Western Union making life difficult again

By Skovronek2
October 5, 2011

This morning I tried to wire some money to someone in Hebron.

I said I would like to wire some money to Judea and Samaria. The girl in the travel agent looked at me blank.

She said we don't have that country down here. I said how about The Disputed Territories ?

She said, no we don't have that either.

I said how about The Occupied Palestinian Territories ?

She said, yes we have that.

I said, where does that list come from ?

She said, " The Foreign Office."



Wed, 10/05/2011 - 15:01

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Nice story but what is the point? Of course the Arabist Foreign Office says that it also recognised Jordan's illegal annexation of Judea and Samaria which 99.99% of the World did not - so not much to see here let's move on.

By the way they don't recognise Argentina's sovereignty over the Falklands either but that could soon change too! Los Malvenas here we come.



Wed, 10/05/2011 - 15:29

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Oh and to get things straight:

For nearly three thousand years the area now referred to exclusively as the made up “West Bank” or more recently the equally made up "Occupied Palestinian Territories" was known as “Judea & Ephraim”, the latter denoting the territory of the tribes of Ephraim and half of Manasseh. After the division of the Solomonic Kingdom into the Southern Kingdom of Judah and the Northern Kingdom of Israel, the latter became known as “Samaria”, called Shomron in Hebrew, after its capital of the same name founded by King Omri of Israel. According to I Kings (16:24) the hill was purchased by Omri from a man named Shemer (hence Shomron) for two talents of silver. Following the Assyrian conquest of Israel by Sargon II in 721 B.C. the region became the Assyrian province of Samaria (Samerina).
These two regions are Israel’s “hill country,” the mountainous areas of Samaria to the north and Judea to the south of Jerusalem. These two regions have no other names. These names were used during the League of Nations Mandate period. They appear in British government documents, United Nations documents including the UN Partition Plan of 1947. They appear in U.S. State Department documents, including a July 18, 1948 map. Even as late as 1961, the Encyclopaedia Britannica refers to “Judea” and “Samaria” in an article on “Palestine” (Vol. 17, p. 118).
In May 1948 the Arab Legion of Trans-Jordan illegally invaded Judea and Samaria and overran the eastern part of Jerusalem, dividing the city for the first time in its history. Thousands of Jews — whose families had lived in the city for centuries — were driven into exile. On April 4, 1950, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan - artificially created by the British when they excised it from the British Mandate - unilaterally annexed all the territory it occupied west of the Jordan River, including east Jerusalem, which was recognized by only two nations, the United Kingdom and Pakistan and it was illegally called the West Bank which has now morphed into the Occupied Palestinian Territories as one fairy story follows another just to try and deny Jewish rights to the land. Well we were warned this would be the case.

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Wed, 10/05/2011 - 17:23

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According to I Kings (16:24)

Yes, and if it's in the new testament, it must be true.


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