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Machaerus Mikveh Unearthed

 

Machaerus Mikveh Unearthed (Randyjw; June 23, 2017)

 

A Jewish ritual immersion pool, known by its Hebrew name of “mikveh”, has been located in the Machaerus palace complex on the eastern side of the Dead Sea, in what some people reference as today’s country of Jordan.

 

Read the interesting articles and see photos, here:

 

JNi Media. “Hungarian Archaeologists Unearth Herod’s Fortress, Ritual Bath, East of Jordan River”. June 15, 2017:

 

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/hungarian-archaeologists-unearth-herods-fortress-ritual-bath-east-of-jordan-river/2017/06/15/

 

Reblog:

Mandal, Dattatreya. “Archaeologists excavate (and reconstruct) a massive ritual bath inside Herod’s fortress of Machaerus”. June 21, 2017; Realm of History:

https://www.realmofhistory.com/2017/06/21/ritual-bath-herod-fortress-machaerus/

 

Additional Reading:

 

http://www.jerusalemchai.org/education.cfm?categoryID=145&categoryName=Coins%20of%20the%20Realm%20

 

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Saint Catherine’s Monastery – Sinai

 

Saint Catherine’s Monastery – Sinai (Randyjw; April 19, 2017)

 

There is a document, known as the Achtiname of Muhammad (spelled variantly as “Ashtiname”), delineating a written treaty, of sorts, between the monks at St. Catherine’s monastery in the Sinai, formally known as the “Sacred Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount Sinai”,  and the founder of Islam, Muhammad, which is stated to exist in its original form, someplace, within the Topkapi Palace in Turkey, in what was previously called Constantinople — named after the Byzantine leader, Constantine, who had moved the seat of Orthodox Eastern Christianity to this location — which later was replaced with its Muslim incarnation, Istanbul. Only copies are presently available of the document, given certification by various Islamic scholars, from which we can draw inferences regarding the encounter of Christianity to Islam in the early seventh century, when Muhammad was said to have either given or sent this letter to the religious order at the mountain retreat (1).

 

 

A Wikipedia.org entry on the Achtiname of Muhammad, edited presently by Harryson56, cites a 1902 Board of Council, New York reference to the English translation made by Anton F. Haddad of the Achtiname of Muhammad, which reads:

 

 

“This is a letter which was issued by Mohammed, Ibn Abdullah, the Messenger, the Prophet, the Faithful, who is sent to all the people as a trust on the part of God to all His creatures, that they may have no plea against God hereafter. Verily God is Omnipotent, the Wise. This letter is directed to the embracers of Islam, as a covenant given to the followers of Jesus the Nazarene in the East and West, the far and near, the Arabs and foreigners, the known and the unknown. This letter contains the oath given unto them, and he who disobeys that which is therein will be considered a disbeliever and a transgressor to that whereunto he is commanded. He will be regarded as one who has corrupted the oath of God, disbelieved His Testament, rejected His Authority, despised His Religion, and made himself deserving of His Curse, whether he is a Sultan or any other believer of Islam. Whenever Christian monks, devotees and pilgrims gather together, whether in a mountain or valley, or den, or frequented place, or plain, or church, or in houses of worship, verily we are [at the] back of them and shall protect them, and their properties and their morals, by Myself, by My Friends and by My Assistants, for they are of My Subjects and under My Protection. I shall exempt them from that which may disturb them; of the burdens which are paid by others as an oath of allegiance. They must not give anything of their income but that which pleases them—they must not be offended, or disturbed, or coerced or compelled. Their judges should not be changed or prevented from accomplishing their offices, nor the monks disturbed in exercising their religious order, or the people of seclusion be stopped from dwelling in their cells. No one is allowed to plunder these Christians, or destroy or spoil any of their churches, or houses of worship, or take any of the things contained within these houses and bring it to the houses of Islam. And he who takes away anything therefrom, will be one who has corrupted the oath of God, and, in truth, disobeyed His Messenger. Jizya should not be put upon their judges, monks, and those whose occupation is the worship of God; nor is any other thing to be taken from them, whether it be a fine, a tax or any unjust right. Verily I shall keep their compact, wherever they may be, in the sea or on the land, in the East or West, in the North or South, for they are under My Protection and the testament of My Safety, against all things which they abhor. No taxes or tithes should be received from those who devote themselves to the worship of God in the mountains, or from those who cultivate the Holy Lands. No one has the right to interfere with their affairs, or bring any action against them. Verily this is for aught else and not for them; rather, in the seasons of crops, they should be given a Kadah for each Ardab of wheat (about five bushels and a half) as provision for them, and no one has the right to say to them ‘this is too much’, or ask them to pay any tax. As to those who possess properties, the wealthy and merchants, the poll-tax to be taken from them must not exceed twelve drachmas a head per year (i.e. about 200 modern day US dollars). They shall not be imposed upon by anyone to undertake a journey, or to be forced to go to wars or to carry arms; for the Muslims have to fight for them. Do no dispute or argue with them, but deal according to the verse recorded in the Quran, to wit: ‘Do not dispute or argue with the People of the Book but in that which is best’ [29:46]. Thus they will live favored and protected from everything which may offend them by the Callers to religion (Islam), wherever they may be and in any place they may dwell. Should any Christian woman be married to a Muslim, such marriage must not take place except after her consent, and she must not be prevented from going to her church for prayer. Their churches must be honored and they must not be withheld from building churches or repairing convents. They must not be forced to carry arms or stones; but the Muslims must protect them and defend them against others. It is positively incumbent upon every one of the followers of Islam not to contradict or disobey this oath until the Day of Resurrection and the end of the world. (2)”

