Three strangers strike up a conversation in the airport passenger lounge in Bozeman, Montana while awaiting their respective flights. One is an American Indian passing through from Lame Deer. Another was a Cowboy on his way to Billings for a livestock show and the third passenger is a fundamentalist Arab student, newly arrived at Montana State University from the Middle East.
Their discussion drifts to their diverse cultures. Soon, the two Westerners learn that the Arab is a devout, radical Muslim and the conversation falls into an uneasy lull. The cowboy leans back in his chair, crosses his boots on a magazine table and tips his big sweat-stained hat forward to cover his face. The wind outside is blowing tumbleweeds around, and the old windsock is flapping; but still no plane comes.
Finally, the American Indian clears his throat and softly he speaks, “At one time here, my people were many, but sadly, now we are few.” The Muslim student raises an eyebrow and leans forward, “Once my people were few,” he sneers, “and now we are many. “Why do you suppose that is?”
The Montana cowboy shifts his toothpick to one side of his mouth and from the darkness beneath his Stetson says in a smooth drawl. “That’s ’cause we ain’t played Cowboys and Muslims yet, but I do believe it’s a-comin’.”
In response to Sheikh Anjem Choudary’s threats that jihad is coming to the heart of America.
Cartoon from: ilovemypit’s photostream
We are bombarded constantly with the claims of alleged Israeli brutality and unfairness towards the Arabs in the Administered Territories, known historically as Judea and Samaria.
Howard Grief, author of the exhaustive work entitled, “The Legal Foundation and Borders of Israel under International Law“, on the San Remo Conference, “The San Remo Resolution converted the Balfour Declaration of November 2, 1917 from a mere statement of British policy expressing sympathy with the goal of the Zionist movement to create a Jewish state into a binding act of international law that required specific fulfillment by Britain of this object in active cooperation with the Jewish people….The term “Jewish National Home” was defined to mean a state by the British government at the Cabinet session which approved the Balfour Declaration on October 31, 1917….It was absurd to imagine that this phrase could be used to indicate that only a part of Palestine was reserved for the future Jewish National Home, since both were created simultaneously and used interchangeably, with the term “Palestine” pointing out the geographical location of the future independent Jewish state.” Link for more reading here.
Below is the map of the original British Mandate, which committed Britain legally to the job of facilitating the creation of a national homeland for the Jewish people, a comittment which they later reneged, thus violating international law, because it was no longer in the British national interest to keep their word, what with the increasing need for Middle Eastern (Arab) oil.
The British illegally backed out of this commitment. The World Zionist Organization proposed a significantly scaled down map. However, in the end, the Yishuv (Jewish community living in Eretz Israel prior to statehood) had to settle for the following UN Partition Plan. It was a hard pill to swallow, and has been dubbed “Auschwitz borders”, but the Jewish community accepted it, grateful for some corner of the earth to call their own. The Arab world rejected this plan and went to war shortly after Israel was re-born. In fact, Ben-Gurion could hear the beginnings of war as he declared Israel’s independence.
Look at the map below, from The Israeli Committe Against (Arab) House Demolitions (ICAHD). They don’t trouble themselves with Jewish home demolitions, which go on constantly, often in the dead of night against Jewish homes on legally purchased Jewish land; nor were they around during the Gush Katif expulsions, except perhaps to cheer on the destroyers; nor do they object or demonstrate against the current defacto restrictions against Jews building in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem. Treating two populations living in the same region in such a radically different manner without cause (to prevent terrorism) is against international law.
Seems pretty darn unfair, doesn’t it?
Except, when one looks at the broad overview. See the map below, which demonstrates the real truth of the matter. Consider just how small the nation of Israel is, compared to the vastness of the entire Muslim empire. Then read some good history books (written by bona fide, scholarly and objective historians). And as you read, compare these maps. The Jewish people have been willing to compromise and settle for less and less and less. It seems to never satisfy the Arab/Muslim world, or to bring peace. That is because the conflict is not about land or political rights. Land and political rights are strawman arguments put out there to confuse those who don’t look at the total picture.
Glezele Vayne’s top six recommended organizations that deserve the Zionist dollar:
Sultan Knish’s (Daniel Greefield) Op-Ed at Israel National News pretty much says it all — again.
On the 11th of March, two Arab Muslim men climbed through the window of a home in the village of Itamar, and massacred an entire family, killing both parents, stabbing a 4 year old boy twice in the chest, murdering an 11 year old while he sat up reading in bed and slitting the throat of a 3 month old baby girl.
A week later, Israeli and Arab pollsters conducted a survey in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem. A third of the Arabs surveyed supported these atrocities.
All the justifications for a Palestinian state fall away in the face of this simple fact. A third of the residents of any Palestinian state favor the murder of Jewish children. Not to achieve any larger goal, but just because they are Jewish children. To call for a Palestinian state in the face of that fact is to advocate genocide.
Photo of Nordhausen found at Louise Palanker’s Photostream
Disclaimer: Some Christians, it has come to my attention, are offended by the provocative starkness of parts of the following post.
The purpose of this post is to demonstrate concisely that Jesus of Nazareth does not fit the Torah‘s criteria for King Messiah. The status of “Messiah ben David“, another name for King Messiah, is considered by Judaism to be a uniquely special status, so much so that when the term “The Messiah” is used, everyone who is familiar with the concept of this singular personality immediately knows what exact function or office, if you will, is being referred to, (even if we don’t know the identity of the man who will fulfill that function at this point in history) much like when Americans refer to “The President”.
Even if Jesus is not “special” within the context of this post, if he did indeed live during the Second Temple period, and if indeed he was murdered, as so many Jewish patriots were murdered by the Roman beasts during those days, then of course, as any human being is special merely by virtue of the fact that he, like all human beings, was created in the image of G-d and was yet another martyr, at that level, Jesus would have been “special”.
However, that does not mean he was special in the messianic sense. And that is question. Was Jesus the uniquely special messiah who brings in the Messianic Age?
A. God is not man or corporeal in anyway = Jesus was a man, not God = not special
B. Sin is not only forgiven with animal blood sacrifices; human sacrifice is forbidden by the Torah = Death on a cross not necessary = not special
C. Miracles (not even rising from the dead) do not prove anything concerning candidacy for the office of Messiah = Jesus’ supposed miracles don’t mean anything = not special
D. Dying at the hands of the Romans and Sadducees was common in that era = Jesus’ death was one of many = not special
E. Messiah must complete his mission before dying = Jesus death disqualified him = not special
F. Messiah cannot simply “fly down” out of the sky. Becoming king is an intensely legal process overseen by the Sanhedrin = Jesus did not undergo such a process. (See C) = not special
Jesus was an insurrectionist against Roman representatives in Judea, made promises he didn’t fulfill, thought himself to be King Messiah and/or a prophet, did nothing to qualify as a candidate for King Messiah according to the Torah and Prophets (See Aryeh Kaplan‘s Anthology II on the process of qualifying as a prophet). He was instead killed and has never “come back.” He was not the only self-styled rabbi/prophet/messiah to get into serious trouble, make promises, and ultimately be killed by Rome. There were many in that time.
Because Jesus’ life was not special in any way from any other failed or false messiah, Jewish martyr or human being, Jews do not need to pay attention to him or his life, and should certainly not make him the centerpiece in their thinking. He is a non-issue for us and a piece of old news in our history. We rejected the Ishmaelite Muhammad for the same or similar reasons.
Next week: A Demonstration that the New Testament does not fit within the mesorah of Judaism, in that it is not a part of Torat Mosheh.