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ABK You and Muslim Friends Are Not Going to Change the History Of Israel

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Submitted by Infidel (Canada), Jul 21, 2006 at 23:26

The term "Palestinian" is a masterful twisting of history. To portray themselves as indigenous, Arab settlers adopted the name of an ancient Mediterranean tribe, the Philistines ("invaders" in Hebrew), that disappeared almost 3,000 years ago. The connection between this tribe and modern day Arabs is nil. Romans, in order to conceal their shame and anger with rebellious regions, changed the references to Judea and Samaria by naming the area Palestine.

Israel became a nation in the 14th century BCE. Two thousand years before the rise of Islam. Since 1272 BCE, the Jews have had dominion over the land for up to 1,000 years, with a continuous Jewish presence in the land for the past 3,300 years. The only Arab dominion since the Arab invasion and conquest in 635 CE lasted no more than 22 years.

In 1867, Mark Twain took a tour of Palestine. This is how he described that land: "A desolate country whose soil is rich enough but is given over wholly to weeds. A silent, mournful expanse. We never saw a human." In 1882, official Ottoman Turk census figures showed that, in the entire Land of Israel, there were only 141,000 Muslims, both Arab and non-Arab. A travel guide to Palestine and Syria was published in 1906 by Karl Baedeker; the book estimated the total population of Jerusalem at 60,000, of whom 7,000 were Muslims, 13,000 were Christians and 40,000 were Jews.

There is overwhelming historical and archeological evidence that Jews were living in the Land of Israel for thousands of years. Despite two exiles, one diaspora and persecution by colonial powers, there was constant presence of Jews in Israel. Over many centuries, Jews maintained a single language, religion and culture and never rescinded their claims to nationhood. In words of Abba Eban,

"Nobody does Israel any service by proclaiming its 'right to exist'. Israel's right to exist, like that of the United States, Saudi Arabia and 152 other states, is axiomatic and unreserved. Israel's legitimacy is not suspended in midair awaiting acknowledgment".

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Israel must "win the war" just to live! [85 words]Phil GreendJan 2, 2010 04:52166706
history goes way beyond 570 AD [65 words]daulatkhanJan 5, 2009 03:05146943
1Masada shall not fall again : Long Live Israel as Free and Prosperous Country [107 words]Aryan SinghJul 29, 2006 17:1551163
Mistake? Perhaps a Correction? [35 words]MosheJul 24, 2006 07:1450728
Do your own research [246 words]You Know WhoJul 22, 2006 01:5750516
Israel is not a nation of "European Jews" [111 words]Raymond from DCJul 21, 2006 16:0050475
Someone who knows the facts! [110 words]JasonJul 26, 2006 08:5250475
Yes, "compromise, retreat and so forth" [136 words]PigfootJul 20, 2006 15:2550339
1Historical facts [97 words]Arnie ServaisJul 20, 2006 10:4050300
1Even the Quran endorses Israel [308 words]NafataJul 25, 2006 17:1050300
long live [19 words]MosheNov 12, 2006 18:2150300
Wow way to take this quote out of context [87 words]InformedSep 6, 2009 01:4050300
There Is A "Mistake," And It's Name Is "Oslo." [511 words]orange yonasonJul 20, 2006 00:5850265
3Jews are ancient inhabitants of Palestine before Islam. Period [230 words]TTSJul 20, 2006 00:1650264
Poland or Palestine? [259 words]ABKJul 20, 2006 20:4250264
The Lebanese government is getting a free ride it doesn't deserve... [95 words]Rick HouseJul 21, 2006 17:3050264
ABK You and Muslim Friends Are Not Going to Change the History Of Israel [336 words]InfidelJul 21, 2006 23:2650264
TTS, The Land Of Israel Has Always Belonged To The Jewish People [159 words]AnneMJul 23, 2006 10:4950264
ABK, The Palestinian Arabs Were Given An Opportunity To Have Their Own Land, Jordan [193 words]AnneMJul 23, 2006 11:1750264
And neither will you , Infidel [39 words]JimJul 25, 2006 15:3850264
BCE, CE and BC, AD [63 words]InfidelJul 26, 2006 00:5550264
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response to article tts [87 words]lenOct 25, 2008 21:5050264
true [7 words]junjieJun 15, 2009 15:4850264
It's time for a Roll Call of those who would defend Israel and end terrorism... [226 words]Rick HouseJul 19, 2006 23:3050261
Creation of State of Israel. [151 words]Yehudis EngelJul 21, 2006 02:0650261
Self-hating Jews [18 words]BenJul 19, 2006 17:2250222
G-d's will will be done [110 words]JudahNov 7, 2008 23:4550222

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