An Invented People

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On Friday, December 9, presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich was interviewed on cable TV’s The Jewish Channel, where he made the unexpected comment that the Palestinians are an invented people with no apparent right to their own state.  His remarks, summarized in the Washington Post, were promptly condemned; but is he correct?

Let’s recall that Mr. Gingrich has an MA and PhD in History from Tulane University.  In fact, history is quite clear on this issue.  Mr. Gingrich is correct, and the first to say so was Daniel Pipes.

The name “Palestine” derives from the Philistines, who originated from the Eastern Mediterranean (perhaps Greece or Crete) and invaded the region in the eleventh and twelfth centuries B.C. Related to the Bronze Age Greeks, they spoke a language akin to Mycenaean Greek.  Their area of habitation on the Eastern Mediterranean littoral became known as “Philistia.”

When Romans arrived a thousand years later they corrupted “Philistia” to “Palestina,” from whence “Palestine.”  Six hundred years later, the Arab invaders corrupted “Palestina” to “Falastin.”

Throughout all subsequent history there was never a nation of “Palestine,” never a people known as the “Palestinians,” nor any notion of “historic Palestine.” The region remained under successive foreign rulers, from the Umayyads and Abbasids and Ayyubids to the Fatimids, Ottomans and British.  During these millennia the term “Falastin” referred to an undefined geographical region, much like “Appalachia” or “the great Southwest” in modern U.S. geography.

In 1695 a Dutch orientalist, Hadrian Reland, conducted a geographical survey of the region. He found that none of the known settlements, ancient or contemporary, bore Arabic names.  Most names were Hebrew, Greek, or Latin in origin.  Moreover, the land was almost empty of inhabitants, desolate, the few towns (Jerusalem, Acre, Safed, Jaffa, Tiberius and Gaza) inhabited mostly by Christians and Jews, with Muslims present only in very small number, mostly Bedouin in the hinterland.

His book, Palaestina ex monumentis veteribus illustrata (Utrecht, 1714), offers no evidence for a “Palestinian people,” “Palestinian heritage,” “Palestinian nation” or “Palestinian homeland” in ancient times; and it provides a powerful argument against the outrageous and transparently false assertions by some modern Arab spokespersons that what most people know to be Jewish history is in fact “Palestinian” history. Today’s defenders of the “Palestinian cause” are reduced to stealing Jewish history and heritage precisely because the so-called “Palestinians” have none of their own.

Today’s “Palestinians” are indeed an invented people.  But how did they get invented?  Arabs themselves answer that question for us.

The term “Palestine” was given a political meaning for the first time in history by the British after World War I, when they took the region from the Turks and termed it “British Mandatory Palestine.”   At that time (1920) Arab political and intellectual leaders spoke out vehemently against the creation of this new “Palestine” because the region was, in their minds, inextricably connected to Syria.  The Arabs of the area had their own designation for the region: Balad esh-Sham (the province of Damascus), or as-Suriya al-Janubiya (southern Syria). In fact, Arab nationalists protested the use of the term “Palestine” because for them “Palestine” was really southern Syria. Even the most vitriolic and vociferous Arab nationalist, the Hajj Amin el-Husseini, opposed creating “Palestine” separate from Syria.  For documentation see Marie Syrkin’s “Palestinian Nationalism: Its Development and Goal,” in Curtis, Michael, Neyer, Joseph, Waxman, Chaim, and Pollack, Allen, The Palestinians: People, History, Politics (New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Books, 1975), p. 200.

The General Syrian Congress of 1919 stressed an exclusively Syrian identity for the Arabs of “southern Syria”: “We ask that there should be no separation of the southern part of Syria, known as Palestine . . .” (Ibid, Syrkin, Supra). George Antonius, the father of modern Arab nationalist history, documented in The Arab Awakening (1938. P. 312) the upheaval created among the Arabs of “Greater Syria” and Iraq as they flocked to the streets of Syrian cities, including Jerusalem, in armed uprisings to protest the British imposition of a separate political entity known as “Palestine,” carved out of what was traditionally a part of Syria.

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  • artcohn

    The Arabs living in the area that was called Palestine did not consider themselves as a separate people, or living in a separate land from the other Arabs of southern Syria, which is what the Arabs and Ottomans called the area. They had no institutions titled as Palestinian. The only people who did were the Jews who were living in the Palestine mandate area. In fact, in 1947 The Arab league informed the UN that there was no separate Palestinian Arab people distinct from the general Arab people.

    • Asher

      Yes, It was all invented to go after more of Israel's Land.

    • naturescorner1

      GEE Arabs – Palestinians are Arabs – the ME -NO EUROPEAN, Jews were less than %% of the population, while Arabs were 93% of the region known as Palestine, INSIDE the ARABIAN, BOT, Jewish Peninsula – NON Arab Iran, and, in 1948, Israel a part of/ Canaan/ God's promised land. Neither did the Ottomans own it – they OCCUPIED it for over 400 years, until ARAB (NO Jews participated- in fact, outside of ARAB Palestine – they fought on the side of the Ottomans) armies freed Palestine in 1922 – European terrorist groups (labeled as such by the British, their OWN protectors – Israel often labels these blood thirsty terrorists as para military) – Irgun(NOW elected Likud – the MOST blood thirsty – made the Nazis look like choirboys/pansies), the Stern gang, Levi. Lehi, Haganah(NOW, IDF), and MORE – Albert Einstein, German Jew, spoke out AGAINST Irgun. invaded Arab Palestine in 1922 DEMANDING the Arabs GIVE them blood won land for a homeland – of course, after all the blood the Arans lost, they said NO – the Jewish terrorists became belligerent, going on a rampage, murdering Arabs, and, stealing their land, ILLEGALLY forming Israel in 1948 – the UN ratified Israel AFTER the fact.. What countries made up ancient Palestine before 1948 – Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Trans Jordan – Israel was carved out of this – the West Bank, and, Gaza strips), NON Arab – Iran, and, part of Turkey. GEE MOSTLY, ARABS owned. Palestinians are Arabs – no matter what they are labeled – so you see Bozo fell asleep during his history courses – The Arabs took NO history from the Jews. Arabs were/are the MAJORITY – Israel cab become Arab MAJORITY, IMMEDIATELY, by defacto annexation of the strips, or, wait 20 years for the Arab population to out pace them.

  • Mic

    See What Arab Scholars Admit: Google & Read: "Myths, Hypotheses and Facts Concerning the Origin of Peoples The True Identity of the So-called Palestinians." Gingrich was & Is 100% correct.

  • crackerjack

    The UN invention of Palestine was the logical consequence to the UN invention of Israel.

    • SHmuel HaLevi

      It will help you crackerjack.
      The Jewish people has HISTORY and Biblical base dating over 3500 years back. The so called "palestineans" had no evidence of being a people until the middle of last century. n invention with criminal intent.
      And WE will retake all our Land and Heritage.
      I have proposed that we change the label used to date to commit fraud from "peace negotiations" to "peace sceance" as the Arabs passing themselves as palestinean do not exist, are an invention.

    • ziontruth

      Great use of obscurantist terminology here, Crackedjack. You throw out the terms "Palestine" and "Israel" without saying if you're referring to a land, a state or a nation.

