Vacy Vlazna’s article yesterday in The Palestine Chronicle explores the different ways in which biblical narratives are being used by the occupying Israeli forces and Zionists to carry out ethnic cleansing in Palestine.
See her complete article here: “Ethnic Cleansing in a Zionist Fairyland.”
… It is widely accepted that the Bible originated in the 7th Century BCE, 300 years after David and other historical aberrations encompass the palaces officially ascribed to Solomon in Megiddo which are dated long after Solomon’s time. Cities conquered by Joshua in the 14th century BCE were destroyed well before that era. Daniel Gavron comments that “The story of Abraham’s journey from Ur of the Chaldees, the Patriarchs, the Exodus, Sinai, and the conquest of Canaan, all these were apparently based on legends…” In 2004, Yuval Goren admitted he examined ” a seemingly endless line of fake biblical texts of various kinds. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of such forgeries referring especially to the time of the First Temple. It will not be an exaggeration to say that the disciplines of biblical history and archaeology have been contaminated to such an extent that no unprovenanced written source seems to be reliable anymore.”
Proof of David’s existence rests on a piece of stone found at Tel Dan in northern Galilee (not Jerusalem) inscribed with the words ‘Beit David’ which could mean House of ‘David’ or ‘Beloved’ but not King David conclusively as with the sherd found at Tel Safi with the name ‘Goliath’ which “almost certainly did not belong to David’s Goliath, if it does say “Goliath” then it shows that there was such a personal name used in the region at approximately the correct chronological period.” The first ancient reference to an Israelite king is found in an 8th Century BCE Assyrian document recording “King Ahab of Israel sent 2,000 chariots and 10,000 soldiers.”
Sumud (steadfastness) life and land are synonymous in the Palestinian soul. King David may be a myth but it is the modern indigenous Palestinians, outcasts in their own land, who stand alone with the stone of sumud in their hands daily facing off the militant aliyah hordes backed by the Zionist Goliaths of multi-billion dollar empires, by Christian Zionist offerings, by the servile US Congress, by a depraved UK and EU and by a contemptibly inadequate United Nations.
– Vacy Vlazna, “Ethnic Cleansing in a Zionist Fairyland”, The Palestine Chronicle, 10 February 2012
For earlier Remnant of Giants posts on the employment of biblical tales in modern religio-nationalist claims, see:
- “Dancing on “The Tomb of Caleb” – The Facts Under the Ground” (on the legendary tomb of an Israelite hero, at Hebron)
- “Goliath of Gath/Tel es-Safi in the News” and “Facts on the Ground at Tel es-Safi (“Gath”)” (on the archaeological dig at Tel es-Safi, misleadingly identified as “biblical Gath”)
Also of note is the upcoming ‘The Bible, Zionism and Palestine’ conference (24-26 May 2012), to be hosted by the Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield, “to explore the role of the bible in theology and politics in Israel and Palestine today”:
The Bible has played a fundamental role in the creation and existence of the modern state of Israel, and, some say, in the continued suffering of the Palestinian people. Today, the Hebrew Bible is used as an authoritative text to justify the placement of Israel’s borders, and to legitimise and even encourage the expulsion of Palestinians from the land. The New Testament has also been utilised by Christian Zionists who argue that the establishment of the state of Israel is God-ordained, and that its existence is necessary for enabling the second coming of Jesus.
– “The Bible, Zionism and Palestine” conference website