Hanukkah and General Edmund Allenby

I am writing his blog on December 11, a date that will live in infamy as you will soon discover.

This year, the eight days of Hanukkah are celebrated on December 13-20 (beginning the eve of Dec. 12). While Hanukkah has always been considered a Jewish holiday, Christians should also celebrate Hanukkah to commemorate the great victory of the Jews over Antiochus Epiphanes in 164 as recorded in First Maccabaeus. Without that victory the Jews would have perished and Jesus would not have been born.

Three years earlier (167), Antiochus desecrated the holy altar of God at the Temple in Jerusalem by offering a pig as a sacrifice to Zeus. This was on December 25, the birthday of Zeus, who was the Greek high god and thought to be the incarnation of the sun. This was also the supposed birthday of many ancient pagan gods which is why Rome decreed it to be the birthday of Jesus. For this reason, our Pilgrim Fathers did not celebrate Christmas.

Antiochus forbade the Jewish people to practice their religion. They could not practice circumcision, observe the Sabbath, celebrate the feasts, keep the dietary laws, study the Torah, or in any way, worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Those who disobeyed were either tortured or killed or both. Their bodies were mutilated, and while still alive and breathing, they were crucified. The wives and sons whom they had circumcised were strangled. They were then crucified with the dead bodies of their children made to hang around their parent’s necks.

Although greatly outnumbered, and fighting the superpower of their time, God gave the Maccabaeus a great victory. They liberated Jerusalem, tore down the pagan altar, cleansed the Temple and reestablished their religious practices. Traditional writings tell us that when the Jews rededicated the altar to God they only had enough oil to burn the menorah for one day. But after the menorah was kindled, it miraculously burned for eight days, thus, the eight days of Hanukkah.

Hanukkah is called the Feast of Dedication and the Feast of Lights. Jesus celebrated this feast (John 10:22), which certainly makes it “kosher” for Christians. In fact, Jesus was probably conceived in Mary (Miriam) by the Holy Spirit at Hanukkah and born during the Feast of Trumpets or Tabernacles.   

The central focus in celebrating Hanukkah is lighting the eight-branched menorah called a hanukkiah. The hanukkiah has a ninth candle called a Shamash. This word means servant. The servant candle is used to light the other eight. May we all be filled with the light of God’s love and be His living hanukkiah servants to a very dark world. And may we have the faith and courage to fight against the darkness that would distinguish our light.

General Edmund Allenby

Now let’s fast forward from the time of the Maccabaeus to 1917 when another in the spirit of the Maccabaeus liberated Jerusalem. Turkey has ruled over Jerusalem for 400 years from 1517. But just as in the time of Antiochus, God had a plan to overthrow Turkey and liberate Jerusalem so that one day the Jews would be able to return to their ancient capital. The man he chose was General Edmund Allenby.

General Allenby was a God fearing Christian general in the British army. He led the liberation of Jerusalem from the Turks that would bring an end to four hundred years of Muslim control of Jerusalem. The Turks surrendered to Allenby on December 9 and he entered in triumphant on December 11. Before entering Jerusalem, Allenby dismounted from his horse and walked in because he said that only the Messiah should ride in triumphant in the final liberation and redemption of Jerusalem.

Now get this! As a Christian boy in England, his mother taught young Edmund to end his bedtime prayers with these words, “And, O Lord, we would not forget your ancient people, Israel. Hasten the day when Israel shall again be your people and shall be restored to your favor and to their land.” Allenby said, “I never knew God would give me the privilege of answering my own childhood prayer.”

Was it just a coincidence that Allenby was the man who liberated Jerusalem or was the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob orchestrating these events? Was it just a coincidence that Allenby, the Christian General Maccabean of WWI, liberated Jerusalem DURING THE FEAST OF HANUKKAH or was the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob orchestrating these events? Is it just a coincidence that it is during the approaching season of Hanukkah that the President of the USA has publicly recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel? The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the God of history. He declares the end from the beginning. His counsel shall stand and none shall stay His hand (Isaiah 46:9-10).

HAPPY HANUKKAH!

