Friday, July 22, 2016

"Occupy" is an Unusual Word

Michael L.

jihadIt is not a very nice word, either.

In terms of the never-ending Arab and Muslim violence against the Jews of the Middle East the word "occupy" has ominous connotations.

It implies the brutal military occupation of those heinous Jews upon another people's land.

The word "occupy" also, of course, has benign connotations when used in other contexts. For example, no one would have any problem, - other than Jihadis - with the fact that I am occupying my chair in my office.

The truth, however, is that Israel occupies Israel like France occupies France or the Czech Republic occupies the Czech Republic. There is nothing remotely illegal or illegitimate, to use Obama's term, about Jews living and building in the land Jewish people have lived in for over 3,500 years.

The Land of Israel is where Jews come from and to argue otherwise is to suggest that the Jews are, or should be, a forever wandering people.

The very word "Israel" means, along with the Jewish State, the Jewish people. Israel is the Jewish nation. So to argue that Israel is illegally occupying Israel is to argue that the Jews should have no home. And Israel includes that part of Israel that the Jordanians dubbed "West Bank" in order to rob the Jewish people of our posterity within our own homeland.

This is to say that the foundation of the conflict is an irrational and Koranically-based hatred toward the Jewish people, without whom Islam would never have emerged to begin with. Without Israel, which is to say without the Jewish people, there never would have been a Koran or the emergence of imperial Islam.

Muslims who care about Islam owe everything to the Jewish people because were it not for the Jewish people Islam could never have developed.

Understand, of course, that I take no particular pride in the Jewish roots of the Islamic faith, but it is historically undeniable. Islam, as George W. Bush famously misstated, is not a "religion of peace." On the contrary, Islam is a religion of war and submission that divides the world into Dar al-Islam, the Home of Islam, and Dar al-Harb, which is the Realm of War or House of the Heathens.

Christianity, despite the historical behavior of Christians, actually is a religion of peace because its founding figure, Jesus the Jew, was a philosopher of peace.

Judaism is a religion of law, which is to say, a religion of justice.

There are mystical and spiritual aspects to the faith, such as QBL (Qabalah) or Tikkun Olam, a notion which derives from the former and that means to "repair the world," but at its core Judaism is grounded in Torah, just as Islam is grounded in al-Sharia.

The difference is that the Torah does not require its imposition on other people while al-Sharia insists upon its imposition upon all non-Muslims.

And that is the very definition of Jihad.

4 comments:

  1. No expert here, but understand that Jews are actually Hebrews that became Israelites that became Jews.

    When Jews were exiled to Babylon, after the loss of their land, rather than cease to exist like most peoples that lose their land, they developed an updated philosophy to explain their predicament and to help keep the faith. This allowed Jews to endure even when exiled from their land.

    Of course, the fact that they then successfully returned to Israel, now as Jews, sure helped. But this history and faith is a large factor why Jews persist in the Disapora.

    For any secular oriented Jew that wants to know about the story of the Jews, an excellent source to the Hebrew Bible is found in a Yale Univ. class online in a series of lectures here:

    http://oyc.yale.edu/religious-studies/rlst-145

    As for Islam, it owes Jews nothing besides tolerance, the same its adherents demand for themselves. And Palestinians must concede that Israel is the land of the Jews. They can have the rest.

    The problem, a problem, is that most people with common sense know that overt Islam is not about to be peaceful, but it collides with the politically correct mantra that Islam is a religion of peace. Not to mention, that to admit Islam is violent would show how wrong these smart people were on this, perhaps other subjects. So why should people follow their advice?

    Christianity appropriated Jesus, but is not his product, but the Roman imperial version. Fortunately, it retained enough of the Hebrew precepts that it could evolve and eventually result in Western development, democracy and individual liberty, however imperfect.

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    1. The Yale course lectures were fascinating.

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    2. Thank you, School.

      I will definitely check out this:

      http://oyc.yale.edu/religious-studies/rlst-145

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  2. Wrong: Mohammed studied with rabbis, who gave him the basis for his religion. He was furious that he was told that without learning to read & write he couldn't advance in his studies. That fury never ended, & led to his life-long vendetta against Jews.

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