Day 8: We took their land…
The missiles continue to rain down, but not on us. We are too adept at taking cover and they need to kill somebody, so they choose the softer targets — missile overhead right now, just to confound my words…
…As I was about to say when I was so rudely interrupted, they have now fired at Ben Gurion Airport, aiming at international passengers, so they can point the hypocritical finger.
Hamas missiles can have collateral damage, too, and Hamas run this risk every time they take match to rocket. Only they know that they can commit dastardly acts, and the world will just smile tolerantly.
A commenter yesterday accused us of taking the Arab’s land. This is the accepted dialogue, but the true history is much more complicated, vis Mark Twain:
“… A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds… a silent mournful expanse… a desolation…. we never saw a human being on the whole route… hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country.” (The Innocents Abroad, p. 361-362)
And many other travellers reported the same. The historians, on the other hand, look for documentation:
“From the end of the Jewish state in antiquity to the beginning of British rule, the area now designated by the name Palestine was not a country and had no frontiers, only administrative boundaries; it was a group of provincial subdivisions, by no means always the same, within a larger entity.” — Bernard Lewis, “The Palestinians and the PLO, A Historical Approach”.
Any serious research into history will soon turn up the truth, that the land of Palestine has been a unimportant political football for a thousand years, inhabited by a hotch-potch of peoples but always including a significant Jewish presence. If it worries you that Israel has taken ‘Palestinian’ land, then I urge you to research the History, you can start here.
But do please check the sources, this is a Jewish source by an accredited historian, also check out Bernard Lewis as a UK/US Christian source. Then look at Arab sources such as Philip K. Hitti.
Now for pizza — this was given to me by one of the ladies who went down there today:
What an amazing day, we traveled down the border with Gaza giving pizza, soda and snacks to all the soldiers we found, all in all 40 pizzas to over 120 soldiers!
All of the soldiers were really thankful, but one in particular gave us this amazing thanks:
“For donations like this; from the bottom of our hearts, we feel that the people of Israel are with us, thank you to all of the families and all of the people around the world that donated!”
Although we didn’t dig too much, we get the feeling that the soldiers just want to do what is necessary to prevent further attacks. None of them are interested in politics, simply protecting their families and friends.
I really respect these guys and girls, sweating it out in tents in the hot Israeli Summer.
I really respect all of those who have donated to Hands of Mercy and made this possible. May Yah bless you and keep you!
Please keep your prayers for Israel going. We value your support more than you could know.
Also, if you have the time, please feel free to keep the donations for pizza coming, we get the feeling that these brave ladies and gentlemen will be on the border for a while yet, (while the political machinations are continuing), and we would love to help keep their spirits up and their bellies full.
MC lives in the southern Israeli city of Sderot. For his previous essays, see the MC Archives.