we can tell you is that we have a 50-50 chance." On May 15, 1948 the British Palestine Mandate ended and the British withdrew, triggering the Jewish-Arab War with Arab states as Lebanese, Syrian, Iraqi, Egyptian, and Transjordanian troops, supported by Saudi and Yemenite troops attacked, screaming "Allahu Akbar", "Jihad", and "Idbah al-Yahud" (slaughter the Jews), showing that it isn't a nationalist but a religious struggle, a Muslim holy war or jihad, as shown by a 1947 fatwa by the ulema at Al-Ahzar U. in Cairo calling for "jihad to save Palestine and defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque", and a speech by Egyptian leader Mohammed Hussein Heykal Pasha to the U.N. a few days before the 1947 vote to partition Palestine: "There are a million Jews spread throughout the Middle East. It is not our humanitarian duty and your duty on behalf of the Jewish people to place in serious danger a million Jews just to save a few thousand in Europe or to satisfy a Zionist dream. You are unconsciously on the verge of lighting the flame of anti-Semitism in the Middle East, which would be more difficult to extinguish than it was in Germany. At present we regard the million Jews in our countries as brothers. Your decision would prompt some of our people to regard them as enemies. I warn you of this while there is still time." Sorry, but Islam will never accept the Jewish state of Israel no matter what outside nations do. The Islamic Resistance in Lebanon was founded to wage jihad, later becoming Hezbollah. Actually the first Arab jihadist attack was on Jan. 13, 1948 at Gush Etzion in the hills of Hebron, followed by more attacks on Jan. 14 and Jan. 16, indulge in some Me time. Meanwhile beginning immediately the U.S., Soviet Union (May 17) and most other states began recognizing Israel, and in 1949 secular Turkey was the first Muslim state to recognize it. Speaking of who started it and what the goal was, on May 15, 1948 Egyptian Arab League secy.-gen. #1 (1945-52) Abdul Rahman Hassan Azzam Pasha (1893-1976) uttered the soundbyte "This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre", when is the Arab League going to be prosecuted for genocide. It was after reading Azzam's 1938 book "The Hero of Heroes, or The Most Prominent Attribute of the Prophet Muhammad", which touts Muhammad for combining thought with action and claims that Islam is incompatible with fanatical attachment to "tribe, nation, color, language or culture" that Malcolm X decided to ditch the black racist Nation of Islam and convert to traditional Sunni Islam, monkey see monkey don't do, jokes about the Quran calling Jews apes here not.
On May 14, 1948 David Ben-Gurion (1886-1973) (known for the soundbyte "The Bible is our deed to the land of Israel") became PM #1 of Israel (until Jan. 24, 1954) after Jewish super-scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955) politely declined. On June 10, 1948 Israeli Army (former U.S. Army) Col. (former U.S. Army) Col. David Daniel "Mickey" Marcus (b. 1901) was shot and killed by his own sentries while urinating in a field because he was wrapped in a bed sheet and they mistook him for an Arab. The war led to displacement of Arab and Jewish pops. in the city. The 1.5K residents of the Jewish Quarter of the Old City were expelled and a few hundred taken POW when Transjordan's Arab Legion under British lt. gen. Sir John Bagot Glubb (1897-1986) (AKA Glubb Pasha) captured the Jewish Quarter on May 28 ("the blackest event in Israel's War of Independence" - Teddy Kollek), going on to seize control of Judea and Samaria. The Arab Legion also attacked W Jerusalem with snipers, cutting off access by Jews to the Western Wall until 1967, and went on to destroy or desecrate 50+ synagogues in the Jewish Quarter. Jordan annexed the ancient Jewish homeland of Judea and Samaria, but only Great Britain and Pakistan recognized it.
On June 11, 1948 a ceasefire was declared, and only Britain recognized the ceasefire lines, which after the 1967 war suddenly become sacred to Israel's enemies. Meanwhile Egypt occupied (but didn't annex) Gaza. U.S. aircraft manufacturer Adolf "Al" Schwimmer (1917-2011) violated U.S. laws to smuggle surplus aricraft and found the Israeli Air Force on May 28, was convicted in 1950 of violating the U.S. Neutrality Act, and became pres. of Israel Aircraft Industries until 1978, finally receiving a pardon by Pres. Bill Clinton in 2000. In June 1948 the U.N. Truce Supervision Org. (UNTSO) (the first U.N. peacekeeping force) was established to oversee the truce, with HQ in Jerusalem. Golda Meir (1898-1978) became the Israel ambassador to the U.N. After losing 6,373 of 650K Israelis and spending $500M to achieve the truce, Ha Tikva(h) became the Israeli national anthem. The knee-jerk reaction of Arabs was to expel all Jews from Arab cities from Casablanca to Baghdad. The Christian pop. of Jordanian Jerusalem fell from 25K to 11K by 1967 as restrictive laws were placed on them. Back in the U.S., on June 8, 1948 Jewish-Am. comedian Milton Berle (1908-2002) hosted the first 1-hour Texaco Star Theater, which caused TV to become wildly popular in the U.S.; the show lasted until June, 1956.
On May 20, 1948 Swedish diplomat Count Folke Bernadotte (1895-1948) was appointed as the first U.N. mediator on Palestine. On June 28 he made the first formal peace proposal to the Arabs and Israelis, proposing that Palestinian and Transjordan form a "union, comprising two members, one Arab and one Jewish.". After that was rejected, he made a 2nd proposal on Sept. 16 for two independent states. Too bad, on Sept. 17 (Fri.) he was assassinated in Jerusalem by the Zionist Lehi terrorist group (AKA the Stern Gang), who wrongly believed that the Israeli govt. was about to accept the proposal. On Sept. 18 the U.N. Security Council condemned the killing as "a cowardly act which appears to have been committed by a criminal group of terrorists", after which the Lehi group was disarmed and its members arrested, but nobody was ever charged with the killing, causing Sweden to have frosty relations with Israel, even though it recognized Israel in 1950. In Sept. the Israeli govt. also dissolved the Irgun Zionist terrorist org. (founded 1931), whose members later founded the right-wing Herut (Heb. "freedom") Party, predecessor of the Likud Party. Bernadotte was succeeded as U.N. mediator #2 by U.S. diplomat Ralph Johnson Bunche (1904-71), who worked out an armistice agreement in 1948, and on Dec. 29, 1950 became the first African-American to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Speaking of Nobel Prizes, the reason that little tiny Israel always kicks the butts of the hordes of Muslims surrounding it is that Jews are just plain smarter. Over the past 105 years, 14 million Jews have won 180 Nobel Prizes, vs. only 3 won by 1.5 billion Muslims, check it out, yah. Actually, it's the fact that reading the Hebrew Bible builds IQ, while chanting the sick Quran lowers it, shake it and see, it's like a demolition derby.
The 1948 war resulted in Jerusalem being divided, with West Jerusalem proclaimed territory of Israel on July 26, 1948, with the old walled city lying entirely on the Jordanian side of the line. A no-man's land between East and West Jerusalem came into being in Nov. 1948, after which dashing Moshe Dayan (1915-81), cmdr. of the Israeli forces in Jerusalem met with his Jordanian counterpart Abdullah el Tell (1918-) in a deserted house in Jerusalem's Musrara neighborhood, and marked out their respective positions, Israel's in red and Jordan's in green. This rough map, which was not meant as an official one became the final line in the 1949 Armistice Agreements, which divided the city and left Mt. Scopus as an Israeli exclave inside East Jerusalem. Barbed wire and concrete barriers ran down the center of the city, passing close by Jaffa Gate on the W side of the old walled city, and a crossing point was established at Mandelbaum Gate slightly to the N of the old walled city. Frequent military skirmishes threatened the ceasefire.
On Dec. 11, 1948 by 35-23 the non-binding U.N. Gen. Assembly Resolution 194 was passed, calling for the return of Palestinian refugees to their homes; all six Arab countries at the U.N. (Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Yemen) voted against it; Israel wasn't a U.N. member yet.
After 1948 Jordan was able to take control of all the holy places inside the old walled city, and contrary to the terms of the agreement denied Israelis access to Jewish holy sites, many of which were desecrated. Jordan allowed only very limited access to Christian holy sites. Of course, during this period, the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque underwent major renovations, real Quran-thumping Arabs put their money in that rather than helping Arab refugees. The unexpected weakness of the backward lazy Arabs against the crack Israeli military even caused the British govt. to start about-facing. On Jan. 17, 1949 after Israeli planes shot down four British RAF planes flying with Egyptian squadrons over the Israeli-Egypt border on Jan. 7, health minister (1945-51) Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960) openly questioned the cabinet about the wisdom of relying on the "unstable and reactionary governments of the Arab states", and told them that Britain "should have done better to base our position in the Middle East on the friendship of the Jews, who, if we had pursued a different policy, would have been glad to give us all the facilities we needed to establish strong military bases in Palestine." Even then, the British cabinet would only recognize the Jewish state of Israel in return for U.S. de facto recognition of Jordan, throwing in the release of the 9K detainees in Cyprus as a sop, and they were both concerned about Communist Jews in Israel turning it pro-Soviet. Meanwhile #1 Hollywood screenwriter of the 20th century Ben Hecht (1894-1964) ("the Shakespeare of Hollywood"), a Jewish-American whose prodigious output incl. "Scarface", "The Front Page", "Stagecoach", "Gone With the Wind", "Gunga Din", "His Girl Friday", and "Spellbound", who went Zionist and began doing all he could to save the Jews from the Holocaust during WWII, publishing an article in Reader's Digest in 1943 about the plight of 6 million Jews in Europe, responded to the blowing up of the King David Hotel with the soundbyte "Every time you blow up a British arsenal, or wreck a British jail, or send a British railroad sky high, or rob a British bank, or let go with your guns at the British betrayers and invaders of your homeland, the Jews of America make a little holiday in their hearts", causing the British govt. to blacklist his films from 1948-51, stinking themselves up. In 1943 Hecht wrote the musical pageant "We Will Never Die", about the plight of the Jews in Europe, produced by Billy Rose and Ernst Lubitsch, with help from composer Kurt Well, performed for 40K at Madison Square Garden in two shows then performed nationwide in an attempt to get the U.S. govt. to do something in vain, causing Hecht to complain "The pageant has accomplished nothing. Actually, all we have done is make a lot of Jews cry, which is not a unique accomplishment."
On May 11, 1949 Israel was admitted as the 59th member of the U.N., and on Dec. 13 it declared Jerusalem as its capital, moving from Tel Aviv, pissing-off Jordan, which formally annexed East Jerusalem, subjecting it to Jordanian law; only Britain and maybe Pakistan formally recognized the annexation; Israel and Jordan began electing parallel lines of mayors of West and East Jerusalem (until ?); New York archibishop (1939-) cardinal (1946-) Francis Joseph Spellman (1889-1967) was instrumental in getting Latin Am. countries to vote for Israel's admission by 37-12.
On Dec. 8, 1949 the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) was established after its 1-year mandate ran out, and today it's still in charge of giving aid to 400K Palestinian "refugees" in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, reaching 5M by 2010. Too bad, it became a giant bureaucracy with 20K+ employees that seemingly seeks to perpetuate the problem to stay in biz, allowing the children to be systematically indoctrinated with Jew hate and trained for jihad. Meanwhile after pogroms in British-occupied Libya in 1945 killed hundreds of Jews and destroyed many shops and synagogues, 30K Libyan Jews wisely fled for Israel between 1949-51 before Libya became independent in 1951, and PM Mahmoud Muntasser proclaimed that the 8K remaining Jews in Libya had "no future", are you a gambling kind of gal, which was proved true as virtually all remaining Jews were expelled after the 1967 Six-Day War.
On April 24, 1950 Jordan officially annexed Judea and Samaria, which they began to call the West Bank (of the Jordan River), causing other members of the Arab League to protest that they should get some, after which satisfied gloating Britain finally recognized Israel on Apr. 27, ever see a dad trying to choke a bus driver in Disneyland? On July 5, 1950 the Israeli Knesset passed the Law of Return, granting every Jew "the right to come to this country as an oleh" (immigrant). In 1951 the entire Jewish community of 130K+ began fleeing Iraq for Israel, leaving behind assets estimated at over $150M. Cuba supplied Aerea de Cuba planes and pilots to bring nearly 150K Jews to Israel from Iraq, Iran, Yemen and India by 1953, although it was kept secret until 2010. Meanwhile the Arab League established the Bureau for Boycotting Israel in Damascus, Syria, and Iraq joined it, banning dealings with Israeli cos. and those with Israeli shareholders. Later Israel's desire to get the sanctions lifted caused them to pressure the U.S. into the 2003 Iraq War?
So was launched the outnumbered surrounded Jewish state of Israel, all 8.5K sq. mi. of it, smaller than every U.S. state except Connecticut, Delaware, and Rhode Island, only 2% the size of Egypt, 25% the size of Jordan, 12% the size of Syria, and a mere speck compared to Turkey or Iran. Today it has 7.4 million people, compared to 350 million in the 5.2 million square miles of the Arab world. Yet compared to the vast Muslim world, it far outshines every Muslim country economically, poltically, socially, industrially, and scientifically - somebody stop me before I convert. Since the 1800s, the Jewish settlers in Ottoman Palestine had been turning it from a depopulated hellhole into a paradise, making the desert bloom and all that jazz, and now that the Arabs were cleared out either by force or by choice, like I care, they have plenty of Arab territory to move into and keep backward, the Jews enjoyed a period of relative peace and quiet. Actually, the truth is that Jews are more into making the desert bloom with new cities, not crops. In the 1944-5 growing season the Arabs produced 92.8% of the agricultural output, worth 17 million Palestinian pounds, which is no surprise since Jews only owned 7% of the land until the Palestinians fled and/or were expelled, after which the Jews destroyed most of their farms and olive and orange groves as too labor-intensive. Still, the state of Israel ramped up agricultural output bigtime, reaching $3.6 billion in 2006, with only 2.6% of the pop. employed in agriculture.
On Sept. 10, 1952 the Luxembourg Treaty was signed, whereby West Germany agreed to pay Israel 3B marks as reparations for "material" damage suffered by Jews at the hands of the Nazis, along with 450M marks to Jewish orgs. Germany began paying reparations to the Jewish people in 1953, the payments reaching 56.3B German marks by the end of 1983.
Speaking of tears, in 1953 the Yad Vashem (VaShem) memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust (named after Isaiah 56:5, "And to them will I give in my house and within my walls a memorial and a name") was established at the foot of Mt. Herzl on the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem, featuring walls lined with photos of victims. Meanwhile the small strip of land called Israel was surrounded by a sea of hate-filled Muslims who would love to create another Holocaust. Sadly, an Israel this size is doomed to extermination the moment the U.S. can't protect it any longer, which is why I'm giving it only a coin-flip chance of survival to 2048 unless a miracle happens, sorry.
Speaking of surrounded, under the Palestine Mandate, Israel's territory would have been 6x as large as it is now, but thanks to Arabs with no respect for the U.N. they had to fight to keep what little they have. Since 1967 when Israel allegedly occupied Arab territory, it has ceded territory 3x its own size, despite having one of the world's highest pop. densities, yet the Muslim world and its Western backers continue demanding that it continue giving up land even though over 7 million Israelis live on a piece of land smaller than New Hampshire. Speaking of pop. density, Israel has the 30th highest in the world (365 per mi.), barely ahead of Netherlands (#28), Puerto Rico (#24), and South Korea (#22). When eliminating islands, city states and principalities from the list, Israel actually has the 10th highest population density in the world behind India, Japan and Rwanda. Of course the Arab squatters in the so-called Palestinian Territories are at #14 on the big list at er, 666.6. Thanks to horrible Islam, not only is Israel outnumbered and surrounded, it's well-nigh indefensible, with its width at its narrowest point less than 10 mi. (15km). Surrounded by hostile Muslim countries dedicated to its extermination, if they ever get their act together, their armies can cut Israel in half in only a matter of hours, then set up two big concentration camps and go to work. Worse, the narrow point of Israel intersects the big kahuna city of Jerusalem, yet that is precisely the city that every outside so-called peacemaker from Carter to Obama want to slice into and turn into a geographically contiguous state for Hamas and Fatah, nicely cutting Israel in two at its must vulnerable point and setting it up for the final kill. Any real peacemaker will want to persuade or force all Arab Muslims to resettle far away from Israel, and give it a much larger territory with a deep buffer zone on all sides, incl. everything from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River at least. Compare this with the current peace talk series number umpty-ump and see what a waste it is. Why oh why didn't the mighty U.S. back in the 1940s and 1950s force the Arabs to give up enough land to make Israel truly secure even without its future military backing? Because the Arabs played our presidents off for suckers, and now that the U.S. has drained itself in Iraq and Afghanistan while Muslim nations are on the verge of getting nukes and swamping the West with Trojan Horse immigrants who are busily infiltrating the govts., not to mention the U.N., they're laughing their turbans off, pass the sheep eyes and sign up for Arab Facebook and start bidding on your future Jewish harem slaves. Why doesn't the world unite to give Israel the extra territory it needs so that its survival isn't in jeopardy any more than any Muslim nation? Because of horrible Islam whose Muhammad and Allah decree that Israel be exterminated and Muslim superiority Sharia be erected instead, with what's left of the Jews reduced to corpses, slaves or dhimmis paying jizya protection money to the fat lazy Arab bastards, that's why. The well-funded Arab propaganda machine currently has half the world believing that Israel is the bad guy and wants to take over the world, and that the Arabs are poor helpless victims on the verge of extermination, when it's just the opposite, read that again 50 times until you can live with yourself, don't blame me I'm just the messenger, then read on.
Speaking of bad guys, Judaism like everything else has its bad side, and many Jews never forgive or forget an injury, causing them to turn into relentless (no statute of limitations) Nazi hunters, led by Austrian-born Simon Wiesenthal (1908-2005), who spearheaded the kidnapping of Nazi Adolf Eichmann (1906-62) in Argentina, followed by a show trial and execution in Israel. Another famous Jewish American is Holocaust survivor Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel (1928-), whose touching story of surviving Auschwitz was perhaps a little exaggerated, but tear-jerking, but who went beyond the Nazis to blame the Roman Catholic Church for condoning the Holocaust, accusing Pope (1939-58) Pius XII (1876-1958) of condoning Jewish persecution via "silence". He even went beyond that to his famous 1971 statement "The sincere Christian knows that what died in Auschwitz was not the Jewish people but Christianity", implying that the Jews' suffering was equal to Christ's on the cross. Another Jewish American who stunk the Jewish cause up a bit was orthodox Rabbi Meir Kahane (1932-90), founder of the Jewish Defense League that adopted Nazi tactics in defense of Judaism. He was assassinated in Manhattan by a Muslim hit man, partially vindicating his paranoia.
Meanwhile the Bible-thumping Christians had their own ideas about the Restoration of Israel, not caring so much that Jews were moving back and setting up a Jewish state as they were slobbering over the thought that Jesus' return from Heaven must be nigh, when he will make them all see the light and become good Christians. The practical effect was to create widespread support for the state of Israel in the super-powerful super-rich U.S., along with the so-called Israel lobby in the U.S., which Muslims totally misunderstood, taking it for Jewish control of the U.S., as if it had somehow enslaved it. Without the Jesus angle, all the Jewish power in the world couldn't have swung the U.S. so pro-Israel, sorry. Nor can all the Israeli mistakes, goof-ups and covered-up atrocities make the U.S. drop support for it either, rather, it just makes Christians more sure that the Jews will see the error of their ways and finally accept you know who, gaining divine support to finish off all their hate-filled enemies. In fact, if the Jews and Muslims would agree that Israel had a right to exist, and there were no apocalyptic battle of Armageddon requiring Christ to personally arrive to turn the tide before the world destroyed itself, the Bible would be proved to be a pile of crap, ask for big brain Stephen Hawking to supply the necessary mathematical analysis. So we've come to the real reason that Big J is the #1 key city for world peace, because after there is then either we will enter the Worldwide God Age or the Worldwide Atheist Age. Meanwhile the strong support of Israel by the U.S. among Jews and non-Jews alike also helps rein-in the undemocratic retro ultra-orthodox element and keep it fairly democratic.
