Will the Real Nakba Please Stand Up!

David Meir-Levi writes and lectures on Middle East topics, until recently in the History Department of San Jose State University.


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The widespread use of the term “Nakba” today is another example of the brazen but successful strategy of deceit developed by Arafat and his PLO, with the help of the USSR in the 1970’s, to create a fictitious people whose “struggle for liberation” would legitimize his genocidal intentions and his commitment to terrorism.  And, amazingly, one of Arafat’s own adjutants, Zahir Muhsein, a member of the Palestinian National  Council’s Executive Committee, tells us so.

“The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian people’ to oppose Zionism. For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.”[vii]

By recasting his terror war as a war of independence, and the invented “Palestinian people” as hapless victims of the “Nakba” of Israel’s fictitious colonialist ethnic cleansing, Arafat foisted upon the world a pseudo-history, a reframing of reality, with heart-rending terminology and gut-wrenching imagery: a history which, even in the shadow of last century’s Nazi Holocaust of 17,000,000 innocent civilians[viii], 6,000,000 of them Jews, seeks to whitewash the evil and legitimize the crime of genocide.

His successors in Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Palestinian Authority carry on his pernicious tradition, to which more and more of our mainstream media and academia fall prey.

Notes:

[i] Syrkin, Marie, “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.

[ii] Ibid.

[iii] Cited by Syrkin in “Palestinian Nationalism,” supra n. i, p. 201.

[iv] for a brief survey of Zureiq’s writings and nationalistic ideology see http://www.cairn.info/revue-annales-2005-1-page-35.htm.

[v] Meir-Levi, David, Big Lies, David Horowitz Freedom Center, 2005; and cf. also Morris, Benny, 1948: A History of the First Arab-Israel War, Yale University Press, 2008; reviewed by David Margolick in  “endless war,” New York Times, April 5, 2008, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/04/books/review/Margolick-t.html. Morris states in this new assessment of the Arab refugee issue that ethnic cleansing and expulsion were never a part of the Zionist program.  Many Arabs left their homes of their own accord and many more were encouraged by Arab apocalyptic radio broadcasts.

[vi] Idem, History Upside Down, Encounter Press, 2007, pp. 31ff .

[vii] Dorsey, James, “Wij Zijn alleen Palestijn om politieke reden,” Trouw, 31 March 1977.  James Dorsey was a British Journalist but his interview with Zahir Muhsein was published only in Trouw, an Amsterdam weekly.  It is not available on line but is referenced frequently on line at, inter alia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zuheir_Mohsen;

http://acapella.harmony-central.com/showthread.php?1297324-PLO-executive-committee-member-Zahir-Muhsein-quot-The-Palestinian-people-does-not-exist-quot;

http://www.danielpipes.org/comments/18157.

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  • Chezwick_mac

    I have to take exception…and I'm sure I'll have my detractors.

    Articles like this remind me of Arab attempts to de-legitimize Israel. It doesn't wash.

    There are 2 million Arabs living on the West Bank…and a million more living in Gaza. They exist, whether we like it or not. It is their prerogative to collectively identify themselves in any manner they deem fit. If they want to call themselves Palestinians, so be it.

    The Palestinians don't deserve a state of their own….NOT because they don't exist as a people, but because they've opted for the most pathologically violent methods of political expression imaginable.

    • fargar

      you are a nut, my brother

    • mikep1738

      You misundertood the term because of your failure to recognize that what is being referenced is that the Arabs of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza are not a historically distinct and unique people rather than is they exist. They do exist as part of the greater Arab nation.

  • Sashland

    Greetings Chezwick_mac

    This doesn't seem to be one of those 'they aren't really Palestinians so they don't matter' articles; rather, the author says they are historically of Syrian extraction and points to the difference between the myth and the reality, along with the political posturing to create the myth. Sure, they can call themselves whatever they want, but they shouldn't get away with creating a false history seems to be the point.

    and one logically could argue that your last sentence could switch "NOT" to "BOTH" and "but" to "and".

    As for: Which nabka?

    I enjoy celebrating the modern nabka! Happy nabka to you! The nabka is our nachas!

    Maybe I'll start to celebrate both…

    • Roger Zem

      The leaders of the Palestinian Arabs also claim that the Pal. Arabs are descended from the biblical Philistines, and that there is no historical Jewish connection to Jerusalem. Any serious historian or anthropologist can debunk both claims with little effort, but it doesn't stop them from using them. What price truth???

