The Jewish Biblical and Modern Historical Connections to Gaza

There is a profound lack of knowledge of the Jewish Biblical and modern historical connections to Gaza.

Gaza is mentioned several times in the Torah. Its size, shape, region and identifying markers are precisely mentioned and illustrated. Gaza is but another area of Jewish land that has been stolen from Jews by Arabs via fabrications, historical revisionism, literal land grabs and genocide against the indigenous Jews of Israel.

The following Biblical references should help you in talking points on the subject:

Biblically speaking:

1. Genesis 15 – The area in which Gaza is located was included as part of Abraham’s inheritance.

2. Numbers 34:2-6 – The Bible details precisely the northern, southern, eastern and western borders of ancient Israel. Readers should note that in every reference there is a body of water – the Mediterranean Sea, a lake, a river and a wadi (a dry river bed that flows only after an infrequent heavy rain). Bodies of water are permanent markers in most cases. In Numbers 34:5 with reference to the southern border it states: From Azmon the boundary shall turn towards the Wadi of Egypt (near el-Arish) and terminate at the sea (Mediterranean). This would include the entire present-day Gaza Strip and additional land in the Sinai.

3. Joshua 13:2 – The Lord said to Joshua: This is the territory that remains to be conquered: all the districts of the Philistines, those of the Gerurites, from the Shihon, which is close to Egypt, to the territory of Ekron in the north, are accounted. Canaanite, namely those of the five lords of the Philistines – the Gazities (Gaza), the Ashdodites (Ashdod) etc.

4. Joshua 15:47 - Most Biblical commentators hold that the modern day Gaza Strip was within the territory allotted to the tribe of Judah.

5. Consider in Joshua Chapter 15: This was the portion of the tribe of Judea (15:20); Ekron, with its dependencies and villages (15:45); Ekron, westward, all the towns in the vicinity and Ashdod, with their villages (15:46); Ashdod, its dependencies and its villages, Gaza, its dependencies and its villages, all the way to the Wadi of Egypt and the edge of the Mediterranean Sea (15:47).

6. Judges 1:18 - And Israel captured Gaza and its territory, Ashkelon and its territory, and Ekron and its territory.

7. Kings 5:1 – Solomon’s rule extended over all the kingdoms from the Euphrates to the land of the Philistines and the boundary of Egypt (Wadi of Egypt or to el-Arish).

8. Ezekiel 47:19-20 – 47:19 The southern limit shall run: A line from Tamar to the waters of Meriboth-kadesh, along the Wadi (of Egypt and ) the Great Sea (Mediterranean). That is the southern limit.

Historically speaking:

* During the 3rd century BCE, Gaza and Akko were the leading centers of trade and industry. Both cities had numerous Jewish residents, including some very wealthy and influential families. [1]

* There were Jewish communities in Gaza during the Hasmonean period (166-63 BCE).

* During ancient times, in the taking of tithes (shmittah), the Gaza area was included in this Jewish religious obligation. Shmittah is observed to this day in Jewish settlemens located in the Gaza Strip as it was deemed part of ancient Eretz Israel.

* During the 4th century CE, Emperor Constantine attempted to build a church in Gaza but the Jewish population located there was opposed to this.
At that time, Gaza was the principal port for trade and commerce for the Jewish population of the Holy Land. A very ancient synagogue was excavated there some time ago. Influential rabbis, Israel Najara, author of the popular prayer and Shabbat song Kah Ribon Olam, and Rabbi Avraham Azoulai, the renowned mekubal, lived in Gaza Jewish communities.

* During the 7th century CE: “When the Arab hosts now began spreading northward, they encountered the first focus of resistance in the city of Gaza, then occupied by a strong Byzantine garrison under the command of the provincial governor, Sergius. At that time Gaza embraced a substantial Jewish settlement, in fact the most important community in Judea. Jews seem to have fought alongside the Byzantines in the ensuing battle, which ended in Sergius’ defeat.” [2]

* Also during this period, “Saccording to the famous grammarian, Jonah ibn Janah, Gaza, too, lost its status as the foremost community in Judea, but it remained a center of learning and well-developed community life.” [3]

* From 1885 to World War I Jews lived in Gaza.

* A renewed Jewish community existed in Gaza until the Muslim pogroms against Jews in 1929. Jews were murdered in many communities throughout Palestine, especially Jerusalem, Hebron and Safed – three Jewish holy cities.

