Middle East Notes, September 2019

Posted on Sep 4, 2019

Commentary: Most modern-day Israelis, religious and secular, believe that all the land between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River belongs to them alone.  The Palestinian people living in Israel, East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza are considered to be aliens. These Palestinian aliens, probably equal to half the population of the total area under Israeli civil or military law, are subject to ever increasing levels of repression and oppression.  The same modern-day Israelis who believe that this land was given to their ancestors and to them by God seem to ignore or forget the commands of God concerning the alien among them. God is however faithful and does not forget. 

“You shall not molest or oppress an alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in Egypt. (Exodus 22:20)

“When an alien resides with you in your land, do not molest him. You shall treat the alien who resides with you no differently than the natives born among you; have the same love for him as for yourself: for you too were once aliens in Egypt. I, the Lord, am your God. (Leviticus 19:33-34)

“There is but one rule for you and the resident alien, a perpetual rule for all your descendants. Before the Lord you and the alien are alike, with the same law and same application for the alien residing among you as for yourselves. (Numbers 15:15-16)

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