Monday, May 09, 2005

Israel's Declaration of Independence

Here is Israel's Declaration of Independence as read by David Ben Gurion on May 14, 1948 at 4:00 p.m over the radio.


"The Land of Israel was the birthplace of the Jewish people. Here the spiritual, religious and national identity was formed. Here they achieved independence and created a culture of national and universal significance. Here they wrote and gave the Bible to the world...

"Exiled from Palestine, the Jewish people remained faithful to it in all the countries of the dispersion, never ceasing to pray and hope for their return and restoration of their national freedom.

"Accordingly we, the members of the National Council met together in solemn assembly today and by virtue of the natural and historic right of the Jewish people and with the support of the resolution of the General of the United Nations, hereby proclaim the establishment of the Jewish state in Palestine to be called Israel...

"We offer peace and amity to all neighboring states and their peoples and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all...

"With trust in the Rock of Israel, we set our hands to this declaration at this session of the Provisional State Council in the city of Tel Aviv on Sabbath Eve, 5th Iyar 5708, 14th day of May 1948."


Wednesday, April 20, 2005

The Ancient Jewish Temple

This is a model of what many scholars believe the ancient Jewish Temple looked like. Originally it was built by King Solomon (circa 945 B.C.E.), but destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.E. It was rebuilt by 515 B.C.E. after Babylon fell to the Persians. This model is of the 2nd Temple (which was based on the 1st Temple). Rome destroyed the 2nd Temple around 70 C.E. to punish the Jews for constantly rebelling. Muslim Arabs colonized Palestine in the seventh century C.E. and built the golden domed "Dome of the Rock" atop the Temple Ruins in 691 C.E.

Friday, April 15, 2005

Who are the Palestinians?

There seems to be major mass hysteria about this issue. However, I will explain it for you as it technically is in English.
The "Palestinians" are the Jews. When Roman Emperor Hadrian put down the second part of the Great Revolt (Jews revolting against Roman rule), he declared that Judah and the surrounding area would thereafter be known as Palestine, in an effort to demoralize the Jews. The name Palestine was derived from the Jews' old enemy, the Philistines. However, the name Palestine was given, not to Philistine land, but to all lands under Jewish hegemony. Thus in practical terms Palestine quite accurately means "land of the Jews."
In the late 1960s it became fashionable to refer to Palestinian Arabs as "Palestinians." However this is incorrect as the Jews had already been called this for about 1700 years. Palestinian Arabs are correctly called "Palestinian Arabs." Palestinian Arabs, like all other Arabs, are originally from Arabia, which is southeast of Palestine.
I meet people all the time who think the Palestinian Arabs are indigenous to Palestine based on the recurring misuse of the term "Palestinian" when referring to the Palestinian Arabs. I get the impression that even in the Arab world there is gross misunderstanding of this situation, and even the Arab children being used as Suicide Murderers do not realize that they are, in fact, invaders killing the indigenous people!!


Judah Maccabee - a true Palestinian

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Shiloh

Jerusalem became the capital and spiritual center of the Jews over 3000 years ago when King David conquered it from the Jebusites and placed the royal palace and the ark of the covenant there. For hundreds of years before that, the spiritual center was Shiloh. Shiloh was where the ark was kept (there was no royal palace in those days, the Judges ruled Israel then). There is still a large flat area believed to be the location of the ancient tabernacle there. This was the tabernacle that Moses built in the desert and traveled around with. The tabernacle at Shiloh was destroyed by the Philistines who stole the ark (but later gave it back). This event was a major encouragment for the Israelites to unite under a king (so they could fight the Philistines).
Here is a marker from the site.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

A Blog for Zion

Zionism is the love of the Jewish people for the land of Palestine, which in ancient times was known as Israel and Judah. I am interested in this subject and fascinated by the commotion about it. Since literally billions of people seem bent on killing me for being a zionist, I thought that it would be fun to have a little zionist blog. Not sure what I will post yet.