Quotes About "Palestine"

Remember: Israel is bad! Its existence keeps reminding Muslims what a bunch of losers they are.
"There will be no peace until they will love their children more than they hate us."

-Golda Meir-
'If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more ‎violence. If the Jews put ‎down their weapons ‎today, there would be no ‎more Israel'‎

~Benjamin Netanyahu~
"Peace for us means the destruction of Israel. We are preparing for an all out war, a war which will last for generations.

~Yasser Arafat~
"The Palestinian people have no national identity. I, Yasser Arafat, man of destiny, will give them that identity through conflict with Israel."

~ Yasser Arafat ~
"The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel. For our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of Palestinian people, since Arab national interest demand that we posit the existence of a distinct 'Palestinian people' to oppose Zionism".

~ Zahir Muhse'in ~

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Was Muhammad a True Prophet?

Noah Webster's original 1828 dictionary defines a prophet as:

1. future EyeOne that foretells future events; a predictor; a foreteller
2. In Scripture, a person illuminated, inspired or instructed by God to announce future events
3. One who pretends to foretell; an impostor; as a false prophet

Muslims claim Muhammad was the last and final prophet, the final messenger of God declaring the same message to mankind as all the previous prophets. This bold claim contains assumptions that must be answered if we are going to accept as true the claim at face value.

1. How do we know Muhammad was a prophet outside his own claim to be so? By what criteria is a prophet measured, and does Muhammad measure up?
2. How do we know Muhammad brought the same message as the prior prophets? How can an accurate assessment of this claim be made?

Criteria of a Prophett

True prophets must provide evidence of such to back up the claim; otherwise anyone can claim to be a prophet and how are we to know?

Fulfilled prophecies or miraculous attestation

Biblical prophets always demonstrated their prophetic calling in one of two ways: either their prophecies came true within a short time and thus their foreknowledge of events proved divine inspiration, or they were given the ability to perform miracles as proof of their prophetic calling.

Muhammad never made a specific, predictive prophecy, and so fails the first test.

The Arabs of Muhammad's time thus demanded a miracle or a sign to confirm Muhammad as a prophet, Yet the Quran itself speaks of Muhammad as nothing more than someone sent to sound a warning.

Do they not reflect that their companion has not unsoundness in mind; he is only a plain warner. (Sura 7:184)

Say: I do not control any benefit or harm for my own soul except as Allah please; and had I known the unseen I would have had much of good and no evil would have touched me; I am nothing but a warner and the giver of good news to a people who believe. (Sura 7:188)

Then, it may be that you will give up part of what is revealed to you and your breast will become straitened by it because they say: Why has not a treasure been sent down upon him or an angel come with him? You are only a warner; and Allah is custodian over all things. (Sura 11:12)

And those who disbelieve say: Why has not a sign been sent down upon him from his Lord? You are only a warner and (there is) a guide for every people. (Sura 13:7)

And they say: Why are not signs sent down upon him from his Lord? Say: The signs are only with Allah, and I am only a plain warner. (Sura 29:50)

Muhammad denied the ability to perform miracles, as requested by the Jews, as proof of his prophetic calling. His response: "I am sent only as a warner." Translation: "I cannot provide you with the miracle you ask for." Muhammad thus fails the second test.

Does Muhammad's message conform to prior prophets?

No, it does not. That's the short answer. I could provide multiple examples; one alone will suffice.

The Qur'an, the revelation received as divine by Muhammad, denies the crucifixion of Jesus. Sura 4:157 reads:

They [the Jews] say, "We have killed the Messiah, Isa (Jesus), son of Maryam, the Rasool of Allah." Whereas in fact, neither did they kill him nor did they crucify him but they thought they did because the matter was made dubious for them. Those who differ therein are in doubt. They have no real knowledge, they follow nothing but merely a conjecture, certainly, they did not kill him (Jesus). [English translation by Muhammad Farooq-i-Azam Malik, Institute of Islamic Knowledge]

Since Jesus is also regarded as a prophet in Islam, let's take a look at what he had to say about his own crucifixion.

For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. - Matthew 12:40

From then on Jesus began to point out to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, and scribes, be killed, and be raised the third day. - Matthew 16:21

While going up to Jerusalem, Jesus took the 12 disciples aside privately and said to them on the way; "Listen! We are going up to Jerusalem. The Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death. Then they will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked, flogged, and crucified, and He will be resurrected on the third day." - Matthew 20:17-19

The words of Jesus here are not ambiguous. Jesus clearly predicted his own crucifixion, not the crucifixion of an impostor as the Qur'an implies. But did the crucifixion actually take place? Absolutely.