 

 

 

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THE PILGRIMS AND THE FIRST THANKSGIVING

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Because of the popularity of the Thanksgiving holiday, all Americans have heard of the Pilgrims. Anyone who has studied American history knows something about the Puritans.

But who were the Pilgrims and Puritans? They were Bible believing Christians who did not like the fact that the secular British government, ruled by a secular king, also ruled over the Christian Church of England. The king dictated church doctrines and practices that benefited him and forbade those that didn’t. As you would expect, this corrupted the organized Church of England. That is why it is important, that from an organizational control standpoint, political and religious institutions are not governed by the same entity. This is what Thomas Jefferson meant by the separation of church and state – no state church.

The Puritans and Pilgrims didn’t like a secular king telling them what they could believe and how they could practice their Christian faith. They wanted to study the Bible for themselves, establish their own beliefs as they understood the Bible, and decide for themselves how to live out their faith.

Separation of Church and State Not God and State

In other words, they did not want freedom from religion; but freedom of religion. They did not want the government to have a government church. They acknowledged God as their sovereign; not the King of England. They wanted freedom of conscience to believe and live as they understood the Bible; and not what the King of England told them to believe and do. They would never have thought of kicking God out of the government but wanted to kick the government out of the church. They wanted God to rule the government not the government to rule the church.

Of course this desire for freedom of conscience threatened the king who was not going to tolerate this dissent. King James I vowed to “make these deviants conform or he would harass them out of the land or else do worse.” The more they sought religious freedom; the more the king persecuted them. Using biblical terms, we might say that God hardened the King of England’s heart.

The Puritans thought they could purify the corrupted Church of England from within. The Pilgrims believed otherwise. They didn’t see any hope for change as long as the king was the head of the church. So the Pilgrims separated themselves from the Church of England. This is why they were called Separatists.

The Pilgrim Exodus

Because they were persecuted, the Pilgrims fled England to Holland and then twelve years later they left Holland, bordered a ship called the Mayflower and sailed to America on September 6, 1620. Sixty six days later they arrived at Cape Cod and at Plymouth Rock on December 11. Over the next twenty years, 16,000 Puritans crossed the ocean and founded the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

The Pilgrims were totally connected to the Hebraic roots of Christianity. They saw themselves as reenacting the Exodus from Egypt except they were fleeing the King of England and crossing the ocean to a new promise land. They identified with the Hebrew people, the Hebrew Bible and the Hebrew language. For example, it is likely that the Thanksgiving celebration of the Pilgrims was based on the Feast of Tabernacles in Leviticus 23:39. It was this connection that brought Judeo-Christian morals and ethics to America that made America great. No matter who is in the White House, we must return to our Judeo-Christian heritage to “Make America Great Again.” This will require intense spiritual warfare and much civil unrest because those who hate God would rather destroy the country than bow to God.

 

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The First Thanksgiving

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Of the 102 passengers on the Mayflower, only 53 survived the first winter. In the fall of 1621, they celebrated their survival and a successful harvest that we know of as the “First Thanksgiving.”Along with the Pilgrims, ninety Native Americans, including King Massasoit, came to the feast that lasted for three days. Ladies, can you imagine preparing for and feeding this many people for three days?

There are two descriptions of that first thanksgiving from eyewitness accounts, both written in King James English. The first is from Edward Winslow who writes:

“Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruits of our labors; they four in one day killed as much fowl, as with a little help beside, served the Company almost a week, at which time amongst other Recreations, we exercised our Arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and amongst the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five Deer, which they brought to the Plantation and bestowed on our Governor, and upon the Captain and others. And although it be not always so plentiful, as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want, that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.”

William Bradford was the governor of the Colony. He writes:

“They began now to gather in the small harvest they had, and to fit up their houses and dwellings against winter, being all well recovered in health and strength and had all things in good plenty. For as some were thus employed in affairs abroad, others were exercised in fishing, about cod and bass and other fish, of which they took good store, of which every family had their portion. All the summer there was no want; and now began to come in store of fowl, as winter approached, of which this place did abound when they came first (but afterward decreased by degrees). And besides waterfowl there was great store of wild turkeys, of which they took many, besides venison, etc. Besides, they had about a peck of meal a week to a person, or now since harvest, Indian corn to that proportion. Which made many afterwards write so largely of their plenty here to their friends in England, which were not feigned but true reports.”

