By Ugonna Emechebe
In deference to my brother Femi Fatunbi who specifically asked for the scriptural implications of the act of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by the Trump administration I will extend this series by one more instalment.
I will start this second instalment by pointing something out.
The landmass of the Arab countries that surround Israel is approximately 614 times the size of land of the entire nation of Israel.
And this is minus Iran which is not Arab.
Think about that.
I have driven from the Northernmost city of Tiberias to the Southern tip of Eilat in Israel and the entire journey was made inside of 6 hours.
That is the length of Israel.
The width will take you just inside 45 minutes…by road.
That is how small the entire country is.
But most of their neighbours will fight Israel militarily to get the land off them while a huge proportion including Iran will want to drive them into the Mediterranean.
And the land they are fighting for to turn to a Palestinian republic belongs to who exactly? The “Palestinian people?”
Who are these Palestinian people?
One very interesting thing about this Palestinian issue is this- there was never a historical people called Palestinians like there are historical peoples like Yorubas, Igbos, Kanuris, Ijaws etc.
Those called Palestinians today are descendants of migrant workers who settled on the land from Jordan, Egypt, Syria, and even as far off as Yemen.
Many people do not even realize that the father of the Palestinian cause, the first head of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) and the poster boy of the “Palestinian struggle”, Yasser Arafat, was from Egypt
There would have been absolutely no problem in reabsorbing these people now called Palestinians into the countries of their progenitors but it will mess up their narrative and will give Arab dictators one less leeway to escape pressure from their people.
You see, at least before everything came to a head in the Arab Spring whenever the Arab masses protested over anything their leaders would whip up fresh fervor against Israel and the baying masses would start condemning the “occupiers” and the oppressors of their fellow Arabs as well as the “Great Satan” (the United States) supporting them.
If Israel gets flushed out and the whole land becomes the Palestinian Republic there will cease to be a distraction for the baying mob and an avenue to showcase Arab solidarity. However, if these Arab leaders really wanted solidarity they would reabsorb the “Palestinians” into their respective countries.
But they won’t because apart from it not serving their purpose they also despise “Palestinians” with their whole being.
Many Arabs view “Palestinians” as the dregs of the Arab world; the ones who couldn’t make it and so went off to serve as serfs.
There is a subtle division within the Arab world with different groups thinking of themselves more highly than others, the average Syrian views the average Jordanian with suspicion, and the reverse is the case.
The Qataris are this sophisticated set that look down their noses at the Yemenis; while everyone is quietly rebellious against the Saudi hierarchy.
Another thing almost all of them have in common is a derisory view of “Palestinians”, a view the Palestinian leadership (Hamas particularly) seems to also have of the Palestinian masses; but it is in the interest of all groups of the Arab leadership (whether the external Arab leadership in the Gulf States or the internal Palestinian leadership) to keep up the pseudo-egalitarian outlook of Arab solidarity and activism.
Unfortunately this revisionist sham has been sold to and bought by the international community.
UNESCO declared Hebron a “Palestinian heritage site” in July of 2017.
The United Nations’ cultural arm continued its anti-Semitic agenda as it voted 12 to 3 – with six abstentions – to give heritage status to Hebron in what the mass media has constantly but erroneously referred to as “Israeli occupied West Bank”
Hebron is home to Palestinians and Israeli settlers, who live in a heavily fortified enclave near the site of the Tomb of the Patriarchs known to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque.
For purposes of clarity this tomb houses Abraham and Sarah his wife, as well as Isaac, Jacob, his wife Leah and several other progenitors of the Jews.
These are Jewish patriarchs and not Arabs; contrary to the revisionist hogwash being peddled they worshipped Jehovah, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that revealed Himself to Abraham when he was in Ur of the Chaldees.
How then have Jewish patriarchs suddenly become Arab muslims?
What sort of a nauseating rape of history is this?
When did the Muslim claim of Jerusalem begin? How did it become the “3rd holiest site of Islam”?
Jerusalem is NOT mentioned anywhere in the Quran but is mentioned over 700 times in the Jewish text and 823 times in the entire Bible.
We will continue this tomorrow with a scriptural exegesis.