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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Whose Leaders are Natives of Eretz Yisrael?

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                  
                                                      Jews of Israel

Lots of static has been coming from the Palestinians in their offense against Jews by saying that Ashkenazi Jews are not native to Israel and should not be there.  Historically, the land was almost desolate after 70 CE when Rome attacked Jerusalem and burned it.  They took away many Jews as slaves but left some in the land.  Conquerors were also in the habit of moving out people from the conquered land to another in order to shake up the leadership.
                                               Kibbutz Degania Alef and its Sabras

Arabs have been very nomadic and only a few owned land by the time Ashkenazi Jews returned from Russia.  They came to settle in their first and successive large groups of Jews called an Alliyah in the 1880's.  It was like the land was waiting for Jews to return and nourish it as it was in terrible condition of being either swampy with only mosquitoes living in it or had become a desert. The only thing growing were plenty of weeds.   When the Christian writer, Mark Twain, visited the "Holy Land" starting on February 1, 1867, it was fairly desolate.

                                             A Sabra couple on a Moshav

As Israel's National Anthem, Hatikvah,  points out, so long as still within our breasts the Jewish heart beats true;  so long as still towards the Easts to Zion  looks the Jew;  so long our hopes are not yet lost--Two thousand years we cherished them--to live in freedom in the land  of Zion and Jerusalem.

Joan Peters, another Christian reporter did a deep research into the settling of Palestine and came up with facts that Palestinians cannot disprove.  Her book, "From Time Immemorial"-the origins of the Arab-Jewish conflict over Palestine is all from the actual records; not heresay.  Barbara Tuchman said that Joan's research made a superlative book.  Joan went back to the past and traces to the present with her unmatched skill as a researcher.  This book strikes a heavy blow against the broad consensus of who the Palestinians are and where they came from.  To sum it up quickly which she proves, they came in from neighboring lands near and far in order to work where the Jews were building.  There was no work for them in their lands.  Actually, I see this as a similar situation with Mexicans illegally entering the USA to work.  The difference is that Mexicans have to political agenda to take over the USA.  They had enough of a war with us long ago.
                               Young  Egyptian Yasser Arafat
Arab Palestinian leaders of today are not natives of the soil.
1. Yasser Arafat was born August 24, 1929 in Cairo, Egypt.  Chairman of PLO
2. Mahmud az-Zahar was born in 1945 in Cairo, Egypt.
3. Saeb Erekat was born on April 28, 1955 in Jordan and is a Jordanian citizen.
4. Faisal Abdel Qader Al-Husseini was born in 1948 in Bagdad, Iraq.
5. Sari Nusseibeh was born in 1949 in Damascus, Syria.
              Yigal Allon- one of founders and commander of Palmah before 1948
Our Jewish leaders of today are natives of the soil.
1. Yigal Allon was born October 10, 1918 in Kfar Tavor, Ottoman Empire, Palestine (today's Israel) and became the Interim Prime Minister of Israel in 1969.
2. Isaac Rabin was born March 1, 1922 in Jerusalem, than part of the British Mandate of Palestine, today is Israel.  Prime Minister in 1992.
3. Benjamin Netanyahu was born October 21, 1949 in Tel Aviv, Israel.  Prime Minister twice: 1996-1999; 2009-2013.
4. Ehud Barak was born on February 12, 1942 in Mishmar HaSharon, British Mandate of Palestine, now Israel. Prime Minister from 1999-2001
4. Ariel Sharon was born on February 26, 1928 in Kfar Malal, British Mandate of Palestine, now Israel. Defense Minister 1981,
5. Ehud Olmert was born September 30, 1945 in Binyamina-Giv'at Ada, British Mandate of Palestine, now Israel. Prime Minister from 2006-2009.
6. Izhak Navon was born on April 9, 1921 in Jerusalem, then British Mandate of Palestine, now of Israel.  He was President from 1977-1982.
7. Ezer Weizman was born on June 15, 1924 in Tel Aviv, then British Mandate of Palestine, now of Israel.  President from 1993-2000.

By 1972, Israel had 47.2% of their population made up of Sabras-Jews born in Israel.  Jews born in Asia and Africa which were mainly the Arab countries made up 25.7% of the population.  Ashkenazi Jews born in Europe and the Americas made up 27.1% of the population of Israel.

The biggest surge of Jews from America, Europe and Oceania came in 1919 to 1948 which amounted to 385,066.  From Asia and Africa came 44,809.  The immigrant  population then was 452,158 of which Arabs and others amounted to 22,283 .

From May 15, 1948 to 1951 came 334,971 Jews from America, Europe and Oceania.  330,456 came from Asia and Africa.  The immigrant population  was then 648,201 with 18,774 Arabs and others.

1961 to 1964 was a big surge of Jews with 86,748 from America, Europe and Oceania and 133,561 from Asia and Africa.  The immigrant population was 220,323.

Israel's Arab minority population was 126,000 in 1948 which grew to 458,500 by 1972.

Today, Israel, as of March 31, 2013, has a population of 8,012,400 .  1,656,600 are Arabs or 20.6%.  Others, which would be Christians and other denominations make up 318,100 or 4% of the population.

Hatikva: posted by Gail Hopke
The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia
Facts About Israel by Division of Information, Ministry for foreign affairs, Jerusalem 1973

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