There is no such thing as a Palestinian people; no such thing as a Palestinian history; and no Palestinian language exists. There has never been an independent, sovereign Palestinian Arab state in recorded history.
You will search in vain for Palestinian Arab coinage or Palestinian Arab archaeological artifacts specifically related to any Palestinian Arab king or ancient leader because they do not exist. But what you will find are coins, pottery, ancient scrolls and artifacts, all providing conclusive and millennial evidence of Biblical and post-Biblical Jewish civilization dotting the land known correctly as Israel – not Palestine.
The Arabs who call themselves Palestinians are indistinguishable from those Arabs who live in the surrounding artificial states such as Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Saudi-Arabia, or the other entities throughout the Middle East created by the colonial powers: France and Britain.
Both European nations carved artificial borders across the corpse of what had been Turkey’s empire in the Middle East, and both France and Britain have left a resulting legacy of war and violence ever since. One such territory, previously occupied by Ottoman Turkey for 400 years, was the non-state geographical entity known sometimes as Palestine.
The present-day so-called “Palestinians” are an Arab people sharing an overwhelmingly Muslim Arab culture and language identical to their fellow Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa, with few if any distinctions.
Yasser Arafat, the Egyptian born arch-terrorist who imposed himself undemocratically upon the Arabs who now call themselves Palestinians, was fond of repeating the absurd myth that Palestinian Arabs were descended from the Canaanites and the Philistines. He also claimed Jesus was a ‘Palestinian’ and, predictably, a Muslim.
As we know, the bigger the lie and how many times it is repeated, the bigger the number of people will come to believe it. Arafat twisted history and reality to disinherit the indigenous native Jewish people of the land. Today’s on-going attempts to hoodwink the world are financed by Arab oil wealth, the U.N and EU.
Melanie Phillips, British journalist, recently pointed in her website that, “For decades, the Arabs have promoted the big lie that they are the indigenous people of the land, that the Jews were the colonizers who deprived them of their rights and that the Israelis continue to oppress and practice “genocide” against them.
“Every part of that is not only untrue but it is the “Palestinians” who seek aggressive conquest and the Israelis who are victims of their terror.
“This big lie about Israel was created in the 1960s when the “Palestinian” terrorist leader Yasser Arafat made common cause with the Soviet Union to rewrite history, demonize the Jewish state and subvert the west by twisting its collective mind and destroying its moral compass.
“This was laid out by General Ion Pacepa, the former head of Romania’s foreign intelligence service, who played a significant role in Soviet bloc operations directed against Israel and the U.S. and who defected to the west in 1978.
“According to Pacepa, the chairman of the KGB, Yuri Andropov, told him, “We needed to instill a Nazi-style hatred for the Jews throughout the Islamic world, and to turn this weapon of the emotions into a terrorist bloodbath against Israel and its main supporter, the United States.”
“This mind-bending has resulted in Israel’s demonization in the West. And now the same strategy is being deployed by the former KGB officer Putin towards Ukraine.”
The long extinct Canaanites were the first known inhabitants of the Land of Israel before the first Hebrews, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob along with their wives settled there, and before Moses brought their Jewish descendants back to the Promised Land during the Exodus from Egypt.
The term “Philistines” provides the source from which the term “Palestinians” is derived. Like the Arabs who gave themselves the concocted name “Palestinian,” the Philistines were alien peoples. They entered the land from the Mediterranean isles, perhaps from Crete, and were known by the Hebrew tribes as “Pelestim” (from the Hebrew root for invaders).
After the suppression of both the First and Second Jewish Uprisings against the brutal Roman occupation of Judea, the Emperor Hadrian replaced the name of Judea (Yehuda in Hebrew from where the name Yehudim, Jews, originates) to Syria-Palæstina after the “Philistines” who were the ancient enemies of the Israelites. Hadrian did so with the malign attempt of effacing Jewish history.
The “Palestinian Arabs” are primarily the descendants of itinerant Arabs who illegally flooded the Land from stagnant Arab and Muslim territories. They were first attracted during the latter years of the 19th and early years of the 20th centuries by new employment opportunities provided by the Jewish pioneers and farmers whose heroic efforts were turning the desert green again and restoring centuries of neglect that the land had endured under a succession of alien occupiers.
Britain, during its Mandate over the territory, turned a blind eye to the flood of illegal Arab aliens entering, while at the same time often arbitrarily limiting Jewish immigration into their ancient, Biblical, and ancestral homeland. This was a betrayal of the Mandate given by the League of Nations to Britain in 1921 to facilitate a restored Jewish Homeland in the non-state geographical territory known as Palestine.
