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The Conflict — Part 14
CONCERNING THE STATEMENTS MADE in the last post, the Encyclopædia Britannica was taken to task by better informed readers objecting to the publishing of radically slanted information that completely redefined Jewish history. To his credit, Britannica’s editor-in-chief, Robert McHenry, agreed to make some changes, but the 1992 edition will still be in constant use by the year 2025, and still doing inestimable damage. According to a March 27, 1993 article in the Jerusalem Post International Edition, titled: “Britannica redefines history,” Arabs from the American University of Beirut contributed to both the “Israel” and modern “Palestine” articles in the 1992 edition of Britannica. And Palestine National Council (the PNC is the PLO’s governing body) member Walid Khalidi is a co-author of the post-1900 “Palestine” article. The “blitzkrieg” of Arab propaganda efforts are paying off handsomely. By rewriting the history of the Middle East, it will ultimately threaten the very existence of the modern State of Israel.
The distinguished Encyclopædia Britannica¯arguably the world’s pre-eminent reference work¯might have actually set the standard for the widespread revisionism that is now the vogue in other reference works, both major and minor. Check the entry under “Palestine” in Webster’s New World Encyclopedia published by Prentice Hall. It says Palestine:
“[W]as in ancient times dominated in turn by Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, Persia, Macedonia, the Ptolemies, the Seleucids, and the Roman and Byzantine empires. Today it forms part of Israel. The Palestinian people…are descendants of the People of Canaan.”
An entire 3,000 years of Jewish domination and presence is deliberately left out, and the last line is a dead giveaway that Arab fingers have been in the till again. A bogus Middle East history with an equally bogus claim made of Arabs being descended from the Canaanites. But that is not all. Webster’s included a historical chronology under their entry of “Palestine” that begins not with the Canaanites, but with the Islamic conquest in the seventh century AD. This allows the “historian” to delete thousands of years of Jewish history without even blushing. And under the entry for the year 1948, readers are informed that a series of Arab-Israeli wars “resulted in the total loss of the Palestinian state.” There has never been a Palestinian state in existence from the time of Adam until the present day. But how will the tens of thousands of unsuspecting people who will search Webster’s New World Encyclopedia for information know that?
Colliers Encyclopedia has teamed up with Britannica and Webster’s in the race to present biased and falsified accounts of Jewish and Israeli history. In Colliers’ “Palestine, Modern” section, Rashid Khalidi, another Arab “historian” begins with a passage averring the prior existence of “a sovereign Palestinian state.” A reviewer of the work says, “Khalidi flatly misrepresents facts.” This writer wonders what could possible have induced Khalidi to “misrepresent facts”?
The American Heritage Publishing Company has also been penetrated. The description of the town of Bethlehem in The American Heritage Dictionary is quite something:
“A town in Israeli-occupied Jordan, five miles south of Jerusalem, and the Palestinian village of Biblical times where David lived and Jesus was born” (this writer’s emphasis).
Jordan’s annexing of the West Bank in 1950 was never recognized by the United Nations, nor even by the Arab League. And there was never any Palestinian anything in biblical times. The late David Bar-Illan said that the above quote reminded him of the old joke about spelling Noah (a two-letter word in Hebrew) with seven mistakes.
In June 1992 the venerable National Geographic ran a story titled, Who are the Palestinians? The article written by Ted Szulc asserted that today’s Palestinian Arabs are descended from the ancient Canaanites, and that the Jews were simply one of the waves of regional invaders that have afflicted them. Many and strong were the protests against the article that was chock-full of misinformation. The protesters of the fake history published by National Geographic were referred to one Phillip Mattar, associate editor of The Journal of Palestine Studies which is headed by Hisham Sharabi¯friend and advisor to the late Yassir Arafat.
The rewriting of Israel’s history even spills over into Christian Bibles. For Example: The New King James version published by Thomas Nelson, arguably the world’s largest Christian publisher (owned by two Lebanese Arabs), defines the Shulamite bride in Song of Solomon 1:1 as: “A Palestinian young woman.” And of course, at the end of the Bible version there are maps, including one of “Palestine in the time of Christ”—when there never, ever was such a thing. As Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels said:
“It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle. They are mere words, and words can be molded until they clothe ideas and disguise.”
Sadly¯libraries, schools and homes are now filled with the poisonous revision of history. It is fully designed to turn the world against the Jews on the immoral charges of having ill-treated the Arabs of Palestine, and for insidiously stealing the land on which they have lived for thousands of years. But the revision of history is a lie. And a lie is a lie, no matter which prestigious publication prints it or what notable person utters it. And the sad fact is that these lies are disseminated by people who know them to be lies. Shame on everyone who participates in the Big Lie! For it is you who are publishing and speaking the most distorted and patently false information, and that without a single twinge of conscience.
Since 1948 there have been nine wars launched against Israel by the Arab in attempts to dislodge Israel from its divine inheritance. The Arabs have been unable to defeat Israel militarily so they are currently launching new attacks—through the dyed-in-the-wool anti-
Semitism inherent within the heart of the international community. Due to the prevailing poor-Arab, Israel-bully, mindset resident within the leaders of nations, as of September 2013 some 134 (69.4%) of the 193 member states of the United Nations recognize a State of Palestine. The PLO is determined to push the UN Security Council to vote “Palestine” into becoming the 23rd sovereign Arab state and force Israel to retreat to the 1949 Armistice lines from where it will be easier to launch the final assault. The PLO has been successful in turning the world against Israel through a determined revisionist historical narrative, fully endorsed by the liberal lame-stream media, which itself authenticates the Big Lie by falsifying both facts and visuals.
Take revisionist history to its logical conclusion, and we have the stage set for the world’s final battle¯Armageddon, “the great day of God Almighty” (Revelation 16:14,16). All the kings of the earth¯the whole world coming against the Jews in the valley of Megiddo in northern Israel. When “the cities of the nations fall”destroyed in a nuclear holocaust—who will be left to mourn the lies that brought such destruction?
End of this series
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