John R. Houk
© December 24, 2016
UN Security Draft Resolution Condemning Israel over Jewish Settlements in eastern Jerusalem and Judea-Samaria - click to enlarge
President Barack Hussein Obama has betrayed Israel by allowing the UN Security Council to create a binding international resolution that steals the eastern half of Jerusalem as well as Judea and Samaria (renamed the West Bank by a conquering Jordan in 1950) to create a national state for a group of Arabs that NEVER had an individual nation or a heritage to Judea and Samaria. Indeed, the name these Arabs are appropriating had a closer historical connection to Jews than it ever did to Muslim Arabs – Palestine.
The very name “Palestine” was coined by Romans weary of Jewish rebellions against Roman conquest. The English version of the word Palestine comes from the ancient enemies of Israel – the Philistines.
After the Romans expelled or killed most of the Jews from their national homeland the Romans decided to call the area Palastina after the Jewish ancient enemies as part of a de-Judification plan to end Jewish rebellions. Here is a decent run-down of the word “Palestine”:
What Does "Palestine" Mean?
It has never been the name of a nation or state. It is a geographical term, used to designate the region at those times in history when there is no nation or state there.
The word itself derives from "Peleshet", a name that appears frequently in the Bible and has come into English as "Philistine". The name began to be used in the Thirteenth Century BCE, for a wave of migrant "Sea Peoples" who came from the area of the Aegean Sea and the Greek Islands and settled on the southern coast of the land of Canaan. There they established five independent city-states (including Gaza) on a narrow strip of land known as Philistia. The Greeks and Romans called it "Palastina".
The Philistines were not Arabs, they were not Semites. They had no connection, ethnic, linguistic or historical with Arabia or Arabs. The name "Falastin" that Arabs today use for "Palestine" is not an Arabic name. It is the Arab pronunciation of the Greco-Roman "Palastina" derived from the Peleshet.
How Did the Land of Israel Become "Palestine"?
In the First Century CE, the Romans crushed the independent kingdom of Judea. After the failed rebellion of Bar Kokhba in the Second Century CE, the Roman Emperor Hadrian determined to wipe out the identity of Israel-Judah-Judea. Therefore, he took the name Palastina and imposed it on all the Land of Israel. At the same time, he changed the name of Jerusalem to Aelia Capitolina.
The Romans killed many Jews and sold many more in slavery. Some of those who survived still alive and free left the devastated country, but there was never a complete abandonment of the Land. There was never a time when there were not Jews and Jewish communities, though the size and conditions of those communities fluctuated greatly. (The History and Meaning of "Palestine" and "Palestinians"; Derived from Tzemach Institute for Biblical Studies; Indaweb.com)
Yup Pilgrim, NO Palestinian Muslims of nationality or heritage. AND YET American Leftists and EU Multiculturalists are intent on stealing from Jewish Israel and give to interloper Arab Muslims who stole the name Palestine and Palestinian:
Under the Ottoman Empire (1517-1917), the term Palestine was used as a general term to describe the land south of Syria; it was not an official designation. In fact, many Ottomans and Arabs who lived in Palestine during this time period referred to the area as "Southern Syria" and not as "Palestine."
After World War I, the name "Palestine" was applied to the territory that was placed under British Mandate; this area included not only present-day Israel but also present-day Jordan.
Leading up to Israel's independence in 1948, it was common for the international press to label Jews, not Arabs, living in the mandate as Palestinians. It was not until years after Israeli independence that the Arabs living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip were called Palestinians.
The word Palestine or Filastin does not appear in the Koran. The term peleshet appears in the Jewish Tanakh [Blog Editor: Christians call the Tanakh the Old Testament] no fewer than 250 times. (Israel: Origins of the Name "Palestine"; Jewish Virtual Library)
After reading this information it should boggle an honest person’s mind as it does mine, that the Obama Left and Europeans under the auspices of the EU would rob land from Israel!
Most Americans are still very supportive of Israel and its existence. The American Left that believes in the existence of Israel yet supports Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) against Israel because of the idiotic belief the Jewish State is occupying Palestinian land are unwittingly supporting the Muslim-hatred to kill all Jews. Pay attention Left Wing Jews in America that support BDS.