Not that the state of Israel doesn't have its dirty laundry, it is a composite state with immigrants from bad countries like the Soviet Union, and some no doubt brought some bad ideas with them, plus the ultra-orthodox hardliners who sometimes rival Muslims in genocidal impulses, hopefully Israel will always keep them in check and be a credit to the world. On Oct. 14, 1953 the Qibya Massacre saw Israeli troops under Ariel "Arik" Sharon (Ariel Scheinermann) (1948-) get even for hate-filled Arab Muslim cross-border raids by crossing the Green Line to attack the village of Qibya on the West Bank under Operation Shoshana, killing 69 Arabs, many by blowing up 45 houses with them inside, plus a school and mosque. This was so blatantly Nazi-like that not only the U.N. and U.S. but many Jewish communities worldwide condemned Israel. Maybe this is where Judaism split into permanent pro and anti-Zionist camps, with the anti-Zionist camp no longer limited to Jewish fundamentalist Bible-thumpers who wanted to wait for the Messiah to lead them into Israel and Jerusalem and be their king, although non-religious Jews had to explain where Jews were supposed to live if not Israel, some former Indian rez in Arizona? Nobody ever got prosecuted for the massacre, and Sharon went on to become Israeli PM #11 in 2001-6, oy vey. On Oct. 29, 1956 the Kufr Qasem Massacre saw the Israeli military sandbag some Palestinians with Israeli citizenship by suddenly changing curfew hours while they were trying to return home, killing 47, incl. 15 women and 11 children. This time the cmdr., Maj. Shmuel Melinki was court-martialed and found guilty of killing 43 civilians, receiving 17 years in prison, and others were given sentences of 7-15 years, although the gen. in charge was only reprimanded and fined one piaster (10 cents). Too bad, after appeals none of them served more than three years in prison, and Melinki got a promotion.
On Apr. 19, 1954 Pres. Truman's asst. secy. of state for Near Eastern Affairs (1952-5) Brig. Gen. Henry Alfred Byroade (1913-93) gave a speech to the World Affairs Council in Dayton, Ohio, calling on Israelis to "look upon yourselves as a Middle Eastern state rather than as a headquarters... of a worldwide grouping of people of a particular religious faith", calling on them to "drop the attitude of the conqueror" and halt "retaliatory killings", along with large-scale immigration, while telling the Arabs "You should accept this state of Israel as an accomplished fact"; too bad, the Arabs will never accept a Jewish state of Israel, so his policy was DOA?
On July 2, 1954 the Lavon Affair AKA Operation Susannah, led by Israel Col. Binyamin Gibli used Egyptian Jews to engage in false flag operations by bombing U.S. and British civilian targets in Egypt and blaming them on Egyptian Communists and the Muslim Brotherhood in order to keep the British occupation of the Suez Canal zone going, starting with a post office in Alexandria, followed on July 14 by the U.S. Info. Agency libraries in Alexandria and Cairo, and a British-owned theater; on Dec. 11 several arrested suspects were tried, with Israel denying knowledge and accusing Egypt of anti-Semitism to discredit them; on Jan. 27 Moshe Marzouk and Shmuel Azar were sentenced to death, several received lengthy prison terms, and two were acquitted; after he was caught lying to PM Moshe Sharett, Israeli defense minister Pinhas Levon resigned on Feb. 17, 1955, and was succeeded by former PM David Ben-Gurion on Feb. 21 (until June 26, 1963); Sharett resigned on Nov. 3, 1955, after which it becomes known as the Bad Business or Unfortunate Affair; on Mar. 30, 2005 Israel honored nine of the operatives.
On Nov. 3, 1955 former PM #1 (1948-54) David Ben-Gurion returns from retirement and becomes Israeli PM again (until June 26, 1963), creating the Periphery Doctrine, that Israel should seek regional partners against the Arab Core of states led by Egypt.
The Kufr Qasem Massacre went on while the Suez War (Crisis) (Oct. 29-Nov. 7, 1956) was beginning, benefitting from the diversion. Ever since upstart Sunni Muslim Gamal (Arab. "camel") Abdel Nasser (1918-70) toppled the monarchy of King Farouk in 1954, and began promoting pan-Arab nationalism along with Socialism, pulling together his own Third World bloc, he pissed off former colonial powers Britain and France, but when he nationalized the Suez Canal on July 26, 1956 after the Brits removed their troops, stealing it from British and French shareholders, was it the Socialism or the resurgent Islamism that broke the camel's back? Ask Disraeli how, but on Oct. 29, 1956 (Mon.) 100K Israeli troops invaded Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, giving Britain and France an excuse to issue an ultimatum to Egypt and Israel on Oct. 30 calling for a ceasefire, then citing their right to reoccupy the canal under the May 25, 1950 Tripartite Declaration (Agreement) that guaranteed the territorial status quo. On Oct. 31, 1956 Cyprus-based British bombers bombed Egyptian airfields, causing Ike to go nonlinear, and in the evening he went on TV, saying "We cannot subscribe to one law for the weak, another for those allied to us." On Nov. 5 British paratroopers began landing on the N end of the canal, causing Col. Sanders lookalike Soviet PM (1955-58) Nikolai Alexandrovich Bulganin (1895-1975) to warn that nukes will be used if they don't withdraw, and asking the U.S. for an alliance with the Soviet Union, to which Ike replied "Those British, they're still my right arm", accusing the Soviets of trying to divert attention from Hungary, then deciding to send aid to Israel, also issuing the Washington Declaration with British PM (1955-57) Sir Robert Anthony Eden (1897-1977); on Nov. 6 French infantry seized the E side of the canal, but the U.S. intervened, arranging a ceasefire on Nov. 7 and demanding full British and French withdrawal, which they caved-in and obeyed. In Nov. a U.N. Emergency Force was created, organized by Lester Bowles "Mike" Pearson (1897-1972) of Canada (who won the 1957 Nobel Peace Prize for it, and became Canadian PM #14 in 1963-8), and in Dec. it supervised withdrawal of French and British forces (ends Jan. 1957), while the U.N. fleet left the Suez Canal. Egypt agreed to pay $81M in reparations to the World Bank, and the Sinai was demilitarized, with U.N. troops deployed along the Egyptian-Israeli border, and the U.S. committing to keeping the Straits of Tiran open to Israeli shipping, all of which set the pan-Arab movement back bigtime. In Nov. Eden, his health breaking down, went on vacation on Ian Fleming's 007 estate in Jamaica, allowing Maurice Harold Macmillian (1894-1986) to work to push him out of office on Jan. 10, 1957 to Oct. 18, 1963, becoming known for the soundbyte that the British "never had it so good". On Oct. 29, 1956 (evening) Jewish-controlled NBC-TV took advantage of all the news to debut The Huntley-Brinkley Report (until July 31, 1970), with co-anchors Chester Robert "Chet" Huntley (1911-74) and David McClure Brinkley (1920-2003). Each show closes with "Good night, Chet. Good night, David. And good night for NBC News", which the Jewish producer Reuven Frank (1920-2006) made them say, although they didn't like it. Speaking of Jewish control of U.S. media, on Nov. 3 CBS-TV aired the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz (the ultimate explanation for what makes an American, namely, an insular mentality that attempts to retain its innocence but can stoop to dirty work against wicked witches and monkeys when required) for the first time, becoming an annual tradition, gee it's nice to be home in safe Muslim-free Jew-controlled Hollywood-Kansas. The net result of the Suez Crisis was to ensure that the Palestinian Arabs would never be resettled in Egypt when they could be used as a fifth column for exterminating Israel. It was also the last time that the decrepit Brits had any power play to make in the Middle East. Talking about power in the Middle East, in 1957 Nasser explained why Egypt and Jordan never allow Palestinian self-determination and keep them in squalid settlements: "The Palestinians are useful to the Arab states as they are. We will always see that they do not become too powerful." In 1974 Hafez al-Assad of Syria added that Palestine is "not only a part of the Arab homeland but a basic part of southern Syria."
On June 2, 1957 Semitic Action leader Uri Avnery (Avneri) pub. the first detailed plan for an independent Palestinian state; next Sept. 1 he helps write the Hebrew Manifesto, proposing a sovereign Palestinian state next to Israel, with a 2-state federation that gradually increases its jurisdiction.
In 1958 new Pope John XXIII dedicated the Supreme Religious Center for World Jewry in Jerusalem.
Speaking of hate-filled Muslims, the existence of a Jewish state in Palestine, no matter how small, and no matter how cleaned-up the govt. got, forever stuck in the craw of Arab Muslims, who insisted on clinging to the 7th cent. Quran which commands them to conquer the world for Islam and set up its horrible retro Sharia, and to never ever give up a single square inch, with the reward of paradise for martyrdom while fighting to expand or recover territory, not for being a designer or inventor or whatever, a fighter. On Jan. 5, 1956 Egyptian grand mufti Sheikh Hassan Mamoun issued a fatwa to the effect that since Palestine had long been conquered by jihad, it was a permanent possession of the global Muslim Umma, hence regardless of the U.N. or Jewish-oriented history, the Jews usurped Allah's territory and therefore no Muslim can ever conclude a peace with them, no matter how stupid the Yankees are to think they can mediate one. In 1961 Jaffa-born intellectual Shafiq al-Hout (Shafik al-Hut) (1932-2009) and Jaffa-born Ahmed Jibril (1938-) founded the militant Syrian-backed Palestinian Liberation Front (PLF); in 1964 al-Hout became a co-founder of the PLO, representing it at the U.N. and in Lebanon, then resigning after Arafat signs the 1993 Oslo Accords; the fake Arab Muslim "Palestinian" nationality was dreamed up by the KGB in 1964 for Soviet-trained Yasser Arafat, who uttered the soundbyte "The Palestinian people have no national identity. I, Yasser Arafat, man of destiny, will give them that identity through conflict with Israel." After years of subversive movements, in 1964 with Nasser's backing the out-in-the-open Palestine Liberation Org. (PLO) was founded to end the Jewish state by violence and terrorism, not just in the Middle East, but anywhere they think it might advance the cause. Like many if not most so-called Palestinians, the founder Yasser Arafat (1929-2004) (grand-nephew of Jew-hating Nazi ally grand mufti Amin al-Husseini) was born not there, but in his case in Cairo, but Arabs started out by taking the territory by fear, force and violence in the 7th cent. and aren't about to change as long as they stick with Islam. Don't take my word for it. In 1959 after urging by the PLO so that Palestinian refugees in Arab countries won't be assimilated and forget their problem, the Arab League promulgated Decision Number 1457, to wit: "Arab states will reject the giving of citizenship to applicants of Palestinian origin in order to prevent their integration into the host countries." The 1964 PLO National Charter puts it quite honestly: "The Palestinian people firmly believe in Arab unity, and in order to play its role in realizing this goal, it must, at this stage of its struggle, preserve its Palestinian personality and all its constituents. It must strengthen the consciousness of its existence and stance and stand against any attempt or plan that may weaken or disintegrate its personality." Where's the paper snowflakes? How about the 1988 Hamas Charter: "As for the objectives: They are the fighting against the false, defeating it and vanquishing it so that justice could prevail, homelands be retrieved and from its mosques would the voice of the mu'azen emerge declaring the establishment of the state of Islam, so that people and things would return each to their right places and Allah is our helper." That's a lot of pizza for a little dough. For a triple confirmation, let's look at the 2003 Palestinian Constitution: "Palestine is part of the large Arab World, and the Palestinian people are part of the Arab Nation. Arab Unity is an objective which the Palestinian People shall work to achieve." So actually, there really isn't such a thing as a Palestinian, it's a political term only. There never was a nation of Palestine that the Jews stole from anybody, it was just one of many provinces of the Ottoman Empire from 1517-1917 that was backward and depopulated until Jews began moving in and reclaiming the desert, after which the creation of the Jewish state of Israel in 1948 followed by an Arab-launched war caused many Arabs to flee to neighboring Muslim lands, who wouldn't accept them as citizens but forced them into camps and threw them back at the Israelis to use as cannon fodder in their jihad for Allah, after all, paradise complete with virgins and great lodgings beats all that cruddy desert land, right, so go get your martyrdom today fighting and killing infidel Jews, and if not today then tomorrow. To quote Zuheir (Zuhair) Mohsen (1936-79), leader of the Syrian-backed As-Sa'iqa ("thunderbolt or storm") (main rival to Arafat's Fatah in the PLO) in Mar. 1977 in an interview with the Dutch newspaper "Trouw": "The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct Palestinian people to oppose Zionism. For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheba and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan." By 2011 they didn't even try to hide it anymore, with Hamas MP and cleric Yunis Al-Astal uttering the Al-Aqsa TV soundbytes: "The Jews are brought in droves to Palestine so that the Palestinians, and the Islamic nation behind them will have the honor of annihilating the evil of this gang." "All the predators, all the birds of prey, all the dangerous reptiles and insects, and all the lethal bacteria are far less dangerous than the Jews." "In just a few years, all the Zionists and the settlers will realize that their arrival in Palestine was for the purpose of the great massacre, by means of which Allah wants to relieve humanity of their evil." "When Palestine is liberated and its people return to it, and the entire region, with the grace of Allah, will have turned into the United States of Islam, the land of Palestine will become the capital of the Islamic Caliphate, and all these countries will turn into states within the Caliphate. When this happens, any Palestinian will be able to live anywhere, because the land of Islam is the property of all Muslims." "Until this happens, we must reject all the resettlement plans, naturalization, or even reparations prior to the return of the refugees." On Mar. 23, 2013 Hamas minister Fathi Hammad uttered the soundbyte: "Who are Palestinians? Palestinians don’t come from Palestine... Brothers, half of the Palestinians are Egyptians and the other half are Saudis." In 1967 Wadi (Wadie) Haddad (1927-78) founded the Marxist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which became the 2nd largest member of the PLO after Fatah, becoming fond of hijacking airplanes. Meanwhile in June 1974 the PLO adopted a "phased strategy", meaning that it will seize any territory from Israel it can by any means available then use it as a springboard for more until it achieves the "complete liberation of Palestine", welcome to Hell's Kitchen and the dream of becoming head chef. At least they used the right word, liberation, not restoration. In 1984 American journalist Joan Peters (1938-) pub. the controversial book From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict Over Palestine, which claimed that most of the Palestinian Arabs arrived after Jewish settlers started developing the land, which might or might not be true, but is actually irrelevant to the fact that Palestinian Arabs are Arabs, their true heart is in Mecca, which they consider the center of their empire however far outward it spreads, and they believe that Allah gave them all land that they or their ancestors have conquered forever, hence will never concede a square inch of it as long as they believe in Allah and the Quran, rather, they will ever work to keep spreading the outer radius of their Ummah or Borg Hive worldwide. By the way, Jordan keeps over 1 million Palestinians in refugee camps, as does Syria and Lebanon, for a total of over 3 million, while Israel has only 1.3 million, yet Saudi-financed anti-Israeli propaganda makes Israel appear to be responsible for the plight of all Palestinians. Why don't Palestinians demand that Jordan, Syria or Lebanon either assimilate them or let them create a Palestinian state? Because it's not about that, it's about the Muslim Ummah that stretches to Mecca being restored after the Jewish breach is cleansed like a disease. On Dec. 11, 1984 Benjamin Netanyahu gave a speech to the U.N. Gen. Assembly on why Jordan is the real Palestine, with the soundbyte: "Clearly, in Eastern and Western Palestine, there are only two peoples, the Arabs and the Jews. Just as clearly, there are only two states in that area, Jordan and Israel. The Arab State of Jordan, containing some three million Arabs, does not allow a single Jew to live there. It also contains 4/5 of the territory originally allocated by this body’s predecessor, the League of Nations, for the Jewish national home. The other state, Israel, has a population of over four million, of which 1/6 is Arab. It contains less than 1/5 of the territory originally allocated to the Jews under the Mandate... It cannot be said, therefore, that the Arabs of Palestine are lacking a state of their own. The demand for a second Palestinian Arab State in Western Palestine, and a 22nd Arab State in the world, is merely the latest attempt to push Israel back into the hopelessly vulnerable armistice lines of 1949." To give equal time to the other side, in 1997 Palestinian-American historian Rashid Ismail Khalidi (1948-) (a good friend of Pres. Barack Obama) pub. Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness, which although admitting there never was an Arab state of Palestine before the creation of the Jewish state of Israel in 1948, claims they had formed a "national consciousness" before that because of the Zionist movement, hence all zillion of them should have the right to crowd into Israel's little strip of land in the huge Arab Ummah and set up Sharia like in the rest of the Ummah, then poof goes their national identity and here comes holy killing with Frontline Plus with help of the entire Ummah, hello, what do you think I got stamped on my forehead, the word Dummas?
On Jan. 31, 1962 after he delivered a lecture at McGill U. questioning the right of Israel to exist and equating Israelis to Nazis, labelling Judaism a "fossil", the Montreal Debate on Israel between British historian Arnold Joseph Toynbee (1889-1975) and Israeli ambassador to Canada Yaacov Herzog (1921-72) (brother of Chaim Herzog) before a nat. audience sees Herzog getting Toynbee to admit that all nations sometimes commit murder and is no reason to single-out Israel to question its right to exist, and also that "Israel can defossilize, just as you can defrost a car", making him an Israeli hero.
On Jan. 5, 1964 Pope (1963-78) Paul VI (1897-1978) visited Jerusalem, conferring with Ecumenical Patriarch (1948-72) Athenagoras I (1886-1972) in the first meeting between the Latin and Greek Catholic Church heads since the 15th cent. In his honor the winding road leading up to Mount Zion (the closest Jews were allowed to get to their ancient temple by the Jordanians) was paved and named Pope's Way. In 1965 Hungarian-born Theodor "Teddy" Kollek (1911-2007) was elected mayor of West Jerusalem (until 1993), going on to turn it into a modern city and become known as "the greatest builder of Jerusalem since Herod I the Great". When Israel took over East Jerusalem in 1967, he provided milk to Arab children and other niceties that caused some Israelis to grumble that he's pro-Arab. In 1965 with his sponsorship the Israel Museum was built in Givat Ram in W Jerusalem (near the Knesset, Israeli Supreme Court and Hebrew U. of Jerusalem), containing the Shrine of the Book to house the Dead Sea Scrolls (discovered in 1947 in Qumran). On Aug. 31, 1966 a new Knesset Bldg. was dedicated.
On Mar. 3, 1965 Tunisian pres. #1 (since July 25, 1957) Habib Bourguiba (1903-2000) delivers his Jericho Speech, advocating a fair and lasting peace between the Palestinians and Israelis based on the 1947 U.N. resolution. Too bad, just as Israel seemed to be smooth-sailing, the Arabs noticed that 1966 is a Millennium Fever (666) year, and decided to strike while the iron is hot?
The best defense is a good offense? Israel looks the abyss in the patched eye and
saves itself, but for how long nobody knows, while its backer the U.S. flirts with a
mini-Armageddon on 6-6-67?
On June 1, 1967 kibbutz-born eye-patched Gen.
