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If Jews Are Jerusalem’s Indigenous People, Where Are The Arabs From?
The Jewish Nation’s claim of sovereignty over Jerusalem is proven time and again. However, the “Palestinian” Arabs continue to pressure the world to accept their lies in the face of all of the facts. So, where then, are the Arabs from if they’re not the true indigenous people of Israel’s capital? This article gives us a wonderful insight…
AP Report On East Jerusalem Arabs Contains Hints As To Their True Origins
Article Courtesy: Israellycool
The AP reports how more east Jerusalem palestinians are applying for Israeli citizenship. And while the report seems to endeavor to show both sides of the issue, it can’t hide the fact that Israeli citizenship comes with rights for the Arabs.
But there is actually another aspect of this report I wanted to focus on.
“Palestinians who have sought a passport said they had to be pragmatic.”
“I didn’t want to lose my right” to live in Jerusalem, Ruba Mueller, a descendant of the city’s prominent Nashashibi clan, said of her decision to become an Israeli.
Married to a German, the 37-year-old Jerusalem native feared that without the shield of citizenship, her extended stays in Germany would enable the Israeli authorities to strip her of her Jerusalem residency.
“I was born here, I am a Palestinian,” Mueller said. “I don’t want a visa that says I’m a tourist.”
Palestinian officials said east Jerusalem’s globally recognized status as occupied territory won’t change if more Arab residents get Israeli passports.
“The city will be liberated one day and these citizenships will mean nothing,” said Adnan Husseini, the official in charge of Jerusalem affairs in the Palestinian Authority.”
Let’s have a closer look at their origins.
The Nashashibi clan
According to Wikipedia:
“The Nashashibis are reportedly of Kurdish, Turkmen or Arab origin (as their name being the equivalent of fletcher in English may indicate). They first became notable and prominent in Jerusalem with the advent of Prince (of the army) Naser al-Din al-Nashashibi who migrated (or led a military contingent ?) to Jerusalem from Egypt in 1469 CE.”
In other words, Ruba Mueller, the woman quoted in the report and claiming she is “a palestinian,” is descended from elsewhere in the Middle East, with her ancestor reportedly migrating almost 400 years after the destruction of the second Jewish temple.
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Understanding why Jerusalem belongs to Israel
Illustrative Photo Credit: Mark Neyman, GPO
President Rivlin meets delegation of ‘Christians For Israel – International’
Article Courtesy: Israel GPO
President Reuven Rivlin this morning (Tuesday) met with a delegation of ‘Christians For Israel – International’, led by the organization’s chairman Dr. Leon E. Meijer.
President Rivlin welcomed them and told them of his family’s long history in Jerusalem, and of their arrival in the early 1800s. He said, “We came to return to our homeland, and we were welcomed by the people of Jerusalem, Muslims, and Christians, and Jews. In 1856, already the majority of Jerusalem was Jewish. Many of the Jews who came were returning to Zion, not just to the Land of Israel, but to Jerusalem.”
He said, “I remember as a young child going to the Western Wall with my father to hear the Shofar blown at the end of Yom Kippur – even though the British did not allow it. Today,” the President told them, “as we celebrate 50 years since the reunification of the city of Jerusalem, the State of Israel stands firm behind the importance of freedom of religion, and Jerusalem is a city in which everyone can worship God according to their beliefs.”
The President concluded, “Jerusalem is a city which can unite people. Jerusalem is a microcosm of all our ability to live together, all faiths, and all communities.”
Dr. Meijer thanked the President and told him about the work of ‘Christians For Israel – International’. He said, “We are based in the Netherlands, but we have people from all over the world”. Dr. Meijer presented the President with the organization’s ‘Jerusalem Declaration’ which he noted reaffirmed that, “We believe in a unified city of Jerusalem, from where peace will come forth, and we will continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.”
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How can internal instability in Jordan help Jerusalem?
Mounting inteligence shows internal instability in Jordan that may be an opportunity for Israel. If Israel can form a strategic alliance with the Hashemite Kingdom, Jordan may have an invested interest in dropping its attempt at re-writing the history of Jerusalem and other areas of Israel. Jordan has been using Jerusalem as a pawn in its relations with Israel by ridiculously claiming that the Jewish Nation has no history in Jerusalem… could this finally come to an end? Could this lead to a peaceful arrangement by repatriating the Arabs of the area with their country of Jordan?
