The Fair Dinkum Jew: The Survival of Israel and the Abrahamic Covenant

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The history of Israel goes back 4,000 years, and conflict has dogged much of its past. But today's headlines continue to highlight the Israeli-Palestinian struggle and Israel's quest for peace. Even so, another struggle is quietly rampant within world Jewry: the fight to secure Israel's future.

Offering a unique perspective on this issue, The Fair Dinkum Jew serves as an informative primer to show how the Abrahamic Covenant is vital to Israel's survival. Author Allan Russell ...

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Overview

The history of Israel goes back 4,000 years, and conflict has dogged much of its past. But today's headlines continue to highlight the Israeli-Palestinian struggle and Israel's quest for peace. Even so, another struggle is quietly rampant within world Jewry: the fight to secure Israel's future.

Offering a unique perspective on this issue, The Fair Dinkum Jew serves as an informative primer to show how the Abrahamic Covenant is vital to Israel's survival. Author Allan Russell Juriansz discusses the three great pillars of this Covenant-Land, Torah, and Messiah-and shows how Israel's only hope for security lies within these terms.

Juriansz breaks down years of Jewish history to prove the relevance of Judaism to Jewish existence and future in terms of the Abrahamic Covenant. He then discusses diff erent aspects of the Arab infi ltration and occupation of Palestine and examines the current confl ict between Jews and Arab Palestinians in terms of the post-1967 borders. In addition, he off ers potential solutions for peace that could possibly lead to stability within the Middle East.

The Fair Dinkum Jew issues a stirring call for Israel's need to believe in and defend its political, national, and religious integrity.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781475905366
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/3/2012
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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The Fair Dinkum Jew

THE SURVIVAL OF ISRAEL AND THE ABRAHAMIC COVENANT
By Allan Russell Juriansz

iUniverse, Inc.

Copyright © 2012 Allan Russell Juriansz
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4759-0536-6


Chapter One

Who Am I?

I was born in Colombo, Ceylon, now called Sri Lanka. Back then it was a British colony that had been shaped by 150 years of British influence. Colonialism is now a dirty word but in my opinion British colonialism in Southern Asia was responsible for placing Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Singapore and Burma in the modern world, teaching them English, giving them great infrastructure, systems of health, education, social structure, and above all democracy. Westminster is the basic model in governance. Burma is currently a renegade under a totalitarian military regime, but thankfully the opposition party is democratic, though suppressed.

Underlying the British era in Sri Lanka were two other substantial colonial eras, which also in my opinion laid great foundations to modern nationhood. Both were European, the first being the Portuguese in 1505, and then the Dutch who supplanted the Portuguese in 1602. Britain took total control in 1802. All three colonial powers carried away much of the riches of the country to their homelands but it cannot be denied that they gave Sri Lanka its place in the modern world. To be sure Sri Lanka was not in the dark cannibalistic ages when the Europeans came. It has a rich civilized heritage from the advent of the Dravidian Tamils from south India and the Aryan Sinhalese from north India about 500 years BC. Their histories go back further than the highly civilised reigns of Asoka the Great and his son Mahinda. Both these men were converted to Buddhism, which originated with Prince Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha. Mahinda brought Buddhism to Sri Lanka. Buddhism has given the majority Sinhalese a well thought out philosophy by which to live, and properly practiced can enrich life. The Tamils are mostly Hindus.

The three colonizing powers also bequeathed to the island their genes. A mixed race arose from intermarriage that did not exactly fit into the native Sinhalese or Tamil cultures, nor into the European mould. The mixed race that arose preferred to value their European roots and maintained a separate identity. The Portuguese who started the mixed blood gave them the name of 'Burghers', which in Portuguese means 'Inhabitants of towns'. Indeed that is where the mixed blood was born. The colonizers mainly lived in the immediate hinterlands of the ports in the island where the trade and commerce were concentrated. Those Europeans who decided to spend their lives there took to themselves spouses from the native communities or in the main intermarried with each other in this new community or race of people. They became a force to be reckoned with in that they spoke the European language in vogue at the time, as well as developed facility in speaking Sinhalese and Tamil. They were therefore used by the colonial powers as the sub-governing class, the interface with the natives. Their loyalties were with the colonial powers and it was a mutually beneficial symbiosis. Their skin colours were varied but lighter than the natives and they were easily recognisable as a separate entity. They attended 'missionary schools' whose language of teaching was the prevailing European one and their mother tongue remained Portuguese, then Dutch, and finally English.

