Why Those Who Call Themselves “Palestinians” HATE Chanukah

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Like all good Jewish holidays, Chanukah is all about; “They came to destroy us, we won, let’s eat!”

Like so many others before, the Greeks attempted to wipe out the Jews and they failed.
Many look at Chanukah as a miraculous military victory over the Greeks. Those mighty Maccabees defending themselves from the attacking greeks.
The truth is, the Greeks did not attack the Jews, it was the other way around, well, sort of…
Let me explain.
Unlike the PLO or Hamas charters, the Greeks were not out to murder the Jews or drive us into the sea.
In fact, what the Greeks wanted was quite the opposite of what the Arabs who are fighting Israel want to do to the Jews.  
The Greeks understood the Jewish connection to the Land of  Israel as they understood our connection to God and the Torah (Bible). It was very clear that without destroying our connection to our religion, it would be impossible to separate us from our land.

The Greeks also understood that it was not our physical might that allowed us to survive years of persecution but rather the strength of our soul, our tradition and our connection to our God

What the Greeks were after was our traditions and beliefs and the key to destroy our identity was to seduce us to take on a new ideology by accepting us into their world. Make us a member of the Coliseum or the UN, then dictate to us the new rules and moral standards. 

The Greeks did not slaughter us or blow us up, they invited us to their games, philosophical debates and to join them in their worship of the body. We would become one people. What an offer!
No more anti-semitism, no more murder!

We would be united with our Greek neighbors. A binational nation that would bring peace.

Who Ruined their plan?
Those Damn Settlers!

A small group of “crazy”, “Radical” Jewish” settlers decided they would not give up their faith, nor will they defile the Temple in Jerusalem with Greek idols or philosophies for the sake of “Peace”.
They took on the great Greek empire and army and won
The Maccabees were condemned by the Greek Senate as fanatics who are hungry for blood and were shunned by other Jews (perhaps they had Jstreet back then as well) who had accepted the Greek invitation for world peace. 

With a quick search through Googleonemus or Youtube of Neapolis one could find numerous videos of philosophers from around the world and even some Jews who publicly bashed and spoke against that small group of “hawkish” Jews who decided to stand up for their religious, national and historic right to the Land of Israel instead of agreeing to a generous offer for “Peace”.
While the Greeks and Jewish Hellenists condemned and scorned the Maccabee’s stubborn stand and struggle for the Jewish soul and categorized them as fanatic Zionists and obstacles to peace, the Maccabees stood strong backed with a thousand years of Jewish tradition and spirituality and most of all truth. 
Even after the miraculous victory over the Greek Empire, the Maccabees continued their struggle to prove the power of the soul over body. The Temple was defiled with Greek statues and impurities and the Maccabees searched for a flask of pure oil with which to light the Menorah. While one cannot see, taste or smell the difference between pure and impure oil, the Jews understood there is something in this world that is more than meets the eye and searched for the pure oil even at the expense of their personal safety. .
Most of the flasks in the temple were trampled and broken by the Greeks as an act of defiance against the idea of purity but the Maccabees found one small flask of oil that was sealed with the stamp of purity from the Jewish high priest.

While many laughed at the idea that one flask would last longer than a couple of hours, the Maccabees understood the power of spiritual purity and poured the oil into each one of the seven branches of the Menorah. The oil that should have lasted one day lasted eight days and stood as the symbol of victory of the Jewish soul over the Greek worship of the body.

What does the story of Chanukah have to do with the Palestinians?

There were no Palestinians involved in the story of Chanukah.
In fact there is no historical recollection of such an Arab nation, State or country. The Jews were in the Land of Israel before Islam existed and the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem as well as the Jewish kingdoms that ruled Israel predated any Palestinian Arab or Muslim claims over The Land of Israel and especially Jerusalem.
As Naftalli Bennet, the head of the Israeli Jewish Home party, so eloquently put it,
“One cannot occupy his own home”

The next time you claim Judea, Samaria or any other part of the Land of Israel was occupied by the Jews and rightfully belongs to a people called “Palestinians”, take a stroll through Rome and walk under Titus’s Arch and take a good look at the vessels that were carried out of Jerusalem and tell me again who lights the Menorah to commemorate their independence in the Land of Israel?

Do the Arabs who call themselves “Palestinians” have any claim on the land of Israel?
Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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