By Simon Fischler
It is interesting that the irregular fighters throughout the world are referred to as “Guerrillas” and not Maccabees.
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica the word Guerrilla comes from the Spanish word guerra, which means “war”.
The word Guerrilla was first used in reference to the Guerrilleros, Spanish and Portuguese irregulars, who aided the Duke of Wellington push the French out of the Iberian Peninsula.
To me, its just another European white wash.
The Hebrews, Israelites or JEWS, were doing this long before the Ol’Duke of Wellington made it to the Iberian coastline.
Under the leadership of pragmatic fighters called the MACCABEES, Israel rose up in its land and defeated an imperialistic EUROPEAN client state run by the Seleucid Empire.
This war of freedom is so very important because it marks the first of many times that the Jewish Nation rose up to fight for its freedom and self-determination (this is what Zionism stands for) in Israel.
The Maccabean revolt is testament to how long the Jews have been fighting to keep their little piece of land. After losing their kingdoms, it was the Maccabee revolt that restored Jewish government to Israel in 140 BCE.
What does all of this mean? JEWS, have fought for their independence long before most other nations were even born, used Guerrilla tactics long before there were ever any Guerrillas.
The Maccabean victory was over an oppressive regime that did all it could to erase the laws and culture of the Jewish Nation.
The same battle is raging today against yet another European, colonialist entity.
Mahmoud Abbas, The President of the Palestinian Authority is playing the role of Antiochus the 4th. Abbas’ brothers in Hamas are the greek foot soldiers. Both are promising the destruction of the Jewish Nation.
The genocidal plans of the Arabs that call themselves “Palestinians” are not the only evil thoughts being directed toward Israel and the Jewish nation.
Today, the modern Maccabees, must also fight against the racist anti-Semites who wish to delegitimize Israel and rob the Jewish Nation of its freedom through crooked diplomacy, incitement and downright lies.
Yet it is the Maccabees, not the Guerrilleros (who have long been forgotten), who are the example of how the greatest empires -- from the Assyrians, Greeks, Romans, Crusaders, Arab Muslims, Nazi’s and Arab Nationalist -- have all attempted to steal our land and rob the history books of our place and have failed.
The Romans went so far as to change the Name of Jerusalem to Aelia Capitolina and Judea to Palestina.
The Jewish Nation may have lost its freedom in its land for portions of time. The Jews may have been oppressed in their land, but they have always, eventually fought back and regained their freedom and self-determination in the land of Israel.
This is a lesson the Arabs still have not learned.