Monday, September 9, 2013


One of the more common things I hear from Israelis is “Palestine never existed”. The argument is that Palestine was just a geographical territory not realizing that countries are also geographical territories. 
You often hear “they’re Jordanians” and “there never was a Palestine”. For Israelis whose goal is to steal all of the land “from the river to the sea” – it is very important to believe that Palestinians aren’t a people because then it’s perfectly acceptable to kick them off this land. 
Nevermind – Palestinians have been living on this land for generations. And there is a direct correlation between the attempt to delegitimize even the existence of Palestinians with Israel’s attempts to ethnically cleanse Palestinians from their land. 
After all – if a people don’t exist ….you’re not really harming anyone.

Many Israelis use this logic (lack of) in order to justify and ignore the ethnic cleansing, theft of lands, demolition of homes, human rights abuses, torture and murder of Palestinians by the occupying Israeli army. Except – there is historical evidence that Palestine was in fact it’s own country. 

Nevermind that Palestinians have lived on this land for centuries through many empires i.e. Ottomans, British etc; quite simply – Palestine exists. 

This article below from the New York Tribune shows the language used after the breakup of the Ottoman empire in 1917.  Notice the language “bold proposal of a Jewish state in Palestine.” 

Coincidentally – there is one word I do not see written by this author who advocates passionately for a Jewish state: Israel. That’s because unlike Palestine – Israel didn’t exist at that time.

 - See more at: http://www.apartheidexists.com/palestine-never-existed-1917-edition/#sthash.IlnjTtiW.dpuf 

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