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1917 :: Indian Troops Marching on Jaffa Road Enter Jerusalem to liberate it from Ottoman control, the last Islamic Caliphate(If #ISIS is not considered to be one), thus bringing an end to the Islamic occupation of the ancient holy city.
These Indian cavalrymen belonged to the Mysore Lancers from Karnataka in Southern India and Jodhpur Lancers of Rajputana.

During the Battle of Haifa, the Jodhpur Lancers were tasked to capture this position, while the Mysore Lancers moved around to attack the town from the east and north.
The Mysore Lancers supported by others attacked the Austrian battery of light field guns on the slopes of Mount Carmel at 14:00 hours. The squadron of Mysore Lancers had moved into position by climbing up a steep track to capture and silence the guns, while the Jodhpur Lancers and the remainder of the Mysore Lancers launched the main mounted attack on the rearguard of German machine gunners, and captured it.
The Jodhpur Lancers charged the Ottoman position, crossing the Acre railway line, but came under machine gun and artillery fire. The charge was further obstructed by quicksand on the river banks, so they manoeuvred to the left onto the lower slopes of Mount Carmel.
They secured the position capturing thirty prisoners, two machine guns, two camel guns and opening up an access route into Haifa.
The Jodhpur Lancers continued their charge into the town, surprising the defenders. Those Mysore Lancers who had been giving fire support to the attacking regiment, mounted and followed them into the town. Together the two regiments captured 1,350 German and Ottoman prisoners, including two German officers, 35 Ottoman officers, 17 artillery guns including four 4.2 guns, eight 77mm guns and four camel guns as well as a 6-inch naval gun, and 11 machine guns. Their own casualties amounted to eight dead and 34 wounded. 60 horses were killed and another 83 injured.

We tried to cover the Turks’ retreat, but we expected them to do something, if only keep their heads. At last we decided they were not worth fighting for.

— A captured German officer

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Tipu Sultan

As the world knows, Tipu wrote his own letters.  These letters serve as huge testimony to the sort of person Tipu was, the author brings a lot of letters to light. Here is one of them.

Tipu writes to Burduz Zamaun Khan on 19 January 1790: “Don’t you know I have achieved a great victory recently in Malabar and over four lakh Hindus were converted to Islam?”, and to Syed Abdul Dulai on 18 January 1790: “With the grace of Prophet Muhammad and Allah, almost all Hindus in Calicut are now converted to Islam. Only a few are still not converted on the borders of Cochin State. I am determined to convert them also very soon. I consider this as Jehad to achieve that object.” 

Ghana Gold Scam

The Ghana Chamber of Mines announced here on Thursday that it had uncovered a scam involving a firm that had been using the name and corporate logo of Goldfields Ghana limited, one of its member companies, to dupe foreign gold buyers.

These criminals lured their unsuspecting victims with offers of gold dust and bars produced in Ghana, the chamber said in a statement.

It urged the public to report any fraudsters to the police for actions, saying that:

“Anyone who receives a notification for the sale of gold dust or gold bars purported to be coming from Goldfields Ghana limited or any other mining company should not only disregard the said offers but also report the incident to the police.”

Reiterating that its members were committed to good corporate governance practices, the chamber made it clear that “in the sale of gold our members do not seek out individual buyers or users.”

Gold is one of the major foreign exchange earners of the West African country, formerly known as Gold Coast.

The Ghana Chamber of Mines is the main minerals industry association in Ghana, representing the collective interests of companies involved in mineral exploration, production and processing in the country.

Fraudsters and con artists have for some time invaded the gold industry and were using the internet and e-mail to dupe prospective gold buyers.

Perpetrators of business fraud in Ghana, especially the prevalent gold scams, often target foreigners.

Several foreign businessmen had reportedly been defrauded in diverse ways as a result of the activities of the fraudsters.

Gold merchants, who claim to be in possession of large quantities of gold dust or gold bars, offer to sell them below market prices.

These fraudsters like to tell their business partners that they had jewelry shops all over Europe and wanted them to buy gold from Ghana.

Most of them also advertise the availability of the commodity in bulk quantities for sale on the internet and other specially and carefully designed websites.

In Ghana, all gold agents must be licensed and transactions certified by the precious minerals marketing company before businesses are transacted.

Gold is normally sold in Ghana in the smelted form, that is bars, and very rarely in the dust form.

American businessmen have reported substantial financial losses from questionable transactions involving gold and other precious metals in Ghana in recent years, according to the U.S. Department of State.

These scams typically begin with an unsolicited communication (usually by e-mail) from an unknown individual who describes a situation that promises quick financial gain, often by assisting in the transfer of a large sum of money or valuables out of the country.

A series of “advance fees” must be paid in order to conclude the transaction, such as fees to open a bank account or to pay certain taxes.

The final payoff does not exist, and the purpose of the scam is simply to collect colossal amount of money from the victim.

