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(Providence, RI, June 20, 2016) Concerned Christians of Israel (CCI), a relatively new group on the pro-Israel advocacy scene in Rhode Island, today issued a jubilant statement of victory regarding the passage ofH-7736, “Anti-Discrimination In State Contracts,” sponsored by Representative Mia A. Ackerman (D – Cumberland and Lincoln), the Rhode Island House Deputy Majority Leader. The legislation prohibits the state from contracting with companies that engage in boycotts of allies and trade partners of the United States, including the State of Israel. A 100-signature petition gathered by the group is expected to be presented to Gov. Raimondo urging her to sign the bill.

“CCI was formed early this year to support Israel and the Jewish people,” explained Rev. Paul Terry, pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Cranston. “What fundamentally motivates us as Christians is the erosion we are seeing in the appreciation of Judeo-Christian values in our society. These values are the bedrock of Western civilization as we know it.”
 CCI is led by a small but highly motivated organizing committee consisting of Rev. Terry; LuAnn Pezzullo of Bristol, a 78-year old hairdresser who in a June 18 meeting with RI Representative Jim Langevin requested “an apology to the people for voting to pass the Iran Nuclear Deal;” Mary Greene of Wakefield, a pastor's daughter and leader of the Jubilee Sisters; and, Priscilla Terry, Rev. Terry's wife known in her own right for activism regarding the potential for domestic terrorism inherent in the Refugee Resettlement Program. On April 21 the group hosted its first public meeting, drawing some 70 pastors and lay people for education and discussion.

“It's no secret that the Christian community is divided over Israel and issues of secularism here in Rhode Island,” stated Rev. Terry. “CCI represents the voice of conservative Christianity. We are not the people whose voice is typically heard when the press turns to 'Rhode Island faith leaders'.” Yet he pointed out that there are probably several hundred nondenominational Christian congregations Rhode Island, generally unaffiliated with the Rhode State Council of Churches. “We aspire to be the voice of conservative RI Christians on issues regarding Israel and Judeo-Christian values,” he said.

CCI has been supportive of anti-BDS legislation for several months. “In fact, on May 25, we fielded a team of volunteers at a Christians United for Israel (CUFI) event at Praise Tabernacle in Cranston that persuaded a hundred people to sign separate letters of support for Rhode Island’s anti-BDS legislation to their respective state representatives, state senators and Governor Raimondo.”

CCI's efforts complimented those made by other groups in the state’s Christian and Jewish communities. In what all consider an historic effort, the groups cooperated in lobbying both branches of the General Assembly and achieving the successful outcome.

Ambassador Prosor addresses UNGA debate on the Question of Palestine

 Mr. President,

I stand before the world as a proud representative of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. I stand tall before you knowing that truth and morality are on my side.  And yet, I stand here knowing that today in this Assembly, truth will be turned on its head and morality cast aside. 

The fact of the matter is that when members of the international community speak about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a fog descends to cloud all logic and moral clarity.  The result isn’t realpolitik, its surrealpolitik.

The world’s unrelenting focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an injustice to tens of millions of victims of tyranny and terrorism in the Middle East. As we speak, Yazidis, Bahai, Kurds, Christians and Muslims are being executed and expelled by radical extremists at a rate of 1,000 people per month.

How many resolutions did you pass last week to address this crisis?  And how many special sessions did you call for? The answer is zero. What does this say about international concern for human life?  Not much, but it speaks volumes about the hypocrisy of the international community.

I stand before you to speak the truth. 
Of the 300 million Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa, less than half a percent are truly free -
and they are all citizens of Israel.

Israeli Arabs are some of the most educated Arabs in the world. They are our leading physicians and surgeons, they are elected to our parliament, and they serve as judges on our Supreme Court.  Millions of men and women in the Middle East would welcome these opportunities and freedoms. 

Nonetheless, nation after nation, will stand at this podium today and criticize Israel – the small island of democracy in a region plagued by tyranny and oppression. 

