Jews aren't 'colonialists' just because the Roman empire expelled them from Jerusalem. The second Jewish Temple – erected 70 years after Solomon’s Temple was destroyed in 586 BCE – was razed by the Roman Empire at the conclusion of the Great Revolt in 70 CE in which all Jews were exiled from Jerusalem in a second Diaspora. All that remained of the temple was the Western Wall. When Jews visited the wall after Jerusalem was taken by the British from the Turks in 1917, they would cry in anguish, and hence it became known as the “Wailing Wall” to observers. Nearly two millennia after the Jerusalem under Jewish control was destroyed by the Romans, the state of Israel was created in 1948. It's important to note that some 85% of current Israeli lands were bought legitimately and at high prices by Jews from rich Arabs who really didn't care for the 'swampy' land in the first place. As the old Jordan King Abdullah wrote about the Arabs selling their land: "The Arabs are as prodigal in selling their land as they are in useless wailing and weeping."
Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 05:45