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April 27, 2010
Posted: 737 GMT

Three West Bank students will compete in an international science fair in the U.S. CNN's Paula Hancocks reports.

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John A   April 27th, 2010 9:48 pm ET


miriam   April 29th, 2010 5:36 am ET

John A,

Yes, it sums up what a bully the anti-Zionist camp is.

For once, Paula Hancocks reports on progress that can be made within Palestinian society and you still hijack the topic to spread propaganda, which in this case depicts the insensitivity and lack of respect shown by the extreme left.

Sharon   May 2nd, 2010 12:30 pm ET

Hi Miriam,

Israel’s abhorrent brutalization of the Palestinians is not an issue for the extreme left and the obvious insensitivity comes from Israel’s religious freaks who think they can kill to reclaim Gods promised land.

Miriam, if you are religious then you will know that according to the bible God expelled Jews from ancient Israel because of their ungodly behavior. It also states that the Jews will not be allowed to return until they become true followers of the faith.

The 1947 return which was orchestrated by the force of the league of nations did not require the Jews to follow faith and to offer kindest to their neighbors. Therefore as the Jewish return violates the wishes of God, you will only bring the wrath of God upon yourselves.

If you don't believe in the bible, then the Jews have no claim at all to a land that they have not inhabited with any significance for over 2000 years.

Hence if your religious or not, clearly the illegitimate state of Israel has no prospect of delivering anything good or godly.

miriam   May 4th, 2010 7:36 am ET


Repeating common anti-Israel rhetoric is evidence of the deliberate attempt to demonize Israel, Jews and Judaism using disinformation related to ignorant interpretation of Jewish philosophy.

The Jewish people are not just a religion but a nation and a culture. Self-determination of a people, a right also recognized by the League of Nations, is not dependent on religious observance. Jewish history and culture is evidence of the Jewish people's connection to the land.

The "return" of Jews to the Holy Land has been continuous for over 3000 years, not just the last few yearscorresponding to the limited memory span of the anti-Israel camp.

If you had any real knowledge of the situation, you would know that Israel's policies towards the Palestinians has nothing to do with religion, that many right-wing Israels are not religious and many religious are left-wing.

For Israel, security and protection of her citizens is a priority when facing attack by those who continually delegitimize her existance, demonize her efforts to defend her citizens and deny the Jews the same rights permitted to every other people, religion and culture.

John A   May 11th, 2010 8:12 am ET

Miriam all your blogs are the same. Please stop your cut and paste from the confused handbook of Zionist propaganda.

Just look at the nonsense you write. One minute you claim the Jews were expelled from Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 AD ( 1,940 years ago) and the next you say the Jews have been returning to Israel for 3000 years. When in truth 3000 years ago the Jews were a nomadic tribe who had not yet invaded Jerusalem, which was a Canaanite city at that time.

And don't forget according to your own religion, God did expel the Jews from Israel for being sinners!! Do you think killing Palestinian children is not a sin today?

miriam   May 12th, 2010 12:26 pm ET

John A,

You all get and reproduce the same misinterpretations of Jewish history and philosophy at the same time, all reading the same articles posted on the foolish, conspiracy web-sites.

For those who do understand the truth and are not misled by propaganda, the evidence is clear.

Over 3000 years ago, the Israelites conquered Jerusalem and purchased the site for the future Temples. Invasions by other empires, including the Romans who expelled the Jews from Judea (including Jerusalem) in 70AD, led to massacres and exiles, with Jews making their way back to Jerusalem.

Your confusion is because the myths and revisionism you believe in do not fit with the persistently proven facts.

Jewish philosophy goes way beyond the snipits you quote, out of context and over-simplified.

John A   May 13th, 2010 10:04 am ET

Miriam you are very confused. The Jewish invader king David did conquer Jerusalem and his tribe went on to rule that city for 300 years.