 

 

Do note that the paragraph of Haddad’s translation indicates an exemption to the payment of taxes or tithes by those who worship G-d in the mountains or from those who cultivate the Holy Lands:

 

“No taxes or tithes should be received from those who devote themselves to the worship of God in the mountains, or from those who cultivate the Holy Lands…”

 

 

This separation between those who should not pay the tax, from those who must, is delineated in the paragraph following the exempt class, with one which denotes that the poll-tax is to be taken from those “who possess properties, the wealthy and merchants” and must not exceed “twelve drachmas a head per year”:

 

 

“As to those who possess properties, the wealthy and merchants, the poll-tax to be taken from them must not exceed twelve drachmas a head per year…”

 

 

The poll-tax, or what is known as the “jizya” in Arabic, represents a tributary payment to be made by non-Muslim people who have fallen under the yoke of Islamic conquerors. This payment is an extortion of funds from the subject people — an arrangement much like the mafia-like concept of “protekzia” — whereby the domineering invaders are bought off with a gesture of appeasement, in order to spare the subjugated peoples’ lives, who would otherwise be required to convert to Islam, or be killed in their declination of this “invitation” to do so.

 

 

While it may seem comparable to the arrangement of our present-day tax collection practices in a fair democracy, the opposite can be shown to exist: it is a discriminatory practice incumbent upon only the non-Muslim subjects under the aegis of ancient Muslim society; Muslims did not have to pay the jizya.

 

 

This particular delineation noted in this entreaty within Muhammad’s declaration of intent to the monks at St. Catherine’s monastery, said to have been presented at that time, given as being in the second year of the Hajirah by Muhammad from Mecca to Medina, begun in 622 C.E. (making the date 623, or 624, then), purports an implied state of recent victorious conquest by the Muslims upon this regional site in the Sinai Peninsula. But, the Muslim regional conquest of the area did not occur until supposedly later — between 639 and 641 C.E., following upon Muhammad’s death in 632 C.E., seven years earlier. There had not yet been a conquest at that time of Muhammad’s alleged presentation in 623/4 C.E. of the said document.

 

 

As originally revealed by Robert Spencer of Jihadwatch.org in Part VII of an ongoing series of articles which appeared on PJMedia.com, excerpted in the Wikipedia.org entry about the Achtiname:

 

 

“Muhammad is supposed to have died in 632; the Muslims conquered Egypt between 639 and 641. The document says of the Christians, “No one shall bear arms against them.” So were the conquerors transgressing against Muhammad’s command for, as Considine puts it, “no Muslim to fight against his Christian brother or sister”? Did Muhammad draw up this document because he foresaw the Muslim invasion of Egypt? There is no mention of this document in any remotely contemporary Islamic sources; among other anomalies, it bears a drawing of a mosque with a minaret, although minarets weren’t put on mosques until long after the time Muhammad is supposed to have lived, which is why Muslim hardliners consider them unacceptable innovation (bid’a). The document exempts the monks of St. Catherine’s monastery from paying the jizya. While it is conceivable that Muhammad, believing he bore the authority of Allah, would exempt them from an obligation specified by Allah himself in the Qur’an (9:29), the Achtiname specifies that Christians of Egypt are to pay a jizya only of twelve drachmas. Yet according to the seventh-century Coptic bishop John of Nikiou, Christians in Egypt “came to the point of offering their children in exchange for the enormous sums that they had to pay each month. The Achtiname, in short, bears all the earmarks of being an early medieval Christian forgery, perhaps developed by the monks themselves in order to protect the monastery and Egyptian Christians from the depredations of zealous Muslims. (3)”

 

 

Secondly, the Achtiname of Muhammad states that those exempt from the payment of any jizya, taxes, or tithes, would also include those “who cultivate the Holy Lands.”

