by Victor Sharpe
The four thousand year old association of Jewish life in
In the Second millennium BC,
Down the centuries,
In 167 BC, Judah Maccabee led his Jewish fighters to victory over the Syrian-Greek pagan king, Antiochus Epiphanies.
In the Book of Maccabees: 1:15, it says: "Not a strange land have we conquered, and not over the possessions of strangers have we ruled, but of the inheritance of our Fathers that was in the hands of the enemy and conquered by them unlawfully. And as for us, when we had the chance, we returned to ourselves the inheritance of our Fathers."
The Roman general, Pompey, conquered Judea in the First century BC and made
Continuing Roman excesses against the Jews led to the Second Jewish Revolt under the command of the charismatic Bar Kochba, known in Aramaic as Son of a Star. The Emperor Hadrian's legions destroyed the Jewish state in 135 AD, decimating the Jewish population in an enormous slaughter, and sending thousands into slavery and exile from the Roman slave markets of
Under the subsequent harsh Byzantine rule,
It is interesting to note that in 1967, archaeologists discovered the beautiful mosaic floor of a 6th century synagogue situated on the
The great medieval kabbalist Rabbi Avraham Azoulai lived in
Many Jews fled to
During the 17th century,
The great scholar, Rabbi Yaakov Emden, ruled centuries ago that
Over the millennia Jews have been expelled from
Napoleon, marching through
In August 1929, when Arab rioters threatened to slaughter
-- as they had in
In June 1967, in a war of self-defense,
After Arafat's death, rocket fire continued under his Fatah successor, Mahmoud Abbas. But in 2005,
"These steps will increase security for the residents of
In an election pushed by Condoleezza Rice, the Palestinian Arabs in
Will the pattern that has existed for thousands of years continue; a sequence of Jewish exile from
One such Israeli refugee from
In her speech, she lamented that not a thing now grows in the village she was forced to abandon during the Disengagement Plan. The greenhouses that were given freely to the Palestinian Arabs have largely been trashed but those still in use yield nothing.
"We know the reason why," she suggests. "Only when the Jews return to their land will the land bring forth its bounty. No Israeli government is to give away any of our land ever again ... This is my message."
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