Day: May 5, 2010

Do the Palestinians Have a Legitimate Claim?

by Jim Fletcher

I remember several years ago, while researching a book, that I came upon some interesting facts concerning Arab claims about Palestine.

You remember Palestine, don’t you? It was a regional name at one time for the Holy Land, so named in the second century by the Romans, who wished to erase any memory of the Jews from the land.

Today, Palestine exists in the minds of the Arabs, and in the salons of Europe and America. Sadly — very sadly — Palestine also exists in the dreams of the Christian left, particularly in America.

More than a decade ago, I began to listen to the “Palestinian narrative,” the story created by PLO intellectuals like Edward Said. The narrative said that the Palestinians had been expelled from the land by expansionist Jews. The story goes that the Palestinians, descendants of the ancient Canaanites (get it? That means they were there before the Hebrews) were the rightful heirs to the land.

Violence: An End-Times Volcano

by Terry James

While Iceland spews its lava, abrasive gases, and ash and the Santiaguito volcano in Guatemala belches massive amounts of the same, a volcano of another sort seems to signal prophecy spoken by the greatest of all prophets. Human violence–as dangerous if not more so than that of the geophysical kind–is erupting.

The war on terror declared by President George W. Bush following the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York City and Washington D.C. put the spotlight on human violence spawned by Islamic fanatics. Rumors of war in the Middle East and elsewhere continue to occupy the fears of the world diplomatic community. North Korea’s flashing its nuclear threat, Iran’s not-so-veiled striving to achieve status as a nuclear power player–all attest to the violence around this fallen sphere.