Mr. President,

Our conflict has never been about the establishment of a Palestinian state.
It has always been about the existence of the Jewish state.

Sixty seven years ago this week, on November 29, 1947, the United Nations voted to partition the land into a Jewish state and an Arab state. Simple. The Jews said yes.  The Arabs said no. But they didn’t just say no.  Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon launched a war of annihilation against our newborn state.

This is the historical truth that the Arabs are trying to distort. The Arabs’ historic mistake continues to be felt – in lives lost in war, lives lost to terrorism, and lives scarred by the Arab’s narrow political interests. 

According to the United Nations, about 700,000 Palestinians were displaced in the war initiated by the Arabs themselves.  At the same time, some 850,000 Jews were forced to flee from Arab countries. 

Why is it, that 67 years later, the displacement of the Jews has been completely forgotten by this institution while the displacement of the Palestinians is the subject of an annual debate?

The difference is that Israel did its utmost to integrate the Jewish refugees into society. The Arabs did just the opposite. 

The worst oppression of the Palestinian people takes place in Arab nations.

In most of the Arab world, Palestinians are denied citizenship and are aggressively discriminated against.  They are barred from owning land and prevented from entering certain professions. 

And yet none - not one - of these crimes are mentioned in the resolutions before you.

If you were truly concerned about the plight of the Palestinian people there would be one, just one, resolution to address the thousands of Palestinians killed in Syria.  And if you were so truly concerned about the Palestinians there would be at least one resolution to denounce the treatment of Palestinians in Lebanese refugee camps.

But there isn’t.  The reason is that today’s debate is not about speaking for peace or speaking for the Palestinian people – it is about speaking against Israel.  It is nothing but a hate and bashing festival against Israel.

Mr. President,

The European nations claim to stand for LibertÚ, ╔galitÚ, FraternitÚ - freedom, equality, and brotherhood – but nothing could be farther from the truth. 

I often hear European leaders proclaim that Israel has the right to exist in secure borders.   That’s very nice.  But I have to say – it makes about as much sense as me standing here and proclaiming Sweden’s right to exist in secure borders.

When it comes to matters of security, Israel learned the hard way that we cannot rely on others – certainly not Europe.

In 1973, on Yom Kippur – the holiest day on the Jewish calendar - the surrounding Arab nations launched an attack against Israel. In the hours before the war began, Golda Meir, our Prime Minister then, made the difficult decision not to launch a preemptive strike.   The Israeli Government understood that if we launched a preemptive strike, we would lose the support of the international community.

As the Arab armies advanced on every front, the situation in Israel grew dire. Our casualty count was growing and we were running dangerously low on weapons and ammunition.  In this, our hour of need, President Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, agreed to send Galaxy planes loaded with tanks and ammunition to resupply our troops.  The only problem was that the Galaxy planes needed to refuel on route to Israel. 

The Arab States were closing in and our very existence was threatened – and yet, Europe was not even willing to let the planes refuel.  The U.S. stepped in once again and negotiated that the planes be allowed to refuel in the Azores.

The government and people of Israel will never forget that when our very existence was at stake, only one country came to our aid – the United States of America.

Israel is tired of hollow promises from European leaders.  The Jewish people have a long memory.  We will never ever forget that you failed us in the 1940s.  You failed us in 1973.  And you are failing us again today.

Every European parliament that voted to prematurely and unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state is giving the Palestinians exactly what they want - statehood without peace.  By handing them a state on a silver platter, you are rewarding unilateral actions and taking away any incentive for the Palestinians to negotiate or compromise or renounce violence.  You are sending the message that the Palestinian Authority can sit in a government with terrorists and incite violence against Israel without paying any price.

The first E.U. member to officially recognize a Palestinian state was Sweden. One has to wonder why the Swedish Government was so anxious to take this step.  When it comes to other conflicts in our region, the Swedish Government calls for direct negotiations between the parties – but for the Palestinians, surprise, surprise, they roll out the red carpet.