      Let me clear the waters for the benefit of the readers:

      The Land of Israel, also called Palestine, simply exists. Though, it is noteworthy that only the Jewish nation has persevered in regarding it as a distinct and special piece of land, while the Ottoman Turks, for example, relegated it to the status of sub-sub-province in their administrative division.

      The state of Israel was created in 1948; the infrastructure of the Jewish State began to be built as far back as 1882, so in 1948 there was already a full-fledged state in existence. The Arab settler state of "Palestine" was officially created in 1993, but the only infrastructure built so far in it has been rocket production centers and terrorist training camps. In August 2005 the Gaza region was given to the Arab settlers to be governed on a blank slate, with all the Jewish inhabitants having been ethnically cleansed; expectations that the Arab colonists would take advantage of such a setting were quickly extinguished, for the Arab imperialists opted to burn the homes and greenhouses and use them to dig tunnels for rocket smuggling.

      The Jewish nation is a real and ancient nation with almost 3000 years of history, culture and language. The Arab nation is a real and ancient nation too, again with ample history, culture and language. The non-Jewish "Palestinian nation" is a fake contrivance and malicious construct with no history and no distinct culture or language; it was invented for the express and only purpose of hiding the patent injustice of the Arab nation—possessor of many states over a huge mass of land well beyond its indigenous territory of the Arabian Peninsula—striving to rob the Jewish nation of its one and only tiny piece of land in the world. The purpose has always been, from the 1960s to this day, to turn the truth of the Jewish David vs. Arab imperialist Goliath on its head. As one commenter on Pajamas Media remarked: A game of judo played successfully by the Arabs against the Jews.

      But the truth will always triumph in the end!

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        You’re splitting hairs. There are people who call themselves Israel and there ate people who call themselves Palestine. Israel doesn’t get to rub out Palestine. You all are a bunch of Hutus and Tutsis. Cut the crap.

  • Alvaro

    The "Palestineans" have no seperate culture, language or history to seperate them from Syrians or Jordaneans, no more than a Oregonean is a different national than a Californian.

    • naturescorner1

      Palestinians are ARABS – like Lebanese, Syrians, and so on – what ever you want to call them – Arabs made up 93% of ancient Palestine until 1948 – FACT- ME, NO EUROPEAN, Jews were LESS THAN 5% of that population.

  • Nathanael

    Yes, but what is the big deal? Was there such thing as a Lebanese, Syrian, Jordanian, or Iraqi people before the 20th century? Emphatically not, nor did these geographical designations exist with anything like precision, certainly no entity at all called Iraq or Jordan. All these national identities were invented–by Europeans. By now there are some Arabs living in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria who are called Palestinians. There is no other name to call them by, and it designates having originated in Israel, the West Bank, or Gaza. They have a certain sense of shared destiny and peoplehood. They're a majority in Jordan and it can be argued that were they to take over there and call it Palestine, it would solve some problems. They indeed have no sovereign right either to pre-1967 Israel or to the West Bank or Gaza. Indeed their values and ethos are Islamic-supremacist and anti-Jewish; they are a highly problematic group. But they exist, and the "invented" stuff is shrill and pointless already.

    • crackerjack

      The bottom line in this whole debate is Israel's attempt at inventing itself a Judea and Samaria expansion at the cost of the local population.
      The main question that remains is what interest, if any, the United states of America should have in confronting the entire international community in order to appease a fractional religious-nationalistic agenda in a state on the other side of the globe and why a politician running for the leadership of the USA , in a time of national crisis, should choose this foreign affair to spearhead his campaigne

      • ziontruth

        "The bottom line in this whole debate is Israel's attempt at inventing itself a Judea and Samaria expansion at the cost of the local population."

        We Jews are the local population here, and we have the right to take back our lands and expel all the Arab settler-colonist land-thieves from it.

        "The main question that remains is what interest, if any, the United states of America should have…"

        Or what interest, if any, a German or Austrian citizen like you should have in the issue. You're in the worst position to call people to mind their own business.

        "…in order to appease a fractional religious-nationalistic agenda in a state on the other side of the globe…"

        Of course. Much better to appease the near-total religious-internationalistic agenda of the Muslims worldwide. Who can argue with the numbers, after all?

        "…and why a politician running for the leadership of the USA , in a time of national crisis, should choose this foreign affair…"

        I don't know his reasons. But I'm more interested in getting an answer as to why the European Union, in a time of no smaller crisis, is poking its nose in the Middle East conflict to a degree no lesser than America's.

        • naturescorner1

          WAS NEVER Jewish land. Jews lived among the Arabs.GEE Arabs – Palestinians are Arabs – the ME -NO EUROPEAN, Jews were less than 5%of the population, while Arabs were 93% of the region known as Palestine, INSIDE the ARABIAN, BOT, Jewish Peninsula – NON Arab Iran, and, in 1948, Israel a part of/ Canaan/ God's promised land. Neither did the Ottomans own it – they OCCUPIED it for over 400 years, until ARAB (NO Jews participated- in fact, outside of ARAB Palestine – they fought on the side of the Ottomans) armies freed Palestine in 1922 – European terrorist groups (labeled as such by the British, their OWN protectors – Israel often labels these blood thirsty terrorists as para military) – Irgun(NOW elected Likud – the MOST blood thirsty – made the Nazis look like choirboys/pansies), the Stern gang, Levi. Lehi, Haganah(NOW, IDF), and MORE – Albert Einstein, German Jew, spoke out AGAINST Irgun. invaded Arab Palestine in 1922 DEMANDING the Arabs GIVE them blood won land for a homeland – of course, after all the blood the Arans lost, they said NO – the Jewish terrorists became belligerent, going on a rampage, murdering Arabs, and, stealing their land, ILLEGALLY forming Israel in 1948 – the UN ratified Israel AFTER the fact.. What countries made up ancient Palestine before 1948 – Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Trans Jordan – Israel was carved out of this – the West Bank, and, Gaza strips), NON Arab – Iran, and, part of Turkey. GEE MOSTLY, ARABS owned. Palestinians are Arabs – no matter what they are labeled – so you see Bozo fell asleep during his history courses – The Arabs took NO history from the Jews. Arabs were/are the MAJORITY – Israel cab become Arab MAJORITY, IMMEDIATELY, by defacto annexation of the strips, or, wait 20 years for the Arab population to out pace them.

      • stern

        Do you know the names "Judea" and "Samaria" come from? Read Genesis and you will find both territories mentioned. Whether or not you subscribe to the notion that the land was given to the Jews by G0d, you cannot deny that the Jews do have an attachment to Judea and Samaria that goes back to biblical times. That is hardly a new "invention"!

    • WildJew

      Your point about the Lebanese, Syrians, Jordanian, etc., is a fair one. Can we add the American people to your list? You say they (these self-identified Palestinians) have a sense of shared destiny. Indeed they do. Their shared destiny is the destruction and usurpation of the Jewish nation and our land. That is where my interest in this argument comes in, as a Jew. What other people (or collection of peoples) in modern history has assumed a cohesive self-identity with the express purpose of destroying another people?

