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A Piece of History
by Al Berry


November 18, 2004

Arafat is gone. Good riddance! Palestine belongs to the Jews. Nehemiah, a prophet of the Jews, about 432 B.C. writes much of the book in the first person and probably wrote the book with Ezra serving as the editor. The date written approximately 445-432 B.C. Despite the fact that the returned exiles had been in Jerusalem for many years, the walls of the city remained unrepaired, leaving its people defenseless and unprepared and vulnerable. Upon hearing this news, Nehemiah seeks permission from the Persian King to go to Jerusalem. Arriving in Jerusalem, he mobilizes the people to began rebuilding the wall. Faced with opposition, both from without and from within, Nehemiah perseveres until the project is complete and the city resettled. Seemingly impossible tasks can be accomplished when God is helping those who honor him and when their efforts are united. Having, thus set the stage, I'll go on.

"But when Sanballat the Hronite, Jobiah the Ammonite official and Fersham the (Arab) heard about it they mocked and ridiculed us." What is this you are doing?," they asked. "Are you rebelling against the king?" And Nehemiah so succulently answers him by saying "The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it." (The Arab being the off-spring of the slave women - not Sarah the freewoman.)

The Arabs claimed Jerusalem only from the time of the crusades in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries.

Now we come to modern times. Arafat the weasel - even looks like one - claiming Palestine! He may be a martyr to some, but not to tens of thousands of innocent men, women, and children he murdered to promote his cause.


Al Berry
Ketchikan, AK - USA



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