The Truth About the Refugees: Israel
Palestinian Arab Conflict
Palestinian Arabs and their Israel-hating friends have been freaking out over Newt Gingrich’s characterization of them as an “invented people.”
The fact that today, a Palestinian people does exist doesn’t give the Palestinians a right to invent history, of course. ABC News didn’t point out that they regularly claim a history of two thousand years or more. And Golda Meir was pointing to the fact that the dominant politics of the Palestinian movement certainly as late as 1945 was a pan-Arab nationalist one.
And despite Gingrich’s decisive confirmation of his initial comments, Doug “Weasel” Mataconis doubles-down in his attacks,Â alleging that:
As I said yesterday, imagine if Gingrich had made these statements as President. The outrage would have been amplified a thousand fold, and any hope that the United States would be able to serve any useful purpose in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would be out the window for the foreseeable future… (More)
Newt Gingrich told this indisputable historical truth and the media and, of course, the Arabs, jumped all over him. As Speaker Gingrich correctly stated, the Arab nations were created from the break up of the Ottoman Empire after its defeat by the Allies in WWI.
There was no Palestinian people or Arab Palestine then or at any other time in history. The Palestinian Liberation Authority (PLO), Arafat’s terror organization, invented the false notion of a Palestinian Arab nation in their charter of 1964. This was a clever ploy conceived after the Israelis had defeated combined Arab forces in 1948 and 1956 and the Arab hope of a military victory was fading fast. The gigantic lie really took off and was pursued even more intently after the Israelis decimated Egypt, Syria. Jordan and their allies in the 1967 Six Day War. The Israelis convincingly took the Arab military option, much to their consternation, off the table.Â Click Here to Read More…Â (Doc’s Talk)
For the moment, the Muslim Brotherhood wing known as Hamas appears to be aligning its behavior more closely with its increasingly influential big brother next door, whereÂ gradualismÂ is the name of the game. “Hamas in Gaza says it’s learning from Arab Spring,” by Karin Laub and Mohammed Daraghmeh for theÂ Associated Press, December 11, right after Â Muslim Brotherhood’s Yusuf al-Qaradawi called Â for “gradualism” in applying Sharia
(AP) â€” Bans on women smoking water pipes in public and male coiffeurs styling women’s hair are no longer being strictly enforced in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, apparent signs of greater tolerance as the Islamic militant group acknowledges mistakes in seeking to impose a religious lifestyle.
Wanna know how Arab-Muslims really feel?
“The Arab nations should sacrifice up to 10 million of their 50 million people, if necessary, to wipe out Israel … Israel to the Arab world is like a cancer to the human body, and the only way of remedy is to uproot it, just like a cancer.”
â€“Saud ibn Abdul Aziz, King of Saudi Arabia, Associated Press, Jan. 9, 1954
There’s a lot more where this came from:
Saudi textbook says conflict with Jews “is a religious conflict, not a dispute about politics or nationality, or a conflict between races or tribes, or a fight over land or country, as some describe it”
So much for “underlying causes” and the various excusesÂ du jour. “Saudi High School Textbook Preaches Hate,” from theÂ Investigative Project on Terrorism, December 8:
Tell me who hates whom:
“I announce from here, on behalf of the United Arab Republic people, that this time we will exterminate Israel.”
â€“President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt, speech in Alexandria, July 26, 1959
“We shall never call for nor accept peace. We shall only accept war. We have resolved to drench this land with your (Israel’s) blood, to oust you as aggressor, to throw you into the sea.”
â€“Hafez Assad, then-Syrian Defense Minister, May 24, 1966, who later became Syria’s president.
“Our basic objective will be the destruction of Israel.”
â€“President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt, May 27, 1967, nine days before the start of the Six-Day War.
“The existence of Israel is an error which must be rectified. This is our opportunity to wipe out the ignominy which has been with us since 1948. Our goal is clear â€” to wipe Israel off the map.”