Fraud warning from the U.S. State Department regarding gold offers from Ghana
Strict customs regulations govern temporary importation into or export from Ghana of items such as gold, diamonds and precious natural resources. Only agents licensed by the Precious Metals and Mining Commission, telephone (233)(030) 266-4635 or 266-4579, may handle import-export transactions of these natural resources. Any transaction without the commission’s endorsement is illegal and/or fraudulent. All transactions must be completed through the commission at the price set daily by the London exchange. Any transaction that discounts this price, or includes a previously negotiated price, is either illegal or fraudulent. Export of gold dust is rare as it encourages dangerous and environmentally destructive practices, and transactions involving the export of gold dust are probably fraudulent. Attempts to evade regulations are punishable by imprisonment. It is advisable to contact the Embassy of Ghana in Washington, D.C., or one of the Ghanaian consulates in the United States, for specific information regarding customs requirements.

**Please note Anil Machado’s blog or Anil Machado does not sell gold,diamonds or any other commodity. Incase if you received any private message or email claiming to be Anil Machado then beware its some scammer trying to use a different method to cheat you.

Palestine

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Simcha Jacobovici

SIMCHA JACOBOVICI

I’ve recently condemned the focus on Reza Aslan’s religion – Islam – when talking about his new book about Jesus, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth”. I think there is no room for propaganda when reviewing history. No one is objective. But we can try to be truthful.

Putting aside the thesis of his book i.e., that Jesus was an anti-Roman Jewish revolutionary, in all his interviews, Aslan goes out of his way to refer to Jesus’ Judea i.e., the land of the Jews, as “Palestine”. For all I care, he can call it “Nebraska”, as long as he doesn’t give the impression that this is really what it was called by the inhabitants of Judea in Jesus’ time. But Aslan wraps this “Palestine” name with a veneer of history. When challenged on his use of the name “Palestine” for ancient “Judea”, his answer is that he’s using the “Roman designation” for the area. According to Aslan, this designation was “Syria Palestine”. This is absolutely wrong. More than this, it demonstrates a certain cynicism when manipulating history for the purpose of ideology. Let’s look at this word “Palestine”. Where does it come from?

In the 13th century BCE, the Egyptians speak of “Sea People” arriving on the Mediterranean Coast from the Aegean. It’s widely accepted that one of these “Sea People” are the people that the Bible, in Hebrew, calls “Plishtim”. In English, they are called “Philistines”. They roughly occupied an area on the Mediterranean Coast from Gaza northward, to Ashdod in modern Israel, and inland to the city of Gath. These are the people of Delilah and Goliath. I repeat, they were an Aegean people from the area of modern day Greece.

The archaeology demonstrates that when they arrived around 1200 BCE, they were – in diet, art, and habits – pretty Greek. They resembled, say, the people of Crete or Mycenae.

A Philistine woman reconstructed from an 8th century BCE skull

A Philistine woman reconstructed from an 8th century BCE skull

The Book of Exodus refers to a land corridor along the Mediterranean as “Derech Plishtim” i.e., “the highway of the Philistines” (Exodus 13:17). In this passage, the name seems to be generic. In other words, in the late Bronze Age, say, 1500 BCE, “Philistine” seems to be a generic term for Aegean people that we would call Minoans or Mycenaeans today.

So far, so good. There were an Aegean people called “Philistines” in the area of modern Israel from around 1500 BCE when they came as traders to 1200 BCE when they settled down, to the 7th century BCE when they disappeared after the Assyrian invasion of the area. During the 500 years that they were settled there, they became increasingly more “Canaanitish”. During the period of the Judges (14th to 10th century BCE), they were the arch-enemies of the Israelites.

After the Philistines disappeared from the historical stage, the name “Palestina” lingered on. Meaning, the people were gone, the name lingered. It appears in references here and there in classic Greek writings e.g., Herodotus. By the time Jesus was born, there hadn’t been any Philistines in the area for some 600 years. The name does not appear anywhere in the Gospels. And the people living in Judea at the time of Jesus – including Jesus and all his disciples – would never have referred to their country as “Palestine”. Even the Romans didn’t call the area Palestine. Remember, when they crucified him, the Romans put a plaque over Jesus’ head with the inscription – in three languages – “King of the Jews”, not the “Philistines” (Matthew 27:37; Mark 15:26; Luke 23:38; John 19:19).

Some 35 years after the crucifixion, some 4 years after the stoning of Jesus’ brother James, the area of Judea erupted in a massive Jewish revolt against Rome. The country fought between 66 CE(AD) and 70 CE. In August of 70 Jerusalem, the capital of Judea, was destroyed. The Temple of God which had lasted for some 1,000 years in two incarnations, was now in ruins – a smoldering heap. This was the Temple that Jesus wept over when he imagined its destruction (Luke 19:41). Judea fought for another 3 years at the rock fortress of Masada by the Dead Sea. Then, in 73, as the Romans were about to conquer the fortress, rather than become Roman slaves, the last Jewish defenders took their own lives and the lives of their women and children.

