Palestine - The Big Lie

Sharon Nader Sloan
December 15, 2001

"The West Bank is occupied Palestinian land." This phrase is frequently repeated, as a given, by all the governments of the world and by the entire  news media.

This idea that the West Bank is occupied Palestinian land has been accepted by almost everyone. Yet it is, in fact, the greatest lie ever perpetrated on  the whole of humanity.  If you think this is an outlandish statement, please read on and decide for yourself.

Palestinians claim that Palestine is their land, and that Jerusalem is their  capital, and that Israel is occupying their land. To resist occupation, they  assert the right to send suicide bombers into crowded bus stations, pizza  parlors, etc., and kill innocent men, women and children.  And all Arab and  Muslim countries support them in their claims and actions against Israel.

Because of this alleged occupation of Palestinian land by Israel, because of  this alleged crime committed against their Palestinian brothers, all Arabs  hate Israel and want to destroy it.

To anyone who is familiar with the facts, and has an objective eye, all this  must be fascinating because never before has a complete lie, on such a  large scale, been so successful.

First, if Arab animosity toward Israel is based on their love and support for  their Palestinian brothers and in wanting their Palestinian brothers to  have their own state, where was that love and support before the Jewish  state existed?  Where were they when the kingdom of Jordan ruled Palestine?  Why  were they not accusing Jordan of occupying Palestinian land?  Why did not the  Arab world and the United Nations call on Jordan to stop occupying  Palestinian land?  Second, where were the Palestinians themselves, with all their grievances and claims, when Jordan occupied the whole West Bank, including Jerusalem?

Did you know that? Did you know that for 19 years, Jordan occupied and ruled  the whole West Bank, including Jerusalem? Why didn't they clamor for a  Palestinian state then?

All this time, did we hear a word about Palestine being occupied by the kingdom of Jordan? Did we hear anything about a Palestinian state? Or about  Jerusalem being the capital of Palestine?

No, we did not.

Why not?

Because there never existed a Palestinian state.

And in the entire history of nations, Jerusalem was never the capital of any  country other than that of ancient Israel and modern Israel. So how can  there be a claim on Jerusalem as the capital of a state that never existed?

One of the problems here is that so few people know the history of the world.  Hence, lies and more lies, repeated often enough, are assumed to be facts.

I have heard many scholars, including an Arab journalist, question the very notion of a Palestinian people.  What, they ask, makes a people? Well, there  are four elements that define a people: language, religion, culture and  cuisine. For example, the Chinese and Japanese are both Oriental. Still, they  are two different peoples, because they each have a different language, a  different religion, a different culture and a different cuisine.

The Palestinians speak the same language, follow the same religion, manifest  the same culture and eat the same cuisine as all other Arabs. They are  really Arabs who happen to live in a region called Palestine.

Palestine is not and never was the name of a country, or the name of a people.

It is the name of a region.  Just like Siberia is a region, not a country.  There is no Siberian country, nor is there a Siberian people. It is a  region. Just like the Sahara is a region, not a country. There is no Saharan country, nor is there a Saharan people. The Arabs living in that region are Libyans, Moroccans, etc. It is a region.

Because Palestine is a region, not a country, England was able to carve out half of it and give it to the Arabs living on the other side of the Jordan  River and call it the kingdom of Jordan. Because Palestine is a region, the  United Nations was able to divide the rest of it between the Jews and the Arabs  living there. Had the Arabs accepted the United Nations resolution, there  would have been a
newly created Arab state called Palestine. Instead, they  rejected the United Nations compromise and went to war to destroy Israel. They lost the war. Hence, no Palestinian state.

Here are some cold facts:

King David built the city of Jerusalem, and King Solomon, David's son, built  the holy temple. This commonwealth of Israel lasted for a thousand years.  There was only one break, when, 400 years after King David, the Babylonian  invaders occupied the land for 70 years. Then, with the help of Cyrus the Great  of Persia, yes, Persia, Israel came back to the land, rebuilt the temple and ruled for another 600 years.

Then, the Romans came and ruled the land, then the Crusaders ruled the land,  then the Ottoman Empire ruled the land, then the British Empire ruled the  land, then Israel returned to its homeland and built a modern Jewish state.  It was never, repeat, never a Palestinian state.

So what is all this talk about occupied Palestinian land?

They certainly have a right to live there freely and happily. Nobody wants to  move them away from their land. But from where comes the right for a  Palestinian state? Is it because they live there?

Imagine if the Mexican American community in California, whose numbers are greater than the number of Palestinians in the West Bank, decides tomorrow  to claim that the United States is occupying their land, because they live  there and they want their own Mexican state. Imagine if, when the U.S.  government says, "No, you can live here, but you cannot have sovereignty,  you cannot have your own state," they start sending suicide bombers,  shooters, mortars, etc. into the rest of the country. What do you think would happen?

This is precisely why there was never any suggestion of a Palestinian state, not under the Romans, not under the Crusaders, not under the Turks, not  under the English and not under the Arab kingdom of Jordan until after Israel was again established in its homeland.

I believe it is the big lie of our generation, and we are all buying into it.

Whatever you believe, don't you think these facts deserve to be raised when discussing Middle East policies? 

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