â€“President Abdel Rahman Aref of Iraq, May 31, 1967
“All countries should wage war against the Zionists, who are there to destroy all human organizations and to destroy civilization and the work which good people are trying to do.”
â€“King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, in a speech in Uganda, Beirut Daily Star, Nov. 17, 1972
“The battle with Israel must be such that, after it, Israel will cease to exist.”
â€“Libyan President Mohammar Qadaffi, al-Usbu al-Arrabi (Beirut) quoted by Algiers Radio, Nov. 12, 1973
“After we perform our duty in liberating the West Bank and Jerusalem, our national duty is to liberate all the Arab-occupied territories.”
â€“Jordan’s King Hussein, Radio Amman, Dec. 1, 1973
“Yes, the existence of a separate Palestinian identity is there only for tactical reasons. The establishment of a Palestinian state is a new expedient to continue the fight against Zionism and for Arab unity.”
â€“Zoheir Muhsin, head of the PLO Military Operations Department and member of the PLO Executive Council, 1977
“I have never met an Arab leader that in private professed a desire for an independent Palestinian state. Publicly, they all espouse an independent Palestinian state â€” almost all of them â€” because that is what they committed themselves to do at Rabat (the 1974 Arab League summit conference).”
â€“President Jimmy Carter, at a 1979 press conference
“There has been no change whatsoever in the fundamental strategy of the PLO, which is based on the total liberation of Palestine and the destruction of the occupying country. … On no accounts will the Palestinians accept part of Palestine and call it the Palestinian state, while forfeiting the remaining areas which are called the State of Israel.”
â€“Rafiq Najshah, PLO representative in Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabian News Agency, June 9, 1980
“The struggle with the Zionist enemy is not a struggle about Israel’s borders, but about Israel’s existence. We will never agree to anything less than the return of all our land and the establishment of the independent state.”
â€“Bassam Abu Sharif, a top Arafat aide and PLO spokesman, quoted by the Kuwait News Agency, May 31, 1986
“There are two different approaches in the Arab world: that Israel can be overwhelmed militarily, or that a military victory is impossible. The power struggle between Israel and the Arabs is a long-term historical trial. Victory or defeat are for us questions of existence or annihilation, the outcome of an irreconcilable hatred.”
â€“Al-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, July 11, 1986
“The establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip does not contradict our ultimate strategic aim, which is the establishment of a democratic state in the entire territory of Palestine, but rather is a step in that direction.”
â€“Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) interview with Al-Safir, Lebanon, Jan. 25, 1988
“This is the ideology of the PLO and of Yasser Arafat: To destroy the state of Israel and to establish a Palestinian state instead. They will accept the territories â€” but only as a beginning, as a base for further attacks to conquer all of Israel. Why give them this opportunity to strengthen their efforts to attack us?”
â€“Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, U.S. News & World Report, March 21, 1988
“The armed struggle must continue, everywhere, against the Zionist enemy and his allies. … We have no alternative but to carry out armed activity in order to vanquish the enemy and establish our state.”
â€“Salim Zaanoun, Deputy PNC speaker and member of the Fatah Central Committee, in Al-Anba, Kuwait, Dec. 23, 1988
“The PLO will not stop the armed struggle.”
â€“Yasser Arafat, June 6, 1989 at a press conference in Kuwait, Associated Press.
“The Middle East peace efforts have reached a stalemate. … The PLO now has no alternative but to escalate armed struggle outside the occupied territories in support of the uprising.”
â€“Arafat’s number two man, Salah Khalaf, Jan. 22, 1990, Associated Press
“We will enter Jerusalem victoriously and raise our flag on its walls. … We will fight you (the Israelis) with stones, rifles, and ‘El-Abed’ (the Iraqi missile)…”
â€“Yasser Arafat, reported by the Associated Press, March 29, 1990, at the start of the Gulf War
“In the name of Allah, we shall cause fire to devour half of Israel. …”
â€“Iraqi News Agency, April 2, 1990
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Hey, stop this dangerous candidate! He’s told the truth!
