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Palestinian history fabricated
Rewriting history
Rewriting the history of the Land of Israel in order to deny Israel's right to exist is central to Palestinian Authority (PA) policy. Long before it started the PA terror campaign (the "Intifada," 2000-2005), the PA was fighting a history war – erasing Jewish history and replacing it with a fabricated Palestinian history. This rewriting has two central goals:
1- Erase the Jewish nation's 3,000 year history in the Land of Israel;
2- Invent ancient Palestinian, Muslim and Arab histories in the land.

The goal of this historical revision as a political strategy was first expressed publicly at a conference of Palestinian historians in 1998, when rewriting history was linked to the political goal of denying Israel's right to exist:
"Dr. Yussuf Alzamili [Chairman History Department, Khan Yunis Educational College] called on all universities and colleges to write the history of Palestine and to guard it, and not to enable the [foreign] implants and enemies to distort it or to legitimize the existence of Jews on this land... [History lecturer Abu Amar] clarified that there is no connection between the ancient generation of Jews and the new generation." [Al-Ayyam, Dec. 4, 1998].
 
Erasing Jewish history in the land of Israel is followed by the PA’s invention of ancient and modern histories that support its political ideology and claim to the land of Israel. The Holocaust and other aspects of Jewish history are alternately denied, downplayed or distorted. Another distortion is to hide from Palestinians that Jesus was a Jew who lived in the Land of Judea/Israel. PA leaders repeatedly define Jesus as a Palestinian who preached Islam, thus denying not only Jewish history, but also the history and legitimacy of Christianity.

Citing numerous examples, this section will document that these and other historical revisions are an integral part of Palestinian policy and are used to create political ideology.
Palestinian history fabricated
Having erased Jewish history, the PA fills the historical void by fabricating the ancient histories of Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims. PA academics claim that Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims all populated the Land of Israel in Biblical times and even earlier. These fictions are all historically impossible, as the name “Palestine" as a replacement for the Land of Judea/Israel was coined by Rome only in 136 C.E., Islam was established only in 610 C.E., and Arabs first arrived in Israel with the Muslim invasion in 637 C.E.

Inventing thousands of years of history when none existed is accomplished through numerous distortions and lies, including changing the Biblical Canaanites into Arabs, changing Biblical Israelis, Judeans and Hebrews into Arabs and Muslims, changing the religion preached by Moses from Judaism into Islam, and changing Jesus into a Palestinian who preached Islam and not Christianity.

This so-called documentary depicting Biblical Canaanites as Arabs, broadcast many times on PA TV, is one example of this PA historical revision.
"The Arab Canaanites established ports on the coast of Canaan, known today as Palestine. Palestine was attacked by invaders, but its Arab Canaanite features withstood attempts to change them. Jaffa was one of the cities whose Canaanite origins the invaders failed to erase." [PA TV, repeatedly, 2005-2007.]
 
The documentary further invents history by indicating visually that the victims of the Roman invasion were Arabs, not the Jewish kingdom of Judea.
Abbas' advisor: Jews “are thieves who stole the land… we have been here for 5,000 years” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 3, 2016

Mahmoud Abbas' advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "They [the Jews] claim that there was a Temple here. Those are unfounded claims, myths, and rumors. However, the problem between us and them is not a problem of religious or historical narrative. The problem is that they are thieves. The problem is that they are thieves who stole the land, and who want to steal the history, but history cannot change and cannot be falsified. The facts bear witness to it. We have been here for the last 5,000 years, and have not left this land. We have not left this land. Our forefathers are the monotheist Canaanites and Jebusites. They are the ones who built Jerusalem, before Abraham was even here."
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There never was an ancient Palestinian-Arab nation. Arabs first arrived in the land of Israel/Judea with the Muslim invasion in 637 CE. Arabs first identified themselves as "Palestinians" in the 20th century, after the creation of the State of Israel. Claiming a 5,000 year old Palestinian nation is a historical lie.
Abbas fabricates history: "The Bible says the Palestinians existed before Abraham..." "We have been planted in [this land since]... the invention of the Canaanite-Palestinian alphabet... more than 6,000 years ago" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 14, 2016

