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Tuesday, August 10, 2004

"At first they were Shepherds . . . When they reached Palestine, they had no knowledge or culture"

PA Historians: Israel's biblical history> Arab Muslim history
from Palestinian Media Watch, via IMRA

. . . creative historical revisionism is not new in the PA. Denying the thousands of years of Jewish connection to the Land of Israel, coupled with the invention of "Palestinian" history of thousands of years, have always been of supreme importance to the Palestinian Authority.

The PA is struggling with the challenge of creating a Palestinian national identitywhen no Palestinian national history exists. Even the term Palestine" historically had nothing to do with Arab identity, and most of the population only migrated in the last century after the improved living conditions and work opportunities brought about by the Zionist movement.

Thus, incessant denial of Israel's history and right to exist, and the invention of a PA history have been backbones of PA indoctrination andeducation for years.

In the broadcast last week on PA TV the following are some of the mainpoints of the"history".

  1. The Hebrews of the Bible have no connection to the Jews today.
  2. The Hebrews of the Bible were Arabs.
  3. The Prophets of the Bible were Muslims.
  4. Biblical King Solomon was a Muslim Prophet.
  5. Solomon's Temple was not built by Israelites but by Arab Canaanites.
  6. The Canaanites are the forefathers of the Palestinians
  7. The Bible is legends based on what Jews imagined and not on history.
  8. The Jews today are descendents of a 13 th Century Khazar tribe withno history in the Land of Israel.
  9. The location of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is a Zionist invention.
  10. Zionism is Racism.

The following are selections from the discussion on PA TV. (The historians - Dr. Jarir Al-Qidwah, Head of the PA Public Library and Arafat's Advisor on Education; Dr. Issam Sissalem, Senior Historian and Educational TV host, former head of History Dept. of PA University; Moderator: Mohammed Albaz.)

PA TV, Aug. 2, 2004

Albaz: "Where did the story of Solomon's Temple come from?"

Al-Qidwa: "Solomon's Temple, I believe, was built by the Canaanites who were the neighbors of the Israelis, the Israelites... I want to stateseveral words clearly: the Bible became an archival document, not representing what the Israelis and the first Jews were, but what they thought they were, what they imagined. The Temple is the fruit of their imagination. In any case, when our nation or our Canaanite forefathers cameto Palestine, they built the Temple. a temple in Jerusalem"

Al-Qidwa: "These Jews, [after being conquered by Rome] were dispersed ...among many nations. The last, after many hundreds of years, the KhazarJews, [are the ones] who live in Palestine [ie, Israel] today. When thesepeople started to write the Bible they found that it was written in a[foreign] language... when they reached Palestine they had no knowledge or culture."

Albaz: "And without any historical or other link [to the land]."

Al-Qidwa: "And without any historical or other link... At first they were Shepherds. When they needed agricultural instruments, they went to theCanaanite cities to buy metal rods and knives and other things."

Sissalem: "About the Jews of Khazar... they had a state [in the Kavkaz(Caucasia)] and it was destroyed by the Vladimir Family and the Mongolianattack, that invaded them in the 13 th century. They dispersed in seclusion in ghettos, in what is called Russia, Ukraine, and Poland, and came to us[to Israel] in the 19th century, with false Zionist claims based on legends."

More at Palestinian Media Watch. ~ Kol hakavod to PMW director, Itamar Marcus.

This is a "public relations" slam dunk, since most people -even Jews themselves- have little or no historical or biblical knowledge to begin with. Talk about an existential threat . . . if the Iranian nukes don't get us, this very well might.