Moshe Dayan (1915-81)
(known for the soundbyte "Israel has no foreign policy, only a defense policy") is
named defense minister of Israel, uniting Israelis around his charisma and gaining
acceptance of a first strike on Egypt; on June 5 (Mon.) (7:50 a.m.) (6-5-6-7) the
breaks out as the Israeli Air Force, led by RAF veteran
Ezer Weizman (1924-2005)
sneak-attacks and destroys the Egyptian Air Force in 3 hours, destroying 280 aircraft,
then wipes out the Syrian Air Force in another 2 hours, followed by the Jordanian Air Force
in minutes after breaking a
with Israel to stay out of the war if Israel wouldn't touch the West Bank and Jerusalem,
Jordan begins shelling Jerusalem, causing the mini-Armageddon-like
Battle for Ammunition Hill,
which Israel wins (partly because the Egyptians control the Jordanian army, and want
them to go to Sinai instead), capturing the Arab sector of Jerusalem on June 7 and
all of Jerusalem on June 10 for the first time since being expelled by the Romans in
70 C.E., which causes Jordanian king (since 1952)
Too bad, on June 8, 1967 (2:00 p.m.) the USS Liberty Incident saw the Israelis attack a U.S. Navy intel ship in internat. waters N of the Sinai Peninsula 29.3 mi. from Arish, Egypt, killing 34 crewmen and wounding 171, later claiming mistaken identity and paying reparations, although the sailors claimed it wasn't mistaken identity, giving anti-Semitic propagandists a bale of hay to toss with their pitchforks. The official explanation was that Israel believed it to be an Egyptian vessel; the Navy brass called LBJ personally and he told them to let the ship sink?; Cmdr. William L. McGonagle (1926-99) was awarded the Medal of Honor for keeping it afloat; Israel apologized and paid over $12M compensation; it was really an attempt run by LBJ and the Israeli brass to frame Egypt so the U.S. could enter the war on Israel's side?
Backing up, on June 1, 1967 the Beatles' album
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
was released in the U.K., followed by the U.S. on June 2, being certified gold the day of release.
The album photo incl. an image of Marlon Brando from 1953's "The Wild One", and writer Terry Southern.
It held the #1 slot in Britain for 27 weeks and in the U.S. for 19 weeks.
The hippie theme was just right for the
Summer of Love, which began in the
U.S. as the Hippie (Hippy) Movement
arrived bigtime. On June 25, 1967 the 2.5-hour
Our World Satellite Broadcast,
with performers from 19 nations and an audience of 400M featured the Beatles
singing "All You Need is Love" along with an orchestra and invited friends
incl. the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Marianne Faithfull, Keith Moon,
and Graham Nash . Baby Boomer activism began with masturbating to Beatles music
in white suburban bedrooms, then progressed to becoming hippies and moving
into cheap lodgings, parks and communes and driving VW buses while getting high
and practicing free love, after which the 1960s ended and they got real, pairing
up and joining the corporate ladder-climbing world and becoming Yuppies, changing
everything they touch, all with the Vietnam War as their Judge. Meanwhile
the-best-defense-is-a-good-offense Israel looked the abyss in the patched eye and
saved itself, but for how long nobody knows yet, while its backer the U.S. flirted
with their own mini-Armageddon on 6-6-67.
On May 22-23, 1967 (night) after being falsely told by the Soviet Union that Israel
was planning to attack Syria, and pressuring the U.N. peacekeeping force in the
Sinai to withdraw, Egyptian pres. Abdel Gamal Nasser closed the
Straits of Tiran
at the S end of the Red Sea, blocking Israeli naval traffic to the port of Elat,
and positioned a 100K-man army in the Sinai with plans to attack Israel, getting
the Arab League behind him with a hastily signed inter-Arab military pact which
incl. Jordan, who mended their fences and handed control of their army to him.
Chain-smoking Israeli army chief of staff Yitzhak Rabin had a breakdown the same day.
Pres. Johnson told Israeli PM #3 (1963-9)
Levi Eshkol (Skolnik) (1895-1969)
not to attack first, causing him to order a response to be postponed for 48 hours.
On May 23 U.N. secy.-gen. U Thant talked with Nasser in Cairo, and Soviet PM
Alexei Kosygin also told him to postpone a 1st strike. On May 28 Eshkol gave a live
to the nation in which he stumbled and stuttered, causing dismay, leading to the
"Night of Generals" as agreement was reached to get Gen. Moshe Dayan to become
defense minister, since he distinguished himself against the Egyptians in 1956
and can talk real good. On June 1 kibbutz-born eye-patched Gen.
(1915-81) (known for the soundbyte "Israel has no foreign policy, only
a defense policy") was named defense minister of Israel, uniting Israelis
around his charisma, and gaining acceptance of a first strike on Egypt.
On June 5 (Mon.) (7:50 a.m.) (6-5-6-7) the
broke out as the Israeli Air Force, led by RAF veteran
(1924-2005) sneak-attacked and destroyed the Egyptian Air Force in 3 hours,
destroying 280 aircraft, then wiped out the Syrian Air Force in another
2 hours, followed by the Jordanian Air Force in minutes; after breaking a
with Israel to stay out of the war if Israel wouldn't touch the West Bank and Jerusalem,
Jordan began shelling Jerusalem, causing the mini-Armageddon-like
Battle for Ammunition Hill,
which Israel won (partly because the Egyptians controlled the Jordanian army, and
wanted them to go to Sinai instead), capturing the Arab sector of Jerusalem on
June 7 and all of Jerusalem on June 10 for the first time since being expelled by
the Romans in 70 C.E., which caused Jordanian king (since 1952)
Meanwhile on Nov. 27, 1967 French pres. (1959-69) Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) suddenly dropped his longtime support of Israel, incl. providing them with weapons, calling the Jews an "elite people, sure of themselves and domineering", and labelling Israel as an expansionist state for occupying large areas containing almost 1 million Palestinians, which caused the U.S. under LBJ to step up to the plate as Israel's main backer, a policy followed by all succeeding U.S. presidents, who staunchly championed Israel and backed Congress in providing them with $100B in aid by the end of the century.
Speaking of LBJ, in 1938 after his Zionist aunt Jessie Johnson Hatcher influenced him, U.S. Dem. congressman Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-73), who took office in 1937 and supported an immigration bill for Jews from Lithuania and Poland stuck his neck out to arrange for visas for Jews in Warsaw then smuggle them through the port of Galveston, Tex. into the U.S. in 1938-9, saving 400-500 from the Nazis. He then became the first member of Congress to enlist in the Armed Forces after the Pearl Harbor attack, serving in the Navy in the Pacific and winning a Silver Star. After visiting the Nazi Dachau death camp on June 4, 1945 and getting revolted, his pro-Israel views were cemented for life. Duh, Pres. Obama is no LBJ.
Polish Communist leader (since 1946) Wladyslaw Gomulka (1905-82) helped stir up anti-Semitic feelings; within the next two years most of the 30K Polish Jews were forced to leave.
On Sept. 25, 1969 after the Jewish V against the Muslims in the June 5-10, 1967 Six-Day War pissed off Muslims worldwide, the 57-nation Org. of the Islamic Conference (OIC) was formed in Rabat, Morroco as a Muslim alternative to the infidel U.N. A disguise for a coming caliphate, it controls most of the world's proven energy reserves, and indeed has been corrupting the U.N. and turning it into its puppet in order to foist Sharia on the infidel world. In Jan. 1981 it held a summit meeting, where it declared that "Palestine should be viewed as the parmount issue of Muslim nations." Of course, the OIC wants to exterminate Israel and reabsorb it into the Arab Ummah or Borg Hive. Their biggest V to this end in recent years is a de facto takeover of UNESCO.
On Jan. 1, 1970 (night) Fatah terrorists from Lebanon infiltrated Israel and kidnapped night watchman Shmuel Rosenwasser from Metula, Israel, becoming the first Muslim terrorist kidnapping in Israel. On Sept. 6, 1970 the Marxist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) (founded 1967) attempted to hijack El Al Flight 219 en route from Amsterdam to New York City, but Israeli skymarshals foiled it, killing Nicaraguan terrorist Patrick Arguello, and capturing Palestinian terrorist ("Poster Girl of the Palestinian Militancy") Leila Khaled (1944-), who was jailed in Britain and held in anticipation of a prisoner swap. On Sept. 6 and Sept. 9, 1970 after civil war broke out in half-Palestinian Jordan between the govt. of king (since 1952) Hussein I bin Talal (1935-99) (whose army is all Bedouin) and Palestinian guerrillas of the PLO and PFLP, the latter hijacked three jetliners containing 305 hostages, landed them in "Revolution Airport" (Dawson's Field) in hard ground desert 30 mi. from PLO-controlled Amman, and invited televised negotiations with the West in an attempt to get Palestinian POWs released, while the Jordanian army surrounded them in a double standoff, becoming the first time that Palestinians attack innocents for political gain and publicity; the U.S. played, but Israel wouldn't negotiate with terrorists, and Jewish hostages were separated out, stirring outrage and almost leading to an Israeli attack; Pres. Nixon ordered Palestinian sites in the area to be bombed, but defense secy. Melvin R. Laird faked him out by claiming bad weather, later admitting he lied. 105 women and children were released, and ended up in a hotel in Amman in the middle of a shooting war before they are shepherded out of the country on Sept. 9. On Sept. 12 the stinking planes were blown up on the ground, and the Jordanian army moved in, but all the hijackers escaped with the hostages, holding them for several weeks until PFLP terrorist Leila Khaled was released on Oct. 1. On Sept. 15, 1970 PLO leader (since 1968) Yasser Arafat (1929-2004) threatened to make a cemetery of Jordan, and on Sept. 16 Hussein launched a drive to push the PLO into Lebanon, sending his 60th Armored Brigade to attack the Palestinian HQ in Amman, along with Palestinian camps in Irbid, Salt, Sweileh, Baqaa, Wehdat and Zarqa. Yasser Arafat claimed that the Jordanian army killed 10K-25K Palestinians, with the survivors being pushed out of the country. This action caused the PFLP to make repeated assassination attempts on Hussein, and hijack four airliners belonging to Swiss Air, Pan AM, TWA and BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) before giving up hijacking as a tactic in 1971. The Syrians invaded in Soviet-built tanks until threats of U.S. and Israeli intervention caused them to withdraw. The militant Palestinian Black September Org. (BSO) was founded in response. On Sept. 21 Hussein sent a plea to Israel for air support via the British embassy, but they didn't respond. On Sept. 26 after five Arab leaders led by UAR pres. Gamal Abdel Nasser met in Cairo, blaming the U.S. for Israel's refusal to give up territory and building settlements, and accusing them of using captured Arab oil resources to help Israel, King Hussein appointed a new "govt. of national reconciliation", with Palestinian leader Ahmed Toukan (1903-81) as PM (until Oct. 28), and a ceasefire was signed on Sept. 27, after which Nasser died of a heart attack in Cairo on Sept. 28. On Oct. 1 Jordan recognized Al-Fatah alone among 10 guerrilla groups; the 13-day crisis left 2K dead, but Hussein kept his wobbling crown. Too bad, if the Palestinians had succeeded in taking over Jordan, they could have finally had a Palestinian state and homeland, and, er, there's still that pesky Quran telling the Muslims to never accept a Jewish state of Israel.
On Sept. 5-6, 1972 the 1972 Munich Massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics stunk the PLO up forever, although it was officially staged by Black September, just the same Palestinians with names changed to protect the guilty. On Aug. 17, 2010 after years of so-called progress toward peace, Amin Al-Hindi, last surviving planner of the massacre died in Jordan, and Palestinian Authority chmn. Mahmoud Abbas stunk himself up by giving him a military funeral and calling him a "patriotic leader" and "martyr".
On Apr. 15, 1973 U.S. Sen. (D-Ark.) (1945-75) James William Fulbright (1905-95) appears on CBS-TV's Face the Nation, and utters the soundbyte: "Israel controls the United States Senate"; he later becomes a registered lobbyist for Saudi Arabia.
On Oct. 6-26, 1973 the Yom Kippur (Ramadan) (October) (Fourth Arab-Israeli) War saw Israeli surprise-attacked by Egypt, Syria, and a coalition of Arab states on the holiest day in Judaism, which coincided with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. After four days, the Egyptians who crossed the Suez Canal bogged down, and with emergency U.S. help the Israelis counterattacked and crossed the canal themselves. Meanwhile a Syrian attack on the Golan Heights was also pushed back. In Oct. 1973 to "get" the U.S. for supporting Israel in the Yom Kippur War, OPEC proclaimed an oil embargo, creating the 1973 Oil Crisis, which they finally dropped in Mar. 1974 after messing the U.S. and world economies up. The fallout led to Egypt leaving the Soviet sphere of influence and normalizing relations with Israel in the Camp David Accords, signed on Sept. 17, 1978 by Israeli PM #6 (1977-83) Menachem Begin (1913-92) and Egyptian pres. #3 (1970-81) Anwar El Sadat (1918-81) after negotiations with U.S. Democratic pres. #39 (1977-81) James Earl "Jimmy" Carter (1924-). No surprise, Sadat was assassinated by the Muslim Brotherhood for his infidel sell-out, after which Muhammad Hosni Mubarak (1928-) became pres. #4 of the Arab Repub. of Egypt, lasting so long he began to be called the Sphinx of Egypt, at least he's been keeping the Muslim Brotherhood down. Meanwhile on July 3, 1979, Carter signed the first directive giving secret aid to the Islamic anti-Soviet forces in Kabul, did the Council on Foreign Relations make that call?
Speaking of making calls, U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia (1973-6) James Elmer Akins (1926-2010) (a Quaker) was the first with pro-Palestinian sympathies, dealing with the 1973 Oil Crisis by telling oil companies to "hammer home the point that oil restrictions are not going to be lifted unless political struggle is settled in a manner satisfactory to Arabs", which helped get him fired by secy. of state Henry Kissinger, but not before he claimed to have built trust with King (1964-75) Faisal (1904-75), turning him from rejecting the very idea of a Jewish state of Israel to accepting its legitimacy within its pre-1967 borders, which Abba Eban called the "Auschwitz borders" - yes, but for how long?
The Muslims never give up. In 1975 Fidel Castro co-sponsored the infamous Arab-sponsored U.N. General Assembly Resolution 3379 equating Zionism with racism, as if wanting to live in one's ancestral homeland after two thousand years of suffering racism is racist, and wanting pesky hate-filled Muslim locust Arabs to resettle in Arab lands with others of the same mental sickness instead of fighting their attempts at setting up Muslim superiority Sharia where Jews have to pay a yearly jizya tax just to not be murdered is racial discrimination, when they're all the same race and it's about religious ideology. Of course it caused a worldwide Jewish outcry, with U.S. ambassador Daniel Patrick Moynihan saying that the U.S. will never "acquiesce in this infamous act". After being adopted by a 72-35-32 vote on Nov. 10, 1975, it was revoked on Dec. 16, 1991, the first and only resolution the U.N. ever revoked. Meanwhile in 1975 German-born U.S. secy. of state #56 (1973-77) Henry Alfred Kissinger (1923-) met with an Iraqi diplomat, and uttered the soundbyte "We don't need Israel for influence in the Arab world. On the contrary, Israel does us more harm than good in the Arab world... We can't negotiate about the existence of Israel but we can reduce its size to historical proportions."
Despite many Soviet Jews, who were supposed to assimilate into the atheistic Soviet society and submerge their Jewish identity wanting to emigrate to Israel as their right, the govt. didn't see it that way, it was a brain drain to them, plus Israel was allied with their archenemy the U.S., and by the early 1970s they closed the spigot with onerous emigration laws, incl. a "diploma tax", leading Jews to become "refuseniks", refusing to stay in the Soviet Union if they could find a way to get to Israel by hook or crook, pissing the Soviet govt. off even bigger. In 1974 under pro-Israel Pres. Ford the U.S. Jackson-Vanek Amendment tied trade relations with the Soviet Union directly to the question of Jewish emigration, putting them under economic as well as political pressure to let them go. In July-Aug. 1975 the Helsinki Agreement (Accords) (Declaration) was signed by the Soviets, guaranteeing human rights and self-determination, I wonder who they thought they were fooling. On Jan. 26, 1977 the U.S. State Dept. charged the Soviet-dominated govt. of Czechoslovakia with violating for cracking down on dissidents Vaclav Havel, Jan Patocka et al., who signed Charter 77 (which was smuggled to West Germany and signed by 1.2K), which started as a protest against the 1976 arrest of the rock band Plastic People of the Universe, it was like an NFL game there were red jerseys all over the place. On Jan. 28, 1977 the U.S. warned the Soviets not to crack down on Soviet non-Jewish dissident Nobel scientist Andrei Sakharov (1921-89) for accusing the KGB of planting a bomb in a Moscow subway car and framing dissidents for it. On Mar. 1 Pres. Carter met at the White House with exiled Soviet non-Jewish dissident Vladimir Konstantinovich Bukovsky (1942-), of course with non-Jews exile from Mother Russia is worse than death. On Mar. 15, 1977 after sizing Carter up as a whimp, the Soviets went after the Jewish refuseniks, starting with Ukrainian Jewish scientist Anatoly "Natan" Borisovich Shcharansky (Sharansky) (1948-), who was arrested by the Soviets for working with the CIA, after which they rebuffed a U.S. protest and charged him with treason on June 1 along with Jewish nuclear physicist Yuri Feodorovich Orlov (1924-) and Jewish journalist Alexander "Alik" Ilyich Ginzburg (1936-2002). In 1978 they were convicted of "anti-Soviet agitation" and sentenced to 7, 13 and 8 years respectively. Jewish refusenik Vladimir Slepak got 5 years of internal exile for "malicious hooliganism". Despite world opinion, Shcharansky was imprisoned, then released to the West in 1986 after the U.S. dumped whimpy anti-Israel president Carter for strong pro-Israel Reagan, who launched an arms buildup that the Soviets couldn't match, later emigrating to Israel. Orlov was deported in 1986 to the U.S., after which the Soviet Union itself soon fell, allowing Jews to emigrate to Israel freely. At his trial, Shcharansky uttered the courtroom soundbyte: "For more that two thousand years the Jewish people, my people, have been dispersed. But wherever they are, wherever Jews are found, every year they have repeated, 'Next year in Jerusalem.' Now, when I am further than ever from my people... facing many arduous years of imprisonment, I say, turning to my people... 'Next year in Jerusalem'."
On June 27, 1976 Air France Flight 139 (A-300 Airbus) en route to Paris is hijacked over Greece by 10 members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine to Bengazi, Libya, after which Ugandan dictator Idi Amin invites them to fly to Entebbe Airport outside Kampala, where they demand the release of 53 prisoners being held in Europe, Kenya, and Israel; on June 29 they release 47 women, children, and sick passengers, followed by 100 more on July 1, keeping 98 passengers and 12 crew hostage; on July 4 after pro-Israeli English actress (who converted to Reform Judaism in 1959 to marry Eddie Fisher) Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011) offers herself as a hostage in vain, Israel's Sayeret Matkal launches Operation Entebbe (Thunderbolt) (Jonathan), a daring dawn mission to rescue the hostages, freeing all but three; Jonathan (Yonatan) "Yoni" Netanyahu (b. 1946), brother of Benjamin Netanyahu is KIA along with 25 Ugandan soldiers and all the hijackers; five commandos were wounded, incl. Soviet-born Israeli comamando Ida Borowicz (b. 1920).