There are some teachers and writers who claim that the Pilgrims stole land from the Native Americans and treated them harshly. This is not true. The Pilgrims and the Native Americans in their neighborhood signed a peace treaty of mutual respect and friendship that lasted fifty years. How many treaties do you know that last fifty years? It was only later that less honorable people from both sides violated the trust between the parties.

A Miracle of Survival

Of the original 102 Mayflower passengers, 29 were women. Eighteen were married, ten were children and one was single. Of the eighteen married women, fourteen died in the first winter leaving only four surviving married women. These were Mary Brewster, Susanna White, Elizabeth Hopkins, and Ellen Billington. Symbolically, America was born from the womb of these few godly women who had a Judeo-Christian, Hebraic faith and worldview. Think about it!

Bradford acknowledged the divine providence of God with these words, “Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand that made all things from nothing, and gives being to all thing that are; and, as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many, yea, in some sort to our whole nation; let the glorious name of Jehovah have all the praise.”

In 1650, Bradford writes, “Of these 100 or so of persons who came over first, more than half died in the first general sickness. Of those that remained, some were too old to have children. Nevertheless in those thirty years there have sprung up from that stock over 160 persons now living in this year 1650; and of the old stock itself, nearly thirty persons still survive. Let the Lord have the praise, Who is the High Preserver of men.”

 

 

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Remembering Kristallnacht

In October 1938, the Nazis expelled thousands of polish Jews who were living in Germany. However, Poland did not accept them so the people were stranded in a no-man’s land. They were barely surviving under the harshest of conditions in a Polish camp. A 17 year old German born Polish Jew was in Paris at the time and learned his parents were in the camp. The young man became very angry and went to the German embassy in Paris with the intent of killing the German ambassador. But instead of killing the ambassador, he shot Ernst Von Rath, who was the Third Secretary to the ambassador. This was on November 7, 1938. The secretary died two day later on November 9.

The Nazis were waiting for an incident like this to justify an action against the Jews. Hitler gave his storm troopers a free hand against the Jews. When Von Rath died on November 9, they went on a rampage of terror and destruction. Approximately 250 synagogues were set on fire, 815 shops were destroyed, several hundred houses destroyed and 30,000 Jewish men rounded up and sent to concentration camps. This action against the Jews came to be known as Kristallnacht, meaning the “Night of Broken Glass” because the streets were filled with broken glass from the shops and synagogues the Nazis destroyed.

Now for many, this tragic event is only a footnote in the history books. But not so for those who lived through it. They will never forget and neither should we. People who don’t know history, will eventually repeat it. Those of us who are Christians need this understanding so we can stand with our Jewish friends and say, “Never Again.”

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THE CHARGE THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

While the world is celebrating Halloween on October 31, God was celebrating something so much more important that few Christians know about.

You see, it was October 31, 1917 that the Australian Light Horseman made a miraculous charge across open desert and captured the wells at Beersheba. Why did this charge change the world?

In World War I the British and her allies were trying to liberate the Holy Land (then called Palestine), from the Turks and their German allies. The problem was they had to go through Beersheba to get to Jerusalem. The British and her allies had to go through Beersheba because the water wells were at Beersheba. In World War I the military still used horses and horses need water. But the Turks were in control of Beersheba and had built fortified trenches to protect the city.

Without Beersheba, the British and her allies could not liberate the Holy Land, Israel would not be reborn, Jerusalem would not be liberated and prophecy not fulfilled.

After failing several times to take Beersheba, British and Australian commanders determined that they would make one last effort to attack Beersheba with the Fourth Light Horse Brigade. Australian Lieutenant-General Harry Chauvel gave the command. It was just before dark with just enough daylight to make the charge. If the charge failed, the outcome of the war could have been completely different. Failure was not an option.

