Mahathir should read Quran on who owns the Holy Land

Jesus prophesied, “Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled” (Luke 21:24). That prophecy was fulfilled in 70 A.D. when the Romans conquered and burned the city.

The Arab nations are not the problem. The problem is Hamas, Fatah, Iran and people like Mahathir.

There has never been a Palestinian nation throughout history. There’s no Palestinian language.

The Palestinians are not the Philistines in the Bible in the story of David and Goliath.

Under the leadership of David, the young new Jewish king, the invading Philistines were finally forced back to their coastal cities. There their power and influence remained until Roman times. That is why the Romans called the Holy Land Palestina.

David established a strong and stable Kingdom, which at its height included much of modern Jordan and Syria.

The Ottomon Empire never recognised the land claims of the people who now call themselves Palestinians.

When Tel Aviv dropped the English term Palestine in favour of Israel, only the Arabs in the Biblical lands continued to call themselves Palestinians. Before that both Jews and Arabs called themselves Palestinians.

UN recognition of Israel in 1948 meant the Crusaders finally managed to win the Biblical holy lands and chase out the intruders.

The reality is that various Churches own all the land in Jerusalem.

Even the Israeli gov’t has to lease land from the Churches.

Jerusalem has been majority Jewish ever since it was founded 3, 000 years ago by King David. The so-called Palestinians ignore this history and instead harp on the Jews who returned to the holy land from north Africa, West Asia, India, Russia, Europe and America since the 1800s.

They claim that Jerusalem is the 3rd holiest city in Islam i.e. after Mecca and Medina. This claim is based on the existence of an old mosque.

Islam has run out of time in the Biblical holy lands.

Except for those Arabs who are Israeli citizens, other Arab immigrants stay in the Biblical holy lands as stateless people.

The Biblical lands is not the homeland of the Arabs. Except for the Arabs who came with Saladin the great, a Kurd, all foreign occupiers of the Biblical lands have left.

In the last 2, 000 years, Jerusalem came under various foreign rulers.

The last was the British.

Jerusalem has never been partitioned in the last 3, 000 years. Don’t expect the people to agree to partition the city and hand over the eastern part to unelected leaders in West Bank and Gaza.

Israel is a democracy.

You can take matters to the Supreme Court.

Many Arabs in the West Bank have petitioned the Supreme Court and won against the Israeli gov’t. This includes land issues.

On paper, a gov’t can do whatever it wants unless restrained by the court or the people taking to the streets.

In the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Hamas and Fatah leaders have never been elected in the last quarter century.

They have no legitimacy.

They can’t claim to represent the people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

That’s why the Gov’t of Israel ignores them.

The people of the West Bank and Gaza must elect leaders who can represent them in talks with Israel.

The unelected leaders are corrupt, only interested in filling their pockets with aid money and the taxes collected by Israel in the two disputed territories i.e. West Bank and Gaza.

First things first.

Mahathir should put his money where his mouth is and advise the people in the West Bank and Gaza to elect their leaders.

No need to send an aid-carrying ship of instant noodles to Israel. The Tel Aviv gov’t is more than capable of looking after the people.

Mahathir is not interested in the so-called plight of the so-called Palestinians.

He’s only interested in playing to the Malay gallery to woo their votes.

That’s why he barred Israeli athletes from Sarawak just before the by-election in Cameron Highlands. The event would be in July. Why bar now?

It didn’t work. This is the result of Mahathir brainwashing Malays for 22 years.

Except for Gen Y, Malays would never support PH no matter how much the gov’t favours them. Let them rot in the Opposition till thy kingdom come.

PH should focus on the Malay Gen Y, non-Malays and Sabah Sarawak.

Mahathir made a strategic error when he did an about turn and decided not to ratify the ICERD. Had the ICERD been ratified the racists and freaks would have panicked and supported PH to at least have a chance to influence gov’t policy.

Now, the racists and freaks are influencing gov’t policy by taking to the streets. They should be dragged to court and locked up. The PTI among them should be deported.

Looking back

After Canaanites, Jebusites, and Israelites, Jerusalem for example is a city that at one time or another has been occupied, besieged, and invaded by Palestinians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Judeans, Seleucid Greeks, Judeans again, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Crusaders, Arabs again, Mamelukes, Ottomans, and British.

The Holy Land is a relatively small piece of territory. In ancient times it used to be called Canaan and was said to stretch from Dan to Beersheba. At Dan, the northern boundary, the chief source of the Jordan river pours out as a large spring from the foot of the snow-capped Mt. Hermon. Beersheba in the south was on the edge of the desert which stretched all the way to the Gulf of Aqaba, and joins the Sinai Peninsula.

