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The Russian dezinformatsia created the Palestinian People in 1964

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Submitted by Wallace Brand (United States), Jan 11, 2017 at 12:11

The first mention I have seen of the Palestinian People is in the preamble of the 1964 PLO Charter, corroborated only by the first 422 members of the Palestine National Council each handpicked by the KGB according to Major General Ion Pacepa the highest ranking officer to defect from the Soviet bloc. There were two reasons. One was to reframe the conflict from one between the Arab People and the Jewish People, where the Arabs outnumbered the Jews at least 50 to one and with territory more than 100 to 1, to a conflict between the Jewish People and the Arabs within Palestine, a demographic relationship currently of 3 to 2. Also, the change was promoted at the same time as the Russian Diplomats at the UN were pushing conventions in which each genuine "people" was entitled to collective political self-determination.

This was perhaps the best work of the KGB and the Arabs in "theMiddle East Propaganda War", see article by Professor David M.Jacobs.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I set the date at 1920: http://www.danielpipes.org/8025/the-year-the-arabs-discovered-palestine

But I agree with you that the USSR had an important role in strengthening the notion of a Palestinian identity.

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