The Light Horseman were mounted infantry. They always rode their horses a certain distance and then dismounted to charge their enemy by foot. This is what the Germans and Turks expected them to do. But not this time.

I don’t want to give away the story except to say that the Light Horseman did a maneuver they had never done which so surprised the Germans and the Turks, the Light Horseman were able to capture the wells at Beersheba. During the battle, of the 800 Light Horseman in the charge, 31 were killed, 36 wounded and 70 horses died.

The result of the victory was that was that the way to Jerusalem was open for General Allenby to liberate Jerusalem in December and drive the Germans and Turks from the Holy Land. This also made possible the implementation of the Balfour Declaration on November 2 giving British support for the rights of the Jewish people to establish a state in their ancient homeland. This victory at Beersheba is as significant as the liberation of Jerusalem in the six day war in 1967. Without it, Bible prophecy would not be fulfilled. The victory is being re-enacted this year in Israel as the 100 year celebration of THE CHARGE THAT CHANGED THE WORLD.

There is a great movie about this event entitled, “The Light Horseman.” It won the Australian Academy Awards some years back. It is family friendly. You would be greatly blessed by watching this movie. I am sure you can order it through Amazon.

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It is a great way to learn about one of the most important event in God’s redemptive history for Israel and the world.

 

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THE BIG LIE OF MUSLIM TOLERANCE

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Another one of THE BIG LIES is that the Jews who lived under Muslim Arab rule before the birth of Israel had harmonious relations with the Arabs and were treated with dignity and tolerance. The implication is that if Israel would submit to Arab rule, the fighting would stop and Muslims, Jews, and Christian in the Middle East would live happily ever after.

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Yasser Arafat once said, “We are not against Jews. On the contrary, we are all Semites and we have been living with each other in peace and fraternity, Muslims, Jews, and Christians for many centuries.” If you believe this fairy tale, I have some PLO resort property to sell you in the Gaza Strip.

Prior to Islam and the time of Mohammed, Jews and Arabs did live in relative peace with one another. However, when the Jews rejected Mohammed as a prophet, he turned against them with a vengeance as seen in his violent actions against the Jews and his words of hate in the Koran.

For example, in 627 CE, Arabs from Mecca fought Mohammed and his followers from Medina. Mohammed accused the Jews of plotting with the Meccans. After defeating the Meccans, Mohammed beheaded eight hundred Jewish men and made slaves of the women and children. This action became the model for all subsequent Islamic conquests. So much for peace and harmony.

An Arab leader who succeeded Mohammed was Omar. He produced a document called the “Omar Charter” in which he codified the conditions Jews were to live by under Islamic rule.     Here are some of the conditions of peace and fraternity the Jews enjoyed. Christians lived under similar conditions.

The Omar Charter

  1. Jews were forbidden to touch the Koran.
  2. Jews were required to wear distinctive clothing.
  3. Jews were required to wear a yellow piece of cloth as a badge (blue for Christians).
  4. Jews were not allowed to perform their religious practices in public.
  5. Jews were not allowed to own a horse which was a sign of a nobleman.
  6. Jews were required to bury their dead without grieving in public.
  7. Jews were required to pay special taxes.
  8. Jews were not allowed to defend themselves against a Muslim.
  9. Jews were not allowed to testify against a Muslim.
  10. Jews were forbidden to build new synagogues.
  11. The houses and tombs of Jews were not allowed to be higher than those of the Muslims.
  12. The graves of Jews had to be level so that anyone could walk over them.

 

Throughout the centuries, Jews and Christians living under Islamic rule suffered persecution and humiliation, the intensity of which was determined by the character of the particular Muslim ruler. Even under relevantly tolerant rule, Jews and Christians struggled to survive and lived in constant fear for their lives. They only flourished if their Muslim rulers had use for them. Nothing has changed because the nature of Islam is to “kill the infidel.”

In modern times, when Jordan illegally occupied East Jerusalem from 1948-1967, all Jewish residents were expelled and barred from the Western Wall. The Jewish quarter, including all fifty-eight synagogues, was destroyed or desecrated. This was done under the rule of King Hussein, the most moderate of Arab rulers. Think what would happen if the nations forced a Palestinian state on Israel.