Reports: Jordanian Kingdom’s Collapse Imminent
Article Courtesy: Jewish Press
Israeli ambassador to Jordan Einat Shlain was pessimistic about the situation in the Hashemite Kingdom when she briefed IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot last October, according to a report in Ha’aretz Wednesday.
Citing an anonymous senior Israeli official, the report said the chief of staff later told a closed forum that he was disturbed by the ambassador’s assessment and that the IDF should be ready to support King Abdullah II should things get out of hand across the Jordan River.
Israel has been urging both the Obama and Trump administrations to support Jordan economically and militarily, which has absorbed more than a million Syrian refugees since the beginning of the Syrian civil war. But despite the increase in American support, Ambassador Shlain was worried about mounting opposition to the king outside his relatively small camp of Bedouin loyalists, who number less than 20% of the population.
Pundit Daniel Pipes, who returned from a week’s visit in Jordan, wrote in the Washington Times on Tuesday (Jordan at the precipice) that, on top of its strategic troubles, faced with the relentless threat of ISIS and the collapse of trade relations with both Syria and Iraq, Jordan continues to suffer from the unresolved core issue of identity.
“As a country of massive and repeated immigration for over 100 years (even exceeding the numbers going to Israel), [Jordan] has received waves of Palestinians (in 1948-49, 1967, and 1990-91), Iraqis (2003), and Syrians (since 2011),” Pipes notes. “The Palestinians, most estimates find, constitute a substantial majority of the country’s population, present the deepest division. It’s common to speak of ‘Jordanians’ and ‘Palestinians’ even though the latter are citizens and the grandchildren of citizens. As this suggests, the sense of being separate from and superior to the mostly tribal peoples of the East Bank has not diminished over time, and especially not when Palestinians have achieved economic success.”
See more in the extended article.
Reporter Actually Spends Time in Jerusalem and Begins to Learn the Truth
It takes time and effort but the fight for truth can be won. This is a great story about how an anti-Israel journalist learned the real facts about Israel by actually living in Jerusalem and experiencing the truth first-hand.
Illustrative Photo Credit: Hunter Stuart Twitter @hoont
Journalist Changes Mind About Israeli-Palestinian Conflict After Moving to Jerusalem
Article Courtesy: The Tower
Former Huffington Post reporter Hunter Stuart grew up believing that “that Israel is unjustly bullying the Palestinians,” but changed his views about the conflict when he moved to Jerusalem in 2015 to report from there, he wrote in this week’s issue of The Jerusalem Report.
His views didn’t change right away. “I believe Israel should relinquish control of all of the Gaza Strip and most of the West Bank,” he wrote in a post shortly after he moved into the Jerusalem neighborhood of Baka. “The occupation is an act of colonialism that only creates suffering, frustration and despair for millions of Palestinians.”
Stuart regularly found himself getting into arguments. In one case, a roommate suggested that most Palestinians supported terror. Stuart objected to the characterization. The roommate then showed him a 2013 Pew Research poll that showed 62% support for terror among Palestinians. Furthermore, Stuart recalled, “the Palestinian territories were the only place in the Muslim world where a majority of citizens supported terrorism; everywhere else it was a minority ‒ from Lebanon and Egypt to Pakistan and Malaysia.”
While he refused to concede the point, “the statistic stuck with me,” Stuart wrote.
Soon after that incident, the so-called “knife intifada” began, sparked by charges that Israel was threatening Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem. Stuart admitted that his initial reaction was to blame the Israelis for the violence, but the reality of the situation soon became much more real to him.
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How does the media attempt to undermine Jerusalem? And what can you do?
Illustrative Image: By Heart of the Bible Contributor. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The left-sided mainstream media often tries to undermine Israel’s history and sovereignty over Jerusalem. They do it with errors of commission as well as errors of omission – and the truth-seekers of the world need to fight back. The British paper, The Guardian has gone so far as to create official guidelines with which they insist that all of their reporters undermine Jerusalem and Israel’s legitimacy. This is brought to light in the article below. Unfortunately, the public that is aware of the lies and attacks often look the other way and simply choose an honest news source. However, it is essential to see what is being said and written and to fight back. You, as the consumer, have the right and obligation to contact the editors and demand that they stop attacking Jerusalem. Since the days of the ancient Israelites, who made Jerusalem their capital, the Jewish People have never and will never abandon the holy city. Make it clear that no amount of lying or slander will be tolerated. They simply can’t erase thousands of years of facts and history. They can never re-define the TRUTH. Most importantly, share the TRUTH about Jerusalem – don’t ever allow honesty be shut down by evil.