We need not look at the Biblical evedence to establish the fact that the crucifixion actually occurred, thought the evidence from the Bible is overwhelming. The crucifixion is one of the best established facts in history.

Thallos (55 A.D.): An ancient historian who wrote a three-volume history. In volume 3, Thallos mentions the darkness that occurred at the death of Jesus, just as recorded in Matthew 27:45, Mark 15:33, and Luke 23:44. Thallos certainly was no friend of Christians; he attempted to attribute the darkness to a solar eclipse, a natural phenomenon, rather than a miracle as scripture and tradition proclaimed. Julius Africanus rebuffed Thallos' argument years later by noting that Jesus was crucified during Passover, which occurs during a full moon. A solar eclipse cannot occur during a full moon but rather occurs during the opposite phase of the moon, or a new moon.

Cornelius Tacitus (55-120 A.D.): This respected Roman historian had a disdain for Christians, calling them believers "in a most mischievous superstition." Nevertheless, Tacitus confirms that this "sect" was formed from followers of "Christus," [a Roman rendering of the Greek 'Christ'] who "suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberias at the hands of Pontius Pilate." The term "extreme penalty" refers to crucifixion, the most extreme form of punishment used during the Roman Empire.

Lucian of Samosata (115-200 A.D.): A well-known satirist and lecturer, Lucian refers to Christians as "poor wretches" and "foolish people" who "accept such things on faith alone, without any evidence." He also calls them ones "who worship the man in Palestine who was crucified because he brought this new form of initiation into the world." Lucian further mocks Christians for believing "that they are all brothers the moment they transgress and deny the Greek gods and begin worshipping that crucified sophist and living by his laws."

Thus, on this account alone, Muhammad's revelation as stated in the Qur'an does not conform to prior revelation, and in fact denies a well established historical fact. Muhammad again fails the test of a true prophet.

Every attempt to establish Muhammad's prophetic career as divinely inspired has failed miserably: he cannot predict the future, he cannot provide a sign or miracle to substantiate his claim as a prophet, and his revelation contradicts previous revelation. But what else can be said about Muhammad's claim?

Muhammad: A false prophet?

Prior to Islam, Mecca was home to a variety of gods. Meccans were polytheistic and worshipped 360 gods in the Kaabah, the large black cube which is the focus of Islamic prayer and worship today. As Muhammad began preaching his new monotheistic religion and declared all gods but Allah to be false, he and his followers began to suffer persecution at the hands of the polytheistic Meccans. In an attempt to placate the Meccans and buy some relief from persecution, Muhammad conveniently received a revelation acknowledging three Meccan female deities. These verses were originally recorded in Sura 53:19-22 as

Have you thought of al-Lat and al-Uzza and Manat, the third, the other; these are the exalted Gharaniq [cranes which fly at high altitude] whose intercession is approved.

Ibn Ishaq, Muhammad's earliest biographer, records; "When the Quraysh [Meccans] heard that, they were delighted and greatly pleased at the way i which he spoke of their gods, and they listened to him." Acknowledging the three Meccan deities accomplished what Muhammad had hoped for.

However, the angel Gabriel later revealed that Allah had not put those words in the mouth of Muhammad, but Satan had. Muhammad had spoken words given to him by Satan, which acknowledged other gods beside Allah. These verses have come to be know as the Satanic Verses.

The Implication

This presents a huge problem for Muhammad.

Muslims love to claim corruption of the Bible, and state that where the Qur'an and Bible agree, those portions of the Bible have not undergone corruption but rather remain reliable.

One such portion of scripture Muslims use, and thus consider uncorrupted, is Deuteronomy chapter 18. In particular, Musilms claim Deuteronomy 18:18 is a specific prophecy of Muhammad in the Old Testament (I will cover this argument in another article). If Muslims want to acknowledge verse 18 as reliable and uncorrupt, they must likewise accept verse 20, a mere two verses later and contained within the same paragraph. Deuteronomy 18:20 states:

But the prophet who dares to speak in My name a message I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods -- that prophet must die.

Here we have two criteria by which to identify a false prophet: one who attributes words to God that were not given by God, and one who speaks in the name of other gods.

Muhammad spoke in the name of other gods. He acknowledged al-Lat, al-Uzza, and Manat as three valid deities who deserved worhip and whose intercession could be sought.

