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Out of Thin Air

2008-07-06

I felt that in these deceptive times, especially when the news reports students being suspended from school in England for not performing Islamic prayers, it was important to help spread truth about the history of the Middle East. Here are some good articles, with excerpts.

Sources:

Myths of the Middle East More Myths of the Middle East The Islamic Claim to the Temple Mount

Excerpts:

The truth is that Palestine is no more real than Never-Never Land. The first time the name was used was in 70 A.D. when the Romans committed genocide against the Jews, smashed the Temple and declared the land of Israel would be no more. From then on, the Romans promised, it would be known as Palestine. The name was derived from the Philistines, a Goliathian people conquered by the Jews centuries earlier. It was a way for the Romans to add insult to injury. They also tried to change the name of Jerusalem to Aelia Capitolina, but that had even less staying power.

Palestine has never existed -- before or since -- as an autonomous entity. It was ruled alternately by Rome, by Islamic and Christian crusaders, by the Ottoman Empire and, briefly, by the British after World War I. The British agreed to restore at least part of the land to the Jewish people as their homeland.

There is no language known as Palestinian. There is no distinct Palestinian culture. There has never been a land known as Palestine governed by Palestinians. Palestinians are Arabs, indistinguishable from Jordanians (another recent invention), Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, etc. Keep in mind that the Arabs control 99.9 percent of the Middle East lands. Israel represents one-tenth of 1 percent of the landmass.

But that’s too much for the Arabs. They want it all. And that is ultimately what the fighting in Israel is about today. Greed. Pride. Envy. Covetousness. No matter how many land concessions the Israelis make, it will never be enough.

My recent commentaries on the Middle East have touched off a virtual international firestorm on the Internet.

Since writing “Myths of the Middle East” less than two weeks ago, I have been inundated with e-mail from all over the world -- at least 5,000 letters from Israel alone! The article has been translated into a dozen languages. It has been the subject of network television debates. It has been read on Israeli national radio. And, while most of the reaction has been passionately favorable, there have been threats on my life and the lives of my family members. There have been vicious, obscene, vulgar and profane denunciations.

The reaction illustrates just how far apart the Arabs and Israelis are in the so-called “peace process.”

There has clearly been no progress since 1947.

In fact, there is ample evidence that some Arab leaders are right now attempting to revise history in new ways that strongly suggest there is nothing Israel can ever do to appease the violence in their hearts.

Jerusalem’s role as “The Third Holiest Site in Islam” in mainstream Islamic writings does not precede the 1930s. It was created by the Grand Mufti Haj Amin al Husseini

Most of the problems surrounding Jerusalem can be traced to two areas of dispute. One is the political area that asks Jerusalem to be the capital of both Israel and the nascent Palestine. The other and most contentious problem is the holiness of Temple Mount to both Judaism and Islam.

The role Jerusalem has in the Hebrew holy works is well known and not open to debate; however, there are varying opinions on the holiness of Jerusalem, specifically Temple Mount to Islam.

Many if not most opinions that counter Islam’s claim point out the Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Quran and did not occupy any special role in Islam until recent political exigencies transformed Jerusalem into Islam’s third holy site.

Jerusalem’s role as “The Third Holiest Site in Islam” in mainstream Islamic writings does not precede the 1930s.

The Islamic claim to the Temple is very recent, since 1930

6 Comments

Lin

YOu would enjoy this site, too:

http://frontpagemag.com/

Horowitz has quite a few videos on the history of "Palestine" that are excellent. The articles and symposiums are great.

Jamie

Thanks Paula, That was very educational for me.

""I felt that in these deceptive times, especially when the news reports students being suspended from school in England for not performing Islamic prayers, it was important to help spread truth about the history of the Middle East. Here are some good articles, with excerpts.""

I wrote this down today and it goes along with this..

Rev: 20:4 "And I saw the souls of those beheaded for the witness of JESUS who would not worship the beast and receive his mark on their right hand and forhead." (Rev:20:4)

Beheaded? This significantly stood out to me recently, so I decided to do a little research as to why Islamics behead their victims. Here’s what I found...

Groups such as Abu Mus‘ab al-Zarqawi’s Al-Tawhid wa al-Jihad (Unity and Jihad) and Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Hasan bin Mahmud’s Ansar al-Sunna (Defenders of [Prophetic] Tradition) justify the decapitation of prisoners with Qur’anic scripture. Sura (chapter) 47 contains the ayah (verse): "When you encounter the unbelievers on the battlefield, strike off their heads until you have crushed them completely; then bind the prisoners tightly." The Qur’anic Arabic terms are generally straightforward: kafaru means "those who blaspheme/are irreligious," although Darb ar-riqab is less clear. Darb can mean "striking or hitting" while ar-riqab translates to "necks, slaves, persons." With little variation, scholars have translated the verse as, "When you meet the unbelievers, smite their necks." For centuries, leading Islamic scholars have interpreted this verse literally. The famous Iranian historian and Qur’an commentator Muhammad b. Jarir at-Tabari (d. 923 C.E.) wrote that "striking at the necks" is simply God’s sanction of ferocious opposition to non-Muslims. Mahmud b. Umar az-Zamakhshari (d. 1143 C.E.), in a major commentary studied for centuries by Sunni religious scholars, suggested that any prescription to "strike at the necks" commands to avoid striking elsewhere so as to confirm death and not simply wound.

Notice they behead the (unbelievers), or those who blaspheme or are "irreligious" to the Quran. They are "defenders of the Prophetic Tradition". Muhammad b. Jarir at-Tabari (d. 923 C.E.) wrote that "striking at the necks" is simply God’s sanction of ferocious opposition to non-Muslims.

Now read this verse in Rev 20:4 again..

"And I saw the souls of those beheaded for the witness of JESUS who would not worship the beast and receive his mark on their right hand and forhead."

Makes you think doesn’t it?

Paula Fether

Thanks Lin, I’ll check it out.

Yes Jamie, I remember how that verse in Rev. hit me when that first awful videotaped slow beheading was made known. I couldn’t help but make the connection. And seeing the insane and rapid capitulation of the West to Islam makes Bible prophecy so much clearer now.

Believing as I do that the war of Ezekiel 38-39 will be Russia and the Islamic states coming down upon Israel from the north, their divine destruction will be the end of their quest for global domination. But they must rise before they fall.

So I see first the small war in which Israel exterminates Damascus, and the Rapture (not clear which will be first), then with Islam unopposed and no longer held back by the Holy Spirit, it will be the cause of the innumerable martyrs seen in heaven during the Seal judgments, beheaded for their testimony about Jesus. But God will destroy those beheaders and spill their blood on the mountains of Israel. But undoubtedly there will still be beheadings as the preferred method of execution.

And when the Muslims are gone, into the vacuum will rush the New Age mysticism that has all but consumed the church, ushering in the World Religion with a thin veneer of Christianity.

Before the rise of Islam I thought it was most curious that the world would go back to beheading, thinking only of those medieval guillotines. Now we know.

tiro3

You received threats on your LIFE!! Good grief. :(

Amazing, how easy it is sometimes for something to travel so widely on the internet.

Be careful.

tiro3

Oh, it wasn’t you it was the writer of your excerpts. whew! :)

Paula Fether

Not yet anyway... ;-)