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "Our narrative says that we have been have been in this land since before Abraham. I am not saying it. The Bible says it. The Bible says, in these words, that the Palestinians existed before Abraham. So why don't you recognize my right?
[Official PA TV, March 21, 2016]

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "This land was never without a people, as we have been planted in its rocks and dust and hills since the beginning of civilization and writing and the invention of the Canaanite-Palestinian alphabet more than 6,000 years ago."
[Official PA TV, May 14, 2016]
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Abbas’ advisor: “The Palestinians have been in this land for 5,000 years. Of course, we were the first to reside in this land, there was no one before us” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 1, 2016


Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
"The Palestinians have been on this land for 5,000 years. Of course, we were the first to reside in this land. The first to reside in it. There was no one before us. Never was there a period in this history of this land when we were not in it. Over the course of these millennia, many have passed through this land and left. History has turned the page on them, but the land remained as well as its people and its true owners who never changed. This occupation is a transient thing, despite the pain and suffering."
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Note: There never was an ancient Palestinian-Arab nation. Arabs first arrived in the land of Israel/Judea with the Muslim invasion in 637 CE. Arabs first identified themselves as “Palestinians” in the 20th century, after the creation of the State of Israel. Claiming a 5,000 year old Palestinian nation is a historical lie.
PA TV portrays Israel as foreign colonial occupier, claims ancient Jewish history is Palestinian 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 1, 2016

The PA TV video shows a woman who represents "ancient Palestinians" (or possibly Muslims) going through the history of the land - replacing the Jewish people's actual history. The woman is introduced in a peaceful scene feeding birds in a period predating the Roman conquest of Judea and destruction of the Temple in 70 CE. Suddenly the scene is disturbed, the birds scatter and the woman runs away from various foreign invaders: first an ancient Roman soldier, then a Crusader, then a British soldier, and finally a Jew (wearing a skullcap), who throws a lit cigarette at her.
In the final scene, the woman stops fleeing when a man on a horse - the "new" Muslim conqueror Saladin who defeated the Crusaders - extends his hand and helps her up the mountain. He represents the coming savior who will "liberate Palestine" from Jewish-Israeli rule. In the end, the woman stands on the top of the mountain, fleeing no one anymore, symbolizing that Israel is gone like the other foreign rulers.
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Note: The video originally aired March 2, 2012. It was rebroadcast on both PA TV and PA TV Live at least 18 times in 2012, 54 times in 2013, 44 times in 2014, 42 times in 2015, and 6 times in 2016, most recently on March 1, 2016.
PA kids magazine calls Haifa a Palestinian city, and claims that Palestinians lived there in prehistoric times 
Source: Zayzafuna magazine, Jan. 1, 2016
Headline: “A city in Palestine – Haifa”
     “A coastal city found in the north of the Palestinian coastal plane and in it a port that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. Its location is beautiful and charming, and it is surrounded by sea, plain, and mountains. Haifa is an ancient Canaanite city, located on the Carmel mountain, and archeologists have found there archeological remnants of civilizations from all three periods of the ancient Stone Age … Archeologists have found there fossilized skeletons and remnants of the fire used by Palestinians, and they are the oldest remnants of ashes in the Mediterranean area… The city is the center of the district and is the third largest city in Palestine, after Jerusalem and Jaffa (i.e., Tel Aviv-Jaffa)… At the end of the British Mandate there were 20 schools just in Haifa, in which there was remarkable coexistence between the Christians and Muslims. However, the treachery led to the city falling into the hands of Zionist organizations during April 1948.”

