Saturday, October 6, 2012

ISRAEL FACTSHEET Revised 2011

ISRAEL FACTSHEET Revised 2011
One can have one’s own opinions, but one cannot have one’s own facts.
ISRAEL:   FACT SHEET - A POTTED HISTORY LESSON, 2011
 
1. ISRAEL BECAME A NATION TWO MILLENNIA BEFORE ISLAM WAS CREATED.
 
2. AFTER EXODUS FROM EGYPT AND REPOSSESSING THE LAND OF THEIR FOREFATHERS,
JEWS HAVE CONTINUED TO INHABIT THE "PROMISED LAND,"  SURVIVING MANY INVASIONS, AND MAINTAINING THEIR OWN FAITH, LANGUAGE, AND CULTURE FOR OVER 3,500 YEARS.

3. THE ONLY PERIOD OF ARAB RULE OVER THEM FOLLOWED THE BIRTH OF ISLAM  (IN WHAT IS NOW
SAUDI ARABIA), AND THE ARAB INVASION OF 635 AD.   AFTER THE PERIOD OF THE CRUSADES, OTTOMAN DOMINION OVER THE ENTIRE REGION FOLLOWED UNTIL THE END OF WORLD WAR 1.

4. JERUSALEM BECAME THE JEWISH CAPITAL, UNDER DAVID, OVER 3,000 YEARS AGO AND IT
REMAINS THE FOCUS OF THE JEWISH FAITH.   IT WAS NEVER THE CAPITAL OF ANY ARAB OR MUSLIM ENTITY.  EVEN UNDER (INTERNATIONALLY  ILLEGITIMATE) JORDANIAN CONQUEST AND RULE, 1948-1967, JORDANIAN-OCCUPIED EAST JERUSALEM WAS NOT MADE A CAPITAL

5. JERUSALEM IS MENTIONED OVER 700 TIMES IN THE BIBLE, NOT ONCE IN THE KORAN.

6. SUCCEEDING KING DAVID, HIS SON SOLOMON BUILT THE JEWISH TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM. MOHAMMED NEVER
SET FOOT THERE.  HE DECREED ONLY TWO HOLY CITIES, MECCA AND MEDINA.

7. JEWS PRAY FACING JERUSALEM.   MUSLIMS TURN TO MECCA.
 
8. IN 1948, ARAB LEADERS INVADING UN-RECREATED ISRAEL, URGED THEIR PEOPLE TO LEAVE, PROMISING TO RID IT ENTIRELY OF JEWS.  SOME 630,000 ARABS LEFT (ACCORDING TO THE UN), MOST OF THEM, IT IS SAID, WITHOUT EVER HAVING SEEN AN ISRAELI SOLDIER.
 
9. IN THE SAME PERIOD, 850,000 JEWS HAD TO FLEE MUSLIM LANDS (VIRTUALLY THE ENTIRE JEWISH POPULATION) TO ESCAPE PERSECUTION, VIOLENCE AND POGROMS AGAINST THEM.

10. DESPITE THE VAST TERRITORIES AT ARAB DISPOSAL - 600 TIMES THE AREA OF ISRAEL -
AND THE BURGEONING OIL WEALTH  OF THE ARAB LEAGUE, ARAB REFUGEES WERE
DELIBERATELY PREVENTED FROM ASSIMILATING INTO THEIR ARAB HOST COUNTRIES.  
 
11. OF MORE THAN 100 MILLION REFUGEES WORLDWIDE, FOLLOWING WORLD WAR 2, THE ARABS OF PALESTINE ARE THE ONLY GROUP NEVER TO HAVE BEEN ABSORBED INTO COUNRIES SHARING THEIR CULTURE AND HISTORY.
 
THEY ARE ALSO THE ONLY GROUP THAT HAS A SEPARATE UN RELIEF AND AID BODY DEVOTED TO  THEM ALONE, AS A RESULT THEY RECEIVE PER HEAD MORE INTERNATIONAL AID - EVEN NOW - THAN ANY OTHER PEOPLE ON EARTH, FAR MORE THAN THE REALLY IMPOVERISHED MILLIONS OF REFUGEES FROM THE CONTINUAL CONFLICTS  IN SUDAN, NIGERIA, UGANDA, AND OTHER AUHORITARIAN REGIMES IN AFRICAN AND ASIA.
 
BY CONTRAST, MOST OF THE (LARGER NUMBER OF) JEWISH REFUGEES FROM EUROPE AND ARAB LANDS WERE HUMANELY SETTLED IN ISRAEL, A COUNTRY THEN MOSTLY DESERT AND NO LARGER THAN NEW JERSEY IN THE USA, OR WALES.

