The Holy Land
The Other Side
Of The Story
. . .Mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
. . . We [Allaah] chose them [children of Israel] knowingly, above all other people. . . ; and, . . . We assigned unto the children of Israel a most goodly abode . . . Quran, (Asad), 44:32, 10:93
Only an internal revolution can have the power to heal our people of their murderous sickness of causeless hatred. It is bound to bring complete ruin
upon us. Only then will the old and young in our land realize how great was their responsibility to those miserable arab refugees in whose towns we have settled jews who were brought from afar; whose homes we have inheritied, whose fields we now sow and harvest; the fruit of whose gardens, orchards, and vinyards we gather; and in whose cities that we robbed, we put up houses of education, charity and prayer while we babble and rave about being the 'people of the book' and the 'light of nations."
Famous Jewish philosopher Martin Buber's letter to fellow Jews, 1961.
How unpopular is this other side of the story, even for Jews? Consider these words from the well read and prestigious Jewish magazine Tikkun: We are saddened by the anger and loss of support we face for our willingness to speak the truth as we see it. Nov/Dec 2000 In their lead editorial Murdering The Spirit Of God, they stated: We as Jews and other peoples of faith can no longer shut our eyes or close our ears to the suffering of the Palestinian people. We want the world to know that in this period there were Jews who stood up and proclaimed their commitment to a Judaism that would fight for a world in which every human being is treated with the respect and the sense of sanctity that are central to a spiritual vision of the world.
These Jews know their day of pride will come eventually just as those similar Muslims did who tried to warn their fellow co-religionists during the Fatamid and Seljuk periods. These two periods of errant Muslim rule spoiled Islam's proud record of their almost 1000 years of tolerant rule of Jeruselum. Many believe this was what helped to bring about the Crusades. And, there are other prominent Jews who have been complaining all along.
Erich Fromm, the well known psychiatrist / philosopher and
author of the still popular book The Art Of Loving,
written way back in 1958:
It is often said that the Arabs fled, that they left the country voluntarily, and that they therefore bear the responsibility for losing their property and their land. It is true that in history there are some instances - in Rome and in France during the Revolutions when enemies of the state were proscribed and their property confiscated. But in general international law, the principle holds true that no citizen loses his property or his rights of citizenship; and the citizenship right is de facto a right to which the Arabs in Israel have much more legitimacy than the Jews.
Just because the Arabs fled? Since when is that punishable by confiscation of property and by being barred from returning to the land on which a people's forefathers have lived for generations? Thus, the claim of the Jews to the land of Israel cannot be a realistic political claim. If all nations would suddenly claim territories in which their forefathers had lived two thousand years ago, this world would be a madhouse. (Erich Fromm, in Jewish Newsletter, 5.19.1958).
This statement was verified by Russian immigrant Nathan Chofshi, who had come to Palestine in 1908. He watched the very people who had welcomed him suddenly become unwelcome and afraid for their lives.
We Jews forced the Arabs to leave....Here was a people who
lived on its own land for 1,300 years. We came and turned the native Arabs into tragic refugees. And still we dare to slander and malign
them, to besmirch their name. Instead of being deeply ashamed of what we did and of trying to undo some of the evil we committed by helping these unfortunate refugees, we justify our terrible acts
and even attempt to glorify them.
(Nathan Chofshi, in Jewish Newsletter, 2.9.1959)
This same lead editorial in the Nov/Dec Tikkun shows that Jews who stand for justice have not and will not forget this:
Israel has never been willing to acknowledge its moral culpability for expelling hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the 1948 war, and today acknowledges no responsibility for the fate of several million of their descendents still living in refugee camps around the Arab world and within the Occupied Territories. Though a Jew born in Brooklyn has an automatic right of return to Israel and will be given financial support by the government of Israel, Palestinians who were born in Israel and subsequently expelled have no right to return, . . .
Who is it that hates who?
Here are a few enlightening and little known comparisons. Can a Muslim eat the kosher food of a Jew? Yes. Can a Jew eat the Halal food of a Muslim? No! Can a Muslim be permitted to marry a Jew? Yes. Can a Jew be permitted to marry a Muslim? No! Can a Muslim pray in a synagogue? Yes. Can a Jew pray in a Mosque. No! Do many Muslims read and revere the Torah? Yes. Do many Jews read and revere the Quran? No! Could a Jew immigrate to reside in the city of Jerusalem when it was under those hundreds of years of Muslim rule? Yes. Can a Muslim immigrate to reside today in Jerusalem? No! Do Muslims hate Jews? NO, NO and NO. Do Muslims hate the State of Israel? This answer is only a slightly complex it depends. Is the State of Israel a secular democracy like America, or is it a theocracy? Muslims, Jews and Christians all see themselves as the Kin of Abraham. These Kin of Abraham share many important laws which they are commanded to do. One of these laws is to hate injustice. Many objective global citizens believe Israel to be the last remaining modern nation/state utilizing apartheid styled laws, these citizens include amazingly large numbers of Jews, including Israelis. Are these apartheid laws unjust?
Ask those early Hebron Jewish settlers like Nathan Chofsi, some of whom a few years ago came back to demonstrate on behalf of their former Palestinian neighbors. Or ask Rabbi Kahane, who although condemned by the government of Israel supports his still widely read claims by both the Bible and other recognized rabbinical authorities on the 613 commandments of Moses:
The children of Israel are about to set foot into the land of
Israel., . . God does not ignore the fact (like we do today) that
there is a definite "Canaanite problem," and he gives the solution straight up:. . . (see Rambam, Hilchot Milachim, Ch.6 . . .)
. . . they can remain in the land as long as they agree to the
conditions of obeying the seven Noachide Laws, taxes, and
servitude. If this is unacceptable to them, they have the right to
leave the country immediately. Their final option is to stay and
fight to prevent the Jews from settling the land, and the halacha
regarding their entire population of men, women, and children is:
"And thou shalt not allow a soul to live."
It would not be holy for the Holy Land to be ruled by the often suggested three way truce. It would not be holy for there to be ANY state in God's holy land. Instead the Holy Land WILL only end up under the rule of whichever of the three Kin who can become the most followable, not whoever becomes the most powerful. All three of these Kin claim to believe in God's stated will for this land. Surely, none of those who believe this, from either of these faiths, will have the slightest concern which one of the three, the most followable might become. Besides, the rest of this world is getting pretty sick of the many failings of all all three of us. Perhaps, the concept of a Holy House, a place of prayer for all nations needs to start locally first, before globally. Maybe the Prince of Peace is only awaiting a unified three-way invitation from those who all claim to believe in a similar Messiah, with roughly the same mission. Maybe these three need that little child who will lead them, as implied in Isaiah (. . .and a child will lead them) or that 80's movie about the little kid who gets all the sports figures to resign over nuclear weapons, "Amazing Grace and Chuck."
. . . this is the question?
Just who is it that will make the Holy Land Holy. Which of these Kin of Abraham, IF ANY, that can become humble and trustworthy enough to become followable by the other two: this -- this is the question? The only question. May the "least" one win. And soon!!
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This site was established by Jews who are loyal to the Torah and who are not intoxicated with Zionism.
Israel is NOT a Jewish state, it is a Zionist state. There is nothing Jewish about it."
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Silence in the face of injustice is complicity with injustice.
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