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Op-Ed: Time To Set the Record Straight

By brwnavy     Jan 7, 2008 in World
The notion that the Falastinians, aka; “Palestinians” are a people is a lie that has lived on through the ages perpetuated by world leaders, the so called main stream media, and our own government.
To Muslims and Arabs across the globe:
“Reject hate, embrace love. Bring out the best in Islam by showing your compassion, gratitude and forgiveness. Make the holy land truly holy by giving Israel and the Jewish people the respect they deserve in their tiny little country. This is not a crisis over land. It is a crisis of the soul; a crisis in our faith, judgement and self confidence. Israel should not be regarded as an enemy, but as a blessing to our neighborhood. We need not fear peace, but embrace it.”
A statement by Arabs For Israel.
Most of us would agree that is a powerful statement which contradicts many teachings in the Muslim world. Globally Muslims and non-Muslims alike condemn the Jews.
There have been many articles, essays, and documents calling for and supporting the complete annihilation of the tiny country of Israel, and wiping the Jews from the face of the earth.
Anti-Semitism has been with us for a very long time, indeed it almost seems in vogue or fashionable these days to “blame” the Jews for all the troubles in the Middle East.
Israel is tiny by comparison to her neighbors, literally surrounded by 22 Arab nations with a land mass hundreds of times the size of Israel.
For statistics and maps go here.
Let's start at the beginning.
Where is “Palestine” and who are the “Palestinians”?
The recent land for peace endeavor in Annapolis, Maryland is a delusional legacy project doomed to fail as all other peace initiatives have over the past several decades.
In recent weeks the disturbing news that governments and international groups have pledged $7.4 billion dollars over the next three years to the “Palestinians”.
Since when does “throwing” money at terrorists bring about peace? Especially since their stated purpose is to “wipe Israel off the face of the earth”. The question begs an answer.
The Madrid Summit of 1991 was another pathetic attempt to bring about peace in the Middle East.
This proposed peace deal brought about the destruction of the Israeli economy and insured the ever increasing terrorist acts of violence that have continued to this day.
Nearly everyday for the past several years Israel has received rocket attacks and other acts of violence.
A peaceful gesture by the falsely named “Palestinians”?
The Madrid Summit failed to achieve the peace intended, so will the Annapolis conference and giving money to aid and abet terrorists.
What these people fail to recognize is basic to understanding a complicated problem. Perhaps the following will help dispel some of the myths of “Palestine” and a so called “Palestinian” people.
Many myths have been handed down through the ages about these people.
The word “myths’ is perhaps too kind in my opinion. In reality they are nothing more or less than lies.
Tell the lies often enough and long enough and the majority will begin to believe them.
The fact is there is no such land as “Palestine”, neither is there a race of people called “Palestinians”.
"There is no such thing as a Palestinian people... It is not as if we came and threw them out and took their country. They didn't exist."
--Golda Meir, statement to The Sunday Times,
15 June, 1969 and quoted by Sarah
Honig, 25 November 1995.
"From the end of the Jewish state in antiquity to the beginning of British rule, the area now designated by the name Palestine was not a country and had no frontiers, only administrative boundaries . . . ."
-- Professor Bernard Lewis Princeton University Quote taken from Commentary Magazine, January 1975.
"Palestine has never existed . . . as an autonomous entity. There is no language known as Palestinian. There is no distinct Palestinian culture. There has never been a land known as Palestine governed by Palestinians. Palestinians are Arabs, indistinguishable from Jordanians (another recent invention), Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, etc.
"Keep in mind that the Arabs control 99.9 percent of the Middle East lands. Israel represents one-tenth of one percent of the land mass. But that's too much for the Arabs. They want it all. And that is ultimately what the fighting in Israel is about today . . . No matter how many land concessions the Israelis make, it will never be enough."
--Joseph Farah, Arab-American journalist, "Myths of the Middle East"
More here from Joseph Farah.
There is no recorded history of “Palestine”. It has never been a state or a nation. The word itself is derived from “Peleshet” and frequently appears in the Bible.
During the thirteenth century BC, a people commonly referred to as the “Sea Peoples” migrated from the Aegean Sea and Greek Islands settling in the southern coastal land of Canaan.
Five independent city-states, including Gaza, were established and came to be known as “Philistia”. The Romans and Greeks of the time called it “Palestina”.
Philistines are not Arabs, certainly not Semites and had no connection ethnic, linguistic or historical to Arabia or Arabs. The Arab pronunciation of “Palestina”, a Greco-Roman name, is “Falastin”.
For more detail on this please go here and here.
Quote from Charles Krauthammer - The Weekly Standard, May 11, 1998;
“Israel is the very embodiment of Jewish continuity; It is the only nation on earth that inhabits the same land, bears the same name, speaks the same language, and worships the same God that it did 3,000 years ago. You dig the soil and you find pottery from Davidic times, coins from Bar Kokhba, and 2,000 year-old scrolls written in a script remarkably like the one that today advertises ice cream at the corner candy store.”
Read the rest of the story here.
A more detailed look into the “myths” can be found here.
“If American Middle East policy could be represented as an archeological dig, it would look something like this: the Zinni Mission would be resting atop the ruins of the Tenet Work Plan, which would be crushing the remains of the Mitchell Commission Report, which would be settled on remnants of the pillaged Sharm al Sheikh agreement, all of which would be weighing down the collapsed foundations of the shattered Oslo Accords.”
