I have a favor to ask.
In articles published starting during
the week of May 7th, reports dealing with the possible finding of King
Herod's tomb have become news.
The articles speak of the
Judean Desert, Judea, the Jews' revolt for freedom, and so
But, don't you know that these are all
merely Zionist concoctions?
Indeed, you showed that you
are aware of this since you identified Herodium, at the beginning of
these articles, as being on the West Bank (as you did likewise for
You certainly know how to put those Jews
in their place! Michael Moore and Jimmy Carter must be proud...
But, to avoid confusion and misleading
your readers, please be more consistent in your opposition to those
The other correct designations
you should have used therefore would be the West Bank (not Judean)
Hills, the West Bank (not Judean) Desert, and so forth...
Don't dare Judaize those places...that's
just what those conniving Zionists want!
And, in the future, please
refrain from reporting about the Jewish Temple and Temple Mount in
Jerusalem as well. You made this mistake in your recent articles.
As the Arabs will tell you,
the Jews never had a Temple there. Mere pipedreams...
Abbas and his latter day
Arafatians as well as Islamic Jihad and the Hamasniks will be glad to supply you
with its real name, Buraq's Mount.
It was named for Muhammad's
winged horse, which took him there from the Arabian Peninsula to
ascend to Heaven after he learned of the Temple (of Solomon) Mount itself
from the Jews, founders of the date palm oasis at Medina.
The Jews, many of whom fled to
Arabia after the Roman wars, gave Muhammad refuge in Medina during his
Hijra (flight) from Mecca in the 7th century C.E. He would later
repay them with slaughter, rape, and enslavement for not accepting his
The Prophet says he spoke to the
Angel Gabriel to learn of the Temple and other such things.
Nice, but he also spent a long
time in Medina with Jewish teachers (and met Christians elsewhere whose religion
was an offshoot of that of the Jews) who introduced him to G_d,
Abraham, ethical monotheism, etc. in the first place (he even had his
followers turn towards Jerusalem for a while to win the Jews' support),
and it is primarily the Book of the Jews which mentions Gabriel and so
forth. Certainly nothing of such matters was to be found in sources
of Muhammad's earlier fellow pagan Arabs themselves.
Gabriel's chat with Muhammad...the
latter's Jewish tutors...
What a coincidence!
Don't dare listen to those who will
next tell you that the land was known as Judea--land of the Judaeans
(Jews)--and Samaria for almost 3,000 years until British imperialism
divided the land in the early 20th century after defeating the Turks in World
War I (who ruled it for over 4 centuries) into a west bank and an east bank (of
the Jordan River). The Brits' Mandate of Palestine was granted to them on
4/20/1920 and covered both banks.
Those same Hebrew story tellers will
next claim that in 1922 British imperialism then rewarded its Hashemite
Arab allies from Arabia with the entire east bank--so, right from the getgo,
Arab nationalism was granted almost 80% of "Palestine." The Brits' East
Bank rep back then, Sir Alec Kirkbride, wrote all about this in his book, A
Crackle Of Thorns. Later, when Transjordan attacked a nascent
Israel in 1948 and seized land on the other (west) side of the Jordan
River, the West Bank designation took further hold.
So, on behalf of Roman,
British, and Arab imperialism and expansionism, you media folks
are obviously correct to agree on renaming Israel, Judea, and Samaria
from their prior 3,000 year old designations to the newer ones. Despite
what the Christian Gospel of Matthew says (2:1), Jesus was born in
Bethlehem of the West Bank...not Judea. But, again, watch out for those
extremist Jews and others who will disagree.
They'll also tell you that after the
Jews fought for their freedom against their Roman oppressors and Herod--whom
your own reports and articles state was seen by most Jews as a Roman
stooge--no other people ever had an independent nation there
as it was simply conquered by one imperial power after another--including the
Arab Caliphates which ruled it for several centuries from either Damascus
or Baghdad. Those Jews will tell you that the vast majority of Arabs arrived in
the wake of these 7th century Arab imperial conquests when they burst out of the
Arabian Peninsula and spread in all directions, conquering millions of native
non-Arab peoples and forcibly Arabizing their lands. And they'll say that most
Arabs didn't settle themselves in "Palestine" until after the late 19th
century. Furthermore, they'll cite the Records Of The Permanent Mandates
Commission of the League Of Nations and numerous other sources to make their
point. Everyone knows how deceitful those Jews can be...
Remember...this is all Zionist
propaganda...as is the Jews' claim that the Emperor Hadrian, after they
dared to revolt a second major time against Roman rule in 132-135 C.E., decided
to end their hopes once and for all by renaming the land itself after their
historic enemies, the Philistines--a non-Semitic sea people from the
Aegean or eastern Mediterranean region. Judaea --as Tacitus, Dio
Cassius, Flavius Josephus, and other major contemporary Roman and
Roman-sponsored historians wrote extensively about--was thus renamed
So Zionists hold that the very name
"Palestine" itself represents the imperial conquest of the Jews and the tragic
consequences which followed.
If all the above is not enough, there's
something else which adds even more to my confusion...
Most of you mainstream media folks supposedly
don't like nasty imperialism and the fruits of it. I don't either.
So, I can't understand how you insist on
using new names, like the "West Bank," born of imperial conquest and massacres
of Jews in their quest for freedom in their own land, in your articles
instead of using the names by which those places were known as for thousands of
As I'm sure you've guessed by now, none
of the above are really just figments of the Zionist imagination or Zionist
My real confusion, thus, is why the
the Associated Press and most of the rest of the allegedly "liberal"
mainstream media treat such things as if they were.
Gerald A. Honigman is a Florida educator who has done extensive
doctoral studies in Middle Eastern Affairs. He has created and
conducted counter-propaganda programs for college youth, has
lectured on numerous university campuses and other platforms,
and has publicly debated many anti-Israel spokesmen. His
articles and op-eds have been published in hundreds of
newspapers, magazines, academic journals and websites around the
world. His official website is:
Our special thanks to the author for submitting this article.
A. G. S.