Often the proof is in ancient writings found imbedded in the clay pottery shards which are on display currently in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem starting Tuesday, April 12, 2016. These are a collection of military orders written in ancient Hebrew dated to the end of the First Temple period which were unearthed in an excavation of a fort in Arad, Israel, and dated to about 600 B.C. shortly before Nebuchadnezzar’s destruction of Jerusalem, and were uncovered in the Negev Desert (see image below). The fact that military orders found were written by multiple individuals has been used, along with biblical writings from the same period, in order to be effective implied that literacy was rather common amongst the area known as Judea. These writings, published Monday in the US Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, make it possible for the earliest books of the bible to…
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Insanity reigns when a nation expects its natives to change so much to accommodate an invasion of foreigners who aren’t expected to be able to control themselves from committing rape.
We already know that German police and media were banned from acknowledging mass rapes by Muslim immigrants in Cologne and other cities. Now that the truth is known anyway, blame billboards.
As an apparent act for gratitude for bailing out the Egyptian state during a period of economic and internal instability, Cairo is granting Saudi Arabia authority over two uninhabited islands in the Red Sea. While Tiran and Sanafir are technically Saudi territory, Egypt has administered the islands since 1950.
This is more than a mere thank-you note. Egypt didn’t simply gift the Saudis a random or ceremonial pair of rocks in the Red Sea this past weekend. It gifted Egypt the two most important rocks in the entire Gulf of Aqaba (or, if you prefer, the Gulf of Eilat). Tiran and Sanafir, which boast a total surface area of 44 square miles, serendipitously clog the narrows separating the tip of the Sinai and the Saudi coast. Whoever controls them can choke off both Israel and Jordan’s access to the Indian Ocean. And the islands have played more than a bit part in the Israeli-Arab conflict.
Along with his expulsion of U.N. observers from the Sinai in May of 1967, Egyptian dictator Gamal Abdul Nasser’s blockade of the Strait of Tiran to vessels traveling to and from Israel was one of the major precipitating events of the Six-Day War. The islands were so important that former Israeli defense minister Moshe Dayan made a point of visiting them during his honeymoon in Israeli-occupied Sharm el-Sheikh. Crucially, Israeli rule over the Sinai didn’t just extend to the peninsula, but to the straits on the peninsula’s eastern edge—something that prevented any prospective Arab army from blockading the gulf from its eastern side. The islands remained under Israeli control between 1967 and the final implementation of the Camp David Accords with Egypt in 1982.
A recent “nasheed” – or Islamic chant – posted by ISIS celebrating the Brussels attacks, could serve as a recruitment tool for ISIS to persuade potential jihadists to fight on the continent.
“We Destroyed Belgium” features ISIS’s self-proclaimed caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, speaking in the beginning, proclaiming the international nature of his group
.”Allah is our destination. He is our goal. Our Sheikh al-Baghdadi proclaimed the banner of jihad … With the strength of belief our weapons are raised … We destroyed Belgium … Infidels and hypocrites. With slaughter we come to you. No, no agreement And if they say, terrorist. I say, the honor is mine,” the nasheed says.
This nasheed comes amid ISIS threats of further attacks. The terror organization released a video last week threatening to strike against London, Berlin or Rome. Other ISIS threats in the wake of the Brussels attacks similarly featured Berlin and London.
“Plans are afoot as we read these words now,” said ex-jihadi and counter-terrorism expert Mubin Shaikh. “It is well within the scope of this thinking, to insert coded messages into some of these nasheeds.”
Isa Gürbüz, the Syrian Orthodox Church leader in Switzerland, calls Christians to be vigilant. The agenda of Islam is to take power.
“In 20 or 30 years there will be a Muslim majority in Europe. Half of European women will then wear a hijab.” This prediction doesn’t come from Michel Houellebecq or Thilo Sarrazin, but from Dionysos Isa Gürbüz, the Syrian Orthodox bishop in Switzerland. He resides in the idyllic Lake Zug Arth Capuchin monastery, with two monks and two nuns. From the monastery Mor Avgin, as it is called today, he oversees the 10,000 Syrian Orthodox faithful in Switzerland and 4,000 in Austria.
Isa Gürbüz is busy preparing for the Easter services, which are celebrated in his church in late April. Then his coreligionists will flock in the hundreds to Arth. Together they will pray, sing and debate – in the Aramaic native language, the sacred language that Jesus spoke. The Syrian Orthodox Church is the oldest of all. In her home in the former Mesopotamia, today Syria and Iraq, they are persecuted. “Arth has therefore become a center for the preservation of our endangered religion and culture,” says Gürbüz.
The fate of the Christians preoccupies the bishop.