• Arwa Hanin Elrayess

Why Palestine Is Still 'Forbidden Land': Proof From The Quran, Torah and Bible

Updated: Feb 7, 2020

Since the moment I opened my eyes, I was surrounded by debates on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Naturally, I took an interest in the subject, submerging myself in the inhumane historical events that led up to the dispute and the countless violation of human rights that have occurred ever since.

Yet, I never thought to dig deeper into the actual basis of the conflict: a claim made by Zionists declaring Palestine as their ‘holy land’, which they were ‘promised by God.’

Unfortunately, throughout history, religion has been used as a method to divide and conquer, and the Palestinian conflict is a clear manifestation of that.

But even though religion plays a vital role in the daily lives’ of billions, I don’t believe it can justify the killing of thousands of innocent civilians and the displacement of millions more.

Now, after Trump’s unsuccessful attempt at creating peace between the 2 people, I decided to investigate whether the religious claims made by Zionists, to justify their occupation of Palestine, are founded, or if they are just masks hiding a deeper motive.

The results I found were astonishing.

A simple breakdown of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict:

The Jews, who had long wanted to establish their own state, began to resettle in what was then British-controlled Palestine, between 1852 and 1948.

At the beginning, these settlers were accepted by Palestinian nationals, co-existing peacefully.

However, during 1917, the British issued the Balfour declaration, stating that the land of Palestine was to become ‘a national home for the Jewish people.’

Palestinians rejected this declaration, but history was not in their favor.

After the WW2 holocaust, many felt pity on the displaced European Jews and supported the establishment of their own state.

Therefore, hundreds of thousands of these Jews began to settle in Palestine, ultimately taking pieces of Palestinian land, claiming it was promised to them by God.

So, war broke out.

In 1948, after countless protests, Israel declared statehood, capturing some 78 percent of the land, forcing Palestinians from their homes and violating countless human rights.

The conflict has continued ever since, claiming hundreds of thousands of innocent lives and spreading instability across the whole region.

Why do Zionists claim Palestine is their ‘promised land’?

The idea of a homeland for the Jewish people originates from a verse in the Torah, discussing an agreement made between God and Abraham, where Abraham’s descendants were promised a holy land:

Genesis 15:18-21
On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi[a] of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates…’

The territory described above was later identified as a region spreading across Iraq, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Palestine, leading Zionist Jews (Jews who believe in establishing their own state) to claim religious ownership of Palestinian land, leading to the conflict we see today.

1) Evidence from the Quran as to why Palestine is still forbidden land:

I cannot claim that God did not promise the Jews the land of Palestine. It is undeniable, repeating throughout the Bible and Torah multiple times. However, it was also mentioned, and further explained, in the Quran.

And if we were to take evidence in the Torah and Bible as fact, why shouldn’t evidence in the Quran also be accepted as valid?

In the Quran, Bible and Torah, the people of Israel were described to have disobeyed God when they were asked to enter the holy land, out of fear from those who already lived there, stating in the Quran:

(5:24) Nevertheless they said: 'O Moses! Never shall we enter it as long as they are there. Go forth, then, you and your Lord, and fight, both of you. As for us, we will sit here.'

In the Quran, this was shortly followed by a verse stating that, due to their disobedience, the land was forbidden to them:

(5:26): 'This land will now be forbidden to them for forty years and they will remain wandering about on the earth.

However, the English translation of this verse misses a critical detail that has led many to believe the land was only forbidden to them for 40 years, and that, after that, they were free to return.

If we were to look at the same verse, but in Arabic (the original language of the Quran) this small detail creates an enormous contradiction:

In the laws of Quran reciting, whenever 3 dots are seen in a triangle, you must stop at either one of these dots.

So, the verse can actually read:

‘This land will now be forbidden to them (full stop) For 40 years they will remain wandering about on the earth.’

Instead of:

‘This land will now be forbidden to them for 40 years (full stop) They will remain wandering about on the earth."

This small, yet vital, detail can possibly change the whole meaning of the verse.

Many scholars have interpreted the ‘40 years’ as the amount of time the people of Israel will remain wandering about on the Earth, meaning that the holy land was forbidden to them, period.

However, due to the full stop being on both sides of the sentence, many are still skeptical about the actual will of God concerning this ‘promised land.’

So, let’s take a look at some more evidence from the actual Torah, and how it compares to that in the Quran.

Evidence from the Torah:

Surprisingly, the Torah does nothing but support the second, and less popular, interpretation

of the verse above.

It mentions, again, that the Jews were exiled from their promised land, but also states that they are only allowed to return once their ‘Messiah’ arrives:

Isaiah 11:1-12
The spirit of God will rest upon him (the Messiah), and it shall come to pass on that day, that the Lord will once again acquire the rest of His people…and He will gather the dispersed of Israel, and the scattered of Judah from the four corners of the Earth.

The arrival of this ‘Messiah’ would be obviously spotted, since, it is assumed, that all sorts of miracles would take place such as an end to famine, world conflict and violence, something that we have yet to see for centuries.

Due to this, we can safely assume that the ‘Messiah’ has yet to arrive, and therefore, according to the Torah, Jews are still forbidden from their ‘holy land’

Evidence from the 3 Jewish Oaths:

Arguably the greatest evidence of all supporting the Palestinian cause is the 3 Jewish oaths.

In prayer, every Jew acknowledges their ancestors’ defiance of God (umipnei chatoeinu golinu meiartzeinu) and the 3 oaths that the people of Israel exchanged with the Almighty after this defiance.

These 3 oaths were that the Jews:

1) Swore never to forcefully re-establish their own nation by themselves.

2) Swore never to be disloyal to the nations who gave them shelter (on the contrary, every Jew is actually commanded to thank and pray for the well-being of the government of which he is the subject)

3) That these nations, in turn, will not oppress the Jews excessively.

This is another clear-cut example (that Jews repeat in prayer!) where God told them never to independently and forcefully establish their own nation, which (by forcefully and independently occupying the land of Palestine) they are visibly disobeying.

Yet, Zionists have been able to come up with another religious excuse. This one, however, built on the basis that Palestine was ‘empty’ before they arrived.

In 1902, it was written that Palestine "remains an almost uninhabited, forsaken and ruined Turkish territory" and that “we (the Jews) are commanded to take possession of the land; and not to abandon it to other nations, or leave it desolate.”

Contrary to this popular claim, Palestine was, in fact, completely habited when the Jews began their settlement, something a simple search on google will immediately verify.

Therefore, the claim that God’s sanctuary was left ‘unattended’, and that this gave the Jews the permission to re-establish themselves in Palestine, is completely baseless and should not be used to rationalize the occupation.

After looking through this evidence from the Quran, Torah and Bible, and investigating the historical claims made by Zionists, it is clear to see that there is no religious basis to the occupation of Palestine.

The Jews, despite popular belief, do not, in any of the religious books, have God’s permission to enter the ‘holy land,’ and therefore, should not use these claims as justification.

After all the inhumane actions made by Zionists against Palestinians, they should, at least, have the decency to call the occupation what it really is, and not to hide behind the defense of religion.

Finally, I wanted to mention that Islam Judaism and Christianity do not, and have never, supported violence, being brought down to spread peace between God’s people.

This article was not meant to attack or criticize any specific religion, instead, it was written to clear up any misinterpretations, in order to help others further understand the background of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

I hope that one day, all citizens, regardless of culture, tradition and religion, will be able to embrace their differences, accept their diversity and co-exist peacefully like they once did.

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