On Mar. 11, 1978 after fighting broke out between Syria and the Lebanese Christian militia in Feb., the Coastal Road Massacre saw Fatah members led by 18-y.-o. female jihadist Dalal Mughrabi (1959-78) sail from Lebanon into Israel in rubber boats and kill a U.S. tourist on the beach, then hijack a bus near Haifa, then hijack a 2nd bus en route to Tel Aviv, causing a chase and shootout killing 37 and wounding 76 Israeli civilians; on Mar. 14 Israel launched Operation Litani, invading S Lebanon up to the Litani River to destroy PLO bases and push them N of the River, causing the U.N. Security Council on Mar. 19 to pass Resolution 425, followed on Mar. 19 by Resolution 426 calling for their withdrawal and the establishment of a 6-mo. peacekeeping force, after which they began withdrawing on Apr. 11, allowing the peacekeepers to occupy a buffer zone between the border and the Litani River after creating 285K refugees and killing 1K-2K, mostly civilians, while losing only 20 Israeli soldiers, although some were later court-martialed for strangling and executing peasants; after Yasir Arafat agreed to keep his forces out of the buffer zone on May 24, the Israeli withdrawal was completed on June 13, turning over posts to Christian militia who set up an independent enclave.
In 1979 after being inspired by the Iranian Rev., the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) (Harakat al-Jihad al-Islami al-Filastini) was founded as an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood by Fathi Shaqaqi (1951-95) and Sheik Odeh (Abd Al Aziz Awda), with the goal of destroying Israel, but only after establishing true Islam throughout the world, which later caused Hamas to break off and put the priority of destroying Israel first before establishing true Islam.
On July 30, 1980 while still under the stigma of U.N. Resolution 3379, the Israeli Knesset passed the Basic Law for Jerusalem, declaring it Israel's "eternal and indivisible capital". Wasting no time, on Aug. 20, 1980 by 14-0 (the U.S. abstaining) U.N. Security Concil Resolution 478 declared it a violation of internat. law, that it is "null and void" and "must be rescinded", and called for member states to withdraw their diplomatic missions from the city, causing many to relocate to greater Tel Aviv, and others to the Jerusalem suburb of Mevaseret Zion, located on a mountain ridge 10 km. away straddling the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway. Sorry, but you won't see me crying as the Jews systematically seek to weather misguided international pressure, backed by ever-plentiful Saudi funding to reclaim their City of David from the Muslim locusts, usually with U.S. backing, tacit or otherwise, until Obama became president that is. In 2004 88 Arab homes in the Al Buston neighborhood were demolished, followed by 22 more in the Silwan neighborhood S of the Old City walls to make way for the King's Garden anti-Semitic Arabs and Western leftists bigtime, of course there's no historical evidence of King David yet, his wives sold the family silverware, go Israel, domo arigato meesta roboto. On July 9, 2004 the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled 14-1 that the construction of a wall by Israel in the Palestinian Occupied Territory, along with "Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territory, incl. East Jerusalem, are illegal and an obstacle to peace and to economic and social development (and) have been established in breach of international law." Of course, Israel told them to screw themselves, while pumping efforts to annex East Jerusalem, where, along with the West Bank and Golan some 500K Jews live, growing by 4%-6% a year. By 2009, Jewish settlements covered one-third of East Jerusalem land, and another one-third was designed as an "unplanned area" where development isn't allowed, while Palestinian construction was only allowed in 13% with proper permits, she works hard for the money. Israel began removing Arab graves to make way for a definitely un-Islamic Museum of Tolerance, what do intolerant Arabs care, they all went to paradise for killing Jews, right? They've also been busy excavating under and around the eyesore Al-Aqsa Mosque, let's hope it falls into a mile-deep sinkhole and finds Muhammad. In 2007 Israel began excavating a pathway from the Western Wall to the compound, sparking more hate-filled Arab violence sans help from Allah Akbar. On Mar. 28, 2010 the Kuwait News Agency reported that Palestinian chief justice Sheikh Tayseer Rajab Al-Tamimi called for Palestinians "to exert more efforts and unite in order to protect the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque", calling on them to "defy attempts to storm the holy shrine." Meanwhile the same day Israeli minister Uzi Landau outlined a new vision of a world no longer dependent on oil, calling it the best way to defeat "Islamic terror", saying "Whoever wants to fight radical Islam and terrorist organizations should know that by purchasing gasoline, he's giving terrorists increased motivation." The heat of the moment showed in your eyes? On May 11, 2009 Tamimi ruined an evening devoted to interfaith dialog about tolerance with Pope Benedict XVI with a rant against Israel for "killing Gaza's children", "bulldozing Palestinian homes", and "destroying mosques", causing the pope to walk out. If I moved next door to Tameaney I'd buy at least 50 mean dogs. But I'm getting ahead.
On June 7, 1981 PM Menachem Begin ordered Operation Opera (Babylon), causing Israeli F-15s and F-16s under IAF cmdr. #9 (1977-82) Gen. David Ivry (1934-) (Israeli ambassador to the U.S. in 2000-2) to fly from Etzion Air Base 680 mi. across Jordan and Saudi Arabia and destroy Iraq's 40-70 MW French-supplied Osirak (Osiraq) nuclear reactor (built 1977) 11 mi. SE of Baghdad in an effort to prevent new Iraqi dictator (1979-2003) Saddam Hussein (1937-2006) (who mentioned in Sept. 1975 that it is the first step in the production of an Arab nuke) from obtaining nukes. It had already been damaged by an Iranian air strike on Sept. 30, 1980, and repaired. Israel pilot Ilan Ramon, who participated in the mission was killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster on Feb. 1, 2003. In the 1991 Gulf War the U.S. completely destroyed what was left of it. This is only made Saddam Husein worker harder at it, until the U.S. invaded, captured and hung the rat who thumped his Quran printed in his own blood to the end.
In Aug. 1981 Mass.-born John Edwin Mroz (1948-2014), dir. of Middle East studies at the U.N.-affiliated Internat. Peace Academy was contacted by PLO chmn. Yasser Arafat, who offered to negotiate on acknowledging the existence of Israel in exchange for official recognition by the U.S., causing him to travel to Beirut after authorization by U.S. state secy. Alexander M. Haig Jr., meeting with Arafat 50+ times, getting Arafat's tentative approval for mutual recognition by May 1982; too bad, the June 6, 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon caused the plans to be called off, after which the White House denied knowledge of his operation; it takes until 1993 for the Israel and PLO to formally recognize each other.
On Dec. 14, 1981 after Syrian dictator Hafiz al-Assad uttered the soundbyte that he will never make peace with Israel "even in a hundred years", Israeli PM Menachem Begin annexed the Golan Heights (seized from Syria in 1967), and the Knesset ratified it the same day, pissing off the U.S., which on Dec. 18 suspended the Dec. 1 U.S.-Israel Strategic Cooperation Agreement. On Dec. 20 U.S. ambassador Samuel Lewis met with Begin in Tel Aviv, and received a dressing-down, with the soundbyte "The people of Israel have lived 3,700 years without a memorandum of understanding with America, and will continue to live for another 3,700", bringing up the Inquisition, Vietnam War, and anti-Semitism in the U.S., after which the Reagan admin. backed down.
In 1981 the walled Old City of Jerusalem was declared a World Heritage Site.
Speaking of the Reagan admin. backing down, in 1982 Israeli foreign affairs advisor Oded Yinon pub. A Strategy for Israel in the 1980s, which anti-Zionist prof. Israel Shahak (1933-2001) later retitled "The Zionist Plan for the Middle East", with the key points that Israel must dominate its region, become a world power, and keep Arab nations divided and Balkanized, hose A and hose B, that was one of your father's jokes. Israel should have given Jordan to the Palestinians after the Six-Day War in order to rid itself of them, and made a mistake by making peace with Egypt, which should be invaded to take the Sinai Peninsula and create a Christian Coptic state in Upper Egypt along with a number of fractured Muslim states. Lebanon and Syria should be divided into Marionite Christian, Shiite Alawi, Druze, and Sunni states, while Iraq should be targeted for its oil, the net result being that all these states can be made to rely on Israel for their security, while it resettles so-called Palestinians in Arab territories to clear Israel for Jews. With enough U.S. support, they might have pulled it off even while the Soviet Union existed, much less after, making it all the more ready to take on horrible Iran and Turkey, but the plan is now mainly used for anti-Israeli propaganda by Palestinians and their allies after a series of fence-sitting or pro-Palestinian-leaning U.S. presidents who instead wanted to contract Israel to a "small and friendly state" on Henry Kissinger's advice, under the misguided assumption that the U.S. can militarily shield it, despite the Palestinians forever wanting to crush Israel out of existence and put the Jewish minority under Muslim Sharia complete with jizya payments. That evil Saudi Arabia is the #1 nut to crack to cause the jihad on Israel to stop, and that the Saudis can easily finance resettlement of Palestinians in Arab lands incl. their own country, wasn't mentioned. Yes, the new settlers might try to overthrow the Saudi royals and use the oil to start a new jihad, but that's not too likely if they are given their own settlements that can be militarily guarded, and even in the remote chance that the royals fall, by then Israel and the U.S. could have solidified the defenses of the buffer zone, and started playing Iran off against it to keep it from leaving home, alas maybe somebody's listening to my chicken scratches.
The 1982 Lebanon War began after Palestinian terrorists entrenched themselves in S Lebanon in the spring, launching rockets and artillery at N Israel. On Apr. 3, 1982 Lebanese Armed Rev. Faction terrorist Georges Ibrahim Abdallah assassinated Israeli diplomat Yacov Barsimantov in his Paris apt. with a Czech 7.65 mm pistol used to kill U.S. embassy military attache Charles Robert Ray in Jan., and escaped into the subway, causing Israel to strike PLO strongholds in Lebanon on Apr. 21 (first since the July 30, 1981 ceasefire, during which time the PLO staged 130 guerrilla attacks inside Israel); on Apr. 25 Israeli forces withdrew from the Sinai per the 1978 Camp David Accords; on May 9 Israeli planes struck PLO bases S of Beirut, causing the PLO to reply with artillery fire across the border; Abdallah was convicted in Feb. 1987 of the murders of Ray and Barsimantov and sentenced to life in prison. On June 3, 1982 Israeli ambassador Shlomo Argov (1929-2003) was critically wounded in front of the Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane, London by three members of the Abu Nidal Org. (ANO), but although shot in the head and in a coma for 3 mo., he survived. On June 6, 1982 never-forgive-never-forget Israel launched Operation Peace for the Galilee to wipe out Palestinian bases and SAM sites in Lebanon, ignoring a June 6 U.N. Security Council vote to withdraw, and capturing the 12th cent. Beaufort Castle on June 6, downing dozens of Soviet-made Syrian MiGs along with Syrian SAMs in the Bekaa Valley, reaching the outskirts of Beirut on June 10, causing Arafat and his PLO loyalists to flee into Beirut, and causing Orthodox Jewish Israeli philosopher Yeshayahu Leibowitz (1903-94) to accuse Israel of a "Judeo-Nazi" mentality; in reaction, with Iranian (Ayatollah Khomeini) help, Islamic radicals formed Hezbollah ("party of God"), a radical offshoot of the Shiite Muslim movement Amal, with the goal of making Lebanon an Islamic state and exterminating Israel, causing Yitzhak Rabin to utter the soundbyte "We let the Shia genie out of the bottle"; the Israelis withdrew from Lebanon in 2000, leaving Hezbollah dominant; by 2005 Iran was giving them $20M-$40M per mo. and they had formed a state within a state.
On Mar. 28, 1985 after they fled from Ethiopia and 2K died in Jan., Operation Sheba secretly flew 494 of 2K stranded Falashas from Sudan to Israel aboard U.S. Air Force transport planes despite strong protests by the govt. of Mengistu Haile Mariam; by 2003 there were 60K Falashas living in Israel. So much for Israel being racist.
On Dec. 6, 1987 a Jewish salesman was stabbed to death in Gaza, followed on Dec. 8 by an Israeli army tank transporter accidentally on purpose running into a group of Palestinians from Jabalia refugee camp in Gaza, killing four and injuring seven, causing the pissed-off Palestinians to launch the First Intifada (Intefadeh) (Arab. "shaking off") (1987-93), spreading from the Jabalia refugee camp through Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem, and resulting in 3.6K Molotov cocktail, 100 hand grenade, and 600 gun or explosive attacks on Israeli forces. The growing Palestinian pop. showed off its increasing radicalization by beginning a general resistance to the Israelis and their obvious plans of annexation of all the territory they can get away with by staging demonstrations featuring stone-throwing boys, along with general strikes, boycotts of Israeli products, tax defiance, etc., resulting in a death toll of 1.1K Palestinians and 164 Israelis, plus another 1K Palestinians killed by their own for alleged collaboration, he was choking me with his elbow and squishing my face with the palm of his hand. On Nov. 15, 1988 the Palestinian Declaration of Independence was adopted by the PLO, er, Palestine Nat. Council in Algiers, proclaiming the state of Palestine, forgetting that they denied the validity of the 1947 U.N. resolution sanctioning the creation of a Jewish state, and floppping to cite its simultaneous sanctioning of the creation of a Palestinian state. It was eventually recognized by 100 countries. On Dec. 13, 1988 PLO chmn. Yasser Arafat addressed the U.N. Gen. Assembly in Geneva, where it had reconvened after the U.S. refused to grant Arafat a visa to visit New York, and on Dec. 14 in a dramatic policy shift Pres. Reagan authorized the U.S. to enter into a "substantive dialogue" with the PLO after Arafat claimed that he was renouncing "all forms of terrorism"; on Dec. 15 U.S. ambassador to Tunisia (1987-91) Robert H. Pelletreau Jr. (1935-) telephoned the PLO HQ in Tunisia; on Dec. 17 Israeli PM Yitzhak Shamir expressed shock, calling the U.S. decision a "painful blow". On Oct. 8, 1990 (Black Monday) (10 a.m.) after Palestinians rained stones on Jews at the Western Wall in Jerusalem observing the Feast of Sukkot, Israeli police opened fire on them on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, killing 20+ and injuring 150+, becoming known as the Al-Aqsa (Temple Mount) Massacre. On Oct. 12 the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to condemn Israel via Resolution 672, sending a mission to investigate, which Israel snubbed, causing Resolution 673 to be passed on Oct. 24 urging them to reconsider, which they didn't, after which the U.N. pub. a report anyway.
Meanwhile in 1987 monkey-see-monkey-do Palestinian Allah-Akbars Sheikh Ahmed Ismail Hassan Yassin (1937-2004) (a blind paraplegic) and Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi (1947-2004) (a physician) founded Hamas ("Islamic Resistance Movement"), with a 1988 charter calling for the extermination of Israel and its replacement by an Islamic state complete with down-home Sharia, behead that gardener's halfwit nephew. Al-Rantissi is known for the soundbyte "We will kill Jews everywhere. There will be no security for any Jews, those who came from America, Russia or anywhere". Surprise, he also denied the Jewish Holocaust. In 1989 Hamas began terrorist attacks against Israeli Jews, starting on Feb. 18 with the kidnapping-murder of Israeli soldier Avi Sasportas, followed on May 4 with the kidnapping-murder of Israeli soldier Ilan Sa'adon, then a bomb murder of Canadian tourist Marnie Kimelman on a beach in Tel Aviv on July 28, followed on Dec. 14, 1990 by the murder of three workers at an aluminum factory in Jaffa. On Oct. 11, 1991 Master Sgt. Aaron Agmon Klijami and Sgt. Shmuel Michaeli were run over and murdered at Tel Hashomer by a terrorist in a van at a hitchhiking stop, injuring 11 other soldiers, don't ride the bus next door to Palestinians. On May 27, 1992 Israeli schoolteacher-rabbi Shmuel Biran was murdered while crossing a 2-lane highway, you gotta remember this ain't Hollywood.
On Aug. 2, 1990 - Feb. 28, 1991 the Gulf War saw the U.S.-led U.N. coalition force kick Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's butt out of Kuwait; too bad, Yasser Arafat supported the bum, causing the Palestinian expulsion from Kuwait of 450K Palestinians in Mar. 1991, reducing their percentage in the 2.2M Kuwaiti pop. from 30% to 3%; on Dec. 12, 2004 Mahmoud Abbas apologized for supporting Sodamn Insane. On Mar. 2, 1991 Syrian defense minister Lt. Gen. Mustafa Tlass (1932-) said in a radio broadcast that Yasser Arafat has lost all his internat. standing for supporting Iraq in the Gulf conflict, calling it a betrayal because Kuwait's ruling al-Sabah family supported his mainstream Fatah movement within the PLO.
On Jan. 14/15, 1991 a turncoat bodyguard working for the Abu Nidal faction assassinates Yasser Arafat's two senior deputies, Salah Mesbah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) (b. 1933), and Fakhri al-Omari (Abu Mohammed), and PLO security chief Hayel Abdel-Hamid in a house outside Tunis, then holds Abdel-Hamid's wife and daughters hostage for six hours before being arrested; Khalaf had flopped to support a 2-state solution?
On July 13, 1992 former PM #5 (1974-7) Yitzak Rabin (1922-95) became PM of Israel again (until Nov. 4, 1995), which Hamas responded to by waging a virtual border war. On Oct. 25, 1992 Israeli soldier Shmuel Geresh was murdered by Hamas killers near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. On Dec. 13, 1992 Israeli border policeman Nissim Toledano was kidnapped by Hamas, and left dead in a ditch, causing pissed-off Israel to arrest 1.6K Palestinians, and on Dec. 16 order the deportation for up to two years to S Lebanon of 400 members of Hamas. Too bad, after Israel couldn't prove which ones were responsible for the months of violent attacks, the leftists whooped it up, and the U.N. issued a unanimous resolution condemning the deportation, calling them "civilians", even though they're murderous terrorists, and threatening sanctions, and Lebanon refused to accept them, after which 100 were returned immediately, and the remainder a year later, allowing Hamas to regroup in its efforts to exterminate Israel, knowing it could count on worlwide leftist support inside and outside the U.N. to save it, which it uses to this day. On Dec. 21, 1992 after this horrible year, Rabin delivered a Speech to the Knesset, with the soundbyte: "I have no pity in my heart, nor do I shed tears [for Hamas terrorists]. I see the media whining their hypocritical speeches, and I think instead of Nissim Toledano's orphaned children, the widow of Shmuel Biran, and the bereaved parents of Shmuel Geresh." Too bad, Rabin then adopted the radical policy of appeasing Islam, er, the PLO. After taking back the Hamas hatemongers, followed by secret negotiations and a surprise announcement, on Sept. 13, 1993 Yitzhak Rabin, PLO chmn. Yasser Arafat, and U.S. pres. Bill Clinton signed the Oslo Accords (Agreement) (Declaration of Principles Between Israel and the PLO), which incl. the first-ever Israeli recognition of the PLO, and created a Palestinian Nat. Authority (PNA) (originally the Palestinian Authority) with limited autonomy, making Jerusalem negotiable for the first time, and calling for Israeli military withdrawal from most of the Gaza Strip and 27% of the West Bank, with Arafat given control. Rabin, Arafat, and Shimon Peres received the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize for it, despite the fact that the PNA emblem (coat of arms) looks remarkably similar to the Nazi emblem. The leftists in Israel the Israeli embassy in Washington, D.C. to lobby the U.S. govt. to give millions to the Palestinian Authority in the belief that the Oslo process would work. Too bad, 7 mo. after the Rabin-Arafat handshake, Arafat "made sure it would be a failure" as the first Palestinian suicide bomber appeared on Apr. 6, 1994, murdering eight Israelis on a bus in Afula, tragedians as good as Sophocles couldn't handle this material. On May 10, 1994 Arafat gave a speech in Johannesburg, South Africa, comparing the accords to the Hudabiya or temporary truce with the Koraish tribe signed by Muhammad, which he abrogated two years later, slaughtering the Koraish and conquering Mecca. On Oct. 5, 1995 Rabin gave a Speech on the Ratification of the Israel-Palestinian Interim to the Knesset, with the soundbyte about a proposed Palestinian state: "We would like this to be an entity which is less than a state, and which will independently run the lives of the Palestinians under its authority. The borders of the State of Israel, during the permanent solution, will be beyond the lines which existed before the Six Day War. We will not return to the 4 June 1967 lines." After a 7-year trial period a final treaty was to be signed on Sept. 14, 2000. On Sept. 30, 1994 the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) (founded 1981) (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE) announced that it is ending the "secondary" and "tertiary" aspects of its 1946 economic boycott against Israel, but is keeping the "primary" boycott of direct trade. A family reunification provision for Arabs caused 137K Palestinians to move to Israel by 2002 after some engaged in sham or polygamous marriages, and some used the photo opp to turn terrorist. Harold Lee "Hal" Lindsey (1929-) and other Bible-thumpers thumped out Bible prophecies, bolstered by 9-13-93 having hidden 666 connotations: "And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week; and for half of the week he shall cause sacrifice and offering to cease; and upon the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator" (Dan. 9:27), claiming that the European Union (EU), based in Strasbourg, France will become a new Roman empire that will bring guess what Armageddon. Since 1993 about 30% of Israelis have protested Rabin's policy of appeasing the PLO, and in the next six elections, the right won four by pledging to abandon this policy, and in the 1999 election Ehud Barak and the left won by running on a rightist platform, maybe the Israelis will form their own Tea Party. On Oct. 23, 1995 the U.S. Jerusalem Embassy Act was overwhelmingly passed by Congress to fund the move of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv back to Jerusalem, reaffirming it as the undivided recognized capital of Israel, and giving itself until 1999 to move it. Too bad, Pres. Clinton claimed that it infringes on executive branch control of foreign affairs, and used a nat. security waiver to delay the move every 6 mo., which each succeeding pres. continued until ?. In Oct. 2010 the U.S. opened a consulate in the S Arnona neighborhood for U.S. citizens living on the W side, who had to use the cramped facility on the Arab-dominated E side. Too bad, on Nov. 4, 1995 Rabin was murdered by right-wing Orthodox Jewish law student Yigal Amir (1970-) for signing them, who claimed after his arrest to be on a mission from Jehovah, and used Frederick Forsyth's 1971 novel "The Day of the Jackal" as a manual, claiming to be a lone gunman in vain as the Israeli govt. claimed a right-wing conspiracy, accusing Amir's brother Hagai and an army sgt. of involvement, it seems that Israel's govt. is afraid of Jewish as well as Islamic fundamentalism. Speaking of the f-word, another little soundbyte from Rabin's above speech should be remembered: "Our struggle against murderous Islamic terror is also meant to awaken the world which is lying in slumber. We call on all nations and all people to devote their attention to the great danger inherent in Islamic fundamentalism. That is the real and serious danger which threatens the peace of the world in the forthcoming years."
