Arab Historian Admits there is No Palestinian People

When the Ottoman rule ended, there was no Palestinian national identity or political borders. It was all made up later. Arabs themselves say so, but the west isn’t listening

The founding of Tel Aviv 1909 (GPO)

One of the biggest, most stubborn and costliest untruths of our time is the notion that the jihad waged by Arabs in the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Gaza against Jews in Israel is a national struggle of an indigenous people for independence.

No matter the facts, the lie persists to the tune of billions of dollars in international aid and political prestige, which makes it increasingly difficult for anyone involved to admit that the whole thing is nothing more than a propaganda stunt.

Unlike the fairy tale of ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’, everyone pretends to be blind and deaf when it is pointed out that the emperor is naked. In fact, if the emperor himself were to stand up and yell, ‘I am naked folks, go home!’ the crowd would go on complimenting his non-existent garments.

Last week the naked emperor did just that:

“Before the Balfour Promise, when the Ottoman rule [1517-1917] ended, Palestine’s political borders as we know them today did not exist, and there was nothing called a Palestinian people with a political identity as we know today”, historian Abd Al-Ghani admitted on official PA TV on November 1.

“Since Palestine’s lines of administrative division stretched from east to west and included Jordan and southern Lebanon, and like all peoples of the region [the Palestinians] were liberated from the Turkish rule and immediately moved to colonial rule, without forming a Palestinian people’s political identity.”

In 1917, says this Arab historian on official PA TV, there was no such thing as a Palestinian people. This statement amounts to saying that the whole narrative of an ‘indigenous Palestinian people’ was made up at a later point in time.

As Hamas Minister of the Interior and of National Security Fathi Hammad speaking on Al-Hekma TV said in March 2012: “Brothers, half of the Palestinians are Egyptians and the other half are Saudis. Who are the Palestinians? We have many families called Al-Masri, whose roots are Egyptian. Egyptian! They may be from Alexandria, from Cairo, from Dumietta, from the North, from Aswan, from Upper Egypt. We are Egyptians…”

There is a reason, why the “Palestinian National Museum” is empty of historical artifacts.

The Arab historian’s admission corroborates the observations of 19th century travelers to the region, who notably had no specific political agenda when they visited, unlike so many visitors to Israel today:

”Outside the gates of Jerusalem, we saw indeed no living object, heard no living sound”, wrote French poet Alphonse de Lamartine about his visit in 1835.

”The country is in a considerable degree empty of inhabitants and therefore its greatest need is that of a body of population.” wrote British Consul James Finn in his 1857 description of the Holy Land.

”Palestine sits in a sackcloth and ashes. Over it broods the spell of a curse that withered its fields and fettered its energies. …Palestine is desolate and unlovely….It is a hopeless dreary, heartbroken land.” wrote American author Mark Twain in his description of his visit in 1867.

Nevertheless, the Arab propaganda machine gets away with publishing fantastic falsehoods, such as this one on the Palestinian Authority’s tourism website: “With a history that envelops more than one million years, Palestine has played an important role in human civilization. The crucible of prehistoric cultures, it is where settled society, the alphabet, religion, and literature developed, and would become a meeting place for diverse cultures and ideas that shaped the world we know today”.

The international community not only approves of these falsehoods, it happily pays for them.

Historian Abd Al-Ghani’s declaration on PA TV was a historic, highly newsworthy admission that ought to have made the headlines everywhere, considering the importance the issue is given by political leaders, diplomats, the media and other establishment figures all over the world.

After all, if the Arabs themselves admit that the ‘Palestinian people’ is an invented entity, should not the consequence be that the countless UN projects, billions of dollars in international aid, and the endless campaigns against Israel cease and be used for more noble purposes?

The answer is yes, but no one is paying attention.

We live in a post-factual world. Facts no longer have any currency, unlike feelings and ideological posturing. The truth has been reduced to a troublesome inconvenience and if it happens to stare you in the face, nothing could be easier than closing your eyes or simply looking away.


Judith Bergman is a columnist and political analyst

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18 comments on the article

  1. Judith, an excellent op-ed with amazing news. It makes me wonder how Al-Ghani stated the truth on the Palestinian Authority TV without having shoes thrown at him. He is certainly a very brave man. Hope he is not wiped out.

  2. This article is VERY IMPORTANT, it needs wide exposure. Somehow we have to keep telling our truth until IT BECOMES THE TRUTH. Not the lie being the truth.