Article courtesy: Israel Hayom
Israel’s capital is Tel Aviv, not Jerusalem, The Guardian rules
It’s not only Arabic newspapers that refer to Tel Aviv as Israel’s capital, or dateline their stories from “The Zionist Entity” or “Occupied Jerusalem.”
The British paper The Guardian does not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state either, and, rather incredibly, has decided to anoint Tel Aviv as the capital of the State of Israel.
On Thursday, April 19, the newspaper’s website ran a photo of Israelis on the Jerusalem light rail, with the caption saying that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel.
Apparently in the Friday, April 20 print edition, on page 24, a fuller version of the caption also correctly termed Jerusalem the Israeli capital.
However, in its “Corrections and Clarifications” section on Sunday, April 22, the newspaper published the following “correction”:
“The caption on a photograph featuring passengers on a tram in Jerusalem observing a two-minute silence for Yom HaShoah, a day of remembrance for the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust, wrongly referred to the city as the Israeli capital. The Guardian style guide states: ‘Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel; Tel Aviv is’ (Eyewitness, 20 April, page 24).”
Under the newspaper’s style guide section on “Jerusalem” is the following entry:
“Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel; Tel Aviv is (a mistake we have made more than once).”
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U.S. President and Israeli Prime Minister Discuss Jerusalem, Shared Values & Cooperation
United States President Donald Trump hosted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House yesterday. They spent a good deal of time discussing many topics, including Israel’s capital — Jerusalem. They discussed the long-standing friendship between both the U.S. and Israel as well as Trump and Netanyahu, personally. Fighting militant Islamic extremism was one of the common threads than ran through their discussion about the many topics that so deeply affect the U.S., Israel and the entire world. One of the important points discussed was with regards to the so-called “Two-State Solution” versus “One-State Solution.” President Trump made it clear that his administration will not pressure Israel toward any specific peace deal – rather, he prefers whatever solution is agreed upon by both Israel and the Arabs. Clarifying this, PM Netanyahu explained that “Rather than deal with labels, I want to deal with substance…” He went on to describe the two important pre-requisites upon which any peace agreement must be based: The Arabs must recognize Israel as the Jewish State, stopping the call for Israel’s destruction; and “Israel must retain over-riding security control of the entire area west of the Jordan River” in order to ensure Israel’s security. President Trump also noted that he would love to see the U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem.
You can see the full press conference here
Jews as the Indigenous People of Israel with Jerusalem as their Ancient Capital
We often hear people in today’s day and age throwing around false accusations against Israel. Amongst these common charges are that the Jews have no true historical connection to Jerusalem; the Jews stole the Land of Israel from Arabs; and that Israel is a group of outsiders occupying someone else’s land. Of course, there’s ample evidence througout history, archaeology, science and literature that these claims are outright lies. The evidence of Jerusalem’s first and second Jewish Holy Temples, the archaeology of Israel’s first and second commonwealth throughout Jerusalem and the entire country — it all confirms the Jewish Nation’s biblical evidence. This evidence isn’t just limited to finds within Israel or within the Bible but is corroborated by evidence around the world — ancient maps, manuscripts, engraved tablets and literature from various countries and cultures. The Cyrus Clay Cylinder pictured above is just one example where King Cyrus II of Persia and Media declared the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. Still, there are always naysayers who need to be confronted with the ever-mounting evidence of the truth. In this article, the author tackles the question – are Jews really the indigenous people of Israel?
Are Jews Indigenous to the Land of Israel?
Article Courtesy: TabletMag
As an indigenous activist—I am a Métis from the Paddle Prairie Metis settlement in Alberta, Canada—there is one question I am most often asked by the public, one that can instantly divide a community due to its intense and arduous subject matter.
Yet, regardless of the scenario, each time I hear the words, “Are Jews the indigenous people of Israel?” I’m inclined to answer not only with my heart but with the brutal, honest truth, backed by indisputable, thousands-year-old historical and archaeological fact: yes.
While evidence in favor of this view is overwhelming, activists who oppose Israel’s right to exist and deny the Jewish people’s connection to the land—perhaps before learning where indigenous status stems from and what it means—still have an issue with this claim, supporting a narrative built on falsehoods that today is basically acknowledged as fact.
It is my belief that strengthening Jewish identity is the optimum way to fight against the perpetuation of false narratives and lies. This can be achieved only through an indigenous decolonization of Jewish identity, which would urge Jews to see themselves through a Jewish lens and manifest the indigenous aspects of Jewish identity in a meaningful way.
