Emperor Hadrian and the Jews
Hadranus Publius Aelinus was emperor of Rome from 117 to 138. It was
during his reign that the Jews of Israel revolted for a second time against the
Roman occupation of their country. The first revolt led to the destruction of
Jerusalem and the holy Temple in the year 70. That revolt was crushed by the
Emperor Vespasian and his son Titus.
Nevertheless, a considerable number of Jews continued to live in Israel.
Among these Jews was Simon Bar Kochba, who believed that he could
overthrow the Roman rule over the Jewish land. Incensed by the building of a
pagan temple in Jerusalem, the Jews revolted against the Roman occupation a
second time under the leadership of Bar Kochba. For a short time the revolt
succeeded, but was finally crushed when a large Roman army arrived and
slaughtered 250,000 Jews and destroyed almost all Jewish towns.
The revolt ended in 136, after four years of fighting. The Jews, having
lost the war for their independence, were then scattered all over the Roman
Empire, finally ending up in Europe.
The Emperor Hadrian prohibited Jews from ever entering Israel again and
renamed Jerusalem Aelia Capitolina.
The first part of the name referred to the Emperorís family name. The second
part of that name was used in connection with honor devolving upon three Roman
gods, i.e., Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva. Hadrian then renamed the land of Israel,
Palaestina or the land of the Philistines. Of course, in Hadrianís day there
were no Philistines anywhere, as they had all assimilated into the surrounding
peoples in the vicinity of the Gaza Strip, which had once been Philistine
territory. Hadrian wanted to the erase the memory of the Jews and therefore
revived that ancient name.
In short there was never a country called Palestine. Calling Israel
Palestine depicts hostility and hatred against Jews, but is
unrelated to any facts.
The Arabs who today live in Israel are in no sense the descendants of the
Philistines. Labeling themselves Palestinians is nothing more than the promotion
of anti-Jewish hate. The truth is that Palestine never existed and that there
are no Palestinians. Instead there are Arab immigrants into Israel who label
themselves Philistines for the sake of murdering the 6 million Jews living
there. The Arabs are the new Nazis, whose purpose
is to kill anyone believing in Judaism, as instructed by the Koran, the holy
book of all Muslims.
There is no real dispute concerning the land of Israel. It is entirely
Jewish and none of it belongs to the Arabs. Yet the Arabs have the audacity to
demand that all Jews be driven out of Israel or murdered. They also demand that
the American taxpayer support them forever, as they have no intention of going
to work. The Arabs living in Israel should recognize what a few Jews have
accomplished in only 70 years, while the Arabs have done nothing but complain
Every shot that has ever been fired between the Arabs and the Jewish
population of Israel is entirely the fault of the Arabs, who attacked the Jewish
community in Israel repeatedly in the hope of killing all Jews and profiting by
seizing the property of the dead Jews, as the Europeans did between 1933 and
There is only one dispute between the Jewish population of 13 million in
the world and the 1.5 billion Muslims. Muslims and the Arabs among them believe
that no person who is Jewish has a right to live in this world and that they,
the Muslims, have the right to murder all Jews. Jews, however, are human beings,
which the Muslims deny. Like all others, Jews seek to stay alive. The dispute
between the so-called Palestinians and the Israelis has nothing to do with
Jerusalem, or the West Bank of the Jordan River, or refugees. The dispute is
solely religious and could end whenever Muslims and the Arabs among them are
willing to grant that Jews are human beings too and have a right to live.