Since their creation in the 1960’s, the Palestinian agenda, as stated in both their charters (the Palestinian Nation Council charter 1964 amended 1968 and the 1988 Palestinian Hamas charter) is the elimination of the Jewish State of Israel. Supporting the charters is a Palestinian narrative based on lies and revisionist history and promoted by a continuous well-funded, public relations campaign. This false narrative has been so successful in morphing fiction into fact that it is now comprehensively believed and accepted.
The indoctrinating use of terminology describing Palestinians as being victims of land theft, apartheid, oppression, genocide and racism under a military occupation is believed by the vast majority and the truth and facts challenged by a tiny minority. I am part of that tiny minority.
In order to challenge the lies we must first understand the history of the invented Palestinians. The overwhelming majority are an amalgamation of colonizers as the origin of their names will easily confirm. If I am incorrect and the Palestinian claims to being indigenous are true then where is the archaeological and historical evidence to validate such claims? They do not exist.
One would expect to discover at the very minimum a Palestinian language, currency, flag, emblems, cemeteries, buildings standing or destroyed constructed by Palestinians or historical references to Palestinian leaders or noted individuals. One would expect to find references to battles, wars or conflicts fought by indigenous Palestinians against any domestic and foreign enemies and invaders. No such evidence exists. And surely any of the numerous itinerant scribes through the centuries who documented their journeys to the geography would have written about the people identifying as Palestinians. Below is just a selection of travelers who recorded their experiences to the area claimed by today’s Palestinians but none of these itinerants recorded anything alluding to a tribe, race, ethnicity, people, nation or culture as the Palestinians.
Siebald Rieter 1426 – 1488, Maps to Jerusalem
Berhard von Breydenbach, 1440 -1497, Pilgrimage
Felix Fabri, 1451 – 1502, Pilgrim and Preacher
Martin Kabatnik, 1428 -1503, From Jerusalem to Cairo
Arnold van Harff, 1471 – 1505, The Pilgrimage
Father Michael Naud, circa 1674, The Jerusalem Connection
John Bowles, 1701 – 1779 The Twelve Tribes Map
Edward Robinson, 1794 – 1863, Biblical Researches
Sir George Gawler, 1795 – 1869, Syria and its near Prospects
Alphonse de Lamartine, 1790 – 1869, From Marseilles to Jerusalem
Sir George Adam Smith, 1856 – 1942, Jerusalem.
The reason why no reference was made to the Palestinians was simply because they had not yet been invented. Even the 1922 census failed to reference a demographic as the Palestinians. They did not exist as an indigenous population and the vast majority were simply migrants from surrounding nations leveraging off the economic benefits of Zionism as historical sources verify.
British Consul, James Finn, June 1860:
“I learn of the arrival of thousands of the Beni Sukhr Arabs who are never seen this side of the Jordan”.
De Haas’s 1934 history of Palestine references as follows:
“Today’s Palestinians are immigrants from many nations, Balkans, Greeks, Syrians, Latins, Egyptians, Turks, Armenians, Persians, Kurds, Afghans, Circassians, Bosnians, Algerians, etc etc”.
The Palestine Royal Commission Report 1937:
“This illegal Arab immigration was not only going on from the Sinai but also from Trans Jordan and Syria and it is very difficult to make a case out for the misery of the Arabs if at the same time their compatriots from adjoining states could not be stopped”.
Winston Churchill 1939:
“So far from being persecuted, the Arabs have crowded into the country and multiplied until their population has increased more than even world Jewry could lift up the Jewish population”.
Naturally, I could refer to numerous other writers, records and political statements which historically verify that far from being an indigenous demographic the vast majority of those who today refer to themselves as ‘indigenous Palestinians’ are in fact mostly immigrants from a variety of other geographies. How can it be that the world at large chooses to believe the fiction, lies and propaganda spewed by the Palestinians and their supporters?