On June 18, 1996 Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu (1949-) became Israeli PM #9 (until July 6, 1999), the first born after the state of Israel's foundation in 1948. On Jan. 15, 1997 an accord brokered by U.S. special Middle East coordinator (since 1993) (Jewish) Dennis B. Ross (1948-) was signed by Netanyahu and the Palestine Nat. Authority, agreeing to an Israeli pullout from 80% of the West Bank city of Hebron, giving the PNA control over virtually the entire Arab pop. of the Gaza Strip and West Bank, as well as 40% of the land; too bad, on Mar. 18 bulldozers began prepping the ground for the hilltop Har Homa (Heb. "Wall Mountain") housing project (opens Jan. 2002), inflaming the Palestinians, who attacked Israeli soldiers, causing the dozers to be protected with soldiers in riot gear. On July 6, 1999 Netanyahu was succeeded by Ehud Barak (1942-), who became Israeli PM #10 (until Mar. 7, 2001).
In Aug.-Sept. 1998 secret talks for a peace deal between Israel and Syria were conducted by Am. businessman Ronald Lauder and George Nader, ed. of the journal Middle East Insight; too bad, despite Benjamin Netanyahu's support, it is tabled over objections by Israeli defense and foreign ministers.
On Jan. 22-27, 2000 after being put together by frantic lame duck U.S. pres. #42 (1993-2001) William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton (1946-), who came up with a variety of compromises to consider, Israel and Palestine officials met in Taba, Egypt, but failed to reach a peace accord after Palestine Nat. Council chmn. Salim Za'anun said in Feb. that the PLO Covenant calling for Israel's destruction has never been changed, and in Mar. Faysal al-Husseini uttered the soundbyte "We may lose or win, but our eyes will continue to aspire to the strategic goal, namely, to Palestine from the river to the sea." On Feb. 24, 2000 after Iraq refused him entry, Pope (1978-2005) John Paul II (1920-2005). who on Mar. 16, 1998 issued an Apology for the Holocaust, made a "virtual pilgrimage" of Old Testament prophet Abraham's city of Ur, using props and videotape, then traveled for real to Egypt, where he visited the place believed by many to be the Biblical Mount Sinai, then went to Bethlehem and Jerusalem in an effort to reconcile all three Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), you're the one that I want, yoo-hoo-hoo. Too bad, when he visited a Palestinian refugee camp on the West Bank to deplore the plight of the residents, and expressed empathy in English for the hardships of refugee life, his remarks were not translated into Arabic. On May 23, 2000 Israeli troops unilaterally withdrew from S Lebanon to the border after 22 years of occupation, and PM Ehud Barak announced "The 18-year tragedy is over", referring to the 1982 Israeli invasion that took over the "buffer zone" to protect N Israel from attacks by Hezbollah guerrillas, who now ride through the zone in triumph, claiming that they chased the Israelis out and that their withdrawal was "slinking and servile"; call him smart or dumb, but in 2001 after leaving office Netanyahu visited a home in Ofra in the West Bank to pay condolences to the family of an Israeli man killed by Palestinians, and admitted that he was fooling Pres. Clinton by making token withdrawals from the West Bank per the Oslo Accords while actually entrenching the occupation, which didn't come out until 2010, after he became PM again on Mar. 31, 2009. On July 11-25, 2000 the 2000 Camp David Summit between Pres. Clinton, Yasir Arafat, and Ehud Barak saw Barak propose turning 92% of the West Bank into a Palestinian state, with Palestinian sovereignty over the Christian and Muslim quarters of the Old City of Jerusalem, but no agreement is reached after Arafat utters the soundbyte that the PLO's demands for sovereignty in East Jerusalem "not only refer to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Temple Mount mosques, and the Armenian quarter, but it is Jerusalem in its entirety, entirety, entirety", incl. the Western Wall, which he calls the Al-Buraq Wall, insisting that there never had been any Jewish temples on the Temple Mount; after the talks fail, Arafat responded to by pumping up local violence, since all along all he wanted was the destruction of Israel, not the creation of a Palestinian state?; on Aug. 9, 2001 Robert Malley (1963-), special asst. to Pres. Clinton for Arab-Israeli Affairs, and Hussein Agha pub. Camp David: The Tragedy of Errors, which blames Barak not Arafat for the failure of the summit; Malley later becomes a favorite adviser of Pres. Obama - home depot, you can do it, we can help? On July 14, 2000 Palestinian activist Hanan Ashrawi gave an interview to NPR's "Morning Edition", uttering the soundbyte: "The more you maintain settlements in the West Bank, the more areas of friction you have... You are creating not only a situation of volatility, you are creating an apartheid system: two sets of people on the same land subject to two sets of law, with Israeli extraterritoriality in the West Bank." Not that Arafat wasn't doing his part in building an extensive terrorist infrastructure in his terror, er, territories, they understood each other well despite the utter stupidity of outside powers.
On Sept. 27-28, 2000 the efforts of negotiators became a big laugh when the Second (Al-Aqsa) Intifada ("shaking off") began after Ariel Sharon visited the Temple Mount, causing the Allah Akbars to see red, resulting in 5.5K Palestinians and 1K Israelis (proportionally equivalent to 42K Americans killed in eight years of Vietnam) killed for nothing but horrible Islam. On Sept. 30 (3:00 p.m.) (Rosh Hashanah) the Muhammad al-Durrah Incident (Hoax) allegedly happens, after which French TV network France 2 runs a tape dubbed by French Jewish activist Charles Enderlin (1945-) accusing Israeli forces of killing 12-y.-o. Palestinian boy Mohammed al-Dura (1988-) while cowering in his father's arms at the Netzarim Junction S of Gaza City, becoming a cause celebre for Palestinians and helping fuel the Second Intifada; it is later revealed as a staged hoax by French Jewish media analyst Philippe Karsenty (1966-), causing him to be successfully sued for defamation by the network even though the Israeli govt., which initially accepts responsibility reverses its stand in Sept. 2007; the boy was never killed, or was killed by Palestinians by accident or for propaganda purposes? In Oct. 2001 the Palestinians began firing Qassam steel artillery rockets (range 3 mi.) into Israeli settlements, followed on Feb. 10, 2002 by Israel itself, incl. the S Israeli city of Sderot on Mar. 5, with some reaching the far edge of Ashkelon. 1K rockets were launched in 2006, 1.75K in 2008, killing 22 Israelis by 2010. After the Palestinians added Russian Grad missiles (range 12 mi.) and Iranian Fajr missiles (range 25 mi.) to their arsenal, the U.S. in 2009 began building the $400M Iron Dome System for Israel to protect Israeli towns from Palestinian rockets coming from the Gaza Strip.
On Mar. 7, 2001 right-wing Likud party leader Ariel "Arik" Sharon (Scheinermann) (1928-) became Israeli PM #11 (until Apr. 14, 2006), laboring under the stink of being indirectly involved in the 1982 massacre of Palestinian civilians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee caps in Lebanon, maybe all them rocket attacks caused Israel to reach for a guy who can give it as well as take it. On Apr. 30, 2001 the Mitchell Report by U.S. Sen. (D-Maine) (Senate majority leader in 1989-95) George John Mitchell Jr. (1933-), who was sent to study Arab violence in Palestine to get the peace process back on track after the 2000 Camp David Summit recommended a cessation of all violence, a full-scale effort by the Palestinian Authority to prevent terrorism, a freeze on Israeli settlement activity, and resumption of negotiations; neither the Israelis nor Palestinians implemented his recommendations, although the U.S. and Palestinians latched onto the settlement issue, and on Jan. 22, 2009 Mitchell was named special envoy for the Middle East. Meanwhile on May 31, 2001 the Eurasia Party was founded by Russian Communist activist Alexander (Aleksandr) Dugin (1962-) to head an "anti-American revolution" by hooking up with China, Islam, and anti-American forces in W Europe, Africa, and Latin America. Russian pres. #2 (2000-8) Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (1952-) became a supporter, making the mistake of thinking that an enemy of my enemy is my friend, which with Islam is one of history's most famous last words, and with America is doubly dumb because the U.S. has always wanted to be Russia's friend, if they will only get over that Commie and Soviet imperialist b.s. - either way, no good news for the U.S. and Israel. Too bad for Putin, the hardcore Islamists in Islam aren't going for his program even as a ruse to get rid of Israel, and are hard at work trying to undermine Russia with terrorism and immigration.
In Dec. 2001 Shiite Muslim Iranian pres. #4 (1989-97) Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (1934-) (richest person in Iran) gives a speech containing the doomsday soundbyte: "If one day the Islamic world [acquires nuclear weapons], then the imperialists' strategy will reach a standstill because the use of even one nuclear bomb inside Israel will destroy everything. However, it will only harm the Islamic world. It is not irrational to contemplate such an eventuality. Jews shall expect to be once again scattered and wandering around the globe the day when this appendix is extracted from the region and the Muslim world."
On Mar. 28, 2002 the Saudi (Arab) Peace Initiative was proposed by Crown Prince (later King) Abdullah, offering normalized relations between Israel and the Arab world in return for a complete withdrawal from occupied territories incl. East Jerusalem, plus a "just settlement" of the Palestian refugee problem based on U.N. Resolution 194. Too bad, despite being approved by the Arab League, on Mar. 27, 2002 the Passover Massacre by Hamas that killed 30 and injured 140 Israeli civilians rendered it stillborn as on Mar. 29 never-forgiving Israel mounted Operation Defensive Wall (Shield) (largest West Bank military operation since 1967) in the West Bank, arresting Palestinian leaders and imprisoning Yasser Arafat (whom they declared an enemy) in his Mukata Compound in Ramallah, after which an atrocity was alleged at the Jenin refugee camp, while militants took over the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem; Arafat was later released. From Mar. 29-Apr. 21 14 Muslim suicide bombers killed dozens of Israeli civilians and wounded hundreds more, you can't make the Quran's ink disappear, sorry. Speaking of clueless Yankee presidents, on June 24, 2002 Repub. Pres. #43 (2001-9) George Walker "Dubya" Bush (1946-) delivered his Speech on the Israeli-Palestinian Settlement, calling for a democratic Palestinian state run by new leadership, anybody but Yasser Arafat, but only after they abandon terror and implement dem. reforms, causing First Lady Barbara Bush to refer to her hubby as the "first Jewish president.". The speech incl. the clueless soundbyte: "It is untenable for Israeli citizens to live in terror. It is untenable for Palestinians to live in squalor and occupation. And the current situation offers no prospect that life will improve. Israeli citizens will continue to be victimized by terrorists, and so Israel will continue to defend herself. In the situation the Palestinian people will grow more and more miserable. My vision is two states, living side by side in peace and security. There is simply no way to achieve that peace until all parties fight terror. Yet, at this critical moment, if all parties will break with the past and set out on a new path, we can overcome the darkness with the light of hope. Peace requires a new and different Palestinian leadership, so that a Palestinian state can be born." How about a new and different non-fundamentalist Saudi leadership that allows Arabs to be resettled far away from Israel forever? On Nov. 13, 2002 U.N. Secy.-Gen. Kofi Annan gave a speech at the U. of Md., denouncing Israel for expropriating Arab land, and calling for it to give up nearly all of the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 and live side-by-side with a Palestinian state; on the same day prominent Israeli rabbi Rav Leor said that Jewish law supports the annihilation of all non-Jews in Israel; on the same day Egyptian pres. Hosni Mubarak called for the U.N. to require Israel as well as Iraq to surrender all WMD and submit to U.N. weapons inspection.
On Apr. 30, 2003 after 30 mo. of violence the Quartet (U.S., EU, Russia, and the secy.-gen. of the U.N.) issued the Middle East Roadmap, outlining a 3-phase plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, namely, Phase 1: "Ending terror and violence, normalizing Palestinian life, and building Palestinian institutions", Phase 2: "Interim agreement with a Palestinian state having provisional borders and attributes of sovereigny... as a way station to a permanent status settlement", and Phase 3: "Permanent status agreement and the end of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict", the BBQ chicken is right over there. On Nov. 20, 2003 U.N. Resolution 1515 based on it was endorsed unanimously by the U.N. Security Council, incl. Syria, calling for a permanent 2-state solution after the cessation of violence, reform of the Palestinian National Authority, and dismantling of the Palestinian terrorist infrastructure along with the "illegal outposts" of Israel. On June 4, 2003 Mahmoud Abbas accepted it, followed on May 23, 2003 by Ariel Sharon, and on May 25, 2003 by the Israeli cabinet. On Mar. 19, 2010 the Quartet (with Obama in charge instead of Bush) endorsed it again. To make it simple, they put it in writing, and on Dec. 1, 2003 after two years of secret negotiations, the Geneva Accord (Initiative) was announced in Geneva, claiming to be a model permanent status agreement to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with a 2-state solution giving almost all of the West Bank and Gaza Strip to the Palestinians, and returning Israel's borders to the start of the 1967 Six-Day War, with East Jerusalem becoming the capital of the Palestinian state and West Jerusalem of Israel, and Palestinians agreeing to limit their "right of return" and make no more demands. Just what the world needs, a 22nd Arab state. Of course, Allah told them to use deception and lying to trick infidels into making concessions, then to repudiate treaties and go on with the M:I of taking it all, so guess what will happen if Israel falls for it?
Jerusalem aside, the Israelis have bent over backwards to give the pesky Arabs who won't move out of Palestine some Lebensraum so they can squat and plan to kill Jews for Allah. On June 6, 2004 Israeli PM Ariel Sharon got his Hitnatkut Unilateral Disengagement Plan approved by the Knesset to forcibly evict all Israelis from the Gaza Strip and four settlements on the N West Bank. Not that Israelis are a bunch of Gandhis or Jesuses. On Mar. 22, 2004 Hamas founder and Palestinian leader Sheik Yassin was assassinated along with nine bystanders in Gaza City by an Israeli Apache heli. On Mar. 23, 2004 other Hamas co-founder Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi was named his successor, and on Apr. 17 he was ditto by an Israeli Apache heli, which killed two others and wounded four. The U.S. waffled about whether to support or condemn their ally for this great coup d'etat. On July 25, 2004 Israeli protesters of PM Ariel Sharon's Gaza Strip withdrawal plan formed a 55-mi. human chain from Gasa to Jerusalem. On Nov. 11, 2004 Yasser Arafat died in Paris, ending an era. On Jan. 15, 2005 new PLO chmn. Mahmoud Abbas (1935-) of the Fatah party was sworn in as pres. of the Palestinian Nat. Authority, and armed Palestinian factions swore to press ahead with attacks, but the PLO called for an end to them. Despite this, on Jan. 16 Hamas renewed rocket and mortar fire against Jewish settlers. The same day Sharon warned Palestinian PM Ahmed Qureia that he has given the army orders to act "without restrictions" against any acts of Palestinian terrorism, and the latter responded with a statement demanding a halt to "all military acts that harm our national interests and provide excuses to Israel". On May 15, 2005 Abbas gave a televised speech, in which he uttered the soundbyte "We see the light, you may have Jerusalem and the entire surrounding region so you can survive and thrive in peace forever and worship God as you please", er, the establishment of Israel was a historic injustice to Arabs, and "We are telling the entire world, today Gaza and tomorrow Jerusalem." Actually, to his credit, on Aug. 20, 2010 he uttered the soundbyte: "Nobody denies the Jewish history in the Middle East. A third of our Holy Quran talks about the Jews in the Middle East, in this area. Nobody from our side denies that the Jews were in Palestine, were in the Middle East." On Aug. 3, 2005 the Islamic Jihad promised that it would fire no more rockets at Israelis as the planned Aug. 15 Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip approached, that's nice of them. In Ofakim in S Israel thousands of Jewish settlers scuffled with Israeli police as they tried to march toward the Jewish Gush Katif settlements that were set to be evacuated, which incl. the village of Kfar Darom, home of murdered Rabbi Shmuel Biran. On Aug. 4 extremist Israeli rabbis pronounced an ancient Aramaic death curse on Ariel Sharon, identical to the one they put on assassinated PM Rabin. On Aug. 4, 2005 19-y.-o. Israeli army deserter Eden Natan Zada (1986-), upset over the planned evacuation opened fire in a bus in Shfaram in N Israel carrying Israeli Arab passengers, killing four and wounding 13 before being beaten to death by an angry crowd. Run the sad Jewish violin music. On Aug. 13, 2005 the Israeli army began the forced evacuation of the symbolic Gush Katif settlement in SW Gaza Strip. The residents were evicted on Aug. 22, after which overjoyed Palestinians moved in and destroyed four synagogues while looting the homes and moving in. Meanwhile on Aug. 15 8.5K Israeli settlers (1.6K families), "assisted" by 15K army troops with orders to use force if needed began evacuating all 21 Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip (plus the four in the N West Bank) after 38 years of occupation. Some settlers painted pig faces on their floors to offend any of the 1.3M Palestinians who might take over, while others burned their houses down. On Aug. 16 hundreds of settlers hunkered down in advance of a midnight deadline to leave. By Aug. 17 only 600 families remained. Meanwhile 122K Palestinians living in Jordan, 401K in Syria, and 394.5K in Lebanon were all hoping to return. Palestinian negotiator Saeb Muhammad Salih Erekat (1955-) (known for negotiating the Oslo Accords) issued the soundbyte: "At this moment of our history, we extend our arms to Mr. Sharon... to please join us back at the negotiating table." The great menorah (7-branch) was removed from the last synagogue by Jewish men walking single file carrying it on a rod, bringing back memories of the Arch of Titus in 81 C.E. 180 Israeli families set up the Halutza (Heb. "pioneer") agricultural community along the Gaza-Egypt border, piping in desalinated water from the Mediterranean coast, and by 2010 were exporting $50M a year of produce, more lazy Arab jokes here. Actually, between 1948 and 2010 Israel multiplied the volume of export goods by 13,400 times, and pumped up the dollar value from $6M to $80.5B.
