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The Palestinian:  Victim, Genius, or Victim of Genius?

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by Mikael Knighton
Christians Standing with Israel

Part Two:  Inveracity

jordan-palestinian-refugeesFollowing the model of their Nazi predecessors, the Arabs have effectively unleashed a campaign of misinformation that has been heard and seen with a high degree of frequency. In so doing, they have not only shaped public opinion, but have also been extremely effective in garnering support sympathetic to an ideology that portrays them as "refugees" who have been somehow victimized and displaced by the creation of the Jewish state. In their refusal to recognize Israel's right to exist, they claim the region as their own--delving further into the nonsensical by referring to it as "Palestine". Behold, the lie--the inveracity in your midst. "Palestinians", as it were, are the newest addition to the human species. Their existence began in a single day by a phenomenon unique to recorded history. Walid Shoebat, himself a former PLO terrorist, was quick to realize that he was fighting for a lie, while aligning himself against the truth. Shoebat states:

Why is it that on June 4th 1967 I was a Jordanian ashoebat terroristand overnight I became a Palestinian?...We did not particularly mind Jordanian rule. The teaching of the destruction of Israel was a definite part of the curriculum, but we considered ourselves Jordanian until the Jews returned to Jerusalem. Then all of the sudden we were Palestinians. They removed the star from the Jordanian flag and all at once we had a Palestinian flag...When I finally realized the lies and myths I was taught, it is my duty as a righteous person to speak out.

Such a declaration by someone referred to as an authentic "Palestinian" is very significant. As mentioned, the moniker "Palestinian" is truly a stranger to anything we've seen in recorded history. There have never been in existence a "Palestinian" people, nor has there been a "Palestinian" culture to accompany them or even a "Palestinian" language. During the many archaeological digs in Israel, especially around the Temple Mount area, many Jewish relics, especially coins, have been discovered spanning millennia. No such finds have been observed for anything lending validity to a so-called "Palestinian". In fact, never has there been a "Palestinian" currency. Truth be told, the "Palestinians" are a conglomeration of Arabs -- no more; no less. Thousands of years of recorded history substantiate this fact. They are Jordanian, Syrian, Iraqi, Lebanese, Saudi, Yemen, Emirati, and Egyptian. The former leader of the "Palestinian" Liberation Organization (PLO) -- the late Yasser Arafat was he himself an Egyptian. Their culture is Arab. Their language is Arabic. Their currency is the Saudi riyal, the Emirati dirham, Egyptian pound, the Jordanian dinar. Arab history, as vast and fascinating as it may be, has an identity of its own. It does not need a fabrication.

"Palestinians" claim to be descendants of both the Canaanites and the Philistines, both of whom inhabited the Holy Land thousands of years ago. But such a falsehood is a proven stranger to historical fact. Laying claim to both lineages is also a grand contradiction. And so, for the purposes of this writing, let us assume, if but for a moment, that we have the capability of "time travel" and have elected to transverse the millennia. The period in time is approximately 2,000-3,000 B.C. The location biblical Israel, at the time known as the land of Canaan. What would we see?

The Canaanites

canaan map"Palestinians" claim to be descendants of both the Canaanites and the Philistines, both of whom inhabited the Holy Land thousands of years ago. But such a falsehood is a proven stranger to historical fact. Laying claim to both lineages is also a grand contradiction. And so, for the purposes of this writing, let us assume, if but for a moment, that we have the capability of "time travel" and have elected to transverse the millennia. The period in time is approximately 2,000-3,000 B.C. The location biblical Israel, at the time known as the land of Canaan. What would we see?

The Canaanites are widely and historically regarded as the Holy Land's first residents. The Old Testament book of Joshua tells of the Israelites' entry into the land of Canaan. It is the story of their conquest over the Canaanites under Joshua's leadership, their division of the land, and their service to the Lord. The Canaanites were divided into two classifications: Northern (Coastland) Canaanites and the Southern (Mountain) Canaanites. The Coastland Canaanites inhabited the region along the Mediterranean Coast from the Gulf of Iskenderun, which is just off the coast of Turkey, all the way down to the Gulf of Haifa. We know the Northern Canaanites as Phoenicians. History shows that the Northern Canaanites were culturally-conquered by the Arameans, and almost instantly assumed the Aramean language. This was a Semitic language closely-related to Hebrew. They were regarded as a Semitic people. Alongside the Israelites, the Northern Canaanites also fell under Assyrian rule. They intermarried with the Israelites of northern Israel and eventually absorbed into their culture. The Southern Canaanites inhabited the region we know as Biblical Canaan. It stretched from Haifa to Jaffa -- located just to the south of present-day Tel Aviv -- and from the southern tip of the Golan Heights down through the Jordan Valley. They primarily consisted of the aforementioned Phoenicians, as well as various tribes such as Hivites, Horites, Amorites, Hittites, and the Jebusites. These were people who never constituted a unified state, but maintained their existing tribal alliances. As we proceed through the Torah, we find that the Canaanites would be conquered by Joshua and the Israelites.

Proceeding through the period of the Judges and Kings, we find the Canaanites fully assembled into the Israelite nation. During the periods of captivity, when the Assyrians overthrew the northern kingdom of Israel, and the Babylonians captured Judah, the people who were once Canaanites were taken into captivity alongside the Israelites. The Canaanites were never annihilated. They were assimilated into Jewish culture with the Jewish people And so, a logical and historically-compliant conclusion can be drawn stating that the only people that can track their lineage to the ancient Canaanites are the Jewish people, and not the so-called "Palestinians", who were no where to be found during this time period.