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THE BIG LIE OF THE “WEST BANK”

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At the end of World War I, the British made promises to the French, Ibn Ali Hussein (Arabs) and Jewish Zionists that were conflicting and impossible to keep. Britain would be granted the mandate to administer Palestine and Mesopotamia (Iraq). France would negotiate the mandate over Lebanon, Syria and the Golan.

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Britain promised Ibn Ali Hussein Arab independence which the Arabs have achieved beyond their wildest dreams. Britain also promised the Jewish Zionists a homeland in Palestine which included both sides of the Jordan River.

Hussein had three sons, each of which were involved in the unfolding drama. For a brief time, Ali was king of pre-Saudi Arabia before being overthrown by Ibn Saud, the founder of Saudi Arabia and a leader of the radical Islamic group known as the Wahhabis. Their favorite son today is Osama be Laden.

Faisal represented his father at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 and made an agreement with the Zionist leadership represented by Chaim Weizmann. In the agreement, Faisal accepted the principles of the Balfour Declaration which called for a Jewish homeland in Palestine.

Unknown to the French, the British had promised Faisal they would appoint him as king of Syria. He was crowned as king but the French quickly forced him out in 1920.

To placate Faisal, the British offered to make him king of Iraq. But they had already told his brother, Abdullah, that he would be king of Iraq. Left without a kingdom, Abdullah made plans to attack the French in Syria and establish himself as king.

The British panicked and offered to make Abdullah the ruler of the British mandated area east of the Jordan River. But the British had already promised this land to the Jews. No matter the promise, in 1921 the British took the land of Palestine East of the Jordan River and created a separate territory called Transjordan, later Jordan. This was seventy-seven percent of the land promised to the Jews.

In 1947, the United Nations furthered partitioned the land allocated to the Jews into a Jewish and Arab state. In 1948, Jordan attacked the new State of Israel and illegally occupied the Old City of Jerusalem and the land area originally promised to the Jews by the world powers. Since this land area is west of the Jordan River, the Jordanians referred to it as the “West Bank.” This is the territory liberated by the Israelis in 1967.

From biblical times, the “West Bank” was called Judea and Samaria. It is the very heart of the land God gave to the Jews as an everlasting possession. It was the inheritance of the tribes of Judah, Benjamin, and Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh.

This is where God appeared to the Patriarchs, where they are buried, where the Tabernacle was located, where David and Solomon ruled, and where the Temple stood. It was Judea and Samaria in the time of Jesus and throughout history.

The Lord calls this area the “Mountains of Israel” (Ezekiel 36). He says He will bring back the Jewish people to the Mountains of Israel.  He says His people will “take possession” of the Mountains of Israel (Ezekiel 36:12). These are the so-called “settlers.” They are not obstacles to peace. They are not occupying the mythical “West Bank.” They are taking possession of Judea and Samaria, the Mountains of Israel promised by the Almighty to the Jewish people.

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The Myth of the “West Bank”

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A mythical phrase that has become commonplace in the Arab-Israeli conflict is the phrase, “West Bank.” I call this a mythical phrase because it was invented by Jordan to describe the territory west of the Jordan River, a territory which Jordan illegally occupied.

When the news media refers to this area, they call it the “occupied West Bank.” Of course we understand these great reservoirs of truth to mean that it is occupied by Israel. But it was Jordan that illegally occupied the so-called “West Bank” until it was liberated by Israel in 1967. When and how did a land promised to the Jews become the “West Bank?”

On November 5, 1914, the British Government declared war on Turkey. They recruited an Arabian warlord by the name of Ibn Ali Hussein, to lead an Arab uprising against the Turks. Hussein was Sherif of Mecca and the only Arab leader to cooperate with the British during World War I.

Sir Henry McMahon, the British Ambassador to Egypt, promised Hussein Arab independence in return for his assistance. As is often the case with human agreements, some of the details of the agreement were broad and open to different interpretations.

