Palestinian Arab Museum that “Rewrites” History Funded by the West (VIDEO)Part of the delegitimization effort among Israel's enemies is the theft of Jewish heritage by the Palestinian-Arabs, as well as the fabrication of a Palestinian-Arab history that does not exist. If you go to the Heritage Theft tab at the top of the screen you will find a number of articles on the topic, but I hope to focus more on this question going forward because it is clearly not getting nearly the attention that it deserves.
Palestinian Authority officials on Thursday joined a ceremony to lay the cornerstone for a new museum of “Palestinian culture, history and society” in Birzeit near Ramallah.
“The museum will not only be for Palestinians but will reach out to the whole world through an advanced digital network,” project manager Omar al-Qattan said as ground was broken on the new venture.
“It will be more than a traditional building with archaeological relics. We are looking at an institution that will transcend all boundaries — geographical and political,” he added.
In a video celebrating the museum’s launch the claim is made that Palestine was home to “one of the most infuential [sic] cultures the world has ever seen” but that the fabric of the nation was torn apart by “dispossession” and “forced exile” in the 20th century.
The truth of the matter, of course, is that there was no distinct and separate Arab nation that went by the name "Palestinian" until the end of the twentieth century. That is not a matter of opinion, but of historical fact. There have been Arabs on Jewish land for centuries, of course, but they identified along religious, tribal, and family lines, not a distinct ethnic line with a distinct culture. To say otherwise is simply to lie about history. In fact, it's questionable if the Palestinian-Arabs represent a distinct "nation" even today. If they are a distinct nation, they are a distinct nation that is identical to the other Arabs in the region in all the ways that count. They share the same food, the same language, the same religion, the same traditions, so it becomes exceedingly difficult to conclude that they are somehow different.
Furthermore, if they are a distinct nationality they are a nationality that came into being for the sole purpose of destroying the Jewish national home. This being the case, it becomes rather difficult to respect any allegedly distinct Palestinian-Arab culture.
And, needless to say, if some local Arabs were dispossessed of their homes during Israel's War for Independence that is entirely because they launched a civil war against the Jews at the end of November, 1948, only a few years after the Holocaust. The Arabs fought Jewish women and Holocaust survivors, yet they still got beat and now they want to pretend that they were merely innocent victims of those vicious, militaristic and racist Holocaust survivors.
In any case, heritage theft is a vile tactic that we need to counter in any way we can.
If they want to lie about our history, we'll tell the truth about theirs.