Muhammad attributed words to God that God did not command him to speak. By his own admission, we find Muhammad stating, "I have fabricated things against God and have imputed to Him words which He has not spoken." (History of al-Tabari, vol. 6 p. 111, Albany, NY, SUNY Press)

Muslim apologists will point out that Muhammad received another revelation absolving him of this minor indiscretion:

Never have We sent a Rasool or a Prophet before you, O Muhammad, in whose reciting of the Revelations shaitan [Satan] did not threw in some falsehood; but Allah abolishes that which shaitan throws in and confirms His own Revelations, for Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.

In other words, don’t worry Muhammad; all other prophets before you occasionally said things attributed to Satan and thought they were likewise from God, but God always corrected them. Of course, this is a groundless claim without merit, and in fact contrary to Deuteronomy 18:20.

According to Deuteronomy 18:20, Muhammad is a false prophet and must die. Of course, he is already dead, but the fact remains that over one billion people today still consider Muhammad to be a legitimate prophet. This is a tragedy.

Muslims must reject the Qur'an as the word of God because it was revealed by a false prophet who lacked the ability to discern revelation from God and revelation from Satan. Come back to the true word of God, the Bible, which has withstood the test of time and the attempts of critics to disprove it's claims. God's revelation to mankind is available to you, and in it you will find the way to eternal life in paradise.

Radical Truth


  1. Noe jewish donot have any religion with them as they are only on myths bias, simply no practical just time passing people who earn money by stealing others wealth, most of them are thief, robberers and misguiders. If at all any body have any sort of claims in my wording in revealing their reality they can see through their religion base one will get proof.

  2. It seems these blog person reallly don't dare to bare the reality so they are shamed of the users comments and they fear about the revealing of truth to whole world

  3. I have not read all this article, yet. I am only commenting to tell you that you sir, are someone who is talking without complete knowledge of what your discussing. You did not try to go and check each aspect and exploration that you have efficient privileges to discuss. But you are rather matching your resources in a way to suit what you think and clearly what you desire. As an answer for what you ascribed in the first few paragraphs; prophet muhammed did make predictions, and check the books of " saheeh bukhari " and such which contains events that happened in the daily life of the prophet. In fact these predictions were a bundle that are happening now, and signs of the day and the judgement as well as many other signs. God proved to non-believers dozens of times that he was a prophet throughout miracles like the qua ran itself.
    And in the end the prophet did show the non-believers a miracle, as it shows in the following verse of the quaran that is no dispute between muslims world wide unlike the bible:

    1 The Hour has drawn near, and the moon has been cleft asunder (the people of Makkah requested Prophet Muhammad SAW to show them a miracle, so he showed them the splitting of the moon).
    2 And if they see a sign, they turn away, and say: "This is continuous magic."
    3 They belied (the Verses of Allah, this Quran), and followed their own lusts. And every matter will be settled (according to the kind of deeds (for the doer of good deeds, his deeds will take him to Paradise, and similarly evil deeds will take their doers to Hell)).
    4 And indeed there has come to them news (in this Quran) wherein there is (enough warning) to check (them from evil),
    5 Perfect wisdom (this Quran), but (the preaching of) warners benefit them not,
    6 So (O Muhammad SAW) withdraw from them. The Day that the caller will call (them) to a terrible thing.
    7 They will come forth, with humbled eyes from (their) graves as if they were locusts spread abroad,
    8 Hastening towards the caller, the disbelievers will say: "This is a hard Day."
    9 The people of Nooh (Noah) denied (their Messenger) before them, they rejected Our slave, and said: "A madman!" and he was insolently rebuked and threatened.
    10 Then he invoked his Lord (saying): "I have been overcome, so help (me)!"
    11 So We opened the gates of heaven with water pouring forth.
    12 And We caused the earth to gush forth with springs. So the waters (of the heaven and the earth) met for a matter predestined.
    13 And We carried him on a (ship) made of planks and nails,
    14 Floating under Our Eyes, a reward for him who had been rejected!
    15 And indeed, We have left this as a sign, then is there any that will remember (or receive admonition)?
    16 Then how (terrible) was My Torment and My Warnings?
    17 And We have indeed made the Quran easy to understand and remember, then is there any that will remember (or receive admonition)?
    18 Ad (people) belied (their Prophet, Hood), then how (terrible) was My Torment and My Warnings?
    19 Verily, We sent against them a furious wind of harsh voice on a day of evil omen and continuous calamity.
    20 Plucking out men as if they were uprooted stems of date-palms.

