This Christmas, Let's Remember, Jesus Was A Palestinian
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“The Lord of hosts” instructed Saul “Now go and smite Am'-a-lek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass”. Saul failed to carry out his orders to destroy everything and everybody and was accordingly cursed. David succeeded Saul and finally captured the Jebusite city of Jerusalem (2 Samuel 5.8: “And David said on that day, whosoever getteth up to the gutter, and smiteth the Jeb'-u-sites, and the lame and the blind, that are hated of David's soul, he shall be chief and captain. Wherefore they said, the blind and the lame shall not come into the house.” Fortunately for the Canaanites, the Israelites were not as successful as set out in The Bible. According to Shlomo Sand in his book “The Invention of the Jewish People”, the “kingdom of David and Solomon” (1,000-925 BC) did not stretch from the River Euphrates to the River of Egypt as asserted by Martin Gilbert (Atlas of Jewish History”) but was a much smaller affair confined to Jerusalem and neighboring towns and villages.
Jesus came from Galilee and spoke Aramaic, like the surviving Samaritans in Palestine today and the largely Christian Assyrians in Syria and Iraq . His wonderful message of peace and “love thy neighbor as thyself” has inspired decent humanity for over 2,000 years. It is an appalling irony that hundreds of thousands of Christian Assyrians fled Iraq after the illegal invasion by the ”Christian” US Alliance and that 75% of Bethlehem Christians have fled the Anglo-American -backed Palestinian Genocide now live abroad (see “Palestinian Christians”, Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_Christians ). The ethnic cleansing of Indigenous Palestinians by Israelites under genocidal mass murderers Joshua, Saul and David in circa 1000BC is now being repeated in Palestine by the US Alliance-backed racist Zionists as summarized below.
In 1880 there were about 0.5 million Indigenous Palestinians. Of the 25,000 Jews in Palestine half were immigrants (see: http://www.palestineremembered.com/Acre/Palestine-Remembered/Story559.html and http://www.mideastweb.org/palpop.htm ). Palestinian casualties of war violence total about 80,000 since 1948 and about 100,000 since 1936 (see “Palestinian casualties of war”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_casualties_of_war ). However one must also consider avoidable Palestinian deaths from war-, expulsion- and occupation-imposed deprivation that now total about 1.9 million since 1948. Thus Palestinian deaths from violence or from violently-imposed deprivation since 1936 total about 2.0 million. In contrast, according to the Israeli Foreign Ministry: “From 1920 through 1999, a total of 2,500 residents of Mandatory Palestine and, since 1948, the State of Israel fell victims to hostile enemy action; in most cases, terrorist attacks” and “1,218 people have been killed by Palestinian violence and terrorism since September 2000” i.e. 3,700 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians since 1920 as compared to 2.0 million Palestinians killed by racist Zionist colonizers since 1936.
Yet as pointed out by Professor Shlomo Sand of Tel Aviv University (a university that sits on the site of an Arab village ethnically cleansed within living memory), the cultural and ethnic descendants of the Palestinians of the time of Jesus are indeed today's Indigenous Palestinians. In contrast, most of the Jewish Israelis are descendants of Yemeni, Berber and Khazar converts to a commendably universalist Judaism of the first millennium CE.
Palestinian refugees total about 7 million, of whom about 5 million are registered with the UN. Of 12 million Palestinians, about 6 million are forbidden to even step foot in their own country, one of the world's oldest civilizations dating to the very dawn of agrarian civilization. This has been a Palestinian Genocide as defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention as "acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group". The race-based, racist Zionist-run Apartheid State of Israel is a democracy-by-genocide. Of about 12 million Palestinians, only the adults of 1.6 million Palestinian Israelis (21% of the Israeli population) can vote for the government ruling all of a 90% ethnically cleansed Palestine plus part of Lebanon and a near-completely ethnically cleansed part of Syria , albeit as third class citizens. 1.6 million Occupied Palestinians are abusively confined to the Gaza Concentration Camp and 2.5 million Occupied Palestinians live under highly abusive military rule in West Bank Bantustans. There are 5.9 million Jewish Israelis and 0.3 million non-Jewish and non-Arab Israelis (see “Palestinian Genocide”: https://sites.google.com/site/palestiniangenocide/ ).