Small though it is, the Holy Land possesses a remarkable diversity of climate because of the Great Rift Valley. This is a massive geological fault that runs all the way from Turkey to Lake Tanganyika, with its lowest point in the Jordan Valley, some 1,100 feet below sea level.

For this reason tropical fruits grow down at Jericho in the Jordan Valley, while, only thirty miles away, Jerusalem and Bethlehem can be covered with snow at Christmas. Many would hardly find the Holy Land a ‘land flowing with milk and honey’ (as it was claimed to be), yet that is how it seemed to people used to desert life.

This narrow fertile strip along the Mediterranean coast was historically of strategic importance since it was the natural bridge between the continents of Africa and Asia. Because of the great desert which stretches from Syria to Arabia, the only way to travel between the two great river civilizations of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia was through this land. This meant that not only the ancient trade route but the chief military route also ran through Canaan.

Hence it has been the site of many battles and it is not surprising that its fortress hill of Megiddo gave rise to the name Armageddon, the mythical battle which will bring the world to an end.

The Canaanites

Being the bridge between Africa and Asia this land was inhabited from very early times. But the earliest inhabitants of whom we have any historical knowledge were the Canaanites.

They were a Semitic people, basically of the same stock as the Phoenicians, who occupied ancient Lebanon. The Canaanites and the Phoenicians constituted the Western branch of the Semitic family, the Northern being the Aramaeans, the Eastern the Assyrians and Babylonians, and the Southern the Arabs.

The language known as Hebrew, originated as the language of the Canaanites.

These Western Semitic People left us a priceless heritage. They invented the alphabetic system of writing about 1400 bce. It was the most important product ever spread by the Phoenician traders, for it became the basis of the Greek, Roman, and Slavonic as well as the Arabic alphabets.

The word Bible comes from the Greek word biblos , which meant ‘letter’ or ‘book’. But Byblos is the name of the Phoenician town and port on the coast of Lebanon from which the Phoenician traders set out. What is more, the script in which the oldest manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible were written is known as the Canaanite script.

How are Jews and Canaanites related?

If the Canaanites were the earliest known indigenous inhabitants of the Holy Land, how are they related to the Jewish people, who now lay claim to the Holy Land as theirs by right?

The biblical answer

The biblical answer runs like this, starting with the story of Abraham.

All Jews claim to be his descendants; so the Holy Land is rightfully theirs since it was given by God to Abraham and his descendants.

Abraham belonged to the northern section of the Semitic people — the Aramaeans. The Jews long preserved this memory in the liturgy of their harvest festival, which began with the words, ‘A wandering Aramaean was my father’.

The story of the Jewish people started when Abraham heard God say to him, ‘Go from your country and your kindred to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation and I will bless you and make your name great. By you all the families of the earth shall bless themselves’.

So Abraham left Aramaea (which is today Northeastern Syria) and went forth to the land of Canaan. And when he reached Canaan God appeared to Abraham and said, ‘To your descendants I will give this land’.

Elsewhere in the Bible this promise is made even more explicit — ‘To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates’.

That meant everything between the Nile in Egypt and the Euphrates in Mesopotamia and, today, would include both the Sinai Peninsula at one end and most of Syria at the other.

All devout and religious Jews, supported by many Christian fundamentalists, take these ancient divine promises very seriously.

The Jewish claim to possess the Holy Land, therefore, rests initially on a divinely given right.

Even in the Bible, however, the process by which the descendants of Abraham actually took possession of the land of Canaan is much more complicated and is related in two successive traditions.

In the first of these we are told how Abraham and his descendants entered Canaan as semi-nomadic people who occupied the land not being used by the Canaanites. The Canaanites lived in walled cities and farmed the land in their immediate vicinity. For some centuries, therefore, the Abrahamic tribes shared the Holy Land with the Canaanites, mostly in peace but occasionally in conflict. There was even some intermarriage.

The second tradition starts with a time of famine, when the descendants of Abraham were forced to migrate to Egypt in search of food.

By divine providence one of their number, Joseph, had already preceded them and risen to a position of prominence in Egypt from which he could welcome them and provide for them.

According to this tradition the Hebrews, as they were now called, stayed in Egypt for some centuries until they were eventually reduced to slavery. They were delivered out of bondage and led back to the Promised Land by Moses.

The epic story of how this occurred dominated Jewish life thereafter. It stretches out over five whole books of the Bible — from Exodus to Joshua.

This story constitutes a second tradition of how the ancestors of the Jewish people entered into possession of the Holy Land.