 

 

If it was one ummah at the time, until Arabia burst forth in 632 C.E. to conquer more lands for Islam, then what “Lands” in the plurality can he mean at the time of 623/4 C.E., when the document was supposedly given by Muhammad to the monks at St. Catherine’s?

 

 

Islam, as a concept which began during the aegis of its founder’s lifetime, given as between 570 – 632 C.E., presides on the basis of being a one-nation land for all Muslims, under one Caliphate. The foremost emphasis is placed on the unity of the one land as its most significant aspect, after the dominant factor of Islamic rule. At the time of Muhammad’s interaction with the monks, the Sinai prior to the conquest by Egypt, between 639 and 641 C.E., could not have yet been considered Islamic “holy land” in 622 C.E., when Muhammad supposedly gave this document. The only people to whom the Sinai might have had holy connotations was to the Jews, being considered as one of the probable locations for the Wilderness of Sin, the desert location where Moses received the Tablets of the Covenant of the Jewish faith.

 

 

In fact, the monastery built there in 522 C.E. for the monks uses this probability as its sole basis for its foundation on that site. When Queen Consort Helena, the mother of Constantine, came to Israel, it’s told she set about denoting the locations where Biblical incidents took place according to her suppositions and the feelings she got from the land upon where she set her feet (I believe this “feat of the feet” is possible, as I’ve delineated in my “Wild Theories” postings; I’m just not so sure whether it applies as accurately to non-native peoples of the land — although some atmospheric ambience may, indeed, “come through”).

 

 

It is, therefore, apparent, that the only connotation of “holiness” that his words can mean is because the site is already known as being holy to the Jews. This aspect of Islam, with its supercessionary superiority complex of replacement theology, being the last in a line of previously wrongful interpretations of religion and G-d now supposed to have been “righted”, means that all transgressors are wrong, as well — at least, according to their religion. Therefore, appropriating Jewish and Christian holy sites and land for conversion to the Islamic Empire (Caliphate), or ummah (the one motherland), and ridding those lands of their Kaffir (non-believing infidels), is the ultimate goal, as described in various writings in the Koran (Islamic holy book) attributed to G-d through the messenger, Muhammad, and through the sayings attributed to Muhammad through the reports (Hadith) by his contemporaries, compiled some hundreds of years after his death.

 

 

A prescient commenter, declared as T. Ibn Ibrahim from USA, on November 28th, 2006, responding to an article on the Achtiname, “Relations with Christians According to Muhammad (s)”, appearing September 17th, 2006 on Islamicity.org, refutes the defense of Islam as a benevolent protector of Christian religious rites and their adherents as asserted by Dr. Aslam Abdallah, the author of the article, validating the important context left out during the analysis of the document, with the following astute observations:

 

 

“Abdullah’s conclusion of Islam’s peaceful coexistence with “Christians” based on the charter with the monks of St. Catherine Monastery in Mt. Sinai is sadly myopic. Muslim historians record that Muhammad had several letters written at that time (ca. 628 CE) to various rulers. I visited Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul,Turkey in 2004 and saw the letter to the Egyptian ruler. Translated: “From Muhammad, the servant and Prophet of Allah, to al-Muqawqis, the leader of the Coptic tribe. There is safety and security for those believers who follow the correct path. Therefore, I invite you to accept Islam. If you accept it, you shall find security, save your throne, gain twice as much reward for having introduced Islam to your followers. If you refuse this invitation, let the sin of the calamity which awaits your followers be upon you. You too are People of the Book; therefore, let us come to a word common between us and you, that we worship none but Allah and shall not associate anyone with Him. Let us not abandon Allah and take others for Lord other than Him. If you do not consent to this invitation, bear witness that we are Muslims.” This sentiment against “People of the Book” (Jews & Christians) is consistent with the Quran: “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued. The Jews call ‘Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah…Allah’s curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth!”(9:29-30). Furthermore, “O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust” (5:51). (4)”

 

 

The monastery was recently besieged by ISIS gunmen, who have gained a foothold in the territory, which was once a part of Israel. In an attack on a police checkpoint outside the monastery on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, ISIS gunmen killed one police officer and wounded four others (5).