State Secretary S÷der may think she is here to celebrate her government’s so-called historic recognition, when in reality it’s nothing more than an historic mistake.

The Swedish Government may host the Nobel Prize ceremony, but there is nothing noble about their cynical political campaign to appease the Arabs in order to get a seat on the Security Council.  Nations on the Security Council should have sense, sensitivity, and sensibility. 
Well, the Swedish Government has shown no sense, no sensitivity and no sensibility.  Just nonsense.

Israel learned the hard way that listening to the international community can bring about devastating consequences.  In 2005, we unilaterally dismantled every settlement and removed every citizen from the Gaza Strip. Did this bring us any closer to peace?  Not at all. It paved the way for Iran to send its terrorist proxies to establish a terror stronghold on our doorstep.

I can assure you that we won’t make the same mistake again. 
When it comes to our security, we cannot and will not rely on others –
Israel must be able to defend itself by itself.

Mr. President,

The State of Israel is the land of our forefathers – Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  It is the land where Moses led the Jewish people, where David built his palace, where Solomon built the Jewish Temple, and where Isaiah saw a vision of eternal peace. 

For thousands of years, Jews have lived continuously in the land of Israel.  We endured through the rise and fall of the Assyrian, Babylonian, Greek and Roman Empires.  And we endured through thousands of years of persecution, expulsions and crusades.  The bond between the Jewish people and the Jewish land is unbreakable.

Nothing can change one simple truth - Israel is our home and Jerusalem is our eternal capital. 

At the same time, we recognize that Jerusalem has special meaning for other faiths.  Under Israeli sovereignty, all people – and I will repeat that, all people - regardless of religion and nationality can visit the city’s holy sites.  And we intend to keep it this way.  The only ones trying to change the status quo on the Temple Mount are Palestinian leaders.  

President Abbas is telling his people that Jews are contaminating the Temple Mount.  He has called for days of rage and urged Palestinians to prevent Jews from visiting the Temple Mount using (quote) “all means” necessary.  These words are as irresponsible as they are unacceptable. 

You don’t have to be Catholic to visit the Vatican, you don’t have to be Jewish to visit the Western Wall, but some Palestinians would like to see the day when only Muslims can visit the Temple Mount. 

You, the international community, are lending a hand to extremists and fanatics. You, who preach tolerance and religious freedom, should be ashamed.  Israel will never let this happen.  We will make sure that the holy places remain open to all people of all faiths for all time.

Mr. President,

No one wants peace more than Israel.  No one needs to explain the importance of peace to parents who have sent their child to defend our homeland.  No one knows the stakes of success or failure better than we Israelis do. The people of Israel have shed too many tears and buried too many sons and daughters. 

We are ready for peace, but we are not na´ve. Israel’s security is paramount. Only a strong and secure Israel can achieve a comprehensive peace.

The past month should make it clear to anyone that Israel has immediate and pressing security needs. In recent weeks, Palestinian terrorists have shot and stabbed our citizens and twice driven their cars into crowds of pedestrians.  Just a few days ago, terrorists armed with axes and a gun savagely attacked Jewish worshipers during morning prayers.  We have reached the point when Israelis can’t even find sanctuary from terrorism in the sanctuary of a synagogue.

These attacks didn’t emerge out of a vacuum. 
They are the results of years of indoctrination and incitement 
A Jewish proverb teaches: “The instruments of both death and life are in the power of the tongue.”

As a Jew and as an Israeli, I know with utter certainly that when our enemies say they want to attack us, they mean it.

Hamas’s genocidal charter calls for the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews worldwide. 
For years, Hamas and other terrorist groups have sent suicide bombers into our cities, launched rockets into our towns, and sent terrorists to kidnap and murder our citizens. 

