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No such thing as "Palestinians", no Palestinian "Right of Return", and the right of Jews to live in the Holy Land.

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Submitted by Doc Tater (United States), Feb 6, 2008 at 17:50

As Walid Shoebat and others have stated so eloquently, there never was "a Palestinian people" until the myth of "a Palestinian people" became politically expedient for primarily Arab Islamists dealing with the west and opposing the Jews. The true history of "the Palestinian people" is that one day a bunch of people were told they were "Palestinian", prior to which most of them had thought of themselves as Jordanian. The notion of "a Palestinian people" is derived from revisionist history, and from the enthusiasm of American bleeding heart liberals who found a cause to advocate for that they never checked for historical validity.

Although there is historically a geographic reference to an area called Palestine, there was a parade of different tribal and ethnic groups through this area, including Jews. This is historical fact. Since the time that the fiction of "a Palestinian people" was invented, their numbers have swelled beyond the rate at which it is possible for humans to reproduce, further demonstrating that today's "Palestinians" are a politically expedient fiction.

If the so-called "Palestinians" had any rights to live somewhere in the Middle East, the Muslim Arab states bordering Israel would have welcomed them during the times of their alleged hardship and displacement. Instead, Muslim Arab states keep them in the modern equivalent of concentration camps, extort the UN for funding to support them that mostly comes from the USA and almost never comes from oil-rich Muslim countries, and generally deny that they have rights to any sort of entitlement. They are kept in a state of poverty because having them poor yields political advantages: poverty elicits sympathetic responses from Americans, and poverty makes them easy to control and indoctrinate in the ideology of jihad and martyrdom. At any rate, since there is no such thing as "a Palestinian people", they have no such thing as "a right of return".

If any religious or ethnic group has "a right to land" in the Middle East, it is the Jews who were there for thousands of years before Islam began. If anyone had "a right to return", it would have to be the Jews. This reasoning has obvious appeal, without even mentioning the prophetic basis of Zionist thinking.

It is only by an exercise of blatantly illogical thinking, conducted by people who have an astonishing attitude of entitlement, that Muslims believe they can lay claim to land on the basis of prior occupancy. Islam didn't even exist until the time of Muhammad, and really had little political influence in the region until about a hundred years after the death of Muhammad when ambitious Arabs realized that the Muhammad cult was an effective way of uniting great armies of conquest by assembling large numbers of people who would otherwise have been fragmented by their different linguistic, tribal, clan, and ethnic identities.

Today Muslims claim that prior to the time of Muhammad people were Muslim, and just didn't know it because the Prophet hadn't yet informed them. Today Muslims further claim that anywhere a Muslim ever stood is the land of Islam simply because a Muslim was there once. Because all men are Muslim, and always have been Muslim although they may not have known it, all land belongs to Islam. (Sometimes I wish my lawyer could get away with making ridiculous claims of that sort, supported by such impossible reasoning, but if such a thing were possible we would all be living in a much more primitive world without such things as painless dentistry and smallpox vaccines.)

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