The charge against the Israelis has been that they are occupying Palestinian lands. But in truth, Arabs are occupying Israeli land. There has never been a country, ancient or otherwise, called Palestine with an Arab government, flag, and officially recognized borders.
“[I]n the history of the world, Palestine has never existed as a nation. The region known as Palestine was ruled alternately by Rome, by Islamic and Christian crusaders, by the Ottoman Empire and, briefly, by the British after World War I. The British agreed to restore at least part of the land to the Jewish people as their ancestral homeland. It was never ruled by Arabs as a separate nation.”
Palestinians do not have a distinct culture or national identity. In other words, the Palestinian people don’t really exist; they are a political fabrication used to unite Arabs in their struggle against the state of Israel.
“The Palestinian people does [sic] 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.”—Zuheir Mohsen, leader of the pro-Syria faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)
Check out the 3:40 video for an explanation of how the Palestinian people came to be.
(H-T Chuck on the Right Side)
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