Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Jews Attacked by Terrorists and Killed in 2015

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                           
Beitar Illit, the largest city in Gush Etzion

  2- Monday, November 23rd saw 2 deaths happen.  21 year old Hadar Buchris died from stabbing in a bus stop in Gush Etzion and died in the hospital.  The terrorist was shot and killed by Israeli security forces.  A 20 year old Israeli soldier was also stabbed in his stomach to death at a gas station by a Palestinian.  2 others were wounded.  The terrorist was killed.
Gush Etzion is a legal Jewish community in Judea-Samaria near Jerusalem. It has been the scene of terrorist knifing attacks this past month.  "Gush Etzion (Hebrewגּוּשׁ עֶצְיוֹןlit. Etzion Bloc) is a cluster of Jewish communities located in the Judaean Mountains directly south of Jerusalem and Bethlehem in the Judean Hills. The core group includes four Jewish agricultural villages that were founded in 1940-1947 on property purchased in the 1920s and 1930s, and destroyed by the Arab Legion before the outbreak of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, in the Kfar Etzion massacre. The area was left outside of Israel with the 1949 armistice lines. These settlements were rebuilt after the 1967 Six-Day War, along with new communities that have expanded the area of the Etzion Bloc. The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.  As of 2011Gush Etzion consisted of 22 "cities and towns" with a population of 70,000.  The international community is not following the international law that Israel is following.  

"Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported on November 23, 2015, that there had been 74 stabbings, 10 shootings, and 11 car-ramming attacks against Israelis during the recent uptick in violence beginning on October 1. 

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Israel in November 2015 for the first time in over a year, with plans of meeting with Netanyahu and strategizing to stop the wave of violence. Kerry asked the Israelis to discontinue construction of settlements on disputed land, and stressed that the Palestinian leaders needed to stop incitement of violence against Israelis. "

This is something that the USA under Obama has been harping for constantly as if this is the answer to Palestinian terrorism that has been going on since 1947 when it wasn't till 1967 when attacked on all fronts and Israel won that the USA and Palestinians have been upset over Jews living in their own ancient lands.  Remember, this was part of the original land promised to Jews to be the Jewish Homeland.  Palestinians have been so brain-washed by their leadership that they deny that Jews had ever been on the land.  They think they just hatched out of Europe.  Many have argued with me over my historic articles with this in mind. Their schools teach such things.  Their maps do not ever show that Israel is Israel.  They only show the map from a Palestinian perspective.  
5-Thursday, November 19th: Reuven Aviram 51, Rabbi Aharon Yesiab 32, Yaakov Don 51, Ezra Schwartz 18 died.  A Palestinian stabbed 2 people to death in the Panorama office building in Tel Aviv outside the door of a room used for prayer where afternoon services were taking place.  2 more people had minor stabbing injuries.

Later, another Palestinian opened fire with an Uzi machine gun on Israeli cars in Gush Etzion sitting in traffic.  3 people were killed in the attack.  One was an American student in a gap-year educational program.  Another was an Israeli man and the 3rd was a Palestinian.  The terrorist was arrested at the scene.

2- Friday, November 13th:  Rabbi Yaakov Litman 40 and Netanel Litman 18, son, were shot to death by Palestinian gunmen who fired on their car near Otniel Junction in southern Judea.  they were in the front seats when terrorists opened fire.  Litman's wife and 3 daughters were in the back seat and the wife had minor injuries.