 

 

See this cool picture of the monastery, here:

 

 

(https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Saint_Catherine%27s_Monastery,_Mount_Sinai#/media/File%3AKatharinenkloster.jpg)

 

 

In its past, the Sinai became a province of Egypt, when Egyptians overtook the region. Due to the Egyptian Army’s closures of the Gulf of Aqaba, cutting off Israel’s shipping routes; due to provocations with the same in the passageways through the Suez Canal; due to the U.N. removing peacekeeping forces from Egyptian land, allowing the Army to build up and mass at Israeli borders and from which positions attacks could (and have) begun — Israel and Egypt were at war in 1967, and Israel prevailed in regaining the Sinai land area. This map of Israel shows Israel with its Sinai land. In a later peace treaty signed by Egypt and Israel, the Sinai was given to Egypt.

 

 

The new Israeli land mass chops two-thirds of that area away. If you draw a straight line, tilted like a back-slash between the top of the right-hand fork of the sea at the bottom (which looks like the antenna tip of a slug) and the point approximately at the dot noted as El Arish by the Mediterranean sea curve, the land to the east of that line is noted as Israel, today. In further lines, if you draw a small strip from El Arish to about the next dot east, that area was removed and handed over to Gaza. If you draw a half-moon from northward of Jerusalem, beginning on Israel’s eastern edges, all the way around to the dot which appears to read “Ein Yachav”, that is the Judaean and Samarian rolling foothills known as “Shfelah”, in Yesha/The Shomron (Judah/Samaria), which people want to give to the Arabs for their “West Bank” to Jordan, of which Jordan was removed from the Jewish Homeland, declared in the Balfour Declaration of 1917, and illicitly ceded to the Arabs, as well.

 

 

 

 

Egypt is supposed to prevent terrorism in this area, but that doesn’t always happen.

 

It is unfortunate that more people do not heed the reality of what is true, let alone have the courage to report it, as such, much like the commenter, above. The agreement, though, has an expiration date at Judgement Day, when it is preordained in the Koran that the Muslims should fight the Jews and kill them. But, we have no direct indication, in any holy books, as to when this time should appear. Those acting on Jihad, and those who are killing due to other cultic denominations, believe it is already an engagement in progress.

 


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(1) Wikipedia.org; Ashtiname of Muhammad:

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(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashtiname_of_Muhammad)

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(2) Haddad, Anton F., trans. The Oath of the Prophet Mohammed to the Followers of the Nazarene. New York: Board of Counsel, 1902; H-Vahabi: Lansing, MI: 2004.

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(3) Spencer, Robert. “The Hypocrisy of the Huffington Post’s Praise of Muhammad”. PJ Media.com; January 26, 2014:

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(https://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2014/1/26/the-hypocrisy-of-the-huffington-posts-praise-of-muhammad/)

 

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(4) Abdallah, Dr. Aslam. “Relations with Christians According to Muhammad (s)”. Islamicity.org; September 17, 2006:

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(http://www.islamicity.org/3365/relations-with-christians-according-to-muhammad…)

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(5) Khoury, Jack. “Egypt: ISIS Gunmen Attack St. Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai”. UPI/Reuters via Haaretz.com; April 18, 2017:

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(http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/egypt/1.784140)

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Additional Reading:

 

ECAW’s Blog. “Mohammmed’s Apocryphal Covenants”; April 23, 2015:

https://ecawblog.wordpress.com/2015/04/23/mohammeds-apocryphal-covenants/

 

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Purim 5777

 

Purim 5777 (Rachelgv; March 11, 2017)

 

It is the Jewish festival of Purim. The background to this story is that the Jews had lost their First Temple in Jerusalem in the Babylonian conquest of King Nebuchadnezzar, during which many of Judah’s educated and talented Jews were made captive and exiled to Babylon. This is where the famous Psalm (“By the rivers of Babylon”…) has its origins, which you can read, here:

 

Biblehub.com; Psalm 137. JPS, 1917:

(http://biblehub.com/jps/psalms/137.htm)

 

Here’s a wiki from Wikipedia.org about the period of Babylonian Captivity:

 

Wikipedia.org; “Babylonian Captivity”:

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babylonian_captivity)

 

Babylon was then overrun by the Persians, under King Cyrus, who allowed some of the Jews to return to Judah to rebuild the Temple.