Published in:Â Daily Mail
US presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich (whose Lazarus-like trajectory to the Republican nomination I flagged upÂ hereÂ a month ago) has recently demonstrated yet again Melanie’s First Rule of Modern Political Discourse â€“ the more obvious the truth that you utter, the more explosive and abusive the reaction.
For Gingrich said the Palestinian Arabs were ‘an invented people’ â€“ and the world promptly started hurling execrations at him, as if such a statement proved beyond doubt that Gingrich was indeed a dangerously extreme individual who, when it came to political positioning, was just off the graph altogether.
So just what did he say?Â This:
‘ “Remember, there was no Palestine as a state â€” (it was) part of the Ottoman Empire. I think we have an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs and historically part of the Arab community and they had the chance to go many places…” ’
But of course, he is absolutely correct. AsÂ Elder of ZiyonÂ pointed out, the Arabs who lived in Palestine were a disconnected bunch of tribes who had nothing in common with each other except that they were Arabs. They never were, are not and never will be a Palestinian people (the claim that they are now just because they say they are is risible and would be dismissed out of hand if applied to any other self-defined grouping). There is not and never has been any ‘Palestinian’ Arab culture, language, religion or national identity separate from that of the wider Arab nation. ‘Palestinianism’ was invented solely to destroy Israel. The one and only characteristic of this spurious ‘national’ identity is the aim of destroying another — authentic — national identity.
The Arabs have themselves repeatedly admitted this over the years.Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, the Syrian Arab leader told the British Peel Commission in 1937:
“There is no such country as Palestine. ‘Palestine’ is a term the Zionists invented. There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria. ‘Palestine’ is alien to us. It is the Zionists who introduced it.”
At the United Nations in 1956, the Saudi representative stated:
“It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but Southern Syria.”
And after the 1967 war Zuheir Muhsin, then military commander of the PLO and member of the PLO Executive Council, said helpfully:
“There are no differences between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. We are all part of one nation. It is only for political reasons that we carefully underline our Palestinian identity… yes, the existence of a separate Palestinian identity serves only tactical purposes. The founding of a Palestinian state is a new tool in the continuing battle against Israel.”
The agenda of ‘Palestinian rights’ is, however, now so deeply rooted in western discourse and diplomacy â€“ and even in Israeli leftist discourse â€“ that Gingrich has found himself under attack for talking rubbish. But it is his attackers whose arguments are jaw-droppingly absurd.
For example, a Fatah Revolutionary Council member claimed that Gingrich was ‘racist’ and ‘ignorant’ because the Palestinians had descended from the ‘Canaanite tribe of the Jebusites’. But asÂ Elder of ZiyonÂ comments in a further hilarious posting, there are one or two, ah, obstacles in the way of this particular claim:
‘The only confirmed mention of the historic Jebusites is in the Hebrew Bible. That’s the only source that says that the Jebusites lived around Jerusalem. This exact same sourceÂ saysÂ that one of their leaders, Araunah, offered to give the Temple Mount to King David; David insisted that he pay for it, and he did Â – for the amount of fifty silver shekels. So if you believe that the Palestinian Arabs are actually Jebusites, you must believe that they sold the Temple Mount to the Jews in a legal transaction.
‘… There is another problem, though. The Constitution of Palestine refers numerous times to the “Arab PalestinianÂ people” and that “Palestine is part of the large Arab World, and thePalestinian people are part of the Arab Nation.” TheÂ PLO CharterÂ similarly states “Palestine is the homeland of theÂ Arab Palestinian people; it is an indivisible part of theÂ Arab homeland, and the Palestinian people areÂ an integral part of the Arab nation.”
