Saturday, January 10, 2009

Palestine vs. Israel as the Name of the Holy Land

During the last few centuries, the world, Christians included, has fallen into a bad habit. We have bought into some early Roman propaganda. We have used the name Palestine, which Roman Emperor Hadrian placed on the country of Israel in 135 A.D., for so long that it has become common usage. This would be as incorrect as calling the Russia of today the “Soviet Union” or referring to Berlin as “East Germany.” The thoughts below by our ministry’s senior theologian, Dr. Thomas S. McCall, completely explore the subject. If you know somebody who’s fallen into this habit, please share this article with them.

History of the Term Palestine

Where did the term Palestine originate from? How did the world and the church get into the habit of calling the land of Israel “Palestine”? One of the guides we use in our tours to Israel is Zvi Rivai, an Israeli Messianic believer, who has done considerable research on this subject. Zvi informs us that before 135 A.D., the Romans used the terms Judea and Galilee to refer to the Land of Israel. When Titus destroyed Jerusalem in 70 A.D., the Roman government struck a coin with the phrase “Judea Capta,” meaning Judea has been captured. The term Palestine was never used in the early Roman designations.

It was not until the Romans crushed the second Jewish revolt against Rome in 135 A.D. under Bar Kochba that Emperor Hadrian applied the term Palestine to the Land of Israel. Hadrian, like many dictators since his time realized the propaganda power of terms and symbols. He replaced the shrines of the Jewish Temple and the Sepulchre of Christ in Jerusalem with temples to pagan deities. He changed the name of Jerusalem to Aelia Capitalina, and changed the name of Israel and Judea to Palestine. Hadrian’s selection of Palestine was purposeful, not accidental. He took the name of the ancient enemies of Israel, the Philistines, Latinized it to Palestine, and applied it to the Land of Israel. He hoped to erase the name Israel from all memory. Thus, the term Palestine as applied to the Land of Israel was invented by the inveterate enemy of the Bible and the Jewish people, Emperor Hadrian.

It is interesting to note that the original Philistines were not Middle Eastern at all. They were European peoples from the Adriatic sea next to Greece. It may have pleased Hadrian to utilize this Hellenistic term for the Jewish land. In any case, the original “Palestinians” had nothing to do, whatsoever, with any Arabs.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

what word say about istrael vs palestina

The recent issue of establishing regular trade and diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Israel now opens new perspectives of Indonesia possibly contibuting to the peace process in this region as mediator (Such a role would be in good Indonesian tradition: during Sukarno's presidency, Indonesia's Garuda Regiment took part in UN forces guarding the peace in the Gaza Strip).

USA og konfliktene i Palestina og Afghanistan

Robert Fisk: America's morality has been distorted by 11 September
'It's as if all the lessons of history, in Afghanistan and the Middle East,
have been tossed into a bin'
07 March 2002

In Afghan fields, the poppies blow. Yes, even as the Americans are moving deeper
into the Afghan trap, the warlords and gangsters running much of the
western-supported Afghan government are ensuring a bumper new crop of heroin for
the world's markets.

The UN have warned of this, of course, but nothing is being done. The "war against
terror" comes first. The broken roads and highways of Afghanistan are now ribbons
of anarchy and brigandage and murder across the country. The pathetic little force
of peace-keepers in Kabul cannot control all of the capital, let alone the rest of
the country. The Interim President, Hamid Karzai, can scarcely control the street
outside his office. But the "war against terror" comes first.

Pal Hidas

I think, not most of the Palestinians, because Jordan even today has
a "Palestinian" majority. The question how we define Palestinian and
Jordanian. The Hasemite Kingdom is a nomad beduin kingdom, in this mean
only beduin nomads are Jordanian. The settled arabs are Palestinian.
The wife of king Abdullah is also a Palestinian. The PLO was kicked off,
not the Palestinians.
The semite people living around that area had several names, also the area
had several names, but probably the population was not changed so often.
The semite word Kanaan means probably the same like the Greek Phenicia,
i.e. comes from the "sea fruit" which is the source of purple (magenta)
dye. I do not know the English name of that animal ( seashell ?, clam ?,
scallop ? ).