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Palestinian Thanksgiving By: David Yeagley
FrontPageMagazine.com | Friday, November 25, 2005

Palestinians should be very grateful that Jews returned to Israel to recreate a Jewish nation. Otherwise, there wouldn’t even be a concept of a “Palestinian” state.

Many of the people calling themselves “Palestinians” have a pathological hatred for Israel simply because they are intimidated by modernity. The concept of a “state” is really quite beyond them. But they should be thankful, not frustrated, that they have Israel to imitate.


Before 1948, when the state of Israel was established, Palestine was an undefined and undeveloped land of thirsty shepherds. There were toxic swamp lands, deserts, and malaria. There was no political focus or expectation. Britain had assumed jurisdiction over the area of Syria, Jordon, and Palestine, after the Turkish “Ottoman” Empire was vanquished in 1916. Under the Sykes-Pico Agreement, Palestine became a British Mandate.


There had been no specific “nationality” in Palestine since the Jewish nation was crushed by the Romans in 70 A.D. For nearly two thousand years, the land of “Palestine” existed without national or even ethnic identity. Population was sparse, and primitive.


Jews had actually begun colonizing in Palestine in the 1880’s, attempting to rid the land of disease and waste areas. Development and revitalization, even then, attracted Arab immigrants. Poverty stricken Arabs in the region were attracted by employment opportunities and healthier living conditions. Many found a better life.


In 1923, Britain decided to divide the Palestine Mandate into “Trans-Jordan” (the portion east of the Jordan River), and “Palestine,” the area west of the Jordan River, bordering the Mediterranean. The Jews were given “Palestine,” and were not allowed in Trans-Jordan.


Trans-Jordan comprised 75 percent of the original Mandate, and it was given to Emir Abdullah, who was from Hejaz (now Saudi Arabia). Abdullah was not even an Arab-"Palestinian." Trans-Jordan was renamed “Jordan” in 1946. So, in fact, the area was renamed twice, apparently with the intent of disassociating it with “Palestine” altogether.


Britain had already looked favorably on the idea of a Jewish national homeland, and originally the entire Palestine Mandate was considered for that purpose. However, considering the surrounding Arab populations, it was determined that “Palestine” would suffice for the Jews. Trans-Jordon would be for the different Arabian peoples in the area.


But hate springs eternal, in the Arab world. The few remaining Arabian people in “Palestine” resisted the idea of a Jewish homeland. They began a reign of terrorism to drive out the Jews altogether. The infamous Hebron Massacres of 1929 were followed by the “Arab Revolt” of 1936-39.


Jews had to arm themselves. The Hagana was formed, and the Irgun (lead by Menachem Begin). These effective forces not only contained the loosely organized, generic Arab people—who were all Muslims, but also succeeded in ousting pro-Arab British forces. (Britain had needed Arab support during WWI and WWII, because Turkey sided with Germany. Therefore, British politicians acted pro-Arab.) By 1947, the United Nations took over the conflict, and divided Palestine itself into Jewish areas and Arab areas. The Arab peoples rejected the resolution (UN Resolution 181).


The Arabian people who came to Palestine have always wanted to drive out all Jewish people from the land. But Palestine was never their “land,” and there are no “Palestinian” people. There is no such thing. If there is, it is the Jews.


Even as late as 1975, the political head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization Farouk Kaddoumi declared that all Jews who had fled Arab countries after 1948 were invited to return to Palestine and to “exercise their full rights.” This was obviously a crass attempt to off-set the fact that Arab invitations to Arabs to come to Jewish Palestine were met with complacency and ignorance—even in 1975.


Musa Alami had written in 1949 that most of the Arabian people living in Palestine did not know the meaning of the word “nation.” They were in “great need of a myth” of nationality that would create for them “identity” and “respect.” (“Lessons of Palestine,” The Middle East Journal, 1949).


The so-called “Palestinians” owe everything they think they want to be to the Jews, whom they blindly imitate, and to the state of Israel. It’s all a cultural mime. The Arabian people there, most of whom immigrated from Trans-Jordan and Syria—bringing the highest birth rate in the world, are really just trying to compete with the Jews. (Their suicidal mass-murderers only show how deeply they have failed.)


In 2003, 43 percent of West Bank income came from “Palestinians” employed by Israelis. One would think 100,000 “Palestinians” would be more thankful.

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Dr. David A. Yeagley is a published scholar, professionally recorded composer, and an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Liberal Studies. He's on the speakers list of Young America's Foundation. E-mail him at badeagle2000@yahoo.com. View his website at http://www.badeagle.com.

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