Let's face it, time is running out for Israel, 9 mo. a pop, lazy baby-making jokes here. In 2003 Benjamin Netanyahu openly fretted about the Demographic Bomb of higher Arab than Jewish fertility rates, saying that if the percentage of Arab citizens of Israel rises much above its current level of 20%, Israel will lose its Jewish identity. The probably biased Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) claims that Arab Muslim Palestinians will outnumber Jews in historical Palestine by late 2020 (7.2M vs. 6.8M). Actually, a 2005 study by the American-Israeli Demographic Research Group found that Israeli birthrates are the highest in the Western world, and fast approaching Palestinian birthrates, although the birthrates of the ultra-Orthodox Haredim are higher than other Jews, and they love to shun work for religious study. But the real queston is why have any Palestinians in Israel? The answer is to persuade, bribe, or force Arabs to resettle in other Arab territories and leave Israel to the Jewish people, but that's just the answer the Arabs won't talk about, because of you guessed it the horrible Quran, a book they treat like an idol and are slaved to mentally, I'm quite happy thank you very much. Speaking of ulta-orthodox, in Jan. 2005 the Jewish Sanhedrin (70 rabbis) in Tiberias, Israel met for the first time since 475 C.E.; meanwhile the Cohen Modal Haplotype was discovered, permitting Jews qualified to act as priests to be ID'd, causing Rabbi Yisrael Ariel et al. to go ahead with extensive plans for rebuilding the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem - when/if I can only imagine?
Getting back to Jerusalem, it seems to be a favorite site for Palestinian terrorist attacks, incl. the Aug. 9, 2001 Hamas terrorist attack on the busy Sbarro Restaurant in Jerusalem, which killed 15 and injured hundreds, and the Mar. 6, 2008 attack on the Mercaz HaRav top yeshiva in Jerusalem, which killed eight and wounded nine students before the gunmen were killed. In 2005 the BDS movement was founded by Palestinians to campaign for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel - BDS doesn't sound like jihad, what a breakthrough.
On Jan. 26, 2006 Pres. George W. Bush held his 22nd solo news conference to soothe frayed nerves over Palestine, saying that the U.S. won't deal with an org. devoted to the destruction of Israel, with the soundbyte "Peace is never dead because people want peace." On Apr. 14, 2006 former mayor of Jerusalem (1993-2003) Ehud Olmert (1945-) became Israeli PM #12 (until Mar. 31, 2009). On July 11, 2006 Hezbollah militants captured Israeli soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev in a cross-border raid, causing Israel to invade Lebanon on July 12, shutting down Beirut Internat. Airport, which caused Hezbollah to fire rockets into 20 Israeli towns, incl. one of which lands in a train station in Haifa, killing eight, causing the Israeli PM to go nonlinear, causing the Middle East to go into the hairy edge of war; on July 16 the 6th day of hostilities caused the death toll to top 230 (210 Lebanese, 24 Israelis, incl. 410 Lebanese and 303 Israelis wounded) as hundreds of U.S. evacuees from Lebanon flew into Cyprus; meanwhile on July 16 world leaders incl. British PM Tony Blair and U.N. Secy.-Gen. Kofi Annan called for deployment of internat. forces to stop the bombardment of Israel, while Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah (1961-) said the battle has just begun; on July 17 Israel briefly sent troops into Lebanon while Hezbollah rockets knock down a 3-story house in N Israel; on July 19 mass evacuation to Cyprus of the 25K Americans and other foreigners by U.S. Navy and Marines began.
On Nov. 27, 2007 Ehud Olmet met with Mahmoud Abbas at the U.S.-led Annapolis Conference in Md., where he proposed to give the Palestinians 97% of the West Bank and the entire Gaza Strip and let them have their own independent state in return for recognizing Israel, which Abbas rejected, insisting instead on the so-called right of return of all Palestinians to Israel, which would swamp the Jews out and let them take over by squatting, in other words, a non-starter. Meanwhile in Nov.-Dec., 2007 Egyptian Muslim cleric Sayyed Imam al-Sharif (1950-), whose 1988 book "The Essential Guide for Preparation" became the bible for jihadists incl. Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida, calling jihad the natural state of Islam because Muslims must always be at war with unbelievers, with the soundbyte: "The real objective was not victory over the Soviets but martyrdom and eternal salvation", and who has been imprisoned in Yemen since 9/11, suddenly flip-flopped in prison, publishing "Document of Right Guidance for Jihad Activity in Egypt and the World", claiming that the Quran actually prohibits most forms of terrorism, with the soundbyte: "There is nothing that invokes the anger of God and His wrath like the unwarranted spilling of blood and wrecking of property", adding "Oh, you young people, do not be deceived by the heroes of the Internet, the leaders of the microphones, who are launching statements inciting the youth while living under the protection of intelligence services, or of a tribe, or in a distant cave or under political asylum in an infidel country. They have thrown many others before you into the infernos, graves, and prisons", and "God permitted peace treaties and ceasefires with the infidels, either in exchange for money or without it, all of this in order to protect the Muslims, in contrast with those who push them into peril." Too bad, al-Qaida and the Palestinians blow him off and continue their jihad, with plenty of Islamic clerics backing them up because the Quran isn't written in invisible ink, see Sura 9:11.
On June 10-15, 2007 after Fatah lost the 2006 parliamentary elections, the Battle of Gaza saw Hamas violently take control of Gaza from Fatah, dissolving the unity govt.and de facto dividing the Palestinian territories in two after killing 118 and injuring 550; on June 11 a rocket-propelled grenade hit the Gaza City home of Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh hours after Hamas gunmen siege the home of senior Fatah official Jamal Abu al-Jediyan in N Gazi, then drag him outside and kill him; on June 13-14 Hamas fighters took over the Gaza Strip from Yasser Arafat's Fatah in a fierce battle, then held a parade where their green flags were displayed; on June 15 Israeli PM Ehud Olmert ordered a Gaza Blockade (until ?); on June 17 a new govt. led by pres. Mahmoud Abbas was sworn-in in Ramallah despite Hamas protests, and he immediately outlawed Hamas militants and announced that he'll work to restore foreign aid and end the 15-mo. boycott; meanwhile Israeli PM Ehud Olmert said in New York City that Israel will be a "genuine partner" of the new govt. and will consider releasing frozen tax funds; on June 18 the Bush admin. lifted its embargo. On June 15 Salam Fayyad (1952-) became PM of the Palestinian Nat. Authority (until ?). On June 28 he met with 800 Muslim clergy in Ramallah, and told them that he won't tolerate calls for violence delivered from mosque pulpits, causing Clintonites in the U.S. to rally behind him as the hero who will end corruption in Fatah, make it more popular than Hamas, and lead the united Palestinians to sign a permanent 2-state peace solution with Israel. Too bad, the pop. are actually Hudnaites, who just want to buy time with a truce so they can get well and begin another war to crush Israel, and even Fatah can't sign any final agreement with Israel that confirms its existence as a Jewish state with defined borders, I'm flashing back on death camps.
In May 2008 U.S. state secy. #66 (2005-9) Condoleezza Rice (1954-) visited Jerusalem and had dinner with Israeli PM Ehud Olmert, who shocked her by how far he was willing to go for peace, incl. offering to give away nearly the entire West Bank, divide Jerusalem, and allow 5K Palestinian refugees to settle in Israel; too bad, Mahmoud Abbas rejected the offer because he wants all 4M Palestinian refugees to "go home"; on Sept. 18 Olmert offered Abbas a similar plan incl. a 2-state solution, which Abbas also turned down, killing negotiations. Meanwhile the U.S. Naval Vessel Transfer Act of 2008 was a 10-year aid package to Israel that requires that military aid maintain Israel's "qualitative military edge" over any combination of states and non-state actors.
So no surprise, the latest phase of the eternal jihad of the hardcore jihadist Arabs and their worldwide propaganda machine that turns black white and white black to try to delegitimize poor lonely outnumbered surrounded Israel so they can exterminate it with the press silenced and announce Sharia for Allah was the Gaza War, AKA Operation Cast Lead and the Gaza Massacre, from Dec. 27, 2008 to Jan. 18, 2009, where after a wave of rocket attacks against innocent Israelis the Israeli Defense Forces said enough is enough and attacked with 4K-20K troops, against Hamas and its 20K-30K forces of faux freedom fighters. By the time a ceasefire was declared, 1.4K Palestinians were killed, vs. 13 Israeli soldiers and 10 Israeli civilians. South African Jewish ex-judge Richard Joseph Goldstone (1938-) then headed a U.N. Human Rights Council investigation resulting in the controversial Goldstone Report on Sept. 15, 2009, which concluded that both sides had committed violations of the laws of war, and that while Israel had provocation it overreacted with disproportionate force, targeting Palestinian civilians and infrastructure, even using some as human shields, love me to death or just love me alot. On Apr. 1, 2011 Goldstone recanted the report, partly blaming Israel for not cooperating with the Muslim-dominated Human Rights Council. Of course, in the meantime Saudi-financed anti-Israel propagandists went to town trying to paint Israel as the Fourth Reich and Palestinians as innocent sheep, except for them rockets up their pelts, oh cry me a river over you. Of course nothing the current Israeli govt. can do can take away its 3K-year-old historical right to Jerusalem and surrounding territory for all Jews, with or without holy books and even so-called Judaism, sorry, Israel is the David and Islam is the Goliath, not the other way around, and without a land they aren't much of a people, but then the world is so full of history ignoramuses they might actually put themselves through to the next round like in Britain's Got Talent. Speaking of attempts to delegitimize Israel, on Sept. 30, 2000 French TV ran a tape of the death by Israeli gunfire in Gaza of 12-y.-o. Palestinian boy Mohammed al-Dura (b. 1988) while cowering in his father's arms, becoming a cause celebre for Palestinians, until it was revealed as a hoax by Philippe Karsenty. Despite all the attacks on it, the truth about Israel, according to Robert Bernstein, founder of Human Rights Watch is distorted by the fact that it's so open compared with its authoritarian Muslim critics. "It was an open society, it had 80 human rights organizations. They had more newspaper reporters in Jerusalem than in any city in the world, except New York and London." As he put it in Nov. 2010, he became "convinced, more than ever, that Human Rights Watch attacks on Israel as the country tried to defend itself were badly distorting the issues because Human Rights Watch had little expertise about modern asymmetrical war... If there's one thing I've learned in 40 years of human rights work, it's that you must separate the people that you're talking about from their governments. When a totalitarian or authoritarian government are the rulers, the people, whatever they believe, are shut down and they're shut down hard. Only the views of the government rule while those with other views are imprisoned, tortured, exiled, anything to silence them. People, I believe, are the same everywhere, and that given a chance, good things can happen." Try to see it my way, do I have to keep talking until I can't go on?
On Jan. 20, 2009 Barack Hussein Obama II (1961-) became U.S. pres. #44, bringing a new approach of appeasing Islam and bowing to Saudi Arabian king Abdullah while issuing the soundbyte that he wants "Two states, living side by side in peace and security". On Mar. 31, 2009 Benjamin Netanyahu became PM of Israel again (until ?), and on June 14 he wasted no time in breaking with longstanding Likud policy in a speech to the Knesset, where he replied to Pres. Obama's call to Israel to help create a Palestinian state by publicly accepting a 2-state solution and agreeing to the establishment of a demilitarized Palestinian Arab state, provided it recognizes the Jewish state of Israel. Of course, Arabs never wanted a 2-state solution because they don't want any Jewish state period, nor do they want yet another Arab state, but long for a seamless Ummah complete with caliph in a Middle East cleansed of the Jewish infection, where Muslims can point their butt cracks at their kaput capital of Jerusalem while praying to their evil idol in Mecca. Hence this speech only made the Arab world explode in rage, with aging Egyptian pres. Husni Mubarak (whose country had been at faux peace with the Jewish state for 30 years through the efforts of his assassinated predecessor while he fends off the resurging Muslim Brotherhood) saying that the proposal is "scuppering the possibilities for peace", and Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat warning that Netanyahu "will have to wait a thousand years before he finds one Palestinian who will go along with him." In other words, soon Egypt will be run by the Muslim Brotherhood, which will unite with the Palestinians, Turks, Syrians, Jordanians, and Iranians, and maybe even the Iraqis and Saudis to come in for the final kill once it senses the U.S. has grown into the Sick Man of America, may that never happen even under Obama. Let's say it does happen for argument. Then there will be another Jewish holocaust, the U.S. will collapse and probably fragment into warring republics, and a new Dark Ages will descend, with happy retro Muslims keeping humanity down for a thousand years until a new karma sets in, why oh why did we not stop it?
No surprise, today Jerusalem remains the #1 issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Israeli govt. has approved building plans in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City in order to expand the Jewish presence in East Jerusalem, pissing off the Obama administration, while prominent Islamic leaders make nutso claims that Jews have no historical connection to Jerusalem, alleging that the 2.5K-y.-o. Western Wall was constructed as part of a mosque, elevating history ignoramusness to new heights. Hardcore Palestinians continue to desire East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state, and the city's borders have been the subject of bilateral talks. A persistent strong longing for peace is symbolized by the Jerusalem Chords Bridge (2008), and the Jerusalem World Peace Monument (built by a Swiss-based group founded in 1999, and still in construction) on top of Mt. Ora 8 km. SW of Jerusalem overlooking Bethlehem (featuring farming tools made out of scrap weapons), facing the Old City wall near the former Israeli-Jordanian border and quoting from the book of Isaiah in Arabic and Hebrew. On Aug. 27, 2010 after Obama set up peace talks between Mahmoud Abbas and Benjamin Netanyahu in the U.S. on Sept. 2 so he could try to save the Nov. elections, Mahmoud Al-Habbash gave a Fri. sermon with Abbas in the audience, with the soundbyte "Jerusalem can ignite a thousand and one wars", adding "Jerusalem is not just a city. Al-Aqsa is not just a mosque. Jerusalem is the key to peace... Unless Jerusalem will be Palestinian, as it was throughout history, the capital of the Palestinian state and the capital of the Palestinian people, the place which is the object of heartfelt longing and which all Muslims aspire to reach, unless Jerusalem is like that way, there is no peace. There is no peace without Jerusalem. There is no stability without Jerusalem."
Speaking of peace, no matter what Israel does the Quran-thumping Arabs will never let there be peace, no matter what they have to do to sabotage it, such as the misnamed Gaza Freedom Flotilla on May 31, 2010 (no comparison to the Jewish freedom flotillas of 1939-47), which was staged as part of a massive worldwide Arab-funded anti-Israel campaign magnified a "murky strip of coast, of no value whatsoever, the home of 1.5 million living in Palestianian refugee camps" ('Abdallah Al-Hadlaq of Kuwait) way out of proportion to far greater humanitarian crises in Darfur, Kyrgyzstan, and Sudan, all to make the world turn on Israel so it could become the scene of a second Jewish Holocaust to blanked-out press probably. While attempting to break the blockade, the Turkish jihadists aboard the flotilla who played the Western leftists aboard for suckers chanted about Khaybar and how fun it would be to kill Jews like their prophet did in 628. I'm the one who's exaggerating? Not at all. As Hamas deputy minister Abdallah Jarbu put it in Feb. 2010, Jews are "foreign bacteria" that should simply be "annihilated". While many Arabs can be called ignorant or brainwashed about history with Arab fiction starting with the Quran, even those who know better and had all the advantages aren't immune from it, particularly Lebanese-born Arab-Am. (Greek Orthodox) White House pioneer reporter Helen Thomas (1920-2013), who ruined her rep in one day in June 2010 with a comment on camera to Jewish rabbi David Nesendorf that the Jews should "get the Hell out of Palestine" and "go home" to Germany or Poland, where they can await the next Hitler standing on their heads. Clearly, the Jews are the focus of the most intense hatred in world history, and since they are diehards who will fight to the last man rather than leave their precious Israel, the world is in for harrowing times.
On Mar. 28, 2011 Israel finally passed the controversial Citizenship Act, allowing the govt. to revoke citizenship from those "harming Israel's sovereignty".