Zayzafuna is a PLO magazine for children partially funded by the PA. The magazine, which includes material written by both the magazine’s staff and child readers, represents the values of the educators and serves as a window into the minds of the Palestinian children submitting material to the magazine. Zayzafuna's website states that the magazine's advisory board is comprised of PA officials and educators, including Jihad Zakarneh, PA Deputy Minister of Education, and Abd Al-Hakim Abu Jamous, Head of the Media Department at the PA Ministry of Education. In May 2011, the Deputy Chairman of the Zayzafuna organization Abd Al-Karim Ziyada explained on PA TV that the PA gives "a monthly payment of 10,000 shekels ($2,700) to cover the magazine's [costs]." [Official PA TV, May 9 and 13, 2011]
Song on PA TV: Tel Aviv (founded by Jews in 1909) used to be a Arab city  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 14, 2015
Official PA TV program Palestine this Morning
     “My homeland, satisfy our desire with your hills
We sow on the coastal plain and live in our desolation
In the past we were serene and there were no enemies living around us
No occupation and no imprisonment
No arrests and handcuffs
Acre, Haifa, Jaffa of the riches (indicating the financial importance of Jaffa before 1948 –Ed.)
Tel Al-Rabi'a (Arabic translation of Tel Aviv, to wrongly imply the existence of an Arab village of that name prior to Tel Aviv, a city founded by Jews in 1909 –Ed.) our land
And the Carmel riding as a horseman on the sea, as the ships ride the port.
Do not ask me at all about our situation
Our nights are like darkness and despondency
Settlers have settled on the hills
Our home, and he comes to expel us.”
Official PA daily gives credence to book claiming Palestinians are natives while acknowledging Hebrews lived in the land temporarily 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 8, 2015
Headline: “Publication of the book ‘ A Brief History of Palestine’ by Dr. Muhammad Shtayyeh”
     “The Dar Al-Shorok publishing house recently published a book titled ‘ A Brief History of Palestine,’ by Dr. Muhammad Shtayyeh, the head of the [Palestinian] Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction ‘ PEDCAR,’ and a Fatah Central Committee member. The book tells the story of this land in simple language and in a comprehensive manner, and the author moves fluently between the different periods, from the most ancient, through current times. The author begins with the history of Canaanite Palestine, and refers to the tribes and peoples that lived in it, and who lived in coexistence with the inhabitants, such as the Jebusites, the Hyksos, the Hebrews, and the Edomites. Likewise, he continues with the birth of Jesus, the Islamic conquest, the Ottoman period, the development of Zionism, the Nakba of Palestine, and the establishment of the State of Israel. The book clarifies that the original inhabitants of the land of Palestine have always inhabited it, despite the different religions and cultures that came to it [Palestine], and had reciprocal relations with them, while preserving its culture and character, despite mingling with other cultures throughout the years. Likewise, the author proves, by detailing the historical facts, that Palestine was for a long time the target of foreign invasions, which aimed to break the Arab Islamic triangle of Baghdad-Damascus-Cairo, whose unity is a guarantee of Palestine and its inhabitants’ victory.”
Op-ed in PA daily: Jerusalem was founded 6000 years ago by“Canaanite Palestinians” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 8, 2015
Headline: "The Blathering Intellectual"
Op-ed by Editor-in-Chief Mahmoud Abu Al-Hija
       "Those who founded Jerusalem were the Jebusite and Canaanite Palestinians, and they inhabited it in the fifth millennium BC. First, it was called Jebus, and then 'Ur salem' after its Canaanite king, and 'Ur Salem' is a completely Arab name. After the Islamic conquest, it was renamed 'Aelia [Capitolina]' (Roman colony built on the ruins of Jerusalem in 136 AD following the Bar Kochba Revolt, conquered by the Persians in 614 AD –Ed.) and this name appeared in the Pact of Umar (i.e., pact signed between the Muslims and Christians of Syria after the Muslim conquest of 637). Later on, during the Abbasid period (i.e., third of the Islamic caliphates to succeed the Islamic Prophet Muhammad), it was called Bait Al-Maqdis, and this name appeared in the poems of Abu-Nuwas (i.e., classical Arabic poet born in the 8thcentury BC). The holy city did not carry any Hebrew name in history, and the Hebrew language did not exist there or anywhere else, it was Aramaic.”
PA daily op-ed: Palestinians are “descendants of the Canaanites,” original inhabitants of the land, and built Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and other cities 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 1, 2015
Op-ed by Izzat Daraghmeh, regular columnist for Al-Hayat Al-Jadida
Headline: “Rabbi Zion’s religious ruling…”
     “These are the Palestinians, descendants of the Canaanites and the Jebusites, the first to dwell on this sacred soil and to inhabit this blessed land. They are the first who set foot on this soil, and built Haifa, Jaffa, Jerusalem, Safed, Hebron, Nablus and Tal Al-Rabia (i.e., Arabic translation of Tel Aviv, to wrongly imply the existence of an Arab village of that name prior to Tel Aviv, Ed.). They are those who have put down roots in the heart of Jerusalem, and survived throughout all the centuries, and all the dreams of invaders and greedy ones were shattered on their rocks and chests. Colonialism and all invaders and occupiers passed through here, while the Palestinians continued to carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) and stand firm.”

