Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Gingrich calls Palestinians an "invented" people: History proves he is dead wrong and that there will never be a peaceful 2 state solution
Muslims of Palestine are largely descendents of Christians and Jews of the southern Levant. The Southern Levant roughly encompasses Palestine, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, along with the modern sovereign states of Israel, Jordan and the southern parts of Lebanon and Syria. We are talking all the way back to prehistoric times people. Where the hell does Gingrich get that divisive war mongering information from? It is no wonder the Arabs support a Palestinian State!
Gingrich calls Palestinians an "invented" people: Gingrich differed with official U.S. policy that respects the Palestinians as a people deserving of their own state based on negotiations with Israel. "Remember, there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire" until the early 20th century, Gingrich said.
"I think that we've had an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs, and who were historically part of the Arab community. And they had a chance to go many places, and for a variety of political reasons we have sustained this war against Israel now since the 1940s, and it`s tragic," he said.
Palestinian people 'invented'?: Those remarks drew a swift rebuke from a spokesperson for the American Task Force on Palestine, Hussein Ibish, who said "there was no Israel and no such thing as an 'Israeli people' before 1948.""So the idea that Palestinians are 'an invented people' while Israelis somehow are not is historically indefensible and inaccurate. Such statements seem to merely reflect deep historical ignorance and an irrational hostility towards Palestinian identity and nationalism," he said.
Gingrich went on to say his views are in line with those expressed by the war monger Benjamin Netanyahu which means Gingrich vows to continue and defend the lies expressed by Netanyahu who vows not to share Jerusalem with Palestinian's or anyone else.
Gingrich fuels more Mideast conflict: Saeb Erekat, a senior Palestinian official, described his comments in an interview as "despicable." Hanan Ashrawi, another top official, said Gingrich's "very racist comments" showed he was "incapable of holding public office."
"This is the lowest point of thinking anyone can reach," Erekat, a close advisor to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, told Reuters. Such comments served only to "increase the cycle of violence," he added. "What is the cause of violence, war in this region? Denial, denying people their religion, their existence, and now he is denying our existence," said Erekat, for years a leading figure in peace talks aimed at the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.
Genetic analysis and historical accounts suggest the Muslims of Palestine are largely descendents of Christians and Jews of the southern Levant,"The Levant is the geographical region bordering the Mediterranean, roughly between Egypt and Anatolia (modern Turkey). The Southern Levant roughly encompasses Palestine, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, along with the modern sovereign states of Israel, Jordan and the southern parts of Lebanon and Syria ." and descendents of a core population that lived there in prehistoric times.
Since the time of the Muslim conquests in the 7th century, religious conversions have resulted in Palestinians being predominantly Sunni Muslim by religious affiliation, though there is a significant Palestinian Christian minority of various Christian denominations, as well as Druze and a small Samaritan community. Though Palestinian Jews made up part of the population of Palestine prior to the creation of the State of Israel, very few identify as "Palestinian" today. Acculturation, independent from conversion to Islam, resulted in Palestinians being linguistically and culturally Arab. The vernacular of Palestinians, irrespective of religion, is the Palestinian dialect of Arabic.
Absolutely there should be a 2 state solution with an Israel and a free state of Palestine side by side. However as we keep asserting, it will never happen. Netanyahu vows never to share Jerusalem and the likes of Gingrich back him up saying he is dead right. I am afraid he is dead wrong and defending Netanyahu's divisive war mongering stance and saying Palestinians are an invented people is grotesque and will only help guarantee a total middle east breakdown. I refuse to believe that ass can get away with voicing such war mongering destructive divisive rhetoric.