Did you know? The First Mention of “Arabs” in the Bible involves Jews building a wall around Jerusalem

Yes indeed:

But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry.
– Nehemiah 4:7

Uncanny, isn’t it?

“Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.”
– George Santayana

The Sunday Times recently published a cartoon depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu building a wall on top of Palestinians, using their blood as cement.

Bibi's wall

The current injustice that is Israeli displacement of Palestinians in occupied Palestine is precisely why we should never forget the horrors of the past.

h/t for the Bibi cartoon: Jim West


7 thoughts on “Did you know? The First Mention of “Arabs” in the Bible involves Jews building a wall around Jerusalem

    • Yes – it is legally defined by the International Court of Justice: “The Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (including East Jerusalem) have been established in breach of international law” (A/ES-10/273 and Corr.1, advisory opinion, para. 120).

      And concerning the building of a wall in the occupied territory (2004):
      “To sum up, the Court is of the opinion that the construction of the wall and its associated régime impede the liberty of movement of the inhabitants of the Occupied Palestinian Territory (with the exception of Israeli citizens and those assimilated thereto) as guaranteed under Article 12, paragraph 1, of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”

      So yes: “occupied Palestine” it is.


  1. Are you a historian, Biblical scholar, or politician? I only ask because most of the articles on your blog are about your (worthless to me) political views.


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