The Philistines

It is widely known that the ancient Philistines were not an Arab people, but werephilistines entirely Greek. The Philistines were a conglomeration of non-Semitic peoples who hailed from Crete, the Aegean's, and Asia Minor. They were "sea people". These were "invaders" (as per the translation of "Philistine") who settled into the region we now know as Gaza. These people remained at war with the Israelites--the region's inhabitants of the time. The Philistines consisted of a diverse collection of tribes such as the Tursha, Labu, Irven, Tzekelesh, Shardana, Akhaiusha, Danauna, Tzakara, Masa, and Dardana. Their origin stems from the island of Crete. Upon the collapse of Minoan civilization and culture, these ancient Cretans we know as Philistines arrived in Southern Canaan in the area we now know as Gaza. They were known as "Pelestim" and "Keretim" by the allied Hebrews and Canaanites. It should be noted that Gaza's original label was Minoa, which serves as a clear reference to the fallen Minoan kingdom of Crete. The Philistines organized the area into small city-states; a Pentapolis consisting of Gaza, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ekron and Gath -- all centered in and around the southern, coastal region of present-day Israel. They -- among them a giant by the name of Goliath, would be defeated by King David, and would eventually come down with a slight case of extinction. Much to their chagrin, the only common line that can be drawn between "Palestinian" history and "Philistine" history is that they are both invaders from other lands.

What conclusion can draw from this material? If the "Palestinians" are direct descendants of the Canaanites, then why haven't they asked Lebanon, home of the Phoenicians (the Northern Canaanites), for their land back? If the "Palestinians" are direct descendants of the Philistines, then why aren't they demanding that Greece return the Isle of Crete? Could it be because no connection to either lineage can be facilitated? If so, from where did these so-called "Palestinians" originate?

"Palestine"

The term "Palestine" did not surface until shortly after the death of Jesus Christ, nearly 2,000 years ago, and shortly after the rebellion at Masada, which was seen as an utter embarrassment in Rome. The Roman emperor Hadrian saw Judea as a region of rebels, and sought to cleanse it of its Jewish heritage and culture. In this spirit, he renamed the region, "Palestina", after the former arch-enemies of the Israelites nearly a half century prior to the time period.  As the Psalmist predicted:

"They lay crafty plans against Your People... they say: come, let us wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Israel be remembered no more." [Psalms 83:3-4]

hadrianHadrian's objective of cleansing Judea of its Jewish roots ultimately failed. Therefore, if "Palestinians" inhabited this land during the time of the Caesars, then why didn't we see any uprisings from them under Roman occupation? History shows numerous rebellions from the Jewish people, most notably that which occurred on Masada, yet nothing from "Palestinians", who supposedly inhabited the region during the same period, exists in recorded history. The presence of the "Palestinians" in the Holy Land during this time is found in neither the Bible, the Koran, nor any recording of history, and that includes Babylonian, Persian, Assyrian, Ptolemaic, Seleucian, or Roman history. Could it be because they simply did not exist?

Joseph Farah, author of Myths of the Middle East, offers the following analysis:

"There has never been a land known as Palestine governed by Palestinians. Palestinians are Arabs, indistinguishable from Jordanians (another recent invention), Syrians, 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 landmass. 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."

From the Horse's Mouth

Even more telling, are direct quotes from Arabs on this subject:

"There are no differences between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. We are all part of one nation. It is only for political reasons that we carefully underline our Palestinian identity... yes, the existence of a separate Palestinian identity serves only tactical purposes. The founding of a Palestinian state is a new tool in the continuing battle against Israel". - Zuhair Muhsin, former military commander of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and member of its Executive Council

"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". - Hafez Assad to PLO leader Yasser Arafat

"Who can challenge the rights of the Jews to Palestine? Good Lord, historically, it is really your country." - Yusuf Diya al-Khalidi, Mayor of Jerusalem, in 1899

"The Palestinian people have no national identity. I, Yasser Arafat, man of destiny, will give them that identity through conflict with Israel." - Yasser Arafat

"There is no such thing as Palestine in history, absolutely not". - Professor Philip Hitti, Arab historian, 1946

"As I lived in Palestine, everyone I knew could trace their heritage back to the original country their great grandparents came from. Everyone knew their origin was not from the Canaanites, but ironically, this is the kind of stuff our education in the Middle East included. The fact is that today's Palestinians are immigrants from the surrounding nations! I grew up well knowing the history and origins of today's Palestinians as being from Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Christians from Greece, Muslim Sherkas from Russia, Muslims from Bosnia, and the Jordanians next door. My grandfather, who was a dignitary in Bethlehem, almost lost his life by Abdul Qader Al-Husseini (the leader of the Palestinian revolution) after being accused of selling land to Jews. He used to tell us that his village Beit Sahur (The Shepherds Fields) in Bethlehem County was empty before his father settled in the area with six other families. The town has now grown to 30,000 inhabitants". - Walid Shoebat, ex-"Palestinian" terrorist

"There is no such thing as Palestine in history, absolutely not". - Professor Philip Hitti, Arab historian, 1946

 

"It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but Southern Syria". - Representative of Saudi Arabia at the United Nations, 1956

 

"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. 'Palestine' is alien to us. It is the Zionists who introduced it". - Syrian leader Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi to British Peel Commission, 1937

 

So that we may adopt a sound appreciation of the present, we must first cultivate a respect for the past. In the next installment, this analysis of the "Palestinian" myth examines the demographical structure of the Holy Land before it actually became a sovereign state (pre-1948).

 

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