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If Jesus Was a Jew, How Can the West Bank be Occupied?

January 2, 2014 8:35 am 11 comments

A painting of Jesus teaching in the Temple. Photo: Photobucket.

Christians worldwide celebrate the birth of Jesus – the birth of a Jewish baby to a Jewish family living in Bethlehem. This man (Yeshu in Hebrew) was circumcised, and lived and prayed as a Jew in the Land of Israel. It was many years before the Palestinian Arab people were created.

Can there be any simpler way for the world to understand that Jews cannot be occupiers in Israel? How much simpler than this can it get in showing that indeed Jews have always lived and had sovereignty in the so-called West Bank? Billions around the world – including in America – recognize Jesus, celebrate his birthday, and so many other occurrences in his life. Surely his life is a clear indication that there were Jewish settlements in this area more than two thousand years ago?

It is clear from reading most any ancient text on the subject, that Bethlehem was a Jewish town – yet, today Jews are attacked when they enter the city. While there’s so much controversy surrounding Jews today who live in Judea and Samaria, how can Christians reconcile that fact with their celebration of the Jew who once lived in that area? Was Jesus an occupier? Two billion Christians around the world celebrate the fact that the West Bank has always been the home of the Jewish people.

Shame on all who celebrate the life and death of a Jew who lived in these areas many years ago – yet deny Jews today the right they have always had to simply live a Jewish life in the Land of Israel, which includes the areas of Judea and Samaria.

Based in New York City, Ronn Torossian is an author & entrepreneur.

11 Comments

  • The author makes a good point. It is so obvious that many don’t see it.

  • Malachi 1:6 “A son honors his father, a servant honors his master. Jehovah says: I am your Father and Master but you priests despise My Name! 1:11 “My Name will be honored by the goy from morning till night. All around the world they will offer sweet incense and pure offerings in honor of My Name. For My Name will be great among the goy, Jehovah of Armies has said.

    • ross, you rearranged the wording of MALACHI 1:6 to give it a different meaning.
      The wording of 1:11 is strange to my Jewish ears.
      What is your point?

      I dont see you refering to ISAIAH 43:11
      “I AM G-D AND THERE IS NO OTHER BESIDES ME”
      ISAIAH 44:6
      ISAIAH 44:9 AND MANY OTHERS
      Not to mention what JEWS SAY EVERYDAY
      SHEMA YISRAEL G-D IS ONE FOREVER AND EVER
      2nd COMMANDMENT “I AM ALONE” THERE IS NONE BESIDES ME”
      Jews sing “ADOM OLAM- “G-D IS ONE”

      WHATS *YOUR POINT* ROSS?

  • One detail that might seem small but is actually huge. Jesus in Hebrew is not Yeshu, it is Yeshua. Centuries ago his correct name was very slightly altered to reflect the religious sentiment of the time. Yeshu is actually an acronym standing for Yimmach Shemo Ve-zikro (meaning, May his name and memory be blotted out) He is still viewed that way by a minority of Jewish people especially among Ultra-Orthodox, but again, that is a minority.

    The “name” Yeshu has filtered down through history as the name of Jesus in Israel. Most Israelis have no idea that it originated as a distortion and sign of contempt. In order to embrace the Jewishness of Jesus, it will go a long way to start with his correct name.

  • Madany Ibn Abu Bakrr

    When the Christianity began in the world and who introduced it, because Jesus was a Muslim and he brought Islam religion ?

  • Long before Jesus, Israel was a nation under kings from Saul through Solomon and David on through the division into Samaria and Judea. Jewish history in this area is evident several thousands of years before the manufacture of the term “Palestine”. Willful and incredible blindness to historical facts!

  • THIS IS THE FIRST TIMEi AGREE WITH AUTHOR SO….
    THIS IS A SURE SIGN MASHIACH IS COMING SOON…..

    Do you xtian readers know the LAWS?
    there will be a knowledge of ‘ONE G-D’ THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.
    No temples except the ONE HOLY TEMPLE
    No deformed reformed conservative jews.
    No churches
    No idols
    No mosques
    No calling g-ds of others.
    No jesux No mohamed No buddists No b’hais.

    ONE…Now is *your time to study on that and understand it so you will be called rightouse gentiles and have a share in the world to come.

    HOW DO I MAKE SUCH A BLATANT STATEMENT?
    JUDAISM is the basis of xtianianity & islam
    Without JUDAISM neither one of you have a faith nor a ‘bible’ nor a way of life.yes islam..its mostly Judaism
    youre practincing as far as rituals.
    G-D SAID THERE IS NONE OTHER THEN ‘ME’
    G-D does not change ‘HIS’ mind
    G-D DOES NOT LIE
    SO therefore from a process of elimination
    HEED MY ADVICE.
    learn about MY WORDS
    find a TORAH ORTHODOX RABBI…
    NOT conservatives deformed reformed universalist..
    only a TORAH ORTHODOX RABBI
    find him….and ask !!!
    what does G-D want from me, a goy to do to serve ‘HIM’?
    >they’re called the Noahide Laws, 7 LAWS/ 66 subsets.

  • Well,I am not sure that Jesus should be the poster boy for Jews’claims to the territories but on the other hand, Judea being the root for Judaism and Jews I shouldn’t have to go any further.

  • occupation is a sentiment laden word, used by Arabs living in the Westbank they must have psychological problems with that, because this occupation does notmean repression or any other negative events. Palrstinians try to yake away (steal) all Jewish areas including Bethlehem and Jerusalem do yhat they can occupy those areas.

  • This does make sense, how wonderful when religious tolerance is the norm

    • JOHNNY. religious tolerance is a NEGOTIATION for those who are not fighting for TRUTH,but fighting for time until their next hopeful victory.
      There cannot be a truth and a tolerance supporting a lie.They are two different philosophies.

      THE BASIS OF ALL RELIGIONS IS TORAH.
      The basis, the foundation by its name is the supporter.
      THE OTHER SO CALLED MAJOR RELIGIONS THEN WENT OFF ON A TANGENT IN THEIR ARROGANCE SAYING,THEY EACH KNOW BETTER.
      Once they through away their foundation they are no longer ‘truth givers’. They are deceivers.
      Each deceiving,selling, imposing their will not for truth but for their own agendas which happens to bath in a puddle of abuse,lies,dispresect and arrogance.
      THESE 2 OTHER FAITHS LOST G-D.
      One cannot celebrate millions of tortures and death in the name of jeusx or mohamed because the victims were different,because they were and are JEWS.
      JOHNNY you use the word tolerance as if you practice it…to practice tolerance you woulld have to denounce all other faiths other then JUDAISM WHO teaches thatthe rightous of all the nations have a share in the world to come,unlike xtians who condemn the non believer to eternal damnation of muslims who will kill the infidel.

      TOLERANCE IS A NEGOTIATING WORD THAT EVENTUALLY FAILS.
      JUDAISM TEACHES “””RESPECT”””
      Respect for how I am for what I believe and what I will fight for when confronted.
      WHICH IS NOT IN THE XTIAN OR MUSLIM FAITH.

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