Although a minority in the region practiced Judaism, the Jews never ruled over all of Palestine. Jewish rule was limited to Jerusalem and lasted a mere 300 years and that was 2000 years ago.

To deny Jewish existence in the region would be wrong, but to claim a Jewish majority or Jewish rule would be very very wrong. But you know these historical facts, so why do you lie and misrepresent history? oh yeh the Jews benefit from this lie as they rob Palestinians of their land

miriam   May 13th, 2010 11:41 am ET

John A,

Jews never ruled over "all of Palestine" because when Jews had autonomous rule, Palestina hadn't been heard of.

Jewish rule extended well beyond Jerusalem and lasted in various forms for around 1000 years.

Palestinians have never had a state to be robbed.
Palestinians who own land have every opportunity to protest, through the judicial system, if they claim their private land is being appropriated.

John A   May 20th, 2010 3:44 pm ET

Jews ruled Jeruselum for 300 years. The rest of the time Romans, Eygptians, Crusaders, Moors & Ottomans ruled and not the Jews.

The Ottomans ruled Palestine and not the Palestinians.

By your logic Miriam, neither Israel or Palestine ever existed.

Sharon   May 20th, 2010 3:51 pm ET

Miriam says, " Jewish rule extended well beyond Jerusalem and lasted in various forms for around 1000 years"

What forms do you refer to Miriam?? Is it minority mob rule or terrorist rule. There's no way you can demonstrate state rule, because with the exception of a 300 year period confined to the city of Jerusalem, it simply never happened.

Where was the Jewish state navy to protect against the Romans, Egyptians, Crusaders or Ottomans. Oh yeh, there was no Jewish state!

Miriam, you need to up the standard of your lies, because your Zionist lies are too easy to tear down.

miriam   May 24th, 2010 8:26 am ET

John and Sharon,

1000 BC when David ruled until the Romans is 1000 years!

Even if you do not believe the historical accounts of the bible, archeological findings substantiate much of the story.

John A   May 25th, 2010 10:50 pm ET

Miriam, the Romans never conquered the jews, they conquered the Assyrians & Babylonians. Why? because there were very few jews in Israel and no jewish army.

The Babylonians were there before the Romans

Assyrian before the Babylonians

1000 bc when david ruled
until Babylonians in 750bc,
Assyrians 680bc,
Romans arrived 70bc.

ie david and the jews ruled a small part of israel in total for 250years and in part (north section)for fifty more years after that.

jewish rule lasted for a max of 300 years and this was almost 3000 years ago. And thats your claim to Israel!!

miriam   May 26th, 2010 11:59 am ET

John A,

You seem a bit confused!

The Assyrians conquered the northern kingdom in 722 BC, exiling the nobility but leaving behind much of the population. Judea remained intact.

The Babylonians conquered the Assyrians in 597 BC, and conquered Judea, destroying the Temple and exiling some of the population, but many remained. When the Persians defeated the Babylonians shortly afterwards in 539 BC they allowed the return of the Jews and the rebuilding of their Temple.

The Greeks conquered in 330 BC and the Romans in 63 BC.

Throughout almost all this period of empirical rule, the Jews were allowed varying degrees of self-rule and independence.

With each invasion, the Jews tried to fight off the conquerers, with an army if the existing empire ALLOWED it, otherwise with smaller groups, often successfully.

Wilson   May 30th, 2010 11:45 pm ET

Miriam, Tell us all about the Jewish army that defended ancient Israel! There was King David and his clan for a few hundred years. But who else??

It doesn’t matter how hard you try to slice and dice the facts, the Jews did have the shortest reign in the region and their brief moment was thousands of years ago.

Therefore all other players in the region’s history have a greater claim to Israel than the Jews. If this was not so, I would respect the Jewish claim. But facts are facts and the Jewish claim is by far the weakest.

But thanks for the giggle, I almost fell of my chair laughing at your weird and non factual Jewish propaganda!!

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