When Donald Trump declared his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, several articles were written to tell the world that Jerusalem does not belong to Israel. The topic, “Who Owns Jerusalem?” is not debatable and will never be. What I will write here to prove who owns Jerusalem is not new except to those who do not know about the Israel-Palestine conflict.
If Israel did not exist as a state from 70AD to 1947 can claim the land of the Palestinians, claiming that they used to be there in ancient times, I think we should give back the land to Canaan/Phoenicia ( which includes Syria and Jordan) if we were to play the “who used to be there” game! The God of the Jews called Canaan, “The Promised Land” making the Jews take lands that were not theirs. It is surprising that such people could come to claim “their land” they were away from for hundreds of years.
Something spectacular about the Jews is how they capture lands that are not theirs, occupy it, re-write history, control the minds of people, consistently appear to be the victim, do they not beat and yet cry? They do all these giving credits to their god, is it not time to ask the god to them a land of their own instead of forcing people out of their lands? One would think that the holocaust is the greatest crime in history but they never talk about their destruction of the Amalekites including children, infants, cattle, sheep, camel, and donkeys! how can we trust a people with such barbaric history?
The Jews took the land of Canaan which they saw as the Promised Land. Before then, Philistia which refers to the land of the five Lords of Philistines comprised of Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ekron, Gath, and GAZA was there and had absorbed into the Canaanite culture. These lords ruled the southern part of Canaan but the Israelites later subdued and conquered them.
The Jews claim Abraham is their father and he was born in Ur of the Chaldees which is in present-day Iraq! Maybe the Jews should know where to call their land! Let us now focus on Philistine. Having stated earlier that the Israelites took control of Canaan which they saw as a Promise Land and also conquering Philistia ( Philistine) which is the southern part of Canaan, let us see something interesting.
Abraham, the father of the Jews himself did not step his feet in Israel rather he was a foreigner in the land that was conquered, we wonder how it now belongs to them. Abraham gave birth to Isaac who gave birth to Esau and Jacob ( called Israel). In Geneis 21:22-34, we read about the Treaty at Beersheba.
“22 At that time Abimelek and Phicol the commander of his forces said to Abraham, “God is with you in everything you do. 23 Now swear to me here before God that you will not deal falsely with me or my children or my descendants. Show to me and the country where you now reside as a foreigner the same kindness I have shown to you.”
24 Abraham said, “I swear it.”
One might wonder who is Abimelek but the answer is here,
” 32 After the treaty had been made at Beersheba, Abimelek and Phicol the commander of his forces returned to the land of the Philistines.”
Abraham, the father of the Jews swore to Philistines before the advent of the name, “Israel”. He (Abraham) was a foreigner in the land of philistine,
“34 And Abraham stayed in the land of the Philistines for a long time.”
After Hagar went to the desert with Ishmael, the Bible forgot him like he never existed after going to the desert the same way nothing was said about philistine like they ceased to exist.
One might wonder, “what is it about Philistine?”. Philistine is the Palestine فلسطين of today. Even though the father of the Jews swore to Palestinians, the children seem to have forgotten this. Many Palestinians today are living as refugees in their own land while the children of Abraham are living as children in a land where their father lived as a foreigner. The Lord is Good, innit?
Bashir Lucas Samson Lukman
Written in 2017