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End the Hoax: There Are No Palestinians

 

The “Palestinian people” is a propaganda fiction. It’s time to stop playing along.

 

by Robert Spencer


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President Trump’s “Deal of the Century” was a brilliant illustration of his mastery of the art of the deal. This extravagantly generous proposal, and the Palestinians’ contemptuous rejection of it, severely damages the international Left’s claim that the Israelis are the obstacles to peace, and exposes the Palestinian leadership for the genocidal warmongers they are. Now it is time to take one more crucial step: end the recognition of the “Palestinian people” altogether. There is no such nation, race, ethnicity, nationality, or culture, and never was. Returning to reality on this matter will pave the way to the adoption of sane policies for the region.


“The Palestinian people” was born in 1963, when the foes of Israel hit upon a new strategy that would turn the tide of international public opinion against Israel and give new impetus to the jihad against it. Before that, as The Palestinian Delusion: The Catastrophic History of the Middle East Peace Process shows, amid all the drama surrounding Jewish settlement in Palestine, the rise of Zionism, and the establishment of the Jewish state, the Palestinians are nowhere to be seen. Palestine was the name of a region, like Staten Island or Dubuque, not the name of a people.


It is no accident that neither Mark Twain, nor any of the series of English travelers who visited the area, nor anyone else who traveled through desolate Palestine over the centuries ever mentioned the “Palestinian” people. They spoke of encountering Arabs, as well as Jews and Christians and others, but no one, among multitudes of people who wrote about Palestine, ever refers to any Palestinians. Nor do the many British White Papers and other documents the British government produced during the Mandate period ever mention the Palestinians. The opposing factions in those documents are the Jews and the Arabs.


There is a very simple reason for this: there were no Palestinians.


An uncomfortable fact for those who advance the claim that the Palestinians are the indigenous people of the area is that they have no history: there was never a state of Palestine, never a King or President of Palestine, never (until quite recently) a Palestinian flag, and nothing that distinguishes the Palestinians culturally, linguistically, or otherwise from the other Arabs of the region.


During the Mandate period, the Arabs of Palestine generally considered themselves to be Syrians, and Palestine to be Southern Syria. Early in 1919, Arab Muslims in fourteen Palestinian municipalities, calling themselves the Muslim-Christian Association, presented a petition to the Paris Peace Conference, which was deliberating about the postwar fate of Syria, Palestine, and other former Ottoman possessions.


The petitioners insisted that Southern Syria, i.e., Palestine, be considered to be “insep­arable from the independent Arab Syrian government,” for it was “nothing but part of Arab Syria and it has never been separated from it at any stage.” Arabs in Palestine, they said, had “national, religious, linguistic, moral, economic, and geographic bonds” with Syria, and therefore insisted that Palestine must be “undetached from the independent Arab Syrian Government.” Pal­estine “should be part of Southern Syria, provided the latter is not under foreign con­trol.”


Those who were making these demands would all today be considered Palestinians. Yet they would be baffled beyond measure if they could be transported a century ahead and made to listen to today’s rhetoric about the Palestinians, the indigenous people of Palestine. So would Musa Kazim al-Husayni, who as head of the Jerusalem Town Council declared in October 1919: “We demand no separation from Syria.”


Even Ahmad Shukairy, who in the 1960s was President of the Palestine Liberation Organization, conceded that at the close of World War I, no one was talking about the rights of the Palestinian people; instead, what was in the air was union of the Arabs of Palestine with the Arabs in Syria: the slogan went “Unity, Unity, From the Taurus [Mountains] to Rafah [in Gaza], Unity, Unity.”


In fact, the word “Palestinians” was more often applied to Jews than to Muslim Arabs. During the Mandate period, some Arabs rejected the term, explaining: “We are not Palestinians, we are Arabs. The Palestinians are the Jews.”


Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, an Arab Muslim leader, regarded the term with the same disdain, telling the Peel Commission in 1937: “There is no such country as Palestine! ‘Palestine’ is a term the Zionists invented! There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria.”


In 1946, the Arab-American historian Philip Hitti testified before the 1946 Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry: “There is no such thing as Palestine in history, absolutely not” – meaning that there had never been a nation bearing this name.


By the early 1960s, however, the situation had changed, and changed drastically. The 1963 draft constitution of the Palestine Liberation Organization refers matter-of-factly to “Palestinians,” as if they were a distinct and readily identifiable people. “All the Palestinians,” it states, “are natural members in the Liberation Organization exercising their duty in their liberation of their homeland in accordance with their abilities and efficiency.”