1-Wednesday, November 4th:  Staff Sergeant Benjamin Yaakovovich,19  was in his car when a Palestinian terrorist purposely rammed into him and he was so seriously injured that he died 4 days later from the wounds.  It happened near either Judea or Samaria.  "(Updated Nov. 9) Nov. 4, 2015, 4:12 pm —  A soldier was struck by a vehicle driven by a Palestinian terrorist near the West Bank. The victim was taken to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem. Staff Sergeant Benjamin Yaakovovich z"l, passed away on Nov. 8. The professional team at Hadassah hospital did their best to try and save him, but his injuries were too severe. "
Hebron in Judah
18 miles south of Jerusalem where Abraham bought land to bury Sarah, scene of
1929 massacre of Jews where 700 Jews were still living. After 1967 War, Jews again moved back creating Kiryat Arba quarter east of the city;  with 3,00 Jews in 1988. 
1-Tuesday, October 20th:  Avraham Asher Hasano 50,  was driving in Fawwar, south of Hebron in Judea, when Paletinians hit his car with rocks and he couldn't continue driving.  He got out and was hit back a truck and killed.  "Fawwar (Arabic: مخيّم الفوّار‎) is a Palestinian town and refugee camp in the Hebron Governorate, located six kilometers southwest of Hebron in the southern Judea.   According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the camp had a population of 6,544 in 2007.
Fawwar Camp was established in 1949 to accompany Palestinian refugees from Beersheba and Bayt Jibrin and the surrounding area on 350 dunams of land. There are two schools in the town: a boys' school and girls' school with roughly 1,050 students each.  Could the rock throwers have been from these schools?  Probably.  
1-Sunday, October 18th, soldier Omri Levi 19 in Beersheba  was shot by Palestinian terrorist Muhanad Alukabi who took Omri's rifle and shot and killed him.  Then he opened fire at a crowded bus station and shot 11 other people.  A 2nd attacker was suspected who turned out to be an Eritrean immigrant who as shot by an Israeli security guard and then beaten and in serious condition, possibly  to death by a nearby mob.

2-Saturday, October 3rd (Shabbat):  Nahmia Lavi 23 and Aaron Bennet 24 were in a group of Israelis in Jerusalem's Old City and a Palestinian began stabbing them.  He injured one woman and her baby and stabbed 2 others to death.  Police shot and killed the attacker.  Islamic Jihad let all know the attacked was a member of theirs.  "The Old City is a 0.9 square kilometers walled area within the modern city of Jerusalem. Until 1860, when the Jewish neighborhood Mishkenot Sha'ananim was established, this area constituted the entire city of Jerusalem."
2-Thursday, October 1st: Eitam Henkin, American citizen  and Naama Henkin, wife, both early 30's were ambushed by Palestinian gunmen as they drove with their 4 children all under 10 in between the Jewish communities of Itamar and Elon Moreh in Samaria, the IDF said.  They shot Eitam and Naama many times till dead. The children were lightly injured. "The 4-month-old baby, and four-year-old, seven-year-old and nine-year-old boys, were taken with light injuries to a nearby medical center for further treatment."  Itamar (Hebrewאִיתָמָר) is an Israeli settlement located in the West Bank's Samarian mountains,
Five kilometers southeast of Nablus (Shechem) in Joshua's day was belonging to the tribe of Ephriam and a levitical city and a city of refuge, center of the House of Joseph who is buried here.  .  . The predominantly Orthodox Jewish community with a population of 1,024 (2012) falls in part  within the municipal jurisdiction of the Shomron Regional Council.  Under the terms of the Oslo Accords of 1993 between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, Itamar was designated Area "C" under full Israeli civil and security control.  
Do you wonder why this land is important to Jews?  It's the land of our history.  Everything in our bible happened here.  Judea and Samaria were originally called Israel, then when King Solomon died,and  the southern part separated to be called Judah since the largest tribe, our tribe, lived here.  Samaria was to be the new capital of Israel while Jerusalem stayed with Judah.  

There have been 19 deaths by Palestinian terrorism in just 2 months in Israel 
Resource: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Terrorism/victims.html
http://www.jcpa.org/art/becker2.htm  to become a state

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Refugees? All About Them

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                       
UNRWA Building in Gaza City 

Not until after WWI was the protection of refugees first recognized as an international responsibility.  Millions of people found themselves as refugees and had to leave their country because of Political, racial or religious persecutions.
In 1921, Dr. Fridtjot  Nansen was appointed by the League of Nations as high commissioner for Russian and Armenian refugees.He created an identity certificate and a travel document for refugees.  This was called the Nansen passport.                           

The protection of refugees was continued by the Nansen Office of the League of Nations after his death.  In 1933 an international convention was held to prescribe their status.  Nazi persecutions were happening in this year causing another high commissioner of the League to be appointed for Jewish and other refugees from Germany.

James G. MacDonald, the first high commissioner, resigned after 2 years because of inadequate action by the members of the League.  Even his successor was restricted to the juridical protection of refugees.
In 1938, President Roosevelt of the USA convened a conference of government representatives at Evian to help with the emigration and resettlement of refugees.