  • PhillipGaley

    Okay, but as good as this article is, can we tie it to the larger picture: Moslem women are kept secluded, uneducated, fed a diet of fatalism, to be the handmaidens and chattels of bad men. The peoples of the Moslem nations are so deeply inbred from frozen centuries of 1st cousin marriage, producing triple the rate of b. defects and low IQ with emotional instability, like a cult, and necessarily parasitic to the larger society—just when will there have been sufficient record of anti-social and criminal activity—the world round—to have the G0D d_ed thing recognized in law as criminal / terrorist—assets seized, WIRETAPS, etc., the damnable thing stamped out, with every mosque an ash pit no less than five feet deep, and this to include that big one in Spain, . . . you know, do our part to make the world safe for women and children, . . . but when?

    • Supreme_Galooty

      Your comment is apt, accurate, and appreciated. Thus my only quibble: Muslim MEN are (also) kept secluded, uneducated, fed a diet of fatalism, and are the chattel of bad men. Islam is an evil that should be eschewed by all of good heart.

  • Marty

    What nakba? About 1.5 million arabs live comfortable lives as Israeli citizens. This is a tenfold increase from their population in 1948. They vote in free elections, serve in parliament, on courts, and those who are Druse are willingly drafted in the IDF (where some rise to high rank). They form about a fourth of the total population and have access to all kinds of benefits arabs living in syria and egypt can only dream about. Not all are loyal to the state that provides them with a vibrant economy, religious freedom, and democracy, but even the malcontents (who freely and enthusiastically call for Israel's destruction) retain rights they wouldn't enjoy anywhere else in the Middle East.

  • StephenD

    Having no claim on Israel except to say it is the birthplace of my faith which was born of Judaism, I cannot speak for them. I can say that I think Ziontruth is absolutely right on with this one. Marty, you spoke well also.
    Viva Israel!

  • http://karmafishies.blogspot.com Karmafish

    Precisely.

    The progressive-left, of which I used to be a member, is full of dupes who buy into this fiction, entirely.

    It also serves as this generation's reason to despise the Jewish people.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Here’s where I disagree with Meir-Levy: The so-called Palestinian people were initially invented out of whole cloth in Moscow in 1964 by the Soviet KGB as a disinformation campaign to camouflage the Islamic world’s permanent genocidal jihad of conquest being waged perpetually against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel under a cloak of nationalism. Hence, the so-called Palestinian people are nothing but the convenient proxies of the greater Islamic world.

    In addition, it is wrong to characterize the permanent and perpetual genocidal jihad of conquest the Islamic world is waging against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel as a conflict just between Arabs & Israel, because it is not. Instead, it is a permanent and perpetual genocidal jihad of conquest being waged by the Islamic world mainly through their proxy – the so-called Palestinian people – and as such it is one of many such permanent and perpetual jihads of conquest being waged around the world against all unbelievers. Indeed, Israel’s biggest nemesis today – Iran – is not even a country comprised of Arabs. Instead, Iran is a country largely comprised of Persians and not Arabs.

    Furthermore, the so-called struggle for the inalienable national rights of the so-called Palestinian people again is a fiction and a disinformation campaign concocted in Moscow in 1964 by the Soviet KGB to camouflage the Islamic world’s permanent and perpetual genocidal jihad of conquest being waged against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel.

    Moreover, the Islamic world’s permanent and perpetual genocidal jihad of conquest being waged against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel is no different from any of the many other permanent and perpetual jihads of conquest the Islamic world is also waging around the world against all unbelievers in places like Kashmir, Jammu, Mumbai, India, Thailand, the Philippines, Chechnya, China, Russia, Nigeria, the Ivory Coast, Sudan, Bosnia, Kosovo, etc., etc., etc. ad nauseum. Not to mention also mass Muslim immigration to the West and other non-Muslim countries for the purpose of demographic conquest that altogether comprises the greater global jihad at large.

    Hence, obviously the only reason that the permanent and perpetual genocidal jihad of conquest being waged against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel by the Islamic world is deliberately mischaracterized as being a conflict between only Arabs & Israel and specifically between the so-called Palestinians and Israel today is to camouflage the Islamic world’s greater global jihad at large.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    There is little to no truth in Arab claims and where they can muster any
    historical fact it is morphed into complete fabrication. That any National
    Government subscribes to their falsehood does not indict their mental
    faculties but it does reveal who has been bought. Israel is the Jewish
    homeland of old without the correct borders, it should be ten times greater
    in terms of land mass, maybe fifety or a hundred…………..I will go to the
    grave believing what is in the Old Testament, God gave to Abraham and
    it is so and it is the land of Israel now being occupied by Palestinian and
    Arab interlopers…………………………………………………………William