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? Â Who are these “stateless” people? Â What is their history? Â 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? Â Of course, it was coined by the conquering Romans to add insult to injury to a Jewish nation they sought to obliterate. Â 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. Â It was that Jewish remnant and those Jews who joined them over time who became the “Palestinians.”
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