The Palestinian identity was formulated by the Soviet Union in the early 1960’s and the Jew hating Yasser Arafat who called himself a Palestinian refugee but spoke Arabic with an Egyptian accent. His full name includes ‘al – Qudwa al -Husseini’ originally from Saudi and he was the face of the newly created Palestinian nation. In previous articles I have referenced several leading members of the Soviet creation who on record verify that the Palestinian is fiction. Zuheir Mohsen ex council member of the Palestinian executive in an interview with Trouw, a Dutch journal March 1977, admitted that there was no such identity as a Palestinian but this was simply a political weapon to use against the elimination of Israel – “just for political reasons we carefully underwrite a Palestinian identity” he stated.
Naturally with a public identity a charter was created to promote the aims and objectives of this newly formed group. The first such Palestinian National Council charter was drawn up in 1964 amended 1968 and this latter charter is still current and is taught as part of the Palestinian education curriculum funded by western nations. Paradoxically neither Jerusalem nor the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) was claimed within the charter.
The 33 articles are a mish mash of Arab/Palestinian national socialism demanding Jew extermination by Jihad, no peaceful compromise and subservience to Islam of all other races.
The Palestinian narrative like all false narratives excludes certain events, hidden from the global audience with the assistance of a mainstream media as hostile to the Jewish State with the pen as the Palestinian hostility is with both pen and sword.
Palestinians similar to silicone breast implants were an invention of the 1960’s manipulated like the subservient stooges to the highest bidder. In their formative years this was the old Soviet Union. Armed with weapons supplied by the Soviets they attempted to overthrow the Jordanians; the Hashemite Kingdom ruled by the then King Hussein. Jordan enlisted the support of Pakistan whose army was led by an ambitious young Brigadier, Zia al -Haq. With elite Pakistani troops and an incompetent Jordanian army, Arafat’s Palestinians were annihilated resulting in more than 25,000 Palestinian deaths (some estimated as many as 40,000), tens of thousands wounded and the Palestinians kicked out to Lebanon and Tunisia.
Global mainstream media willingly ignored these events and to this day the Muslim Arab world, Palestinians, Pakistan and Jordan have erased the events from their history. More Palestinians were killed in one month by the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in defending Jordanian sovereignty from the Palestinian militias than Israel has killed in 70 years of war with the Palestinians. The medieval ideology of Umma, unity of all Muslims as commanded in the Palestinian charter was well and truly shattered by the duplicitous Palestinians, butchered by the combined Jordanian, Pakistani challenge.
The Palestinian supporters of today are totally disinterested in this atrocity committed by fellow Muslims as it does not fit in with their antisemitic agenda and the false narrative this lobby continues to promote.
Forgotten too is the 2007 conflict between Hamas backed by the Muslim Brotherhood and Fatah, the military force of the Palestinian Authority. Hamas had created its own charter in 1988 even more extreme in its Nazi ideology than the Palestinian Authority Charter of 1968. The 26 articles within the Hamas charter similarly demand Jew extermination and subservience to Islam or death of all other races but moreover commands the elimination of charities assisting the physically and mentally disabled, the terminally ill, dementia sufferers, orphans, even Ukrainian refugees and so on. Both Palestinian charters are totally based on Hitlerite 1930 ‘s National Socialism.
The Hamas charter ironically is at odds with the Quran which they cite as being their Islamist validation supporting their ideology. Any student of the Quran immediately recognizes that the total area is bestowed, bequeathed and promised to the Jewish people in numerous Suras. The Palestinians mocking the Quran, Allah and Mohammed and many Islamic scholars are openly suggesting that the major cause of Muslim disunity is as a direct result of the anti Quranic Palestinian claims.
Fast forward and a military power play starting in 2007 between Fatah and Hamas ensued resulting in the deaths of at least three thousand Palestinians during the period 2007 – 2010. As in black September, no Jews, Israelis nor Zionists were involved for the Jew hating mob to vent their spleen. The conflict ended in stalemate with Hamas in control of Gaza and the Palestinian Authority in control of the West Bank.
Unfortunately for the Palestinians another Muslim country, Syria was only too willing to continue the Palestinian misery based on a long-standing hatred between the former President Assad of Syria and the Palestinian puppet, Arafat. Starting as an internal conflict within Syria expanding to the Turkish borders, at least five thousand Palestinians have been butchered by the current Syrian regime under President Basher al -Assad whose hatred of the Palestinian mimics his father’s rabid animosity towards them. According to a report by Middle East Monitor (January 2020) 300 Palestinians have been killed by sniper fire and the Syrians have been ably assisted by both Russian and Iranian troops. Reports also indicate that at least 7,000 Palestinians are currently rotting in Syrian dungeons. Mainstream media and Palestinian supporters are silent and silence is assent.
