On the issue of “Palestine”

“Christians” that give their full support to Palestine citing Israel as an aggressor clearly have not looked at the middle east lately. Egyptian unrest, Syrian unrest, Iraqi unrest, Sunni killing Shiite, both killing Christian… to say that it is due to Israel “stealing the land” and enacting “genocide” on the “Palestinians” is perhaps the most ignorant thing I have ever seen. As anyone with any sense knows, not all Jews are Zionists, and not all Zionists are war mongers. If Israel gave up today and quit fighting, every single Jew in all of Israel would be massacred. Ever. Single. One. Under Israeli rule Palestinians have multiplied exponentially, proving there is no Jewish intent at genocide. In fact, if any single place in the world the exact size of Palestine with the exact same population received the same amount of international funding, they would flourish and be wealthy, and build amazing cities and a prosperous infrastructure. The Palestinian problem is one of poor government, not of Zionism. FACT.

To those that say that Palestinians are simply defending themselves against land stealing aggressors, let’s take a look at history, shall we? If you believe the Bible, you will see clearly that God decreed that the land would be given to the descendents of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The descendants of the twelve tribes, one of which, Judah, the royal class, the name Jew is derived from. Next, you will note that both the Assyrians, and the Babylonians allowed the Jews to return to their own land and rebuild their temple. You will see that under Greek and Roman rule, it was a Jewish homeland. Nowhere in the Bible do we see Arab Palestinians being given the deed to the land. Nowhere in the Quran do we see Arabs claiming the land. In fact the Quran implicitly states that “Allah” has given the land of Israel to the Jews, and that He will restore it to them in the end of days. Viewing the Jewish return to Israel as a Western invasion and Zionists as recent colonizers is new. It has no basis in authentic Islamic faith. According to the Qur’an, no person, people or religious community can claim a permanent right of possession over any territory. The Earth belongs exclusively to God, and He is free to entrust sovereignty over land to whomever He likes for whatever time period that He chooses. From the Quran we deduce a basic principle of the Monotheistic philosophy of history: God chooses as He likes in the relationship between peoples and countries. Sometimes He gives a land to a people, and sometimes He takes His possession back and gives it to another people. Using Islam as a basis for preventing Arabs from recognizing any sovereign right of Jews over the Land of Israel is new. Such beliefs are not found in classical Islamic sources.

Both the Jewish and Islamic Scriptures teach that God, through His chosen servant Moses, decided to free the offspring of Jacob from slavery in Egypt and to constitute them as heirs of the Promised Land. Whoever claims that Jewish sovereignty over the Land of Israel is something new and rooted in human politics denies divine revelation and divine prophecy as explicitly expressed in our Holy Books (the Torah, Bible and Quran). The Qur’an relates the words by which Moses ordered the Israelites to conquer the Land: “And remember when Moses said to his people: ‘O my people, call in remembrance the favour of God unto you, when he produced prophets among you, made you kings, and gave to you what He had not given to any other among the peoples. O my people, enter the Holy Land which God has assigned unto you, and turn not back ignominiously, for then will ye be overthrown, to your own ruin.'”  – Qur’an 5:20-21 Moreover, those who try to use Islam as a weapon against Israel always conveniently ignore this point; the Qur’an explicitly refers to the return of the Jews to the Land of Israel before the Last Judgment – where it says: “And thereafter We (Allah) said to the Children of Israel: ‘Dwell securely in the Promised Land. And when the last warning will come to pass, we will gather you together in a mingled crowd.'” – Qur’an 17:104

The fact is that there is no connection between al-Miraj (the Ascension) and Muslim sovereign rights over Jerusalem since, in the time that al-Miraj took place, the City was not under Islamic, but under Byzantine administration. Moreover, the Qur’an expressly recognizes that Jerusalem plays for Jews the same role that Mecca does for Muslims. We read: “…They would not follow thy direction of prayer (qiblah), nor art thou to follow their direction of prayer; nor indeed will they follow each other’s direction of prayer…” All Qur’anic commentators explain that “thy qiblah” (direction of prayer for Muslims) is clearly the Ka’bah of Mecca, while “their qiblah” (direction of prayer for Jews) refers to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. To quote only one of the most important Muslim commentators, we read in Qadn Baydawn’s Commentary: “Verily, in their prayers Jews orientate themselves toward the Rock (sakhrah), while Christians orientate themselves eastwards…” In complete opposition to what “Islamic” fundamentalists continuously claim, the Book of Islam, as we have just now seen, recognizes Jerusalem as the Jewish direction of prayer.

From the ignorant opinions I see prevalent on social media, I am left to suppose the Christians in the middle east stole the land they are inhabiting as well. I must therefore assume that ISIS is just fighting to get their land back from the “new arrivals”, since everyone knows the middle east belonged to Arab tribes before Christ. I am left to assume that such people have no pity for the middle east Christians either. Those darned Nazarani incursionists. Always going in and stealing Arab land. Anyone who thinks that this is a Palestine issue is severely misinformed. This isn’t about a homeland, especially since “Palestinians” genetically descend from Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. There is no Palestinian people, they have no ancestral ties to that land, thus there is no Palestine. There are merely Muslims that want to kill Jews based upon the erroneous teachings of the late Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin el-Husseini. He is the one person most responsible, both morally and materially, for the repeated Arab defeats in their conflict with the Jews in Israel. Husseni not only incited Arabs against Jews. He also encouraged the torture and murder of all Arabs who correctly understood that Arab cooperation with Jews was a precious opportunity for the development of the Land of Israel. Husseini ended his woeful life by putting his perverted religious teachings at the service of the evil and pagan Nazis. After Husseini came Jamal al-Din ‘Abd al-Nasser. Nasser based his policy on Pan-Arabism, hatred and contempt for Jews, and an alliance with the atheistic Soviet Union. Nasser’s terrible choices were critical factors in maintaining Arab backwardness. Fortunately, most of Nasser’s mistakes were afterward corrected by the martyr Anwar Sadat. After the defeat of Nasserianism, Islamic fundamentalist movements made anti-Zionism the primary feature of their propaganda. They presented the negation of any Jewish rights to the Land of Israel as rooted in authentic Islam and derived from authentic Islamic religious principles.

 Plain and simple, the problem has nothing to do with Jews taking land (which consequently they didn’t take, they accepted, as it was GIVEN to them in the Balfour declaration), and it has nothing to do with Islam (which consequently commands kindness to people of the book [Jews and Christians]), rather this is an issue of a leadership that misuses funds and makes their own people to suffer in order to garner sympathy, all the while, exploiting them. If you don’t believe this, do a little research into how many children died building their tunnels underground. Look at all of the photos in which hundreds of people hold up the corpse of one child, not respecting the child, but using its death as a photo op. Look at all of the schools and hospitals that house rockets, bombs, weapons and launchers. Research into how UN humanitarian zones were used as staging grounds and rockets were launched from the humanitarian zone borders. It isn’t a Jew vs. Muslim thing, it is a bloodthirsty terrorist issue. Do the math. Look at what’s going on around Israel. If Israel were gone, there would not be peace. The Shiites and the Sunni would be murdering each other. All Christians would be completely wiped out. The entire region would be just as unsafe and unstable as it is today.

Excerpts of the Quran with explanation via Prof. Shaykh Abdul Hadi Palazzi, lecturer in the Department of the History of Religion at the University of Velletri, Rome, Italy, from his paper, “WHAT THE QUR’AN REALLY SAYS“.