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Palestinians: The Invented People

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The concept of Palestinian identity and nationalism is a recent invention. Both historically and in contemporary times, the Arabs living in the area now known as Palestine were regarded both by outsiders and by their own spokespeople as members of the greater Arab population, without a separate or distinct identity. Today, however, it is clear that Palestinian nationalism has emerged and become a political factor.

The recent statement uttered by US Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich that the Palestinians are an “invented people” has been criticized by political opponents as indicating a lack of sobriety and stability. Yet, whatever one’s views of Gingrich’s sagacity or judgment on other issues, or one’s opinions on the more general issue of the desirability and character of a Palestinian state existing alongside the State of Israel, the accuracy of his statement cannot be denied. This conclusion stems from two factors. The first is that Arabs living in the area now known as Palestine were regarded, both historically and in contemporary times, not as a separate entity but as part of the general Arab people. This has been recognized by Arab spokesmen, by scholars, and by objective international official reports. The second is that no independent Palestinian state has ever existed, let alone one that manifested a “Palestinian identity.”

A few examples can illustrate this. The first Congress of Muslim-Christian Associations in the area met in February 1919 to consider the future of the territory formerly ruled by the Ottoman Empire, which dissolved after World War I. The Congress declared: “We consider Palestine as part of Arab Syria as it has never been separated from it at any time. We are connected with it by national, religious, linguistic, moral, economic, and geographical bonds.”

The celebrated scholar Philip Hitti, testifying before the Anglo-American Committee in 1946, stated there was no such thing as Palestine in history, “absolutely not.” The United Nations Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP), in its September 3, 1947 report, remarked that Palestinian nationalism, as distinct from Arab nationalism, was a relatively new phenomenon. It concluded that Palestinian identity was part of a rich tapestry of identities, mostly predicated on Arab and Islamic solidarity.

The Palestinians themselves reached the same conclusion. Palestinian spokesperson Ahmad Shuqeiri told the UN Security Council in 1956 that Palestine was nothing more than southern Syria. The head of the Military Operations Department of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Zuheir Muhsein, declared on March 31, 1977, “Only for political reasons do we carefully underline our Palestinian identity. …the existence of a separate Palestinian identity is there for tactical reasons.” The PLO, in its own Charter or amended Basic Law (article 1), states that Palestine is part of the Arab nation.

That “Arab nation” never included a state known as “Palestine.” Indeed, the inhabitants of the general Palestinian area were not subjects of an Arab nation but of the Ottoman Empire, which ruled the area from 1516-1918. This was the last recognized sovereign power in the area. The area of Palestine was a district of the Empire, officially a vilayet (province), not a political entity. No independent Palestinian state has ever been established, nor was there a single administrative or cultural unit of Palestinians. Arabs in the area were not different in any way from other Arabs in the Middle East. Nor was Israel established on the ashes of any state other than the Ottoman Empire.

On the other hand, a sovereign Jewish state existed prior to the rise of the Roman Empire. While the Romans destroyed the Second Temple, changed the name of the land to Syria Palestina, and banished the Jews from Jerusalem, this did not eradicate all Jewish presence in the area. Moreover, the Jews in the Diaspora maintained a strong consciousness of the historical connection of the Jewish people to Palestine – a connection that was acknowledged in the League of Nations mandate. Jewish nationalism has used legends of individuals like Moses as common ancestors and founders of the Jewish people.

Other nations have used myths about their origin: Vercingetorix and Clovis in France; Arminius in Germany; and Romulus and Remus in Italy. Similarly, Jewish nationalism may include not only centuries-old traditions but also certain invented elements. What is important, however, is that the Jews constitute a people – a set of individuals linked together not only by a common religion, but also as members of an ethnic community with memories of a shared past, common ceremonies and culture, and mutual legal codes, social behavior, myths and symbols. Between Jews there is a peoplehood, a subjective belief in their common descent from ancestors in Judea and Samaria.

The first official naming of “Palestine” as a distinct, defined territorial area came with the decision of the League of Nations, dealing with areas of the former Ottoman Empire, to create a Mandate for Palestine. This was accorded to Great Britain, which ruled the area from the Mediterranean Sea to west of the Jordan River from 1922 until May 1948.