Even as the Arabs unite and position for the final kill, not even Zionist Jews are a solid block. On July 3, 1982 after becoming an atheist and dumping Zionism because of his perception that it's run by the Orthodox, combined with his ignorance of Islam, German-born Israeli former Irgun and Knesset member Uri Avneri (Avnery) (1923-) crossed the battle lines during the Battle of Beirut and became the first Israeli to personally meet with Yasser Arafat, founding the leftist Gush Shalom (Peace Coalition) in 1993. In 2003 longtime Jewish Zionist scholar Tony R. Judt (1948-2010) came out against Israel, calling it a "belligerently intolerant, faith-driven ethno state" and calling for its conversion "from a Jewish state to a binational one" that incl. guess what, causing a firestorm of controversy. I think he meant bireligious one, but either way it's too bad he can't grok the historical right of Jews to Israel, and how Arabs have no right, just their evil idol in Mecca and his Quran that makes them keep throwing themselves at it. As to ethno state, why doesn't he take on China, he'll need a thousand lifetimes for that cause. Another Israeli Jew who turned against Israel for its perceived oppression of Palestinians is Gideon Levy (1953-), ed. of Haaretz, who sticks it in Israelis' faces by crossing into the occupied Palestinian territories and reporting every bad thing he sees or hears, causing him to be called the most hated man in Israel. He wants an unconditional Israeli pullout instead of an unconditional Arab pullout, maybe it never occurred to him. Another famous Jewish brain man is Avram Noam Chomsky (1928-), founder of modern linguistics, who also buys the propaganda about the Palestinian "indigenous population" and that Israel is racist not to incorporate them as equal citizens, but who nevertheless supports a 2-state solution, and who questions the 6 million figure in the Holocaust, which despite no actual historical verification has become a sacred cow among Zionists who have an active pressure campaign to block verification attempts for fear that the number might not come out right, as if it matters, I guessed I missed that part of the Bible. On May 16, 2010 Chomsky was allegedly barred by the Israelis from entering the West Bank from Jordan, after which the Israeli govt. claimed it was just a border guard screwup. Another Jewish scholar who turned against Israel is American prof. Richard Anderson Falk (1930-), who uttered the soundbyte that it is not "an irresponsible overstatement to associate the treatment of Palestinians with the criminalized Nazi record of collective atrocity." Another is Jerusalem-born novelist Amos Oz (Klausner) (1939-), who in 2004 pub. the essay "How To Cure a Fanatic", which concludes that the whole Israeli-Palesinian conflict is just a real estate dispute, ask George Soros how big a check to write if they'll just clear out. Talking about screwed up, the ultimate is "Hebrew speaking Palestinian" "proud self-hating Jew" "ex-Jew" Gilad Atzmon (1963-), a popular Israeli-born jazz musician based in England, who started out Zionist then turned virulently anti-Zionist and began calling for the Palestian right of return to the "stolen land" of Israel to swamp the Nazi-like invader Jews out, along with a 1-state solution, a purely secular state, hehe, Allah Akbar, uttering the soundbyte that this kind of justice for the pesky Palestinians is "at the heart of the battle for a better world", even backing Helen Thomas. In 2001 he became a novelist, publishing A Guide to the Perplexed, portraying Israel as replaced by a Palestinian state in 2012 after "the unthinking Chosen" who "cling to clods of earth that don't belong to them" are defeated, and their propaganda that "argues that the Holocaust is invoked as a kind of reflexive propaganda designed to shield the Zionist state from responsibility for any transgression against Palestinians" is laughed away. Like Chomsky he doesn't go for the unsupported 6 million figure, saying "As it happened, it took me many years to understand that the Holocaust, the core belief of the contemporary Jewish faith, was not at all an historical narrative, for historical narratives do not need the protection of the law and politicians." Interestingly, he admits that "the Jews were responsible for the killing of Jesus", adding "How is that people living today feel accountable or chased for a crime committed by their great great ancestors almost 2,000 years ago." Yes, anti-Semitism has many deep roots, and his copping-out to Islam and its demands for total superiority in their indivisible Ummah won't save him anymore than other Jews, making them an ethnic group on the hairy edge of the Abyss, who can't afford the luxury of self-hate. Maybe he will study this Historyscope and wake up that he is a Jew even to Muslims, who would love to you know what in the final extermination after weakening the U.S. enough. Another anti-Zionist Israeli Jew is Oren Yiftachel (1956-) of Ben Gurion U. in the Negev, who blames Zionism for creating an "ethnocracy", and wants to turn the Negev into the mini-state of Bedouinstan, let's do names later, what's that Jew's last fixed position? Another Jewish flip-flopper is former Knesset member Avraham Burg (1955-), who pub. The Holocaust Is Over: We Must Rise from Its Ashes in 2008, shocking fellow Israelis by his pretzel logic of comparing Israel to Nazi Germany, as if they're both morally equivalent because they are both stubbornly retro nation-states in a world increasingly going toward one world govt., although Nazi Germany was all about one world govt. too, theirs, a world free of Jews forever, oi vey. Burg made the statement that Jews shouldn't wallow in the Holocaust, which is right-on, since the right of Israel to exist goes back 3,000 years and doesn't depend on it, but he also said that "this is Hitler's paradoxical and tragic victory", when actually it's about strength and fighting to keep their Jewish homeland, a failure of will being the only real victory for Hitler, sorry, Burg is one. Another one is real victory for Hitler, sorry, Burg is one. Another one is Jerusalem-born David Grossman (1954-), who in 1998 pub. The Yellow Wind, taking the side of the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, getting his novels on Pres. Obama's reading list with the soundbyte "I could not understand how an entire nation like mine, an enlightened nation by all accounts, is able to train itself to live as a conqueror without making its own life wretched", any friend of the big balls is a friend of mine. Another one is Michael Neumann (1946-), who in 2005 pub. "The Case Against Israel" in reply to "The Case for Israel" (2003) by pro-Israeli Harvard law prof. Alan Dershowitz (1938-), claiming that the true goal of Israel is to exterminate the so-called Palestinian people, with the soundbyte "True, Israel has enough PR-savvy to eliminate them with an American rather than a Hitlerian level of violence. This is a kinder, gentler genocide that portrays its perpetrators as victims." Neumann gives away his ignorance of Islam with the soundbyte "Just imagine if the U.S. stopped backing Israel and gave even moderate support to the Palestinians. Suddenly Islam and America would be on the same side." Duh, Islam declared war on the world way before there was a state of Israel or a U.S., and with Israel out of the way today they'd just be one step closer to planting the Islamic flag in Washington, yes, at that point they'd be on the same side, and most of us would be dead or enslaved. Another pro-Palestinian American Jew is Norman Gary Finkelstein (1953-), who in 2001 pub. "The Holocaust Industry", claiming that the Zionists use the Holocaust to turn cash from the Germans and the Swiss, then rake the money for themselves and leave little for actual survivors. He got into a big catfight with Dershowitz, jokes about two Jews digging the Grand Canyon fighting over a dropped penny here. A milder one is Jewish-American journalist Richard Ben Cramer (1950-), who pub. How Israel Lost: Four Questions in 2004, which takes the "plague on both your houses" approach and asks Israel why it doesn't give Gaza and the West Bank back, as if Israel's original smaller version was the only pure one, when maybe it needed to be much much larger to start with. I saved the best for last, Austrian-born Tel Aviv U. prof. Shlomo Sand (1946-), who in 2008 pub. the internat. bestseller (favorite with anti-Semites everywhere) The Invention of the Jewish People, which seizes on a soundbyte that 10% of the ancient Roman Empire was Jewish because of mass conversion to claim that there never was a Jewish "nation-race", that many Jews are really descendants of converted Arabs, Berbers, Khazars, etc., and that Zionists have created the myth for "racist thinking", with the soundbyte "The ideal project for solving the century-long conflict... would be the creation of a democratic binational state between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River." How about the ideal project being the creation of a democratic uninational state in the same region composed only of Jews, after all the Muslims either skedaddle or convert? Actually nobody knows the real Jewish pop. of the ancient Roman Empire, even in Israel, and as for Rome itself, the Jews were forced to live in one of the shittiest areas with a poisoned aqueduct, and their Jewish catacombs don't seem to hold that many people, 50K maybe, with most of them fleeing from Israel because of the Roman wars, or brought in as slaves by the Romans and later freed, with any uncircumcised Roman who converted to Judaism and quit eating pork and started studying the seditious laws of Moses being treated as a leper by the aristocracy, and likely confused with a Christian, so to propose a master theory of Jewish history as a total fiction cooked up by racists based on somebody's estimate of that long-dead pop. is not only shakier than Japan during an earthquake, the work of an Israel history ignoramus who is too lazy to study the subject before pontificating about it, it's obviously a tawdry attempt to push a modern political agenda, like anti-Semitism and the illegitimization of the Jewish state of Israel, tell me, does a thief or robber turn on the lights when robbing your house.
Right now not only the pesky Muslims have their hands in lobbying in Washington, D.C., but leftist Jews who seem to hate Israel are there too, particularly the cryptically anti-Israel J Street lobbying firm (founded 2008), which the Obama admin. supports, which was secretly funded by Hungarian-born Jewish billionaire George Soros (1930-) (known for working for the Nazi-run Jewish Council in 1944 before emigrating to the U.S. and getting rich, causing him to be accused of being willing to sell-out his fellow Jews for his own survival etc.) until they couldn't cover it up anymore in 2010, which the definitely pro-Israel American Israeli Action Coalition, composed of expatriate American citizens in Israel (not to be confused with the American Jewish-run pro-Israel American Israel Public Affairs Committee) calls "a radical, far left, anti-Israel, American organization funded by Arab and radical sources", calling in Jan. 2010 for the ouster of Obama's anti-Semitism czar (2009-) Hannah Rosenthal (1951-) for supporting it, of course he kept her.
Tell me, friend, when did Saruman the Wise abandon reason for madness? On May 27, 2010 the misnamed Gaza Freedom Flotilla of six cargo ships (three flying Turkish flags, incl. Mavi Marmara, carrying 400 Turks who are members of the Islamic terrorist Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) (Insani Yardim Vakfi), headed by Fehmi Bülent Yildirim (1966-), carrying 10 tons of humanitarian aid incl. bldg. materials and medical supplies sets sail from Cyprus for the Gaza Strip in a symbolic attempt by 680 Muslim and non-Muslim activists from 50 countries to break the 3-year Israeli blockade by refusing to stop at an Israel port for inspection and trucking of supplies by Israel into Gaza like is done every week with 10K tons of food and other supplies; Pres. Obama's associates Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn are closely associated with the Free Gaza Movement; Turkish activist Erdinc Tekir, who is wounded in the fighting is later found to have participated in an Islamic terrorist attack on a Russian ferry in the Black Sea in 1996; some activists chant Intifada songs, chant the Islamic battle cry "Khaibar, Khaibar, oh Jews, the army of Muhammad will return", and praise martyrdom before departure; on May 31 (U.S. Memorial Day) (pre-dawn hours of June 1 in Israel) the Israeli military boards the flotilla 75 mi. from the coast, initially carrying only paintball guns, then meeting violent resistance, the Turkish jihadists taking four Israeli marines hostage before other armed commandos storm aboard, killing nine activists and wounding 53 (incl. 37 members of the IHH or other Turkish Islamic orgs.), all on the Mavi Marmara, while getting two Israeli commandos wounded while trying to board, then tows it to Ashdod, later releasing the activists accused of attacking Israeli troops after an internat. outcry; causing Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to express regret and cancel a planned trip to the White House, later uttering the soundbyte "The state of Israel faces an attack of international hypocrisy... it is our right and obligation to prevent arms from reaching Gaza. This was not a Love Boat, it was a Hate Boat"; Obama calls the raid "a tragic situation", adding "You've got a loss of life that was unnecessary", calling for an "effective investigation"; on May 31 10K march in Istanbul, Turkey to denounce Israel, along with other demonstrations in London, Athens, etc.; in London 800 protesters attempt to storm BBC Manchester; a women's rally near the Qalandiya Checkpoint between Rammalah and Jerusalem sees Am. journalist Emily Henochowicz loses an eye after being shot with a tear gas canister by Israeli border guards; Turkey threatens action against Israel, putting it on alert; meanwhile on May 31 the U.N. Security Council holds an emergency meeting to discuss the Israeli raid, while Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Liberman claims that the flotilla organizers wanted blood to be shed, saying "Everything proves that it was a group of terrorists who want to promote terror and cooperate with terror"; Arab-Israeli Knesset member Hanib Zoabi, who is aboard the Mavi Marmara calls the IDF operation "criminal"; on June 2 Israeli forces find 1M Euros on one of the ships, intended for use by Hamas, along with a weapons cache; on June 2 pro-Palestinian activists send another boat, the Irish-flagged Rachel Corrie to challenge the Israeli blockade, while Egypt opens a temporary crossing into Palestinian territory, causing thousands of Gazans to flock to it hoping to escape; on June 2 Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calls for Israel's PM and defense minister to face trial for the raid; on June 2 two rockets are fired from Gaza Strip by the Islamic Jihad, causing a retaliatory Israeli air strike that kills five; on June 2 after warning Israel not to cause an incident, the Obama admin. sides with the flotilla, and announces that it considers the Israeli blockade of Gaza to be "untenable"; Turkish-born Furkan Dogan (b. 1990) is found among the dead activists, with four bullets in his head and one in his chest, all at close range, causing the Israelis to backpeddle; on June 5 after Irish Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead McGuire says that the activsts are prepared to be arrested, the IDF intercept the Rachel Corrie 35 mi. W of Gaza and escort it to Ashdod without incident; this time the U.S. warns the flotilla not to cause an incident; on June 5 Arab foreign ministers meet in Cairo go discuss the flotillas, and decide to "break the Israeli siege imposed on Gaza", "in any legitimate way", incl. "resistance" (violence); on June 6 Iranian supreme assashollah Ali Khamenei offers the Iranian Rev. Guards to escort future cargo ships to break the blockade; on June 7 the Israeli Navy kills six Palestinian divers, claiming they are terrorists; meanwhle on June 7 Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi warns Israel of Allah's impending warath for having "killed God's prophets"; on June 9 48 trucks with the cargo of the Freedom Flotilla is still waiting at Kerem Shalom crossing after Hamas refuses to accept it, and on June 17 the U.N. agrees to oversee the transfer; on June 11 Turkish pres. Abdullah Gul says that Israel must apologize and compensate the Turkish victims or it might sever diplomatic relations; on June 14 Israel assembles a investigative commission, which on July 12 finds no wrongdoing; on June 15 the Internat. Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) calls Israel's Gaza Strip blockade "collective punishment" and a violation of the Geneva Conventions; on June 17 Syrian pres. Bashar al-Assad says that the Israeli attack on the flotilla has increased the chances of war in the Middle East, and that the current Israeli admin. is a "pyromaniac" govt; on June 19 the Israeli cabinet bows to pressure and eases restrictions on Gaza Strip, reserving the right to inspect for military items; on June 20 Israel gives preliminary plans for razing Palestinian homes in E Jerusalem as a prelude to building Israeli homes, pissing off the Obama admin. again; on Jan. 23, 2011 the Turkel Commission finds that the blockade "was lawful and complied with the rules of international law, in view of the security circumstances and Israel's efforts to fulfill its humanitarian obligations."
Speaking of American Christian support of Israel and anti-Semitism, nothing beats Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-68), who wrote Letter to an Anti-Zionist Friend in Aug. 1967, which goes as follows: "You declare, my friend, that you do not hate the Jews, you are merely 'anti-Zionist.' And I say, let the truth ring forth from the high mountain tops, let it echo through the valleys of God's green earth: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews - this is God's own truth. Antisemitism, the hatred of the Jewish people, has been and remains a blot on the soul of mankind. In this we are in full agreement. So know also this: anti-Zionist is inherently antisemitic, and ever will be so. Why is this? You know that Zionism is nothing less than the dream and ideal of the Jewish people returning to live in their own land. The Jewish people, the Scriptures tell us, once enjoyed a flourishing Commonwealth in the Holy Land. From this they were expelled by the Roman tyrant, the same Romans who cruelly murdered Our Lord. Driven from their homeland, their nation in ashes, forced to wander the globe, the Jewish people time and again suffered the lash of whichever tyrant happened to rule over them. The Negro people, my friend, know what it is to suffer the torment of tyranny under rulers not of our choosing. Our brothers in Africa have begged, pleaded, requested - DEMANDED the recognition and realization of our inborn right to live in peace under our own sovereignty in our own country. How easy it should be, for anyone who holds dear this inalienable right of all mankind, to understand and support the right of the Jewish People to live in their ancient Land of Israel. All men of good will exult in the fulfilment of God's promise, that his People should return in joy to rebuild their plundered land. This is Zionism, nothing more, nothing less. And what is anti-Zionist? It is the denial to the Jewish people of a fundamental right that we justly claim for the people of Africa and freely accord all other nations of the Globe. It is discrimination against Jews, my friend, because they are Jews. In short, it is antisemitism. The antisemite rejoices at any opportunity to vent his malice. The times have made it unpopular, in the West, to proclaim openly a hatred of the Jews. This being the case, the antisemite must constantly seek new forms and forums for his poison. How he must revel in the new masquerade! He does not hate the Jews, he is just 'anti-Zionist'! My friend, I do not accuse you of deliberate antisemitism. I know you feel, as I do, a deep love of truth and justice and a revulsion for racism, prejudice, and discrimination. But I know you have been misled - as others have been - into thinking you can be 'anti-Zionist' and yet remain true to these heartfelt principles that you and I share. Let my words echo in the depths of your soul: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews - make no mistake about it."
No surprise, despite massive well-funded anti-Israel propaganda, in 2010 an internat. poll showed that 56% of Americans show sympathy to the Jewish state of Israel, compared to 58% of Indians, 52% of Russians and Mexicans, 50% of Chinese, 34% of Brits, 27% of French, and 23% of Spanish. Too bad, many Americans think of Israel as a strategic liability to the U.S. because they're Islam history ignoramuses and don't see the big picture that it's the canary in the mine for the U.S., because once Israel, our only real friend in the Middle East goes, the U.S. will be the next big target for bloody Islamic jihad and the establishment of Sharia in the American continent from pole to pole. Yes, it used to be cool to have a Scottish wedding. Speaking of Chinese, nobody questions their right to a national homeland in China, so why do so many question the right of the Jews to a national homeland in Israel, and call Israelis racist, bigoted, etc., even using the A word of apartheid? Where do they want the Jews to go, Arizona? The very name "Jewish problem" is loaded, because the only problem is that they should never have been kicked out of their home in the first place. Now after 2K years of horrible homelessness they got it back, albeit in a truncated form, and have every right to stay, and to decide what non-Jews aren't part of their national homeland, just like Chinese have a right to throw Euros out of China. As conservative pro-Israel Am. Jewish writer David Joel Horowitz (1939-) put it: "The 'Jewish problem' is just another name for the fact that Jews are the most universally hated and persecuted ethnic group in history. The Zionist founders believed that hatred of Jews was a direct consequence of their stateless condition. As long as Jews were aliens in every society they found themselves in, they would always be seen as interlopers, their loyalties would be suspect and persecution would follow." As to attempts to portray Israel as a bad guy, the 2010 U.N. Development Report ranked Israel 15th among 169 countries in terms of health (life expectancy), gross national income per capita, education, and freedom of its citizens. So go, Israel, and never give up your rightful homeland. On Sept. 22, 2005 JDL member Earl Krugel (b. 1943-) was sentenced in Los Angeles, Calf. to 20 years for a plot to bomb a mosque and a Lebanese-Am. congressman's office - see, I gave the Muslim side equal time. :) On Jan. 20, 2006 23-y.-o. Jewish cell phone salesman Ilan Halimi (b. 1982) was abducted in Bagneux, Paris by a gang of African Muslim immigrants called the Barbarians, after which he was held for ransom and tortured for 3 weeks before being found on Feb. 11, soon dying of his numerous wounds.
On Sept. 23, 2010 Pres. Obama gave an address to the U.N., challenging delegates to support an Israeli-Palestinian peace and accept the Jewish state of Israel, saying "Israel's existence must not be a subject for debate. Israel is a sovereign state, and the historic homeland of the Jewish people. It should be clear to all that efforts to chip away at Israel's legitimacy will only be met by the unshakeable opposition of the United States." He also called for the Israeli building moratorium to be extended, and added that Israel "must understand that true security for the Jewish state requires an independent Palestine – one that allows the Palestinian people to live with dignity and opportunity." "If an agreement is not reached, Palestinians will never know the pride and dignity that comes with their own state. Israelis will never know the certainty and security that comes with sovereign and stable neighbors who are committed to co-existence. The hard realities of demography will take hold. More blood will be shed. This Holy Land will remain a symbol of our differences instead of our common humanity." Good point, that last one. Too bad, until Islam is kaput Obama's pipe dreams won't smoke.
On May 19, 2011 Pres. Obama gave his 2011 Speech on the Middle East, hailing the "extraordinary change" taking place, and calling for Israel to pull back to its pre-1967 borders without negotiations, reversing longstanding U.S. policy, becoming the first U.S. pres. to require it as a starting point for negotiations with Palestinians, with the soundbyte "We know that our own future is bound to this region by the forces of economics and security, by history, and by faith"; "A new generation has emerged, and their voices tell us that chance cannot be denied"; "The status quo is unsustainable. A lasting peace will involve two states for two peoples", adding "Symbolic actions to isolate Israel at the United Nations in September won't create an independent state", and that the "future of Jerusalem" remains to be worked out; he also calls for Syrian pres. Bashar Assad to "lead that transition [to democracy] or get out of the way"; he also pledged $1B in aid to the Muslim Brotherhood-infested Egyptian regime; the speech causes former Mass. gov. Mitt Romney to say that Obama "threw Israel under the bus"; Obama then met with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, who voiced his displeasure with the speech, calling Israel's pre-1967 borders "indefensible", and calling on him to reaffirm the U.S. commitments made to Israel in 2004, with the soundbyte "Among other things, those commitments relate to Israel not having to withdraw to the 1967 lines which are both indefensible and which would leave major Israeli population centers in Judea and Samaria beyond those lines. Those commitments also ensure Israel’s well-being as a Jewish state by making clear that Palestinian refugees will settle in a future Palestinian state rather than in Israel. Without a solution to the Palestinian refugee problem outside the borders of Israel, no territorial concession will bring peace."; "Equally, the Palestinians, and not just the United States, must recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people, and any peace agreement with them must end all claims against Israel"; he also said that Israel needs a military presence along the Jordan River, and won't deal with the terrorist org. Hamas. If this wasn't like throwing Israel under the bus to appease the growing power of the Muslim world, wait awhile and he will top it.