In the early days of the existence of the Palestinians, the fact of their non-existence in history was much more widely know than it is today. In 1969, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir stated that “there was no such thing as Palestinians....It was not as though there was a Palestinian people in Palestine considering itself as a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country away from them. They did not exist.” In fact, she noted, an “independent Palestinian people with a Palestinian State” had never existed.


The Arab Muslims of Palestine knew this as well. Syrian President Hafez Assad once told Yasser Arafat: “You do not represent Palestine as much as we do. Never forget this one point: There is no such thing as a Palestinian people, there is no Palestinian entity, there is only Syria. You are an integral part of the Syrian people, Palestine is an integral part of Syria. Therefore it is we, the Syrian authorities, who are the true representatives of the Palestinian people.”


Prince Hassan of the Jordanian National Assembly put it simply on February 2, 1970: “Palestine is Jordan and Jordan is Palestine; there is only one land, with one history and one and the same fate.” PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein likewise acknowledged that the Palestinian people was a propaganda invention in a 1977 interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw:

 

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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.

 


Abdul Hamid Sharif, the Prime Minister of Jordan, would have agreed. He said in 1980: “The Palestinians and Jordanians do not belong to different nationalities. They hold the same Jordanian passports, are Arabs and have the same Jordanian culture.”


King Hussein of Jordan put it most succinctly of all in 1981: “The truth is that Jordan is Palestine and Palestine is Jordan.”


Nonetheless, the myth has taken hold, and it is now widely taken for granted, in our age that has little historical memory and scant interest in gaining more, that the Palestinians are a genuine nationality, and are the indigenous people of the land that Israel illegally occupies.


This is a propaganda success that Josef Goebbels and the editors of Pravda would have envied, and it became the foundation for more. Having established the Palestinians as a tiny indigenous people whose land was stolen by rapacious, well-heeled, and oppressive foreigners, it was time to return to the negotiating table – not in order to achieve any genuine accord with Israel, but to exploit the victimhood status of the new tiny people they had invented in order to win valuable concessions from the Israelis.


If all this were recognized, the onus would be on Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and the other Arab states for not welcoming their Palestinian Arab brethren. The contention that the Palestinians are a people who must have a state would lose much of its force. Returning to reality and discarding propaganda fantasies can never have a downside. It’s time to take that step.

 

 

Just saying ...

 

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BAC is an ignorant asshole.

 

What tiresome bullshit.

 

Between anti-Semites like Franklin and right-wing lunatic-fringe conspiracy theorist like BAC, this forum sure has some weirdos.

 

Bill

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There Are To Palestinians...Who Do You Think Is Always Bombing Israel ?

 

 

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1 hour ago, SpyCar said:

BAC is an ignorant Bad word.

 

What tiresome bullcrap.

 

Between anti-Semites like Franklin and right-wing lunatic-fringe conspiracy theorist like BAC, this forum sure has some weirdos.

 

Bill

Before the PLO, there was no such thing as a Palestinian. It was invented out of thin air, just like there was NEVER a nation called Palestine. 

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45 minutes ago, Redoctober said:

Before the PLO, there was no such thing as a Palestinian. It was invented out of thin air, just like there was NEVER a nation called Palestine. 

 

^^^You are a moron.

 

Bill

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3 hours ago, SpyCar said:

BAC is an ignorant Bad word.

 

What tiresome bullcrap.

 

Between anti-Semites like Franklin and right-wing lunatic-fringe conspiracy theorist like BAC, this forum sure has some weirdos.

 

Bill

 

What part of the article do you dispute, *Bill*?

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yes those 5,000,000 under a military occupation do not exist.

that makes their extermination easier.

 

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4 hours ago, Redoctober said:

Before the PLO, there was no such thing as a Palestinian. It was invented out of thin air, just like there was NEVER a nation called Palestine. 

you are joking right , dolphie???

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26 minutes ago, harryramar said:

you are joking right , dolphie???

He's right. Palestinians were created to give you Nazi's something to hate Israel and Jews over after WW2 when it became politically inconvenient to be anti-Semites. 

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Idiotic Zionist propaganda. Tens of thousands of  Arabic speaking inhabitants of Palestine that had lived there since any of your stupid ancestors had set foot in America were driven from their homes and prevented from returning.

No sane person, even Israelis, actually believe that there is no such thing as a Palestinian people.