  3. The truth is important. In defence of average Americans, it is a busy, very culturally rich and diverse lifestyle, it is difficult to keep up with how much knowledge we have access to in any then day. I , myself, in my interest in the sciences, and then trying to keep up with current events, find my time stretched to its limits. But this matter, as one person online put it, the ‘fakestinians’ , is important. The Arabs practice in culturally condoned fraud called TAQIYYA, it is where the expression’carprtbaggers’ comes from, long ago , on the sdilk road, Arabs sold rugs, and would cheat the customers, hence a famoe for being con artists. The American people need to be educated to this part of world history. They have the right to know and the moral responsibility to be aware.

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  5. A Two Citizenships Solution vs. a Jewish-Arab State >>

    The number of Arabs and Jews living west of the Jordan River is approximately the same.
    Arab autonomy in Palestine exists for more than 20 years, on the territory of the Gaza Strip and in zones A and B.
    All Jews were expelled from there long ago.
    A two states solution is meaningless without changing citizenship of Israeli Arabs.
    Israeli Arabs obtained Israeli citizenship illegally and against international law.
    In 1952, Jews rashly presented the Arabs with Israeli citizenship.
    Unfortunately, Israel long ago became a bi-national , it’s an incubator for Arab people.
    Arabs hate Jewish state. This can lead to events such as those that occur in Syria.
    Jews will not survive in a bi-national state.
    Israel must stop to impose Israeli citizenship to the hostile nation.

    Immediately after the establishment of a new Arab state west of the Jordan River ( or return Jordanian rule ), the Arabs of Haifa, Nazareth, Lod, Galilee, Negev, Jerusalem etc. must become citizens of their new (old) state.
    If the Jews do not want to continue to live in a bi-national state, and within a generation become a minority in Israel, they must prepare for a referendum (as in Scotland) based on the UN resolution to divide Palestine for Jews and Arabs.

    Fatah-Hamas government requires land free of Jews.
    Therefore, Israeli demands are legitimate and forced:
    1. To divide National Insurance for Jews and Arabs, by forming the funds from taxes collected separately from Jews and Arabs.
    2. To employ only the Arabs, who will replace Israeli citizenship to the status of Israel’s residents.
    3. Deductions from wages ( income tax and health tax) of Arab residents to transfer to the Palestinian Authority , of course along with responsibility for health, education , jobs and pensions to all Arabs who wish to remain in Israel.

    It’s possible to separate from the Arabs according to law, as the Irish and the British, as the Czechs and the Slovaks or as the Greeks and the Turks in Cyprus . First to separate economically and then geographically.
    Palestinian-Jordanian citizenship to the Arabs, Israeli citizenship to the Jews.
    Two Nations – Two States – Two Citizenships !
    The only sustainable long term solution is:
    The Arabs should be ruled by the Arab administration and the Jews should be governed by the Jewish government.

  6. Great article. And the conclusion is so true: with so much political & financial capital invested in this concocted derivation, no Western politician or journalist would dare to admit it openly. But the simple fact is, the very same forces that led to systemic persecution of Jews for 1700 years in Europe, allows a simple lie to be played out so neatly by Arabs.

  7. In 1917, says this Arab historian on official PA TV, there was no such thing as a Palestinian people. The year must be wrong,there was no TV in perhaps you should correct it?

    1. There was no PA either in 1917. Therefore, notice there is a comma after 1917, indicating a pause in the sentence with a jump to the fact that the historian is relating the following information on PA TV today.

  8. Love your work, Judith. I am a former mitna dev and “used to” have pro-Israel op-eds printed regularly in Vermont dailies from the seventies until two years ago but since less responsible and younger pro-Palestine editors have taken over, my efforts have been silenced since these are private papers. Working on a piece regarding Israel/Palestine and Jerusalem right now for another paper, and have found great stuff in your piece.

  9. As a pro Israel political activist I find that armed with this kind of output is one of the best arguments one can have when debating with those who truly believe in the anthropological miracle of the Palestinians.
    Is there any way we can get this article circulated in the wider media – I cannot imagine that the BBC would ever post such a damning article on the Palestinian issue but do we the nous to somehow get this to a much wider audience.
    It’s a pity too that the article does not contain the statements of the Arab historian Professor Philip Hitti who in 1947 wrote ‘ There is no such thing as Palestine in history’. Furthermore it would have been excruciating for the pro Palestinians to read the ststements of the ex PLO terrorist Walid Shoesbat and the damning statement of Zuhair Mushsin in his article in Dutch newspaper Der Trouw in 1977. Too long to print here but both worth noting as they completely verify that the Palestinian cause has nothing to do with anything but a land grab and that Palestinians never existed pre 1967.