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AFRICAN INTERVENTION SAVED JERUSALEM
Axial African Role in the Formation of Zionism & Islam

A new and important book about the 701 BC rescue of Jerusalem from the Assyrians is getting positive reviews in the media and among scholars. Henry T. Aubin's The Rescue of Jerusalem is comparable in scope and effect to Martin Bernal's Black Athena. However, The Rescue of Jerusalem is not expected to generate controversy. It has already won over leading scholars of Judaism, and it is likely that Black scholars won't object to its substantive claims, as arguments raised by Henry Aubin concurr with those of important African historians.

Known to religious scholars as "The Deliverance", the African rescue of Jerusalem stands alongside "The Exodus" as the most important events in Judeo-Christian history. The Deliverance is considered to be the basis of both Jewish and Christian Zionism's designation of Jerusalem as a Holy City, as well as the foundation for Islamic reverance of the Haram Al-Sharif. Yet modern racism has obscured this seminal event on account of the fact that it is a black army out of Central African that became the "Angel of the Lord" that stopped the Assyrians.
    
The Rescue of Jerusalem is remarkable for the ease of reading. Henry Aubin is a journalist who writes for the Montreal Gazette. He makes a convincing and irrefutable argument that an African army under the command of the Kushite prince Taharka was deployed by the Pharoah Shebitku to dislodge the Assyrian siege of Jerusalem. At that time Jerusalem was the last remaining city in the kingdom of Judah that had not been desolated by the Assyrian army under the command of King Sennacherib. Aubin carefully lays out proofs revealing that had Jerusalem fallen to the Assyrians, Judaism would not have existed, and neither would Christianity and Islam.

Assyria is considered to be the most aggressive military power in history. It was a remarkable military society that never lost a battle in its entire existence, except to the Kushites. The encounter left both empires depleted, but Assyria expired shortly after, while Kush lasted another millenium, long enough to clash with and defeat two other great empires, Persia in the 6th Century BC, and Rome in 24 BC.

The Kushite empire did not clash with all comers though. Kushites got along famously with the Greeks before, during and after Alexander (the subject of Martin Bernal's Black Athena), and with the Chinese, who served in Kushite armies (read Heliodorus). The Kushites and Egyptians did not see themselves as different, and never referred to each other as foreigners. The Kushites generally considered Egyptians to be their decadent siblings.

Aubin's book is an important addition to the information available to the public about African civilisation. Whereas the book lacks important information about the true extent of the Kushite empire, origins, and centrality of Kush in Africa, Aubin is nonetheless providing a great deal more than was currently available. The Rescue of Jerusalem is a must read for anyone interested in understanding the political and cultural attitudes of ancient Africans.

Henry Aubin can be reached by e-mail at haubin@thegazette.southam.ca

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