  4. also respectable sir, you mentioned the verse that talks about the crucifixion, and yes without doubt the crucifixion had taken place. But we muslims deny that that it was christ who was crucifixed ... check this out :
    Islamic texts categorically deny the idea of crucifixion or death attributed to Jesus by the Bible.[5][20] The Quran states that people (i.e., the Jews and Romans) sought to kill Jesus, but they did not crucify nor kill him, although "this was made to appear to them." Muslims believe that Jesus was not crucified but instead, he was raised up by God unto the heavens. This "raising" is understood to mean through bodily ascension.
    That they said (in boast), "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah";- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:-
    Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise;-
    —Quran sura 4 (Al-Nisa النساء) ayah 157-158[21]
    Discussing the interpretation of those scholars who deny the crucifixion, the Encyclopaedia of Islam writes:
    The denial, furthermore, is in perfect agreement with the logic of the Quran. The Biblical stories reproduced in it (e.g., Job, Moses, Joseph etc.) and the episodes relating to the history of the beginning of Islam demonstrate that it is "God's practice" (sunnat Allah) to make faith triumph finally over the forces of evil and adversity. "So truly with hardship comes ease", (XCIV, 5, 6). For Jesus to die on the cross would have meant the triumph of his executioners; but the Quran asserts that they undoubtedly failed: "Assuredly God will defend those who believe"; (XXII, 49). He confounds the plots of the enemies of Christ (III, 54).
    In regard to the interpretation of the minority of Muslims who accept the crucifixion, Mahmoud Ayoub states:
    The Quran is not here speaking about a man, righteous and wronged though he may be, but about the Word of God who was sent to earth and returned to God. Thus the denial of killing of Jesus is a denial of the power of men to vanquish and destroy the divine Word, which is for ever victorious.[2

    however sir, since i am in hurry ... and actually have school, I would recommend you stop trying to deceive the likes of you more than you are deceived, and unlock your mind if you really want the truth. You yourself know how decayed your religion has become, Prophet muhammed was not an imposter ... but he was a beloved messenger and a prophet of god. And since he has the quaran on his side, while he was illiterate ( didn't know how to read and write ) but was with supreme wisdom, and he also was an orphan. Surely he had could not authorize the quaran himself. Islam is a universal religion, sent as a final message to humanity before the end of times. Seek the truth good man, and do not be an oppressor of the truth.

    Kind regards, Muhammed K.

  5. what are you trying to prove, the verse you mentioned yourself : " Never have We sent a Rasool or a Prophet before you, O Muhammad, in whose reciting of the Revelations shaitan [Satan] did not threw in some falsehood; but Allah abolishes that which shaitan throws in and confirms His own Revelations, for Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise. " proves you an idiot.

    ( but Allah abolishes that which shaitan throws in and confirms His own Revelations, for Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise. )

    If god was re-assuring the prophet in that verse, then this shows that god is merciful and would not stand out on making his words established for the people. firstly: this verse could not be as well from satan, because he was just kicked in the shins and layed off. Also in this verse, god acknowledges that he " ABOLISHES that which shaitan throws and CONFIRMS his own revelation " ... if prophet muhammed was tricked once by satan, that means he could be tricked again & again right ? No, definitely not
    God stated clearly that any moment that error would pop up, he would always be there to confirm his messages and pop that lie out. Here it is carefully the case is carefully studied : http://ilovemuhammed.com/answering-the-critics/claims-against-the-prophet/71-the-satanic-verses

    why not next time we discuss a little bit of the bible that has been greatly Subjected to staining and mis-concepts. This little gimmy story of yours was proven by an undeniable verse. But the bible has been tampered with back and forth, not during jesus' period, since he was purified. But like a hundred years after or so. actually in many verses that could connected together, would many times be found dellibelatirally altered to seem like a series while there is deceiving that you wouldn't think of. But after there were strict means of keeping the quaran safe right after it was confirmed correct. Messengers weren't sent by god playfully, god knows who he sends and sends them for a reason. Unlike the bible teaches that many prophets went astray.
    Also there is a verse in the quaran that the quaran that tells that whoever would say something false in gods name would be punished severely in life and the hereafter and in the day of the judgment ... and god would always Confirm his messages and produce them for mankind without delusory ... but in the bible's case it had not been saved from Plucking

    Ahmed K.

  6. Why dont you tell the truth about surah 53 19-22. You didnt even put exactly what it says and do you and me a favor and read verse 23.

  7. You will all be shocked at the Last Day.

    No religion can save us.
    Only Jesus Christ can.

