Aliyah describes the act of going up “ascent”. Originally it referred to Jews going up to Jerusalem for three major Biblical feasts—Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles. Today Aliyah refers to Jews relocating from the four corners of the world to live in Israel. The Bible actually reports Two Returns.
Dr H. V. Evatt (Australia) president of the United Nations welcomed Israel as a UN member May 11, 1949 at 3p.m. Fifty four Governments, including forty-five Members recognised Israel in their vote. Fifty years before Theodore Herzl envisaged the Jewish state. This UN decision was seen as ‘awesome’, ‘significant’ and an acknowledgement of international ‘equality.’
The story of modern day Israel is traced back to Old Testament prophets Isaiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Amos, Micah and Zechariah. Jeremiah also had a vision of hope. He saw scattered Israel gathered and Judah returning to their land. (Jeremiah 23; 30-31, 33, 46-51)
Yasser Arafat declared, “Peace for us means the destruction of Israel. We are preparing for an all out war, a war that will last for generations.” He found Israel, stubborn, resilient and determined. Like many before him and those after, Arafat rode the wave of rage. Wipe Israel off the map has been the constant chant.
‘Truth is stranger than fiction’ is a popular saying. The more I am involved with the media, journalism and broadcasting the more convinced I am fiction often poses as truth.
In 1475 Franciscan firebrand Bernadino da Fetre preached against the Jews. He lit a flame that torched history to this day. In Trent, Italy, a Christian infant Simon, disappeared.