 

Eventually, King Achashveros came to power. He was married to Queen Vashti, who, through her disobeyance to the King, earned her despatch goodbye, and a new search was enacted to replace the Queen.

 

In a procession of sorts, eligible matches were brought before the King, until his interest was piqued by the Jewish woman, Hadassah, who adopted the name of Esther to hide her Jewish identity.

 

Esther’s Uncle, Mordechai, had overhead a conspiratorial plot being hatched among the King’s disloyal entourage and had given warning to the palace, thus saving the King’s life. His deed was recorded in the records and archived for later readings.

 

Esther made the King extremely happy. One day, though, the King’s men had sown discord against the Jews by reporting false rumors that they were going against the King’s rulings. Incensed, the King declared that the Jews should be killed for their treachery.

 

Still unaware that Hadassah was Jewish, it became an urgent matter that she should intervene to try to plead for the life of her people. Her Uncle Mordechai girded her confidence, and she did so.

 

The King learned that his life had been spared through the deeds of Esther’s Uncle, Mordechai, and that the real traitors within his entourage were the man Haman, and his scheming ten sons.

 

While it was the rule that the previous edict could not be annulled, it could still be amended — and that is what the King did. While the attack upon the Jews was still, therefore, imminent, they were allowed to defend themselves, and won… thereby sparing their lives.

 

This victory of our miraculous saving is celebrated in commemoration of this event. It is a time meant to be celebrated in utmost joy and revelry, with the drinking of wine and the donning of costumes and masks. Gift baskets of food are exchanged with friends and neighbors and are provided, along with charity, to the poor.

 

I saw the movie, “One Night With The King” in the theater, when it came out in 2006. I enjoyed it immensely, even though, as usual, none of the actors actually seem, and probably weren’t, Jewish. This YouTube link seems to offer a full-length version of the movie. I recall it being advertised on TBN, a Christian broadcasting network, and I believe it was made by Matt Crouch, one of the family founders of the station. I hope that, because of this, this is why it is being offered in the public forum, as such, and I hope it is okay to air. Anyways, here it is:

 

(https://youtu.be/r4saPofrlbA)

 

Chag Purim Sameach (Happy Purim Holiday)!

 

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Astral Harmonies

 

Astral Harmonies (Randyjw; February 9, 2017)

 

Tomorrow after sundown will mark the beginning of the Jewish holiday, known as Tu B’Shvat. The Jewish day is marked from after sunset, when at least three stars are visible in the sky, through the morrow and following sunset. The reason this is so is due to the wording of the Torah in B’reishit (which means, “In the beginning…”), or “Genesis”, by its anglicized name, in which the sentence describing each day puts the evening before the morn: “And there was evening, and there was morning Day One”, and so on.

 

Judaism is also based on a lunar, rather than a solar, calendar cycle, which is why holidays don’t fall on the same Gregorian calendar cycle that we use today. Tu B’shvat has its origins in lunar-based festival celebrations, and is considered to be the “New Year of the Trees”.

 

This particular year of 2017 will see a confluence of incredible astronomical events to enhance the spiritual aspects of the festival. In addition to a full moon, there will be a penumbra eclipse and the passing of a nearby comet.

 

What wonders in the heavens and how mysterious G-d’s ways.

 

For additional details on these events and their pertinence from the Talmud and the Zohar, please read Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz’s Breaking Israel News article, below:

 

Berkowitz, Adam Eliyahu. “Astonishing Astral Confluence Will See Eclipse, Full Moon, and Comet on Jewish Holiday”. Breaking Israel News.com; February 9, 2017:

 

(https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/83422/astonishing-astral-confluence-will-see-eclipse-full-moon-comet-jewish-holiday/)

 

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The Israeli West Bank

 

The Israeli West Bank (Randyjw; February 3, 2017)

 

I wrote an article a number of years ago in which I stated my premise that there had never been an Arab Palestinian state, since there had never been defined borders for such.

 

The so-called “Palestinian” entity of ancient times was actually the land of Israel/Judah, which the Romans had come to occupy (while still, for a time, operating with Herodian kings of Israel) over 1,800 years ago. Our conquerors renamed the land after our long-ago Philistine enemies, said to be THEN in the land during the time of David, our second Jewish king.