  8. i just wanna say : surah 109:1-6

  9. We see that Mohammed had come for about 500years later Christ had been and raised to heaven. Also we know that he heard the Bible stories and about Christ from the people of Jews who lived at Mecca. He was a ruler and a leader of Army. This have made him known about the Christians and Jews people who have spread across the world.

    I understand that he was illiterate but we see that he did not write the Quran...it was wrote by his followers. Arabic peom are very famous and Mohammed was a good peot...the stories what he heard he recited the words and made known to his followers. It was not given by Gabriel or by God. Hearing the stories and seeing it in reality are different. The deciplies have seen the Crucifiction of Christ and wrote the Gospels which is true, on the other hand Mohammed did not see Christ neither been there...all he heard about it by other people, the words passed by mouth are changed as every one narrates the story in different ways than what was written.

    Bible clearly states to beware of false prophets. Since the entire Humanity can only be saved by the Blood of Jesus Christ as the Bible tell us that who ever believes that Christ died for our sins and by his blood the sins are washed away have saved their soul, as the Satan is well aware of it...it uses Mohammed as a tool to divert the People not to believe in Crucifiction of Christ. Which makes the satan easy to bring the people to hell and take their souls. I am sorry to tell that Muslims have been following wrong path and been decived by Satan. Mohammed was used by the Satan where Jesus tells people that after he goes there will rise false prophet and lead many astray...which Mohammed did by leading the Major population in the world called as Muslims.
    Dear brother and sisters...please read Bible to understand the Plan of God and the works of devil dont judge christianity by the people, but see the real christianity by what is written in Bible. Bible warns a sinful way and teaches how to live a righteous life. Best example is Christ himself. Its always better to listen to the man who was sinless and not a single fault found in him than believing Mohammed who have lived in sin and he himself Confesses his sins to God which Jesus never did. Consider the followers of Christ too...they never killed a single person but they were humbled even to their death on the other hand the followers of Mohammed have killed many people calling them infidels. GOD is full of LOVE and not of hate. Jesus thought us to love everyone and even the enimies. We love you muslims brothers and sisters. We do not fight against flesh and blood but against the powers of darkness that is the satan who deceives you and not you. I pray may Christ show you the right path and save your souls.

  10. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRs39qmPTZ0

  11. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLWFvm9HtME

  12. "Religion was invented when the first con man met the first fool."
    I am not an atheist, but this is so true!!

    There are no religions, there are no castes. The truth is there is only one God. HE is omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent. HE wont damn care by which name you will call him or by which way you will worship him.

    Seriously!! you guys need to stop fighting and arguing about which religion is true and spend more time to realize about yourself and realize HIM.

    Open up your minds...dont be scared to find out what the truth is!! Go read some books which reveals what the truth is.
    Read books by Dr. Brian Weiss.

    More than all these... learn to love every living being on this earth which by the way is God's creation!!! First learn to love and respect all his creation and only then you can love HIM and know HIM.

    If my comment didn't convince even a little to you people then I'm really sorry for your biased minds :)

    1. To follow the right , to know the truth is not wrong, the big wrong to mix the truth with lies. Generally I respect your concept but not in complete way, don't take it easy and do some effort to be satisfied about your self at the end of your life and after your life. With my regards

  13. Dont worship the sun, the moon or the stars.. worship the one that created them. Dont u ppl see it? no men has powers, no men can do miracles bcs there ir only one powerfull beeing.. Is God. Many prophets were sent back in the time.. not for predict future things, or to show that they were powerfull.. They were sent to spreat God's word witch was: "Im the one u should pray to, ask for, worship, love, believe in" .. The word was NOT: "Im a prophet send by God, I can do miracles.. so worship me, follow me, love me, believe in me" .. Something so simple and yet so hard for some to understand. Men's ego and hunger for power and selfishness made this world spleat into hundrets of religions some of them so ridicules.. But thereal truth will come out very soon and we shall all see it

  14. I think who wrote that don't know anything about Islam and he should read more.. there are too many things he don't know about Islam so he misunderstand a lot of things maybe that's why he wrote this silly things. I ask him if he really seeking for the way to god and the true religion and only the true he should read more about Islam and know more and then he can chose his way .

  15. how bout everyone JUST BE quiet about saying their religon is right if u want to know what the real religon si go read the Quran go read the Bible go read the Torah go read some books guys!!!!

