Palestinian Myths and Israeli Realities

by Rami Dabbas, ALGEMEINER

I like to deal in truth and reality, so here are some facts: Israel has never been called “Palestine,” at least not as a national political entity. And up until 1,420 years ago, there was no significant Arab population in this land — the ancient history of this land is demonstrably Jewish, Aramaic, and Syriac.

One need only consider the many “Palestinian” towns and villages that still carry Aramaic, Hebrew, and Syrian names.

Another truth is that Islam occupied the Levant by force, and imposed its own religion and culture in an effort to erase the region’s true Judeo-Christian heritage.

But no matter what your views of the past are, Israel is today a reality. And we must recognize it for what it is — a nation working to restore its historic roots in this land. We as Arabs must stop relating to Israel by way of the antisemitic saying: “The Jews are the only people who have a history, but not a nation.”

One of the greatest mistakes of those original Muslim conquerors was to expel or Islamicize the region’s Jews and Christians. But that mistake is now, in our days, being righted.

Given all the above, it is ridiculous to claim that the Jews are trying to “Judaize” Jerusalem or any other part of the land many seem intent on calling “Palestine.” They can’t “Judaize” what has historically always been Jewish.

We Arabs do not have the right to oppose the State of Israel in its efforts to reconnect to its people’s past, including via archaeology. Are we afraid of what the evidence of the past will reveal — that this is indeed Israel’s ancestral land, and that “Palestine” as a historic Arab Muslim land is a fiction?

The Arabs must stop lying to themselves, for the sake of our own future.

The problem is that the majority of Muslims do not see what Islam did historically as an invasion and occupation of the lands of other peoples. They do not see it as colonialism, even as they unjustifiably accuse the Jews of colonialism.

Anyone who is honest with themselves knows that via the creation of the State of Israel, a historical mistake is being righted, and that is the simple truth.

How can we complain when the land’s true owners return to reclaim it?

Rami Dabbas is a civil engineer by profession who writes for several media outlets. He is a pro-Israel advocate, peace campaigner and political activist speaking out against terrorism. A version of this article was published by Israel Today.

May 21, 2020 | 6 Comments » | 411 views

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  1. But, leftists say you can’t go back 2,000 years and only care about who was the majority in the 19th century. So, then I respond that it depends on where you are talking about. For most of the 19th century, Jerusalem had a Jewish majority. That confuses them and makes them want to change the subject. Some of them. Others respond to the observations of contemporary travelers that the land was desolate and uninhabited, for the most part, with those of others who write about particular places that were not and had Arab populations. This, however, simply reinforces the obvious, which is that the land was not a country but just a diverse region under the Turks.

  2. Mudar Zahran published the writer of this article to be a terrorist and gave documents from the JOC sent to USA .. why are you sharing his article Ted ?

  3. i’m confused why you shared an article from someone who your Jordanian Option partner has reported to police ?? I don’t understand .. that is all .. nothing else

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