After one hundred and fifty years of British colonialism the Burghers considered themselves British and their mother tongue was English. They assumed British history as theirs and were totally loyal to the British Crown. They were the ruling class under the white British hierarchy and with their 'superior' British education commanded higher incomes and European standards of living. They also assimilated some of the native culture. They retained Christianity as their religion. The native Sinhalese and Tamils considered them as 'outsiders'. They were 'misfits' in the land of their birth. After the granting of Independence to the island in 1948, they were left high and dry by the departed British and were considered karapoththas (cockroach vermin) by the rank and file natives. Their privileged position disappeared. The new law of the independent Sri Lanka enshrined Buddhism as the state religion and Sinhalese/Tamil as the state languages. The Burghers were at an impasse as they had omitted learning to read and write Sinhalese/Tamil although they could speak these languages. They were no longer able to retain their government jobs. Much more significantly, they strongly considered themselves British and refused to 'go native'. They wanted out and initiated their own diaspora. They were strangers in the land of their birth, a self-inflicted circumstantial estrangement.

My father was "more British than the British" in his outlook and attitude. When I questioned him about my race he informed me that I was a Burgher.

But when I asked what my ancestry was he told me that my ancestors were Dutch. Our Juriansz name came to the island in 1786 when Jacobus Juriaansz arrived aboard a Dutch sailing vessel. He was born in Antwerp when it was still a part of The Netherlands. He married a mixed blood woman with the Dutch name Petronella Bougart and my father was descended from that liaison. My mother's maiden name was Ondatje and that name came to the island when Michael Jurie Jurgen Ondaatje arrived in 1657 via a short sojourn in Tanjore, India. He was born in 1635 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. He first married a mixed blood woman with the Portuguese name Magdalena De Cruz. She died of tuberculosis. Subsequently he consorted with an unknown Sinhalese woman who bore him a son named Philip Jurie Jurgen Ondaatje from whom my mother had descended. The lineage has been traced carefully from these two Dutchmen down to my parents. There is an admixture of Dutch, Portuguese, Tamil, Sinhalese, Danish and German in my father's lineage. And in my mother's lineage there is an admixture of Dutch, Portuguese, Sinhalese, Tamil, German, Irish and English.

And so I was born with a mixed colonial ancestry with the presumed Dutch name of Juriansz. I seemed to belong everywhere but nowhere. I realised my mind was strongly British, like my father's. I decided then that I did not belong anywhere else other than in the British world and I was extremely happy to be British. I had a British heritage and high school education in the private anglican St. John's College in Colombo, and I was deeply loyal to the British crown. Many of my family on both sides were veterans from World Wars I and II. Some of them fought for Britain in the Boer War.

It was one of the happiest days of my life when my father decided to ship me off to Australia. It was a day of destiny. I have written extensively about my family in my book titled 'Colonial Mixed Blood—A Story of the Burghers of Sri Lanka'. I eventually became an Australian citizen, despite the 'White Australia Policy' and was proud to belong to the British commonwealth. I found I had no emotional ties to the land of my birth. I first enrolled in Avondale College in Cooranbong, not far north of Sydney, where I obtained a Bachelor of Education degree. I then attended Sydney University Medical School and began my medical life. I married an Australian of Irish ancestry, and have a lovely family of three sons and a daughter. Exciting times, more of them, were still ahead.

Australia provided me with a country, a home, a tertiary education, a wife and a great sense of belonging, and I was in the British Commonwealth. Seeking specialization in urology I went to Toronto in Canada and qualified as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. My wife and I then spent three years in the Far East (Hong Kong and Thailand doing 'missionary work') before settling down to a urology practice in Willowdale, Toronto. We raised our four children there. I was still in the British Commonwealth.

It is of interest to look at the status of the Burghers in Sri Lanka in more detail. They were a mixed race that grew out of the intermarriage of basically five races: The European races were the Portuguese, Dutch, and British. The native races were the Sinhalese and Tamils. During the colonial period from 1505-1948 they developed a separate identity as a community. They were Christians and worshipped in churches and they were oriented as missionaries spreading Christianity to the natives. They were the predominant users of the European oriented educational systems. With Portuguese as their mother tongue they worshipped as Roman Catholics. Then they were changed to the mother tongue of Dutch and a very strong Martin Luther Reformation Dutch Reformed Christianity. Their greatest European orientation was accomplished by the British occupation which was much more intense and pervasive. English became their mother tongue. The Church of England became dominant in the religion realm. The education system was highly developed and modelled after the British high school and university culture, standards, and traditions. And they became heirs of the benefits of the Industrial Revolution. Westminster democracy was established and the British were responsible for laying down a modern infrastructure. The Burghers adopted the English language as their mother tongue and their English medium high schools followed the English curriculum. At the same time the British made vernacular schools free, which greatly benefited the natives. The Burghers became British in their thinking and developed a great fondness for and loyalty to the British Crown. All these benefits spilled over to the native Sinhalese and Tamils who desired them. The Burghers became predominantly the civil servants. They were the bosses under the British ruling hierarchy. They had the command of the English system and were also able to speak the native languages. But they neglected to read and write the native languages. When Sri Lanka gained its independence in 1948, the situation changed dramatically. The Burghers lost their privileged class status. They refused to 'go native' and became misfits in the land where they were born. They were swept aside by the native nationalism, which they refused to embrace. With their European loyalties and their fluency in English they created their own diaspora into the English speaking countries of the world: Britain, USA, Canada, and New Zealand, and belatedly Australia, after the White Australia policy was abolished.

the Sri Lankan nationals generally despised the Burghers for being of mixed race. But there was no element of ethnic cleansing in their departure. They were looked upon as 'second class Europeans', who had lost their privileged status. They could have learned to read and write the native languages and they could have embraced the native culture and nationalism but they did not choose to do this.

