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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.”

PMW special report on Operation Pillar of Defense #4

Via Palestinian Media Watch:

Hamas to Israelis:

“We’ve missed the suicide attacks
Expect us soon at bus stations and in cafés”
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

In response to Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense that aims to cripple the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza and protect Israeli civilians, Hamas’ military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, has produced videos addressing Israelis.

“From the Palestinian people to the Zionists: We’ve missed the suicide attacks. Expect us soon at bus stations and in cafés.”

[Al-Aqsa TV (Fatah), Nov. 18, 2012]

Click to view

“From the Al-Qassam Brigades to the Zionists: Don’t go to sleep, because we may get you in your sleep.”

[Al-Aqsa TV (Fatah), Nov. 18, 2012]

Click to view

The videos, which include footage of fighting Al-Qassam Brigades members, missiles being fired, and pictures of injured soldiers, also address Israeli soldiers:

“From the Al-Qassam Brigades to the Zionist soldiers: On the edge of Gaza, [your] grave is waiting for you.”

Click to view

  “Zionist soldiers: Come forward, brave one, so that you can be killed.”

Click to view

Part of a song on Al-Aqsa TV also encourages suicide operations:

“Strap on your [explosive] belt, brave one, and burn them with fire.

Shake the earth beneath those who occupied our home.”

[Al-Aqsa (Hamas) TV, Nov. 15, 2012]

Click to view

See Palestinian Media Watch‘s earlier reports on Operation Pillar of Defense:

#1 on Ahmed Al-Ja’abari, head of Hamas’ military wing
#2 on PA leaders’ responses to killing of Al-Ja’abari  #3 on Hamas’ false information about its success

 

The following is the full transcript of Hamas’ videos addressing Israelis:
“From the Palestinian people to the Zionists: We’ve missed the suicide attacks. Expect us soon at bus stations and in cafés.
From the Al-Qassam Brigades to the Zionists: Don’t go to sleep, because we may get you in your sleep.
From the Al-Qassam Brigades to the Zionist soldiers: On the edge of Gaza, [your] grave is waiting for you.
From the Al-Qassam Brigades to the Zionist soldiers: Come forward, brave one,
So that you can be killed.”
[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 18, 2012]

PMW special report on Operation Pillar of Defense #3

Via Palestinian Media Watch:

Hamas disinformation:
Israel’s international airport closed,
planes redirected to secret base

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

On the fifth day of Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense that targets terrorist infrastructure in Gaza and which has successfully destroyed many Hamas rocket launching  points, Hamas issued false information about its own successes fighting Israel.
[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 18, 2012]
Today, a news ticker on Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV incorrectly claimed:

“Media of the enemy: International airport Ben Gurion closed, planes being redirected to a secret base in the north
[of Israel].”

Similarly, the Hamas website Al-Risala falsely claimed yesterday that Hamas had succeeded in shooting down an Israeli F-16 plane:

“Hamas’ military wing Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades confirmed that an ‘Israeli’ F-16 fighter plane was shot down… A reconnaissance aircraft was shot down as well.”

[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 15, 2012]

 

Likewise, on Thursday, when Israel launched the operation, Hamas immediately set out to create an illusion of its own success by reporting on TV and on a Hamas website that one of its missiles had hit Tel Aviv, falsely claiming that it had cut off electricity in the city:

“Al-Qassam Brigades shelled Tel Aviv for the first time with a locally made rocket. The electricity network in the southern part of the city was hit.”

 

The following are the articles from the

Al-Risala website:

“Hamas’ military wing Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades confirmed that an ‘Israeli’ F-16 fighter plane was shot down in the Al-Wusta Governorate. A reconnaissance aircraft was shot down as well. Abu Ubeida [the Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades' spokesperson] said that the resistance and the Al-Qassam Brigades are doing well, and the occupation’s claim that the power of the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip has been destroyed is merely a lie. He described the Iron Dome (Israeli system that can intercept and destroy missiles in the air), which was built by the occupation and which costs it millions in order to intercept Palestinian rockets, as the ‘Paper Dome.’”