      • Nathanael

        It's possible that the Palestinians could accept statehood in Jordan and, at the same time, more or less live with Israel on the basis that it's militarily undefeatable. There's a very interesting article on this now on Middle East Quarterly by Mudhar Zahran, a Jordanian Palestinian who advocates a Palestinian takeover of Jordan. Note, though, that this issue could not be intelligibly discussed if such an entity as "the Palestinians" didn't exist. They do. They may be centered, for now, on destroying Israel but it's not inconceivable that they could adopt other goals and values.

        • WildJew

          Even if Jordan were to become a Palestinian state, I don't think Islam can accept a sovereign Jewish state or commonwealth in the region. Do you? The problem with Islam is, as I see it, there is no room for equality with non-Muslims. That is what Israel is asking of the Muslim and Muslim-Arab peoples; to be accepted as an equal.

          • Nathanael

            I think Islam can't accept it doctrinally, but much of the Middle Eastern Islamic world could learn to live with it in practice if Israel presents an Iron Wall of determination and military prowess, as well as sweeteners–like helping certain Muslim parties in the region against other Muslim parties that want to do them in. For some fanatic Islamists like the current Iranian regime and the Muslim Brotherhood, though, there is no guarantee that anything can deter them, hence Israel always has to keep its powder dry and its army and morale strong.l

    • ziontruth

      "Was there such thing as a Lebanese, Syrian, Jordanian, or Iraqi people before the 20th century? Emphatically not,…"

      Agreed, they too are invented, as are the various post-colonial "nations" of Africa. The big difference, however, between say the Syrian "nation" and the faux-Palestinian one is that the Syrian "nation" was not contrived for the very purpose of denying another, real nation's right to the land; the Phakestinian fraud was expressly conconcted with that purpose in mind.

      The affront of the Phakestinian fraud isn't just that they claim to be a nation without having anything positive to show for it; it's that they steal the Jews' claim by illegitimately taking the name "Palestinians" for themselves, which only the Jews can do, because only the Jews are truly connected to Palestine rather than being happenstance inhabitants. An analogy would be if the Turks started calling themselves "Greeks" and demanding the expulsion of the "Hellenic colonial settlers."

      More than inventing a nation from scratch, the Phakestinian fraud is to be condemned for being of malicious intent.

    • aspacia

      Arabs should absorb their brethren just as Israel absorbed hers. Arab/Persian, basically all Muslims are xenophobic, discriminatory, misogynists. This fact is perpetrated by their Qu'ran. Muslims will not stand for rule by any other religious group, hence the continual violence.

    • William Wallace

      It is never pointless to point out the lies of the media in defense of the so-called Palestinians. They are Arabs, used by Islamic leaders to further their murderous agenda.

  • tarleton

    I support the PLO …Prussian liberation organisation …freedom for Konigsburg ..free pomerania …I demand the ''right of return '' for the Danzigers and the refugees in the Frankfurt on oder strip …FREEDOM FOR PRUSSIA !

  • Amused

    Considerng Most of the middle East we see today , is the result of the British , dividing up the defeated Ottoman Empire , accoding to tribes , ethnicity . religion etc…in addition , geopolitics of those times ,and of course oil ….we see the nations in existence today .Of those lands 1/500th eventually was set aside for Jews , who IN FACT DID inhabit Judea and Samaria . Yes most BUT NOT ALL Jews were driven out by the Romans in the First Century . Jews inFact are decendents of the Hebrew tribe who can be traced back to slavery in Egypt. Hebrews or Jews can be traced back to the land atleast to the Bronze age when cities let alone nations were an idea just beginning .Islam and Christiasnity were far in the futire AS WERE ARABS [who btw did not inhabit Egypt , nor did they build the Pyramids. And NO , those who call themselves " palestinian " are NOT descended fom the Phillistines , Phoenicians nor are they remnants in any way of the Cananites . Both the Hebrews AND Arabs are semitic tribes originating in the vicinity of what is now known as Iraq and the Arabian penisula – before that is anyones guess , most likely somewhere along the great Rift Valley .Iransnorigin is in the Perdsians , and not arabic in any way .

    • naturescorner1

      Arabs were there FIRST – Ishmael before Isaac – 10-20 years, depending on translation. Jews and Arabs BOTH have the J1(older), and , J2(younger) haplomarkers – discovered by a Jewish researcher- Cohen – sometimes called the Cohen haplomarkers – Arabs have MORE J1, Jews more, J2 – translation, AGAIN – Arabs were there FIRST. The ancient Jews used the Hebrew term Arvi for Arabs – in the Bible – the Jebusites stole the land from the Arabs, the Jews, from the Jebusites, and, in 70 BC – Arabs, with the Roman army, won their land back.

    • naturescorner1

      GEE Arabs – Palestinians are Arabs – the ME -NO EUROPEAN, Jews were less than 5% of the population, while Arabs were 93% of the region known as Palestine, INSIDE the ARABIAN, BOT, Jewish Peninsula – NON Arab Iran, and, in 1948, Israel a part of/ Canaan/ God's promised land. Neither did the Ottomans own it – they OCCUPIED it for over 400 years, until ARAB (NO Jews participated- in fact, outside of ARAB Palestine – they fought on the side of the Ottomans) armies freed Palestine in 1922 – European terrorist groups (labeled as such by the British, their OWN protectors – Israel often labels these blood thirsty terrorists as para military) – Irgun(NOW elected Likud – the MOST blood thirsty – made the Nazis look like choirboys/pansies), the Stern gang, Levi. Lehi, Haganah(NOW, IDF), and MORE – Albert Einstein, German Jew, spoke out AGAINST Irgun. invaded Arab Palestine in 1922 DEMANDING the Arabs GIVE them blood won land for a homeland – of course, after all the blood the Arans lost, they said NO – the Jewish terrorists became belligerent, going on a rampage, murdering Arabs, and, stealing their land, ILLEGALLY forming Israel in 1948 – the UN ratified Israel AFTER the fact.. What countries made up ancient Palestine before 1948 – Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Trans Jordan – Israel was carved out of this – the West Bank, and, Gaza strips), NON Arab – Iran, and, part of Turkey. GEE MOSTLY, ARABS owned. Palestinians are Arabs – no matter what they are labeled – so you see Bozo fell asleep during his history courses – The Arabs took NO history from the Jews. Arabs were/are the MAJORITY – Israel cab become Arab MAJORITY, IMMEDIATELY, by defacto annexation of the strips, or, wait 20 years for the Arab population to out pace them.Islam came CENTURIES after the Arabs were there, BEFORE the Jews.

  • Amused

    FPM did you get hacked ? Or are you exercising your usual brand of censorship ? There were no "trigger " words nor innappropriate comments in the post which , uh "must be approved " . My comments as well as others in the thread of this same subject authored by Horowitz have also been " disappeared " ….what's going on here ??

    • aspacia

      Amused, this periodically happens to me, do not be so insecure.

    • hajid

      Amused by a pack of Arab clowns? Good for your health!

      • Amused

        aspacia and hajid….as suggestion for you both -GFY. If you dont know any better …that's on you both .

  • Amused

    Arabs left the Arabian Peninsula long after Hebrews/Jews conquered and settled in the area which is Israel today ….it was NEVER called Palestine , that was an intended insult by the Romans to the conquered jews , referring to one of their arch enemies , the phillistines .And that term finding its origins in Capitolina Palestinia , the Roman renaming of Jerusalem .

