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Why the Lebanese Maronite Patriarch feels this urge to visit Jerusalem?

Treaty of 1946: Between Jewish Agency for Palestine and the Maronite Church

The Maronite Patriarch of Lebanon Bshara Al Rai (Ra3i) has decided to join the Pope in his visit to Jerusalem, on the ground of his responsibility to pay visits to the Maronites living in Palestine and Israel.

Many political parties and organizations in Lebanon have been contacting the Patriarch and counseling him from going ahead with his decision.

Mind you that the Jews in Israel have started a wave of widespread defamation of churches and removing crosses from Christian cemeteries.

The same behavior as practiced by the Islamic Wahhabi extremist fundamentalists anywhere they occupy a region and cities in the Moslem World.

And no one of these Jews have been apprehended or detained.

What are the implications of the creation of a minority Jewish state on identity politics in Lebanon?

Check article 4 for one of the reasons of this visit

Treaty between the Jewish Agency for Palestine (a political agency) and the Maronite Church

May 30th 1946

(Two years before the creation of the State of Israel when Lebanon was already recognized as a State by the UN)

“We, the undersigned:

1. His Beatitude Antoine Arida, the Maronite Patriarch of Lebanon, acting on behalf of the Church and the Maronite community, the largest community in the Lebanese Republic with citizens residing in other countries, represented by Cheikh Toufic Aoud, ex-minister by virtue of authorization addressed to the President of the Jewish Agency, Professor Weizmann on May 24th 1946,which hereinafter shall be in this treaty addressed as “first party”.

2. Dr. Bernard Joseph, acting on behalf of the Jewish Agency for Palestine which is known in International Law as the representative of Jewish people around the world aimed at creating the Jewish National Home in Palestine,which hereinafter shall be in this treaty addressed as “first party”.
 

ART.1: The first party expressly and fully recognizes the historical link uniting the Jewish people to Palestine, the Jewish people’s aspirations in Palestine, and the Jewish people right to a free immigration and independence in Palestine. It also declares its approval on the Jewish agency’s declared current political program including the establishment of a Jewish state.

ART.2: The second party expressly and fully recognizes the independence of Lebanon and the right of its inhabitants to choose the regime they deem as appropriate. The second party also declares that its extending and widening program does not include Lebanon. On the contrary, it respects the state of Lebanon in its current form and borders. The Jewish immigration does not include Lebanon. 

ART.3: The two parties commit themselves reciprocally to abstain from undermining their respective aspirations and status; the so-called commitment has a binding obligation restraining the representatives of both parties – officials and non officials – in the country, abroad, in international conferences whether occidental or oriental, from expressing any kind of support to decisions or actions that may harm the other party. Also do their utmost to avoid taking such decisions or undertaking such actions. 

ART.4: The two parties commit themselves to provide mutual help at the following levels: political, commercial, security and social in order to promote the position of the first party and realize the aspirations of the second one. This engagement includes:

a) Raise the awareness of public opinion in the Orient and the Occident on the cause of each party, according to the spirit of the treaty hereby.

b) Concert their efforts to open the doors of each country with view to deepen cultural and social rights and promote commercial trades and the exchange of liaison officers to forge good neighboring relationships between one another.

c) The first party recognizes the right of every Jewish to immigrate to Palestine commits itself to help as much as possible in the realization of this immigration in the event that it shall pass through Lebanon.

d) The second party commits itself, after the creation of the Jewish state, to respect the sacred character of the holy sites in Palestine and commits itself as well after retaining the command of power to consider the treaty hereby as an integral part of the government program.

e) The two parties commit themselves to provide help, if requested, to one another in order to maintain security in their respective countries. This engagement has the binding obligation to take all necessary measures to block the entrance or exit of hostile elements capable of sowing public disorder and the obligation to refrain from providing any kind of help for such elements.

f) The two parties commit themselves to exchange information on all issues such as the politics of their countries, their economy, security, and relations with third parties.

g) At the industry, agriculture and scientific research levels, the two parties commit themselves to exchange information and advice in order to synchronize the Lebanese and Jewish efforts with a view to ensure the best development of their respective industries (including the tourism sector), agriculture and research on the basis of mutual cooperation.

h) After creating the Jewish state, the second party commits itself to reserve a friendly treatment to the representatives of the Maronite Patriarch, to facilitate the buying of a land and the construction of a Patriarchate worthy of the Maronite community.

i) The second party commits itself to require from its offices all over the world to support the cause of the first party and back its representatives in Washington, London, and Paris and in international conferences.

