So,.on we go supposedly,.with the British moving ahead with regards to setting up a State for the Jewish people on the land of Palestine. In 1929,..more violence erupts as the Jews are trying to gain access to the Western Wall (Wailing Wall), here once again, the theological element gets swept inside the political problem. For Muslims,.the Jews are considered inferior,.this is not a blanket statement,..This comes from a Hadith,..Book 041, Number 6985:
Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.The irony about the above statement is that it is also found within Hamas' (the ruling political entity in the Palestinian territoies) covenant. Sadly,..the reality within this mindset which even exists to this day, is that it is improper for non-muslims (especially Jews) to have access to the Islamic holy places. Remember that when the muslim army conquered they SPECIFICALLY built the Dome of the Rock on the site where the Western Wall remained as the last vestige of the temple destroyed around 70AD. As well,..they bricked up the place where the Jews believe the Messiah would go through. Another interesting 'nugget' is that they also built the Dome of the Rock taller than all the other Churches,..to show the superiority of Islam. Here's a modern picture of a highway in Saudi Arabia, a country which airlifts Jewish and Christian soldiers off its land when they want to hold a religious service or a Mass.
Still in that same year was the Hebron massacre, whereby Jews were forced by the British to evacuate the cities of Hebron and Gaza. The local Jews,.(who were Palestinians that practised Judaism) were hidden by muslim neighbours until the British forced their hand and ended up limiting Jewish immigration for fear of riots. Nevertheless,.The Black Hand Islamist under the leadership of Izz Al-Din Al Quassam declares war on the British soldiers and the Jewish infidels. He is killed within five years and then the Arab leadership declares a general strike which degenerates into a violent rebellion, known as the Arab revolt. The casualites were mostly arab. The Haganah defense group schisms itself, and splinters a more radical group called Etzel, its policy was one of revenge.
The next major issue to come about was the Peel Commission. It was here for the first time that the British sought to partition the land and create two states,.one for the Jews and one for the native Arabs. The proposal was unanimously rejected by the Arabs, while the Jews were divided on the issue. The sticking point for the Jews was that this British proposal limited jewish immigration to 12 000 and thus was rejected by the Zionist commission.
That's all for now! Stay tuned for our next exciting episode!
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