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2 minutes ago, XavierOnassis said:

Idiotic Zionist propaganda. Tens of thousands of  Arabic speaking inhabitants of Palestine that had lived there since any of your stupid ancestors had set foot in America were driven from their homes and prevented from returning.

No sane person, even Israelis, actually believe that there is no such thing as a Palestinian people.

 

How many Palestinians?  Less than 1 million?   I think so.

There are 53 Muslim nations on this Earth.  

Why can't the Palestinians immigrate to a friendly Muslim nation? 

If 2 tribes can't live together in peace,...….then maybe they should just split up.                                 

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7 hours ago, Old Mack said:

There Are To Palestinians...Who Do You Think Is Always Bombing Israel ?

 

 

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Angry displaced Jordanians and Syrians. 

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2 hours ago, harryramar said:

you are joking right , dolphie???

What I said is 100% accurate. There has NEVER been a nation state call Palestine. Show us in the history of the world, where there was ever a nation stated call Palestine. The only thing you can point to is a region called Palestine and the people there were always part of another nation. It wasn't until 1988 that they declared independence. 

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3 hours ago, Redoctober said:

What I said is 100% accurate. There has NEVER been a nation state call Palestine. Show us in the history of the world, where there was ever a nation stated call Palestine. The only thing you can point to is a region called Palestine and the people there were always part of another nation. It wasn't until 1988 that they declared independence. 

So there is no country called Eskimotucky

so does that mean there are no Eskimos 

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5 hours ago, harryramar said:

yes those 5,000,000 under a military occupation do not exist.

that makes their extermination easier.

 

They exist, they just aren't Palestinians. 

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10 hours ago, Redoctober said:

Before the PLO, there was no such thing as a Palestinian. It was invented out of thin air, just like there was NEVER a nation called Palestine. 

Stupid Zionist nonsense!

The so-called "Holy Land" was a province called Palestine in the Roman. Seleucid, Parthian and Ottoman Empires.

No one believes this except DUNCES!

There was a major war around 125 CE in which the Jews threw the Romans out of Palestine,  that lasted a few years and then the Romans came back and evicted nearly all the Jews. They destroyed Jerusalem TOTALLY and after a few years rebuilt upon the same area a city called Aieda Capitalina. The ancestors of the Palestinians are mentioned in the Old Testament as Philistines.

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The Jewish population of what is now Israel was as low as 150,000 in the 15th Century.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographic_history_of_Palestine_(region)\

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographic_history_of_Palestine_(region)

Be advised that you are a dunce and a fool and a total dupe.

A=holes as ignorant as you are an embarrassment to every group you belong to.

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49 minutes ago, harryramar said:

So there is no country called Eskimotucky

so does that mean there are no Eskimos 

These rightwing Netanuahusuckers  are incapable of looking up any myth or bit of propaganda they hear.

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Palestinians (as we call them today) are simply Arabic peoples that settled what we call Israel and the West Bank. Had Israel not been forced into existence (which I have no problem with), most Americans would have no idea what Palestine is let alone a Palestinian. 

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1 minute ago, XavierOnassis said:

These rightwing Netanuahusuckers  are incapable of looking up any myth or bit of propaganda they hear.

Just curious....

 

Palestine claimed independent statehood in 1988. Arafat became it's first President in 1989. Prior to that there was no sovereignty of any kind - other than inhabitants of a region.

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The fact is they are under occupation and live without adequate representation. Call them what you will

 

 

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3 minutes ago, LaughinAtLefty said:

Just curious....

 

Palestine claimed independent statehood in 1988. Arafat became it's first President in 1989. Prior to that there was no sovereignty of any kind - other than inhabitants of a region.

It is not necessary for a group of people to have ever lived in a recognized nation state for them to exist as a recognized ethnic group. Aleuts, Eskimos, Inuits, Baluchis,  Cree,  Chuvash, Yorubas and hundreds more ethnic groups fit this description.

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Israel has three choices to continue the occupation; to Grant statehood to an independent Palestine; or to go for a one-state solution which in which case there will no longer be a Jewish state. Perpetual occupation and annexation seems to be the choice they are making. That is immoral and illegal under international law.

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Just now, slideman said:

Israel has three choices to continue the occupation; to Grant statehood to an independent Palestine; or to go for a one-state solution which in which case there will no longer be a Jewish state. Perpetual occupation seems to be the choice they are making. That is immoral and illegal under international law.

It was home to the Jews long before any other!!

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Just now, Duck615 said:

It was home to the Jews long before any other!!

Both untrue and irrelevant

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