ART.5: In order to achieve the afore-mentioned obligations, and additional practical means of collaboration and mutual aid, the two parties will hold direct or indirect (through representatives) talks depending on the relevant advancement and circumstances. The first party has already chosen Cheikh Toufic Aouad to be its authorized representative till further notice.

ART.6: The treaty hereby takes effect upon signature. Each party has the right to terminate it within six months notice. 
 
In witness whereof the two parties have signed this treaty.”

Double original copy, Jerusalem, May 30th 1946.        

On behalf of His Beatitude His Grace Antoine Pierre Arida, Toufic Aouad    

On behalf of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, Bernard Joseph

Source: Central Zionist Archives 525/3269

Note 1: The treaty was between the Patriarch of a church and a Zionist political entity. That the current Patriarch expect this treaty to still be valid and respected by the State of Israel is tantamount to committing a big political mistake.

In any case, Israel never respected any treaty that stopped serving the Zionist apartheid system and its annexation policies.

Note 2:

Laura Zittrain Eisenberg published a book that reports:

1. When General Ariel Sharon‘s troops slammed into Lebanon in the summer of 1982, their purpose was not only to drive out the PLO, but also to bring to power a friendly Maronite government led by Bashir Gemayel.

2. The idea of an “alliance of minorities,” based on the “enemy of my enemy” notion, had deep roots in Zionist thinking.

3. Before Israeli statehood the relations between Zionists and some Maronite leaders were far-reaching.

4. In 1946, a treaty of sorts was even signed with the Maronite religious establishment, but the peace proved as ephemeral as the 1983 agreement between Lebanon and Israel. (that was not ratified)

Eisenberg sympathetically explains the motives and misperceptions that led to the belief that Christian Lebanon could be detached from the surrounding Arab region as an ally of Zionism, but she also shows the project had no realistic chance, and she implicitly warns against ignoring the lessons of history.

Note 3: I cannot recollect that any Lebanese Patriarch ever visited Jerusalem after 1948, even when Jerusalem was administered by Jordan Kingdom.

Note 4: The visit has political connotation, regardless of the religious reasons and excuses. The Patriarch has to make a public declaration relevant to the treaty and to clarify the Lebanese political positions regarding the Israeli enemy.

Note 5: The Patriarch must avoid to land in Tel Aviv or cross any Israeli checkpoints. A helicopter from Jordan and landing straight in Jerusalem should be considered.

 

Short Stories of Lebanese Jews who immigrated… Part 2

Who lived in the Beirut block of Wadi Abu Jamil

By Nada Abdel Samad (Abridged translated from Arabic into English)

Story of Moussa Abadi (Hamadani) and Gmalo

Moussa Abadi (3abadi) is an Iranian Jew who was ordered by his father to move to Lebanon in the 50’s. Moussa learned the business of fabricating and distribution paper from his father’s florishing enterprise during the Rida Shah dictatorship.

The Jewish community in Wadi Abu Jamil aided Moussa in starting his paper industry. As the business prospered, Moussa decided to change his last name to Hamadani.

The Jewish immigrating to Lebanon had 3 choices for their temporal stay:

1. Hotel Tel Aviv owned and run by 3 people: Youssef Paryante, one from the Cohen family and the third by a Safra family.

2. A pansion (a house transformed for welcoming tourists on short term stay) owned by the Jewish Srour family, and

3. A pansion owned by the Jewish Safer family

Moussa married the Jewish Gmalo in an arranged marriage. Gmalo was in love with a Christian Maronite guy but the two families refused mixed marriages and Gmalo settled for the arranged wedding. They moved to the Kantari quarter.

The couple had many daughters and sons. The neighbors of the family were from the Kosba family and became very close.

