Founding National Myths


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The vast literature proving the historic Jewish connection to the Land of Israel has been extensively manipulated and distorted as part of the Palestinian politics of nationalism. Propaganda, indoctrination, and socialization, both domestically and internationally, are essential parts of the strategy and tactics of asserting Palestinian nationhood and statehood. By appropriating to themselves the values, traditions, and historical facts that belong to the Jews, Palestinians have managed to fabricate a “legitimate” history and political traditions out of nothing while denying those of Israel.

The Palestinian Nation-building Strategy

Nation-building often involves the invention of foundation myths although these normally require a certain relationship to historic facts, however tenuous. Palestinian leaders, under the leadership of Yasser Arafat and his successors, adopted a different tack: stealing the enemy’s heritage, history, and values, and denying its legitimacy as a people and a state. The Palestinian objectives are to disqualify Israel’s historical standing and to inherit its belongings by delegitimizing and even dehumanizing its national identity and personality.

Palestinian tactics are simple yet sophisticated: preaching and dispersing lies and distortions of reality. History proves that the bigger the lie and the more common its reiteration, the more it is accepted as authentic and genuine. Moreover, most people are unwilling to accept the idea that an entire national leadership would dare to totally distort and fabricate history in full. Part of the Palestinians’ success in doing so is also due to the fact that most people do not know the history of the Land of Israel and of Jerusalem.

Usurping the Jewish, Biblical, and Christian Pasts

Rewriting the history of the Land of Israel by erasing Jewish history and replacing it with a fabricated Palestinian history is a central goal of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and something that the early generations of Palestinian leaders, including the notorious Hajj Amin Husseini, who led the Palestinian Arabs to their 1948 defeat, dared not do. This fictitious history, which ignores all historical documentation and established historical methods, is based on systematic distortions of both ancient and modern history with the aim of denying Israel’s right to exist.

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  • Marty

    There may be precedents I'm unaware of, but this is a rare instance: a state and nation whose existence are an artificial contrivance concocted by anti-semites and racists is being perpetrated and even believed by unsuspecting dupes and dhimmis. We have a new and sinister ideology – palestinianism – that, like communism, fascism, and islamism, is based on myths, lies, distortions, and fabrications. Its entire basis for existence is dedicated to the destruction of the Jewish people and the state of Israel. palestinian leaders do not care about establishing their own state; they only care about destroying Israel. They have made this nonsense into a global industry whose products include terrorism, genocide, and religious bigotry.

    • stern

      YOu have absolutely nailed it! Only the Palestinians could succeed at this because their enemy is Jewish. No other enemy would allow a group to recreate history in this way.

    • Looking4Sanity

      Pretty astounding, isn't it? Kudos on distilling this topic down to it's unadulterated essence!

  • Willy Rho

    There are many Big Lies out there. And sorry to say, the American Jews and maybe other Jews too, supported the Biggest American Liar for President in American History. I am amazed that the Jewish People are so brilliant, but fall for an obvious, if, maybe a desirable Lie. I agree though that Palestinian History is a total fabrication. I am a Christian and I Love the Jewish People, my savior is a Jew. Good Luck, you make your own so much of time, so Luck is not always just Luck.

  • Drakken

    These fakestinians keeping pushing Israel untill Israel has had enough of these savages and pays them in their own bloody coin. I say push Gaza into the sea and call it a day.

  • Chiggles

    Next they'll be saying Hitler was a Jew who gassed 6000000 Palestinians.

    I hope I didn't just give them an idea.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Israel is surrounded by a sea of evil and the Palestinians are just the front door of hell for non
    Islamists. As the left and Islam seeks to subdue the World into a prison for slaves and their
    criminal rule I note that Israel by not taking action and destroying the evil actually makes it
    worse for everyone. The World is held in the hands of evil and must break free and cleans itself
    or succumb and die. Israel must lead the way and restore health to us all, every one else is
    in a moral and ethical stupor, throw off the Islamic/leftist yoke and save mankind from it's
    cowardice………………………………………William

  • Nakba1948

    Spin whatever lies you wish, you Ziofascists. The world knows the truth, and they're not buying your phony narrative; even the most respected Israeli historians acknowledge the wrongs visited on my people by the Zionists in the decades leading up to the creation of the Zionist entity. My immediate family has roots in Nablus going back to at least the 17th century, and others in my family were brutally driven off their land in 1948-1949, land that is now "Israel," by the Zionist invaders. These relatives were and are simple farmers, totally divorced from the geopolitics of the region (Ottoman, European colonial, Zionist, Palestinian, pan-Arabic, or otherwise); there is no possible justification you could invoke to justify uprooting innocent, totally apolitical civilians from their land, so don't even try. Palestine will again be free, whether or not that liberation involves continued existence of your pathetic ethnostate. Inshallah, justice will hasten the coming of that day.