  16. This is not our Islam , Islam is the only saving message for the human kind , remember only one thing that you will be asked about all what you wrote , I advise you ask your heart and god willing you will know the truth , don't let your sin to block your heart from the truth and the right , maybe you don't know but if you know and you are trying to fight the God make sure that you will never win. Good luck

  17. you people are liars Islam is the real religion and I don't even know WHY you are trying to change peoples thoughts of being Islam and trying to make them be Christian you people are sick and I am ashamed to be even be living in the same country as you stupid Christian people. the real thing that is going to happen is that you Christian people are go to HELL FIRE for the rest of you internal lives!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAAHHA!!!!!!!!!


More Quotes About "Palestine"

"There is no such country as Palestine. 'Palestine' is a term the Zionists invented. There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria. 'Palestine' is alien to us. It is the Zionists who introduced it".

- Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, Syrian Arab leader to British Peel Commission, 1937 -

"There is no such thing as Palestine in history, absolutely not".

- Professor Philip Hitti, Arab historian, 1946 -

"It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but Southern Syria".

- Representant of Saudi Arabia at the United Nations, 1956 -

Concerning the Holy Land, the chairman of the Syrian Delegation at the Paris Peace Conference in February 1919 stated:
"The only Arab domination since the Conquest in 635 c.e. hardly lasted, as such, 22 years".

"There is not a solitary village throughout its whole extent (valley of Jezreel, Galilea); not for thirty miles in either direction... One may ride ten miles hereabouts and not see ten human beings. For the sort of solitude to make one dreary, come to Galilee... Nazareth is forlorn... Jericho lies a mouldering ruin... Bethlehem and Bethany, in their poverty and humiliation... untenanted by any living creature... A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds... a silent, mournful expanse... a desolation... We never saw a human being on the whole route... Hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil had almost deserted the country... Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes... desolate and unlovely...".

- Mark Twain, "The Innocents Abroad", 1867 -

"In 1590 a 'simple English visitor' to Jerusalem wrote: 'Nothing there is to bescene but a little of the old walls, which is yet remayning and all the rest is grasse, mosse and weedes much like to a piece of rank or moist grounde'.".

- Gunner Edward Webbe, Palestine Exploration Fund,
Quarterly Statement, p. 86; de Haas, History, p. 338 -

"The land in Palestine is lacking in people to till its fertile soil".

- British archaeologist Thomas Shaw, mid-1700s -

"Palestine is a ruined and desolate land".

- Count Constantine François Volney, XVIII century French author and historian -

"The Arabs themselves cannot be considered but temporary residents. They pitched their tents in its grazing fields or built their places of refuge in its ruined cities. They created nothing in it. Since they were strangers to the land, they never became its masters. The desert wind that brought them hither could one day carry them away without their leaving behind them any sign of their passage through it".

- Comments by Christians concerning the Arabs in Palestine in the 1800s -

"Then we entered the hill district, and our path lay through the clattering bed of an ancient stream, whose brawling waters have rolled away into the past, along with the fierce and turbulent race who once inhabited these savage hills. There may have been cultivation here two thousand years ago. The mountains, or huge stony mounds environing this rough path, have level ridges all the way up to their summits; on these parallel ledges there is still some verdure and soil: when water flowed here, and the country was thronged with that extraordinary population, which, according to the Sacred Histories, was crowded into the region, these mountain steps may have been gardens and vineyards, such as we see now thriving along the hills of the Rhine. Now the district is quite deserted, and you ride among what seem to be so many petrified waterfalls. We saw no animals moving among the stony brakes; scarcely even a dozen little birds in the whole course of the ride".

- William Thackeray in "From Jaffa To Jerusalem", 1844 -

"The country is in a considerable degree empty of inhabitants and therefore its greatest need is of a body of population".

- James Finn, British Consul in 1857 -

"The area was underpopulated and remained economically stagnant until the arrival of the first Zionist pioneers in the 1880's, who came to rebuild the Jewish land. The country had remained "The Holy Land" in the religious and historic consciousness of mankind, which associated it with the Bible and the history of the Jewish people. Jewish development of the country also attracted large numbers of other immigrants - both Jewish and Arab. The road leading from Gaza to the north was only a summer track suitable for transport by camels and carts... Houses were all of mud. No windows were anywhere to be seen... The plows used were of wood... The yields were very poor... The sanitary conditions in the village [Yabna] were horrible... Schools did not exist... The rate of infant mortality was very high... The western part, toward the sea, was almost a desert... The villages in this area were few and thinly populated. Many ruins of villages were scattered over the area, as owing to the prevalence of malaria, many villages were deserted by their inhabitants".

- The report of the British Royal Commission, 1913 -

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