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Debunking the Assumption that Palestine is a Country

Debunking the Assumption that Palestine is a Country | Truth Revealed | Scoop.it

 

Much thanks to Eli Hertz for this comprehensive, exhaustive historical deconstruction of the lie told around the world.

 

Palestine is a Geographical Area, Not a Nationality.

 

In an interview with Republican Presidential Primary front-runner and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, a former Professor and Historian, he explains his position on the Arab-Israeli conflict and states that the Palestinians are “an invented Palestinian people, who are in fact Arabs.”


It is time to tell the truth that is based on facts:


Until the Jews began returning to the Land of Israel in increasing numbers from the late 19th century to the turn of the 20th, the area called Palestine was a deserted waste land that belonged to the Ottoman Empire, based in Turkey.


‘Palestinianism’ in and of itself lacks any substance of its own. Arab society on the West Bank and Gaza suffer from a deep social cleavage created by a host of rivalries based on divergent geographic, historical, sociological and familial allegiances.


What glues Palestinians together is a carefully nurtured hatred of Israel and the rejection of Jewish nationhood.

 

Palestinians

 

“All [that Palestinians] can agree on as a community is what they want to destroy, not what they want to build.”1 New York Times Columnist Thomas Friedman


The Palestinians’ claim that they are an ancient and indigenous people fails to stand up to historic scrutiny. Most Palestinian Arabs were newcomers to British Mandate Palestine. Until the 1967 Six-Day War made it expedient for Arabs to create a Palestinian peoplehood, local Arabs simply considered themselves part of the ‘great Arab nation’ or ‘southern Syrians.’

 

There is no age-old Palestinian people. Most so-called Palestinians are relative newcomers to The Land of Israel.

 

Palestinian Arabs cast themselves as a native people in “Palestine” – like the Aborigines in Australia or Native Americans in America. They portray the Jews as European imperialists and colonizers. This is simply untrue.

 

Until the Jews began returning to the Land of Israel in increasing numbers from the late 19th century to the turn of the 20th, the area called Palestine was a God- forsaken backwash that belonged to the Ottoman Empire, based in Turkey.

 

The land’s fragile ecology had been laid waste in the wake of the Arabs’ 7th- century conquest. In 1799, the population was at it lowest and estimated to be no more than 250,000 to 300,000 inhabitants in all the land.2

 

At the turn of the 20th century, the Arab population west of the Jordan River (today, Israel and the West Bank) was about half a million inhabitants and east of the Jordan River perhaps 200,000.3

 

The collapse of the agricultural system with the influx of nomadic tribes after the Arab conquest that created malarial swamps and denuded the ancient terrace system eroding the soil, was coupled by a tyrannous regime, a crippling tax system and absentee landowners that further decimated the population. Much of the indigenous population had long since migrated or disappeared. Very few Jews or Arabs lived in the region before the arrival of the first Zionists in the 1880s and most of those that did lived in abject poverty.

 

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Operation Pillar of Defense (of Israel)

Operation Pillar of Defense (of Israel) | Truth Revealed | Scoop.it

As you no doubt know, yesterday Israel launched Operation Pillar of Defense — a purely defensive operation designed to stop rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel. And as you also know, too many voices in the media and across the country are focusing on Israel’s strikes while ignoring the context which necessitated them. This means that all of us must now become Israel’s ambassadors and explain to our family, friends and neighbors why Israel has the right — and the responsibility — to defend its citizens.

 

Israel needs you. And you need the facts:


• In the week preceding the launch of yesterday’s operation, over 120 missile were fired from Gaza into southern Israel.


• Since the beginning of 2012, over 760 rockets have been launched from Gaza into Israel’s southern communities.


• Since Israel launched this operation yesterday, an additional 245 rockets have been fired into Israel, killing three Israelis and injuring many more.


• These rockets target Israeli civilians, and have forced over one million Israelis into bomb shelters.


• In recent years, Hamas has acquired an arsenal of long range Fajr-5 missiles from Iran capable of hitting Tel Aviv and now two rockets have landed in the outskirts of Tel Aviv.


• Operation Pillar of Defense is a limited operation targeting Hamas’ missile stockpiles and the Hamas terrorists responsible for firing them.


Every nation on earth has the right to defend its citizens from attacks. Most nations would have taken action after one or two missiles were fired into their territory. Israel has once again exercised enormous restraint and waited until over 760 rockets had been fired into its territory before launching Operation Pillar of Defense.

 

As always, Israel is targeting Hamas’ missiles and the terrorists who fire them while taking every reasonable precaution to avoid harming Palestinian civilians. By contrast, Hamas and its allies are specifically targeting Israeli civilians, while hiding behind Palestinian civilians. There is no moral equivalence in this fight.

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Muslim Brotherhood Mobilizes for Overthrow of Jordan's King Abdullah

Muslim Brotherhood Mobilizes for Overthrow of Jordan's King Abdullah | Truth Revealed | Scoop.it
According to reports, Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood has given King Abdullah II notice that he has until October to bow to their demand to transform the Hashemite Kingdom into a constitutional monarchy -- or face Arab Spring street pressure for his a...
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The Israeli Experience: Life Under Fire

The Israeli Experience: Life Under Fire | Truth Revealed | Scoop.it
Israel Defense Forces' The Israeli Experience: Life Under Fire set...
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Afraid of Terrorists, Egypt To Continue Demolishing Border Tunnels - International Middle East Media Center

Afraid of Terrorists, Egypt To Continue Demolishing Border Tunnels - International Middle East Media Center | Truth Revealed | Scoop.it
Egyptian security sources reported that the army and the police, operating against criminal armed groups in Sinai, will start in the coming days, a large operation that is meant at resuming the demolition of border tunnels with Gaza.
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