Now here’s the thing none of those protesting about Palestinian rights have ever protested on or commented on the atrocities committed on the Palestinians by Jordan, Pakistan, Syria, Iran and Russia. Indeed, some very high-profile Palestinian supporters such as our own Jeremy Corbyn former leader of the UK Labour party have made numerous paid appearances on the Russian and Iranian propaganda channels RTTV and Press TV. Do you see the point I am making? Supposedly pro-Palestinian advocates being paid by those Governments active in slaughtering Palestinians. Our mainstream media ignore these obvious inconsistencies.
The Lebanese have their own axe to grind against the Palestinians given the atrocities Palestinian militias inflicted on defenseless Lebanese women and children at Damour on January 22, 1976. Eight hundred unarmed Lebanese Christian Maronites butchered by Palestinian barbarians. Naturally Palestinians were challenged by the Lebanese and in the years following some 3000 Palestinians have been killed. Again, the pro-Palestinian lobby likes to keep these little secrets hidden.
The claims of illegal land theft are often cited by the Palestinians but this too can be easily debunked. International law starting with the League of Nations Mandate 1922, ratified by UN Charter, article 80 among others, 1945, and the legally binding principles of Acquired Rights and Estoppel both codified in Article 70(1)(b), of the 1969 Vienna Convention, Law on Treaties, ensure that both the West Bank and Gaza are within Israel’s sovereign territory. The last European Court ruling upholding this immutable international law was the 2013 ruling by the 3rd Chamber of the Court of Versailles.
Regarding the accusation of land theft, irrespective that one cannot steal one’s own land, the Arab leadership to the Peel Committee 1937, testified on oath (to Sir Laurie Hammond and others) that no Arab land had been stolen but all legally acquired. This includes all five land categories – Mulk, Miri , Waqf, Mewat and Metruke. No Palestinian nor anyone of their supporters have successfully challenged the legal claims or land theft challenges I espouse.
In conclusion, I have proved beyond any shadow of doubt that the Palestinians are a very recent invention without any historical claims to the land they say has been theirs since time immemorial. Not that it matters to those who rabidly support their lies but another glaring absurdity is the mere fact that they, being Arabic speaking, call themselves Palestinians. You see, there is no sound for the letter ‘P’ in Arabic and so the Palestinians would call themselves Filastinians. But Filastinian is the Arab pronunciation of Philistinian – a tribe of extinct Greek invaders. Or perhaps today’s definition of Philistinian is more appropriate to today’s Palestinians, uncouth, uncultured heathens.
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Excellent article Peter.
Claiming a separate Palestinian Arab state in 2023 dating back to antiquity – in addition to Jordan – is indeed an invented claim of recent times.
It was first made in 1968 when the PLO dropped article 24 of its founding 1964 Charter – which had made it expressly and unequivocally clear from the PLO’s original creation that the PLO was not claiming “regional sovereignty over the West Bank of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan” or “on the Gaza Strip”.
Had Jordan not lost the West Bank in the 1967 Six Day War – the 1964 PLO Charter would not have been amended, the West Bank would still be part of Jordan and its Arab residents still would be Jordanian citizens.
The Saudi-based 2022 Hashemite Kingdom of Palestine solution seeks to restore the status of the West Bank that existed at 4 June 1967 – and for the previous 17 years – to Hashemite rule again – but in a greatly reduced area to be detemined in direct negotiations between Jordan and Israel. The sooner negotiations begin to implement this solution the better. Such negotiations will hopefully be the circuit breaker to end the increasing humanitarian crisis threatening to spiral out of control in the West Bank and Jerusalem.
Interestingly the PLO has not denounced or rejected the Saudi plan in the ten months since its publication – signalling its preparedness to give up any claims to sovereignty in the West Bank should it once again become under Jordan’s rule – when the two banks of the Jordan River will again be reunified into one Arab State as occurred between 1950 and 1967.