By 1939, a most disastrous year for German Jews, the high commissioner for German refugees became director of the inter-governmental committee and responsible for all refugees under the protection of the League.  This is when Werner Oster, age 22, German Jew, left Germany but only because my great uncle had signed a paper to sponsor him in the USA.  He got my father to employ him, and he later became my uncle.  It was very expensive for Werner to be able to leave Germany, costing his parents a lot of money. He immigrated on ship SS Washington; costs $M350.  to New York, then Texas.

 His father had served in the German army and was a decorated soldier in the service of the Kaiser Wilhelm II, but was forced to scrub the streets because he was a Jew.  Many wore their uniforms while doing this to show people they had been good citizens.  Remember this fact when you feel secure in the USA.  Jews had lived in Germany since before 70 CE.  As it turns out, the Kaiser was anti-Semitic. He was for  ""regular international all-worlds pogrom à la Russe" as "the best cure" and further believed that Jews were a "nuisance that humanity must get rid of some way or other."  " I believe the best thing would be gas!"he said."  So much for being a patriotic soldier in Germany!  
1941 Anti-Semitic Germany needed little prodding from Haj Amin al-Husseini
to keep Jews out of  Palestine. They thought up the "Final Solution."

During WWII, which commenced in Europe at about this time, the high commissioner worked to relieve refugees who were outside the Nazi occupied territories and improve the conditions of emigration.

The war was over by 1947 when the League office and the committee were replaced by an arm of the United Nations.  It was the International Refugee Organization which was a non-permanent specialized agency.

When Israel announced its birth after gaining the approval of the League of Nations and the United Nations again on May 14, 1948 and was summarily attacked on all sides by the Arabs, there became the problem of Arab refugees who had left their homes at the advice of their leaders who were attacking Israel.  The leaders wanted them out of the way of the barrage of bullets and ammunition.  They figured they would win quickly and the Arabs could then move into the Jews' homes if they wanted to.  Refugees concentrated themselves into Jordan and the Gaza Strip at this time.  They now became the concern of a non-permanent  specialized agency of the UN-UNRWA- United Nations Relief and Works Agency.
                                     The UNWRA definition of Palestinian refugees is "
    UNRWA definition of Palestinian refugees: “People whose normal place of residence was Palestine between June 1946 and May 1948, who lost both their homes and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict.” As a rule, those displaced after 1948 do not qualify for UNRWA assistance."  Israel begged them not to leave, but their leaders' words meant more to them.  
    A census taken in Palestine in 1945 found only 756,000 permanent Arab residents in what was to become Israel.  On November 30, 1947, the date the UN voted for partition, the total was 809,100.  The government of Israel took a census in 1949 and counted 160,000 Arabs living in the country after the war.  This means 650,000 Palestinian Arabs had become refugees.  A report by the UN Mediator on Palestine arrived at an even lower figure--472,000.  

