The Myth of the Palestinian People


The Myth of the Palestinian People

The word, ‘Palestinian’ is a creation of modern political convenience, and has been hijacked by the Islamic Arabs to serve their own Islamic-religious-political agenda, without any historical grounds. Yet, despite historical evidence, the Islamic Arabs have been able to force the West, through stubborn intransigence, intimidation and even blackmail using oil embargoes, into conceding and recognising the Palestinians as the accepted occupiers of Palestine. A political, national entity of Palestine did not exist before 1948, yet Islamic Arabs were prepared to re-write history in order to achieve their aims of Islamic supremacy.

The Historical Dimension: Denying Jewish Rights Over the Land of Israel

Rewriting the history of the Land of Israel by erasing Jewish history and replacing it with a fabricated Palestinian history is a central theme of the Palestinian Authority. This odious fictitious history that ignores all historical documentation and knowledge is based on systematic distortions of both ancient and modern history.
* The Palestinian leaders claim that the Canaanites are their direct ancestors. According to Abu Mazen: “We said to him [Netanyahu], when he claimed the Jews have a historical right dating back to 3000 years BCE, we say that the nation of Palestine upon the land of Canaan had a 7000 year history. This is the truth that must be said: Netanyahu, you are incidental in history. We are the people of history. We are the owners of history.”
* Similarly, Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, Chairman of the Supreme Islamic Council of the Palestinian Authority, declared that Palestinians have roots in this land originating from earlier than 7,500 BCE and that Arab villages existed since the days of the Canaanites.
According to this myth, 6,000 years ago the Palestinians of Canaanite Palestine created human civilization that like the sun produced the light of the Islamic religion for the whole world. Thus, Palestinian history is from the period of the Canaanites, Edomites, Emorites, Midianites, Amalekites, through Ibrahim bin ‘Azar (biblical Abraham), and al-Khadir (Prophet Elijah). He goes on to claim that the Bible mentions Palestine and its people more than 250 times; that Jericho is a 10,000-year-old Palestinian city
* Not surprisingly, Hussein Abu Hussein, Israeli Arab attorney, addressed an Israeli judge in a court: “We Palestinians have Canaanite and Phoenician roots which are an integral part of our history, and you [Israelis] are new occupiers. There is no proof, in spite of all the digs you have done in Palestine by your archaeologists, who until today have not found one proof of their connection to this homeland.”
The Land of Israel has witnessed many conquerors over the course of its history, but in the last two thousand years, since the People of Israel went into exile, no political entity was established in the Land of Israel, ***until the modern Jewish State of Israel was established in 1948. There has never been a Palestinian state or a Palestinian people, no Palestinian political system or institutions, and no archaeological finding of anything Palestinian.