‘ButÂ Jebusites were not Arabs. They were not even Semites! No self-respecting Jebusite (if any had still existed) would identify with the Arab hordes who overran his homeland in the seventh century. He would probably want to behead the infidel invaders.
‘Is the constitution and charter wrong? When they call themselves Arab, are they all lying? Perhaps “Palestine” should quit the Arab League and re-assert its nebulous Jebusite ancestry.’
Next,Â hereÂ was Israeli revisionist historian Tom Segev:
‘“There is no intelligent person today who argues about the existence of the Palestinian people,” Segev said. “Nations are created gradually. I don’t think the Palestinians are less of a nation than the Americans,” he added.’
There is no intelligent person today who would compare like with unlike in this shallow way. Americans became a nation solely because they created, lived in and governed America. The Jews were the nation who created, lived in and governed Israel. The Arabs were among waves of colonisers who took their national homeland away from them. The Americans did not base their entire claim to nationhood on the big lie that they were the original inhabitants of the land. The Palestinian Arabs do just that.
Daniel Greenfield, akaÂ Sultan Knish, rips the American analogy apart and goes on :
‘Palestinian identity is just so much gibberish. The official definition of that identity encompasses only those parts of the Palestine Mandate which Israel holds today.
‘The people who live on the parts of the Palestine Mandate that were turned into the Kingdom of Jordan in 1921 are not Palestinians. There is no call to incorporate them into a Palestinian state. The people who lived in the parts of Israel that were captured by Jordan and Egypt in 1948 weren’t Palestinians, and there was no call to turn the land that today comprises the so-called “Occupied Territories” into a state. But in 1967 when Israel liberated those areas– only then did they magically turn into Palestinians. How is anyone supposed to take this nonsense seriously?
‘Suppose I were to tell you that there were an ancient people known as the Floridians whose land was seized from them to make resort hotels and orange groves. What would be your first clue that there was something wrong here? Florida is a Spanish name meaning flower. Palestine, which is a Latin name applied by its ancient conquerors, derived from the Greek, has the same problem.
‘When the Jews rebuilt their country, they did not call it Palestine, that was the name used by European powers. They called it Israel. The local Arabs who had come with the wave of conquests that toppled Byzantine rule had no such history and no name for themselves. Instead they took the Latin name used by the European powers and began pretending that it was some ancient tribal identity, rather than a regional name that was used by the European powers to describe local Jews and Arabs.
‘… This bloody circus has been going on for way too long. Enough that the Arab states and the local clan leaders have managed to turn out generations of children committed to killing in the name of a mythical identity for a state that they don’t really want. The call for a Palestinian state was a cynical ploy for destroying Israel. It’s why the negotiations never go anywhere, they’re not meant to go anywhere.’
Exactly. Which is why Gingrich’s remark goes to the very heart of the issue; and it is the fact that so many in the intellectual, political and diplomatic world â€“ including in Israel itself â€“ find what he said so outlandish that goes a long way to explain why there is still no peace in the Middle East.
Gosh â€“ a presidential candidate who actually understands what’s going on in the Middle East and speaks the truth about it! No wonder they’re so desperate now to stop him.
In “A Badly Invented People” at theÂ Sultan Knish blog, December 11, the estimable Daniel Greenfield exposes the utter spuriousness and jihadist motivation of the Palestinian claim to nationality:
In the post-news environment, media no longer exists to report, it exists to disseminate glib talking points that sound good at first, but don’t stand up to examination. Fact checks, one of the latest media gimmicks, have become another vector for disseminating talking points. So have media blogs which began repeating the same ridiculous thing over and over again.Take the response to Gingrich’s accurate statement that the Palestinian Arabs are an invented people. Aside from all the hysterical “sky is falling” nonsense, is the comparison between the Americans as an invented people and the Palestinian Arabs.
Let’s look at how wrong this is and in how many ways. To begin with the American colonies did not demand their independence based on some spurious ancient history. If they had then Washington would have dressed himself up as an Indian and instead of the United States of America, there would have been the Indian States of Iroquisville.
