Pressure on Jerusalem
Posted on 05 December 2012 by Elze Erwteman
This text I write with gratitude from the north of Jerusalem. This area is known as occupied territory and located 1-2 km from the places Beit Hanina and Shuafat. Both towns are located in the area of the tribe of Benjamin and according to some writers was the name: Beit Anina. In the year 636 A.D. Beit Hanina was annexed by the Islamic Califaat. The Muslim faith was established around the seventh century A.D.
In 1099 the town was conquered by the Crusaders. In 1596 it was back in Muslim hands under the Ottoman Empire. In 1920 the administration of Palestine was assigned to the United Kingdom when the Ottoman Empire in 1920 was divided by the Treaty of Sevres. In 1948 it was conquered by Jordanian troops, along with the Judea and Samaria, now called the West Bank. Since 1967, after the Six Day War, is Beit Hanina and Shuafat annexed by Israel. According to Isaiah is Mizpeh in the land of the tribe of Benjamin, according to 1 Samuel 10:19 p.m. and Nob the names of these places where Beit Hanina en Shuafat are. See also Nehemiah 11:33.
The recent construction of the new tramway in Jerusalem, which runs through both places has led to archaeological finds that indicate Jewish settlements existed long before the Muslim Faith and Romans settled there. There was an active Jewish community after the fall of the Second Temple. There are jars found that were used to contain kosher foods. One discovered bowls that are identical to the ones used in the Temple that were used to contain the ashes of the sacrifices. Also were Roman baths discovered in these diggings.
In 1596 the town was under Ottoman rule and there were 8 Muslim families. The world now demands this area as belonging to the three world religions, and this part of Jerusalem is supposed to be under the control of the UN. This area now contains one of the largest areas of Jerusalem where Jewish people live. In 1967 Israel was attacked by Egypt, Jordan and Syria in the so called Six-Day War from June 5 till June 10. Israel captured finally Jerusalem. Since 1948 no Jews were allowed in the old city of Jerusalem where they had lived for 3000 years. Now since 1967 Jerusalem is back under Jewish rule after 2000 years. A miracle of God!
The world does not accept this and is busy to prove that Jerusalem is not in the right hands now. She will continue to fight and disgrace Israel. To humiliate her and the chosen People of God. We now experience that tension here is increasing. The new tram has ensured that there is archaeological evidence of Jewish settlements in the far past, before even Islam existed. There is a Catholic church in Shuafat. The Vatican has been silent when Jordan ruled this part before the Six-Day-War. Now the Vatican demands that Israel gives this territory back to the Arabs. Some of them are not born here but are from Arab countries. The Vatican helps to put pressure on Israel.
Technically speaking, Pizgat Ze’ev is the north of Jerusalem, but internationally is is called: “East Jerusalem” due to the fact that this district is located east of the Green Line. After the 1967 war, this area was annexed and occupied by Israel and then also by the Jerusalem Law of 1980 confirmed by Israel. The “United Nations Security Council Resolution 478,” the annexation of East Jerusalem declared illegal under international law and the international community sees the area as Israeli military occupied territory.
By establishing this northern neighborhood in Jerusalem, called Pizgat Ze’ev, has brought the population of Jews living in East Jerusalem has increased considerably. In 1993 there were 155,000 Arabs and 160,000 Jews in East Jerusalem. The status of these areas of Jerusalem under international law considers these areas as a violation of the “Fourth Geneva Convention” and under this rule is allowed to let people live in these areas. Israel disputes this “Fourth Geneva Convention” rule because these areas have never belonged to a Palestinian Authority. The International Court of Justice and the International Committee of the Red Cross has rejected this view of Israel.
All in all we see the possibility of a major battle for Jerusalem on the horizon coming. A battle that we find in the Bible in Zechariah 12:2-3, “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of giddiness to all the nations round about, yes, it will be over Judah in the siege against Jerusalem. And it shall come to pass in that day that I will make Jerusalem a troublesome stone to all the nations, all who are laden therewith, shall utterly be cut, and all the nations of the earth will gather against her.”
This is what the Lord also says, “And ye shall know that I am the Lord your God, living in Zion, my holy mountain: and Jerusalem shall be holy, and strangers shall no longer go through her” (Joel 3:17).