Palestine - A Land that Does not Belong to Islam As our resident "Zionists are Unfair" Trolls keep pounding the drums, let us look at what REALLY happened to Palestine: 1) circa 800-1500BC, Israel takes the lands from a bunch of relatively unknown villages belonging to those such as Hittites, Philistines, etc. 2) After some centuries of freedom, Israel was: a) Judea, the former territory of the Kingdom of Judah after its demise (c. 586 BC), being successively a Babylonian, a Persian, a Ptolomeic and a Seleucid province, an independent kingdom under the Hasmoneans regarding itself as successor of the Biblical one, a Roman dependent kingdom and a Roman province. + b) The Kingdom of Israel was one of two successor states to the older Kingdom of Israel, which existed from around 931 BCE to 722 BCE. ITs inhabitatnats were carried of into Assyria. 2) Characterized by jerusalem, then: In the five centuries following the Bar Kokhba revolt, the city remained under Roman then Byzantine rule. During the 4th century, the Roman Emperor Constantine I constructed Christian sites in Jerusalem such as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Jerusalem reached a peak in size and population at the end of the Second Temple Period: The city covered two square kilometers (0.8 sq mi.) and had a population of 200,000 From the days of Constantine until the Arab conquest in 638, Jews were banned from Jerusalem, but were allowed back into the city by Muslim rulers. By the end of the 7th century, an Umayyad caliph Abd al-Malik had commissioned and completed the construction of the Dome of the Rock over the Foundation Stone. In the four hundred years that followed, Jerusalem's prominence diminished as Arab powers in the region jockeyed for control. In 1099, Jerusalem was besieged by the First Crusaders, who killed most of its Muslim and Jewish inhabitants, apart from many Christians. That would be the first of several conquests to take place over the next four hundred years. In 1187, the city was taken from the Crusaders by Saladin. Between 1228 and 1244, it was given by Saladin's descendant al-Kamil to the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II. Jerusalem fell again in 1244 to the Khawarizmi Turks, who were later, in 1260, replaced by the Mamelukes. In 1517, Jerusalem and its environs fell to the Ottoman Turks, who would maintain control of the city until the 20th century. This era saw the first expansion outside the Old City walls, as new neighborhoods were established to relieve the overcrowding. The first of these new neighborhoods included the Russian Compound and the Jewish Mishkenot Sha'ananim, both founded in 1860. In 1948, Israel was reinstalled. Palestinians weep, wail and cry about the unfairness of the Zionist entities and sympathizers. But the truth is, the ownership of the area has shifted constantly. They have no more claim than the American Indians have to the land, or that Mexica has claim to the southwestern USA. Since Hamas wants Israel back to 1967 borders (and really, to completely leave) what I proposes is, that all of Islam draws back to pre-632AD lines, to the area that Mohammad lived, which represents the start of a 100 years of conquest by Islam in Arabia, across North Africa, Iberian Peninsula, plus every other country aroudn the world currently under Islamic influence.