    • naturescorner1

      The region known as Palestine, named by the Romans, was 93% ARAB, less than 5% Middle East, NO, European Jews, until 1948 . Palestinians are Arabs. Palestinians are the Ancient Arab name – Arabs like Syrians, Jordanians, Saudi Arabians, and so on. If you do not care for the name Palestinians, simply say Arabs who are the MAJORITY owners who have been there BEFORE the Jews.Ishnael BEFORE Isaac – IT"S IN THE BIBLE.

  • Amused

    And no , the palestinians are not descended from the phillistines nor the Phoenicians nor least of all the Cannanites .. The term "palestinian " was INVENTED in 1967 . And for a PURPOSE .That being the ultimate destruction of Israel, and removal of jews from the land .

    • naturescorner1

      The region known as Palestine, named by the Romans, was 93% ARAB, less than 5% Middle East, NO, European Jews, until 1948 . Palestinians are Arabs. Palestinians are the Ancient Arab name – Arabs like Syrians, Jordanians, Saudi Arabians, and so on. If you do not care for the name Palestinians, simply say Arabs who are the MAJORITY owners who have been there BEFORE the Jews.

  • StephenD

    I would love to see all these facts presented to the politicians and world leaders and watch as they stumble about attempting to justify their position of support for the "oppressed" people of "Palestine."
    How fun would that be to see them slack jawed or worse, stoic in the face of these facts? The whole charade comes crashing down around their ears. I love it!
    Gingrich, keep telling the truth, which is…a very powerful weapon indeed

    • stern

      Some more facts to be presented to politicians and world leaders can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Jewish-Peoples-Rights-Israe

      This is a very well-reviewed and easy to read explanation of the Jews' LEGAL CLAIM to the modern land of Israel. Pay special attention to the first review of this book, by a Palestinian reader!

    • intrcptr2

      Vote for Gingrich, and you may just…

      I can imagine the firestorm brewed up in Hollywood…

    • naturescorner1

      FACTS:The region known as Palestine, named by the Romans, was 93% ARAB, less than 5% Middle East, NO, European Jews, until 1948 . Palestinians are Arabs. Palestinians are the Ancient Arab name – Arabs like Syrians, Jordanians, Saudi Arabians, and so on. If you do not care for the name Palestinians, simply say Arabs who are the MAJORITY owners who have been there BEFORE the Jews.

  • randy

    Just like the americans and canadians are an invented people. The natives should kick out all the invading christians.

    • Guest

      The 'natives' occupied north america without asking permission. also there were white people in what became the usa before the 'natives'. look up a British documentary from the Horizon series, called Stone Age Columbus. this is about a people named the Salutrians who went to north america from what became southern France near the end of the last ice age. this was before the Clovis people and others arrived.

      there may be more documentaries and evidence now.
      Applying your logic the Salutrians ought to throw the 'natives' out.

      bye

    • Stephen_Brady

      No, they are a real people, with real land, and real histories, and real governments. There has NEVER been a Palestine.

      • naturescorner1

        The region known as Palestine, named by the Romans, was 93% ARAB, less than 5% Middle East, NO, European Jews, until 1948 . Palestinians are Arabs. Palestinians are the Ancient Arab name – Arabs like Syrians, Jordanians, Saudi Arabians, and so on. If you do not care for the name Palestinians, simply say Arabs who are the MAJORITY owners who have been there BEFORE the Jews.

        • Stephen_Brady

          "Ancient Arabs" never called their land "Palestine". Indeed, for many centuries, they were simply subjects of the Ottoman Turks. Of course, all of this would not be an issue if the surrounding Arab countries would take them in, and integrate them into their societies. However, they woud prefer to use them as a political football, rather than treat them like Arab "brothers".

          Instead of Palestinians, I think I shall call the Holy Land Israel,because that is the reality on the ground with which many people cannot deal.

    • naturescorner1

      Arabs are the MAJORITY owners – most of the Christians in the Middle East, are Arabs – it is their land.

  • mrbean

    In the mid-1800s, some Jews came to Palestine and, with the generous aid of some successful Jews like the Rothschilds, began to buy property from Muslim Ottoman Turks. The Muslims thought the land was worthless anyway, so they sold it to the "dumb Jews" for extremely inflated prices. To everyone's amazement, the Jews were very successful at reclaiming the land. Many of them died from malaria and the rigorous life the work demanded, but they performed an agricultural miracle that made the land very productive again. As a result of their success, poor migrant workers from the surrounding Muslim countries began to flood in to work for the Jews. The Jews literally became victims of their own success – almost all of the people calling themselves "Palestinians" today are the descendants of those migrant workers and have zero claim on Israel.

    • Raymond in DC

      Correct.

      And here's another little factoid. Among those properties purchased by Zionist settlers were parcels of land *east* of the Jordan River and in Syria just beyond the Golan Heights. Shortly after the Hashemite Kingdom of Transjordan was constituted in 1920 (under the rule of the Hashemites of Arabia), the lands were seized and the Jews were all expelled. The same held for Jewish settlement land in Syria in the 1940s. (These are separate from the extensive land holdings by Jews living in Arab countries, all of which were subsequently seized.)

  • http://apollospaeks.blogtownhall.com/ ApolloSpeaks

    !DANGEROUS NEWT

    The only real danger of Newt speaking the truth about the antisemitic, terrorist entity called Palestinians is to himself. Now that he dared speak up against the big lie of Palestinian nationalism Gingrich wears a bulls eye on his brow with every jihadist killer dying for the chance to take a shot for Allah and Islam.

    Click my name to read my short, widely linked piece, Newt Gingrich, the Palestinians, and the Auschwitz of the Middle East.

    • tarleton

      your predictions are bogus ..you predicted a mccain victory , but we got obama …take a hike , PLEASE

  • joy52

    "Palestinians"…busted ! There is something at work here. After decades of their lies and efforts to destroy Isreal which have gone for naught, the worm is turning. People are fed up and don't want to waste time and money on them anymore. They had their chance. Let them go to whining with their hand out to their Arab brothers and Europe. Good luck to them. Let them implode.

  • Katharina

    Gingrich is so brave – a rarity indeed, among the many coward Western politicians! Most Palestinians are Arabic-Muslim conquerors – that's why even many Arabic Palestinian Christians have so much hatred for the Jews! The racist and imperialist Arabic supreme race unites these Jew-haters despite that Jews and Christians share the same God whilst Islam's god is the Devil! See – http://christianactionforisrael.org/antiholo/hate

    Christians Who Hate the Jews
    Palestinian Christian revisionism has revived replacement theology

    By Melanie Phillips – March 22, 2002

    …..The reason, he says, is that Palestinian Christian revisionism has revived replacement theology. 'This doctrine was key in fanning the flames of the Holocaust, which could not have happened without 2,000 years of anti-Jewish polemic,' he says. After the Holocaust the Vatican officially buried the doctrine, the current Pope affirming the integrity of the Jewish people and recognising the state of Israel. But, according to Andrew White, the doctrine is 'still vibrant' within Roman Catholic and Anglican pews. 'Almost all the Churches hold to replacement theology,' he says.
    The catalyst for its re-emergence has been the attempt by Arab Christians to reinterpret Scripture in order to delegitimise the Jews' claim to the land of Israel. This has had a powerful effect upon the Churches which, through humanitarian work among the Palestinians by agencies such as Christian Aid, have been profoundly influenced by two clerics in particular…….

