Reply to Jim Sillars

Jim Sillars is right about the Hate Crime Bill but some of his reasoning thereafter is not based on fact. Judea and Samaria (so called the West Bank) belong to Israel within the Mandate for the Jewish Homeland created by the League of Nations on July 24 1922 with the Jordan River as the eastern border. In 1948 The Arab League’s armies invaded Judea and Samaria with the declared intention of driving Israel into the Mediterranean Sea. Although they failed to do so they took over Judea and Samaria until 1967. King Abdullah 1 forbade the use of the term "Palestine" in legal documents. In 1967 Egypt, Jordan and Syria waged war against Israel with intent to destroy it. Israel’s reclamation of Judea and Samaria during that defensive war was not illegal. The term ‘Occupied Palestinian Territory’ is not based in law. Judea and Samaria belong to the original homeland of the Jews from the 3rd millennium BC. Abraham, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob and Leah are also buried in Hebron in Judea at The Tombs of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs. Jim Sillars does not acknowledge the distinctive call and positive contribution of Jews in history because he does not believe in God. By the same argument Jim Sillars does not believe in Jesus Christ, Christianity or Christians. But for us there is continuity in our sense of the call that makes us Christians. There is geographical and archaeological continuity in Judea and Samaria for Jews and there is social, historical and spiritual continuity to this day for Christians.

Robert Anderson 2017

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