There have been Jewish people living in Israel for approximately 3000 years. During that time, great empires rose and fell, but the Jewish people remained. Most of the Jews were scattered, but there has always been a remnant of God’s chosen who remained in the land promised to them.
How can we know there were Jewish people living there 3000 years ago? Science Daily was one of many sources to report of Hebrew text dating back that far. There has never been evidence of any other people using Hebrew, or anything close to it. According to the article, “The 3,000 year old finding is thought to be the most significant archaeological discovery in Israel since the Dead Sea Scrolls – predating them by 1,000 years.”
The Dead Sea Scrolls, as mentioned in the same article, are written in various languages including Hebrew, which shows the continued presence of the same people. Again, there is no evidence showing anyone other than the Israelites ever wrote in a similar language. According to the Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library, “Most of these Hebrew Scrolls are written in the standard “square” (“Jewish”) script, very similar to today’s Modern Hebrew…”
The Supreme Muslim Council released an English version of ‘A Brief Guide to al-Haram al-Sharif’ in 1925. It states, “The site is one of the oldest in the world. Its sanctity dates from the earliest (perhaps from pre-historic) times. Its identity with the site of Solomon’s Temple is beyond dispute. As well as being sacred to Jews…”
The Dead Sea Scrolls date back to Rome and it has been established by numerous sources that Jewish people lived in Israel during their reign. What happened after Rome? Were they all slaughtered and a distinct people in Europe who happened to write in Hebrew suddenly appear? If no other people have ever been discovered to write and speak Hebrew, where did the people of Europe originate?
The Ottoman Empire had great record keeping which exists to this day. Among these were the Ottoman taxation registration, which did show Jewish people living in Israel. If there were no Jewish people left in the region and those who spoke Hebrew were a completely different grouping with no link to Judaism, why does the Ottoman records show something different?
There have been attempts to rewrite history and declare the current Jewish people have no connection to the ancient Jewish people. Anti-Semites have no problem ignoring facts that prove them wrong, since their hatred makes reason impossible. It does not matter how many records prove there has been a Jewish population in Israel dating back thousands of years. They would rather believe today’s Jewish population originated in Europe and should be forced to return to a land that is not their ancestral homeland.
In 2010, long time White House correspondent, Helen Thomas made international headlines with a comment shared by many anti-Semites. She made her view clear when she said, “Israeli Jews should get out of Palestine and go back “home,” to Germany and Poland.” In other words, all Jews must be German or Polish and never should have been allowed to leave.
The anti-Semite does not see distinctions among the Jewish people. One is the same as another and all must be hated with equal venom. It matters not that facts and real evidence does not give any credence to their beliefs. All that matters is hatred and will use any falsehoods to fan the flames to others.
History is rewritten for any number of reasons, which includes anti-Semitic leanings. We have gone from Israel being the historical home of the Jewish people to having no ties with Israel at all. They are nothing more than European invaders who want to conquer the world in much the same way Hitler did.
Anti-Semitism is growing in the world and uses false history to gain support. If enough can be convinced that Israel is not the ancestral homeland, it can be used to argue Jews have no right to be in the region and any action taken to force them out can be justified. Any action, including the use of terrorism, is not just acceptable, but encouraged.
In 1993, Mitchell Bard wrote a publication entitle ‘Rewriting History in Textbooks.’ US History textbooks have not corrected what was pointed out decades ago. The rewriting is based on the idea that there were almost no Jews living in what is now Israel prior to 1948, which ignores overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
Anti-Semites may not need anything with substance to keep their hatred burning, but it does require an initial spark. For many, the hatred starts with their parents, but not all. Many are introduced via history that has been carefully crafted to ensure an expected result. If someone is led to believe the Jews were European invaders of a land already occupied, that is all the spark needed.
There is a reason organizations like BDS are popular on college campuses throughout the world. Most college students know little to nothing about Jewish history, particularly their continued existence dating back thousands of years in what is now Israel. The spark that started them down the road towards anti-Semitism is fanned into a raging flame.
BDS and other anti-Israel organizations exist to bring about the destruction of Israel as a Jewish state. If Anti-Semites can create enough of an atmosphere to delegitimize Israel, then they can do the same for the Jewish people as a whole.