There’s no such thing!
Yep, there will have be some real good explaining to be done by any of the ‘geniuses’ out there who support the meme that “the Palestinians have always been a recognizable ‘people’ from time immemorial and that the Jews are the usurpers of their land”. Over the the years, the fact that the UN never recognized a distinct ‘Palestinian people’ existing at the time of the partition of Palestine, just Arabs and Jews, has been completely overlooked.
If the Palestinians were actually a distinct ‘people’ it would have been reflected in the wording of the official documents. There wasn’t any Palestinian people any more than there were, or are, a distinct ‘Nordic people’ called the Nordinians. KGS
Exposing the Palestinian Narrative Gingrich-Style
Somehow, left-leaning journalists just can’t twist the truth enough to put a dent in the campaign of presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. All polls show Gingrich gaining. Yet some are desperately trying to change that. Now, self-professed Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab is recapping anti-Israel New York Times journalist Thomas Friedman’s hate in the Huffington Post at Israel’s expense, and failing to turn the tide against Gingrich’s campaign.
Gingrich delivered some bold comments about Palestinians being “invented people”. Low and below the belt? Absolutely not. Let’s be honest, Gingrich had the courage to refute the Palestinian narrative and tell the truth. History shows there has never been a “Palestinian people” and the notion of one only gained popularity around 1967 — nearly two decades after Jews re-inhabited their homeland of Judea and Samaria (now Israel) in 1948. More facts Friedman and Kuttab will likely ignore is that in 1947 the UN already par ti tioned the same land in question into two states: one Arab and one Jewish.
Gingrich also knows historical evidence confirms Israel existed as nation as early as1300 BCE, some two thousand years before Islam. Yet there has never been ANY evidence of a Pales tin ian nation. Simply put, if there is no historical evidence to separate Palestinians from Arabs then Palestinians ARE Arabs. The fact is there has never been an authentic Pales tin ian lan guage, a dis tinct Pales tin ian cul ture, Palestinian currency (except while under British Mandate) or even land once ruled by Palestinians. These facts would give any historian pause, and it did with Gingrich, who used it as an opportunity to set the record straight. Gingrich had to address the Palestinian narrative head-on. For that he should be applauded not ridiculed.
While Kuttab profiled a response from PLO executive committee member, Hanan Ashrawi, who called Newt’s statement “ignorant and racist,” it appears Ashrawi and Kuttab have no basis for these vile and defamatory comments. The only people being ignorant about whether Palestinians history is “real” versus “invented” are Palestinians and their supporters, including those keeping lies alive like Friedman and Kuttab. There is nothing racist about calling Palestinians Arabs.
Kuttab tries his best to convince readers that Gingrich contradicts the Israeli government’s position by profiling Gingrich’s comment that Palestinians are “invented people.” He even cuts and pastes a letter signed by then Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin as his “proof,” which laid the groundwork for mutual recognition between Israel and the PLO (these became the Oslo Accords in September 13, 1993).