    • Stephen_Brady

      Katharina, I'm really trying hard to understand what you're truly trying to say, in your post. I'm a member both of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, and Christians United for Israel. I won't attempt to speak for Catholics or Anglicans, or even the left-wing evangelicals, for that matter. But as a right-wing evangelical, I can tell you that there are no stronger supporters of Israel than us.

      We understand Replacement Theology, we know how it led inevitably to the Holocaust, and we reject it utterly.

      Could you elaborate on the previous post?

      • Katharina

        Stephen, I do ahve great respect for Israel-Jew supporters of International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, and Christians United for Israel, but I was trying to figure out why so many priests here in Germany love Islam and hate Israel. They simply erased the memory of the Holocaust by their ever-appeasement of Islam because as we know, the Muslim Brotherhood founder, Hasan al-Banna was Socialist Hitler's collaborator/adviser, besides the Mufti of Jerusalem and the Turkish Ottoman empire. They also simply refused to condemn Islam despite of increasing Jew-hatred in Germany and all over Europe. Please read Melanie Phillips article further about the main Churches hating Israel. Also, why we Christians who love and who feel grateful to Israel and the righteous Jews, should be aware of the danger of such evil replacement ideology that I suspect was created by Mohammed's Arabic-Muslim conquerors in Palestine to divide and paved the way for violent hostility between Jews and Christians ( that reached Middle Age Europe eventually, that include the Spanish Inquisition), who share the same God. See – http://baptistbulletin.org/?p=11046

        Replacement Theology

        Posted By Lynne Goemaat On May 1, 2009 @ 11:08 am

        …..Replacement theology rejects the Biblical revelation concerning the Abrahamic Covenant that God established with the nation of Israel as an everlasting covenant with everlasting ownership of the land of Canaan (Genesis 13:14, 15; 17:7, 8, 19). Replacement theology claims that Israel broke the Abrahamic Covenant when it rejected Jesus Christ at His first coming. As a result, the covenant was repealed, and God forever rejected Israel as a nation. Israel lost ownership of the land and the everlasting nature of the Abrahamic Covenant. God will save individual Jews, but He has no present or future program for Israel as a nation. He has rejected Israel as His people and replaced it with the church. The church is now the Israel of God.

        Replacement theology has immediate political implications. Some church denominations have even petitioned businesses to cut off trade with Israel so it cannot exist as a nation in the Middle East. Some groups have tried to influence the United States government to change its policy of support for Israel that has been in effect since 1948…..

    • naturescorner1

      You KNOW Israel has ANTI MISSIONARY LAWS – 3 years in jail for trying to convert a person, 5 years in jail for building a church – Christians(most are Arabs) are spat on, and, stoned. GEE Arabs – Palestinians are Arabs – the ME -NO EUROPEAN, Jews were less than %% of the population, while Arabs were 93% of the region known as Palestine, INSIDE the ARABIAN, BOT, Jewish Peninsula – NON Arab Iran, and, in 1948, Israel a part of/ Canaan/ God's promised land. Neither did the Ottomans own it – they OCCUPIED it for over 400 years, until ARAB (NO Jews participated- in fact, outside of ARAB Palestine – they fought on the side of the Ottomans) armies freed Palestine in 1922 – European terrorist groups (labeled as such by the British, their OWN protectors – Israel often labels these blood thirsty terrorists as para military) – Irgun(NOW elected Likud – the MOST blood thirsty – made the Nazis look like choirboys/pansies), the Stern gang, Levi. Lehi, Haganah(NOW, IDF), and MORE – Albert Einstein, German Jew, spoke out AGAINST Irgun. invaded Arab Palestine in 1922 DEMANDING the Arabs GIVE them blood won land for a homeland – of course, after all the blood the Arans lost, they said NO – the Jewish terrorists became belligerent, going on a rampage, murdering Arabs, and, stealing their land, ILLEGALLY forming Israel in 1948 – the UN ratified Israel AFTER the fact.. What countries made up ancient Palestine before 1948 – Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Trans Jordan – Israel was carved out of this – the West Bank, and, Gaza strips), NON Arab – Iran, and, part of Turkey. GEE MOSTLY, ARABS owned. Palestinians are Arabs – no matter what they are labeled – so you see Bozo fell asleep during his history courses – The Arabs took NO history from the Jews. Arabs were/are the MAJORITY – Israel cab become Arab MAJORITY, IMMEDIATELY, by defacto annexation of the strips, or, wait 20 years for the Arab population to out pace them.

  • visitor

    Few here probably read the Jewish Forward. Pity. Agree with him or not, JJ Goldberg is no slouch: http://blogs.forward.com/forward-thinking/147734/.

    • ziontruth

      Yeah, an article that makes arguments from British colonial policy and international law. Thanks for a good reminder as to why Jewish nationalists should never base the rightfully exclusive Jewish national claim to Palestine upon 20th-century history and international law. Far better to base the claim on more solid ground—the fact that the Jews are the only true indigenous people of Palestine, if you insist on an argument that doesn't bring religion into it (for all the good it's going to do—anti-Zionists have accused me of quoting the Bible even when I never said a word in that direction).

      One point from the article is, once again, about muddying the waters, here:

      "Palestine was a political entity in international law, not just a geographic one, and its inhabitants were legally defined — and universally described—as 'Palestinians.' Some were known as Palestinian Jews, some as Palestinian Arabs. The term was in general use long before 1977."

      Once again, that's not the issue. If you use the term "Palestinian" to mean "local to Palestine" (compare "Californian"), then there's no problem speaking of Palestinian Jews and Palestinian Arabs. The problem began when people—first Arab propagandists, then the rest of the world—started using the term "Palestinian," without any further qualifier, in contradistinction with "Israeli" or "Jew." Such usage makes two false implications: That the Arab settler-colonist land-grabbers in Palestine constitute a nation in its own right, and that that nation is the indigenous of Palestine to contrast with the "Zionist colonists."

      The truth needs to be spoken out that, if the term "Palestinian" is to be used as a national rather than geographical reference, it can only mean "Jew." No other nation than the Jewish nation can be called the Palestinian nation. The Jews are the only Palestinians, and the Arabs are the settlers here, the land-thieving colonists who must evacuate their stolen territories if there is to be just and viable peace in the region.

  • sod

    People who ignored history intentionally for whatever reason will repeat the historical tragedies again and again.
    Good people should stand up and speak against such traeachery and prevent the Holocaust from happening again!

  • hajid

    Apparently Arabs called Israeli Palestinians, therefore Israel is the rightful owner of Palestine.

    Case closed!

