The Questions Never Asked About Palestine

Obama: Peace requires compromise. Abbas: We’ll never compromise. 

(poster from the Elder of Ziyon)

By Steve Feldman/American Thinker

As the Palestinian-Arabs and their friends make their latest push for “Palestinian” statehood at the United Nations this week, once again the wrong questions are being asked, while the pertinent questions every reporter, activist, and foreign minister should be asking never arise.

Why do “Palestinians” need a state of their own?  Who are these “stateless” people?  What is their history?  Where have they been for all of these years?

In the spirit of “you don’t know what you don’t know,” here are some Hansel-and-Gretel-like bread crumbs to guide journalists and others to the questions they might ask:

Where does the name “Palestine” come from and who have been the people who’ve lived there?  Of course, it was coined by the conquering Romans to add insult to injury to a Jewish nation they sought to obliterate.  The Romans conquered the land, but there was always a remnant of Jewish people living there.

While throughout the ages the land was under control of various powers, none called themselves “Palestinian,” and there was never a nation with that name.  It was that Jewish remnant and those Jews who joined them over time who became the “Palestinians.”


In modern times, the Ottoman Turks controlled this territory and, following World War I, the British (under the auspices of the League of Nations).  In this period, there were many “Palestinian” institutions, though all of them were Jewish in character and membership.  The most famous of these was, perhaps, the Palestine Post, which lives on today as the Jerusalem Post.  There were Palestine orchestras and chess teams and the like.  But the names of the players were Jewish, not Arab.

As Jewish nationalism in the region gained strength, the Arabs and Muslims committed massacre after massacre of Jews throughout Palestine.

Meanwhile, in 1922, the British took 78% of territory that was promised for a Jewish homeland by the World War I victors and the League of Nations and gave it to the Arabs.  The outcome was the heretofore nonexistent Arab nation of Transjordan.  Transjordan later became simply Jordan.

This should be the end of the story, as the land of Palestine was divided (though quite unfairly) and an Arab state was created out of the Jewish homeland.  “Two states for two peoples.”

Being handed 78% of a territory would satisfy most people — if their true interest were a state of their own.  Instead, over the past seven decades, what the world refuses to see is the desire by the Arabs to obliterate Jewish nationalism, and later the Jewish nation that was its culmination.

Violence and terrorism by the Arabs against Jews continued, and as the Arabs stepped up their pressure on the British and the League of Nations, in an attempt to appease the Arabs, the remaining 22% of the land left for the Jews was divided further.  The Arabs again got the bigger portion.  The Jews accepted the offer and, when the mandate expired, declared independence as the nation of Israel.

The Arabs declared war.

Though they were unable to defeat the Israelis, the Arabs did gain more territory.  The Jordanians expanded into what they renamed “the West Bank” so as to erase the Jewish connection to Judea and Samaria (as those areas were called for millennia), while Egypt grabbed the Gaza Strip.

The Arabs who lived in those areas never cried out for independence or claimed to be oppressed, nor threatened to go to the United Nations.  Why?  Because they were part of, rather than distinct from, the Arab Nation.

Instead, there were incessant terror attacks.  In 1964, the Arabs formed the “Palestine Liberation Organization” — three years before Israel would gain control over the Gaza Strip and Judea and Samaria (aka “the West Bank”).  So: what were the Arabs bent on liberating, and whom were they liberating it from?  Did they demand a state from Egypt and Jordan?  This is the same PLO that today controls the Palestinian Authority — and has never renounced its appetite for all of what was once dubbed “Palestine.”

It was only after Israel’s miraculous victory in 1967 that “the West Bank” and “Gaza Strip” suddenly had relevance to their Arab inhabitants, and it was then that the Arab propaganda machine revved up.  It eventually inverted much of the world’s perception of the Middle East: transforming tiny Israel from its natural role of “David” against the massive Arab population and lands, to one of “Goliath” against the “stateless,” “oppressed,” and “occupied” “Palestinians.”  It made the notion of changing straw into gold seem like child’s play.  And it worked.

That the Palestinian-Arabs have spilled much innocent blood to get their “cause” out there — murdered Olympics athletes, airline passengers, bus riders, diners — seems to have faded from memory.  But it was these headline-grabbing crimes that got them to the head of the line.

The lesson: crime pays.  Terror works.

So, journalists, activists, and foreign ministers of the world: you still have time to ask yourselves and others these questions; still have time to prevent a great wrong from being done; still have time to save untold lives; still have time to avoid a terrible precedent; still have time to prevent the creation of another terrorist state.  Will you?

