The “Palestinians” – A Fictional People

Everyone is in a tizzy over the Palestinian bid for United Nations’ recognition of “Palestine” as a member state. Will they go through with the bid? Won’t they? Can the United States stop them? Should they?

What no one is doing is challenging the Palestinian claim to the lands known as the “West Bank” – or in fact their claim to ‘peoplehood’. The only thing being challenged is the timing and the road being taken to statehood. “Palestinian” legitimacy is being assumed… and we know where assuming takes us.

The idea that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an old one – centuries or millenia old is a pure fiction… but it is repeated over and over again.

Let’s take a few minutes to get our facts straight.

Where does the name “Palestine” come from?
In 135 AD, the Roman Empire attempted to break the strong connection between the Jewish People and the Land of Israel by renaming the area “Palestine” after the Philistines that had lived in the area during Biblical times.

The Philistines were a Greek-like people, not Arabs, like the “Palestinians” like to claim. The Philistines disappeared from the area by the 1st Century AD.

Ever since the Romans renamed the area – the name “Palestine” stuck. Jews and Arabs were both referred to as “Palestinians”.

The “Palestine Mandate” given to the British to administer after the First World War included both what are now the countries of Jordan and Israel.

In 1922, the British broke off 80% of the Palestine Mandate and gave it to the Hussein family – creating the country of Jordan. The Palestinians living in that area became Jordanians.

The rest of Palestine – which is now Israel – was then to be divided by the United Nations in 1947 into two states – one Arab, one Jewish. The Jews said ‘yes’, the Arabs said ‘no’ – unable to tolerate any Jewish presence in the area.

Israel declared independence in May 1948. The Jewish Palestinians then became Israelis. The Arabs in Israel had the option of becoming citizens of the Jewish state – some did and some did not. Those that did became Israelis and those that did not kept the denomination of “Palestinian”.

What needs to be understood is that these “Palestinians” are Arabs with no special claims to the Land. They chose not to be part of Jordan or Israel. There is no longer “Palestine” on the map. It is either Jordan or Israel – to claim a ‘Palestinian’ state is disingenuous.

The “Palestinian People” are a creation – a way of delegitimizing the Jewish claim to Israel. If, as they claim, the Palestinians were there first, then any Jews living in the land must be “occupiers” and do not belong there. We first see the “Palestinians” in 1964 when Yasser Arafat created the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), a terrorist organization with the goal of destroying Israel. (Please note that the PLO was established before the 1967 war in which Israel captured the “West Bank” and the Gaza Strip – not in response to the so-called occupation.)

That these “people” are refugees is a joke. They chose not to become citizens of either Jordan or Israel. During 1948, these Arabs left their homes in response to the invading Arab armies telling them they would be allowed to return to their homes after the Jews were driven into the sea.

It’s 60+ years later and they’re still sitting in camps bemoaning their fate. Who’s fault is it? Saudi Arabia and the oil rich Arab countries are unable to take in and care for their brothers? Guess so – but it clearly shows that that the Palestinians are there as willing pawns in the battle against Israel.

The accepted wisdom is that since the “Palestinians” occupy the same land as the Jews we must have negotiations to settle our differences – creating a two state solution, but why?

The “Palestinians” are an historical fiction. They are a tool of the Arab world, which has never accepted a Jewish presence, to destroy Israel. It is time to challenge the legitimacy of the “Palestinians” as a ‘people’ and certainly their right to a state at Israel’s expense.

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Shira Drissman

Grateful to have three little ones under three and a half years old and be a stay-at-home mom. I also have masters degrees in both education and political science.

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  1. Finally, someone other than me “gets it.” You are quite correct; although many assume the “west Bank” was a part of Jordan, even though King Abdullah, and King Hussein really didn’t care about the West Bank. It became a basic “no man’s land following the 1948 war for Independence for Israel.
    Jordan patrolled the area, they kept the peace in East Jerusalem, (their version of “peace”) and many of those in the “refugee” camps resisted becoming Jordanians because their “leaders” kept promising that they could go home once the Jews were “driven into the sea.”
    This expression of driving the Jews from the land started before 1948. In 1922 or so there was an Arab uprising and many Jewish people were slaughtered while the British army stood by and watched. Since 1948, these “refugees” have continued to listen to their rabid “religious leaders” from the pulpits of the their mosques exhorting the attendees to go out an murder innocent people.
    It is time to end the charade; those that claim to be “Palestinians” have a country, it is called Jordan. If they want productive lives, they can go to Jordan, integrate into Jordanian society and live in peace. The idea that Israel must surrender the “occupied” territories is ludicrous at best.
    Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Obama have no right to make demands on Israel to cede land for peace. Sharron did it in Gaza and look what it gave Israel in return; thousands of rockets, missiles, and mortar rounds launched from the very area that they gave to the “Palestinians.”
    Benjamin Netanyahu said it best. “Take the weapons away from the Palestinians and there will be peace; take them away from Israel, and there would be no more Jews in the land.”