PA FM claims Palestinians have been on the land for 10,000 years and Israel is trying to expel them, Dead Sea Scrolls part of Palestinian heritage 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 7, 2015
     “During a speech he gave yesterday [Nov. 6, 2015], Friday, at the 38th session of the UNESCO General Conference in Paris, Foreign Minister of the State of Palestine Riyad Al-Malki... stated: ‘I have come to you at a time when my homeland and people are suffering from cruel aggression once again, which harms humans and stones, and does not skip children, elderly, and women; ongoing aggression by Israel, the occupying power, through which it aims to eliminate the presence of Palestinians in the land of their ancestors, where they have been planted for over 10,000 years.’
He called on the member states to fulfill their commitments and implement what was specified in the agreements of UNESCO, including a prohibition to import, export, or transfer ownership of cultural property from the occupied land of Palestine, which the occupation is illegally taking over, and returning it to its land of origin. He added: ‘We will act to bring to justice anyone proven to be involved in trafficking antiquities stolen from Palestine, including countries that agree to these stolen pieces of heritage being displayed in their museums, as happened in the past with the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were stolen in 1967 by the occupation authorities, from the Archaeological Museum of Palestine (i.e., the Rockefeller Archeological Museum in East Jerusalem). Likewise, he condemned any harming of archeological sites in the occupied State of Palestine, and everywhere in the world, including heritage sites in Syria and Iraq.”

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PA daily op-ed claims the land belongs to Palestinians since the time of the Canaanites and the Philistines 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 14, 2015
Op-ed by Fatah Revolutionary Council member Bakr Abu Bakr, regular columnist for official PA daily
Headline: “The rage of Jerusalem – the system of open hands”
     “Palestine is ours since the period of the Canaanites (members of the Kinana Arab tribe), the Arab Jebusites, and the Arab Philistines (the Palestinians) (worshippers of the Arab god Falas in Yemen), and from time immemorial… It is ours since the last Arab immigration 200-300 years BCE, as a result of the collapse of the emirates/regions of the tribes of the Children of Israel (the Arab Yemenite [tribe] in Yemen)… In our land, as the archeologists say today… the Arab Children of Israel tribe, weak in numbers, was unimportant and never ruled, given the existence of dozens of other tribes in Palestine (in general, there is no connection between the people of Israel, the Arab Yemenite tribe which has been wiped off the stage of history and the present Jewish residents of Palestine who are mainly Jews from Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, [the region] between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, and then east and west Europe – see [the writings of] Shlomo Sand (author of The Invention of the Jewish People, which claims that that the ancestry of most contemporary Jews stems mainly from outside the Land of Israel -Ed.) and Arthur Koestler (author of The Thirteenth Tribe, which advances the thesis that Ashkenazi Jews are descended from the Khazars Ed.), two fair Jews.) (parenthesis in source) The invasions of Palestine which occurred one after the other – the Persians, Greeks, Romans, and in modern times the English and the Zionist entity – are nothing but a prelude to its redemption by the Arabs, the true owners of the land.”
Op-ed in PA daily calls Palestinians “the rooted Canaanite Palestinian, who carved its letters in the stones of this land before any religion” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 20, 2015
Op-ed by Hafez Al-Barghouti, former editor-in-chief, now regular columnist for official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida:
     "The contenders for the leadership of the parties in the American presidential race seem as though they are in a bull run, and they are trampling values and principles, ramming rights, and trying to tear the Palestinian people to shreds in order to win the votes of the supporters of wars and bloodshed, and the settlers....This wicked, despicable man [Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee] came to protect them [Israelis] and their settlements, as if to provide them with matches to practice their hobby of burning, blocking roads, chopping down trees, and harassment of the rooted Canaanite Palestinian, who carved its letters in the stones of this land before any religion..."
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Official PA daily denies Jewish history in Jerusalem, claims that all that archaeological excavations have found is “the story of the ancient Palestinian Jebusites” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 27, 2015
Headline: “Jerusalem and the unenlightened”
       “Our people alone protects the holy sites, with its hands and through its physical presence, which constitute a firm barrier against those obsessed with myth, who have been excessive with their excavations - and yet there is not a stone they have turned over in Jerusalem without reading in it the story of the ancient Palestinian Jebusites, which strengthens the narrative of the new Palestinian… This is the battle of entitlement and justice against people who have passed through our land. The region of David’s kingdom, which they use as an excuse [to justify their right to the land], didn’t consist of more than 81 dunams (i.e., about 1/4 acre) of the homeland occupied by the armed Zionism, whose area is about 110 dunams.”
PA Deputy Minister: Palestinians were in Jerusalem “centuries before the Jewish religion” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 24, 2015


Deputy Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and member of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council, Salwa Hadib:
‎‎“Jerusalem is not only a religious city. Jerusalem is civilization. It has been a Canaanite city for ‎thousands of years. The Palestinian people has been present in it for thousands of years, whether it ‎was in Babylon, Assyria or Canaan, they [the Palestinians] gathered in the area before anything else, ‎centuries before the Jewish religion... An Israeli engineer and an archeologist brought Israeli coins – ‎shekels and agoras – and threw them on the ground before the renovation [of the Al-Karmi ‎neighborhood in Jerusalem] in order to prove, after dozens and hundreds of years, that “we (i.e., the ‎Israelis) were present here.” They are stealing history and geography.”‎
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Prehistoric man was Palestinian 
Source: Al-Asima, bi-weekly distributed with official PA daily, Feb. 25, 2015
     “The study of the prehistoric period is based on archeological remains from the caves of Palestine. The bones of the early Palestinian man found there prove that he was walking upright… During the New Stone Age (5,000-8,000 BCE) [parenthesis in source], the Palestinians discovered agriculture and built the town of Jericho, the most ancient city humanity has known, and domesticated animals.”

Note: The PA designation of early man as Palestinian is an anachronism. After the Jewish revolt was put ‎down in 135 CE, the Romans changed the name of Judea/Israel to “Palaestina” to punish the Jewish ‎nation. Until the creation of the State of Israel, all residents of the region, including Jews, were identified ‎as Palestinians. According to the PA daily, the Arab population in the region did not have a Palestinian ‎identity when Fatah was created in 1965, but years of Fatah’s terror, which it refers to as “military ‎actions,” is what created the current Palestinian Arab identity. [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. ‎‎23, 2005, cited in Deception: Betraying the Peace Process, p. 21-22]‎

Al-Asima is distributed with the official Palestinian Authority daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida and lists as its "general supervisor" Othman Abu Gharbieh, who is a member of Fatah's Central Committee and the Secretary General of the Popular National Conference of Jerusalem, the PLO institution that publishes this bi-weekly.
PA TV News distorts history: Palestinians fought the Romans in ancient times 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 27, 2014


PA TV reporter:
"The settlers invaded an ancient tomb... an ancient rock-cut cave built by the Greeks. The Palestinian rebels used it as a hideout during their war against the Romans... Through recurring invasions and by holding Talmudic ceremonies (i.e., Jewish prayers) in ancient tombs, the occupation is trying to manufacture a new history that legitimizes its occupation."
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Note: The Jews, not Palestinians, fought the Roman Empire in Judea from 66-73 and again from 132-135CE. After the Jews were defeated, the Romans changed the name of the region from Judea/Israel to Palaestina to punish the Jewish nation for their unsuccessful rebellion. The claim that "Palestinians" fought the Romans is historically inaccurate, as "Palestinians/Palestine" did not yet exist.
PA daily op-ed: Arab Canaanites are ancestors of the Palestinians, and the history of “Palestine” is “purely Arab and Islamic” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 23, 2014
Op-ed by Fatah Revolutionary Council member Bakr Abu Bakr, regular columnist for the official PA daily:
     “Should we strive for the militant way of thinking, according to which we cannot relinquish even a single grain of [our] demands or of Palestinian land, on which no non-Arab race has ever tread without being driven out? Palestine was never the cradle of any of the prophets of Israel (the extinct Yemenite Arab tribe, to which the Jews living in Palestine today bear no relation) [parenthesis in source], nor did it ever serve as the setting for any temple or the other Biblical myths. How will we correct history and turn it [Palestine] into clear fact? Will we bear on our shoulders today the trust of the Arab, Islamic and Christian [character] of Palestine through the power of thought, history, facts and the true scientific narrative versus the false Israeli narrative, which is full of fairy tales? ... We are at the beginning of the path started by the founder of the Palestinian state in the 18th century, Daher Al-Omar Al-Zaidani, followed by Yasser Arafat, and the Arab Canaanites and purely Arab and Islamic history that preceded them.”

Note: Daher Al-Omar Al-Zaidani, an Arab native of Ottoman-controlled Galilee, was the independent ruler of Northern Palestine in the mid-18th century. Al-Omar founded the modern city of Haifa and fortified numerous cities, creating – with foreign assistance – an autonomous territory that was legitimized by the Ottoman authorities, who awarded him the title of “Sheikh of the Galilee”. Remembered for his relatively enlightened economic policies and tolerance toward Jews and Christians, Al-Omar is often cited as a pioneer of Arab liberation from foreign occupation and – by some contemporary authors – as a forerunner of Palestinian nationalism.
Governor of Jericho: “Palestine’s people has been on its land for thousands of years” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Oct. 30, 2014
      “District Governor of Jericho and the Jordan Valley Majed Al-Fatiani said that all the invaders and travelers through the land of Palestine, no matter how arrogant and conceited they may be, will [eventually] leave, for Palestine’s people has been on its land for thousands of years, and is armed with the willpower to stand resolute and remain on its land. [Al-Fatiani] made these statements during a meeting with a delegation of women from the Orthodox club in the village of Ibelin this afternoon at the district seat in downtown Jericho… District Governor Al-Fatiani also said that the Palestinian people is one nation – whether on its land and the land of its ancestors in Jericho, Haifa, Nazareth, Jenin, Rafah or Jerusalem, or in the countries of the diaspora, to where it was forced to flee and emigrate by the occupation authorities.”
Abbas’ advisor: Palestinians are descendants of Jebusite Canaanites, who built Jebus, Jerusalem, 5,000 years ago 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 24, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the Friday sermon from Yasser Arafat’s mausoleum in Ramallah. The sermon was delivered by Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs:
Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “Our forefathers and historical lineage, the Jebusite Canaanites, built Jebus, Jerusalem, the City of Peace – the Canaanites called it the City of Peace – 5,000 years ago. Our presence in Jerusalem has not ceased for 5,000 years. Nations and occupations have passed through, and colonialism, whether brief or long. It came and left, but the people of Jerusalem stayed. These transients will move on, while the people of Jerusalem will stay. They have no place in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is ours, not theirs.”
PA daily: Synagogue in northern Israel dates to Roman period; Gazans are descendants ‎of biblical Samson 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 24, 2014
     ‎“A spectacular mosaic discovered in a ‎synagogue in the Galilee during ‎excavations, which were renewed this ‎summer for the third season, shows ‎Samson the Giant not as he is usually ‎described in folktales, [but] as a regular ‎man – not a giant.‎
In July 2012, archaeological sources ‎announced the discovery of a synagogue ‎dating from the end of the Roman ‎period, between the fourth and fifth ‎centuries CE, during archaeological digs ‎at the Huqoq site in the western Galilee…‎
The discovery of Jewish synagogues from ‎that period, or the early Islamic period, is ‎not rare in Palestine…‎
The legend of Samson and Delilah, which ‎took place on the land of Palestine and ‎Gaza, has greatly influenced modern art ‎around the world, [including] cinema, ‎music, visual arts, novels and poems. ‎These days, Gaza is continuing to ‎produce legends about resolve in the face ‎of ongoing aggression, by those who see ‎themselves as the descendants of ‎Samson – who, according to the legend, ‎found no alternative but to destroy the ‎house of worship with its inhabitants, in ‎what is considered to be the first suicide ‎operation in human writing. The ‎legendary Samson may have died with his ‎enemies, [but] Gaza has lived, and still ‎lives, to write its stories, which surpass [all] ‎legends.”‎
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