We Don’t have to Accept the Palestinian Lie

Jerusalem Post January 1965
Jerusalem Post January 1965

If some people believe the earth is flat, do we have to agree?  Most would say no.  What if it hurts their feelings if you don’t agree?  Again, many would say no.  What if there are millions of people who believe the earth is flat and they become violent if you don’t agree, what then?  The answer may become murky, perhaps out of fear, or from feeling outnumbered.  Once that happens, it is no longer about truth.

Most people today believe in the existence of a “Palestinian” people.  Yet, when I lived in Israel 1964-1965 there were no Palestinians.  There were Jews and Arabs, as they called themselves at the time, but no Palestinians. Why is it so different now?

Those who study history understand that many Arabs who claim “Palestinian” indigeneity actually descend from Arabs who immigrated to Israel before the state was established. They were drawn by economic and health improvements brought by Jewish settlement.  According to the British census in 1931, the Muslims in the mandate spoke languages from their area of origin: Afghan, Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian, Circassian, Kurdish, Persian, Sudanese and Turkish.  Why is such a diverse group now considered to be a unique people?

The answer is that the “Palestinian” construct is no accident.  The idea of “Palestinians” was invented by Muslim Brotherhood’s Yasir Arafat and Soviet operatives in 1964.  They created the Palestinian Liberation Organization, whose draft charter demanded annihilation of Jews and the obliteration of Israel, a religious jihad.   The Soviet KGB convinced Arafat to leave that wording out and replace it with descriptions of an oppressed population seeking liberation, a struggle for human rights, a quest for self determination.  The latter language would be better accepted, and even embraced, by the West.  And so, the psychological manipulation of the Western mind, and even Israelis, began.

The success of Arafat’s campaign, reinforced by never-ending terrorism, is evident in the broad acceptance of the “Palestinian” invention in the West.  Three recent incidents come to mind.

There appears to be a concerted effort, especially in academia, to change the name of Israel to “Israel/Palestine.”  A local university Jewish leader recently explained that this new name is a good way to acknowledge that hundreds of thousands of “Palestinians” believe Judea/Samaria is their land.

In another instance, a Jewish leader at another local university invited the Israeli group Roots to speak to Jewish students.  She was pleased that one of the speakers, whom she called a “West Bank Zionist settler” said that he should accept the “Palestinian” narrative so that “Palestinians” would accept his own Jewish heritage and history.  What kind of logic dictates that one must accept a lie in order to encourage others to accept truth?

Next, a strongly Zionist student who just graduated from high school in Israel, spoke of “Palestinians” without questioning the existence of such a people.  He was shocked to learn that Arafat was born in Egypt, in 1929 before Israel ever existed.

Even the brightest of human minds are subject to manipulation and propaganda.  Emotion often overtakes reason. However, a lie told a million times over is still a lie.

Those who intend to erase Jews, Jewish history and the Jewish state of Israel are working overtime to create a unique “Palestinian” heritage full of victimhood at the hands of Jews— but we don’t have to accept that fantasy.  We don’t have to accept a lie that was created for the express purpose of our destruction.  It’s time to stand up for the truth, the full and complete historical truth before it is erased forever.

About the Author
Amy Rosenthal lived in Israel as a child. She is a physician and former faculty at Duke University. She is also a Co-Founder of the North Carolina Coalition for Israel. She is appalled to see the rise in anti-Israel Jew hatred on campus.