Moses led his people for forty years in the wilderness and lived only long enough to view the Promised Land from Mt. Nebo, which is in present day Jordan. It was left to Joshua to return to the land starting with Jericho.

According to the Bible the Israelite ancestors of the Jews proceeded to parcel out the land to their own twelve tribes.

The historical answer

It is possible to reconstruct a general account of what took place in the Holy Land before the reign of King David.

The stories of the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, shadowy figures though these now are, nevertheless point to a time when semi-nomadic tribes from Aramaea began to infiltrate into the land of the Canaanite city-states. The patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob refer to separate tribal migrations.

The Abraham migration settled round Hebron.

The Isaac migration settled near Beersheba.

The Jacob tribe settled near Shechem, or modern Nablus.

There is good reason to conclude that some, but by no means all, of these Aramaean settlers did go down to Egypt.

Some scholars have referred to the Joseph story as the first novel ever written.

Its purpose was to join up the patriarchal traditions with the Mosaic tradition in order to form one continuous narrative.

There probably was an historical Moses, for his name is Egyptian and not Hebrew. He probably did lead a migration back to Canaan but it was relatively small, say, about five thousand people.

On entering the Holy Land they linked up with their fellow Hebrews and made a tribal treaty with them; memories of this amphictyony, as it technically called, are found in the covenant described in Joshua, chapter 24.

These early tribes lived in reasonable harmony with the Canaanites, occupying the pastoral stretches of land outside the Canaanite city-states.

It was not until a common enemy arrived on the scene that the Israelites and the Canaanites eventually became integrated into one people.

The common enemy were the Philistines.

These were not a Semitic people but a highly cultured people of Greek origin, who landed on the Mediterranean coast in the twelfth century bce.

They introduced the use of iron for both weapons and farm implements; thus they took the Holy Land out of the Bronze Age and into the Iron Age. They established strong walled cities along the coast, some of whose names have survived to this day — Gaza, Ashdod, and Askelon.

As soon as they were well established, the Philistines began to move into the interior, and, because of their superior weapons, they were able to make the Israelites and the Canaanites subject to their rule. It was the need to re-establish their independence, which brought the Canaanites and the Israelites together in a common cause.

Under the leadership of David, the young new Israelite king, the Philistines were finally forced back to their coastal cities. There their power and influence remained until Roman times. That is why the Romans called the Holy Land Palestina — the land of the Philistines.

Thereafter David established a strong and stable Kingdom, which at its height included much of modern Jordan and Syria. He also subjugated the remaining Canaanite cities, the most important of which was Jerusalem.

From this time onwards the indigenous Canaanites and the incoming Israelites began to fuse into one people though it took some centuries. The Israelite tribal traditions dominated the culture of the people but the indigenous religious practices, celebrated at what were called the ‘high-places’, were not finally eradicated until the seventh century.

In some ways David had established a mini-empire and his rule was looked back upon as the Golden Age. It was his son Solomon, who squandered this inheritance; he imposed forced labour in order to carry out his lavish building programme, which included the first Temple.

As a result the Kingdom of David split into two on the death of Solomon. The larger section rejected the dynasty of David, took to themselves the name of Israel, and established a new capital at Samaria in the north. The smaller group, which remained faithful to the Davidic dynasty and retained Jerusalem, called itself Judah; it is from this term that we derive the word Jew.

Foreign Occupation

From the end of the eighth century until the beginning of the Christian era the Holy Land became subject to a continual series of invasions by foreign powers.

The issue of land ownership in the Holy City is not about Jews vs Arabs, the State of Israel vs the Palestinian Authority, or even Judaism vs Islam.

Rather, the issue is about the residents of Jerusalem vs the legacy of history, or more specifically, vs Christian churches and, lately, a few very astute – some might say rapacious – private investors.

Much of the current population of Jerusalem is living on land that is owned by various Christian church denominations.

While part of the Baka neighborhood and French Square belongs to the Franciscan order, and some of the Mount of Olives is owned by the Russian Orthodox Church, the lion’s share – more than 60% – of church holdings in Jerusalem belong to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, including Rehavia, Talbiyeh, much of Katamon and Rassco, parts of Givat Ram, all of Nayot, as well as Liberty Bell Park, the Valley of the Cross, the area between the Yemin Moshe neighborhood and the King David Hotel, a portion of Keren Hayesod Street, part of the Mamilla Mall, as well as part of the land on which sit the Israel Museum, the Prime Minister’s Residence, the President’s Residence, the Knesset Building, the Chief Rabbinate and the Great Synagogue, among others.

Jerusalem, along with the rest of the Holy Land, was significant mainly to the religious.