 

A state of government can exist in exile, if it had once been an actual state. A body of people who have never had a state to rule over can not be said to be a government in exile, although the replicated provisional bodies may have formed. They hold no real legal status as a government corpus over any real entity, since the entity is imaginary, to begin with.

 

To use the example I gave in my initial article, I stated that I could call myself President of Randyland — but, I wouldn’t be President over one square inch of land, if the entity of Randyland never existed, to begin with. This is the actual status of the Palestinians trying to declare themselves a state, when the realities are that they are still occupying lands within land that is Israel.

 

For that matter, the state of Jordan is an illegal creation wrested from the eastern portion of this so-called “Palestine”, when Britain took over a mandate of the League of Nations to administer the stewardship of the land, and to see to the “close settlement” of the Jews within it, according to the 1917 Balfour Declaration, which recognized Jewish historical claims to its rights to the land, and not based on suffrance.

 

Furthermore, when the Jordanians joined the collaborative 5-state Arab attack upon Israel in 1948, launched from their illegal portion of land designated for the Jewish state which was illegally hacked off from the whole of Israel/Palestine to begin with, the Arab victories in winning the Old City in Jerusalem and by Egypt’s win of Gaza in the south, and a small northern bit bordering Lebanon, were all considered illegal and were never recognized, but by one country, because they were won in an AGGRESSIVE attack upon the sovereignty of another nation, and not through the acquisition of lands via a DEFENSIVE action during a time of attack. These have legal meaning, which the world ignores in condemning Israel. These lands were legitimately regained by Israel in a defensive action to stave off the massing of Arab troops at Israel’s borders in 1967, and so have never lost Israeli designation. However, the world continues its anti-Semitic stances, and so favors the illegitimacy of the short-termed 19-year Arab occupation of Israeli land. Turkey, being the seat of the Ottoman Empire which previously held that land (in a chain of conquerors stretching back to Israel as the first, real recognized people indigenous to the land, being that the Canaanites no longer exist), legitimately lost it by continuing to take the losing side in the World Wars, as well as by the fact that it was never closely settled by them and was only tended, if at all, in an absentee ownership state of effendi-fellaheen relations, where a serfdom of indenturehood, such as that of a sharecropper, was practiced, with the serf living on the land in order to cultivate the produce of which was turned over, minus his own percentage in payment-in-kind, toward the effendi’s (absentee-owner’s) coffers.

 

My article, dated January 13, 2014, declared that there was no true government of Arab Palestinians, let alone a state in any part of the land. This is quite contrary to the actual Jewish government-in-exile status that Israel had had as a corporeal body of land in factual historicity. Theirs, if I’m using the correct legal terminologies here, were both a de jure state and a de facto state, ratified many times over in the reaffirmation of countless declarations, such as the Balfour Declaration and others.

 

I find it rather bothersome, and it’s unwarranted here for my proceding to do so, but it rankles me when we pretend that knowing such things, as we have known throughout history, is suddenly such a big surprise; and that we also pretend not to have such long-standing thousands-of-year ties to the land so that when we “rediscover” an ancient connection, like an archaeological item or ancient scrolls, we suddenly feign astonishment at the revelation. I don’t know what’s up with that, but we need to stop these pretenses, because others are starting to believe them!

 

In this vein, another “new” analysis by Ezequiel Doiny helps to synthesize many salient points, via his discovery of an article ©Jean-Patrick Grumberg for http://www.Dreuz.info addressing the Appeals Court ruling in Versailles, France that Israel, and not the Palestinians, were the rightful historical claimants to the land, even beyond the 1949 Armistice lines, which are not territorial demarcation lines by any account.

 

The article had, according to Doiny, taken into consideration the outside ruling of a foreign court in a matter involving Israeli land sovereignty, as it applied to a case involving the light rail system. Mahmoud Abbas was listed within it. An appeals Court date lists March 22, 2013, but there is no further pages attached here beyond this first, to follow along with the decisions as they had been made, per se, by the Court, as far as what looks to be the case to a non-French speaker, such as myself.

 

Doiny applies additional further considerations for the legal case for Israel’s sovereignty to the land, which is a nice addition to all of the other legal bases for determining that Israel is the true owner of the land. It’s unfortunate that such legal rulings are overturned by the popular vote in such bodies like the United Nations, whose supposed function is to clear any confusion of such issues.