Let me close, beginning with the words of a Christian Arab, Joseph Farah, who knows of what he writes:
There has never been a land known as Palestine governed by Palestinians. Palestinians are Arabs, indistinguishable from Jordanians (another recent invention), Syrians, Iraqis, etc. Keep in mind that the Arabs control 99.9 per cent of the Middle East lands. Israel represents one-tenth of one per cent of the landmass. But that’s too much for the Arabs. They want it all. And that is ultimately what the fighting against Israel is about today… No matter how many land concessions the Israelis make, it will never be enough. (Joseph Farah, “Myths of the Middle East”)
Here are what other Arabs have said:
There is no such country as Palestine. There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria. ‘Palestine’ is alien to us. (Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, Syrian Arab leader to British Peel Commission, 1937)
There is no such thing as Palestine in history, absolutely not”. (Professor Philip Hitti, Arab historian, 1946)
It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but Southern Syria. (Representative of Saudi Arabia at the United Nations, 1956)
The preceding declarations by Arab politicians were issued before 1967 as they had not the slightest knowledge of the existence of any invented Palestinian people.
When the State of Israel was reborn in 1948 the Arabs were too busy attempting to annihilate it and did not intend to create any Palestinian entity, but only to distribute the seized Jewish lands among the already existing Arab states.
The five invading Arab armies were miraculously defeated by a tiny handful of Jewish defenders. The Arabs attempted again to destroy Israel in 1967 and were defeated in only six days, during which they lost the lands that they had previously stolen and illegally occupied since 1948. Those lands included Judea and Samaria, (the so-called West Bank) which comprise the Biblical and ancestral Jewish heartland.
In all those 19 years, when Jordan occupied Judea and Samaria, and Egypt occupied the Gaza Strip, neither of them created a “Palestinian” state.
During the long centuries of alien occupation of the Land, visitors were always struck at how it had become a barren waste with malarial swamps and a remarkably sparse population. The following partial reports from travelers to the desolate landscape that had become a mournful waste are quite telling:
There is not a solitary village throughout its whole extent (valley of Jezreel, Galilee); not for thirty miles in either direction… One may ride ten miles hereabouts and not see ten human beings. For the sort of solitude to make one dreary, come to Galilee… Nazareth is forlorn… Jericho lies a moldering ruin… Bethlehem and Bethany, in their poverty and humiliation… untenanted by any living creature… A desolate country whose soil is rich enough but is given over wholly to weeds… a silent, mournful expanse… a desolation …” Mark Twain, “The Innocents Abroad, 1867.
Of course, Arab politicians now attempt to discredit Mark Twain, retreating into that realm of all scoundrels by calling him a racist.
“In 1590 a ‘simple English visitor’ to Jerusalem wrote: ‘Nothing there is to be seen but a little of the old walls, which is yet remaining and all the rest is grass and weeds much like to a piece of rank or moist ground’”. Gunner Edward Webbe, Palestine Exploration Fund.
“The land is lacking in people to till its fertile soil”. British archaeologist Thomas Shaw, mid-1700s
“The Arabs themselves cannot be considered but temporary residents. They pitched their tents in its grazing fields or built their places of refuge in its ruined cities. They created nothing in it. Since they were strangers to the land, they never became its masters. The desert wind that brought them hither could one day carry them away without their leaving behind them any sign of their passage through it”. Comments by Christians concerning the Arabs in Palestine in the 1800s.
“The area was under populated and remained economically stagnant until the arrival of the first Zionist pioneers in the 1880′s, who came to rebuild their Jewish homeland. The country had remained “The Holy Land” in the religious and historic consciousness of mankind, which associated it with the Bible and the history of the Jewish people …” The report of the British Royal Commission, 1913.
Far too many otherwise decent people have come to accept falsehoods masquerading as history about the origins of the so-called Palestinian Arabs. In America these lies now permeate the mainstream media, schools, colleges, and universities and are perpetrated by tenured leftist professors.
The historical facts given above will hopefully help those who have otherwise fallen for duplicitous Arab propaganda and what constitutes one of the biggest scams ever perpetrated upon the world.
Victor Sharpe is a prolific freelance writer, contributing editor, and published author of seven books including, “The Blue Hour,” a collection of thirteen short stories – each with surprise endings. He is also the author of a series of nine ghost stories and a delightful children’s story book titled Dragon Rake. His four-volume acclaimed series detailing the Islamist assault upon the West, Israel and Judeo-Christian civilization is titled, Politicide.© Victor Sharpe
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