    The problem with the UNRWA definition is that Britain held  the mandate for 30 years.  In the late 30's when Jews were trying to get out of Germany, they couldn't get into Palestine where the Brits were to help Jews create the Jewish Homeland.  Instead, the Brits were allowing all the Arabs to enter. Jews couldn't enter other countries because they had to have baptism  certification, and being Jews, wouldn't have this.  That's why there were even that many at this point in time.  When Mark Twain toured Palestine in the late 1800s, there were hardly any he could find.  
    Is this why Gaza children are taught to hate Israelis in school? 
    I see nothing to have helped the same amount of Jews living in Arab lands who were forced out at the creation of Israel in 1948.  They fled to Israel and were taken in, first to live in tents, then finally regular housing.  They had been a people held back from progress that many of the Ashkenazi Jews had experienced.  They had much catching-up to do.  Living in Arab lands meant they were Dhimmis, 2nd or 3rd class Jews, not allowed certain privileges, like education, etc.  But that was what Israel was created for, a haven for its Jews, and so they took on the responsibility with loans from the USA to get by.  
    The USA has paid most of the "over a billion dollars in UNRWA funds over the last 30+ years  up to 1984 for what was to have been "temporary relief before resettlement of 652,000 Arabs."  Since 1984, the $ is in the billions.  "$400 million a year goes to support the UNRWA’s promotion of terrorism; our government also redistributes a staggering $5 billion per annum to Palestinians: the people carrying out the yet another intifada, the people who elected Hamas – a formally designated terrorist organization under American law – to govern Gaza, and the people whose U.S.-supported Palestinian Authority has voluntarily formed a unity government with Hamas." - 
    That isn't the only source of money for them.  "American Friends of UNRWA (UNRWA USA) is an independent 501c3 nonprofit that supports the humanitarian and human development work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) through fundraising, advocacy, and outreach. UNRWA USA aims to educate the general American public about the situation of Palestine refugees and generate support for UNRWA's work in Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan."  They are now counting 5 million Arabs as Palestinian Arabs under the UNRWA umbrella.                                                  
    Such growth in numbers means that "UNRWA provides facilities in 59 recognized refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and in other areas where large numbers of registered Palestine refugees live outside of recognized camps.  They must all be labeled as refugees.  "With a total of $644,701,999 in contributions, the US, EU, UK, Sweden, Norway, Germany, The Netherlands and Japan pay 71% of the annual UNRWA budget." This has been going on since Israel was voted in as a state in 1948, 67 years .  
     Zuheir Muhsein 1936-1979, assassinated in France
    In 1974, PLO Syrian leader, Zuheir Muhsein said in a PLO strategy discussion that many nations had already accepted the calculated interchange of images of the Arabs.  He saw the Arabs had managed to juxtapose the Israeli existence with a Palestinian one.  He explained the proposed "Independent Palestinian State" to be on the "West Bank", which was actually the ancient site of Israel and Judah.
         "Our purpose is a democratic State in the whole of Palestine.....(this means taking over Israel).  A State in the occupied areas will not constitute an obstacle.  The contrary is true---it will be a point of departure.....This State will be the backbone of our struggle against Israel."  
    Arab states keep the Palestinian Arab refugee in camps dependent on UNRWA.  They are not allowed to enter their state to find work or living.  UNRWA has padded the list of people.  In 1961, John Davis, their Director, admitted that the refugee counts include other victims of the conflict of 1948 and that he thought it would be wrong to deny them aid merely because they weren't legally qualified.  Therefore, UNRWA contributed to further distortion of the already misrepresented and misunderstood refugee situation.  
    The Arabs take the credit for having prevented Israel to be created earlier, before World War II.  Then the final solution to the Jewish problem might have been having their haven, not a Holocaust.  That's why the Jewish leaders started proceedings to have their own state before WWI had ended.  They saw the mood of the lands, and knew that finally, the day had come.  They could not depend on the goodness that they found lacking in countries to allow them to live in peace.  2,000 years of such a life was enough.  They had prayed to be again in Jerusalem and this is where they needed to go.  
    Jews had been refugees after WWII.  They knew what it was like.  They did not expect the Arabs to put themselves in such a position, but they did by listening to their leaders who wanted them to be pitiful in order to gain sympathy and to make people feel repugnance for the Jews.                                                     
    Herzl 1860-1904, born in Budapest, studied in Vienna, the Paris correspondent 
    Theodor Herzl, newspaper reporter, had plans for the Jewish State when he wrote in 1896 Der Judenstaat.  "Palestine is our unforgettable historic homeland. . . Let me repeat once more my opening words: The Jews who will it shall achieve their State. We shall live at last as free men on our own soil, and in our own homes peacefully die. The world will be liberated by our freedom, enriched by our wealth, magnified by our greatness. And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind.
    This has come true.  Israel has shared with mankind all its inventions.  The Arab refugees were offered a state in 1947 and consecutive years after that but have refused.  While Israel lives and creates and shares its magnificence amid shelling of rockets, missiles and mortars, the refugees multiply in refugee camps and relive the Middle Ages.  Do not let this happen with today's refugees where their camps are like a chess game to hold against you.  
    Syria was made up of 22,505,000 people before the Arab Spring. In 2009, Damascus had a population of 1.711 million people.   90% were Muslims of both Sunni and Shi'a.   Iraq had 31,234,000 with 97% Shi'a/Sunni.  Lebanon, a small country, had 4,196,453 with only 60% Muslims of Sunni/Shi'a.  They had had a large group of Christians who used to be the rulers.  

    Obama has 190 cities selected to take in 10,000 Syria refugees. " Last year we took in 36.  "Of the more than 500 Syrian refugees brought to the U.S. so far this past year, 90 % of them have been Muslim,", Corcoran said..  Were they vetted during the past 2 years before allowed entrance?  Is that even possible?  

