Who are the Palestinians? Where did the Arabs of Palestine come from? Are they a separate people, historically different from other Arabs?
Did the Jewish influx improve the job opportunities, health care,
standard of living, infrastructure, which made Palestine an attractive
place for Arabs, who would later immigrate to Palestine?
The truth is that Palestine is no more real than Never-Never Land. ... Palestine has never existed ...as an autonomous entity. It was ruled alternately by Rome, byI sl a m i c andCh r i st i a n crusaders, by the
WhenJe w s began to immigrate to Palestine in large numbers in 1882, fewer than 250,000Ar a b s lived there, and the majority of them had arrived in recent decades. Palestine was never an
exclusivelyAr a b country, althoughAr a b i c gradually became the
language of most the population after theMu sl i m invasions of the
seventh century. No independentAr a b orPa l e st i n i a n state ever
existed in Palestine. When the distinguishedAr a b-American historian,
That all this is unadulterated fiction has not prevented many
governments from accepting it. Nor has it deterred pundits from
upbraidingI sr a e l for failing to "give back"Pa l e st i n i a n land.
WorldW a r I, neglecting to mention that there has been a substantial and continuousJe w i sh presence in the land for over three thousand years, and a steadyJe w i sh majority inJe r u sa l e m . Nor do they care to remember that when, after World War II , the General Assembly proposed to partition Palestine, this followed an earlier (1922) and
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