A British officer, T.E. Lawrence provided British leadership, provisions and gold to encourage Hussein and his followers. While Hussein did declare an Arab revolt against Turkey, with British assistance through Lawrence, history gives conflicting claims about the extent and significance of this revolt.

T.E. Lawrence had a great public relations agent named Lowell Thomas. Thomas turned T.E. Lawrence into Lawrence of Arabia and made Hussein the leader of a great revolt. Later reports confirm that the Hollywood Lawrence of Arabia and the great Hussein revolt were myths in themselves.

In 1916, Sir Mark Sykes, representing the British, and Francios Georges Picot representing the French, drew up a first plan to partition the Turkish Empire. The plan was known as the Sykes-Picot Agreement. It was abandoned as others plans developed.

An important part of this plan was to protect British and French interest in pre-Israel Palestine. While this had been a neglected, desolate region from the time the Jews were dispersed in 135 CE, its location was of strategic interest to the British and French.

At this time, a change of government took place in Britain which would have monumental consequences. David Lloyd George became Prime Minister and Author James Balfour became Foreign Secretary. Both were Christian Zionist. On November 2, 1917, Britain issued the famous Balfour Declaration giving superpower support of the rights of the Jewish people to establish a homeland in Palestine. The Jews were promised land on both sides of the Jordan River.

At the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, the foundation was laid which led to Britain being granted the mandate to administer Palestine and Mesopotamia (renamed Iraq by the British). This was confirmed by the newly formed League of Nations at the San Remo Conference in 1920. France would be given the mandate to administer Lebanon, Syria, and the Golan Heights. This set the stage for conflict between Britain, France, Sherif Hussein and the Jews for control of Palestine and both banks of the Jordan River. MORE ABOUT THIS IN PART 2.

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THE BIG LIE OF

OCCUPIED EAST JERUSALEM

When the highly paid professionals at the “Fake News Networks” report the latest happenings in Israel, they invariably talk about “occupied Arab East Jerusalem.” They usually mean the Old City and its surroundings. The idea planted in our minds is that the Arabs have been living in East Jerusalem for centuries, but the Jews, who are recent arrivals, forced them from their homes. What are the facts?

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As most of you know, we have had the great privilege to take tour groups to Israel for about thirty years. The most exciting part of the tour is when we walk into the Old City of Jerusalem. The sights, the sounds, the smells, the history, the people, and the spiritual connection to Jerusalem are an experience the people never forget. You cannot explain Jerusalem, you experience Jerusalem.

We share how the wonderfully exciting Old City is divided into four quarters. These are: 1) the Jewish Quarter, 2) the Arab Quarter, 3) the Armenian Quarter, and 4) the Christian Quarter. But it was not always so divided, nor has it ever been “occupied Arab territory.” How did THE BIG LIE OF OCCUPIED ARAB EAST JERUSALEM become a fact?”

As I have often explained, the Jewish people have had an unbroken presence in the land for 3,000 years. There is archeological evidence of their presence in Jerusalem since 438 CE. The only time they were not allowed in Jerusalem was under Byzantine rule (135-438 CE) and during the Crusades (1099-1187 CE). When the Crusades ended, the Jews returned to Jerusalem where they had lived as the majority population since the 1820’s.

Prior to the British Mandate from 1917 to 1948, the Old City was populated by various religious and ethnic groups. While they had a natural tendency to live next door to their own kind, and dominated their neighborhood, they also lived in different parts of the Old City, which was not divided as it is today.

In 1920, the British established the “mythical Arab quarter” of the Old City. At that time, the Jews were the majority population, followed by Christians, and then Arabs. There were so few Arabs living in the Old City, they did not need a separate quarter for themselves. There was a Jewish Quarter, a Christian Quarter, an Armenian Quarter, and a Mixed Quarter.

In 1914, seventy percent of the residents of the Mixed Quarter were Jews, not Arabs. The Arabs represented less than ten percent of the population of the Old City. The main street in the Mixed Quarter housed 22 synagogues, not mosques, two Jewish learning centers, the printing press for the Hebrew-language newspaper, and other normal institutions to support Jewish life.