And what about the Palestinian Authority?  It is leading a systemic campaign of incitement. 
In schools, children are being taught that ‘Palestine’ will stretch from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.  In mosques, religious leaders are spreading vicious libels accusing Jews of destroying Muslim holy sites.  In sports stadiums, teams are named after terrorists.  And in newspapers, cartoons urge Palestinians to commit terror attacks against Israelis.

Children in most of the world grow up watching cartoons of Mickey Mouse singing and dancing. 
Palestinian children also grow up watching Mickey Mouse, but on Palestinians national television, a twisted figure dressed as Mickey Mouse dances in an explosive belt and chants “Death to America and death to the Jews.”

I challenge you to stand up here today and do something constructive for a change.  Publicly denounce the violence, denounce the incitement, and denounce the culture of hate.

Most people believe that at its core, the conflict is a battle between Jews and Arabs or Israelis and Palestinians.  They are wrong.  The battle that we are witnessing is a battle between those who sanctify life and those who celebrate death.

Following the savage attack in a Jerusalem synagogue, celebrations erupted in Palestinian towns and villages.  People were dancing in the street and distributing candy.  Young men posed with axes, loudspeakers at mosques called out congratulations, and the terrorists were hailed as “martyrs” and “heroes.” 

This isn’t the first time that we saw the Palestinians celebrate the murder of innocent civilians.  We saw them rejoice after every terrorist attack on Israeli civilians and they even took to the streets to celebrate the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center right here in New York City.

Imagine the type of state this society would produce.  Does the Middle East really need another terror-ocracy?  Some members of the international community are aiding and abetting its creation. 

Mr. President,

As we came into the United Nations, we passed the flags of all 193 member States. If you take the time to count, you will discover that there are 15 flags with a crescent and 25 flags with a cross.  And then there is one flag with a Jewish Star of David.
Amidst all the nations of the world there is one state – just one small nation state for the Jewish people. 

And for some people, that is one too many. 

As I stand before you today I am reminded of all the years when Jewish people paid for the world’s ignorance and indifference in blood.  Those days are no more. 

We will never apologize for being a free and independent people in our sovereign state.  And we will never apologize for defending ourselves.

To the nations that continue to allow prejudice to prevail over truth, I say “J’accuse.”

I accuse you of hypocrisy. I accuse you of duplicity.
I accuse you of lending legitimacy to those who seek to destroy our State.
I accuse you of speaking about Israel’s right of self-defense in theory, but denying it in practice.
And I accuse you of demanding concessions from Israel, but asking nothing of the Palestinians.

In the face of these offenses, the verdict is clear.

You are not for peace and you are not for the Palestinian people.  You are simply against Israel.

Members of the international community have a choice to make.
You can recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, or permit the Palestinian leadership to deny our history without consequence.

You can publicly proclaim that the so-called “claim of return” is a non-starter, or you can allow this claim to remain the major obstacle to any peace agreement.

You can work to end Palestinian incitement, or stand by as hatred and extremism take root for generations to come.

You can prematurely recognize a Palestinian state, or you can encourage the Palestinian Authority to break its pact with Hamas and return to direct negotiations. 

The choice is yours. You can continue to steer the Palestinians off course or pave the way to real and lasting peace.

Thank you, Mr. President.

Israel National News (IsraelNN.com)

INN Editorial: The Freedom to Build in Jerusalem
by Rachel Sylvetsky

(IsraelNN.com) Karl Marx accused his fellow Jews of being a “cosmopolitan” people who could not develop roots in any specific area of the world. No Jew lover, he wrote his barbed phrase as though it was an inherent Jewish characteristic, along with usury and other unproductive occupations, without taking into account that it might be an acquired one. After all, Jews could hardly be expected to plant roots when history was replete with banishments, expulsions, pogroms and ghettoizing that hardly served to make the Jewish populace in most countries feel at home.

The Jew’s image in the Diaspora was also that of the People of the Book, a more positive, and continuing, pursuit than that attributed to them by Marx. Intellectualism made up for a normal nations’ construction, farming and production, denied to them for centuries. 

