Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Building in Ariel (the Capital of Samaria)

 Work in Ariel, in the Shomron. A building contractor invited me to solve a problem which was not a problem but implausible ignorance. If he had opened the drawing and studied it carefully, it would have been clear to him too. But then he wouldnt be a building contractor nor a very rich man. Curiously, he is a Palestinian, who owned a large tract of land where downtown Ariel is built now. He exchanged that plot for another large plot on a hill overlooking the city, and he is building there a neighborhood. He had probably bought the land when it was dangerous to travel to the Shomron and land was very cheap and Sharon's Government was giving it away to anyone promising to build; the Arab had more faith in the Zionist enterprise than we did and now he is very wealthy. I asked for a sum and he, in the typical Arab way of negotiating, said that he is a most generous person and he'll not insult such a famous professional  by bargaining about trifles like money. Is he intending to pay me too?

18 comments:

spagetiMeatball said...

What exactly was the problem? Connect downhill to main sewage/water?

J said...

A conflict between neighbors.

spagetiMeatball said...

Btw, in an old post you mentioned that Turks were asiatic intruders or something (?) Do you still believe that or not?
What exactly do you mean when you say "asiatic"
Are you meaning mongolian or something more like iranian/indians?

J said...

Turks are an outshoot of the Hun - Mongol people. Very changed thanks to mixing with Central Asian Iranian peoples, and then, with Slavs. In Turkey they are about 80% Ionian Greeks, 15% others like Kurds, and less than 5% Asians.

spagetiMeatball said...

Make more Madison-grant style modern genetic diagram interpretation posts: Those were hilarious.

Tobi said...

Hungarians think that they're related to the Turks and not the Finnish/Uralic people like most linguist believe, a lot of Hungarians like Turkey.

Some Hungarian nationalists think that they're even related with the Sumererians!

All those aglunative languages sound the same to me. In the Afro-Asiatic Family only Berber is aglunative and in the Indo-European Family only Iranian and Armenian are aglunative.

Titus said...

Armenian is not agglutinative.

The capital of Samaria is not Shichem?

Anonymous said...

I think this guys is going to absolutely shaft you. Please be careful - and let us know how it comes out, please.

J said...

Samaria, or Shomron in Hebrew, is not a political or geographic unit today. Ariel es the largest Jewish settlement. It is centrally located.

Shchem or Nablus is a large Arab town.

In this crazy place there can be one or two or twenty capitals. Shilo also wants to be capital.

Anonymous said...

What is the meaning of Shomron in hebrew?

Its Yehud some what related with the egyptian djehuti?

Anonymous said...

What is the meaning of Shomron in hebrew?

Its Yehud some what related with the egyptian djehuti?

J said...

No idea

Anonymous said...

Isn't Shomron related to shomer - to watch?

K

Anonymous said...

So the samaritans are the watchers?

J said...

It is related. Shomron was the name of Israel's capital founded by king Omri. The Hellenistic regime renamed it Sebastia. Then it was abandoned and forgotten till the new Zionist re-founded it in the early eighties. For some reason I was there. Shomron is from:

"וַיִּקֶן אֶת הָהָר שֹׁמְרוֹן מֵאֶת שֶׁמֶר בְּכִכְּרַיִם כָּסֶף וַיִּבֶן אֶת הָהָר וַיִּקְרָא אֶת שֵׁם הָעִיר אֲשֶׁר בָּנָה עַל שֶׁם שֶׁמֶר אֲדֹנֵי הָהָר שֹׁמְרוֹן" (מלכים א', פרק טז, כד).[3]

"And he bought the mountain from Shemer for two silver Kikars (kikar is a quantity of money) and built the city of Shomron in the name of my Lord Shemer."

Anonymous said...

So the city is named after Mr. Shemer, from whom the land was purchased, but who is Shemer named for and what does it have to do with watching?

K

J said...

Shemer must have been the name of a local god, it sounds like one, but nowadays it means yeast.

Anonymous said...

I think Shemer was not a god but the local warlord and very much human. How would you buy a mountain from a deity and pay him in silver? Everyone knows deities are only interested in payment in smoke.

K