[Al-Risala website (Hamas), Nov. 17, 2012]

 
“Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, officially announced that occupied Tal Al-Rabia (“Tal Al-Rabia” is the Palestinians’ Arabic translation of Tel Aviv, to wrongly imply the existence of an Arab village of that name prior to Tel Aviv – Ed. ) was shelled with an improved Fajr-5 rocket on Thursday morning. Yesterday, Al-Qassam [Brigades] stated that Tal Al-Rabia was shelled with a locally made rocket. They emphasized in an announcement that what comes next will be worse. Hebrew (i.e., Israeli) media sources said that the rocket cut off electricity in ‘Tel Aviv,’ which is 70 kilometers from Gaza.”
[Al-Risala website (Hamas), Nov. 15, 2012]

News ticker on Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV, broadcast on Nov. 18, 2012:

“Media of the enemy: International airport Ben Gurion closed, planes being redirected to a secret base in the north [of Israel].”
 [Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 18, 2012]

News ticker on Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV, broadcast on Nov. 15, 2012:

“Al-Qassam Brigades shelled Tel Aviv for the first time with a locally made rocket. The electricity network in the southern part of the city was hit.”

[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 15, 2012]

See Palestinian Media Watch‘s earlier reports on Operation Pillar of Defense:

#1 on Ahmed Al-Ja’abari, head of Hamas’ military wing
#2 on PA leaders’ responses to killing of Al-Ja’abari

 

At Least Six Israelis Killed, 25 Injured in Terrorist Attacks Near Egyptian Border

Via IDF:

[Muslim] Terrorists carried out three terrorist attacks near the southern Israeli city of Eilat on Thursday (August 18).

In an incident that occurred around noon, terrorists opened fire on an Egged bus that was travelling from Be’er Sheva to Eilat on Highway 12 along the Israel-Egypt border. Nine people were wounded.

Magen David Adom paramedics were called to the scene and injured persons were transported to Yoseftal Hospital in Eilat.

In another incident, an explosive device exploded next to an IDF patrol, wounding several people.

All incidents occurred approximately 20 kilometers north of Eilat.

IDF forces pursued the terrorists that carried out the attacks and exchanged fire with them.

Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz arrived in the area following the attacks.

IDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Yoav (Poly) Mordechai said that the attacks were part of a “grave and complex event” in which civilians and soldiers were injured.

The IDF calls on the public to avoid the area where the attacks occurred and allow security and rescue forces to carry out their work.

Highways 10 and 12 are closed until further notice.

The Kerem Shalom Crossing and the Erez Crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip were closed following the attacks.

Palestinians Said “NO” to Peace Eight Times in the Last 65 Years

The eight instances of “No Peace” compiled by Israel Hasbara Committee:

1) In 1937, when Britain under the Mandate offered the Peel Commission plan.

2) In 1947, when the UN proposed the establishment of two states in the region, one Jewish, one Arab.

3) In 1948, when Israel’s Proclamation of Independence invited the Palestinians to remain in their homes and become equal citizens in the new state.

4) In 1967, when Israel offered to return all the territories conquered in return for peace.

5) In 1978-9, when Israel offered the acceptance of Palestinian autonomy in exchange for peace at Camp David I.

6) In 1993, when Arafat signed the Oslo accords, promised to renounce terrorism and recognize Israel, and then declared on Jordanian television that he had taken the first step “in the 1974 plan.” This was a thinly veiled reference to the “phased plan” according to which any territorial gain was acceptable as a means toward the ultimate goal of Israel?s destruction.

7) In 2000, at Camp David II when Israel accepted the Clinton Plan and the Palestinians did not.

8) In 2001, when Israel’s PM Ehud Barak offered Yasser Arafat East Jerusalem, 97% of the “West Bank” and 3% compensation from Israel’s territory, in addition to all of Gaza (the Taba Negotiation), and Arafat turned it down without so much as a counteroffer.

