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Like all good Jewish holidays, Chanukah is all about; “They came to destroy us, we won, let’s eat!”
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.
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 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.
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!
They took on the great Greek empire and army and won.
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 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?
The answer is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!
“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.