by Dr. Richard Booker

This is a continuation of articles 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 and the next blog I continue to expose THE BIG LIE of Palestine and Palestinians. This information is taken from my publication, The Battle for Truth which you may purchase at bookstore. Please order your copy and share it along with this blog to your family, friends and social contacts.

Perhaps their biggest myth is THE BIG LIE, of Palestine. The Arab world would have us believe that the Palestinians have been in “Palestine” from “time immemorial” but were displaced by the Jews when Israel became a state in 1948.

But what are the facts? Was there ever a time in history when there were a people called Palestinians? Was there ever a time in history when there was a state called Palestine? Have the Palestinians been in the land from time immemorial? Was Jerusalem ever the capital of a Palestinian Arab state? Did the Jews steal the Palestinians land when Israel was declared a state in 1948? What does the truth of history tell us?

While we are not certain of the exact dates, Joshua conquered the land God promised the Hebrews in the 13th century BCE. There were no Palestinians in the land when Joshua arrived. King David established Jerusalem as the capital of Israel around 1000 BCE. He captured Jerusalem from the Jebusites. Furthermore, David bought the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite (2 Samuel 24:24) and built an altar there to the LORD. This land area is what we call “The Temple Mount.” No Palestinians were to be found.

David’s conquest of Jerusalem is documented in the Tanakh for the entire world to read. We learn in the book of Samuel, “And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who spoke to David, saying, ‘You shall not come in here; but the blind and the lame will repel you,’ thinking, ‘David cannot come in here.’ Nevertheless David took the strong-hold of Zion (that is, the City of David)” (2 Samuel 5:6-7).

David took the fortress called Jebus and renamed it the “City of David.” This established his kingship over Jerusalem militarily and politically. He then established his religious leadership by moving the Ark of the Covenant to the City of David.

King Solomon expanded northward to Mount Moriah and built the Temple around the year 960 BCE. When Solomon built the Temple, there were no Palestinians present at the dedication. This was almost 1,000 years before the beginning of Christianity and 1,600 years before the rise of Islam.

As former Prime Minister Barak has noted, “When Jesus came to Jerusalem to celebrate the feasts, he didn’t come to a church or a mosque, he came to the Temple. It was the Temple Mount many centuries before Christianity tried to make it the Church Mount and Islam tried to make it the Mosque Mount.

However, not to be confused with facts, in a personal audience I had years ago with the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, he boldly declared that the Arabs have been living in the land for 10,000 years. Based on conservative Bible chronology, that would make the Arabs living in the land before the Almighty created Adam and Eve.

How did Israel become Palestine and who are the Palestinians? Let’s look at the facts.
The second Jewish war with the Romans took place in 132-135 CE. Led by Rabbi Akiva and Simon bar Kochba, the Jewish uprising was a disaster.

The Roman Emperor Hadrian showed no mercy to the Jews. Hadrian brutally set about to de-Judaize Jerusalem and transform it into a pagan city. He renamed Jerusalem “Aelia Capitolina” in honor of Jupiter. He changed the name of Judea and gave it the name of the ancient enemy of the Jews, the Philistines. He called it—Palestine. What God called Israel, the world would now call Palestine.

Over time, Palestine was ruled by the Roman Byzantines (312-637) [Persian interrupt 614-629], Omayyad Arabs (638-750), Islamic Abbassid’s (759-1099), Crusaders (1099-1291) [Saladin the Kurd interrupt 1187-1193], Mamluks (1291-1516), Ottoman Turks (1517-1917), and the British Mandate (1917-1948).

The record is clear. None of these rulers were Palestinians as there was and are no such people. None established a sovereign state in the land and Jerusalem was never the capital of any empire since the time of King David. The land the world called Palestine was a forgotten and desolate wasteland, but historical records show there was always an unbroken Jewish presence in the land. They were God’s caretakers of the land. More about this in my next blog, THE BIG LIE OF PALESTINE PART 3.

This blog will be posted for the week. Please be looking for Part 3  the following Friday as I continue to expose


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