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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Challenges in Defining an Israeli-Palestinian Border - Multimedia Feature - NYTimes.com


The story of Black-Jewish relations is a long and complex one.... Jews were among those who worked to establish the NAACP in 1909. African-American newspapers were among the first in the U.S. to denounce Nazism.... FROM SWASTIKA TO JIM CROW creates hope and reminds us of a time in U.S. history when the two communities came together.
- David Horowitz, Washington Review   


Arab: waste, desolation, plain, wilderness. The words ArabahArabicArabian are from this root word.
Abraham made it to Canaan hundreds of years after Noah and the boys docked the ark. Before Abraham left Iraq/Ur the descendants of Shem, Ham and Japeth were scattered from Turkey, to Iran, to Saudi Arabia and into Egypt.


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Led by their religious belief that God had prepared the land of Canaan for them, the Israelites spent the next 200 years fighting to wipe out these peoples. The Lord commanded Israel to utterly destroy them, but they fell short. The Philistines became a deadly enemy throughout Israel's history.

Nov. 14 An Israeli airstrike blew up the car carrying the commander of the Hamas military wing in Gaza, making him the most senior official of the group to be killed by the Israelis since their invasion of Gaza four years ago. At least 20 targets were hit in Israel’s fiercest attack against Gaza since its invasion in late 2008.

On Nov. 14, 2012, Israel launched a series of withering air strikes against targets in the Gaza strip associated with Hamas, the militant party that has ruled Gaza since its gunman seized control from the Palestinian Authority in 2007.
In the days that followed, the Palestinian Authority and its president, Mahmoud Abbas, found themselves uncomfortably on the sidelines as Hamas rallied Egypt, Turkey, Qatar and other Arab countries to its cause. For more on Gaza and the fighting, 

Nov. 14 An Israeli airstrike blew up the car carrying the commander of the Hamas military wing in Gaza, making him the most senior official of the group to be killed by the Israelis since their invasion of Gaza four years ago. At least 20 targets were hit in Israel’s fiercest attack against Gaza since its invasion in late 2008.


No more Jacob shall thy name be called, but Israel - a prince of God, in God, with God. In a personal conflict, depending on thyself, thou wert no match for God. But in prayer, depending on another, thou hast prevailed with God and with men. The new name is indicative of the new nature which has now come to its perfection of development in Jacob. Unlike Abraham, who received his new name once for all, and was never afterward called by the former one, Jacob will hence, be called now by the one and now by the other, as the occasion may serve. For he was called from the womb Genesis 25:23, and both names have a spiritual significance for two different aspects of the child of God, according to the apostle's paradox, "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 
Led by their religious belief that God had prepared the land of Canaan for them, the Israelites spent the next 200 years fighting to wipe out these peoples. The Lord commanded Israel to utterly destroy them, but they fell short. The Philistines became a deadly enemy throughout Israel's history.

PROPHECY 1: "And this whole land shall be a desolation and astonishment. And these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years." 
Jeremiah 25:11
PROPHECY 2: "Lie also on your left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it. According to the number of days that you lie on it, 
you shall bear their iniquity. For I have laid on you the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, 390 days so you shall bear 
the iniquity of the house of Israel. And when you have completed them, lie again on your right site. Then you shall bear the iniquity of the 
house of Judah for 40 days. I have laid on you a day for each year."
 Ezekiel 4:4-6

Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, "The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob."
Genesis 22
Abraham Tested
    1 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”
   “Here I am,” he replied.
   2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
   3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”
   6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”
   “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
   “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
   8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.
   9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
   “Here I am,” he replied.
   12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.

 Israel / Canaan 


By definition an Arab is one who lives in a wilderness, desolate place or in the plains. We can look at the people in Canaan identified as Arabs, Arabians and identify them as sects of the Canaanites.
 As the land was eventually named Israel, it was named Israel after a person. People use the names or identities of their own to name cities or places. The plains dwellers (Arabs) who settled in Canaan named one of their cities Arab. It was NOT the Israelites who gave this city it's name !
The land mass was called Canaan and of course that was named after a man, the son of Ham. (Gen 9:18, 10:19)
Arab is simply the name given to people who lived in the plains or wilderness. By the meaning of the word, the Israelites were Arabs for the 40 years that they dwelled in the wilderness.
Others who lived in the wilderness migrated to Canaan before or while the Israelites were in Egypt. Those (Arabs / plains) people named one of their cities Arab. If you look at the people who lived in that area they are identified as several tribes / nations of the Canaanites... and of course we find the Israelites did marry these Arabs / Canaanites.