The Hamadani family prepared the usual lemon rice with onion, a dish that didn’t match the Lebanese cuisine: The saying was “mixing rice with onion, Takhbeessa)” when someone goes on tangents during a discussion on a topic.

The Jewish celebration of Pissah or Easter was a week earlier than the Orthodox celebration. During an entire week, the block of Wadi Abu Jamil and the Street of France was packed with sweet vending merchants.

The unleavened bread was prepared for the Jewish community by the bakery of the Shiaa family of Hamadi. The Jews didn’t fry eggs in butter, on the ground of killing two souls.

The Jewish Agency (located in Hazmieh and in Cyprus) aided all the Abadi daughters and sons to immigrate to Israel. Moussa died of cerebral hemorrhage and was buried in Saida. Gmalo resumed running the business way into the first years of the civil war (1975-1989).  She eventually had to sell and immigrated to France.

Gmalo kept traveling and visiting her family members spread in the two America and Europe.

She met with the son of her best Lebanese friend Hanne in Canada who had opened a flourishing supermarket and called on Hanne once.

Note 1: Unleavened bread is of ancient usage in the Near East because it does not spoil during the hot season and particularly when traveling for long distances.

Note 2: The famous Iranian woman (lawyer/judge) who is engaged in Iran human rights is from the Abadi family.

Read part 1https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/short-stories-of-lebanese-jews-who-immigrated-part-1/

Short Stories of Lebanese Jews who immigrated…Part 1

Jews who lived in the Beirut block of Wadi Abu Jamil

A book by Nada Abdel Samad (Abridged translation from Arabic into English)

Story of Salim Merzahi and Mary Semmone.

Selim is an Iraqi Jew who fled to Lebanon in the 1950’s during late President Camil Cham3oun. Mary is a Christian who lived in Mazra3a (Beirut) with her brother Isber and mother.

Selim, Isbir and Mary ended up joining the Communist Party and the various syndicates related to their jobs and participated in mass demonstrations.

Selim married Mary in a subdued wedding ceremony as Mary converted to Judaism for the form. They had 4 daughters and a unique boys Marco, the “last of the grape“.

After Israel preemptive war of 1967 against Egypt, Syria and Jordan, The Jewish Agency in Lebanon and Cyprus facilitated the “transfer” of the Jews from Lebanon. The Jews who decided to immigrate to Israel as initial destination were lured by lavished package deals: Free tickets, free hotel stay in Cyprus, an tiny apartment, and promise to locating a job…

The deal was for the new immigrants to remain in Israel for at least 3 years, otherwise, they will have to repay all the initial expenses.

The Lebanese Internal Security knew all the details of the mass transfer and they were ordered to turn a blind eye. Most probably, it is of these Lebanese facilities that Israel viewed Lebanon as a pseudo-State and devastated Lebanon through 5 successive incursions to physically dominate Lebanon.

The new immigrants had to suffer the ignominy of being considered second class citizens for a long time, until the boys serve in the army and the girls marry Ashkenazim Jews.

The Jew from Lebanon knew that they were trading a “happy, comfortable, free, almost tax-free, abundant and inexpensive” life-style to stringent communities in Israel with high cost of living, small apartments, and high taxes to maintain a dominating army.

The Jews from Lebanon were coaxed into believing that they had no choices but to leave, lest they suffer another wave of persecutions, “terrorist activities” against Jewish institutions in Iraq, Egypt, Iran and Syria, and mostly planned and executed by Israel itself in order to force the Jews to immigrate to Israel.

Mary decided to immigrate to Israel in order to secure husbands to her daughters and a future to her son. She didn’t tell her communist members of her departure because by then the Communist Party considered Israel as an occupying force in Palestine.

(Mind you that the Soviet Union of Stalin was the first State to recognize Israel. Stalin was convinced that Israel will be the first communist State in the Middle-East. It turned out that Israel started a capitalist State and remained a liberal capitalist.)

Israel entered Beirut in 1982. Marco paid a visit to his home in Wadi Abu Jamil in a Jeep with two other soldiers and talked to his previous elderly neighbor “Aunt Hanne”.