Americans are not a self-invented people, they are a self-evolved people. The American revolution was a struggle between a colony and the mother country that ended in a break and the creation of a new country that still used the language and much of the culture of the mother country, but at the same time the colonies had been slowly evolving their own unique identity.
The “Palestinian” Arabs on the other hand are an invented people, and not even a self-invented people. That dubious honor fell to some comrades in Moscow and the Arab nations who found it convenient to have terrorist militias that could launch attacks across the border, supposedly on their own initiative, but in reality answering to them.
Their whole claim to a state is the bizarre insistence that they are the region’s original inhabitants who were driven out by the actual original inhabitants, the Jews. When they are actually the descendants of the Muslim conquerors who drove out or subjugated the native inhabitants. It’s as if George Washington had not only put on an Indian costume but began claiming that his ancestors were there for thousands of years before the Cherokees drove them out.
Palestinian identity is just so much gibberish. The official definition of that identity encompasses only those parts of the Palestine Mandate which Israel holds today.
The people who live on the parts of the Palestine Mandate that were turned into the Kingdom of Jordan in 1921 are not Palestinians. There is no call to incorporate them into a Palestinian state. The people who lived in the parts of Israel that were captured by Jordan and Egypt in 1948 weren’t Palestinians, and there was no call to turn the land that today comprises the so-called “Occupied Territories” into a state. But in 1967 when Israel liberated those areas– only then did they magically turn into Palestinians.
How is anyone supposed to take this nonsense seriously?
Suppose I were to tell you that there were an ancient people known as the Floridians whose land was seized from them to make resort hotels and orange groves. What would be your first clue that there was something wrong here? Florida is a Spanish name meaning flower. Palestine, which is a Latin name applied by its ancient conquerors, derived from the Greek, has the same problem.
When the Jews rebuilt their country, they did not call it Palestine, that was the name used by European powers. They called it Israel. The local Arabs who had come with the wave of conquests that toppled Byzantine rule had no such history and no name for themselves. Instead they took the Latin name used by the European powers and began pretending that it was some ancient tribal identity, rather than a regional name that was used by the European powers to describe local Jews and Arabs.
Even Arab place names invariably lack historicity. The Arab name for Jerusalem is Al-Quds or the holy city. It’s a little like calling New York, Big City and pretending that it means you saw it first, when it actually means that you saw it last and are piggybacking on its existing identity.
The Arabic for Hebron is a translation of the Hebrew. The same goes for Bethlehem. Ah but what about Nablus? The Jews may call it Shechem, but the Arabs have a unique name for it. Surely Nablus is part of the great and ancient Palestinian heritage. Not a chance. Nablus isn’t Arabic, it’s the Arabic mispronunciation of Neapolis, which if you happen to know Latin means “New City”.
Nablus has the same relationship to Neapolis, as Filistin does to Palestine, it’s the Arabic mispronunciation of the Latin. The name “Nablus” is every bit as regionally authentic as Naples, in Italy or Florida, which has the same meaning.
But what of the “Occupied Territories”? The Jews call them Judea and Samaria. The Arabs call them ad-difa’a al-gharbiya or the West Bank. Nothing says ancient history like bluntly descriptive names. But what of Ramallah, capital of the Palestinian Authority, that at least is an Arabic name. And that’s true. It is an Arabic name. A name almost as ancient as the city which dates back to the 16th century when a group of Christian Arabs crossed over from what is today Jordan fleeing Muslim persecution. Under Jordanian rule, Ramallah was overrun by Muslims and today it has a Muslim majority.
When the capital of your ancient people was founded by Christians from the other side of the river in the 16th century, and it wasn’t actually your capital until the bygone days of the 1990’s, and it only became your capital because you drove off its residents in the 1950’s, then your ancient civilization has a problem. It doesn’t actually exist….
There is much more.Â Read it all.