Chapter Two

Spiritual Israel

With my father's Dutch ancestry he also inherited the legacy of Martin Luther's Reformation theology. Essentially, Martin Luther, a German Roman Catholic priest challenged the corrupt Roman Catholic Church of the time, which sold indulgences to obtain leverage in getting eternal life, a future in God's hereafter. Martin Luther contended that based on the Bible, eternal life as defined in Christianity came as a free gift of Grace, provided by the life and death of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. My father's Dutch Reformed affiliation was not nominal. Both his parents were devout adherents of the Dutch Reformed Church and instilled Reformation theology in all their children, four boys and two girls. My father did not attend any church after he married but remained a self-admitted 'sinner' all his life and was totally dependent on the provision of Grace as defined by Martin Luther. He died in that hope.

My mother's Dutch ancestry also bequeathed her the legacy of Martin Luther's theology. There were several in her Dutch ancestry who were Dutch Reformed ministers and her father was a strict Dutch reformed adherent. He was a lawyer, educated in England, who later became a judge. But after he married Alice Pate, from an Irish family living in England for generations, he never attended church but continued to maintain his membership in the Wolvendaal Kruis Kerk Dutch Reformed Church in Colombo, in Sri Lanka. He supported that church financially and in his will he requested a Dutch Reformed burial, which was carried out. Alice Pate his wife was an ardent Baptist and brought my mother up to be an ardent Baptist. And so my mother brought up her entire family as Baptists, that is, until just prior to my birth. I was her unexpected eleventh child, born four years after the previous one. I have five older brothers and five older sisters.

About the year 1932 my father found that he was having increasing difficulty supporting his large family with his wage as a stationmaster in the Ceylon Government Railway. There was an aggravating factor to this situation. He had started gambling. The sought for financial help in the hope of winning in gambling was adding to the gravity of the situation. It came to a crisis when he lost his job because of his gambling. After two years of desperate financial circumstances he finally found another job, but he had built up a large amount of debt, which he could no longer manage. "So he went to [his aunt] who lived over the way".

Ellen Sophia La Faber was of Jewish lineage. Her immediate ancestors had arrived from France and settled in South India as traders. They had mixed with the Chetty people. The Chettys were Tamils who had intermarried with Europeans and because they were rich and of mixed blood they lived as an elite society, aloof from ordinary Tamils. Some of them had a Syrian Christian ancestry. The latter considered themselves converts of St. Thomas, the disciple of Jesus. They worshipped in the Syriac Liturgy in the Aramaic language. the La Fabers had intermarried with the South Indian Chettys who were Nasrani Sabbath keeping Syrian Christians. Despite the presence of a Jewish community living not far away they had strayed from their Jewish heritage into a comfortable but less stringent living as Sabbath keeping Syrian Christians. Ellen's grandparents had migrated to Sri Lanka and settled culturally and socially into the Burgher community and continued their trade and commerce, which had made them wealthy. Ellen La Faber had married Alfred Jacob Baptist of Portuguese and dutch ancestry. Alfred Jacob Baptist's sister, Elizabeth Margaret Baptist happened to be married to Peter John Juriansz and they were the parents of Benjamin John Juriansz, my father. The wealthy Ellen Sophia La Faber, who was Jewish was my father's aunt by marriage. So my father went to Ellen hat in hand for a loan to consolidate his debts and start anew. There was one problem in the way.

(Continues...)



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Table of Contents

Contents

1. Who Am I?....................3
2. Spiritual Israel....................8
3. The Fair Dinkum Me?....................15
1. In the Beginning....................21
2. God Communicates....................26
3. The Abrahamic Covenant....................31
4. The Land....................36
5. The Torah....................41
6. The Confused Torah Of Modern Times....................47
7. The Messiah....................55
8. The Captivities Of Israel....................65
9. The Returns Of Israel From Captivity....................71
10. Jewish Comprehension Of The Abrahamic Covenant....................80
11. The Prime Ministers Of Israel....................87
1. The Struggle Between The Jews And The Arabs In Palestine....................107
2. Arabization And The Arab Spring....................121
3. The Truth About The Two State Solution....................127
4. What Every Jew Should Know About Hamas....................140
1. Zionism....................147
2. Jewish Immigration To Israel Since 1948....................158
3. Jewishness....................163
4. The Constitution Of Israel....................172
5. Netanyahu's Second Term....................177
6. Whither American Foreign Policy?....................185
7. Whither The Aspirations Of World Jewry?....................200
8. The Palestinian Spring....................204
9. Resolution Of The Conflict....................215
10. Reformation....................222
Bibliography....................227
Glossary....................229
Index....................231
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