The British expelled the Jews from the Mixed Quarter and renamed it the Arab Quarter. The Arab riots in the 1920’s forced the Jews to flee their homes. The pro-Arab British governing Jerusalem at that time kept the Jews from returning while assisting the Arabs to take possession of the deserted Jewish homes. The Arabs occupied East Jerusalem and the Jews, not the Arabs, became refugees.

When Jordan attacked Israel in 1948, the Jordanian army expelled the Jews from their homes in the Jewish Quarter, forbade Jews to enter the Old City, and destroyed any evidence of Jewish life. Jordan illegally occupied “Jewish East Jerusalem” from 1948 to 1967 at which time they attacked Israel. Israel defeated Jordan and Jerusalem was liberated from the occupying Arab power.

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THE BIG LIE THAT JEWS STOLE ARAB LAND

Do you ever get tired of hearing THE BIG LIE that the Jews stole Palestinian land?   The Lord God of Israel made an everlasting covenant with the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to give them the land with Jerusalem as their eternal, undivided capital. Yet, this sacred land grant, which is forever in time, is constantly referred to as “occupied Arab land.”

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So what is the truth? Did the Jews steal Arab land when Israel was reborn? The information presented in this blog should help us answer this question. The facts presented are taken from Myths and Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict published by American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE), From Time Immemorial by Joan Peters, published by Harper and Row, and other sources. Joan’s book is must reading for anyone wanting to know factual history about the land.

What about the land? Who owned what? Were the Arabs displaced? Were they forced from their homes? Even though the Arab population in the land has grown at a much greater rate than the Jewish population, Arabs have continued to propagate THE BIG LIE that Jews booted out the Arabs and stole their land.

What are the facts? From the beginning of World War I, part of the land the world calls Palestine was owned by absentee landlords who lived in Cairo, Damascus and Beirut. About eighty percent of the Palestinian Arabs were debt-ridden peasants, semi-nomads, and Bedouins.

In order to minimize conflict with the Arabs, Jews went out of their way to avoid purchasing land in areas where Arabs might be displaced. They sought land that was largely uncultivated, swampy, inexpensive and unoccupied.

David Ben-Gurion believed that the local Arabs should not be displaced. He actually called for the Jewish pioneers to help liberate the local Arabs from their oppressive landlords. His counsel was not to buy land from the “locals” unless they were vacating the land and that they should be paid a fair price.

Jewish pioneers made it a priority to buy unoccupied land or land owned by absentee landlords who were more than willing to sell their uninhabitable land at outrageously high prices. The pioneers did not buy cultivated land until after they had bought or settled on available unclaimed land. They found many Arabs eager to sell them the land at highly inflated prices. The Arabs thought the Jews were crazy to pay such a high price for “worthless” land. The Jews own the land because they bought it at premium prices.

John Hope Simpson made the following observation when he arrived in Palestine in May 1930: “They [the Jews] paid high prices for the land, and in addition they paid to certain of the occupants of those lands a considerable amount of money which they were not legally bound to pay.”

In order to render a just settlement for displaced Arabs, Lewis French conducted a survey in 1931 to determine who had lost their land. He then offered to help any dispossessed Arabs find new land. British officials received more than three thousand applications from locals who claimed to have lost their land to the Jews. After reviewing all the applications, the British determined that only twenty percent of the claims were justified as legitimate. The rest were not landless but were opportunist who tried to take advantage of the situation.

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The BIG LIE of Al Quds – Part 3

By Dr. Richard Booker

This is a continuation of blogs on THE BIG LIE in its various expressions regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict. THE BIG LIE is the source of all the conflict in the Middle East. It is a serious threat to world peace and our way of life. We must educate ourselves and speak the truth in love.

If you missed the previous blogs on this subject, you can read them below. In this blog I further expose THE BIG LIE of Al Quds (Jerusalem and the Temple Mount). This information is taken from my publication, The Battle for Truth which you may purchase at www.rbooker.com bookstore. Please order your copy and share it along with this blog to your family, friends and social contacts.