 

Here is my original article:

 

Randyjw. “Any Leader of a State Without Recognized Borders is Illegitimate”. News Notes 1.wordpress.com; January 13, 2014:

(https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/any-leader-of-a-state-without-recognized-borders-is-illegitimate/)

 

And here is the article by Ezequiel Doiny:

 

Doiny, Ezequiel. “French Court Ruling: Israeli Presence in the ‘West Bank’ is Legal”. Israel National News.com; January 31, 2017:

 

(http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/20111)

 

The main site link of origination, as per Doiny’s mention: / ©Jean-Patrick Grumberg for (http://www.dreuz.info)

 

Update: February 4, 2017: Added additional paragraph.

 

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Tiles of the Temple Found

 

As a child and throughout the all-important developmental years of my youth, I was fortunate to be raised by hard-working parents who struggled to afford me the privileges of providing cultural opportunities to enrich my growth.

 

I attended day camp and summer camp, and had occasional treats of museum or aquarium visits, the Nutcracker suite ballet (back when it was the real, visiting Russian Moscow ballet, to whom nobody has ever held a candle to, to this day), and ice shows. There were piano-, ice-skating and tennis lessons (skiing I had to pay for myself).

 

These are important things, which I think that many of today’s families just don’t bother undertaking with their children. I spent many after-school days at my friend’s house, and she was also a fixture at ours, accompanying my mother and I to an occasional outing. My favorites usually involved trips to the museum. I particularly took a shine to the polished gemstones for purchase for between $1.00-to-$3.00 in the museum’s gift shop, as did my friend, and I had a small collection of a few good rocks: micah, pyrite, and others.

 

I was also really enraptured of the Egyptian artifact collections, as well as the heiroglyphic and ancient writing systems of the ancient Middle Eastern cultures, spending some time in youthful pursuit, which is to say, not so seriously, unfortunately, in trying to learn some of these systems. Odd how it was that when my friend and I concocted our own secret alphabet code, we happened to have used some of the same symbols formulated by the ancients of old. I believe there must be some type of universal symbol usage, or perhaps more narrowly Middle Eastern, that perpetuates in ancient memories of the mind. I bet that if today’s coded kids’ alphabets were studied, they’d find the same symbols still in effect (add this to my Crazy Theory subset: #2, if I remember to do so).

 

I never extrapolated my love in my youth for the Egyptian archaeological finds early enough to realize that it could be a field of study for me, applied to Israeli/Jewish culture. Most study of archaeology in its beginnings were conducted mostly under the auspices of societies/Foundations/schools studying Egyptian, Assyrian and Hittite culture. Jews were excluded from among such groups due to anti-Semitism, and via the fact that they weren’t allowed entrance in such a capacity to those other Middle Eastern countries, anyways. Israel was still being referred to by the old designation of “Palestine”, in any case, as well.

 

In really recent times, though, I was briefly able to realize this great honor in studying Israeli archaeology via the Israeli Ministry of Tourism acceptance of me into its program of licensure to be a tour guide. In a participating academic program I enrolled in (I was unable to complete the full course of certification, due to personal circumstances I let get in the way), my course studies took me on field trips accessible only to archaeologists behind locked gates and other areas way beyond that which even the scope of a tourist trip could reveal. It was incredible.

 

One day I was watching t.v. with my mother about Israel and its sites, and there was one of my classmates, described as an expert, leading a televised tour of a particular ancient site, and I excitedly pointed him out to my mother.

 

Israel’s top archaeologists were my classroom and field guide teachers. One spoke of his Yemeni wife and related tales of his visit with the Princess of Bhutan, as he led us up mountains and past old water drainage systems cut into the hillsides. Another, whom I really related to and admired immensely, is one of Israel’s leading archaeologists. Dr. Gabriel Barkay is the archaeologist whose excavations uncovered the oldest found Biblical text, incised in proto-Hebraic script onto two silver scrolls: that of the Aharonic Blessing (one of my favorites) of Numbers 6:24-26 and the other of Deuteronomy 7:9, dating to approximately the 7th Century BCE, according to information I found at the Israel Tour Guide / Israel Tours blogsite of Shmuel Browns (read his article, below).

 

Prior to the beginning of my educational training, I participated briefly in a project known as the Temple Mount Sifting Project, where dirt which had been removed during illegal Arab construction and excavation on the Temple Mount was being sifted and combed through for any archaeological artifacts it might yield. While I did not find anything….

