1. Modern Politics Can Ruin Historical Achievements
The Cairo Genizah is a rich source of historical documents that pertain to both Muslim and Jewish history. For both civilizations, these documents need to be preserved, not just to embellish the past. But to also show modern accomplishments.
Tim Upham ,
Tum Tum, WA
2. A pity this collection cannot be aquired by Israel.
It would be very educational and fitting if the Geniza documents could be aquired by the Israel National library or some other prominent Israeli libray.
Bob k ,
3. Graetz's History of the Jews
It was not until the second half of the century that Heinrich Graetz (1817-91) and others developed a "national" vision of the Bible and transformed Abraham’s journey to Canaan, the flight from Egypt and the united kingdom of David and Solomon into an authentic national past. By constant repetition, Zionist historians have subsequently turned these Biblical "truths" into the basis of national education.
biblical truths have nothing to do with the jewish return to their ancestral land, israel, judea and samaria.
one has to only look at the history books, josephus historical accounts (not the old testament) and jewish artifacts on the second and first temple period in israel to understand that there was a jewish kingdom there; judah and israel. and its people were called the israelites and the hebrews.
THE GENIZAH IS JEWISH, PERIOD. it belongs in israel and in jewish hands only.
it is baffling that two of the most anti semitic universities in the world today have access to these documents. what a waste and travesty.
sorry to disappoint you. however, i have not heard of any muslim accomplishments since the 7th century. care to enlighten us, the educated, what accomplishments, if any, the muslims have produced since the 7th century.
on the other hand, i won't have enough pages here to enumerate the jewish accomplishments.
the genizah IS NOT MUSLIM HISTORY. IT IS THE HISTORY OF THE JEWS, AS DIHIMIS AND SECOND CLASS CITIZENS, IN ALL MUSLIM LANDS AND COUNTRIES WHERE THEY SUFFERED BEYOND ENDURANCE FROM ISLAM AND ITS FOLLOWERS AND LEADERS.
7. to #4, the Zionists stand
the Romans never exiled any nation from anywhere on the eastern seaboard of the Mediterranean. Romans could not have done so even if they had wanted to. They did not have trains and trucks to deport entire populations. That kind of logistics did not exist until the 20th century. Apart from enslaved prisoners, the population of Judea continued to live on their lands, even after the destruction of the second temple. Some converted to Christianity in the 4th century, while the majority embraced Islam during the 7th century Arab conquest. Most Zionist thinkers were aware of this: Yitzhak Ben Zvi, later president of Israel, and David Ben Gurion, its first prime minister, accepted it as late as 1929, the year of the great Palestinian revolt. Both stated on several occasions that the peasants of Palestine were the descendants of the inhabitants of ancient Judea.