However, the Jewish people certainly had a history of building. It began when they first constructed permanent dwellings in Egypt, but not for their personal use. They were the slaves who build the cities of Pithom and Raamses, but who, once freed on Passover, were satisfied with the tents Balaam described in Numbers 24:5 as “goodly”. This newly- formed people spent forty years in the desert in temporary “booths” where, while they complained about the monotony of their manna menu, they did not demand less flimsy residences for their families.
For them, it was G-d’s cloud of glory that provided the permanence and security a home usually symbolizes. Their central place of ritual in the desert was a portable, curtained Tabernacle, which was brought to Shiloh once they entered Israel.

This was in sharp contrast to what transpired when the Jews had a monarchy in the land of Israel. This was when roots of construction, farming and production were planted in the Promised Land. King David described himself as living in a permanent home, feeling guilty because G-d ‘s Ark had only a temporary one. His son King Solomon spent many years building the First Temple and his own palace, enlisting the help of experts from Lebanon. His people, too, built permanent homes in the land of their forefathers. 

When the first group of Jews was exiled to Babylon, the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel had to tell them that they were to build homes there.  That symbolized permanence to them, and so strong was their yearning for Zion, that they wanted to stay sojourners in their land of exile awaiting the rebuilding of their beloved Temple in Jerusalem.

Throughout the ages, even when their status allowed for beautiful residences, the Jewish people was willing to abandon them for a week and return to those temporary booths, Sukkahs, that reminded them of G-d’s guarding presence in the desert, so longed for during their sufferings in exile. In fact, Rav Tzvi Hirsh Berliner was once asked by the Prince of Mannheim why children don’t ask four questions on Sukkot, as moving into a booth is just as unusual as the Passover seder. He answered that the opposite is true, for leaving one’s home hastily for a temporary haven is the most commonplace of occurrences in the Diaspora with which even a child is familiar.

Construction is the symbol of permanence.  A “guarding wall and lookout tower” were what early Zionists built with Haganah help to create settlements during the memorable period in which they countered 1936-39  Arab insurgency by creating “facts on the ground”. It is tragic to think that their offspring did not internalize the difference between a people at home and the wandering Jews of Marx and were willing to destroy Jewish homes in Israel and send thousands of Katif Bloc residents to temporary booths as if they were back in the desert of the Diaspora.
It is true that in the Diaspora, when Jews lived in places that were good to them, they built homes, communities and public buildings, such as the hospitals with Jewish names that dot the USA, for the good of the countries who treated them kindly. History showed  most tragically that this does not help Jews achieve permanence. Perhaps all the Jews, even those living most comfortably in the Diaspora, expressed this truth subliminally when they sang “Next year in rebuilt Jerusalem” at the close of the Seder each year.

“Rebuilt Jerusalem”--

Those words once meant the exiles’ hope to return to rebuild the city, but after it was reunited in 1967and the sounds of construction filled the air as Jerusalem grew and expanded naturally in all directions, it seemed to be happening in our time.  Jews still sang those words hoping for the Redemption, when they could rebuild the Holy Temple in the “city in which King David settled”, as Jerusalem is called in a poem of longing and idealism written by Rabbi Avraham Yitschak HaKohen Kook, Israel’s first Chief Rabbi.

“Rebuilt Jerusalem” has taken on another level of meaning these past few weeks. It seems the joyous rebuilding of the past forty three years is not seen as natural growth by much of the rest of the world. The ancient words of the song now are an assertion of the Jewish people’s right to build everywhere in their holy city and a demand for it to be recognized as rightfully theirs.
Let us sing those words with redoubled fervor this year. Jews are building in their own land, as in days of yore. The other nations are mouthing the words attributed to Esau’s—not Ishmael’s-- descendants, Edom, said by our Sages to be “known to hate Jacob”, at the time of the Temple’s destruction: “Destroy, destroy, unto the very foundations” of Jerusalem (Psalm 137).