Debunking the Palestine Lie

New Race Discovered:

If you’re a female,  all you need to do is  wrap yourself in shrouds and learn a few Arabic phrases, like ‘Allahilallah Muhammad rasool”– and bang:  you have just changed into another race!

If you’re male, put a coffee-filter on your head, stop shaving and hate your own people, and hey: suddenly you’re above criticism, you literally get away with murder. All kinds of Islamic and yuman rites organizations will defend ‘your rights’,  rights that you would never have otherwise, and there is sheer unlimited funding for litigation jihad, to whack any objector into submission.

But don’t take my word for it:

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  1. Opinion: The Famous State of Palestine

    What would Arab state number 23/ Muslim state number 58 be like? Giulio Meotti takes a good look.

    Global leaders are so busy speaking of how essential it is for a “State of Palestine” to be founded that none of them seems to have noticed that it already exists in practice in the Palestinian Authority. Since the Palestinian Authority was established in 1994, the contours of the “State of Palestine” that they wish have taken form in front of our eyes.
    So what will this famous “State of Palestine” be like?

    It will be a racist state ethnically cleansed of Jews, as the PLO representatives proclaimed the last week.
    It will be a state led by Holocaust enablers like Hamas or by a Holocaust-denier like Mahmoud Abbas, who in a book downgraded the number of Jewish victims and denied that the gas chambers were used to murder Jews.

    In any case, it will be a state committed to the destruction of the nearby Jews’ homeland.

    A state that will banish freedom of conscience for artists, journalists and writers. A state that will drive away Christians from the land, while proclaiming Jesus “the first fedayeen”.
    A state that will stone to death Arab homosexuals and prostitutes, who are now finding a shelter in Israel. A state that will torture Arab inmates in prisons and that will throw political dissidents from the roofs of public buildings.

    A state where the Iranian clergy will preach the Khomeinist ideology. A state that will accept checks and support from the genocidal Muslim Brotherhood in the name of “the caliphate or death”, as the Islamists who assassinated Egypt’s Anwar Sadat in 1981 decorated their holding cages.

    A state where the sharia – the Islamic code – will be the only rule of law. A state that will be put to death human beings simply because guilty of apostasy (conversion to Christianity). A state where the women will be obliged to wear headscarves. A state where “honor killings” will terrorize the female population.
    A state that will commemorate terrorists, human bombs and baby killers in public squares, streets and monuments.

    A state that will not hold democratic elections, but that will be a combination of corruption, dictatorship, Islamic theology and “binladenism”.
    A state where terror militias will cut fingers off smokers.

    A state where public libraries will become the largest global archive of anti-Semitic books.

    A state that will ban drinking in public buildings. A state where liquor stores will be blown up by terror groups.

    A state where men will be banned from women’s hair salons.

    A state where security forces will arrest people for expressing opinions unpopular with the regime, as well as punishing media organizations and journalists for their coverage of such statements.
    A state where the ratio of militiamen/men- under-arms to civilians will be higher than in any other country. A state where worshipers in mosques will be gunned down by terrorists.

    A state that will encourage a new category of Arab refugees, those who would gladly escape oppressive and murderous Palestinian control.

    A state where ambulances will be stopped on the way to hospitals and wounded will be shot in cold blood. A state that would be a heavily armed union of rejectionists all dedicated to destroying the shards of Western values.
    A state where young couples will not walk hand in hand in the Al Manar Square of Ramallah and where plainclothes officers will halt them in the streets, demanding to see marriage licenses.

    A state that will declare war on Judaism, depicting Jewish history in the Middle East as no more than an insignificant, brief sojourn by arrogant colonizers.

    Who would live in such a state? So why the world is dribbling at the mouth about the creation of a “State of Palestine”?
    Is it because Arab state number 23 and Muslim state number 58 will be the perfect tool for the evaporization of the lone Jewish state in the world?

    6 miles is the distance between the Israeli city of Afula and the “State of Palestine”. 9 miles to the city of Netanya. 11 miles to reach the skycrapers of Tel Aviv. 4 miles to bomb the Ben Gurion International Airport. Just a mile to the city of Kfar Saba.

    Building the small Palestinian caliphate on Israel’s shoulders is the first step of throwing the Jews in the sea.

    The writer, a journalist with Il Foglio, is a weekly columnist for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book “A New Shoah”, that researched the personal stories of Israel’s terror vicitms, published by Encounter. He lives in Italy. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage, YNet, Makor Rishon and Commentary.

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