In the previous two blogs, I explained the “THE BIG LIE of Al Quds,” which says that the Temple Mount is the third holiest site in Islam.  I pointed out that Jerusalem is mentioned over 800 times in the Bible but is not even mentioned one time in the Koran. In this BLOG I want to share with you some facts about the Mosque on the Temple Mount.

The Caliph Omar defeated the Byzantine Christians in 636 CE at the battle of the Yarmuk River. Two years later, Jerusalem surrendered to him. Until this time, Jerusalem had been outside the realm of Islam. This means that Muhammad never went to Jerusalem. Got it? Caliph Omar built a small house of prayer near the rock of the site of the Jewish Temple. The purpose was to show that Islam had replaced Judaism and Christianity as the last and truest divine revelation.

Later, the Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Malik, whose capital was in Damascus, built the Dome of the Rock on the same site. This was in 692, 60 years after Muhammad’s death. Twenty years later in 712, his son, Caliph Al-Walid built the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount. This was 80 years after Muhammad’s death.

Aqsa is Arabic for furthermost or remotest. Now here is where THE BIG LIE begins. As a way of establishing a legitimate claim of Islam over the Temple Mount, the Al-Aqsa Mosque has been identified as the furthermost or remotest Mosque spoken of in the Koran.

Reviewing earlier blogs on this subject we realize this is impossible because there was no Mosque on the Temple Mount when Muhammad lived. This is one of THE BIG LIE that has been constantly repeated to the point that most of the world believes it to be true.

Now this is really important to understand. Historians tell us that Abd al-Malik built the Dome of the Rock on the site to encourage Muslims worshippers in his territory to make pilgrimages to the Dome of the Rock rather than making pilgrimages outside of his territory to his rival Caliph in Mecca. Did you get that? It was purely for political purposes to keep his subjects under his control.

Abd al-Malik was eager to emphasize the independence and the triumph of the new religion over Christianity. In his mind, the capture of Jerusalem proved that Islam was superior to Judaism and Christianity, ideologically, and militarily.

Abd al-Malik put a lengthy description on the Dome of the Rock condemning Christianity. While the inscription contains many verses from the Koran, it does not mention the one about Muhammad’s night journey. Surely, he would have included that verse if he thought it referred to the Temple Mount.

Of course, Abd al-Malik knew that Muhammad had never been to Jerusalem, much less the Temple Mount. That is why he made no mention of THE BIG LIE of the Temple Mount being the third holiest site in Islam. It was clearly a late fabrication. Muslims had little or no interest in Jerusalem until the Jewish presence aroused them to jealousy.

Abd al-Malik believed he was building the Dome of the Rock on top of the site where Solomon had built the Jewish Temple. This is very interesting since Islamic leaders and the Palestinians deny there was ever a Jewish Temple on the Mount. To cover up their lie, they have been working to remove all evidence of a Jewish presence on the Mount. I personally have sifted through the rubble, along with our tour group, looking for “Temple Treasure.”

However consider the following quote from Haj Amin al-Husseini. Because he was from a prominent family in pre-Israel Palestine, the British, in 1921, appointed Al-Husseini Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. He was also President of the Supreme Muslim Council from 1922-1937. This man had the opportunity to be a peacemaker between the Arabs and the Jews. Unfortunately he chose the route of hate. He instigated the riots against the Jews and is the godfather of modern Palestinian terrorism. He was a great friend of Hitler and brought the Nazi “Final Solution to the Jewish Problem” to the Arab world and Palestine. He was an evil, hate-filled man who, not only murdered Jews, but Arabs who cooperated with Jews. Sound familiar?

In 1924, al-Husseini published a guide to the Temple Mount entitled, A Brief Guide to al-Haram al-Sharif. On page four, he makes the following comment regarding the Temple Mount, “The site is one of the oldest in the world. Its sanctity dates from the earliest (perhaps from pre-historic) times. Its identity with the sit of Solomon’s Temple is beyond dispute. This, too, is the spot, according the universal belief, on which ‘David built here an altar unto the Lord, and offered burnt offering and peace offering’” (2 Samuel 24:25).

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