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The Israeli narrative "is fabricated and false" lies PA Daily

Excerpt of op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily


Headline: "Corona and Land Day"




"The land has not been absent for a moment from the personal and collective memory of the Palestinian people in particular and the Arab people in general. It is still an enormous presence in the younger generations' awareness, and this is what the Zionists fear – regardless of their school of thought or political background. They are careful in every conversation… to skip over the page of history… because they know well that they will lose, as they have no certainty in their defense of their disputed and confused narrative. This is because it is fabricated and false, and has no connection to the Arab Palestinian land. Likewise, the fact that they turn to the Old Testament (the Bible) and are assisted by it [in their claims] negates their narrative's credibility for a number of reasons:


  1. Almighty Allah did not give them the Palestinian land, but rather gave our lord Abraham a place in which to bury his wife Sarah and a burial place for him and his sons, and he bought the plot of land for a paltry sum.
  2. I will go with the Zionist Jewish narrative to the end, because there are Jewish narratives that contradict the Zionist narrative. When the Jewish kingdoms were established in Palestine (and researchers Kamal Salibi, Fadel Al-Rabi'i, Abd Al-Hafiz Muharib, Shlomo Sand, and others who absolutely deny the existence of the kingdoms in Palestine will forgive me) [parentheses in source], they were limited kingdoms on small parts of the Arab Palestinian land. In addition, the kingdoms were not united, but rather struggled against each other, and there were incessant wars between them. The Samaritan kingdom of Nablus (see note below on Samaritans –Ed.) was never together with the kingdom of Jerusalem. The Arab Palestinian Samarians have their own Torah, and the prophets of Jewishness did not follow the teachings of the Torah as Allah brought them down to Moses, peace be upon him. Many of them falsified it, added things to it according to their personal goals, and deviated from the teachings of the religious text. What is noted about the promised land contradicts the historical facts.
  3. In principle, Zionism has no connection to the Jewish religion. Its turn to religion was designed solely to execute a Western capitalist colonialist plan, which has no connection to the Jews and Judaism. Its goal was to prepare the simple people and the persecuted in Europe's ghettos so they would agree to immigrate to Palestine, and this for the purpose of using them as pawns and slaves in order to execute the colonialist project.
  4. The Jews never were and never will be a people with one nationality. They come from different nationalities.
  5. The Jews of Europe, Russia, central Asia, and others have their origin in the Khazar kingdom and have no connection to the Semitic race (this claim is rejected by experts and genetic testing confirms the uniform origin of the different Jewish communities - Ed.). The Semites are the Arabs, and among them are members of the Jewish religion, who are a persecuted minority in Israel.
  6. If the Israelis wish to live in peace amid the Arabs, they must adhere to the option of peace and give the Palestinian people – the owners of the land, narrative, and history – its accepted national rights, as without this they have no future in the land.”




Land Day – annual commemoration of the general strike and demonstrations organized by Israeli Arab residents of the Galilee on March 30, 1976 to protest the Israeli government's decision to expropriate land in the Galilee for security and building purposes, which it later implemented. During the protests, demonstrators burnt tires, blocked roads, and threw rocks and firebombs. Six demonstrators were shot and killed by the Israeli army and police. Israeli Arabs and Palestinians consider Land Day a national day.


Samaritans – A small ethno-religious group residing primarily in Holon (in Israel) and in the Samaritan village Kiryat Luza (near Nablus in the West Bank). The Samaritans claim ancestry from the ancient Israelites and adhere to the religious law of Samaritanism. While Samaritanism is closely related to Judaism, there are some fundamental differences. Samaritans refer to the Bible as their sole religious scripture, do not celebrate any Jewish festival that took place after the writing of the Bible (i.e., Channukah, Purim), and consider Mt. Gerizim near Nablus their holiest place (believing this is where Abraham bound Isaac and God instructed them to build the Temple), as opposed to Jews who consider Mt. Moriah (the Temple Mount) in Jerusalem their holiest place. No Jewish community today recognizes the Samaritans as an expression of Judaism, and for Samaritans to wed Jewish partners in a traditional ceremony they are required to undergo a full conversion to Judaism. The Samaritan community numbers roughly 800 members today.