12. THERE ARE 22 ARAB COUNTRIES (57 MUSLIM ONES IN ALL).  THERE IS ONLY ONE JEWISH STATE.
 
13.  ARABS INITIATED ALL FIVE OF THE WARS AGAINST ISRAEL:  AND LOST EVERY ONE.

14.  LOCAL ARABS UNDER ARAFAT BEGAN CALLING THEMSELVES 'PALESTINIANS' ONLY AS
RECENTLY AS 1964. SIXTEEN YEARS  AFTER (MODERN) ISRAELI STATEHOOD.
THE TERM HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN USED BY PEOPLE TO DESIGNATE JEWS IN THE AREA,
HENCE THE PALESTINE POST (NOW JERUSALEM POST), A JEWISH NEWSPAPER; THE
ANGLO-PALESTINE BANK, A JEWISH BANK;  THE PALESTINE BRIGADE, JEWS WHO FOUGHT
ALONGSIDE BRITAIN IN WORLD WAR 2;  AND MANY OTHER EXAMPLES.
 
15. DURING THE JORDANIAN OCCUPATION - FROM 1948 - JEWISH HOLY SITES WERE DESECRATED, AND DENIED TO JEWS.  SINCE THE ISRAELI  LIBERATION IN 1967, ALL MUSLIM AND CHRISTIAN HOLY SITES ARE ACCESSIBLE TO ALL FAITHS.
 
16.  THE UN WAS SILENT WHEN THE JORDANIANS DESTROYED 58 SYNAGOGUES IN THE
OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM.  IT STAYED SILENT WHILE JORDAN SYSTEMATICALLY
DESECRATED THE ANCIENT JEWISH CEMETERY ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES, AND IT
REMAINED SILENT WHEN JORDAN ENFORCED APARTHEID LAWS PREVENTING JEWS FROM
ACCESSING THE TEMPLE MOUNT AND WESTERN WALL
 
17. ISRAEL OFFERED THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY MOST OF THE 'WEST BANK' (IN REALITY, JUDEA AND SAMARIA) ALL GAZA AND A SHARE IN THE JEWISH CAPITAL, JERUSALEM (JUDAISM'S CENTRE), IN EXCHANGE FOR PEACE - AND EVEN GAVE THE PA PROTECTIVE ARMAMENTS.  HOWEVER, BOTH THE PLO CHARTER AND HAMAS CHARTER CALL FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL.

18. NEVERTHELESS, IN THE HEAVILY LOADED UN, OUT OF 175 SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS UP TO 1990, AN OFFICIAL SURVEY FOUND AN INCREDIBLE 97
WERE AGAINST ISRAEL;  OF 690 GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTIONS, A FULL 429 WERE LIKEWISE DIRECTED AGAINST ISRAEL.  THIS TREND HAS CONTINUED UNABATED EVER SINCE.

19.  THE UN HAS ENFORCED A LONG-STANDING POLICY UNDER WHICH ISRAEL IS THE ONLY
MEMBER COUNTRY NOT PERMITTED A TURN AT MEMBERSHIP OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL. 
AND IT WAS THE ONLY STATE DENIED MEMBERSHIP OF ITS OWN REGIONAL GROUP OF NATIONS.
 
20. FOR MANY YEARS, TOO, ISRAEL HAS BEEN FORBIDDEN FULL MEMBERSHIP OF THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS AND THE RIGHT TO USE THE RED SHIELD OF DAVID INTERNATIONALLY, ALONGSIDE THE RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT SYMBOLS.  THIS IS DESPITE THE FACT THAT ISRAEL HAS REGULARLY TAKEN THE LEAD IN SENDING MEDICS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES TO COUNTRIES AFFLICTED BY NATURAL DISASTERS THAT REQUIRE INTERNATIONAL AID.
 
 
THESE ARE TRYING TIMES.  WE MUST ASK OURSELVES WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING, WHAT WILL WE TELL OUR GRANDCHILDREN ABOUT OUR ACTIONS DURING THIS CRISIS - WHEN RESOLUTE SPREADING OF THE FACTS COULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE.    DON'T JUST TURN AWAY AND TURN OFF.
START NOW!  SEND THIS FACT SHEET TO 10 FRIENDS, AND ASK EACH OF THEM TO SEND IT
TO 10 MORE.  JEWISH OR NOT, IT DOES NOT MATTER, AS LONG AS THEY ARE OPEN-MINDED.

 
TRUTH AND PEACE ARE VALUES COMMON TO ALL OF US.   EVERYONE DESERVES TO  KNOW!

And if this message works back to you, it means you have a circle of friends who share these values.

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