All people living in that area were regarded as “Palestinians” without any ethnic connotations. Ironically, the name was used not by Arabs but only by Jews in the area, as in The Palestinian (now the Jerusalem) Post, and the Palestine Symphony (now Israel Philharmonic) Orchestra. Only after the State of Israel was established in May 1948 did the term “Palestinian” become exclusively used in referring to Arabs in the area.

It is now clear that a concept of Palestinian identity and nationalism has emerged and become a political factor. Whether it first emerged from literary societies and missionary groups a century ago, from the impact of the Arab Revolt of 1916-1918 in the Hijazi desert in Arabia, or as imitation of the actions of the Young Turks who in 1908 seized power in the Ottoman Empire is irrelevant. The new concept became important as a claim to self-determination by Arabs in the period after World War I in reaction to the increasing importance of Zionism and the assertion of self-determination by the Jewish people. The single most important factor leading to the idea and development of a Palestinian national identity was the creation of Israel and the Arab defeat by Israel in 1948-49. One might say it was even an imitation of the Zionist movement. Palestinian national identity was formally asserted only with the formation of the PLO in 1964.

The essential problem is not simply a terminological one – a refusal by many to acknowledge that the category of Palestinian identity is a recent invention. Rather, the insistence on a presumed, time honored right of a Palestinian people to the disputed land is being used as a weapon against the right of Israel to exist.

Such an insistence is a handicap to a peaceful, negotiated agreement between the Palestinians and Israel. The decision about the exercise of sovereign power in Palestine remains to be determined in an overall peace settlement.

by Prof. Michael Curtis

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BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 157, December 20, 2011

Michael Curtis is a distinguished professor emeritus of political science at Rutgers University.

BESA Perspectives is published through the generosity of the Greg Rosshandler Family

 

Spain takes first step to ban the Qur’an

Recently a courageous Pakistani Ex-Muslim Imran Firasat’s filed a petition to the Spanish government to ban the Qu’ran a book used by Muslims that also inspires terrorism.  Many Muslims called Imran stupid, and said the Government of Spain is not going to entertain his petition and that they will tear and throw the petition away. A Muslim under the user name “Reader Muslim and Proud” on a website commented: “I think the government of Spain will take this muppet very seriously and they will ban the Holy Qur’an………not.”

The skeptics and Islamic zealots were dead wrong. There’s fantastic news for those, battling Islamic fascism. The Spain Parliament has officially admitted Imran’s petition to ban the Quran. A letter from the Parliament of Spain informed Imran that they have admitted the petition and sent to the “Constitutional Commission” of the Parliament for deliberation on it.

Madrid Islamic train bombings in 2004 (also known in Spain as 11-M)

Although we have to wait for the ultimate outcome of the petition, and an outright ban on the Qu’ran is uncertain at this point, acceptance of the petition for consideration by the Spanish Parliament itself is a big step forward for those involved in the battle against Islamic fascism. Not many people would today believe that a parliament in a European country would even accept such a petition for consideration.

Letter from Spanish Parliament: Quran ban petition admitted

An outright ban of the Quran may not be on the card as yet. But acceptance of the petition for consideration takes us to the next level, a big leap forward, toward condemnation of the violent Quran. And credits for this would go to the Spanish parliament as much as it would go to Imran Firasat.

A few weeks ago Imran handed over a formal document to the Ministry of the Presidency, the Congress of Representatives, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the Interior, in which he presented 10 points to back his request:

1. The Quran is not a sacred and religious book, but a violent book, full of hatred and discrimination.

2. Quran is a horrible book which provokes a community it calls Muslims to undertake Jihad, kill innocent people and destroy the peace of the world.

3. The Quran is responsible for all the terrorism we have seen in recent years in which thousands of people lost their lives.

4. The Quran is a book which contains evil teachings and forces its believers to capture the entire world and total power at any price.

5. The Quran is a book which legally permits and incites hatred and violence, and for that reason it is not compatible with the modern world, including Spain.