Ergo we Americans that believe in protecting Israel’s heritage need to shout loudly from the rooftops about the Lame Duck Obama move to screw Israel by abstaining from the UN Security Council resolution that robs land from the Jews. Whoever wrote the New York Sun editorial suggesting that Congress divest American support to the United Nations is brilliant!
A Problem From Hell, Indeed
December 23, 2016
The best way for President-elect Trump to view the Obama administration’s betrayal of Israel in the United Nations is as the starting bell for a campaign to defund the world body. This is already being signaled by Senator Lindsey Graham, who chairs the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs. That gives him direct oversight of our U.N. budget. It puts him in perfect position to ally with Mr. Trump in charting a course away from a United Nations that has jumped its traces.
The resolution just passed by the Security Council, though ostensibly even handed, crosses a line that the Council has heretofore, and for good reason, shrunk from crossing. It seeks to expose Israel to legal action from an international boycott movement. President Obama, all too typically, seeks to blame Prime Minister Netanyahu, who has had the temerity to assert the right of Jews to settle in the biblical homelands of Judea and Samaria. The right policy would be to support such settlements, which are intrinsic to the Zionist ideal.
Instead, Mr. Obama has given us a study in perfidy. He had Secretary Kerry and Ambassador Power stand silent while the plot was being hatched. He allied with far-left factions on a policy that emboldened Israel’s foes to advance a measure could make Judea and Samaria Judenrein. Even Egypt, once it understood President-elect Trump’s position, was loath to present the measure to the Security Council. Ambassador Power claimed to be acting in the spirit of President Reagan, who never in a million years would have let such a resolution pass.
U.S. State Department via Wikipedia
HELL HATH NO FURY: Hell hath no fury like Congress scorned seems to be the message from Senator Lindsey Graham in face of the prospect of the Obama administration betraying Israel in the Security Council. The vote today underlines the fact that the UN itself has become a problem from hell, to use the phrase Ambassador Power made famous in another context. The ambassador abstained today from a resolution aimed at the delegitimization of the Jewish state.
It’s not just Reagan who is being mocked. Ambassador Power sought to cloak her abstention in the mantle of Presidents George H.W. Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush, though no such resolution passed — or even was permitted to come to a vote — during their presidencies. All of them would have vetoed such a resolution. The ambassador’s claims are part of the sneakiness, the dissembling with which she has conducted her diplomacy. She owed no special loyalty to the Jewish community, but made, nonetheless, promises that she has now broken.
The United Nations proceeded against a clear signal from the incoming administration and the Congress. The Security Council knows that the measure is a major departure from anything it has done before; it is worse than the measure the Obama administration vetoed in 2011. It will trigger within the United Nations court systems legal warfare that will bedevil Israel for years, exposing it to suits at, among other venues, The Hague. The UN itself has become — to use Ambassador Power’s phrase in a different context — the problem from Hell.
President-elect Trump gets all this. “The United Nations,” he told Aipac during his campaign, “is not a friend of democracy, it’s not a friend to freedom, it’s not a friend even to the United States of America where, as you know, it has its home. And it surely is not a friend to Israel.” The Security Council’s action today underlines the shrewdness of Mr. Trump’s plan to nominate, in David Friedman, an ambassador to the UN who understands the principle of Jewish settlement in the Biblical homeland. Mr. Trump himself this afternoon said things will be different come January 20.
What a tragedy all of this is for the world body that, almost 70 years ago, gave birth to the Jewish state. Israel today stands as the United Nations’ only enduring achievement. In any event, the time has come to deal with the problem of the United Nations itself. Mr. Trump can start this off by working with Mr. Graham and the bipartisan coalition he promises to curb funding for the UN. He can proceed with moving our Israel embassy to Jerusalem and enforcing American laws restricting funding of the Palestinian Arabs. In other words, he can address the problem from Hell in its own house.
Obama Sells Out Israel – No Surprise
John R. Houk
© December 24, 2016
A Problem From Hell, Indeed
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