    • gray man

      you lying scumbag.

    • Hank Rearden

      The happiest place as Palestinian can be is on a road to Israel to work at a job and be free for a few hours of the insanity of Islamism,

      • BS77

        Peculiar how Nakba never brings up Syria where tens of thousands have been killed by Assad's father and now by Assad Jr. It is claimed more than 800 Syrians were killed in the past week alone. No, Nakba keeps moaning and groaning over Israeli farms and homes….How dare the Israeli's build homes on their own land…..what a crime!!!!! Nakba, this is called, "sarcasm". As for the Arabs being "driven off"….they were told to leave while the Arab armies would presumably destroy Israel, and then the Arabs could return to take all the spoils of war. Things didn't work out that way, did they, Nakba? No, Israel was attacked by three Muslim nations, but came out victorious……So, why don't you move to Sudan or Iraq and luxuriate in your paradise??? As for uprooting civilians from their land, have you ever considered the hundreds of thousands of Christians and Jews expelled from Iran, Iraq, Jordan etc etc Many were killed. Their property and homes were seized. No compensation….Nothing. Ever think about that?

    • PAthena

      Nakba – you merely deny history. The very name "Zionist" comes from Mount Zion in Israel. Israel is on the ancient site of the Jews, whose roots go back at least 3000 years. The name "Palestine" had always meant "land of the Jews," since the Roman Emperor Hadrian changed the name of Judea to "Palestina" in 135 A.D., after defeating the last Jewish rebellion under Bar Kochba.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Your people? Your people are murderers, rapists, thieves, gangsters, plane hijackes, Olympics hijackers.

      Islamofascism = World-Wide Terrorism
      Islamofascism = $100 per barrel oil
      Islamofascism = Honor Killing of girls

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      EternalNakba1948, Your sob story attempts to say that NO Muslims live in Israel. Even you can't claim that? Or can you?

      Your "Nakba" is the nickname given to your failure to massacre Jews in Israel.

      So much for the words of your false prophet muhammed.

    • BS77

      Just one more remark…..Just consider how many problems in the MIddle East could be cleared if tolerance became a two way street…..if all the hatred and violence was replaced by meaningful discussions and negotiations. The ongoing conflict will never end unless there is some form of progress in the realm of civilized behavior, compromise, trust….that sort of thing. It is up to the people involved to make changes or have things remain the way they are…

  • BS77

    The Palestinians invented the wheel. They discovered America. A Palestinian came up with the General Theory of Relativity. The Palestinians created most of today's technology. They discovered the atom and built the Parthenon.

  • PAthena

    Calling Arabs "Palestinians" is an effect of the invention of the "Palestine Liberation Organization" (P.L.O.) by Gamel Nasser, ruler of Egypt, and the Soviet Union in Cairo in 1964. The name "Palestine" had always meant "the land of the Jews," and "Palestinian" had always meant "Jew" since the Roman Emperor Hadrian changed the name of Judea to "Palestina" in 135 A.D., after having defeated the last Jewish rebellion under Bar Kochba. He wanted to eradicate all memory of Judea and the Jews, and he outlawed Judaism and renamed Jerusalem "Aelia Capitolina," ("Aelius" being his gens name). Great Britain was awarded the "Palestine Mandate" after World War I to be the "homeland of the Jews." So David Bukay's account is incomplete: the Arabs who call themselves "Palestinian" have stolen Jewish identity.

