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PA Minister of Culture denies Jewish history

Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik  |

PA Minister of Culture denies Jewish history:

Nothing proves it, they have no connection to history

One of the central elements of the Palestinian narrative is the negation of the entire Jewish history in the Land of Israel in general and in Jerusalem in particular. Despite numerous sources and archeological finds proving the opposite, the Palestinian Authority regularly repeats this claim because it is the basis for the PA's denial of Israel's right to exist. Recently, the PA Minister of Culture emphasized this Palestinian lie, claiming Israel has "no connection" to Jerusalem, history, geography or even to the future. He then asserted the second fundamental Palestinian historical revision intended to create a Palestinian right to exist. He claimed that Palestinians were Canaanites with a 6,000-year history in the land: 

PA Minister of Culture Atef Abu Saif: "Our struggle is with this State [of Israel] that came out of nowhere, without a history and without geography, stole our land, and wants to put an end to our existence... There is a lying author who wrote a story about his false presence on this land, and then comes and wants to realize his tale. There is nothing in history that proves this presence. They have not found one stone... [Israel knows] that they have no connection to this city [Jerusalem], that they have no connection to this history, and that they have no connection to the geography, just as they have no connection to the future... If Israel celebrated the lie of '3,000 years [of Jewish history] in Jerusalem,' we have 7,000 years in Jerusalem - so what? We Canaanites are the first ones who built Jebus more than 6,000 years ago. And perhaps we need no celebrations because it is natural that we are here. Those who celebrate are foreigners."

Official PA TV, Palestine This Morning, Aug. 26, 2019

Palestinian Media Watch documented that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas himself recently voiced the PA claim that today's Palestinians are descendants of the biblical Canaanites in order to establish an ancient historical connection of "5,000 years" to the land: 

Abbas: "[Israelis] will remember that this land belongs to its people; this land belongs to its inhabitants; this land belongs to the Canaanites who were here 5,000 years ago - and we are the Canaanites!"

Facebook page of the PA Presidential Office, Aug. 10, 2019

Minister Abu Saif repeated this earlier this month when he denied all proofs of Jewish history in the area, saying the Israeli/Jewish narrative is "false":

"[PA] Minister of Culture Atef Abu Saif said: 'Our struggle with the occupying entity is a struggle over the narrative. We are the legal inheritors of all that is on the land, since [the time of] our Canaanite ancestors.' He emphasized that 'The occupier's narrative is false, and all of its attempts to find justification for its presence here have failed.'"

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 5, 2019]

Click to read more on the Palestinian fabrication of history and Palestinian rewriting of Jewish history.

The following is a longer excerpt of one of the reports cited above:

Headline: "The [PA] minister of culture: Our struggle with the occupier is over the narrative"

"[PA] Minister of Culture Atef Abu Saif said: 'Our struggle with the occupying entity is a struggle over the narrative. We are the legal inheritors of all that is on the land, since [the time of] our Canaanite ancestors.' He emphasized that 'The occupier's narrative is false, and all of its attempts to find justification for its presence here have failed.'

Abu Saif said this while participating in a cultural conference that was held yesterday [Sept. 4, 2019] at the Jericho Municipal Library Auditorium titled The Role of the Cultural Institutions and the Intellectuals in Dealing with the Current Challenges."

Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 5, 2019

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