At this point, the Romans felt that there was no one left in Judea that could rise in revolution. They were wrong. From 115 – 117 CE, the Jews – primarily outside Judea – fought a bitter war with the Romans. The main centers of revolution were Alexandria in Egypt, Cyrene in modern day Libya, and Cyprus. The Jewish revolt basically saved the Parthian Empire from a Roman onslaught. After they licked their wounds, in 132 CE the Jews of Judea once again rose in revolution – this time under a leader called “Bar Kochba” i.e., “the son of the star”. When the Bar Kochba revolt was finally put down in 135 CE, the Romans exiled the majority of the Jewish people and renamed Judea “Palestina”. To be clear, “Syria Palestine” officially became a Roman province about a century after Jesus’ crucifixion. The idea was to erase the Jewish presence from Judea and to designate their homeland with reference to their Biblical enemies. It was a last humiliation. To also be clear, there were no Philistines at the time and even if some had miraculously survived, they were not Arabs but Greeks.

The area of Palestine never became an independent state. In the 7th century, Muslim armies conquered it, precipitating battles with Christian crusaders for the “Holy Land”. These bloody battles are now remembered as the “Crusades”. In modern times, the province of Palestine passed from the Ottoman Turks to the British. In 1922, the British gifted a chunk of Palestine to the Hashemite clan from Saudi Arabia. In 1946, 80% of British mandate Palestine – the area east of the Jordan River – became the modern Arab Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. One year later, 20% of British controlled Palestine became what is today the State of Israel and the Palestinian territories.

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But to return to Aslan, it’s bit of a name game, isn’t it? If the British had called the area east of the Jordan River “Palestine” instead of “Transjordan” i.e., “over the Jordan”, no one today could say there is no Palestinian state. If you write a book about Jesus and you call his country by the name that he called it i.e., “Judea”, the politically correct armies of anti-Israel activists may get upset with you. So Aslan calls ancient Judea “Palestine” and hides behind the reference to the “Roman designation” for the province. This is very cynical. It’s very cynical to fudge the history of the Aegean Philistines 3200 years ago, lingering references to their name, and the Roman province of the second century CE. It’s very cynical to retroactively place modern Arab Palestinians into Jesus’ Jewish Hellenistic world.

But let’s say the Romans had called “Judea” “Palestine” in Jesus’ time – which they didn’t – why would a writer focusing on Jesus as a Jewish patriot i.e., a Zealot, want to call Jesus’ country by the name that his enemies used? It’s as if I wrote a book about a native American hero and kept referring to him as an “Indian”, because that’s what white people called him.

Professor Aslan, you are right to decry the use of propaganda against you. But, as they say; do unto others what you would want them to do unto you. In Jesus’ day, his country was called Judea, and the overall designation for the land was “Israel” – as it is today. You can argue about politics, but let’s not change history to suit our views.

Gold Sellers Scam

Demonitisation

PARLIAMENTRY committee on #DEMONITISATION submits its report. Calls it a BLUNDER. NOT A SINGLE OBJECTIVE has been met. #PRESSTITUTES won’t show it!
FINDINGS OF COMMITTEE:

•No major BLACK MONEY found

•FINANCE minister accepts that it has only details of 4172 CRORES of suspicious money which could be BLACK.(while MODI had predicted that 5-7 Lakhs CRORES would have been BLACK)

•NO EFFECT ON TERROR funding

•Neither “CASHLESS” nor “LESScash” society formed as Fin min was projecting. People have shifted back to cash transactions.

•#DEMONITISATION killed SMALL SCALE INDUSTRIES and MAJOR UNORGANIZED SECTOR.

• ‘BHARTIYA MAZDOOR SANGH’ an affiliate of #BJP reports 4 crores JOB LOST, 3 LAKHS INDUSTRIAL units SHUT

• Report questions decision making authority and terms all decisions to be taken without planning.Like  Size of currency not planned acc to ATMs, 2000 Rs note brought in without any smaller denomination note to exchange,no considerable amount of currency printed for supply which lead to HUGE RUSH IN BANKS AND ATMs,rules changed on daily basis proved FLAWED PLANNING. Till date ATMs remain dry in RURAL areas and many other small cities. 

• FAILED planning has led to now cut in expenditures of GOVT on health, education etc.

• EDUCATION SECTOR remains most affected as funds have been stopped,fees has been hiked, seats have decreased for research.

•TAXES have been increased, intrest rates on PPF and other saving schemes reduced.
Now question arises who will held responsible for all this #ORGANISED BLUNDER?? Who will be held responsible of 30,000+ CRORES spend on print ing new currency and CRORES spent on its distribution and all other expenses like advertisements,transportation, extra pay etc etc.
• WHO will be held responsible for 180+ deaths during whole process??
#PRESSTITUTES have been asked NOT TO TELECAST this report. They have been warned not to bring it to light. Rightly Dr Manmohan Singh termed it as “ORGANISED LOOT”

Obama’s Legacy