Dr. David A. Yeagley
(FrontPageMagazine.com, August 3, 2001)
WHAT AUTHORIZATION does the official Palestine Authority have to broadcast orders for Palestinians to “butcher and kill” Jews? Not by order of the Koran.
The Koran, Islam’s Holy Bible, consists of the writings of Mohammad (ca.570-632 A.D.) He’s considered inspired by Allah – Almighty God. Yet the Koran doesn’t condemn any state of Israel in Palestine.
In its brief recounting of Israel’s original invasion of Palestine in 1300 B.C., the Koran says, “O my people! Enter the holy land which God hath assigned unto you,” (Sürah 5:21). Then, “We settled the Children of Israel in a beautiful dwelling place, and provided for them sustenance of the best,” (10:93). And, “Dwell securely in the land of promise,” (17:104). (Trans. A.Y.Ali).
Israel’s possession of Palestine was ordained.
But, for 3,500 years, non-Jewish people have resented Jews being in Palestine. It began when the Canaanites resisted the invasion of Moses and the Israelites.
Canaan, also called Palestine (pelesheth, also translated “Philistine”), was an establishment of civilized Semitic cultures and their fertile land was highly cultivated. The Israelite invasion was raw aggression. The Canaanites were slaughtered and eradicated.
Fast-forward to recent history. In 1948, some 500,000 Arabs living in Palestine were identified as “refugees” when modern Israel declared itself a state, but they were not driven out of Palestine, or forced to become Jewish. By contrast, in 1951, over 600,000 Jewish refugees were expelled from Arab countries and settled in Israel.
Who knows when Jews became the majority in Palestine? The boundaries of “Israel” changed, as did the definition of a “Palestinian refugee.” By 1978, the total population in “Israel” was estimated at 3,760,000 – nearly 80 percent Jewish.
So why do Islamic leaders condemn the modern state of Israel?
When I visited Astan Quds Razavi University, the Shiite Islamic theological seminar in Masshad, eastern Iran, I asked the chairman of the English Department, Prof. Khazee Ali.
“We have no objection to Jews in Palestine. The ruling state of Israel is what’s unjust and immoral,” Ali said. “You can’t just move great numbers of one people into one spot, driving everyone else out, and then claim you are the rightfully ruling majority.”
Oh really? Tell that to the White European invaders who inundated American land until they literally displaced the Indians. We moved, or faced violence and death. It was a flagrant violation of our “human rights.” By this reasoning, there shouldn’t be any United States.
But, in fact, we Comanches were guilty of the same violations against other Indians. When we bolted down out of the southern Rockies onto the southwest plains, we drove off other Indians by violence. By the same reasoning, there should’ve been no Comanche nation.
Comanches and Jews share a common bond. Like the Jews, our power was in secret, superior warrior skills. But we Comanches, like modern Jews, never sought to annihilate anyone else’s culture.
Modern Israel’s establishment involved no invasion, and Israel doesn’t force a culture on Palestinians. Yet Islamic leaders madly condemn Israel – without religious authority. There’s none in the Koran, or in historical facts.
Renowned British journalist Joan Peters said those claiming to be Palestinian Arabs haven’t lived in Palestine “from time immemorial,” but immigrated this century (From Time Immemorial, Harper & Row, 1984.) The U.N. Relief and Work Agency defined a Palestinian as an Arab who had lived in Palestine a minimum of only two years before 1948. Palestinian rights to the land aren’t substantial, but there’s been a Jewish population in Palestine since Moses.
Neighboring Arab countries refused to absorb Palestinian refugees. In 1958, director of the UNRWA Ralph Calloway declared, “The Arab states do not want to solve the refugee problem. They want to keep it as an open sore, as an affront to the United Nations, and as a weapon against Israel. Arab leaders do not give a damn whether Arab refugees live or die.”
How does one judge the wrongs of Israel against Palestinians?
Summing it up perfectly is Islamic Professor Abdul Hadi Palazzi, who was quoted in the July 2 Washington Times: “A good Muslim must be a Zionist. A comparative analysis of Koranic and Torah sources reveals an agreement on the point that the link existing between Children of Israel and Land of Canaan depends directly on God Almighty's will, toward which we are asked to submit. Allah constituted the offspring of Jacob . . . as heirs of the Promised Land. This is described in the glorious Koran.”
If I believed in the Koran, I’d leave modern Israel alone.
Dr. David A. Yeagley will begin teaching humanities at the College of Liberal Studies, University of Oklahoma in the fall. His opinions are independent. He holds degrees from Yale, Emory, Oberlin, University of Arizona and University of Hartford. He is a member of the Comanche Tribe, Lawton, OK. For more information on Dr. Yeagley's initiative to teach patriotism in the schools, click here. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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