Israeli Newspaper Claims Saudi Arabia Was Once a Jewish Kingdom

Published February 14th, 2021 - 07:52 GMT
Israeli Newspaper Claims Saudi Arabia Was Once a Jewish Kingdom
Some commentators wondered if the report aims to support future claims of Jewish rights in Saudi Arabia. (Shutterstock: Abduallh)

Haaretz has recently published an archeology-focused article written by Ariel David, claiming that Saudi Arabia was a Jewish Kingdom prior to Islam. But how true is this claim?

The article traces the history of Arabic rock inscriptions found in 2014 near the southern city of Najran, ones that refer to Christian and Jewish existence in the area, citing Thawban son of Malik and the Jewish Himyarite Kingdom, which ruled over some parts of today's Yemen and south of Saudi Arabia.

According to David, the Himyarite rulers "may have seen in Judaism a potential unifying force for their new, culturally diverse empire, and an identity to rally resistance against creeping encroachment by the Byzantine and Ethiopian Christians, as well as the Zoroastrian empire of Persia".

The article later goes on to describe whether or not the Himyarite kingdom actually represented Judaism or followed its rules such as the Sabbath or the rules of kashrut.

Responding to the highly controversial title of the article, many social media users shared the article with questions over the premise suggested by David's report, questioning whether or not the well-known presence of an ancient Himyarite kingdom and its Jewish connection point at the claim of "Saudi Arabia being once a Jewish Kingdom."

Some commentators wondered if the report aims to support future claims of Jewish rights in Saudi Arabia, similar to the Zionist discourse that justifies the establishment of modern-day Israel in Palestinian land on the basis of historical and religious connections to the land. Others are still wondering when will Saudi sign a normalization accord with Israel under the  current continuous American influence. 

 


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