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French Revolution conducted under slogan "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité" caused floods of blood on streets. Liberté for whom? Egalité for whom? Fraternité for whom? For the rest of us? Like "Visual Basic for Dummies"... Noteworthy, the leading ideology was democracy and republicanism opposed to absolute monarchy.

Bolsheviks coup d'état 1917 conducted under slogans "Peace, Bread, Land" and "All Power to the Soviets" caused oceans of blood all over around the world, starting from St. Petersburg to almost immediate attempt (happily, failed) to take Warsaw in the hungry 1920; later - from Transylvania and Baltic countries to the middle of the Europe to the China and Korea to Afghanistan. Oh, by the way, I forgot a tiny detail: it gave NO Peace, NO Bread, NO Land, NO Power to people: "Soviets" (~ Counsels) were first an imitation of "national advisory commissions" under the strictest supervision by Bolsheviks, then they became purely sinecure for the most active local Bolsheviks. Millions were killed, the rest were either moved to GULag or forced to fake "law-obeying" workers and clerks. Only handful of the most envy people followed the attractive - and absolutely brilliantly organized - Communist propaganda, but that handful became very fast a cancer with boundless hematogenous metastasis and with a poisoning emanation.

The word "Bolsheviks" means "majority", which in fact is another one great Communist fake: The Russian Social Democratic Labor Party had split into two factions in 1903; the actual majority was assigned a name "Mensheviks" ("minority"), and vice versa - the minority took the name "Bolsheviks" ("majority") only because the editorial board of the party journal, "Iskra" ("A Spark"), happened to have the most radical leftists as the majority under extremely aggressive and rude Lenin, who always didn't stint obscenities if it helped him to grab the power.

It must also be said that not so numerous Party of Russian radical revolutionaries was leaning on a microscopic slice of the Russian society: an aggregate number of so-called "proletarians" was - based on the data published once by CCCP Library (most likely, through inadvertence) - only 4% of the total population, and, of course, not all of them were involved from the beginning in the process of the utter destruction of the country. On the other hand, peasants, to whom Lenin promised the land, and farmers were in fact his first enemies: Tukhachevsky conducted a massacre of them in Tambov; and, of course, Russian peasants never became farmers*. Thus, the non-stop Communist lie started right away from the birth.

* It's a remarkable Russian peculiarity: peasants did not have any land even before the Bolsheviks: they were mostly first serfs (until 1861), then, - "farm hands", and after Stolypin's reforms - just "wage earners". Farmers were relatively wealthy country people having land and own household (mostly thanks to Stolypin), and thus - the direct enemies of Communist "expropriators". Bolsheviks promised a "Highest Harmony". Dostoyevsky refused it long before Bolsheviks, saying that no Highest Harmony is worth "a tear-drop of even one grounded down kid". Many, maybe, thousands of Russian leftists-radicals, who in 1906 and thereafter were constantly killing police and other governmental officials almost daily, were executed under Stolypin's anti-rebels system of military tribunals. Lenin's "system" killed roughly 20 Millions in the first post-Revolution years, and at least one Million forcibly left their fatherland. The consequences of the Bolsheviks coup d'état knocked the huge country down fatally, no Mohammed Ali could compete: no revival is being seen yet. Dilemma "Dostoyevsky or too short Stolypin's necktie"?

The National Socialist German Workers Party came to the Power through Democratic elections 1930, when it suddenly rose from obscurity to win 18.3% of the votes affected by inflation and unemployment, then to 43.9% of votes at 1933 elections. The Leader - Führer in German - of the Party, Adolf Hitler, the younger student of Lenin and Dzerzhinsky, Russian Göring, managed to kill only 11 MILLION (including 6 Million of Jews) but nevertheless became a common noun; thanks to European and American Democrats, Lenin was not "honored" in the same way despite at least twice as much of killed people. Moreover, he is still being admired by some of our "Progressives". I have heard about a Senator who spent long student hours passionately soaking in the ideology of this inventor of Concentration Camps. (All Gestapo camps were established almost 20 years later!)