    Resource: Letters From A Syrian Jew Trapped in Egypt: story of escaping Civil War in Syria, with what happened in cities in Syria, Muslim Brotherhood, by Nadene Goldfoot

           From Time Immemorial-the origins of the Arab-Jewish conflict over Palestine by Joan Peters.
          Myths and Facts-a concise record of the Arab-Israeli conflict by Mitchell G. Bard, Joel Himelfarb
        The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia   

Friday, November 20, 2015

Thomas Friedman, writer, Calling IS Afflicted With Dementia

   Nadene Goldfoot    
Thomas Friedman is an author that has been shown on CNN in a clip talking about ISIS and mentioning the Jordanian pilot who was burned alive in a cage by them. He's a writer for the New York Times.   He said ISIS  must have dementia.  It that the worst adjective he can think of or dare to call them?  Friedman is  the author of "From Beirut to Jerusalem" where he tells about how Assad took power in 1970.

"Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life.   Memory loss is an example. Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia."  I wouldn't call ISIS behavior something caused by dementia at all.  I'd call it amoral, evil, horrendous, cruel and inhuman, inhumane, bloodthirsty, barbarous, bestial, brutal, sadistic, savage, malevolant,  but not dementia.  

I note that Thomas's mother had dementia.  How can he compare an oldster's senior moments with the beheading and burning and shooting that is the rule with IS?  Why does CNN keep running this clip?  If this is satire, the rest is missing.  
Heads of Christian children in a box

Politically, Thomas seems to be very much on the left.  Is he so afraid to say anything that Obama wouldn't say about ISIS?  Dementia? I can't believe this. 
 In 2012, Thomas Friedman said this about Obama's ability of explaining:  Barack Obama is a great orator, but he is the worst president I’ve ever seen when it comes to explaining his achievements, putting them in context, connecting with people on a gut level through repetition and thereby defining how the public views an issue.   He does think Obama is pretty terrific.  
Syrians in a cage about to be killed.  The Jordanian pilot caught
by ISIS was burned to death in a cage.

Thomas's November 18, 2015 article is almost beyond most people's understanding or patience.  He starts by  mentioning that  "The first calf to come from a cloned camel was born at a research center in Dubai and a local taxi start-up is taking on Uber in the Arab world."  Here, I hope he is trying to show that these Arab states are not excited about IS attacking Paris.  He goes on to say that the Arabs only have 2 choices, ISIS or SISI with his hard fist. 
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt 

 Sisi is the general in Egypt that kicked out the Muslim Brotherhood leader, Morsi,  that had taken the votes as President for a short while until Egypt got wise.  However, Thomas doesn't see it that way.  He sounds like he's against Sisi.  One forgets that iron fists have had to be so in order to rule in places like Egypt, Iraq and Syria.  Take away that iron fist immediately and you just might have chaos.  

Are the Egyptians complaining about him or is it the Muslim Brotherhood who tried to do away with Israel?  Egypt had a great president with Sadat who came to Israel and made peace.  Then he was assassinated.  The Muslim Brotherhood is the worst group to be in power.  They go along with Fatah and Hamas.  It was they who tried to kill Assad  first and got him so riled up.
All this talk about Morsi vs Sisi has very little to do with ISIS and where they get their moral compass of ethics, I would say.  In fact, one could say that without a strong hand of leadership that is steering them along a universal moral code, the masses turn into ISIS monsters.  Yes, Dr. Carson used the term, monsters.  
ISIS shooting Iraqis 

ISIS has let the geni out of the bottle and needs to be stuffed back in.  Humanity cannot put up with such killings and trying to take over the world.  It looks to me like we are in a 3rd World War because of them, a war to be fought completely different because of the year we have now reached.  Washington DC and New York City have been threatened by ISIS.  Sisi is keeping the peace with Israel.  For that I am thankful for.  Israel and Egypt work together fighting terrorism.  I'm thankful for that, too.  Thank goodness Sisi stopped Morsi from being president.                                                                           

ISIS Taking Towns

I say to the argument that it was a democratic election, that you weren't there.  You don't know if the people were threatened to vote for Morsi or not.  He probably stuffed the ballot boxes.  The Muslim Brotherhood doesn't play by our rules.  They bought people's votes.  Money buys elections.  That country is not a democratic country.  This was their first try.  We don't even have this type of election for a president.  It's what we do in grade school to choose a class president.  

