Monday, October 14, 2013

Yesterday's Three-Thousand Year Old Lie

This appeared on my screen:

Palestinian village continuously inhabited for 3,000 about to be destroyed by Israel

October 14, 2013

The Israeli High Court is set to rule on the forced expulsion of all of the residents of the village of Khirbat Zanuta, southwest of Hebron in the southern West Bank on Monday.

Where is Khirbet Zanuta?

I learn that

Khirbet Zanuta is a Palestinian village in the Hebron Governorate in the southern West Bank, located 20 kilometers south of Hebron. Nearby localities include ad-Dhahiriya to the northwest, Khirbet Shweika to the northwest and the Israeli settlements of Teneh Omarim to the west and Shim'a to the east. The village is adjacent to the Green Line.

And how many people in that 3,000-year old village?

According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), Khirbet Zanuta had a population of 60 in the 2007 census, an increase from 1997 when six residents were recorded...In 2012 the number of families registered at Zanuta was 27.

In 3,000 years, that's it?  Less than a hundred, I approximate?

How large is the village?

The total land area is approximately 12,000 dunams, of which roughly 3,000 are cultivated, mostly with field crops. Much of the remaining land area is considered "open spaces," while one dunam is classified as built-up areas.

Built-up area is ... one dunam?  That's a quarter of an acre?  That's one house.

Odd.  Maybe this is an answer:

Zanuta was a cave settlement of local peoples

That's a lot of cultivated agriculture land for that amount of people, too.

Let's go back to that 3,000-year old claim:

Pottery shards at Zanuta indicate continuous settlement since the Iron Age, and archeologist Avi Ofer has proposed an identification of the site with Dana in the fifth group of Judean cities in the south Hebron hills

Joshua 15: 48-49

And in the hill-country: Shamir, and Jattir, and Socoh; 49 and Dannah, and Kiriath-sannah--the same is Debir; 

Ah, so "Palestinian" doesn't mean a nationality or ethnicity but is simply a term of geography.  After all this, those "Judean cities" were not Arab or Muslim but Jewish. Judah; son of Jacob.  You know, the tribe.

A three-thousand year lie.  From yesterday.

Another "Palestinianism inventivity" fabrication.



a.  Maybe the Khirbeh is akin to an "outpost"?

b.  Seems Amira Hass copied the headline or is that plagiarism?


Marc said...

This lie was not invented by the Arabs, it was invented by Jews.

Unknown said...

There is currently a free online course about the history of Judea during the period of the Babylonian conquest. We need to educate people that Judea and Israel are the Jewish homeland for millennia. We cannot allow the Arabs to destroy history and try to replace it with an invented one.

The Fall and Rise of Jerusalem
by Ido Koch, Professor Oded Lipschits, Ph.D. of Tel Aviv University