The name ‘Filastīn‘ that Arabs today use for ‘Palestine’ is not an Arabic name. The Roman emperor Hadrian wanted to erase the name of Israel and Judah from that territory by referring to the extinct people called ‘Philistines.’ In the religious and political literature, it appears only as ‘Philistia,‘ originating from the Hebrew source ‘Pleshet.‘ The Latin spelling of the name was ‘Palæstina.’ ‘Palestine’ does not appear in any ancient document or in other ancient languages, such as Assyrian, Persian, Ugarit, Greek, Roman and Latin sources. It is never mentioned in any Hebrew or Christian Scriptures. Even throughout Arab-Islamic history, it never existed either in the Arabic language or in the Islamic Shari’āh and other scriptures.
The new Arabic name, ‘Filastīn,’ was not adopted from the Latin word Palæstina, but rather from the 20th century British English word ‘Palestine,’ with its Arabic translation, ‘Filastīn,‘ and the Hebrew translation, ‘Paleshtina (Eretz-Yisrael).’ There is no etymological meaning or identity of the name ‘Filastine.‘
Of course, the British could have chosen other names for the territory, even a neutral one like the ‘Holy Land.’ They could have also chosen the name Jupiter. In that case, would we now be hearing of a Jupiterian Arab people fighting to liberate its Jupiterian Arab land? ‘Palestinian,’ is a modern political creation, without any historic or ethnic or cultural grounds.
Historically, there is no mention of ‘Filastīn’ as an independent, legitimate and recognized cultural-territorial unit, a political entity ruled and governed by a ‘Palestinian People.’ The local population throughout Islamic history was ruled by outside imperial powers without any unique political identification. From the last four hundred years of the Ottoman Empire rule, the territory was known as part of Greater Syria (Bilād al-Shām). Even a unique local Arabic dialect does not exist. The local population used the Syrian, Egyptian and mainly the Bedouin accents. Last, but not least, there is no ‘Palestinian’ archaeology, no important sites, no historical monuments, no literature, no coins, and no documentation of the social, economic and political history.
This is the reason why the ‘Palestinians’ cling to the Canaanite history. They have nothing on which to base claims about the beginning of Islamic rule on the territory and therefore have adopted the Canaanite version. However, this is not only a pure fabrication and a twist of history, but also a falsification of science and human knowledge. The Canaanites were the descendants of Canaan, who was a son of Ham, the brother of Shem. They spoke a West Semitic language very similar to ancient Hebrew but not to the Arabic language. They were composed of various tribes within a tribal alliance system, yet never constituted a unified political framework.
The so-called Palestinians have nothing to do with the Canaanites. They are Arab newcomers, mostly Bedouins, from the neighbouring territories, with no genealogical or clan-tribal ingredients. The Canaanites ceased to exist after the 8th century BCE and were mostly assimilated into the Jewish people during the First Jewish Kingdom. If the Palestinians were Canaanites in origin, they would probably have been Jews, speaking Hebrew, and familiar with the Jewish lineage in the land. If the Palestinians were Philistines, they would not have demanded this territory, but rather the Aegean Islands, and perhaps they would be speaking Modern Greek. If the Palestinians were Phoenicians, they would have demanded modern-day Lebanon.
Moreover, the Palestinians claims go against Islamic history. Not only do the Islamic Scriptures recognize the unique Jewish claims to the Land of Israel (5:21; 7:137; 17:104), but there is no reference whatsoever to any Palestinian people dwelling on any land called Filastīn during any part of Islamic history until the 20th century. The Qur’ān declares that the Jews are the chosen people, exalted among the nations of the world (2:47; 44:32). The Qur’ān clearly mentions the Jews (Bani Isrāīl) as the only owners of the Land of Israel, which is al-Ard al-Muqaddasah; al-Ard al-Mubarakah; Ard Bani Isrāīl (the sacred land; the blessed land; the land of the People of Israel). Also, the Jewish First and Second Kingdoms existed but were punished by Allah (17:104-7).


There is without a doubt that the Palestinians with the full support of the rest of the Arab world were determined to rewrite history, the history of the Palestinians. The Palestinians were prepared to kill, lobe rockets, send suicide martyrs to Israel, lobby the UN and the EU, and even use the Oil embargo to blackmail the EU into recognising a false recent migrant population from ***Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, North Africa, as the ancient and hereditary inheritors of the land of Palestine, when in fact Palestinian was a creation of British occupancy in 1948.

If a peoples, the Palestinians, can be so unscrupulous as to alter history in order to achieve their Islamic aims, then how can they ever be trusted in anything by non-Muslims. A two state solution has been proposed in order to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Arabs, but to the Palestinians, it is not a matter of land or of buildings, it is a matter of Islamic doctrine to eliminate the Jews from what they perceive as Islamic lands. It is not Islamic lands as discussed above. But here is part of the Palestinian Hamas manifesto: which is also in the Fatah manifesto:

‘The land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf [Holy Possession]

consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgment Day. No one

can renounce it or any part, or abandon it or any part of it.’

(Article 11)

‘Palestine is an Islamic land… Since this is the case, the

Liberation of Palestine is an individual duty for every Moslem

wherever he may be.’ (Article 13)

Hence it is obvious, no agreement with the Islamists is possible, ever. It is a religious doctrine.

[1] Palestinian Myths:


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