6. The Quran is a book which directly discriminates between human beings.

7. The Quran is a book which does not allow either freedom of expression or religious freedom.

8. The Quran is a book which causes women to suffer and be tortured through the totality of its injustice and macho laws.

9. The Quran is a book which, rather than teaching unity, teaches disunity, and in this way does not allow its believers to form friendships with those who are not Muslims, because in the eyes of Quran they are infidels.

10. The Quran is a major threat to the free society of Spain. A book which clearly preaches the messages of jihad, killing, hate, discrimination and revenge. For that reason it cannot be compatible with the Spanish system in any sense. It is a book totally contrary to what the law and constitution of Spain say, and it incites hatred and violence in our country.by alpineski

Winner of the “Conspiracy of the Year 2011″award is… Saudi Arabia

Last years winner Egypt was tough to beat after being puzzled after string of Red Sea shark attacks…
Egypt puzzled after string of Red Sea shark attacks

Shark attacks on tourists in the Red Sea have triggered a flurry of speculation as to what could have caused them, with suggestions ranging from overfishing to an Israeli plot to harm Egyptian tourism.

The government has invited international experts to help locate the killer shark but officials were at loss as to what could have caused its behavior.

“There is not one reason that will be ignored. We are seeking any reason that causes a change in shark behavior,” Ahmed el-Edkawi, assistant secretary for the South Sinai region, told Reuters.

Some said sharks had been drawn to shallow waters after cattle being shipped in for last month’s Islamic feast of the sacrifice, or Eid al-Adha, had died and were thrown overboard. Others suggested it could have been part of a secret plot by Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency.

“What is being said about the Mossad throwing the deadly shark (in the sea) to hit tourism in Egypt is not out of the question, but it needs time to confirm,” South Sinai Governor Mohamed Abdel Fadil Shousha was quoted as saying by state news site egynews.net.

So how do you top Trained Sharks?
Israeli Vulture Spy Declared Innocent By Saudi Arabia

A vulture that was caught in Saudi Arabia last week and accused of spying for Israel’s Mossad is to be released, a Saudi official said.

Prince Bandar bin Saud Al Saud scoffed at the claims, as did much of the world when news came last week that the vulture tagged with a GPS tracker by Tel Aviv University had been caught in the kingdom and accused by the media and locals of partaking in a “Zionist plot.”

“These systems are fitted to birds and animals, including marine animals. Most countries use these system, including Saudi Arabia,” Saud told Saudi media on Sunday, according to Emirates 24/7. “We have taken delivery of this bird, but we will set it free again after we [have] verified its systems.”

Saud insisted he wasn’t defending Israel, but called for calm.

“Some of the Saudi journalists rushed in carrying the news of this bird for the sake of getting a scoop without checking the information,” he said. “They should have asked the competent authorities about the bird before publishing such news.”

The bird, identified as a Griffon vulture tagged R65 was called a bald eagle by Saud.

After the bird had been captured, Israeli officials were quick to insist that it was part of a program studying migratory patterns.

“The device does nothing more than receive and store basic data about the bird’s whereabouts, and about his altitude and speed,” an official at Israel’s Park and Nature Authority told the Maariv newspaper.

Israel is the subject of feverish conspiracy theories across the Arab world. In December, an Egyptian governor floated the possibility of the Mossad of being behind a string of shark attacks at an Egyptian resort.

“What is being said about the Mossad throwing the deadly shark (in the sea) to hit tourism in Egypt is not out of the question, but it needs time to confirm,” said South Sinai Governor Mohamed Abdel Fadil Shousha.

The Jerusalem Post reported today that the director of the Society for the Protection of Nature, Dan Alon, is “filled with joy to hear of the bird’s release.”

So thats it…???

Absolutely… How could any country with a

Anti-Witchcraft Unit & Sorcery Hotline

and who can be

Beheaded for ‘Witchcraft’

possibly be wrong?

Oh Well…

Saudis fear virgin shortage if women allowed to drive
Zionist pencils infiltrate Saudi Arabia!
Im sure they will love Ron Paul……

Happy New Years!