The following is a list of Jewish communities in the Gaza Strip that no longer exist because they were destroyed by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement.  In 2005, the government of Israel began the Gaza Disengagement, where 9,000 Jewish residents were evicted from their homes. Despite mass rallies against the disengagement, and an orange-ribbon campaign, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon implemented the plan with the hope of reducing security concerns and diffusing the demographic problem of Gaza’s 1.5 million Arabs. Upon completion of the evacuation, all 21 Jewish communities in Gaza were bulldozed and destroyed. Only the synagogues were left standing; these were then torched by Arab mobs:

Alei Sinai, founded in 1983, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Bedolach, founded in 1986, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Bnei Atzmon (Atzmona), founded in 1979, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Dugit, founded in 1990, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Gadid, founded in 1982, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Gan-Or, founded in 1983, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Ganei Tal, founded in 1979, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Katif, founded in 1986, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Kerem Atzmona, founded in 2000, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Kfar Darom, founded in 1946, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Kfar Yam, founded in 1984, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Morag, founded in 1984, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Netzer Hazani, founded in 1977, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Netzarim, founded in 1984, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Neve Dekalim, founded in 1983, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Nisanit, founded in 1984, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Peat – Sadeh, founded in 1989, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Rafiah – Yam, founded in 1986, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Shirat HaYam, founded in 2000, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs
Tel Katifa, founded in 1992, destroyed in 2005 by the Israeli government during the Gaza Disengagement and handed over to Arabs

Notes:
[1] A Social and Religious History of the Jews, Salo Wittmayer Baron,
Vol 1,
page 255, (Original copyright 1937)
[2] Ibid, Vol 3, page 87
[3] Ibid, page 102

References to Jewish Connections to Gaza by Anthony David Marks: Israel Hasbara Committee

Simple Truths

Arabs have been killing Jews since the late 1800′s when there was no “occupation”.   Recall the Hebron riots and massace of Jews in 1929, as just one example.  And don’t try to suggest  that “uprooting of palestinians” from their homes was a reason for anything.  Arabs chose war in 1948.  Arabs suffer the consequences.  Fatah was founded in 1964; unless causality has no meaning, the resistance to Israel – Fatah – was born with no reference to 1967.  It’s Arab rejectionism of all things non-Arab.  It has nothing to do with Israel winning the war in 1967 but, rather, with Israel being reborn in 1948.

No one ever hears of outrage when the Egyptians were in possession of Gaza for almost twenty years. There was no movement toward a Palestinian state when Gaza was under the control of Egypt and the West Bank was under control of Trans-Jordan.  That’s because it was Arabs controlling the regions.  But now that Jews were returning to their indigenous homeland, the Arabs decided to wage war.

Jews are not the usurpers in Jerusalem. They have been living there since the Biblical era and have been the majority population since the 19th century. Jews have synagogues and other holy sites in most cities of the world. But do they claim sovereignty over those cities because of it? Of course not! It would be preposterous and people wouldn’t accept it. Jerusalem is the undivided capital of Israel and will remain so. That is why there is no reason at all that the Israeli government could not plan and build residences for its citizens – Jews and Arabs – in any part of the city. Those who get out of joint about that are either misinformed or looking for a pretext to create a “situation.”

Palestinian teenager: My life’s ambition is kill at least 37 Jews

Via PMW:
Palestinian teenager:
“My life’s ambition is to reach the level
that the Martyr fighter Dalal Mughrabi reached”
- words of student at school
named after terrorist Mughrabi who led massacre of 37 -
 shows success of PA’s role modeling of terrorists
Teacher at the school:
“We in the Ministry of Education
had the honor of naming our school
after the Martyr Dalal Mughrabi”Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik


A Palestinian teenager’s ambition in life is to be a killer of Israeli civilians, PA TV broadcast recently. The interview of the teenage girl took place in a school named after terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, whose bus hijacking north of Tel Aviv left 37 civilians murdered in 1978. The girl’s statement demonstrates the PA’s effectiveness in presenting terrorist murderers as heroes and role models for Palestinian youth.

Girl to PA TV about her goal in life:

“My life’s ambition is to reach the level that the Martyr fighter Dalal Mughrabi reached…”

The purpose of the PA TV program was explained by the TV host:

“Today we are in the Dalal Mughrabi School [in Gaza], to get to know the Palestinian Martyr and fighter…”

Other children and teachers in the school were also interviewed.

Student at the school:

“Dalal Mughrabi is a great leader, who raised more and more and worked for the Palestinian cause to protect the pure land of the homeland, by defending Jerusalem to liberate it. This fighter may have died and her soul may have ascended to Heaven, but still our mothers give birth to thousands like Dalal, and she still walks among us. Dalal Mughrabi has given us a lot, and I personally am proud to attend the Dalal Mughrabi School, which bears this pioneering name.”