Mary refrained from any kinds of correspondence with her dear friends in Lebanon, although she could send them letters via Cyprus where the Jewish Agency simply changed mailing envelops.

“Super-nationalist Zionism contributed to the growth of the Third Reich”

I received an extensive reply to my post https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/hahkam-yesrael-weiss-zionism-is-colonialism-and-israel-is-apartheid-on-palestinian-land-day/, and decided to publish it in its integrity and in two parts, before I add a few comments.

The first part is on the genesis of Zionism

The second part is on the origins of Ashkenazi Zionist Jews and their role played in the Bolshevik Soviet Union revolution

Nalliah wrote:

“Zionism was created by Theodor Herzel and others at the end of the 19th Century. In that era it was commonplace to be colonialist, to be racist, to be super-nationalist, to adore the nation-state, so it was the idea of France for the French, Germany for the Germans, and then some state for the Jews. This all formed the basis for Zionism.

Zionism and Judaism are contrary to each other: Judaism is universal and humane, and Zionism is exactly the opposite.

Zionism is a very narrow ideology, very nationalistic, racist, colonialist, and all this. There is no “National Judaism.” There is Zionism and there is Judaism, and they are completely different.

Zionism has nothing to do with Judaism. Judaism – a Reform Movement- that is highly ethical. You cannot connect Zionism with “highly ethical.” You can only connect the words “aggressive,” “oppressive,” “stealing,” “robbing” and apartheid with Zionism. But not “highly ethical.”

Greedy and ideological Zionists contributed to the growth of the Third Reich via the so-called “Transfer Agreement”.  

This was a business arrangement to transfer German Jews to Palestine before WWII. And in return, German exports would be bought through Zionist entities to ensure the economic growth and wealth of Palestine.

Most significant is the success of the 18th Zionist Congress to go against the international boycott movement by suppressing the Revisionists who demanded that the Zionists abandon their Super-Nationalist ideology.

If the boycott had prevailed, Germany may not even exist today and the Holocaust would have never happened.

The facts are clear that Zionists made Hitler’s 3rd Reich possible and ultimately spawned the Zio-Fascist and terrorist State that Israel has become.

Israeli Zionist leaders continue to indulge in the persecution of Jews by falsely claiming that Zionism is a goal of Judaism. It’s time to make a clear distinction between Judaism and Zionism, also known as Zio-Fascism.

Late terrorist Menaheim Begin, 6th Prime Minister of Israel wrote: “Our race is the Master Race. We are divine gods on this planet. We are as different from the inferior races as they are from insects. In fact, compared to our race, other races are beasts and animals, cattle at best. Other races are considered as human excrement. Our destiny is to rule over the inferior races. Our earthly kingdom will be ruled by our leader with a rod of iron. The masses will lick our feet and serve us as our slaves.” 

Does this narrative sound familiar to you? Think Nazi.

The Jewish people has been unique by its identity as a religious entity. Through the centuries its religious character had been a premise agreed upon by Jews and non-Jews alike.

Jewish religious and traditional history bears no aspect of racism. Hence, one of non-Jewish origin is capable of being proselytized and attaining the same status as a born Jew.

Conversely, one of Jewish birth who does not recognize his being bound to the Jewish Torah, is by Jewish law a heretic, and therefore forfeits his spiritual birthrights as a Jew.

Through the many years that Jews resided in the Holy Land and the southern and eastern Mediterranean Sea Basin they enjoyed tranquil and cordial relations with the non-Jewish population there.

The Zionist movement which was formed at the latter part of the last century, sought to endow the Jews with a nationalistic character which was heretofore strange to them. It sought to deprive them of their historically religious character and offered a nationalistic ideology and the possibility of establishing through political media, a Jewish national homeland.

During the period of the British Mandate, the Balfour Declaration recognized the eventual possibility of founding a Jewish national homeland, in Palestine, and it was affirmed to be the British government will.

The Jewish Agency was the Chief representative of Zionist interests in the Holy Land, and this agency was entrusted with the issuance of visas to the Holy Land, thus resulting in an increased Zionist immigration from various parts of the world, which ultimately succeeded in superseding in numbers, the veteran Orthodox Jewish dwellers.