  2. These Arabs who refused to choose which country they wanted to be part of, are like illegal Mexican aliens who refuse to leave your property once they are given a choice of either going back to Mexico or go through nationalization and become a US citizen. They just don’t get it, but their not so clueless as to know which side their bread is buttered on. As long as they continue to remain unattached to either states, they get all this attention, and a lot of money I may add, and on top of it they get to attack Israel in the name of the Arab agenda. Even though they aren’t citizen’s of Jordan, which we could put pressure on Jordan to stop attacking Israel and they would have a actual nation Israel could bomb for attacking them, and have an actual nation they could go to war with, the Palestinian people remain unattached to neither Israel, which would make them erring nationals and could be rounded up and punished, they would be considered criminals. But instead these people are just, and appropriately named by Arafat, a terrorist organization, and that’s all they are. They made their decision and that is what the rest of the world is going to have to recognize first before they even begin to decide what to do with them. And they are going to have to be reminded that they made their decision to not become Israeli or Jordanian, so they are not a people of any nation. They cannot just claim to be Arabs and hince are part of the larger Arab nations. That’s not how being part of a state and hince be called somebody from somewhere. Palestinian’s have decided to be nobody from nowhere, just damn Arabs.

    If all that is the case Israel should have the right to go in with force and just PUT them where they want the Palestinian’s to be. Like the illegal Mexican aliens who refuse to leave the house you own, so you can sell it to someone who is legal and wants to buy it, you call the cops and have the removed. But to make that legal you first have to get a lawyer, in this case with Palestine you would have the UN, or someone who wants to take legal representation of them. So who would that be? Would it be this bogus terrorist organization that was “elected” to be their governing body, Hamas? Okay, they can be the legal body representing these people to the court, the UN. You want the Mexican’s removed legally so you would have to get a “eviction notice” verified by the court to be legal, because you have to show proof to the judge that you own the property, and in this case the Israeli’s can show ownership for three thousand years, and then the judge issues the eviction notice you give to the police. Now, the police are representing you and the courts in authorization to do their job.

    But since there is no police to enforce the eviction of the Palestinian’s it would have to be the Israeli’s. Or better yet, and would implicate the UN in actually doing what their charter says they are supposed to do, the UN sends in NATO troops into Gaza and evict the squatters, these people who continue to call themselves a name that no longer exists, Palestinian’s. So where do they go? They go to Jordan and they have to take care of them.

    But they better evict them quick though, because Arabs, Muslims breed like rats and before long there will be just to many for Jordan to absorb, and then what? I guess you could just nuke the Gaza and cut your losses, go in after the dust settles and bulldoze the mess into the ocean and start over with a clean Gaza. Then the Israeli’s could go back in there and rebuild it like it was when they handed it over to these no existant people.

  3. I hate the fact that Israel was more or less coerced into handing Gaza over to these non existant people, so they would have a “land” they could call their own. In reality the PLO really didn’t want this piece of land. They wanted the whole country of Israel and go back to what it was calle before 1948, so these people wouldn’t have to do anything but go back to doing what they were doing before the Israeli people decided they wanted their country back.

    I hate the fact that it’s the terrorists in the UN who think they have the authority to do anything with a sovereign country, Israel. But since it was the British who broke off the land East of the Jordan river and everything West of it was given back to the Israeli’s, once the Israeli people reclaimed the land and have been given national sovereignty, they are the only real country where these Arabs are living. They cannot just claim occupation of the land and like here in the US, “possession is 9/ 10ths of the law”, it seems to me that it’s the Israeli’s who posssess the land, not the so-called Palestinian’s. They must understand that it’s not the job of the UN to give them anything, because first they have to have something that belongs to them, and it doesn’t.

    And as far as Jerusalem is concerned, the only reason why there would be any contention is, the Dome of the Rock is there, and just so happens to be in the Holy Bible as the place where the end of the world is suppose to take place. I can’t recall what is supposed to happen in the Tora, and who gives a damn what it says in the Koran. We all know this stupid fairy tale about Muslims leader asending to Heaven where he met with God. What Bull. Not even Moses “met” with God, He showed him His backside and it almost killed Moses. So what could Muhammed have done in His presence? Be disintegrated? So the Dome of the Rock is going to have to go!!

    And, yes, I know what I am proposing, and it would start the end of the world.

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