Arabs and Jews
A is for Arab, J is for Jihad (An Arab holy way) goes back to Abraham, a Jew, and Hagar, an Arab woman. Hagar was a handmaiden and servant to Sarah, Abraham's wife.
In Genesis 21, it states that contention arose betweeen Sarah and Hagar. Sarah was unable to have children and she gave Hagar to Abraham as a wife. Hagar and Ismael were banished to the desert near the Dead Sea.
Desert dwellers and descendents of Ismael intermarried. They became known as Cananites. Anyone who was not an Israelite was classified as a Cananite.
The Arabs living in Israel in 2012 prefer to be called Palestinians. Arabs living in Gaza today are living in a city established by the Philistines. Arabs also live in West Bank, a city near the Jordan River.
Now in modern times, tension exists in Israel between the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, has recorded that about 2.38 million Christians toured the Holy Land in 2010. On Good Friday in 2011, a large number of Christians flocked to the Via Delorosa. It was a record crowd.
Since Israel's six-day war in 1965, both the Gaza and West Bank Arabs have wanted the boundaries changed back to where they were before 1965. Arabs want their own state.
In December 1994-January 1995, I was furtunate to have traveled with a tour group to Israel. We visited the Wailing Wall on the western side of where King Solomon's Temple once stood. It was destroyed in 70 A.D. by the Romans. Countless visitors to Israel would never had that experience if the boundaries were changed back to ones existing in 1965.
Visitors to the Temple site include Christians, Jews and Moslems. (The Dome of the Rock Mosque, which was built upon the ruins of the Temple, is holy to Moslems.
Helen Ruth Arnold,