Teacher at the school:

“Dalal Mughrabi is a fighter who carried out Jihad and struggle from the beginning of her life. She was one of the brave female fighters who carried out Martyrdom-seeking operations (i.e., terror attacks). We in the Ministry of Education had the honor of naming our school after the Martyr Dalal Mughrabi, so that her eternal memory will stay for a long time.”

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Palestinian Media Watch has documented that in addition to this school in the Gaza Strip, the PA has named numerous places and events after Mughrabi, who led the massacre of 37 civilians, including at least two additional PA schools and one kindergarten in the West Bank, summer camps, sporting events, and much more.

Click to view PMW’s special section documenting that the PA regularly glorifies Mughrabi as a hero and role model.

Recently, PMW reported that PA TV broadcast statements by teenage students in a school named after a terrorist bomb-maker. The students said they admired the bomb-maker and saw her as a role model.

The Middle East War on Christians

Via The Wall Street Journal:

Over the past century, a plague of persecution has swept across the Middle East, emptying the region of its Christian population. At the turn of the 20th century, Christians made up 26% of the Middle East’s population. Today, that figure has dwindled to less than 10%. Intolerant and extremist governments are driving away the Christian communities that have lived in the Middle East since their faith was born.

In Syrian cities like Aleppo and Damascus, Christians who refused to convert to Islam have been kidnapped, shot and beheaded by Islamist opposition fighters. In Egypt, mobs of Muslim Brotherhood members burn Coptic Christian churches in the same way they once obliterated Jewish synagogues. And in Iraq, terrorists deliberately target Christian worshippers.
Over the past 10 years, nearly two-thirds of Iraq’s 1.5 million Christians have been driven from their homes. Many settled in Syria before once again becoming victims of unrelenting persecution. Syria’s Christian population has dropped from 30% in the 1920s to less than 10% today.

In January, a report by the nondenominational Christian organization Open Doors documented the 10 most oppressive countries for Christians; nine were Muslim-majority states noted for Islamic extremism, tyrannical regimes that uphold archaic blasphemy and defamation-of-religion laws. The Islamic Republic of Iran has executed dozens of people for the crimes of “waging war against God” and “spreading corruption on Earth.”

Israel is the only country in the Middle East with a growing Christian population. Its Christian community has increased from 34,000 in 1948 to 140,000 today, in large measure because of the freedoms Christians are afforded. Salim Joubran, a Christian Arab Israeli, has served as a Supreme Court justice since 2003.
Father Gabriel Nadaf, a Greek Orthodox priest living in Israel, recently told me: “Human rights are not something to be taken for granted. Christians in much of the Middle East have been slaughtered and persecuted for their faith, but here in Israel they are protected.”

PA Says Ratification of Geneva Convention Makes Israel Liable for War Crimes

The fact of the matter is, the entire Palestinian leadership should be indicted. Via JPost:

Israel is liable for war crimes over the prisoner issue now that the Palestinian Authority has ratified the four Geneva Conventions, including the one relating to prisoners of war, PA officials charged on Thursday.
An Israeli official, however, said that it was the Palestinians who had now made themselves vulnerable by signing the Geneva Conventions. “According to the Geneva Conventions, the entire Palestinian leadership should be immediately indicted for the thousands of rockets that have been fired from Palestinian territories into Israel in what is a double war crime,” the official said.
Palestinians “deliberately targeted innocent civilians, and they are using Gaza’s civilian population as a human shield….The Palestinians should be extremely careful if they think that international legality can be exploited as a tool against Israel.”
On Thursday, rallies took place in Ramallah, Bethlehem, Jenin, Tulkarm and Gaza, calling on Israel to free all Palestinian prisoners. Public opinion in Israel has swung against any further releases as an incentive to the Palestinians to continue negotiations. Such calls grew stronger after a pre-Passover attack on Monday in which a Palestinian terrorist killed Baruch Mizrahi, a father of five, while he was driving with his family in the West Bank.
Ambassador Alan Baker, a former legal adviser for Israel’s Foreign Ministry, disputed the claim that the Palestinians were prisoners of war under the Geneva Conventions. The Palestinians are not fighting “an armed conflict….They were put in prison for terrorism and tried for terrorism.”

Former Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Director: We Hid Information From IAEA

Via MEMRI: Former Iranian Atomic Energy Director: We Hid Information from IAEA

In a March 17, 2014, interview with the Iranian daily Khorasan, former Atomic Energy Organization of Iran director Fereydoon Abbasi, who headed the agency under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, revealed that over the years Iran had concealed from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) information on its nuclear program, on its activity at the heavy water reactor in Arak, and on the location and activity of its production workshops. (MEMRI)

Smooth Stone is still here

Just wanted to let the readership know that Smooth Stone is still kicking.