On Aug. 28, 2013 hundreds landed in Israel in the Final Ethiopian Aliyah, bringing to an end the decades-long effort of the Jewish Agency.
On Apr. 23, 2014 Palestinian orgs. Hamas and Fatah signed the Palestinian Nat. Reconciliation Agreement, forming a nat. unity govt. within five weeks, causing Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to utter the soundbyte: "Whoever chooses Hamas does not want peace"; on Apr. 24 the Israeli govt. unanimously voted to impose economic sanctions on the Palestinian Authority, and suspended negotiations after 9 mo. of talks brokered by U.S. secy. of state John Kerry, causing chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat to utter the soundbyte: "The Palestinian leadership will look into all options"; too bad, Hamas won't give up its military wing; on Apr. 30 the hardcore Islamic Jihad predicted that the reconciliation will fail; on Nov. 30 Hamas announced that the unity govt. with Fatah has collapsed. On June 17, 2015 Palestinian Authority pres. Mahmoud Abbas announces the dissolution of the unity govt. formed with Hamas last year.
Meanwhile the Vatican shows that the more it changes the more it stays the same. On June 26 the Vatican legally recognizes the "state of Palestine" and signs a treaty with it, claiming this will stimulate peace with Israel and become a model to follow; the signers are Vatican foreign minister Paul Gallagher and Palestinian foreign minister Riad al-Malki.
To close, let's see what Jehovah says about the future of Jerusalem. "Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people. All that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the Earth be gathered together against it... And it shall come to pass in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem." - Zechariah 12:2-3, 9 "When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; then shall they know that I am the Lord their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen; but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there. Neither will I hide my face any more from them; for I have poured out my spirit upon the House of Israel." - Ezekiel 39:27-29.
Too bad for the Muslims, Ezekiel 30:5 says: "Cush and Put, Lydia and all Arabia, Libya, and the people of the Covenant Land will fall by the sword along with Egypt." Ezekiel 32:22-23 says: "Assyria is there and all her company: his graves are about him: all of them slain, fallen by the sword: Whose graves are set in the sides of the pit, and her company is round about her grave; all of them slain, fallen by the sword, which caused terror in the land of the living." As for Iran and Afghanistan, Ezekiel 32:24 says: "There is Elam and all her multitude round about her grave, all of them slain, fallen by the sword, which are gone down uncircumcised into the nether parts of the earth, which caused their terror in the land of the living; yet have they borne their shame with them that go down to the pit." Let's not forget the Turkic nations incl. Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Ezekiel 32:26-27 says: "There is Meshech, Tubal, and all her multitude: her graves are round about him: all of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword, though they caused their terror in the land of the living. And they shall not lie with the mighty that are fallen of the uncircumcised, which are gone down to hell with their weapons of war: and they have laid their swords under their heads, but their iniquities shall be upon their bones, though they were the terror of the mighty in the land of the living." Did we miss someone? How about Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Ezekiel 32:29 says: "There is Edom, her kings, and all her princes, which with their might are laid by them that were slain by the sword: they shall lie with the uncircumcised, and with them that go down to the pit." Last but not least, Lebanon. Ezekiel 32:30 says: "There be the princes of the north, all of them, and all the Sidonians, which are gone down with the slain; with their terror they are ashamed of their might; and they lie uncircumcised with them that be slain by the sword, and bear their shame with them that go down to the pit."
Here's a quote that isn't from the Bible: "If the Arabs were to lay down their weapons there would be peace. If the Israelis were to lay down their weapons there would be no Israel." Talk about delegitimizing Israel, it's far easier to deligitimize Palestine, such as the Mar. 11, 2011 murder of the Fogel Family by two Palestinians, after which polls showed that a third of all Palestinians supported them. Obviously, because of Islam the ever-armed Palestinians will never accept a 2-state solution because that would entail recognition of Israel, and will prefer to stay armed and live in refugee camps until they get what Allah wants. Yet even if they exterminated Israel, the 1-state solution of Palestine would soon be gobbled up by neighboring Muslim states, maybe culminating in a nuclear-armed caliphate that destroys half the world. The Muslim so-called holy sites in Jerusalem such as the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque are just con jobs, because they would likely soon get blown up in Muslim sectarian strife, like happens all the time now in Iraq and Pakistan. Face it, the only true solution is the 1-state solution of a permanent Jewish state of Israel from the Nile to the Euphrates, with a wide buffer zone from the rest of the madass Muslim world. The utter idiocy of Western leftists in pretending it's Israel's not Islam's fault would be funny if it weren't so tragic. Yah, them Jews is racists, imperialists, Nazis, U.S. puppets (or vice-versa), while them Muslims is angels and above examination except for signs of victimization. Duh, what if they were examined on the same terms, would the leftists want them exterminated? They do, get it, after they use this issue to weaken their real enemy the U.S., capitalism, and all that jazz. Jews are no more racist for wanting a homeland than Chinese are.
Duh, if the Jews are so bad to Muslim Arabs, why don't these squatters just clear out of the JEWISH HOMELAND OF ISRAEL and leave them alone? The tiny sliver of land now claimed by Israel is a drop in the bucket of the giant Arab territory surrounding it, funny how they just have to have that tiny sliver for their hovels. No, Allah orders them to fight like cannon fodder in his cause of taking back every square inch of land that was once his. Talk about funny, it's only Israel that's been eager for a Palestinian state, even if they have to give up the West Bank, why don't ask me, all right do, Israel is full of leftists too, but thanks to Islam they never have to actually worry about there being one as long as they're there. Talk about funny, Israel allows Arabs to be treated in their hospitals in exchange for recognizing Israel temporarily only, but afterwards their fellow Muslims treat them like merde and never forgive them. One obvious solution to the fake plight of the fake Muslim Palestinians is for them to move into Jordan (East Palestine) and dissolve the phony Hashemite monarchy, all based on phony Islam. By the way, did I mention the ultimate joke that all along Allah has long been dead, and the Muslims' cause is futile?
Speaking of Arabs and Israelis, did I mention that after years of anti-Semitic propaganda that Ashkenazi Jews aren't really descended from the ancient Jews of Israel were disproved by genetic studies, the collateral result that Palestinian Arabs are closely related to them too needs to be mentioned.
Speaking of tiny outnumbered surrounded Israel vs. the gigantic loser Arab world, data pub. in 2011 by the Central Bureau of Statistics on Sunday indicate that nearly 5,837,000 (75.3%) of the population of Little Engine That Yahood are Jewish.
Israel, the 100th largest country, with less than 1/1000th of the world's population, can make claim to the following:
Israel has the largest number of startup companies in the world per capita, and the 2nd most (3.5K, mostly in hi-tech) behind the U.S. Israel spends 4.7% of its GDP on scientific research (1% of the total world expenditure), vs. 0.2% by Arab countries, and 0.5% by Asian Arab countries. Israel ranks #1 in per capita expenditure on scientific research, at $1272.80, vs. $1205.90 for the U.S. and $1153.30 for Japan; Arab countries spend $14.70 per capita. No wonder Israel has registered 16,805 patents, vs. 836 by Arab countries. The latter of course invest 99% of their energy and expenditures on mosques and praying in them to Allah to ensure that they're his loyal slaves who are ready to go fight the Yahud 24/7/365.
Israel is #2 in the world for venture capital funds, right behind the U.S.
Israel has the highest average living standards in the Middle East. The per capita income in 2000 was $17.5K, exceeding that of the U.K. Israel's $100B economy is larger than all of its immediate neighbors combined.
Israel has the 3rd highest rate of entrepreneurship, and the highest rate among women and among people over 55 in the world.
All of this despite being engaged in regular wars with an implacable enemy that seeks its destruction for a dead idol, and an economy continuously under strain by having to spend more per capita on its own protection than any other county on Earth. Know what? ISRAEL IS HERE TO STAY. And Islam isn't.
Speaking of implacable enemy, Palestinian wingnut propagandists regularly accuses Israel of "ethnically cleansing" the Palestinians to make room for Jews. Too bad for them, demographic realities reveal the absurdity of this charge. The Palestinian pop. growth rate is 2.097%, among the highest in the world since Israel's founding. The Arab pop. in the West Bank and Gaza have grown from 947K in 1967 when Israel took control, to 4M today. One reason for this striking pop. growth is the dramatic improvement in living standards since Israel began administering these territories. In 1967 few Palestinians had access to clean water, but today 96% do. Since 1967 the average Palestinian lifespan has increased from 48 to 72.9 years for males, 77.1 years for females, not counting suicide bombers. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Palestinians enjoy better health than their fellow Arabs in Egypt, Jordan and Syria. Infant and maternal mortality rates as well as childhood disease levels are among the lowest in the Arab world. Literacy rates are the highest in the Arab world.
Oh yes, while the West was busy lapping up Saudi and other Arab oil, Israel also discovered 250B barrels of oil trapped in shale in the Shfela Basin, compared to Saudi Arab's reserves of 260B barrels, which has remained untapped for fear of offending the Muslims; imagine a new Muslim-free Middle East with a vast Jewish pop. of hundreds of millions and all that oil unleashed, maybe there is a God. If the U.S. ever gets a president who isn't a Saudi puppet, a top priority should be to give the Israeli shale oil industry a trillion dollar stimulus in return for a permanent discount on its oil, allowing the U.S. and entire non-Muslim world to eventually cut horrible Saudi Arabia out completely and let it regress to Lawrence of Arabia days.
Speaking of Jews, Muslims, Christians, and the End of Days, did I mention the prophesy that the Jewish Bible, St. John's Revelation, and Quran all fixate on, namely, that of Gog and Magog, which is based on the Bible Book of Ezekiel, particularly chapter 38, verses 1-4: "The word of the Lord came to me: Son of Man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal; prophesy against him and say, This is what the Lord says: I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army - your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords." Ezekiel Chapter 39 goes on to foretell how it comes out: "And thou, Son of Man, prophesy against Gog, and say: Thus saith the Lord: Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. And I will turn thee about and lead thee on, and will cause thee to come up from the uttermost parts of the north; and I will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel; and I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand. Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the peoples that are with thee; I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort and to the beasts of the field, to be devoured... Therefore thus saith the Lord: Now will I bring back the captivity of Jacob, and have compassion upon the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name." Somehow the evil nation of Magog led by Gog will lead a final battle against the poor beleaguered Jewish nation of Israel, which will face certain defeat until God intervenes by sending an army of angels led by his Man, which according to the Christians is you know who, and according to the Muslims is you know who, but maybe there will no angels and the armies of Gog and Magog will get confused and destroy themselves, that's the point with Bible think, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, Viva Las Vegas. The anti-Israel coalition will incl. Persia (Iran), Cush (Ethiopia), Phut or Put (Libya), and Gomer and Beit Togarmah (Turkey). If you can figure this key prophesy out, you can publish a bestseller and sell 50 million copies, beats welfare. Most Christians identify Magog with Russia because they must come from the tribe of Japheth and therefore must be the pot-smoking blood-drinking Scythians, who lived in Russia and Ukraine (of course you have to buy that all people today descend from Noah's three sons Ham, Shem and Japheth), but one dude thinks it's Georgia, and another thinks it's NATO, of course the U.S. must figure in somehow even though the Jewish Bible writers never heard of it. The Quran also talks about Gog and Magog in Sura 21 Al-Anbiya (The Prophets), verse 96, which also contains the soundbyte "The day when we roll up heaven like a scroll, as we began the first creation, we shall reproduce it, a binding promise, we shall bring it about. And certainly we write in the book after the reminder that my righteous servants will inherit the Holy Land" (104-5). In other words, Jews, being infidels, can't. Strangely, orthodox Jews agree with orthodox Muslims on this point that only orthodox somethings can inherit the Holy Land, not the secular areligious and even atheist Zionists, Olive Garden, when you're here you're family. So maybe we should take all the hardcore ultraorthodox Jews and Muslims out to some plain, equip them with ancient weaponry, and let them fight to the finish, oh, that wouldn't settle anything with two omnipotent omniscient Gods involved, now make a wish and a first cut, who wants a piece? Oh yes, I almost forgot, ominscient. That pesky Jewish forgery called the Bible says that all Jews have God's blessing to possess the Holy Land, not just the righteous ones, to quote: "Understand then that it is not because of your righteousness that the Lord your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stiff-necked (stubborn) people." (Deut. 9:6) When I grow up I'm going to own my own restaurant and be a volunteer firefighter. Upgrade your low-fat mayo to real mayo, same taste, stylish new jar. Do you own a home, discount, are you online, double discount.
However, the Bible claims to see the final outcome of the war on Israel, and it doesn't show them gobbling up and ruling the Middle East, but sharing it: "In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the land: Whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance" (Isaiah 19:24-25). I guess that means that Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and maybe Arabia will all be kaput, check back with me later after Armageddon if you can.
Don't accuse me of only presenting one side, I'm Da Historyscoper. Here's the other side, five minutes left in the fourth quarter. In 2003 Trinidadian Islamic scholar Imran Nazar Hosein (1942-) pub. the Muslim bestseller Jerusalem in the Quran (now free on the Internet), which lays out the final case for Islam vs. Judaism in the context of Gog vs. Magog and the End of Days, letting the big cat out of the bag that Islam was always about defeating the Jews and their perverted religion and false direction of worship, not peaceful coexistence, and that it's not just Palestinians but all Muslims who must join to exterminate them: "What are the implications for those Muslims who read this book to the very end? The first is that Jerusalem and the Holy Land should be dearest of all to their hearts - as dear as Mecca and Medina - and the struggle to liberate the Holy Land from the abomination of the secular Euro-Jewish State of Israel should be the dearest of all struggles of liberation for the Muslim. If Jews can leave the USA or Europe or Russia and join the Israeli Defense Force and participate in the armed oppression of the Muslim and Christian Palestinian people in the Holy Land, then a Muslim should also have the same freedom to leave wherever he resides in the world and join in the armed resistance of the oppressed in the Holy Land... It is, in fact, a minimum tangible expression of faith in today's world that Muslims should at least have the desire in their hearts to participate in that armed resistance (Jihad) in the Holy Land. Muslims should be warned, however, that as soon as they publicly declare their belief that the State of Israel will be destroyed by a Muslim army, and express the hope that they would be members of that army, they would eventually be intimidated and even arrested in order to silence them and make of them an example which would intimidate others."
On July 23, 2010 the Obama admin. U.S. State Dept. announced that the Palestinian Flag will be allowed to fly at the U.N. as its status is upgraded from bureau to general delegation. So unless it's stopped the Muslims are on schedule to sucker the world into strongarming Israel into accepting an Islamic Republic of Palestine with capital in East Jerusalem, with territory encircling Israel in the West Bank of the Jordan River, an extension of Muslim Jordan and Syria, and Gaza, an extension of Muslim Egypt, allowing Jerusalem to be built up into a horrendous militarized city of doom on the hairy butt crack of Armageddon, where the Muslims fall down to pray five times a day facing Mecca, with their butt cracks in West Jerusalem's face, with each street waiting to torture and murder the next street over like in Baghdad, I'm talking about Sunnis and Shites as well as Jews, and the ever-growing menace of the worldwide Islamic jihad staring the poor outnumbered surrounded Jews in the face like a giant butt crack, just waiting, just waiting for the time that their protector the United States of American Infidels weakens to go in for the final bloodbath, where the Jews' blood will run up to their Allah-Akhbar-shouting waists, after which maybe a remnant can flee from Tel Aviv to sanctuary somewhere in the world, perhaps some deserted federal land in the U.S., in Arizona or New Mexico, and set up a state within the state, if it can, as the Islamic jihad begins contracting even the mighty U.S., turning it into Safari Land for infidel-hunting junkets, see my 1998 novel Five Smooth Stones.
In 2011 the Palestinian Authority tried to get the U.N. to unilaterally recognize a Muslim state of Palestine, and on Aug. 28, 2011 Mahmoud Abbas declared that this won't come at the expense of them recognizing a Jewish state of Israel, because the jihad is still on, and they want to exterminate it like always, that's one thing Palestinians are united on, as long as Islam continues to infect their minds like a virus. If only the children could be kept from imbibing the Quran and continuing the cycle.
On July 22, 2013 after Arnold Schwarzenegger talked Austrian chancellor Werner Faymann into it, the 28-member EU unanimously declared the military wing of Hezbollah a terrorist org.; 6 of the 28 refused to label all of Hezbollah as a terrorist org.
On Dec. 7, 2013 U.S. secy. of state John Kerry gave a speech at the Saban Forum proposing that the U.S. police an independent Palestinian state while protecting it and Israel from each other. Duh, I think we already tried that in Iraq, did Kerry ever hear the quote about Islam having bloody borders? When the U.S. gets a president who's not a closet Muslim, we can get real and use U.S. military power only as needed to help Israel, never any Muslims, hopefully helping broker a deal with the puppetmasters in Saudi Arabia to resettle all Muslim Arabs far away from the Jewish state of Israel and create a wide DMZ all around from the Nile to the Euphrates until the Great Muslim Apostasy arrives that will disintegrate the Muslim World, after which the ex-Muslims will be begging Israel for help in rejoining the human race, and they will cheerfully give it.
On June 8, 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court sided with Pres. Obama and criticized Congress for "overstepping its bounds", rejecting an appeal from Menachem Binyamin Zivotofsky to have his passport list "Jerusalem, Israel" as his birthplace, causing Palestinian Authority spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh to issue the soundbyte: "The decision sends an obvious message that Israel is an occupying power of East al-Quds, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip"; Israeli immigration minister Ze'ev Elkin replies that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and "will remain that for eternity."
Speaking of children imbibing the Quran endlessly and disintegrating the Muslim World, only I have a master plan, the Winslow Plan for Defeating Islam.
An article pub. in the Los Angeles Times in 1968 said it all:
The Jews are a peculiar people: things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews. Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people and there is no refugee problem.
Russia did it, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it. Turkey threw out a million Greeks and Algeria a million Frenchman. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese and no one says a word about refugees.
But in the case of Israel , the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single one. Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis.
Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms. But when Israel is victorious, it must sue for peace. Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world. Other nations, when they are defeated, survive and recover but should Israel be defeated it would be destroyed.
Had Nasser triumphed last June , he would have wiped Israel off the map, and no one would have lifted a finger to save the Jews. No commitment to the Jews by any government, incl. our own, is worth the paper it is written on.
There is a cry of outrage all over the world when people die in Vietnam or when two Blacks are executed in Rhodesia .But, when Hitler slaughtered Jews no one demonstrated against him.
The Swedes, who were ready to break off diplomatic relations with America because of what we did in Vietnam, did not let out a peep when Hitler was slaughtering Jews. They sent Hitler choice iron ore, and ball bearings, and serviced his troops in Norway .
The Jews are alone in the world.
If Israel survives, it will be solely because of Jewish efforts. And Jewish resources. Yet at this moment, Israel is our only reliable and unconditional ally.We can rely more on Israel than Israel can rely on us.
And one has only to imagine what would have happened last summer  had the Arabs and their Russian backers won the war, to realize how vital the survival of Israel is to America and the West in general.
I have a premonition that will not leave me; as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us.
Should Israel perish, the Holocaust will be upon us all.
Did I forget to mention the Jerusalem Syndrome, the setting-off of psychosis by visiting Big J?
The Song of the Bubblebath of Jerusalem, by TLW
July 24, 2010
I sing the song of the bubblebath
The serendipity bath
The odor-assuaging soapy bath
That puts my ass in my face
With fragrance laced.
What is the smell coming from the dell?
Is it Heaven or is it Hell?
The ultimate pleasure and disgrace
Of the human race.
Who's Jerusalem's face, and who's Jerusalem's ass, I ask,
Ya or Al?
Only Time will tell y'all.
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