    • naturescorner1

      NOPE -ME, NO, EUROPEAN,Jews less than 5%of ancient Palestine – Arabs – 93%.GEE Arabs – Palestinians are Arabs – the ME -NO EUROPEAN, Jews were less than %% of the population, while Arabs were 93% of the region known as Palestine, INSIDE the ARABIAN, BOT, Jewish Peninsula – NON Arab Iran, and, in 1948, Israel a part of/ Canaan/ God's promised land. Neither did the Ottomans own it – they OCCUPIED it for over 400 years, until ARAB (NO Jews participated- in fact, outside of ARAB Palestine – they fought on the side of the Ottomans) armies freed Palestine in 1922 – European terrorist groups (labeled as such by the British, their OWN protectors – Israel often labels these blood thirsty terrorists as para military) – Irgun(NOW elected Likud – the MOST blood thirsty – made the Nazis look like choirboys/pansies), the Stern gang, Levi. Lehi, Haganah(NOW, IDF), and MORE – Albert Einstein, German Jew, spoke out AGAINST Irgun. invaded Arab Palestine in 1922 DEMANDING the Arabs GIVE them blood won land for a homeland – of course, after all the blood the Arans lost, they said NO – the Jewish terrorists became belligerent, going on a rampage, murdering Arabs, and, stealing their land, ILLEGALLY forming Israel in 1948 – the UN ratified Israel AFTER the fact.. What countries made up ancient Palestine before 1948 – Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Trans Jordan – Israel was carved out of this – the West Bank, and, Gaza strips), NON Arab – Iran, and, part of Turkey. GEE MOSTLY, ARABS owned. Palestinians are Arabs – no matter what they are labeled – so you see Bozo fell asleep during his history courses – The Arabs took NO history from the Jews. Arabs were/are the MAJORITY – Israel cab become Arab MAJORITY, IMMEDIATELY, by defacto annexation of the strips, or, wait 20 years for the Arab population to out pace them.NOW, CASE CLOSED.

  • visitor
    • lovezionow

      SO WHAT?????????

  • Choi

    Gingrich is 1000% CORRECT.
    The Roman Empire physically REMOVED 98% of the Jews from their HOMELAND,because they were in REVOLT against the Roman CONQUEST.
    Over the centuries wandering nomads ,in small numbers stopped there. ONLY after the Zionist Movement started in the late 19th century and the Jews began to REBUILD THEIR HOMELAND,did more wandering nomads wander in to BENEFIT from the Jews' ACHIEVEMENTS.
    The Arab Homeland is the Arabian Peninsula .
    The" Palestinian" Arabs are merely Arabs,no different from any Arab anywhere.

  • Adam

    Newt is technically right, but his argument is silly.

    Of course the Palestinians are an "invented" people, just as every other people. The English people were invented by Alfred the Great when he defeated the Danes and brought the other Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms under his rule in the 900s. The American people were invented in 1776 when we declared ourselves as seperate from the English. The French people were invented when the Frankish Empire split in two.

    The only difference between Palestinian people and other peoples of the world is that their invention is of a more recent vintage.

    Anyone imagining that this has any relevance whatsover to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an idiot.

    • ziontruth

      "Of course the Palestinians are an 'invented' people, just as every other people."

      No. Most peoples are formed by evolution. Ethnogenesis takes place when a population is isolated from its source bloodline and differentiates over time (whether culturally, linguistically or genetically).

      "The English people were invented by Alfred the Great…"

      What an absurd statement. It makes it sound like King Alfred issued a decree creating the English people. Again, the English people evolved.

      "The only difference between Palestinian people and other peoples of the world is that their invention is of a more recent vintage."

      Nope. The portrayal of the Arab settler-colonist land-thieves in Palestine as a nation in its own right is a contrivance, a propaganda device created in the 1960s in order to hide the patently unjust Arab imperialist ambition to rob the Jews of their one and only state in the world.

      "Anyone imagining that this has any relevance whatsover to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an idiot."

      Anyone who thinks there is any other true Palestinian nation than the Jewish nation has been duped by Arab imperialist propaganda.

      • Adam

        "Most peoples are formed by evolution. "

        If you qualify the word "evolution" with the word "cultural," I'll agree with that. Peoples are formed when they beging to collectively perceive themselves as being distinct from everyone else. That is, they collectively invent themslves over periods of time. This can happen slowly, or it can happen quickly when leaders, such as Alfred the Great, deliberately encourage (and sometimes force) people to see themselves sharing a common heritage, as well as being distinct from outsiders. External forces, such as the Danish invasions, often play a role.

        I grant you that with the Palestinians, the process has unusually quick, but it has happened. Are the Palestinains culturally distinct from their neighbors today? And do they perceive themselves as being different from Israelis and their Arab neighbors? Any honest person would answer "Yes."

        • ziontruth

          "Peoples are formed when they beging to collectively perceive themselves as being distinct from everyone else."

          Yes, but that's not on purpose. It happens, they acknowledge it, and so a nation is born.

          "That is, they collectively invent themslves over periods of time."

          You're using a strange definition of the word "invent." Inventing implies artificial working of something new. Most nations are not artificial creations.

          "I grant you that with the [Arab colonial land-thieves in Palestine], the process has unusually quick, but it has happened."

          It hasn't happened. They still have no positive characteristics to mark them off as a real nation. All they have is "resistance to Zionism." That's a negative characteristics. Negative points don't make a nation.

          "Are the [Arab settlers in Palestine] culturally distinct from their neighbors today?"

          No, they aren't. Their Arabic dialects are still a continuum that goes on across Israel's borders. Their culture is Arab culture. Racially they span the range of appearances from black hair to blond, from blue eyes to black, and that's true for the Arabs of Lebanon, Syria and Iraq as well.

          "And do they perceive themselves as being different from Israelis and their Arab neighbors?"

          They "define" themselves vis-a-vis the Jews and their state. That's all they have. That's not what makes a real nation.

  • Glennd1

    Of course none of the above relieves the Zionists from expelling 650,000 Arab Muslims from their homes between '47-'49. Many who lived there could trace their lineage back hundreds and hundreds of years. Call them what you will, the Zionists engaged in an intentional and active campaign to clear their newly awarded territory of these people and Israel is forever stained with this crime against humanity that it committed at its very founding.

    • stern

      Standard Arab/Pal-loving BS. Suggest you ask your library for a copy of Palestine Betrayed by Efraim Karsh. Check out the facts about who was really responsible for the Arab flight from the Holy Land in 1948. It wasn't the Jews (or even the Zionists, as you call them, thinking that excuses your anti-Semitism). Suggest also you study some history and acquaint yourself with the fact that if 7 Arab armies hadn't tried to completely "expel" the entire new-born state of Israel, nobody would have had to move from their homes unless they were trading up.

      Blame the Jews all you want, but finally, true history is being told.

      • Glennd1

        Rami Tal interviewed Benny Morris for the newspaper Yediot Ahronot in December 1994.
        Morris: "As one who received his education in Israel, I thought I knew that the Arabs had ‘run away.’ But I knew nothing else. The Jewish generations of 1948, however, knew the truth and deliberately misrepresented it. They knew there were plenty of mass deportations, massacres and rapes…The soldiers and the officials knew, but they suppressed what they knew and were deliberately disseminating lies.”
        Benny Morris also said this:
        “Israelis like to tell the world, that they are running an ‘enlightened’ or ‘benign’ occupation, qualitatively different from other military occupations the world has seen. The truth was radically different. Like all occupations, Israel’s was founded on brute force, repression and fear, collaboration and treachery, beatings and torture chambers, and daily intimidation, humiliation and manipulation.” Israeli historian, Benny Morris, “Righteous Victims.”