Resource: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/thomas-friedman-takes-on-isis-20151119

Thursday, November 19, 2015

If You're Confused About Dates in History, Here's the Explanation

Jewish calendar with sun as used in it, synchronizing with solar calendar
The Jewish Calendar uses the Moon to mark time.  It is a lunar calendar.
Nadene Goldfoot
2000 BCE  1500 BCE 1391 BCE 1271 BCE 1000 BCE, 500 BCE  0 100 CE 500 CE 1000   2015
BCE means Before the Common Era.  That is referring to the time of Jesus of the Christian religion.
BCE is used by Jews because BC refers to Before Christ, and Christ is somebody we do not accept in our faith.  Therefore, Gentiles use only BC and AD.  AD refers to the Roman phrase, Anno Domini, or After Christ.
Jews use CE, meaning:  The Common Era.

Notice in the BCE era the numbers grow smaller until they reach 0.  Then they grow larger.
54321  0  12345
The Biblical era for Jews started with Abraham who was born in the 2nd millennium BCE.  We figure it was in the year 1948 BCE.  So the history of our religion is about 4,000 years old.  We consider Abraham the father of Judaism.  He was the first monotheist, believing in one unseen G-d.  It was a shocking revelation for other people had to have something they could see, like idols and statues, rocks, anything.

It's hard to understand, but there have been people just like us for the past 25,000 years or longer.  The biblical era is fairly new.  We humans are homo-sapiens.  There were also Neanderthals in Europe at the time when homo sapiens existed.  "Genetic studies now suggest that the functional DNA of modern humans and Neanderthals diverged 500,000 years ago.  So we can say that we have existed as far back in human form as 500,000 years ago.  The forces of natural selection have continued to operate on human populations, with evidence that certain regions of the genome display directional selection in the past 15,000 years."  

Take the line from Moses and his brother, Aaron.  They would have had the Y haplogroup of J1, which is called the Cohen gene, named for the assignment Moses gave to Aaron as high priest or Cohen.  It was a line handed down from father to son.  Thus, we find  Cohens of today also with J1 haplogroup.  "This haplogroup is found to have arisen 10,000 to 15,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent, and Abraham was born only about 4,000 years ago."  
A Jewish year and its holidays in its 12 months

The Jewish calendar follows the movements of the moon.  Today's date in international dating is 2015.  On the Jewish calendar it is the year 5776.  It started back in the BCE dating period.  It also is made up of 12 months but calculated according to the moon.  The difference between the lunar years of 354 days and the solar (sun) year of 365.25 days is made up by adding a full month after the month of Adar in the 3rd, 6th, 8th, 11th, 14th and 17th and 19th year of each 19-year cycle .  The year 5749 began such a cycle.  The month so added is called Adar Sheni or the 2nd Adar, and the year becomes a leap year.  

The calendar that is used internationally is a solar calendar.  It is called a Gregorian calendar.  "The first calendar reform of the early modern era was the Gregorian calendar, introduced in 1582 based on the observation of a long-term shift between the Julian calendar and the solar year.  
The Kabba, Mecca, Saudi Arabia where it is say by Islamists a place that dates back to Abraham.  
 "The Islamic calendar or Hijri calendar, is a lunar calendar consisting of 12 lunar months in a year of 354 or 355 days. It is used to date events in most of the Muslim countries (concurrently with the Gregorian calendar), and used by Muslims everywhere to determine the proper day on which to celebrate Islamic holy days and festivals. Its epoch is the Hijra (corresponding to year 622 of the Dionysian era). With an annual drift of 11 or 12 days, the seasonal relation is repeated approximately each 33 Islamic years."

The Islamic calendar "The Islamic calendar is based on the prohibition of intercalation (nasi') by Muhammad, in Islamic tradition dated to a sermon held on 9 Dhu al-Hijjah AH 10 (Julian date: 6 March 632). This resulted in an observationally based lunar calendar shifting relative to the seasons of the solar year.  Notice it started after 632 when Muhammad died, so it is a very recent calendar. "Years are counted since the Hijra, that is, Mohammed's emigration to Medina in AD 622. On 16 July (Julian calendar) of that year, AH 1 started (AH = Anno Hegirae = year of the Hijra). In the year AD 2003 Muslims  have witnessed the start of Islamic year AH 1424.

2015=5776=1424.  This year.  

Reference:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homo_sapiens