Orthodox Jewry all over the world and the Orthodox Community in the Holy Land in particular, immediately sensed in this stage of Zionist success, the threat of grave danger for the religious future of Jews.

The Arab inhabitants began to exhibit open hostility to their Jewish neighbors. The British government failed to distinguish between the Orthodox community, who for generations inhabited the Holy Land, and the newly arrived Ashkenazi Zionist immigrants, coming from eastern Europe.

With the acquisition of the power to organize communities in Palestine, the Zionist nationalists  formed the Vaad Haleumi Leknesset Yisroel (National Jewish Council Committee).

This committee ignored the rights of the Orthodox veteran dwellers who did not recognize this validity of Jewish nationality, and whose identification as Jews was solely with their loyalty to their religious heritage.

The religious inhabitants, on the other hand, shuddered at the prospects of spiritual disintegration of World Jewry, with the new rise to power of the Zionist nationalists.

The Orthodox Jewish inhabitants actively objected to being subject to the authority of the secularists. They appealed their cause to the League of Nations, who consequently granted them a “Right of exclusion” to be subjugated by the Vaad Haleumi, a rights that provided that any Jew wishing not to be incorporated into the Vaad Haleumi, may remain lawfully independent if he so stated his wish in writing. Thousands of Jews did so.

Such was the case until November 1948, when the United Nations finally sanctioned the establishment of a Zionist State by a majority of a single vote.

Zionists’ success in finally realizing their goal was due in great measure to their having misled the world into viewing the Zionist cause as the Jewish cause. The formation of the Zionist State resulted in the automatic deprivation of the autonomy heretofore possessed by the Orthodox inhabitants of the Holy Land.

The Zionists grasped the opportunity to openly disassociate themselves from any identification with Jews as a religion. They systematically began to orient the minds of their generations according to the tenets of Zionist nationalism.

Through the Ministry of Religions they employed part of the Rabbinate to assist them in their aims:

1. The religious Jews who by virtue of their faith, clearly contradicted Zionist nationalism, and who had lived peacefully with their Arab neighbors for generations, became unwillingly identified with the Zionist cause and their struggle with the Arabs.

2. They requested the United Nations that Jerusalem be designated as a defacto international city.

3. They appealed to the diplomatic corps assigned to Jerusalem – but to no avail.

The religious Jews were hence confronted with the choice of either becoming a part of the Zionist State, which diametrically opposed the interests of Jews as a religion, or abandoning the land of which their forefathers were the first Jewish settlers.

Judaism in its correct form is not a religion that Christianity, Islam or Buddhism…

Zionism, however, is a secular, geopolitical system of hate…it is NOT a religion. It is a power cult (hiding behind the Jewish faith) of death, greed, lying, avarice and self-aggrandizement which views with contempt and derision all who do not subscribe or submit to its dogma.

And now on the origine of the Ashkenazi Jews, who are not descendent of the “semitic Jews”

There was a Medieval Kingdom of Khazaria, 652-1016 AD that included part of modern-day Russia, Ukraine, and a sliver of what is now Kazakhstan. This area was somewhat interesting in history because when considering the choice of Islam, or Christianity or Judaism the leaders of this ’empire’ decided to declare themselves Jewish.

That was a very odd choice in an area of the world which was predominately Islam and Christian.

The Khazaria Empire could not extend any further south because the Tatars and Turkmen proved to be about as obstinate as the Afghans have been throughout history…”(Follow the rest of the story in part 2)

Today’s Zionists are largely the descendants of these Ashkenazi who contributed in the slaughtering of over 30 million Russian Christians during WWI, WWII and the Soviet revolution.

These are the descendants of the thugs who participated in the planning for murdering 1.5 million Armenians by the new Turkish State from 1915 to 1918, and do not want to ‘talk about it’.

When US Congress voted to recognize the Armenian genocide, the AIPAC and ADL Zionist lobbies swung into action and forced the cancellations of the Resolution. And the US wonders why Armenia does not trust Zionist Jews and US at all.

These are the conniving, lying, genocidal beasts who wanted Iraq stomped to death by US and UK so Iraqis could not benefit from their own oil and natural gas wealth.