    • BS77

      I have seen a book called Palestine: Land of the Jews, from the late 1940s…..One can see how the Arabs tried to steal the term "Palestine" and apply it to their own needs…to justify terror attacks, to relentlessly propagate lies and propaganda about the land they wish to seize, indoctrinating their children about Israel's "occupation" of what amounts to its own land!!!!!! Many Christian and Muslim Arabs live within Israel and would never prefer to live in Hamas ruled Gaza or other such wastelands.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    EternalNakb1948,

    Happy ETERNAL NAKBA and may all your Jihads turn into Nakbas!

    It was a so called "Pal-e-SWINIAN" who assassinated US Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

    BTW EternalNakba1948, I'd be very careful. Whatever you wish for Israel will actually fall on your mecca, the kabbah (root of all evil in the islamofascist ummah) and the hajj.

  • Schlomotion

    No matter how hard I look, I just don't see any historical connection of Israel to the Gaza Strip. Also, Israel was only a united kingdom for a hundred years in ancient times, evolving out of a confederation of tribes under charismatic leaders (that sounds a lot like Palestinians). The Philistine states existed there just fine. Israel still likes to paint them as their most dangerous enemy. When Israeli Nationalists go crazy and try to write this whole "there is no such thing as the people we are stealing from" propaganda, it only stimulates more thought about just how Israel depends on larger nations and armies to be distracted or ignorant of history.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    The Jews were in the land back to their return from Egypt. Trans Jordan expelled the Jews from Jerusalem in 1948 and only now where they able to return to their ancestral home.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Oh my, you Iranian trolls are so funny.

    The gaza Philistines were taken by Assyria and never returned the Palestinians are taken from a Roman name and are arabs, nothing more.

    You need better writers if you want to be taken seriously here.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    The people in the area forever are Jews.

    And they won't bow to islam, that's what all this is about.

    You are really not very bright for a silly muslim are you? http://www.aish.com/w/46127727.html

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Hahahahahahaha……

    Oh you silly monkey. The sad part is you might even say that like you believe it.
    Then let's let the Jews back on the Temple mount so they can rebuild their muslim temple why don't we?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Of course not. You really are a silly monkey, aren't you?
    http://english.thekotel.org/cameras.asp

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    And what about the real Jews that went back to the father Jacob ancestry?

    You just keep spreading Iranian sanctioned hate and lies.

    Is it any wonder you're just such a silly little monkey.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Of course they're not.
    That's why the muslims hate them so much. They still worship the real God, the Almighty.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    No, they haven't.

    If they had, you'd let them on the temple mount and let them rebuild a muslim Temple to replace the one destroyed in 70 AD.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Well, thanks for clearing that up.

    Hahahahahahahaha……

    Oh you are so funny. Then why did Helen Thomas want them back in Germany if they were really from Khazar? You just can't trust those pink ponies talking inside your head.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    So you admit you're wrong and they are Jews, just from the Diaspora?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Can't figure out which one to argue huh?

    Perhaps they are simply the sons of Abraham and Isaac and wanted their homeland back after the shoah.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Is that the only thing your handlers can put together for you?

    Really?

    And did the pink dancing ponies approve it too?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Of course not. Helen Thomas knows better. Too bad you don't too.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Trying to combine the lies?

    Why not just admit the truth about the Jews wanting their ancestral homeland back after 2,000 years.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    And that's why they are not the Jews in Israel and that identify themselves as Jews around the world.

    You are a silly monkey.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    No, they haven't. They still pray at the western wall. And islam hates them for it.

    You silly lying monkey.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    No, they're not.That lie doesn't make any sense at all.They come from all over the world with language and customs going back to the beginning of the diaspora.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Silly monkey, did the little pink ponies in your head think that made sense?

  • Sane

    You're insane. That's crazy talk like the Iranians use.

  • Sane

    You're nuts. That's still crazy talk like Iranians use. Are you going to call the Jews child killers next?

  • Sane

    You just don't make a lot of sense.
    Were you trying to make a point or something?

  • Sane

    And you should look up Israel. The two are different.
    You some crazy Iranian or something?

  • Sane

    That's cray talk. If there were only muslims in Israel then they would hvae more car bombs.

  • patriothere

    I made a point. The jews living in palestine have no ancestry there.

  • patriothere

    The children of abraham and isaac converted to islam. The jews that you refer to are klhazar nomads who never stepped foot in palestine.

  • patriothere

    You should look up murderous bandit state stolen from the arabs.