        I'm not "blaming the Jews" – I'm blaming Zionism and you should know that there are many Jews who aren't Zionists. Also, I'm looking at the historical record and facts, as anyone should. That these facts are repressed here in the U.S. by brutes like Horowtiz, Dershowitz et all, adds no weight to their arguments.

      • Glennd1

        Second, identifying Zionists as such in no way is anti-semitic. It was a term adopted by Jews to identify themselves as a political movement seeking to re-establish a Jewish state in Palestine, started in the late a1800's. To somehow assert using that term is anti-semitic isanti-intellectual.

        As for the Arab armies. They didn't even begin to form an opposition unitl May of '48, but the expulsion by the Haganah and radical Zionist terrorist organizations (not all Zionists) began in late '47. As well, with Jordan placing itself on the sidelines (a historical fact) the numbers were 70,000 Israeli soldiers against 40,000 Arab soldiers. And those Arab nations believed they were repelling an invasion against their Arab neighbors. These are facts that are accepted by all sides of the argument. That you aren't aware of them is more a testament to your viciousness and ignorance than anything else.

    • ziontruth

      "Of course none of the above relieves the Zionists from expelling 650,000 Arab Muslims from their homes between '47-'49."

      I'm more worried about the ones we left residing in the pre-1967 territories, now a 20% minority getting more and more brazen in their sedition each day. And of course, Israel compounded that mistake in 1967 when it left all the Arab colonists residing in the post-1967 territories.

      When the Torah tells to expel them all, you expel them all, no ifs, no buts.

      "Many who lived there could trace their lineage back hundreds and hundreds of years."

      LOL! It's doubtful the number of Arab families who can trace their ancestry further back than 1800 can be counted on two hands. A large influx of Arab settlers emigrated to Palestine from neighboring Egypt and Syria in the 1920s and 30s. You know why? Because all of a sudden this neglected backwater began to bloom. You know why? Because it had been for the past few decades under the care of the only nation for which it is something special.

      "…and Israel is forever stained with this crime against humanity that it committed at its very founding."

      You're a bit confused, my slippery friend. It is not Israel on trial but her enemies.

      • Glennd1

        In your comment you reveal that you believe "God" gives you the right to expel the Arabs living in Palestine in service to the Jews retaking their God-given land. At least you are honest, I'll give you that, but it also makes you vicious scum, no better than a Nazi. As for the history of the Arab Muslims living in Palestine, you are simply wrong and are just making up history to support your immoral position. But you are better than most defenders of Zionism as you admit straight up that you want to ethnically cleanse every last Arab Muslim from the land the West gave the Zionists. You should talk to others on this thread who claim that isn't what the Zionists were up to, not me, we actually agree on the big issues.

        • ziontruth

          "…but it also makes you vicious scum, no better than a Nazi."

          Stop referring to me when talking about yourself.

          "As for the history of the Arab Muslims living in Palestine, you are simply wrong…"

          Yeah? What reading have you done about all the population changes and forced transfers that took place in Palestine since Saladdin's time? Anybody who believes in a continuous Arab presence in Palestine from the 7th century till now is credulous of far more fanciful myths than the pagans of antiquity.

          "…your immoral position."

          It is not for you to call my position immoral. Again, you're confused: It is not you who determine whether the Torah is moral or not, but the Torah that determines whether you are moral or not.

          You have no right to speak. You, and all other anti-Zionists.

          • Glennd1

            Of course, I never said they could trace their lineage back to Saladdin – you are building strawmen and knocking them down.

            You conclude by asserting that I don't have a right to speak – I expect nothing less from a Jewish-Supremacist like yourself. And before you object, you admitted you are a Jewish supremacist by claming a God given right to the land from the Torah, which you believe trumps the rights of the folks who were living there. It's a prima facie truth – but you are so used to moral 'double-speak' (see Orwell) that you can't tell the truth from your biases anymore. It's sad for you, but the world has woken up over the past 20 yrs and even American Jews reject your view in increasing numbers. Among American Jews under 40, a majority agree with me, not you. You are losing and that is a very good thing.

          • ziontruth

            "I expect nothing less from a Jewish-Supremacist like yourself."

            Please. If you really had a problem with supremacism, you wouldn't kiss Islamic supremacist derriere all the time.

          • Glennd1

            By your reasoning, your acceptance of the Torah as unmitigated moral truth is no different from Muslim acceptance of the Koran and Hadith as the same, and their moral claim to kill unbelievers is morally equivalent. Do you not see this flaw in your "reasoning"?

    • naturescorner1

      EXCELLENT, as well as VERY truthful.The region known as Palestine, named by the Romans, was 93% ARAB, less than 5% Middle East, NO, European Jews, until 1948 . Palestinians are Arabs. Palestinians are the Ancient Arab name – Arabs like Syrians, Jordanians, Saudi Arabians, and so on. If you do not care for the name Palestinians, simply say Arabs who are the MAJORITY owners who have been there BEFORE the Jews.

  • Steve

    A very interesting essay, thank you….BTW, didn't the Jordanians (another invented people?) expel a large group of Palestinians (the Black September group was named to honor this event, right?)?

    • Glennd1

      And this proves what exactly? That the Zionists didn't expel 650,000 Arab Muslims from their U.N. awarded territory between '47-'49? Uh, no.

  • Amused

    Uh ….10,000 were killed by Jordanian Forces …and an invented people ? Not really , but certainly invented borders .

  • Amused

    lol…and "honor that event " ? More likely a rfevenge for that event …and aint it funny , Black September , instead of attacking te perpetrators , chose to attack Israel .

  • ziontruth

    "Actually, I find Islamism as vile,…"

    Even if you do, it's clear you've chosen to appease them on the Jews' expense, because of their superior numbers and oil.

    "I have no horse in this race…"

    Of course you don't. /sarc That's why you obsess about Israel's "crimes."

    "I just want us to get out of the business of supporting…"

    I'm all for that. I want Israel weaned off foreign aid even more than you want to cease giving that aid. Now, can you just tell me why you can't express that simply, saying "I want U.S. aid to Israel to cease" and nothing more than that? Why, instead, you harp on about Zionism's "moral outrages" like the worst of DailyKKKos Marxist interventionist scum?

    I told you before and I'll say it again: As an isolationist you're a fraud.

    "By your reasoning, your acceptance of the Torah as unmitigated moral truth is no different from Muslim acceptance of the Koran and Hadith as the same,…"

    And so what? Are you running as a replacement for Captain Obvious, in stating that people have strongly-held beliefs? I'm not in the business of showing how "enlightened" I am. If Orthodox Judaism shares things with Islam, then that's only because Islam is a copycat religion. The only reason I need to justify fighting Israel's enemies is the plain old human survival instinct. I fight them because they want my nation gone. Them, and their supporters such as you.

  • PAthena

    Newt Gingrich is quite right – Arabs as "Palestinians" are an invented people, invented by Nasser of Egypt and the Soviet Union, haters of Jews, in Cairo in 1964 when they invented the "Palestine Liberation Organization" (P.L.O) to destroy Israel with all the phony history and propaganda about Arabs as "Palestinians."
    The name "Palestine" was given to Judea by the Roman Emperor Hadrian in 135 A.D., after he had defeated the last Jewish rebellion under Bar Kochba, in order to eradicate all memory of Judea and the Jews. He also outlawed Judaism. From that time on, "Palestine" was synonymous with "land of the Jews" or the "Holy Land," since Jesus was a Jew, and "Palestinian" was synonymous with "Jew." The Great Britain after World War I was awarded the "Palestine Mandate" to be the "homeland of the Jews." So it is more phony propaganda to call Arabs "Palestinians." (Yasir Arafat was an Egyptian.)

