Lost in the uproar over GOP Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich‘s claim that Palestinians are a made-up people is the fact that he’s absolutely right. I’ll go further and state that not only are the Palestinians a made-up people but their plight is a largely made up problem. There has never, ever been a Palestinian Kingdom, Royalty, or Government; except for that which currently “governs” the Palestinian territories around Jerusalem and Gaza.
I’ll bet my mortgage that most Americans are completely oblivious to the true story behind the “Palestinians”.
A League of Nations mandate required the establishment of a new, separate, Palestinian nationality for the inhabitants of the Ottoman territories East of Jerusalem in 1917. Upon the creation of Israel and the subsequent Arab-Israeli War of 1948 a “Palestinian Exodus” occurred.
What’s important to note is that it was a voluntary exodus for the country that had been established, Israel. Neighboring countries Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Egypt then and now have most of the world’s Palestinians, these people without a nation. Palestinians actually make up more than half of Jordan’s population of over 3-million people.
But most significant in their plight is despite being Arab, Arab speaking, and Muslim like the indigenous populations of these neighboring countries none of their host nations have welcomed the Palestinians.
More than 60 years since the Exodus these Palestinians and their descendants live in tents and are not allowed citizenship in their host countries. They are not allowed to own land, vote, or in any way live as their brethren. You have to ask yourselves, why? What would happen if these Arab countries granted full citizenship and rights to a people who have lived in their lands for over 60 years? Well…the problem would go away…wouldn’t it? And then Arab’s would be forced to find some other reason to hate Jews and Israel.
I find Gingrich’s strong and truthful statements about Palestinians refreshing. Gingrich hasn’t said he doesn’t want peace in the Middle East. On the contrary, he has just been particularly strong in condemning the rain of rockets that continually fall on Israel. Were it happening daily in the United States, say…along the Mexican border, would you be any less “strong” in your condemnation of it? We’ve tried placating them for over 30 years. Perhaps telling the truth and calling them what they actually are will lead us to what everyone wants. Peace.
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- Arab League: Gingrich Comment Racist, Cheap Stunt (huffingtonpost.com)
- Palestinians Bristle At Gingrich Comments – NPR (npr.org)
- Gingrich Didn’t Recognise Palestinians as a Nation (02varvara.wordpress.com)
- Palestine Is A Myth…Even Newt Acknowleges It (nukegingrich.com)
- Arab League condemns Newt Gingrich’s Palestinian stance (telegraph.co.uk)