 

Stone tiles matching the new Roman foot measurement of 29.6 cm used by Herod such as at his other palaces, like Masada, Jericho, and Herodion, of flooring installed in the inlaid opus sectile, or “cut work” style, unknown in Israel prior to Herod’s time, have since been found of imported marble and stone from Rome, Asia Minor, Tunisia and Egypt.

 

King Herod was responsible for many great building projects throughout Israel under vasselage of the Roman Empire. The tiles dating to this time confirm the Jewish Temple having been built then (37-4 BCE, according to the information found at Breaking Israel News), and there. Other contemporaneous sources during Temple period times comes from the historian Flavius Josephus, in his First Century book, “The Jewish Wars”, who writes of the courtyard of the Jewish Temple being paved with multicolored stone, as well as Talmudic literature speaking of colors of green, blue and white. More than 100 of the 600 tiles found date to this period.

 

The timing couldn’t have been a better counterpoint to 9-11 this year (as well as BDS, EU labeling, UNESCO declaration of the Temple Mount being solely holy to our sworn enemies, etc…).

 

G-d sure does have a great sense of humor, doesn’t He?

 

See the archaeological evidence at Breaking Israel News (scroll through entire article to see the different geometrical patterns posited in reconstruction and refurbishment, about halfway down the page) at: http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/75233/first-time-ever-undeniable-evidence-jewish-temple-discovered-photos/

 

Berkowitz, Adam Eliyahu. “For First Time Ever, Archaeological Evidence Proves Jewish Temple Stood On Temple Mount [PHOTOS]”. Breaking Israel News.com; September 6, 2016: http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/75233/first-time-ever-undeniable-evidence-jewish-temple-discovered-photos/

 

Browns, Shmuel. “Ketef Hinnom Silver Amulets”. Israel Tour Guide / Israel Tours; March 16, 2011: https://israel-tourguide.info/2011/0316/ketef-hinnom-silver-amulet/

 

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Gracias, Santana

 

The Santana song, “Smooth”, will always make me think of this great girl I really loved so much. We used to work together, and our lives before meeting had had similar parallels. We both had wound up applying to some of the same companies in our job searches, which we had also done so many times before, and we had lots of laughs over shared coincidences and other things. We had both turned down further consideration for work at the same place, which was a good thing, cuz there was some bad stuff which happened there later, and we both would have been a part of it.

 

We only got together on two or three occasions outside of work, cuz I’m funny that way. It’s kindof the old-school professionalism idea of not mixing business with pleasure, but we really got along like peas in a pod, and so we got together. We went for Mexican food once at this place I loved, if I’m remembering correctly; and we went to a Santana concert.

 

Her boyfriend came along with us, of course, and took our picture in the parking lot before the start of the concert. It was a great concert — they played ” Smooth” and “Black Magic Woman” and all the good stuff. I’m lucky to have still been able to see some of the rock-and-roll greats in my lifetime, and Santana is among the top.

 

Eventually, I wound up leaving the company we worked at, because I couldn’t get accurate shipment details from our corporate headquarters, and my position within the organization was being compromised as a result. My friend left shortly after I did, and I think the whole company tumbled after that point.

 

In the interim, we never did get the photos back from the pharmacy photo-finisher; they say they lost the film. Things that run through my mind: that movie with Robin Williams, who plays a pharmacy film-developer who gets caught up in the imagined lives he vicariously inhabits of the people whose film he develops. Egads — creepification! I’m thinking “Jumanji”, but that was another creepy Robin Williams film about a gameboard which comes to life. I liked Robin Williams’s HAPPY, goofy roles. Let me go look up that movie name — I never saw it, but actually think I wanted to.

 

Got it. It’s ” One Hour Photo”. The release poster popping up on Wikipedia is even more creepy in the pre-release film critic reviews printed on the poster, given the events of Robin Williams’s circumstances. Trust me — don’t look.

 

My friend ran off and did some crazy stuff, and I love and admire her immensely, even though I’m a strange bird that rarely keeps in touch. I still think of her, and always will, as my friend. I know you’re out there, and I love and I miss you, friend.

 

It brings me happiness to learn that Carlos Santana will be playing in Tel Aviv sometime soon. Supporters of the Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel are really trying to bully artists to cancel their performances in Israel. Some have caved in, and others have refused. I’m proud of those who take a stand to these intimidators and come, anyways. In fact, Carlos Santana made a YouTube video message announcing his concert and sending love and peace (in both Hebrew and Arabic) to the people of Israel.

 

That is just so smooth, Carlos. So smooth!

 

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