The name Israel derives from the name given to Jacob, Abraham's grandson (see Old Testament).
The name Jew derives from Yehuda (Judah) one of the 12 sons of Jacob. So, the names Israel, Israeli or Jewish refer to people of the same origin.
The descendants of Abraham crystallized into a nation at about 1300 BCE after their Exodus from Egypt under the leadership of Moses (Moshe in Hebrew). Soon after the Exodus, Moses transmitted to the people of this new emerging nation, the Torah, and the Ten Commandments. After 40 years in the Sinai desert, Moses led them to the Land of Israel, that is cited in The Bible as the land promised by G-d to the descendants of the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The people of modern day Israel share the same language and culture shaped by the Jewish heritage and religion passed through generations starting with the founding father Abraham (ca. 1800 BCE). Thus, Jews have had continuous presence in the land of Israel for the past 3,300 years.
The rule of Israelites in the land of Israel starts with the conquests of Joshua (ca. 1250 BCE). The period from 1000-587 BCE is known as the "Period of the Kings". The most noteworthy kings were King David (1010-970 BCE), who made Jerusalem the Capital of Israel, and his son Solomon (Shlomo, 970-931 BCE), who built the first Temple in Jerusalem as prescribed in the Tanach (Old Testament)
In 587 BCE, Babylonian Nebuchadnezzar's army captured Jerusalem, destroyed the Temple, and exiled the Jews to Babylon (modern day Iraq).
Mohammed, "the Praised One", the prophet of Islam and the founder of Mohammedanism, was born at Mecca (20 August?) A.D. 570.

By his preaching and his attack on heathenism, Mohammed provoked persecution which drove him from Mecca to Medina in 622, the year of the Hijra (Flight) and the beginning of the Mohammedan Era. At Medina he was recognized as the prophet of God, and his followers increased. He took the field against his enemies, conquered several Arabian, Jewish, and Christian tribes, entered Mecca in triumph in 630, demolished the idols of the Kaaba, became master of Arabia, and finally united all the tribes under one emblem and one religion. In 632 he made his last pilgrimage to Mecca at the head of forty thousand followers, and soon after his return died of a violent fever in the sixty-third year of his age, the eleventh of the Hejira, and the year 633 of the Christian era.

...biography of Muhammad - a Sira - was written by Ibn Ishaq, an Arab who lived in the century after Muhammad did, dying around 151 AH (that is, about 773 CE). It is one of the few full biographies of the Prophet. 

The above words are taken from the Internet Medieval Sourcebook compiled by Arab students of Fordham University..

In the Koran, there is NO ONE mentioning of Jerusalem, which Arabs from Palestinian Territories call their Capital.

Jerusalem has a distinctly secondary place for Moslems. It is not once mentioned in the Koran or in the liturgy. The Prophet Mohammed never went to the city, nor did he have ties to it. Jerusalem never has served as the capital of any polity, and has never been an Islamic cultural center.

Rather, Mecca is the "Jerusalem" of Islam. That is where Moslems believe that Abraham nearly sacrificed Ishmael; where Mohammed lived most of his life; and where the key events of Islam took place. Moslems pray in its direction five times each day and it is where non-Moslems are forbidden to set foot.

Jerusalem being of minor importance to Islam, why do Moslems nowadays insist that the city is more important to them than to Jews? The answer has to do with politics. Moslems take religious interest in Jerusalem when it serves practical interests. When those concerns lapse, so does the standing of Jerusalem. This pattern has recurred at least five times over 14 centuries.

The Prophet. When Mohammed sought to convert the Jews in the 620s C.E., he adopted several Jewish-style practices - a Yom Kippur-like fast, a synagogue-like place of worship, kosher-style food restrictions - and also tachanun-like prayers while facing Jerusalem. But when most Jews rejected Mohammed's overtures, the Koran changed the prayer direction to Mecca and Jerusalem lost importance for Moslems.

The Umayyad Dynasty. Jerusalem regained stature a few decades later when rulers of the Umayyad dynasty sought ways to enhance the importance of their territories. One way was by building two monumental religious structures in Jerusalem, the Dome of the Rock in 691 and Al-Aqsa Mosque in 715.

Then the Umayyads did something tricky: The Koran states that God took Mohammed "by night from the sacred mosque in Mecca to the furthest (al-aqsa) place of worship." When this passage was revealed (about 621), "furthest place of worship" was a turn of phrase, not a specific place. Decades later, the Umayyads built a mosque in Jerusalem and called it Al-Aqsa. Moslems since then understand the passage about the "furthest place of worship" as referring to Jerusalem.

But when the Umayyads fell in 750, Jerusalem lapsed into near obscurity.

The Crusades. The Crusader conquest of Jerusalem in 1099 evinced little Moslem reaction at first. Then, as a Moslem counter-crusade developed, so did a whole literature extolling the virtues of Jerusalem. As a result, at about this time Jerusalem came to be seen as Islam's third most holy city.

Then, safely back in Moslem hands in 1187, the city lapsed into its usual obscurity. The population declined, even the defensive walls fell.

The British conquest. Only when British troops reached Jerusalem in 1917, did Moslems reawaken to the city's importance. Palestinian leaders made Jerusalem a centerpiece of their campaign against Zionism.

When the Jordanians won the old city in 1948, Moslems predictably lost interest again in Jerusalem. It reverted to a provincial backwater, deliberately degraded by the Jordanians in favor of Amman, their capital.

