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Palestine Fantasy More Popular Than Reality

Reader comment on item: The 11th Encyclopædia Britannica on Who Lived in Palestine

Submitted by Dave (United States), Jul 31, 2016 at 16:19

The real history of modern Palestine, an ethnically diverse Ottoman subdivision, is fascinating because it combines elements that are both exotic and mundane; it's a kind of human museum bearing living remnants from by-gone glory days. The latest chapter involving Zionism provided a much needed economic shot in the arm and drew in many people from the region looking for work. Zionism also posed a challenge to Islamic hegemony by introducing infidel political power.

To meet that challenge, the Arabs made up an alternative history composed of a mythical "Palestinian people" who were displaced by interlopers with no local roots, a ridiculous lie. While this fantasy comports with religious supremacism instead of reality has been no obstacle to its hugely successful sale to the wider world. Credit oil, anti-Semitism, ignorance and the natural disadvantage of starting something new and different - and better.

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