1.    Genesis 34:25
Three days later, while all of them were still in pain, two of Jacob's sons, Simeon and Levi Dinah's brothers, took their swords and attacked the unsuspecting city, killing the Shekemites  when feverish with the circumcision, and put them to the sword.
2.     Shechemites/Shekemites - (7930) - patronymic from 'Shekem' (7928); a Shikmite (collectively), or descendants of Shekem:--Shichemites.; (7928) - for 'shkem' (7926); Shekem, the name of a Hivite and two Israelites:--Shechem.

"When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest
 to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou; And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, [and] utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them: Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly. But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire." - Deuteronomy 7:1-5

A Dynasty In Israel
The warfare that lasted for almost two centuries brought the 12 tribes together under a single ruler or king. This king was named Saul. Saul’s inability to defeat another group of people known as the Philistines quickly led to him being replaced by a new king. This king's name was David. David and his son Solomon ruled Israel for the next century.
Under Solomon, Israel saw a period of great prosperity, but also high taxes and forced labor. After the death of King Solomon, the northern 10 tribes split from the southern 2 tribes, forming their own nation which they called Israel. The southern nation took the name of Judah.

In 586 B.C., the southern kingdom of Judah was conquered by the Chaldeans of Babylon. Many of the people of Judah were carried as captives into the land of Babylon. Others fled to Egypt.
Jews Return to Canaan
In 539 B.C., the Chaldeans were conquered by the Persians. The Persians allowed the Israelites, now known as the Jews, to return to Canaan and rebuild their temple and cities.
Hittites swept into the Middle East around 2000 B.C. The Hittites used advanced weaponry that allowed them to easily defeat and conquer any enemies who stood in their way.
The Hittites were the first group of people to utilize iron weapons in the region. They were also the first to use advanced chariots.
By 1650 B.C., the Hittites had established a number of city-states on a plateau known as Anatolia. From here they were able to develop an advanced and sophisticated culture.
By 650 B.C., the Assyrians had conquered a vast empire stretching between the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.

This Empire was ruled by a king who lived in the capital city of Nineveh. The king appointed governors to rule provinces, to collect taxes, and to maintain order.
Because of the cruelty and unfair treatment by the Assyrians, they were despised by the people they had conquered. In 612 B.C., the Chaldeans formed an alliance with the Medes and overthrew them, bringing down the Assyrian Empire.
The Chaldean Empire
After defeating the Assyrians in 612 B.C., the Chaldeans formed a new empire, which would rule and govern the Fertile Crescent. Under the rule of King Nebuchadnezzar, the Chaldeans built a powerful and wealthy nation.

They conquered many of their neighbors and built their capital city of Babylon into one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
After the death of King Nebuchadnezzar in 562 B.C., the Chaldean Empire quickly fell into decline. By 539 B.C. they were conquered by the Persians.
The Persian Empire
Around 2000 B.C. the Persians left central Asia in search of greener fields for their cattle. They eventually settled on a plateau near the Persian Gulf. Around 545 B.C. the Persians, who had by now developed a powerful military, moved out of their homeland and began to conquer their neighbors. By 525 B.C., Persian armies had conquered a territory that was over 3,000 miles across from border to border. In its day it was the largest empire on Earth.
The Persians were tolerant of the beliefs and cultures of the peoples that they had conquered. They allowed them to continue living their lives in the manner that their cultures dictated. This stood in stark contrast to the Assyrians who had enforced their rule through fear. This tolerance led to the people accepting their Persian conquerors.
Persian Kings ruled by appointing local governors called Satraps. These satraps enforced the laws and decrees of the king. Additionally, the King appointed traveling eyes and ears to make unscheduled visits to the Satraps in order to insure that they remained loyal.
The Persian Empire continued to dominate the area until around 300 B.C. when they were conquered by the Macedonian general Alexander The Great.

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