Sunday, May 30, 2010

They Are Flipping Us A Coin

The fiscal news from the 'other side':-

Since the creation of Israel in 1948, Palestinians have mainly used the Israeli shekel for commerce. Now they're quietly considering reissuing the defunct Palestine pound, an example of which is displayed in a museum-like Lucite case outside Wazir's office, alongside coins from the time of Alexander the Great.

My text deconstruction:

A) "since...1948...Pals. have mainly used the Israeli shekel"

1. Since 1948, the Arabs within Israel's borders are Israelis.
2. Mainly? You mean in Jordan, Lebanon and other states the Arabs-who-refer-to-themselves-as-Palestinians live use the shekel too?
3. Up until 1980, all Israelis, Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druse and tourists actually used the Lira. Between 1980-1985, there was the "Old Sheqel" and since then, the "New Israel Sheqel (NIS)".

B) "the defunct Palestine pound...displayed in a museum-like Lucite case...alongside coins from the time of Alexander the Great."

1. Since you might think that the sheqel is somehow new, please be advised that the Israel sheqel coin was used by the United Monarchy of Israel (that existed in the Land of Israel from c. 1020 BC to c. 930 BC, though there are differences of opinion as to exact dates) and the Kingdom of Israel (that existed roughly from the 930s BCE until about the 720s BCE), as well as during the Great Revolt (66–70 CE).
2. In fact, lots of coins like the sheqel and sela have been found recently (see here too as well as here)
3. There were no Arabs in this country at the time of Alexander the Great.

By the way, the coinage during the Mandate period, when the so-called "Palestinian identity" developed was based on the Egyptian Pound. As we know:

In 1834, a Royal Decree promulgating a Parliamentary Bill was issued providing for the issuing of an Egyptian currency based on a bimetallic base. The Egyptian pound was introduced, replacing the Egyptian piastre as the chief unit of currency...At the outbreak of World War I, the Egyptian pound was pegged to the British pound sterling at EGP 0.975 per GBP 1.00.

and the coinage was:

Between 1834 and 1836, para...and piastre...and 1 pound coins were introduced...In 1885, a new coinage was introduced consisting of bronze...millieme...In 1924, bronze replaced cupro-nickel in the 1 millieme coin and the holes were removed from the other cupro-nickel coins. In 1938, bronze 5 and 10 millieme coins were introduced, followed in 1944 by silver, hexagonal 2 piastre coins.

During the Mandate, there was

The Palestine pound (Arabic: جُنَيْه فِلَسْطَينِيّ‎, junyah filastini: Hebrew: פֿוּנְט פַּלֶשְׂתִינָאִי א"י))‎ funt palestina'i (erets-yisra'eli)) was the currency of the British Mandate of Palestine between 1927 and 1948. It was divided into 1000 mils (Arabic: Arabic: مِل‎, Hebrew: Hebrew: מִיל‎). The Palestine pound was also the currency of Transjordan until 1949 and the West Bank until 1950...Following the establishment of the British mandate of Palestine, the Egyptian pound also circulated alongside the Turkish money until 1927. This created an unsatisfactory situation which required a currency reform. The Palestine pound was introduced, equal in value to the pound sterling. The Palestine pound was also declared a legal tender in the Transjordan Emirate

But, we should recall, "Palestine" then meant the Jewish National Home.

To conclude: they are pounding us silly.


Eliyahu m'Tsiyon said...

in ancient times the Tyrian sheqel was widely used.

Anonymous said...

In really ancient times, way before Tyre, the Hebrew/Israelites used the sheqel as money and value-weight:

a) Genesis: 23 -
7 And Abraham rose up, and bowed down to the people of the land, even to the children of Heth. 8 And he spoke with them, saying: 'If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and entreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar, 9 that he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he hath, which is in the end of his field; for the full price let him give it to me in the midst of you for a possession of a burying-place.' 10 Now Ephron was sitting in the midst of the children of Heth; and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the hearing of the children of Heth, even of all that went in at the gate of his city, saying: 11 'Nay, my lord, hear me: the field give I thee, and the cave that is therein, I give it thee; in the presence of the sons of my people give I it thee; bury thy dead.' 12 And Abraham bowed down before the people of the land. 13 And he spoke unto Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, saying: 'But if thou wilt, I pray thee, hear me: I will give the price of the field; take it of me, and I will bury my dead there.' 14 And Ephron answered Abraham, saying unto him: 15 'My lord, hearken unto me: a piece of land worth four hundred shekels of silver, what is that betwixt me and thee? bury therefore thy dead.' 16 And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the hearing of the children of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant.

b) Exodus: 38 -
24 All the gold that was used for the work in all the work of the sanctuary, even the gold of the offering, was twenty and nine talents, and seven hundred and thirty shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary. 25 And the silver of them that were numbered of the congregation was a hundred talents, and a thousand seven hundred and three-score and fifteen shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary: 26 a beka a head, that is, half a shekel, after the shekel of the sanctuary, for every one that passed over to them that are numbered, from twenty years old and upward, for six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty men. 27 And the hundred talents of silver were for casting the sockets of the sanctuary, and the sockets of the veil: a hundred sockets for the hundred talents, a talent for a socket. 28 And of the thousand seven hundred seventy and five shekels he made hooks for the pillars, and overlaid their capitals, and made fillets for them. 29 And the brass of the offering was seventy talents and two thousand and four hundred shekels.

You are a Jew, why go to pagan Tyre?

Juniper in the Desert said...

Let them use the coinage of another imperialist! After all, as there is not and was never a place called palestine, how could the fakestinians possibly have even a COINAGE!

And thank you to Anonymous for the very interesting reply! :)