Welcome back, Krin. Since you didn't comment specifically on 121, 122, 123, and 128, I take it that you admit my remarks correct and you do not dispute them. You wrote a lengthy piece, and I appreciate your effort on the matter. I'll try to asnwer some of you claims. 'Old maps of the region today called "Israel" are labeled "Palestine" especially on early Roman maps.' Correct. The name Palestine is a Rome invention from 135AD. It was invented following the last Jewish rebelion against the conquerers of our land. It was part of an overall drive to humiliate the Jews and make them disappeared. They also tried to change the name of Jerusalem, the Jewish capital, to Ilia Capitolina. All this happened some 500 years before the birth of Islam, and has nothing to do with the people who call themselves today 'Palestinians'. 'The Jewish people left this area in 73 A.D.' They didn't leave, Krin. They were forcefully expelled form their homeland, which gave them the right to execute their right of return. Throughout the years, Jews ALWAYS lived in Jerusalem, Safed, Tiberias, and Hebron, as well as others (Ashkelon, Cesaria, etc.). In Jeruslem for most of the years, there was a Jewish majority. 'The Arabs conquered Jerusalem (the third holiest city in Islam) in 638 A.D. and continued to rule this region until conquered by the Ottoman Empire in the early 1500s.' Incorrect. You forget the Crusaders, the Mamlooks. During the period Muslims did pass through, Jerusaslem never had any significance, and was never made the capital city of any nation but the Jews (until the Palestinians invented this issue after 1967). 'Essentially there was little difference between a mandate and a colony to the Arabs; once again they were being occupied by outsiders and not allowed to manage their own affairs.' Inccorect. The Arabs were one of many conqurers who passed through our land. It includes: the Greeks, the Bizanteens, the Crusaders, the Mamlooks, the Arabs the Turks, the British. All passed through our land. Arabs conquest reched all through North Africa, including Spain. Some Arabs today consider an occupied land by the Catholics (,aybe all Arabs should return top where they came from, Arabia, and all will be resolved).
Jerusalem light rail conductors striking over new train schedule (Haaretz)
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