--Avi Davis, World Net Daily.
"Today, most of the Arab/Islamic world focuses its genocidal hatred on the Jewish State exactly as Europe once focused this same hatred on the individual Jew. There is now no greater Jewish responsibility than to prevent a second Holocaust... and it is nothing short of a Holocaust that the Arab/Islamic world now wishes and plans for Israel."
--Louis Rene Beres, 9/9/04 Lecture to the Dawn R. Schuman Institute. No links available.
Demolishing The Myths of the Propaganda War Against Israel
by David Meir-Levi
The War in the Middle East is nearly sixty years old. Most people alive today are unfamiliar with its history and origins and lack knowledge of its facts. This state of ignorance provides a fertile ground for the unscrupulous to create myths that will justify their destructive agendas. The political propaganda machine has created many such myths to fuel their war against the Jewish state.
Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East that elects its leaders in free elections and guarantees rights to its citizens, and honors those rights. Yet Israel is the target of those who claim to be fighting for “human rights.” There are about a million and a half
Arabs living as citizens in Israel who elect representatives to Israel’s parliament and who have more rights than the Arab citizens of any Arab state. Yet Israel is the target of those who claim to be fighting for “social justice.” Israel’s very creation is referred to by its Arab enemies as "the Nakba", or the “catastrophe,” the clear implication of which is that Israel should not exist. Yet Israel is the target of those who claim to support self-determination and oppose genocide. Israel was the victim – at its very birth -- of an unprovoked aggression by five Arab monarchies and dictatorships. It has been the target of an Arab war that has continued uninterruptedly for nearly sixty years because the Arab states have refused to make peace. Yet Israel is the target of those who say they want “peace.” Israel is the victim of terrorist attacks – suicide bombings – which along with the Jews they mark for extinction, kill Palestinian women and children as well. Yet Israel is the target of those who claim to speak for humanity and a future that is “free.”
How is this possible? How can evil be dressed in the garments of justice? How can a genocidal war to destroy a democratic people be justified as a struggle for “national liberation?”
They can through the creation of political myths that rationalize aggression and justify war against civilian populations.
Read the continuation here.
The .pdf can be found here.
In conclusion: Between The Lines, by Joseph Farah
Posted: September 19, 2002
1:00 a.m. Eastern
The worlds collective amnesia.
Yasser Arafat may have lost some of his personal political clout of late, but the political movement he began – demanding justice for Palestinian Arabs expelled from their homes in 1948 – remains as strong as ever.
There's just one problem. There's not the slightest historical evidence to suggest Arabs were expelled in significant numbers – certainly not by Jews.
I know this statement is going to be met with gasps, guffaws and gnashing of teeth. Nevertheless, let me defend it, not with my own words, not with the words of Jews and Israelis, but with the words of Arabs closer to the time of the events.
"The fact that there are these refugees is the direct consequence of the act of the Arab states in opposing partition and the Jewish state. The Arab states agree upon this policy unanimously and they must share in the solution of the problem."
– Emile Ghoury, secretary of the Palestinian Arab Higher Committee, in an interview with the Beirut Telegraph Sept. 6, 1948.
· "The Arab state which had encouraged the Palestine Arabs to leave their homes temporarily in order to be out of the way of the Arab invasion armies, have failed to keep their promise to help these refugees."
– The Jordanian daily newspaper Falastin, Feb. 19, 1949.
"Who brought the Palestinians to Lebanon as refugees, suffering now from the malign attitude of newspapers and communal leaders, who have neither honor nor conscience? Who brought them over in dire straits and penniless, after they lost their honor? The Arab states, and Lebanon amongst them, did it."
– The Beirut Muslim weekly Kul-Shay, Aug. 19, 1951.
"The 15th May, 1948, arrived ... On that day the mufti of Jerusalem appealed to the Arabs of Palestine to leave the country, because the Arab armies were about to enter and fight in their stead."
– The Cairo daily Akhbar el Yom, Oct. 12, 1963.
"For the flight and fall of the other villages it is our leaders who are responsible because of their dissemination of rumors exaggerating Jewish crimes and describing them as atrocities in order to inflame the Arabs ... By spreading rumors of Jewish atrocities, killings of women and children etc., they instilled fear and terror in the hearts of the Arabs in Palestine, until they fled leaving their homes and properties to the enemy."
– The Jordanian daily newspaper Al Urdun, April 9, 1953
Read the entire article here.
The intent of this article is not to prove my opinion. It is posted here to promote thinking for yourself and to provide a historical look at the serious problems we face when attempting to reveal the truth about this subject.
As I stated earlier tell a lie often enough and long enough and soon it becomes the “new” faux truth.
The subject is complicated to say the least and this one article cannot possibly hope to dispel the myths and the lies we have come to accept as fact. It is a start.
All I ask of you the reader is digest this with an open mind and follow the links. There are more to follow.
Some of the material cited above is found in the book From Time Immemorial by Joan Peters.
Other sources include Professor Bernard Lewis, Princeton University and his book “The Middle East, A Brief History of the Last 2000 Years”.
Joseph Farah Arab-American journalist and his book “Myths of The Middle East” also the CEO of World Net Daily.
Much of the rest was researched from the following sources;
Palestine Facts Note: There are several links here that cover a wide range of time periods. Be prepared to spend a little time reading.
The Israel Report
The Balfour Declaration
Mandate Palestine
Six-Day War in 1967
Dave Hunt
More about Myths, Lies, Palestine