Taking out a bank loan, subscribing to telephone service, or registering a postal package required a trip to Amman. Jordanian radio transmitted the Friday sermon not from Al-Aqsa but from a minor mosque in Amman. Jerusalem also fell off the Arab diplomatic map: the PLO covenant of 1964 did not mention it. No Arab leader (other than King Hussein, and he rarely) visited there.

The Israeli conquest. When Israel captured the city in June 1967, Moslem interest in Jerusalem again surged. The 1968 PLO covenant mentioned Jerusalem by name. Revolutionary Iran created a Jerusalem Day and placed the city on bank notes. Money flooded into the city to build it up.

Thus have politics, more than religious sentiments, driven Moslem interest in Jerusalem through history.*

* Given by: http://www.danielpipes.org/article/343

The year 587 BCE marks a turning point in the history of the region. From this year onwards, the region was ruled or controlled by a succession of superpower empires of the time in the following order: Babylonian, Persian, Greek Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Empires, Islamic and Christian crusaders, Ottoman Empire, and the British Empire.
From the end of the World War I until 1948 the area of present day Jordan and Israel remained under the rule of the British Empire.
During the British rule in Palestine, the Jewish people were subject to great violence and massacres directed by Arab civilians or forces of the neighboring Arab states.
During this period the Jewish community organized itself to declare independence immediately upon termination of the British rule. Indeed, on May 14, 1948 (5th of Iyar, 5708), the day in which the British Mandate over Palestine expired, Declaration of independence of the modern State of Israel was announced: the Jewish People's Council under the leadership of David Ben-Gurion gathered at the Tel Aviv Museum, and reestablished sovereignty over their ancient homeland approved the proclamation below, declaring the establishment of the State of Israel. Thus, the 5th of Iyar in Hebrew calendar is celebrated as the Independence Day of Israel. The new state and its government was recognized de facto minutes later by the United States and three days later de jure by the Soviet Union  (Stalin thought a Communist or Communist-oriented Jewish state could be a useful "thorn in the back" to his capitalist rivals in the Middle East).*

* Given based on Wikipedia as well as other sources.

Despite the numerical superiority of the Arab armies, Israel defended itself each time and won. After each war Israeli army withdrew from most of the areas it captured (see maps). This is unprecedented in World history and shows Israel's willingness to reach peace even at the risk of fighting for its very existence each time anew.
A day after the declaration of independence of the State of Israel, armies of five Arab countries, Egypt, Syria, Transjordan, Lebanon and Iraq, invaded Israel. This marked the beginning of the War of Independence. Arab states have jointly waged four full scale wars against Israel:
  • 1948 War of Independence
  • 1956 Sinai War
  • 1967 Six Day War
  • 1973 Yom Kippur War
May 16, 1948 edition of Yishuv newspaper The Palestine Post, soon renamed into The Jerusalem Post. In the news: Egyptian Air Force bombs Tel-Aviv, Transjordan shells Jerusalem. 15 May was Shabbat.
Note that with Judea and Samaria Israel is only 40 miles wide. Thus, Israel can be crossed from the Mediterranean coast to the Eastern border at Jordan river within one hour of driving.**

** Given by Israel Science and Technology

Endlösung der Judenfrage can be translated into English as "The Final Solution of the Jewish Question". This title, quite life-enhancing for some Europeans, Americans, and Arabs, refers to the German National Socialists' (in plain German and English - Nazis) plan to address the "Jewish problem" by means of genocidal extermination during World War II. The term was coined by Adolf Eichmann, a top Nazi official who supervised the genocidal campaign. The execution of the Final Solution resulted in the Holocaust.

There are quite numerous "intellectuals" who spent tons of paper for proving that Holocaust did not occur. Poor people, they didn't have money for a little vacation in Auschwitz (Oświęcym), Mauthausen, Buchenwald, Ravensbrück, Treblinka, or other nice sanatorium resorts. Oh, if any luck, don't forget to take Cindy Sheehan* with you...

* “You get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and you'll stop the terrorism.”,
anti-war protestor in Crawford, Cindy Sheehan said.

Hopefully, Jews have a chance to understand finally, that there is no place for them in the Party whose agenda is in an intercourse concordance with Israel enemies:
"Am I emotional? Yes, my first born was murdered. Am I angry? Yes, he was killed for lies and for a PNAC Neo-Con agenda to benefit Israel. My son joined the Army to protect America, not Israel.", a Cindy Sheehan's letter says.

Have DECENT and HONEST people remained on the Earth? Or everybody is a politician?

I am curious: is there a single Arab on the Earth who HONESTLY can say: "I want to throw Israelis into the See not because of some religious or historical reasons, which, I agree, actually do not exist, but simply because I hate them, and I have political reasons to do so"?

to be continued...

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