The psalmist tells G-d to “Remember what the sons of Edom did on the day of Jerusalem” in the previous verse. We too will remember. And we will keep on building, because we have come home.

Ray Hanna, center, with student activists ChloÚ Simone Valdary and Daniel Mael. When Ray Hanna was growing up, he was taught to hate Israel. A native Egyptian, he said it was a given. “The DNA and the culture of the community was to blame the Jews for their ills,” Hanna said. “You hear in sentences, al-Yahud, al-Yahud, al-Yahud [meaning Jew in Arabic], then you fill in the blank afterward…That’s the kind of stuff that was almost fed into your mind.”

Now, Hanna has a different take. As the new president of Christians and Jews United for Israel (CJUI), he has taken the lead in advocating for the Jewish state. Hanna, a mechanical engineer who works for an energy-savings corporation, is a Coptic Christian. Hanna has been involved in bridging Jewish and Christian communities since attending a Christian/ Jewish summer camp as a teenager. He came to CJUI from another advocacy group called Act for America.

CJUI led by a Coptic
Christian from Egypt

By Alexandra Lapkin
Advocate Staff

Ray Hanna, center, with student activists ChloÚ Simone Valdary and Daniel Mael. When Ray Hanna was growing up, he was taught to hate Israel. A native Egyptian, he said it was a given. “The DNA and the culture of the community was to blame the Jews for their ills,” Hanna said. “You hear in sentences, al-Yahud, al-Yahud, al-Yahud [meaning Jew in Arabic], then you fill in the blank afterward…That’s the kind of stuff that was almost fed into your mind.”

Now, Hanna has a different take. As the new president of Christians and Jews United for Israel (CJUI), he has taken the lead in advocating for the Jewish state. Hanna, a mechanical engineer who works for an energy-savings corporation, is a Coptic Christian. Hanna has been involved in bridging Jewish and Christian communities since attending a Christian/ Jewish summer camp as a teenager. He came to CJUI from another advocacy group called Act for America.

As president of CJUI, Hanna wants to focus on combating anti- Semitism on college campuses. He said that CJUI will concentrate its efforts on providing strength in numbers, financial support and educational materials to help Jewish students who feel threatened by groups like Students for Justice in Palestine and the Muslim Student Association.

“Those are the things that we cannot turn our backs on,” Hanna said. He added that if we turn our backs on those who are being intimidated now and do not teach the next generation the lessons of World War II, persecution “will not only happen to the Jewish people, it will also happen to the Christians and to other faiths, especially in the Middle East.”
Although he moved to the United States at a young age, Hanna still carries with him the memories of belonging to a minority group in a predominantly Muslim country. Coptic Christians, an ethnoreligious group, make up the largest Christian group in Egypt. Hanna’s father was an assistant bank manager, but while he trained other tellers to become managers, he knew that he would never be promoted due to his religion. “My father saw the writing on the wall,” Hanna recalled, when in 1968, he decided to bring his family to the United States.
When the family moved here, Hanna continued to hear this rhetoric in his close-knit community. But when he made an anti-Semitic comment in his middle-school class during a discussion on diversity, a teacher questioned Hanna on his views. “Then I went back to my family and said, ‘Why do we hate the Jews, why do we blame the Jews for everything?’ And nobody could give me an answer,” he said. He began looking for answers. Hanna attended a summer camp that brought Christian and Jewish kids together. He began reading about religion and the history of the Middle East in the 20th century. “ That’s how I started changing,” Hanna said. He also began understanding the malaise that took over Egypt in 1967, when it was defeated by Israel in the Six- Day-War. “ The war was a huge disaster for the Egyptian society,” Hanna said, which only reinforced the already deeply rooted anti-Semitism.

As Hanna did more research, he re-aligned his views and became a fervent support er of Israel. “Israel is the only country in the Middle East that protects our holy sites, allows our freedom of worship, allows Arab Israelis to thrive. It really shows what democracy is about,” Hanna said. “If you emulate the Israeli model, the entire Middle East would be an oasis. That’s how I came to the realization that I had no reason to hate.”