These are the same demented nuclear terrorists in control of 300 thermonuclear WMD who are now trying to force a war with Iran…

Even though Russia is already on the record saying that ANY attack on Iran will be viewed as an attack on Russian interests.

Zionists are always chattering about ‘peace’ but, in reality, it is the LAST thing they want. Peace is not profitable and is simply not going to pave the way for Zionism to dominate the planet. However, divide and conquer just might.

This is even all the more mind-boggling to most clueless Americans who cannot understand how a minority group of Zionists within the world’s total Jewish population of about 15 million can have come to control so much of the Western world.

Mind you that all former colonial powers are still implicitly and vigorously meddling in the internal affairs of their former “Independent States” through bogus economic programs.

Only Israel was unable to shake off its colonial ideology and persist on applying the colonial military and curfew laws on Palestinians, as substitute to civil laws, and regularly and routinely incarcerate Palestinian males of 15 of age, just to keep them out of circulation…

Actually, 60% of all Palestinian youth experienced Israel jails for no crime committed whatsoever, and never were put on trial: A far worse statistics than Black youth in the US…

Israel never relinquished her liberal capitalist system since it was recognized a State in 1948, by a majority of a single vote in the UN.

Note: I asked Nalliah if I may use her full name and communicate her email address. I did receive her agreement, just after I posted the article.

Orthodox Jews in Israel: Back to the Dark Ages; (October 13, 2009)

 

            The Jewish Agency, supported by the Israeli government, has launched in September a campaign to “sensibilize” Jews in the Diaspora of the risk of mix marriages; Jews were contacted via Facebook.com to refrain from processes of assimilation in their home countries.

            What do you think a Jewish Orthodox widow should do after the requisite time of mourning?  Well, she is supposed to quickly marry her brother-in-law according to the religious Jewish laws.  In case either party is not satisfied with this regulation then a “halitza” ceremony is undertaken so that the widow would spit on the shoes of the brother-in-law and then pay him a sum of money.  Otherwise, the honor of the tribe is injured and lineage of the male is at risk. An interrogated rabbi said: “This ceremony is basically destined to humiliate the brother-in-law and to punish the widow”.  This custom has not been abolished and is practiced daily amid the Orthodox Jews. This story in Shomer Masakh was transmitted by the Israeli Channel 10.

            In Lebanon, marrying in another religious sect sends the couple to Cyprus for a civil wedding to be later acknowledge by the government. Flying to Cyprus to get married is done In Israel with a twist; if one partner is not an Orthodox Jew then the couple has to go to Cyprus.  Well, yes, there are the Orthodox Jews, the reformist or liberal Jews (mostly French speaking Jews), and the conservative or traditional Jews (mostly USA and Eastern European Jews). Don’t ask me on details but you may fill me in with your comments.

            In Lebanon, only the Sunni Mufti is paid by the government (a continuation of the Ottoman period).  In Israel, all three thousand Orthodox rabbis are paid by the government.

            In Lebanon we don’t have a ministry of religious affairs though we have 18 recognized sects legally running the civil status of the citizens from birth to death.  Israel had always had a ministry for the Orthodox Jews since its creation in 1948.  This religious ministry has a substantial budget of over 100 million dollars; 500 religious building were erected exclusively for the Orthodox Jews; the other Jews have no access to these facilities.  Actually, if an Orthodox woman is being married by a non Orthodox rabbi then she is denied the visit of her hometown mikveh (Temple).

            The Orthodox Jews constitute only 20% of the Israeli citizens but they have large political and financial leverages.  This powerful minority pressure many other ministries such as Education, Construction, Housing, national infrastructure, and Defense to pay their dues to the Orthodox communities.

            The Orthodox Jew has the right not to participate in the military service if he chose to; why should he? Why should any Israeli serve three years in the army and then be summoned every year to serve an entire month as a reservist?  Why the Israeli should participate in all the pre-emptive wars just to enrich the military infrastructure and inflate the Defense budget?  Why the Israeli is forced to be a low paid mercenary for the western powers’ interests?

 

Note: This topic is an extract of an article in Yediot Aharonot, an Israeli daily.  If you have other examples, send them in.


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