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Sunday, May 07, 2006

"How did your uneducated kind ever take Jerusalem?"

Unbelievable, 3 posts in one day. I think it's a record for me.


Crucial facts about israel and jerusalem...

1. Israel became a state in 1312 b.c., two millennia before islam;

2. Arab refugees from israel began calling themselves "palestinians" in 1967, two decades after (modern) israeli statehood;

3. After conquering the land in 1272 b.c., jews ruled it for a thousand years and maintained a continuous presence there for 3,300 years;

4. The only arab rule following conquest in 633 b.c. lasted just 22 years;

5. For over 3,300 years, jerusalem was the jewish capital. It was never the capital of any arab or muslim entity. Even under jordanian rule, (east) jerusalem was not made the capital, and no arab leader came to visit it;

6. Jerusalem is mentioned over 700 times in the bible, but not once is it mentioned in the qur'an;

7. King david founded jerusalem; muhammad never set foot in it;

8. Jews pray facing jerusalem; muslims face mecca. If they are between the two cities, muslims pray facing mecca, with their backs to jerusalem;

9. In 1948, arab leaders urged their people to leave, promising to cleanse the land of jewish presence. 68% of them fled without ever setting eyes on an israeli soldier;

10. Virtually the entire jewish population of muslim countries had to flee as the result of violence and pogroms;

11. Some 630,000 arabs left israel in 1948, while close to a million jews were forced to leave the muslim countries;

12. In spite of the vast territories at their disposal, arab refugees were deliberately prevented from assimilating into their host countries. Of 100 million refugees following world war 2, they are the only group to have never integrated with their co-religionists. Most of the jewish refugees from europe and arab lands were settled in israel, a country no larger than the state of new jersey;

13. There are 22 muslim countries, not counting palestine. There is only one jewish state. Arabs started all five wars against israel, and lost every one of them;

14. Fatah and hamas constitutions still call for the destruction of israel. Israel ceded most of the west bank and all of gaza to the palestinian authority, and even provided it with arms;

15. During the jordanian occupation, jewish holy sites were vandalized and were off limits to jews. Under israeli rule, all muslim and christian holy sites are accessible to all faiths;

16. united nations security council up until 1990,

97 resolutions out of 175 were against israel;

in the general assembly:

429 resolutions, out of 690 were against israel;

17. The u.n. was silent when the jordanians destroyed 58 synagogues in the old city of jerusalem. It remained silent while jordan systematically desecrated the ancient jewish cemetery on the mount of olives, and it remained silent when jordan enforced apartheid laws preventing jews from accessing the temple mount and western wall.

Quote is from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

The possibility that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
– Abraham Lincoln


At 2:58 AM, May 08, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And don't forget that the UN considers Palestinians regugees all those born in other countries AFTER they fled. For no other group does this hold true. In all other cases, the individual born to refugee parents is AUTOMATICALLY a citizen of the country in which they were born.

At 11:18 AM, May 08, 2006, Blogger ifyouwillit said...

Great film quote.

At 12:09 PM, May 08, 2006, Blogger Jerusalemcop said...

the line was said by azzim (a moor) to robin (a christian who fought in the crusades)


At 1:44 PM, May 08, 2006, Blogger Dot Co Dot Il said...

You keep writing, we'll keep reading :)

At 2:07 PM, May 08, 2006, Blogger kasamba said...

FABULOUS post!!!
I printed it off and put it on my fridge!

At 2:55 PM, May 08, 2006, Blogger Jerusalemcop said...

word of caution Kasamba. I didn't make up the list, so I can't take credit for it


At 2:56 PM, May 08, 2006, Blogger Jerusalemcop said...

thanks .co.il

appreciate the encouragement


At 3:47 AM, July 29, 2006, Blogger artists said...

Here is a comment about "16 Important Facts About Jews, Arabs and Israel":

Isn't this statement inaccurate: "Arab refugees from Israel began calling themselves “Palestinians” in 1967, two decades after (modern) Israeli statehood. " ?
according to dictionaries :

This is only one source: the Wikipedia:

"The Sykes-Picot Agreement of May 16, 1916 was a secret understanding between the governments of Britain and France defining their respective spheres of post-World War I influence and control in the Middle East. The boundaries of this agreement still remain in much of the common border between Syria and Iraq.
The agreement was negotiated in November 1915 by the French diplomat François Georges-Picot and Briton, Mark Sykes.
Britain was allocated control of areas roughly comprising Jordan, Iraq and a small area around Haifa. France was allocated control of South-eastern Turkey, Northern Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. The controlling powers were left free to decide on state boundaries within these areas.
The area which subsequently came to be called Palestine was for international administration pending consultations with Russia and other powers.
This agreement is viewed by many as conflicting with the Hussein-McMahon Correspondence of 1915–1916. The conflicting agreements are the result of changing progress during the war, switching in the earlier correspondence from needing Arab help to subsequently trying to enlist the help of Jews in the United States in getting the US to join the First World War, in conjunction with the Balfour Declaration, 1917. The agreement had been made in secret. Sykes was also not affiliated with the Cairo office that had been corresponding with Sherif Hussein ibn Ali, and was not fully aware of what had been promised the Arabs.
The agreement was later expanded to include Italy and Russia. Russia was to receive Armenia and parts of Kurdistan while the Italians would get certain Aegean islands and a sphere of influence around Izmir in southwest Anatolia. The Italian presence in Anatolia as well as the division of the Arab lands was later formalized in the Treaty of Sèvres in 1920.
The Russian Revolution of 1917 led to Russia being denied its claims in the Ottoman Empire. At the same time Lenin released a copy of the confidential Sykes-Picot Agreement as well as other treaties causing great embarrassment among the allies and growing distrust among the Arabs.
Attempts to resolve the conflict were made at the Sanremo conference and in the Churchill White Paper of 1922, which stated the British position that Palestine was part of the excluded areas of "Syria lying to the west of the District of Damascus".
The agreement is seen by many as a turning point in Western/Arab relations, as it negated the promises made to Arabs[1] through T.E. Lawrence for a national homeland in the Syrian territory in exchange for their siding with British forces against the Ottoman Empire.
The agreement's principal terms were reaffirmed by the inter-Allied Sanremo conference of 19–26 April 1920 and the ratification of the resulting League of Nations mandates by the Council of the League of Nations on July 24, 1922"

Just to let you know, I'm not taking sides in these matters of politics. I'm just interested in historical information.



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