Who were the “people of the book”?
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Wednesday, 27 May 2009 02:08
“And there are, certainly, people among the Yahud and Nasara, those who believes in Allah and in that which has been revealed to you, and in that which has been revealed to them, humbling themselves before Allah. They don’t sell the Verses of Allah for a little price, for them is a reward with their Lord. Surely, Allah is Swift in account,” – Holy Qur’an 3:199
The Arabic words, ‘Yahud’ and ‘Nasara’ were translated into
‘Jews’ and ‘Christians’ by the first English translator of Holy Qur’an,
Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall, the British convert, based on his religious and
cultural background. His translation the words had no religious or historical
basis. ‘Yahud’ in Islamic Arabic term means those people (Banu
Bible confirms my theory (Revelation 2:9 - “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a Synagogue of Satan.”
Arthur Koestler ( an Ashkenazi Jew himself) in his famous
book The Thirteenth Tribe has also proven
that the western Jews (Ashkenazi Jews occupying
Jesus’ few dozen Apostles (disciples), who belonged to
Israelite’s Essenes order and spoke in Aramaic or Hebrew – used to call
themselves ‘Nazarenes (Nasara)’, who after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70
CE, made their headquarters in Alexanderia (Egypt). These people followed the
teachings of the Gospel of St. Barnabas, until Roman King Constantine destroyed
them, together with their cononical Gospel (an Italian translation of which
could be seen in
Now, an Israeli historian, professor Shlomo Sand (
Israeli-born writer and musician, Gilad Atzmon, in his article The Wandering Who? elaborate further the myth of Jewishness as the community of the “People of Book” – “Astonishingly enough, in spite of the fact that Sand manages to dismantle the notion of ‘Jewish people’, crush the notion of ‘Jewish collective past’ and ridicule the Jewish chauvinist national impetus, his book is a best seller in Israel. This fact alone may suggest that those who call themselves ‘people of the book’ are now starting to learn about the misleading and devastating philosophies and ideologies that made them into what Khalid Amayreh and many others regard as the “Nazis of our time”.
It is an established fact that not a single Jewish history text had been written between the 1st century and early 19th century. The fact that Judaism is based on a religious historical myth may have something to do with it. An adequate scrutiny of the Jewish past was never a primary concern within the Rabbinical tradition. One of the reasons is probably the lack of a need of such a methodical effort. For the Jew who lived during ancient times and the Middle Ages, there was enough in the Bible to answer most relevant questions having to do with day-to-day life, Jewish meaning and fate. As Shlomo Sand puts it, “a secular chronological time was foreign to the ‘Diaspora time’ that was shaped by the anticipation for the coming of the Messiah”.
Though most contemporary Jews are utterly convinced that their ancestors are the Biblical Israelites who happened to be exiled brutally by the Romans, truth must be said. Contemporary Jews have nothing to do with ancient Israelites, who have never been sent to exile because such an expulsion has never taken place. The Roman Exile is just another Jewish myth.
However, far more interesting is the logical outcome: If the
“No population remains pure over a period of thousands of years” says Sand.  “But the chances that the Palestinians are descendants of the ancient Judaic people are much greater than the chances that you or I are its descendents. The first Zionists, up until the Arab Revolt [1936-9], knew that there had been no exiling, and that the Palestinians were descended from the inhabitants of the land. They knew that farmers don’t leave until they are expelled. Even Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, the second president of the State of Israel, wrote in 1929 that, ‘the vast majority of the peasant farmers do not have their origins in the Arab conquerors, but rather, before then, in the Jewish farmers who were numerous and a majority in the building of the land.’”
One may wonder, if the Palestinians are the real Jews, who are those who insist upon calling themselves Jews?
Professor Sand leaves us with the inevitable conclusion.
Contemporary Jews do not have a common origin and their Semitic origin is a
myth. Jews have no origin in
Saul Landau, a Jewish director of over forty films is so
disgusted with Zionazi state that in an article titled How Israel Gives Jews a
Bad Name, wrote: “Most Jews I know get little pleasure from the existence of
Israel; just the opposite. They are disgusted by the behavior of their tribal
kins towards Palestinians. This antipathy doesn’t concern
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