For those of you that need a reminder, Smooth Stone is for grown ups.  On this site we sometimes use naughty words and talk about grown-up things; grown-up things like Israel and her legitimacy as a sovereign nation. Like reminding readers that Israel is a real nation, unlike the manufactured entity that calls itself “palestine”.

Israel is a legitimate and sovereign nation voted imprimatur into the United Nations in 1948.  It may be a surprise to you, but Jews didn’t just magically or manually uproot “palestinians” from their homes.

Palestinian Arabs voluntarily left their homes to flee elsewhere by the call from their leaders – the same leaders who commandeered the call to attack Palestinian Jews – and attack Palestinian Jews is exactly what the Arabs did.

Seven nations attacked Palestinian Jews on May 14 and May 15, 1948:  Egypt, Trans-Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Yemen.

Most of the Arabs living within the boundaries of the newly declared Israel were encouraged to leave by the invading Arab armies to facilitate the slaughter of the Jews and were promised to be given all Jewish property when the victorious Arabs won the war.

When the war ended, Israel won and survived despite a 1% loss of it’s entire population. Those Arabs who did not run away became today’s Israeli Arab citizens. Those who fled became the seeds of the first wave of “Palestinian Arab refugees.”

Are you surprised to read all of this?

Welcome to the newly-resurrected Smooth Stone.

Stay tuned.

Back to the 1930′s; a Must-See Wake-Up Call

Via :

Her name is Chloe Valdary and in this video, she drives a point home that desperately needs to resonate with more people. The incremental increase of anti-Semitism in the years leading up to the extermination of six million Jews during World War Two is back.

Valdary has partnered with Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT) to raise more awareness of just how dangerous the times are in which we live. As we have often stated, Hitler / Nazi comparisons are often overdone but when you’re comparing Islamic fundamentalism to Nazism, it’s spot-on.

Here is more information via APT’s YouTube page:

As part of the increasing focus of Americans for Peace and Tolerance on countering the hostile campus environment for Israel and its supporters, we have partnered with an outstanding student leader, Chloe Valdary, to produce a short video that features her powerful call to action against anti-Jewish bigotry.

Chloe is a Christian Zionist whose solidarity with Israel is borne out of the shared histories of struggle against oppression by both Jews and African Americans. While a student at the University of New Orleans, she founded the student group Allies of Israel. After graduating, she co-founded the new campus-focused Israel advocacy group, Here Is Israel. Here is Israel is behind the viral music video “Boycott Israel,” which exposes the hypocrisy behind the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. When she heard of a BDS conference being held at Brooklyn College, she felt compelled to speak out about the parallels she sees between BDS and the Nazi boycotts against Jews in the 1930s. We were inspired by Chloe’s clear moral message to produce this video with the goal that it reaches a broader audience.

If you’ve ever wondered what it must have been like in the 1930′s, it was probably quite a bit like today. Apathy and denial are the only emotions that would prevent someone from seeing this.

 

Hamas Damages Gaza Heritage Site to Build a Terrorist Training Camp

Via Al Monitor:

Last month Hamas’ Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades bulldozed a part of the ancient Anthedon Harbor in northern Gaza in order to expand its military training zone. The Anthedon seaport, which dates back over 3,000 years to the Mycenaean era, was designated an international heritage site by UNESCO in 2012.

Click here for more on the demolishment of the ancient Anthedon Harbor in order for Hamas to build a terrorist training camp.

Hizbullah Unmasked

From NY Times via Daily Alert:

  • On Feb. 5, after more than six months of investigations, the Bulgarian government announced that it believed Hizbullah was responsible for the attack last July that killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver and injured dozens more in the resort town of Burgas.
  • This report is significant because a European Union member state, Bulgaria, explicitly pointed a finger at Hizbullah and lifted the veil on the group’s continued terrorist activities. Europe can no longer ignore the threat that this group poses to the Continent and to the world.
  • Hizbullah first gained notoriety in 1983 after bombing the U.S. Embassy in Beirut – an attack that killed 63 people. Shortly thereafter, Hizbullah bombed the American and French Marine Barracks in Beirut, killing 241 Americans and 58 French service members.
  • European governments must respond swiftly. They must disrupt its operational networks, stop flows of financial assistance to the group, crack down on Hizbullah-linked criminal enterprises and condemn the organization’s leaders for their continued pursuit of terrorism.
  • The U.S. applauds those countries that have long recognized Hizbullah’s nefarious nature. Europe must now act collectively and respond resolutely to this attack by adding Hizbullah to the EU’s terrorist list.