Sources:
– Israeli Embassy
Twenty Facts about Israel and the Middle East, By Bill Bennett, Jack Kemp, and Jeanne Kirkpatrick, empoweramerica.org, April 24, 2002;
Myths and Facts by Mitchell G. Bard

Polygamy in Islam

Click here to read about polygamy in Islam occurring in Gaza, and if you do bother to read this pathetic article about the “poorpowestinianpeepull”, try to skip the typical British deceit and anti-Israel commentary. Via The Economist.

In the crisp fourth floor office of Fahmi al-Atiri’s Islamic dating agency in Gaza, he explains that polygamous marriages were increasingly popular – a sign of fertility and status.

After all, Gaza’s burly interior minister, he noted, had six wives, though in accordance with Islamic tenets he had had to let two of them go.

For the sake of appearances, Atiri felt obliged to set a good example, though in a nod to gender equality had let his first wife select his second.

Gaza’s evenings now bubble with weddings. Open-topped trucks piled high with boys banging tambourines lead convoys of claxoning cars accompanying newlyweds through the streets.

Restaurants have mushroomed in the city in recent months, but are frequently fully booked for celebrations.

Israel Enables Gaza Flower Exports to Europe

Don’t tell me about “starving Gaza children”.  Gaza economics described below are  blotting out all of that typical PA mythology.  Via CS Monitor:

Flower farmers in Gaza exported a shipment of 30,000 flowers through an Israeli crossing on Thursday. Israel’s Defense Ministry responded to a request by the Netherlands to enable Gaza’s flower growers to export their entire harvest of some 35 million roses, carnations, and chrysanthemums to markets in European countries for the first time since the 2006-07 season. The next shipment of 250,000 flowers is slated for next week.

Israel Doubts Egyptian Wall Will Block Gaza Tunnels

Via JPost:

Egypt is currently building an underground metal wall that will reach a depth of 16 meters, as part of an effort to cut off smuggling tunnels used by Hamas to bring advanced weaponry into Gaza.

Israeli officials said they doubted the wall would be effective, since most of the smuggling tunnels were dug to depths reaching over 30 meters and sometimes even 50 meters.

While Egypt has slightly increased its counter-smuggling activity along the Gaza border, Israel believes Hamas is continuing to bring weapons into Gaza without difficulty.

U.S. House Condemns Goldstone Gaza Report by 344-36

A victory for factual and historical truth.  A knife in the gut of palestinianism, which is nothing less than a movement to ethnically cleanse Jews from their historical homeland.  Via Washington Post:

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, in a 344-36 vote, passed a nonbinding resolution that urges President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton “to oppose unequivocally any endorsement” of a UN report that accuses Israeli forces of war crimes in Gaza last winter. Twenty-two representatives voted “present.”

More information via Rep. Berman’s Response to Goldstone on House Gaza War-Crimes Resolution:

* After Judge Richard Goldstone wrote to House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-Calif.) to say that a resolution denouncing Goldstone’s report was factually inaccurate, Berman prepared a reply discussing some factual inaccuracies in the Goldstone report:

* Goldstone: The “mandate clearly included rocket and mortar attacks on Israel.”

Berman: “The broadened mandate Justice Goldstone sought was discussed, but not voted on, at a UNHRC plenary session. It was then announced via a press release in an altered formulation, more restrictive than the formulation envisioned by Justice Goldstone. The UNHRC did not create a new mandate.”

* When summarizing the results of investigations into alleged Israeli attacks on Palestinian civilians, the report states that “in none of the cases reviewed were there any grounds which could have reasonably induced the Israeli armed forces to assume that the civilians attacked were in fact taking a direct part in the hostilities.” The report does not take into account that Israeli soldiers were operating under fire, in an extremely volatile and dangerous environment, in which the enemy was hiding among a civilian population.

* The report uncritically attributes numerous statements to “Gaza Authorities” (meaning, Hamas), while often casting doubt on information derived from the international and Israeli press and from non-government-affiliated Israelis. Perhaps most tellingly, the report appears only to cite Israeli statements when it finds such statements a useful basis for criticizing Israel.