And while Jews lived here, or came in small numbers from the Diaspora for varying lengths of time, and although the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, the Ethiopian Church and the Catholic Franciscan Order each maintained a presence here for centuries, travel to Jerusalem and the Holy Land was difficult, dangerous and beyond the hopes of many who wished to come here.

The invention and development of railroads and steamships made travel to the Holy Land much easier, especially from Europe.

Egypt invaded the Holy Land in 1832 and unceremoniously grabbed it away from the Ottomans.

Eight years later, the British came and grabbed it away from the Egyptians, drove the Egyptians back to Egypt and gave the Holy Land back to the Ottomans.

In relatively short order, the Ottomans permitted the establishment of a Catholic Patriarchate in Jerusalem; strengthened its ties with the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate that was already there; gave foreign powers autonomous and almost sovereign rights within the Holy Land; and encouraged them to establish autonomous communities around the area to which each foreign power could send consuls and delegates.

Most of these, as it happened, were clergy of various Christian denominations.

Anticipating tens of thousands of Christians coming on pilgrimage to the Holy Land – enabled by railroads, steamships and the now more liberal policies of the Ottoman government – these Christian groups began buying not only small parcels of land within the walled city, but also large swaths of land outside the walls.

These groups included, among others, the Anglican Church of England, the Lutheran Church of Germany, the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) from the US, as well as the Greek Orthodox Church, which saw itself as the successor of the Byzantines and was thus particularly driven to “regain” the Holy Land.

From 1860 onwards, the same steamships that were bringing Christians were also bringing significant numbers of Jews, who began to build residential neighborhoods outside the Old City walls.

As the city began to attract more residents and seriously started to grow, the churches began to realize that the lands they bought – and were still buying – could be lucrative sources of revenue.

They thus began to lease portions of their enormous land holdings for the construction of residential and commercial buildings, not only in Jerusalem but throughout Ottoman and later British Mandate Palestine.

The Greek Orthodox Church in particular found itself in rather dire financial straits in the 1920s.

Prohibited by church rules against selling its land outright, it instead leased most of its land to the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund and received a sizable payment upfront in exchange for the Jewish community’s right to use the land on a long-term basis.

By the time the State of Israel was created in 1948, a sizable if not precisely known number of residential, commercial, governmental, cultural and religious buildings in Israel had been built on land owned by Christian church denominations – not only in Jerusalem but also in Haifa, Lod, Ramle and Jaffa.

Muslims believe the Quran is from Allah.

If so, they can’t go against Allah who says the Holy Land is the land of the children of Israel.

Who is correct, Allah or Mahathir?; Who are the rightful owners of Israel?

Read and decide.

Quote, ” Mahathir said, ‘ See how Israel has stolen Palestinian land and built a building there.” unquote.


“To Moses We [Allah] gave nine clear signs. Ask the Israelites how he [Moses] first appeared amongst them. Pharoah said to him: ‘Moses, I can see that you are bewitched.’ ‘You know full well,’ he [Moses] replied, ‘that none but the Lord of the heavens and the earth has revealed these visible signs. Pharoah, you are doomed.'”

“Pharoah sought to scare them [the Israelites] out of the land [of Israel]: but We [Allah] drowned him [Pharoah] together with all who were with him. Then We [Allah] said to the Israelites: ‘Dwell in this land [the Land of Israel]. When the promise of the hereafter [End of Days] comes to be fulfilled, We [Allah] shall assemble you [the Israelites] all together [in the Land of Israel].”

“We [Allah] have revealed the Qur’an with the truth, and with the truth it has come down. We have sent you [Muhammed] forth only to proclaim good news and to give warning.”

[Qur’an, “Night Journey,” chapter 17:100-104] unquote.

Quote, ” “And [remember] when Moses said to his people: ‘O my people, call in remembrance the favour of God unto you, when he produced prophets among you, made you kings, and gave to you what He had not given to any other among the peoples. O my people, enter the Holy Land which God has assigned unto you, and turn not back ignominiously, for then will ye be overthrown, to your own ruin.'” [Qur’an 5:20-21]” unquote.

Quote, “And thereafter We [Allah] said to the Children of Israel: ‘Dwell securely in the Promised Land. And when the last warning will come to pass, we will gather you together in a mingled crowd.'” [Qur’an 17:104]

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Author: fernzthegreat

Joe Fernandez holds a honours degree in management, majoring in economics, and has opted from academia in law to being a jurist. He was trained professionally on the job as a journalist. He's a longtime Borneo watcher, keen on the history and legal aspects of Malaya's presence in Sabah and Sarawak. He teaches the English language privately and has emerged as a subject matter expert in public examination techniques.

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