The Conflict — Part 12
ARAB MYTHS HAVE TAKEN hold of the minds of the educated masses. So much undue publicity had been given to Yassir Arafat and other top PLO officials that the whole world has become their oyster. But almost anything they have to say on any subject is a lie¯including “and,” “if,” and “but.” Arafat claimed to have descended from the Philistines; Hanan Ashrawi avows her descent is from the first Christians; and Feisal al-Husseini, the late top official in Jerusalem and a former member of the PLO negotiating team, professed Saladin to be his forefather. All swear or swore to being “pure Arab,” but none actually claimed or claims Arab decent. The Philistines were non-Semites, the first Christians were all Jews, and Saladin was a Kurd.
Feisal al-Husseini’s family has indeed been around in Palestine for a good number of years. The al-Husseinis were part of the elite ruling class that helped force the peasant farmers from their lands through the imposition of exorbitant rents, dues, and interest. Joan Peters in her incredibly well-documented From Time Immemorial cites Louis Lortet’s Voyages in Phoenecia, Lebanon and Judaea. 1875–1880 to show that peasant farmers in the 19th century were paying as much as 200 to 300 percent interest! Peters describes the al-Husseini family as members of the “parasitic landlord class.” Feisal al-Husseini was directly related to Haj al-Husseini, the former Muslim Mufti of Jerusalem and confidant of Adolf Hitler—mentioned in a previous post. Faisal was also a cousin of Yassir Arafat.
Like other top PLO officials, al-Husseini strongly propagated mythical Palestinian-Arab history. His Palestine Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (Passia) is merely a front for a formidable distribution of PLO propaganda. An example of Passia’s “academic” contribution to revised history is found in an appointment calendar distributed largely to journalists, politicians and other influential members of society. Following are short excerpts from the PLO version of the history of the Arabs of Palestine as it appears—all spelling errors included without sic being inserted—in The Land, its People and History:
“In the middle of the Third Millenium (3000 BC), after the wave of drought and dessication that struck the Arabian peninsular, the Canaanites, tribes of Arab Semites, came to and settled in the territories east of the Mediterranean Sea that consist of present day Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine.
“About the year 4,000 BC, the Jebusites, a Canaanite subgroup founded Jebus¯Jerusalem… .
“The Philistines gave [the land of Canaan] the name Philistin or ‘Palestine.’
“About the year 1900 BC, Abraham (Ibrahim)…settled somewhere in the Jordan valley.
“Around the fourteenth century BC, the twelve sons of Jacob (Israel) fled to Egypt…they multiplied and gained strength during 500 years in Egypt… .
“Moses, along with his people (Banu Israel), left Egypt around the thirteenth century BC (1290 BC).
“Around 330 AD…the relationship the Jews had with the city and the Temple were severed.
“But although Palestine became part of the Byzantine and Hellenic cultures, Arab life was never dissociated from it or Jerusalem… .
“In the seventh century AD, Palestine and the rest of Syria (The Land of Canaan) emerged from the rule of the Romans and entered the sphere of the Arab-Islamic Empire.”
The mythical Arabs are subtlety introduced in the form of Canaanites¯as Arabs from Arabia! And Arab life in Jerusalem, indeed, throughout all of Israel’s ancient homeland, was never even disrupted by the Romans! This is true¯a non-existent entity cannot be disrupted even if the world itself ceased to exist! And al-Husseini’s Academic Society disguises the seventh century Muslim invasion and massacre of practically all Jews and Christians in the land as simply: “emerging from the rule of the Romans and entering the sphere of the Arab-Islamic Empire.”
It is also interesting to note that the Canaanites arrived in the year 3000 BC¯described here as the “Middle of the Third millenium”¯but the Jebusites, a Canaanite subgroup arrived more than 1,000 years earlier!
According to this Arab narrative, Abraham arrived in the nineteenth century BC; his great-grandchildren fled to Egypt in the fourteenth, stayed there for 500 years, and left in the thirteenth century¯within 60 years after their arrival! It is a pathetic story that has more holes than a fine-mesh sieve. It is just an example of how Arab academicians have rewritten the entire history of the ancient land of the Jews.
To be continued
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