Now, to understand indigeneity, one must also understand indigenous people, how we see ourselves, and how we see the world. At its simplest, indigenous status stems from the genesis of a culture, language, and traditions in conjunction with its connections to an ancestral land, most commonly derived from ties to pre-colonial peoples. Once a people have such a cultural, linguistic, and spiritual genesis as well as a coalescence as a people, they are generally acknowledged as an indigenous people.
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How do you demonstrate ownership over your land? You build!
Israel continues to build and strengthen Jerusalem — this is the proper response to terrorists and their supporters who try to deny Israel’s sovereignty in Jerusalem. Despite attempts by many terrorists in the Muslim world to deny the facts of history (both ancient and current) Israel will continue to build Jerusalem, its unified eternal capital. This isn’t a matter of narrative, perspective or any other spin — this is a matter of proven fact. There is no better way to strengthen the holy capital than to demonstrate ownership through building and development that benefits everyone. The recently announced construction will benefit all sectors of the city.
Israeli government approves 671 new homes in Jerusalem
Article courtesy: ArutzSheva
The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee approved on Sunday 671 new housing units in various Jerusalem neighborhoods.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said, “We have suffered eight difficult years of Obama, who pressured Israel to freeze building. Even though the Jerusalem municipality never froze building in the city, many times we were not given government approval, and sometimes homes were not put on the market because of US pressure.
“I hope that era is over, and that from now on we will continue to build and develop Jerusalem for the good of its residents, Jewish and Arab alike. We must strengthen our sovereignty over Israel’s capital and create a unified Jerusalem.
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Will Trump allow the US to fund terrorism in Jerusalem and the rest of Israel?
The past week has seen a flurry of reports about Obama’s last minute release of $221 Million to the Palestinian Authority (PA) against the freeze order placed on the money by Congress. In the final hours of his presidency, Obama secretly over-ruled that freeze and agreed to give the money to the PA, despite their continued and blatant terrorist activities. This includes the PA’s “salary payments” to convicted Muslim terrorists and their families. The most recent terror attack in Jerusalem, when an Arab truck driver rammed into a group of soldiers on tour in the capital, killed four and injured scores more. That terrorist’s wife is now receiving monthly salary payments from the PA of approximately 2,900 shekels ($760) each month in addition to several one-time payments. This money comes from the funds given by the United States and European Union taxes that are given to the PA. Officials in Jerusalem explain that the $221 Million from Obama will directly go toward this and other similar payments to thousands of terrorists and their families. Jerusalem officials see this as a parting shot taken by the Obama administration against the safety of Jerusalem and all of Israel. Luckily, President Trump’s State Department has frozen these funds again, pending further investigation.
Of note, Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the PA, has repeatedly refused to hold democratic elections since 2005. He is currently in his twelfth year of what should have been a four-year presidential term. In addition, the PA has created an alliance between the Islamic terrorist-group Hamas, that controls Gaza, and Abbas’ Fatah party. The new US administration will need to look more closely at their relationship with the PA and decide if their tax dollars should be going to fund a non-democratic group that supports terrorism.
Trump admin puts a freeze on Obama’s $221 million payment to Palestinians
Article Courtesy: TheBlaze.com
After the revelation on Monday that Obama had quietly and quickly approved a $221 million payment to the Palestinian Authority just hours before Trump’s inauguration ceremony, the State Department says it will investigate the matter and stop the payment if it’s inappropriate.
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Reaffirming the bond between Jerusalem and Washington DC
Jerusalem’s Mayor :: “Let’s make the U.S.-Israeli relationship great again!” The people of Israel join together with voices around the world to welcome the returned strength of a warm relationship between long-time allies in Jerusalem and Washington DC.
IN REBUKE AGAINST OBAMA, JERUSALEM MAYOR URGES ISRAELIS TO SUPPORT TRUMP
Article Courtesy: JPost
In a full-throttled attack against US President Barack Obama, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat on Thursday released a video statement accusing the outgoing president of “surrendering to the Iranian’s and radical Islam,” as well as “abandoning Israel.”
While Barkat has made no secret of his opposition to the Obama Administration’s policies toward Israel, in the brief video he uses perhaps his strongest language to date to condemn the American president, and beseech all Israeli’s to support President-elect Donald Trump.
The video, emailed to Israelis with an accompanying letter of support for Trump, comes one day before the president-elect’s inauguration, as he doubles-down on his promise to relocate the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in multiple interviews with Israeli news publications.
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