  • Mike Halloran

    The region's name has nothing to do with the Philistines. It is, in fact, named for Pallas, an ancient ass god of the desert. One should read Tom Robbin's excellent book, "Skinny Legs and All" where he goes into the names of the region.

  • lovezionow

    TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS….YOU ARE AN IGNORAMUS NAME CALLING AND ziontruth IS GIVING YOU LESSONS ON HISTORY WHICH YOU, TYPICALLY IGNORAMUS DOESN'T HEAR. YOUR BRAINS ARE SET ONLY FOR ATTACKING BECAUSE YOU DON'T KNOW THE HISTORY DISCUSSED HERE. GET OUT OF THIS SITE!!!!!!

  • naturescorner1

    The confusion comes about between Arabs, an ethnicity, and, Muslims a religion.Arabs predate the Jews in the area, and, also, predate Islam(common misconception that Arabs started with Islam- NOT TRUE). The Arabian, NOT, Jeiwsh Peninsula(NON Arab Iran and, in 1948, Israel a part )/ Canaan/God's promise is where Arab Palestine(whether you believe Palestine/Palestinians existed, is irrelevant – the region was 93% Arab, less than 5% Middle Eastern(NO EUROPEAN) Jews existed untill the ILLEGAL foreign Jewish invasions of 1922.Israel NEVER esisted as a country, ony a kingdom with ill-defined borders inside of ArabPalesine IN THE ARABIAN Peninsula.Israel and/or the Jews would have to KILL all the Arabs and Iranians(working on it) to get all of God's promise.

    Actually, it started in Biblical times when Isaac stole Ishmael's inheritance.In modern times it started in 1922(Arab armies-no Jews participated(outside of Arab Palestine, Jews fought with the Ottomans)-threw off the Ottoman Empire Occupiers(few Turks owned land in Arab Palestine)-the UN then assigned Britain as an occupier when the ILLEGAL Foreign European Jewish immigrants swelled Arab Palestine's(93% Arab) from less than 5% Middle Eastern Jews to 35%(mostly European Jews). These Jews became belligerent, demanding a chunk of Arab Palestine for a homeland from the British UN assigned occupiers. The British attempted to set up POLITICAL, NOT, land borders for Jews and Arabs-this is the British Mandate. The Jews were not satisfied and formed murderous Jewish terrorist groups, labeled as such by the British-Likud(oops, IRGUN before being elected), the Stern Gang, Lehi, Levi, Haganah, and many others and started slaughtering their Arab hosts and stealing THEIR land to ILLEGALLY form Israel(UN ratified a day AFTER the fact) in 1948. The Israelies continue stealing Arab land through murder up to the present.They must stop laying the blame on God and the British.

    GEE- Bottomline- the Jews slaughtered the Arabs and stole their land.

    Biblically, Ishmael(Arabs) was born 23 years BEFORE Isaac(Jews).Technically Abraham was not Jewish-his ancestry is from Babylon inside the Arabian, not, Jewish, Peninsula/ Canaan/ God's promised land. He was Semitic, possibly Hebrew(Jewish and Hebrew are not the same-although laypersons consider them the same), he was not Jewish-may well have been Arab.

    The J1 (the Arab) haplomarker has been in the region for 40,000 years-Jews are now thought to be descendants of Arabs. Both Jews and Arabs share J1 and J2(considered the Jewish haplomarker), Arabs having more of J1, the older haplomarker), Jews having more of the J2(younger haplomarker).

    In all honesty, Canaan was a mix of Semitic peoples, of which Arabs were and are the largest group, and, are considered the FIRST ones there.Of all the Semitic peoples there, Arabs and Jews are the few remaining ones.

    The terms Qahtani are ancient Pre Islamic(contrary to popular misconception, the Arabs did not start with Isam, but many centuries before) ARABS. The Jews are now thought to be their descendants:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Arabs
    http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/GEN

    The Hebrew word for Arab is "Arvi".

    The Arabs/Palestinians fought with the Romans to get back Jerusalem that was stolen from them by the Jebusites, whom the Jews stole from the Jebusites.

    Before the Jews invaded Jerusalem, the Arabs(West Semitic peoples) had settled Jerusalem- archaeologists, including Kathleen Kenyon, believe Jerusalem as a city was founded by West Semitic people with organized settlements from around 2600 BCE. : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem

    According to the Hebrew Bible, the Jebusites were a Canaanite tribe who inhabited and built Jerusalem prior to its conquest by King David in 1004 BCE.

  • naturescorner1

    Bottom line, they were not called Arabs at that time. Later, the Palestinians were called Ishmaelites/Canaanites, but were still present before the Jews. Biblically, Ishmael(Arabs) was born before Isaac(Jews), scientifically, the J1 marker known as the Arab haplomarker, was in the region for 40,000 years,

    REALITY CHECK:
    http://lawrenceofcyberia.blogs.com/photos/maps/la

    According to Alexander Scholch, GERMAN JEW AND PROFESSIONAL HISTORIAN, the population of Palestine in 1850 had about 350,000 inhabitants, 30% of whom lived in 13 towns; roughly 85% were Muslims(Arabs), 11% were Christians and 4% Jews.Scholch, 1985, p. 503.

    Palestinian Demographics Link up to 1948
    http://www.mideastweb.org/palpop.htm

    the Arabian Peninsula/Ancient Canaan/God's promised land, of which Israel is a part of, and, of which the Arabs own almost all of it except for non Arab Iran and, until 1948, Israel.

    Stats of Palestine FROM A JEWISH SOURCE
    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Socie

    The Jews stole Arab land through brutality and murder.

    PUSH FOR THE TWO STATE WITH JERUSALEM SHARED OR PAY FOR IT WITH WW III. PEACE, SALAAM,SHALOM.

  • Amused

    Got anymore fractured fairey tales CHUMP ?

  • lovezionow

    GEE… YOU STUPID IDIOT, IGNORAMUS, YOU ARE SPAMMING THIS SITE!!!

  • lovezionow

    GET OFF FROM HERE YOU BRUTE!!!!!!!!!!

  • naturescorner1

    Glad the TRUTH HURTS you – FACT- all the MODERN countries EXCEPT Iran, and in 1948, Israel(stole Arab land through brutality/murder – the European Jewish TERRORIST groups) are DRUM ROLL – ARAB owned – Palestine was the name given to a region that was 93% ARAB, less than 5% ME, NO, European Jews. STILL is mostly Arab owned, INSIDE the Arabian, NOT, Jewish, Peninsula / Canaan/ God's promised land – OH, I AM a Semite – Arab American – you know, the ones the Zionists are always killing, and, stealing their land. Don't try to rewrite history – Ottoman's occupied Arab land – FEW Turks, Jews, British owned land in Arab Palestine.Guess, the TRUTH hurts you.