There’s been much controversy over Newt Gingrich’s recent comment that the Palestinians are an invented people.
Perish the thought. The Palestinians have ruled in a county called “Palestine” for at least two millennia (a heavy dose of irony here, obviously). In contrast Zionism is a relatively new concept; the first Zionist congress having take place a mere 114 years ago.
It’s lucky that Gingrich’s outrageous comment has been dealt with in such reasonable terms by the Palestinian leadership with Saeb Erekat saying:
“Mark my words…these statements of Gingrich’s will be ammunitions and weapons of the bin Ladens and the extremists for a long, long time.”
Erekat was also referring to Gingrich’s statement that Palestinians are terrorists who “teach terrorism in their schools”. However, Palestinian children are not brainwashed to want to kill Israelis despite Palestinian Media Watch’s many clips showing them wanting to become “martyrs”.
On the Palestinians being an invented people this is a fairly standard discussion for any nation. Why should the Palestinians be exempt?
Meanwhile, on the accusation of terrorism bin Laden would have been delighted to think, if it were true, that the Palestinians and their children are following in his esteemed footsteps.
But if it is so insulting to suggest that the Palestinians are an invented people how more insulting is it to say that they were invented by Zionism?
Who would make such an outrageous remark?
Golda Meir? She said there is no such thing as a Palestinian.
Newt Gingrich again? He said the Palestinians were invented, but at least he didn’t have the gall to suggest by Zionism.
Actually, the person who said this was Shlomo Sand, hero of the Palestinians, anti-Zionists and anti-Semites everywhere, when he spoke at SOAS earlier this year about his book The Invention of the Jewish People.
Let him tell you in his own words: