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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.
“Canaanite Palestinians” have been in land “for the past 10,000 years” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 3, 2013
From an article by Hassan Saleh:
     “In the heart of Palestine there is a city in which many show an interest … Because it is the oldest inhabited city, the oldest ancient city in the world (ten thousand years.) This in addition to its national significance and importance for humanity, which prove the existence of the Canaanite Palestinians on this land for the past ten thousand years…”
Palestinians are descendants of Canaanites and the land is “Canaanite Palestinian” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 9, 2013
PA TV News reported live on the Palestinian outpost of “Kinaan” (Canaan) near Yatta.
     Rateb Jabura, the Coordinator of the National Committee Against the Wall and Settlements: “From the early morning hours we began building this village, the Kinaan (Canaan) Village. This name strengthens and emphasizes our thousands of years’ existence and history in these places, for our Canaanite fathers and forefathers are the ones who planted and built cities and created a world-class civilization.”
After the Palestinians were ordered to evacuate the outpost, PA TV correspondent Ali Dar Ali said: “It seems that the citizens are not accepting this, and will not obey this decision. This is a decision of the occupation and it has no validity. This land is Canaanite Palestinian [land].”
PA daily: Palestinians date back to the Iron Age 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 27, 2012
     “The Israel Antiquities Authority announced yesterday that in the Bab Al-Wad area on the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway, an Iron Age shrine was discovered that Israeli archaeologists attribute to the period of the Judean Kingdom in Palestine.
The Authority said in its announcement that the newly discovered shrine and archaeological artifacts provide rare evidence of the rituals in the Jerusalem area during the beginning of the Kingdom, as they call it. Among other things, they found small statues of bearded men…
The Israeli archaeologists think that the [newly] discovered shrine is one of a number of many shrines that were spread out over what they call the Judean Kingdom prior to a process of reforms at the end of the Kingdom that terminated all ceremonies outside the Temple in Jerusalem.
There is no independent opinion [confirming] the new find, but it does prove – through the small statues that almost certainly were part of religious rituals – that Palestinians in the Iron Age, while worshipping one god, still maintained customs they inherited from previous eras.”
Excavations near Al-Aqsa Mosque “affirm… a purely Arab civilization, Canaanite Jebusite” 
Source: Radio Voice of Palestine (Fatah), Dec. 1, 2012
PA radio program From Jerusalem discusses the Israeli excavations near the Al-Aqsa Mosque. PA radio host Rim Al-Daudi interviews Dr. Jamal Amer, expert on Jerusalem and lecturer on urban planning at Bir Zeit University.
     Jamal Amer: “This is no structural reinforcement and it is not renovation… This is clear-cut destruction… of Arab Islamic Palestinian antiquities rooted in history, that all scientific circles and all researchers and anyone with expertise in Jerusalem, all affirm that this is a purely Arab civilization, Canaanite Jebusite. But an indication of the occupation’s hatred of this culture is its using – most unprofessionally – all the heavy equipment and bulldozers to destroy relics and to alter the cultural picture, and draw a new landscape with new vistas that are from Jewish Torah fables. They write and chisel and attach newly-made slogans from the Torah that they fashioned with their own hands, on Islamic and Arab relics dating from 4,000 years B.C., that is 6,000 years ago...
They are the world’s masters of counterfeit. They are the strongest and most preferred among those who managed to fabricate history. They fabricated the Torah itself, and now they’re planting their forgeries in Palestinian earth, while everyone knows that their own researchers say that ‘We don’t have any Temple here,’ and at the Hebrew University they entirely admit that their excavations have led to nothing… So all they have is one ruse, with which they laugh at the whole world: They take a known Islamic shape – the six-sided star – from Islamic architecture, but [the prophet] Daud (i.e., David), may he rest in peace, saw it on Islamic construction and on what Palestinians had built, and he liked it and he took it and put it on his iron shield… They took this shape and thought of it as their own, and this is yet another fo
PA daily: “Early Biblical writings… mention Palestinians scores of times” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 30, 2012
     “Likudniks claim, as Moshe Feiglin has said, that his name was included in the party’s list of candidates because we are a community of Arabic-speakers who ‘suddenly’ turned ourselves into a nation, and that we are parasites. Like them, we all have to answer in one voice, that this riffraff – fools when it comes to history, society, and even early Biblical writings themselves that mention Palestinians scores of times – is not fit to lead any society and are not fit for politics, and that the state that they lead does not deserve to belong in the world, in the region, or in the twenty-first century. The world knows that they are the parasites, and they are the ones who were only recently invented, and there is nothing wrong with people among us saying that they are the parasites in Haifa, in Jaffa, in Acre, and in all the territories occupied in [19]48, and that their leaving here is a human and environmental demand – if not through an agreement then through a historical process that will be authorized by the UN track and the rules of history itself. These are a track and rules that settlers cannot oppose – [settlers] who are robbers, scattered lunatics who joined together around insane aims.”
PA Parliament speaker: The Palestinian “nation has lived on its land… over thousands of years” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 25, 2012
     “Before the 127th session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Palestinian Parliament Speaker Salim Al-Za'anoun… said that the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory is one of the most prolonged and harshest [occupations] in history, and that its aim is that one nation – with its own national roots, its own language and culture – should displace another nation that has lived on its land and developed its culture and civilization over thousands of years.
PA daily op-ed: Israel “uprooted” inhabitants who lived in the land “for thousands of years” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 16, 2012
PA daily op-ed by Wael Barghouti:
     "Since its establishment in 1948, Israel has succeeded in presenting itself as an oasis of democracy that sprouted in a vast wilderness of tyranny. The West swallowed this lie and defended it, thinking it [Israel] an extension of [its own] democracy.
Strangely, the West ignored the fact that this hybrid plant grew in soil whose inhabitants had been uprooted from it by the force of arms – [weapons] that the democratic West helped to supply, in order to build this new 'democracy' on the ruins of a society that had lived on its land for thousands of years…
The Iraqi Jewish writer and former Communist, Sami Michael, has sharply criticized the racist tendencies and the ethnic rift in Israel…
He said that 'Israel is in danger if the country's leadership fails to understand that Israel is located in the Middle East, and not at the end of the earth,' and added that 'Israel is the most racist country in the free world.’ Thus he awarded Israel certification as the most racist country, meaning, [Israel] is a “blood-cratic”; (‘dam–cratic’ dam=blood in Arabic) not a demo-cratic state.”
PLO ambassador: Palestinians were in Palestine for millenia, before the Jewish exodus from Egypt 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 15, 2012
PA TV newsreader talks on the phone with Ibrahim Kharisha, Palestinian ambassador to Geneva.
     Kharisha: "We are the owners of Palestine. The Palestinians [were] in Palestine before the Jews came to us from Egypt, via Sinai. Before Christianity sprouted in Palestine, and before Islam arrived from the 'Hijaz', Palestinians have been in Palestine. And everyone remembers that in 2010, we celebrated the 10,000th anniversary of the establishment of the Palestinian city, Jericho…
The Palestinians have the right to implement international legal decisions, starting from the Partition Plan, in '48 (i.e., actually in 1947), and the Palestinian's right of return to their homes."
PA daily claims that Herodium (built in Judaea in the 1st century BCE) is a Palestinian site 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 19, 2012
Headline: "Considered one of the most prominent Palestinian landmarks – occupation authorities and settlers hurry to Judaize Mount Furadis (i.e., Herodium)"
     "The occupation authorities and the settler Gush Etzion [Regional] Council have made great strides in the Judaization of one of the most important Palestinian landmarks - which has become a central focus of tourism for the Israelis – as part of the unholy alliance between the settlers and the occupation government and its branches, such as the Nature and Parks Authority.
The occupation authorities have laid their hand on the Herodion fortress, said to have been built by Herod, the Edomite governor of the Roman province of Palaestina, and have turned it into a 'national park'. Occupation authorities have awarded the settler Etzion Council freedom of action at the site, whose local [Arabic] name is Mount Furadis. A grant from the Israeli government has made it possible for the settler council to 'develop' the site so as to absorb a greater number of tourists, whose number continues to grow. It has become one of the sites that draws the greatest number of visitors, especially since the Israeli archaeologist Yehuda (Ehud – ed.) Netzer announced that he had located Herod's grave at the site. Many people, including Israeli archaeologists, have cast doubt on this announcement. Netzer's dramatic death while he worked at the site in October 2010, has added a mythological dimension to the story of his love for Herod and his illegal excavations at the site."

Note: The Herodian fortress south of Jerusalem was built in the 1st century BCE by King Herod, the (Jewish) king of the province of Judaea.
Moses was a Muslim who led Palestinian Muslims out of Egypt and liberated Palestine 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 15, 2012
Interview with Dr. Omar Ja'ara, lecturer at An-Najah University in Nablus, and specialist in Israeli affairs on PA TV: 
     "We must make clear to the world that David in the Hebrew Bible is not connected to David in the Quran, Solomon in the Hebrew Bible is not connected to Solomon in the Quran, and neither is Saul or Joshua son of Nun [of the Bible]. We have a great leader, Saul, [in the Quran] who defeated the nation of giants and killed Goliath. This is a great Muslim victory. The Muslims of the Children of Israel went out of Egypt under the leadership of Moses, and unfortunately, many researchers deny the Exodus of those oppressed people who were liberated by a great leader, like Moses the Muslim, the believing leader, the great Muslim, who was succeeded by Saul, the leader of these Muslims in liberating Palestine. This was the first Palestinian liberation through armed struggle to liberate Palestine from the nation of giants led by Goliath. This is our logic and this is our culture."
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PA daily columnist claims the Palestinian people lived in Palestine even before the Bible 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 7, 2012
Member of Fatah Revolutionary Council and PA daily regular Columnist Bakr Abu Bakr responds to statement by Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar 'who claimed that he restored the identity of the Palestinian people in 2006':
     "Just as his [Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar’s] words are not supported by facts… so all the invasions and occupations have not succeeded in cancelling the 'identity' of the Palestinian people and its image, which has existed for thousands of years, in the geographical area known as Palestine, [since] even before the Bible."
PA daily claims that human remains from 7,000 years ago were Palestinians 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 31, 2012
Headline: "The ancient Palestinians carried out medical surgery"
     "A study carried out by Israeli archaeologist Galit Litani shows the extent of interest which the ancient Palestinians showed in health, and their meticulous hygiene… We also find, on skulls more than 7,000 years old, signs of surgeries carried out with the aim of healing the patient of pain or to banish spirits, in keeping with the ancient beliefs that were prevalent."
Palestinian ambassador to India: “Palestine and its people are mentioned more than 250 times” in the Bible 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 19, 2011
Headline: "India: Ceremony of solidarity marking the raising of the Palestinian flag at UNESCO headquarters"
     "Palestinian ambassador to India, Adli Sadeq, explained the negative ramifications of the position of Israel and America, which are furious over the raising of the Palestinian flag at UNESCO…
The ambassador spoke about the statements by the candidate in the American Republican Party primaries, Newt Gingrich, against our people, in describing this people as 'invented'. He [Sadeq] said that this ignoring of the existence of the Palestinian people and its rights reflects logic which mocks intelligence, culture, and the Bible itself, in which Palestine and its people are mentioned more than 250 times."
PA daily editor: “The Palestinian people is rooted… in the land since before the Smaller and Greater Israel” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 11, 2011
Editor of official PA daily Hafez Barghouti:
Headline:
"Race of Hypocrisy"
     "The latest innovation was declared by [US] Republican candidate Newt Gingrich, when he claimed that the Palestinian people was invented. This statement had already been made by brazen Zionists, from Golda Meir to Herzl, founder of the Zionist movement, but the statement does not erase the reality: The Palestinian people is rooted in history and in the land since before the Smaller and Greater Israel, before the United States and the other states which concentrated settler people [in this land], who had no connection with one another except for the seizure of the land of others, theft of resources, and their destruction… Had some other person said that we were an 'invented' people, perhaps there would be room for discussion. But when this is said by a person [who himself is] from an invented people, such as the American people, it is incomprehensible. We are part of the Arab nation which has been rooted in this entire area for thousands of years, and do not need to emigrate from our land, as the Republican candidate demanded. It is he who must go back to the place where he, and the rest of those who seized the lands of others through force, oppression and settlements, came from. Not us. These claims do not deter us; rather, they intensify our determination to be resolute in the face of settlement and annihilation. None of us was counting on a balanced American policy, because those who have settled in our land, previously settled the American Congress and the entire US. It is they who determine American policy, and the American [presidential] candidates turn into a game in their hand, and into parrots repeating their words and their claims."
The Palestinians are “the descendants of the Canaanites" who lived in Jerusalem before 3200 BCE 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 11, 2011
     "[Dmitry Diliani, a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council] denounced the statements by Republican presidential candidate Gingrich. He said that these were 'ignorant, inciting and racist' statements. In a press release published in English, a copy of which was obtained by WAFA, Diliani said: 'Our people is of the descendants of the Canaanites or, more precisely, the Jebusite tribe, which lived in their city Jerusalem before the year 3200 BCE. This proves the ignorance of [Republican presidential candidate] Newt Gingrich when it comes to historical foundations and documented facts concerning the Middle East region.'"
PA daily columnist: “The Palestinian Arab nation has been rooted in its land for thousands of years” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 11, 2011
In an article responding to US presidential candidate Gingrich's statements, PA daily columnist Adel Abd Al-Rahman claims the following facts:
"b. The Palestinian Arab nation has been rooted in its land for thousands of years, since the human habitation of the city of Jericho – the oldest city in history, which this year celebrated its 10,000-year-old history.

g. The Jewish Prof. Shlomo Sand, author of the book The Invention of the Jewish People, says: 'Although the term 'people' is fluid and not very clear, I don't believe that a Jewish people ever existed.' For two thousand years no Jewish state existed on Palestinian Arab land.'"
Israel was established "at the expense" of those who were rooted on the land "for thousands of years" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 2, 2011
The 1917 Balfour Declaration was a letter from the British Foreign Minister Arthur Balfour to Lord Rothschild of the Zionist movement, which expressed Britain's support for "the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people." Every year on the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, Palestinian Authority leaders and official media issue harsh statements attacking it. 
     "Today is the 94th anniversary of the cursed Balfour promise [The Balfour Declaration of 1917], by which Britain awarded the Jews the right to establish a national home in Palestine, based on the false slogan, 'A land without a people for a people without a land'. ... This promise represented the first step taken by the West on the road to establishing an entity for the Jews on the land of Palestine, in accordance with the wishes of World Zionism, at the expense of a people which had been rooted in this land for thousands of years."
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Fatah Central Committee member: Palestinians have been in Israel “for tens of thousands of years” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 24, 2011
     "Member of the Fatah Central Committee, Tawfiq Tirawi, said that the speech by President Mahmoud Abbas at the UN was a historical [speech] par excellence, expressing the full tragedy of the Palestinian people, from 1948 until today, and presented the Palestinians' demands with regard to independence, freedom, and the establishment of a state. He said, 'This was a historical speech at a historical time and at a historical place.' In response to Netanyahu's speech, he said: 'This was a pale speech that repeated itself and said nothing new; in it he expressed the occupation regime [and said] that it has historical rights to this land, as though the world doesn't know that the Prophet [Muhammad] ascended [to heaven] from the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Netanyahu spoke as though this was the land of his forefathers, forgetting that we have been here for tens of thousands of years.'"
PLO youth magazine Zayzafuna: Israelis invented the name "Phoenicians" 
Source: Zayzafuna magazine, Aug. 1, 2011
Zayzafuna published a page entitled Fun that presents what it calls Facts about "Palestine":
     “Did you know that the Phoenicians were themselves Canaanites, but the Israelis gave them this name in order to stir friction between the two.”

Note: This has no basis in fact. The Phoenicians were a Semitic or Canaanite people who settled along the coast of Canaan. Israel had nothing to do with their name.
Zayzafuna is a PLO magazine for children 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. PMW’s book Deception includes a chapter on Zayzafuna. Following PMW’s exposure of Hitler glorification in the February 2011 issue, UNESCO halted its funding of the magazine. View UNESCO’s statement and PMW's bulletin on the December 2011 issue of the magazine.
Zayzafuna youth magazine rewrites sports history 
Source: Zayzafuna magazine, Aug. 1, 2011
Zayzafuna published a page entitled Fun that presents what it calls Facts about "Palestine":
     “Did you know that Palestine is the first Arab state to have played against England, in 1929 in Jerusalem.”

Note: This is false. There never was a country or state of “Palestine,” and in 1929 “Palestine” referred to the geographic area of the British mandate, whose residents were both Palestinian Jews and Palestinian Arabs.
Zayzafuna is a PLO magazine for children 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. PMW’s book Deception includes a chapter on Zayzafuna. Following PMW’s exposure of Hitler glorification in the February 2011 issue, UNESCO halted its funding of the magazine. View UNESCO’s statement and PMW's bulletin on the December 2011 issue of the magazine.
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