This is done in a myriad of ways and has been ongoing at least since Arafat told a slack-jawed Bill Clinton that Solomon's temple was never in Jerusalem, but here, there, or elsewhere somewhere within the Arab world, probably Iraq. Since that time we've been told that Jews have no historical connection to ancient Jewish land, this despite the sciences of anthropology and archeology which tend, for some crazy reason, to disagree with Mahmoud Abbas despite his PhD dissertation denying the Holocaust.
One of the biggest lies, of course, is that the Palestinians are an ancient people who have lived on that land since time immemorial. Zach of the Huffington Post Monitor gives us a current example in his discussion of Ru Freeman's latest article.
The people of Palestine have undergone centuries of external pressure if not always occupation -- from the Israelite, the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Iraqi, Egyptian, Turkish and British forces to name a few -- and history has proved that, when push came to shove, the Palestinian voice was repeatedly silenced. Nobody asked them for their thoughts when Theodor Hertzl advocated for a Jewish State...
And Zach responds:
Quick question. Who exactly does Ms. Freeman think "the Palestinians" are? Is she not aware that they are the descendants of the Arab armies who invaded in the 700s? Because they are, and will proudly tell you of their brotherhood with their fellow Arabs. So as usual it is ironic that she says the Israelites "occupied Palestine" before it even was Palestine, and therefore occupied the Palestinian Arabs, even though there were no Palestinian Arabs there to occupy. Her writing indicates a level of ignorance or a level of dishonesty that is unusual even by Huffington Post standards.
Unfortunately, this level of ignorance or dishonesty is all too common in I-P discourse as a whole. In fact, one cannot even discuss the history of the Palestinian people with anything like honesty because to do so immediately places one in opposition to Political Correctness and the multicultural ideal which insists that politics must trump historical fact.
Here is an historical fact. The Palestinians did not even become the Palestinians until somewhere between the last third and the last quarter of the last century.
This is one of those little facts that no one is supposed to acknowledge. The truth is that from the end of the nineteenth century through until 1948 the "Palestinians" referred to the Jews of Palestine, not the Arabs. The Arabs in fact rejected that term precisely because it did refer to the Jews. It was not until the 1960s that the Arabs of that area began in large numbers to call themselves "Palestinians."
The Palestinians did not emerge as a coherent group until Yassir Arafat conjured them up in the middle of the 1960s. Before that they were simply the local Arab population. Some of their ancestors came from the area around Israel, but many of their ancestors came from all over the Arab world. We know that there were high rates of Arab immigration into Palestine throughout the early part of the twentieth century because Jewish industriousness provided employment.
From all over the Arab world they came. From Egypt and Syria and Jordan and Iraq. Just as many Jews immigrated into Palestine from both Europe and other parts of the Middle East, so Arabs from throughout the region migrated toward the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. And what that means is that only an unknown percentage of Palestinians are actually descended from people who lived in the region during earlier periods.
This is an historical fact and, yet, it is entirely taboo to discuss.
Understand, of course, that I am not claiming that the Palestinians are not a people. Palestinian nationality, like most nationalities, was born from conflict. It was out of the Arab ambition to reinstate subjugation of the Jews as dhimmis, and through our new-found willingness to defend ourselves, that the Palestinian people were born as "Palestinians."
That they are Palestinian now should not be in doubt.
But let us not lie about the history, here. The Arabs of what was the British mandate have formed themselves a national identity. Sure, it's a brand-spanking-new national identity, but a national identity it is.
But when their leadership tells us that the Palestinians have been living on that land for seven thousand years or nine thousand years or millions upon millions of years making them "the master's of history" we are under no obligation to condescend to such laughable nonsense.
Nor should we.