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    • Sam
    • 31.07.12 | 10:20 (IDT)

    There has been a continuous Jewish poulation in Israel for 1,700 years before the Arabs burst out of the Arabian penisula in the 7th century to conquer by the sword not only Israel ,but the areas that today are called Morocco, Algeria, Tunsia, Libya, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan Lebanon Syria Kuwait Persia Afghanistan, Pakistan,India,Spain, parts of Italy .The Arab Penisula, which is todays Saudia Arabia, Oman, Arab Emirates, and Yemen, is the centuries old place of oriiginal home of the Arabs . The penisula is where Arabic was spoken . Arabic was brought to the lands listed above by conquest. The Arabs conquerors did not amass this empire by compromise .A habit of acquiring land not giving it up was cultivated- a practice of of ruling others and not being ruled by others. The Caliph Omar who conquered Jerusalem,to his credit, invited the Jews to live in Jerusalem- but under his rule.The Jews had been prohibited first by the Romans than by the Byzantines from residing in Jerusalem though they were allowed to live in the other parts of Israel .Caliph Omar acknowledged the connection of the Jews to Jerusalem -this connection many Arabs today deny for political reasons. Hebrew is the language of the bible that tells the history of the Jews in Israel . Hebrew was spoken in Israel by Jews 1700 years before Arabic was forced on the land.And the Jews never abandoned Hebrew. The Arabs always knew that the Jews were connected to and longed for Israel and might one day be in a position to reestablish itself. Arabs be satisfied with the many lands you occupy . Say as did the grandfather of the late King of Jordan said "there is plenty of room for Jews in the middle east" finish what Caliph Omar began acknowledge that the Jews are connected to Israel and should be allowed a small studio sized habitat in their own land -allow them to live in peace conclude G-d has sent you the Jews as a gift; accept what G-d gives you graciously. Together both people will be a source of blessing to the world and bring honor to G-d.

    from the article: Norman Finkelstein bids farewell to Israel bashing
    First published 04:19 05.04.12 | Last updated 04:19 05.04.12
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