Hanna noted that as he read more of the Bible and learned about Christianity’s roots in Judaism, “You get to a point where you say, people need to understand that not only the people of Israel, are the chosen people, they are also my ancestors. They are where I came from, the people that my blood line comes from. That makes your heart open to Jewish nation,” he said.

Hanna noted that as president of CJUI, he looks forward to collaborating with other groups, including Americans for Peace and Tolerance, CAMERA, and the Russian Jewish Community Foundation. “ With this coalition, we will be able to stand in numbers and not be intimidated by those who would want to give a false narrative against Israel,” he said.

Article from the Jewish Advocate

Kennedy Says They Seek to Crush Jewish
Cause Because They Are Not in Accord with It

(From an archive of articles Robert Kennedy
wrote in the Boston Post in 1948)
Click here to read article.


The Ten Commandments of Arab Myths
by Dr. Richard Booker

Shalom! In my previous article, I talked about mythomaniacs and their ability to turn Arab myths into facts and Israeli facts into myths. I will be explaining some of the more common myths in the articles that follow. I want to summarize them in this preview article which I call, “The Ten Commandments of Arab Myths.”

1.  The “Palestinian people” have an historic connection to the land.

This is very interesting since there is no such thing as a “Palestinian people.” When the Romans changed the name of Israel to Palestine, the people living there at the time were Jews, not Arabs. If there had been a Palestinian people, which there never was, it would have been Jews.

2. The Palestinian people have been in the land from time immemorial.

For centuries pre-Israel Palestine was a forgotten, desolate wasteland inhabited by a remnant of Jews, along with some Christians and wandering Bedouins who certainly had no thought of a national identity of any kind.


3. There were no Jews in Palestine until Israel became a state in 1948.

The Romans officially banished the Jews from Israel (Palestine) in 135 CE. However, historical records show there was always a Jewish presence in the land. While many were scattered, other Jews simply moved out of “harm’s way” until a less hostile power ruled the land.

4. Arabs and Jews lived in harmony before Israel became a state.

Throughout the centuries, Jews as well as Christians, living under Islamic rule suffered persecution and humiliation, the intensity of which was determined by the character of a particular Moslem ruler. As second class citizens, there was never a “good time” for non-Moslems living under Islamic rule.


5. The returning Jews displaced the Palestinian Arabs

The ancestors of most of the present-day Arab population migrated to the land after Jewish pioneers began to reclaim the land. They came from many different countries and were not original inhabitants of the land.


6. The Jews stole Arab land

Jews returning to the land settled on unclaimed, unoccupied land or bought land from absentee Arab landowners at outrageously high prices.  


7. The Jews forced Arabs to flee Palestine

When Israel was declared a state in 1948, leaders from the surrounding Arab countries declared war on Israel and instructed the Arabs living in the land to flee until the Jews were annihilated. Israeli leaders, to no avail, urged the Arabs to stay.


8. The Jews caused the Arab refugee problem

If Arab countries would assimilate and care for the “Palestinian” refugees, as Israel did for their Jewish refugees, there would be no refugee problem. Instead they use them as political pawns in their struggle against Israel.


9. Israel is the aggressor against defenseless Palestinians

In its brief history, Israel has had one war after another and each time they are blamed as the aggressor. The Arabs do not recognize the right of Israel to exist and are in a constant state of hostility against Israel. Their aim is to destroy Israel.


10. Jerusalem is holy to Moslems

While Jerusalem is mentioned over eight hundred times in the Bible, it is not mentioned one time in the Koran.

Dr. Richard and Peggy Booker are the Founding Directors of the Institute for Hebraic-Christian Studies (IHCS), a non-proselytizing, Christian Zionist educational organization. They have dedicated their lives to educating Christians in their Judeo-Christian heritage and the holocaust, building relations between Christians and Jews, and working tirelessly to give comfort and support to the people of Israel.

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