Thursday, 18 November 2010

Lies and Hate From the Arab World

This letter is making the rounds in the email world. For those of you who have not read it I have decided to post it. I cannot swear to the authenticity, but, the content is right on the money. It is supposedly written to Helen Thomas by Brigitte Gabriel, author of Because They Hate. Please read and learn--and give some thought to what your children are being taught!
(Ed: Bold, Italic Emphasis are mine)

From One American Lebanese Journalist To Another~Dear Helen:
With a great deal of disappointment I watched your interview, replayed over and over on television, in which you said that Jews should go back home to Poland and Germany. I find it both appalling and unsettling that someone with your level of journalistic accomplishment would lack a basic knowledge of Middle Eastern history. (Ed: She first said the Jews should get the hell out of Palestine--She was speaking to 2 Jewish boys wearing Yarmulkes (skull caps) and a Rabbi!---Please Watch the original clip at the end of this post)
So please allow me to make the case as to why Israel has a historical, legal and moral right to exist as a Jewish state in the Middle East.
According to the Arab-Palestinian-Muslim narrative, Israel is an alien colony recently planted in the Arab world by American and European imperialism. This narrative recognizes no history prior to the arrival of the first Zionist pioneers in the 1880s, and emphatically denies any ancient historical connection of the Jewish people to the land of Israel. This is the central lie, offered to justify uncompromising opposition to Jewish national rights. It is almost as if they actually expect people to think the word Israel was invented in modern times. What is alarming is that their increasingly successful rewrite of history has taken hold in minds supposedly as informed as yours. (Ed: Many online articles are being re-written with lies claiming the  ancient culture of the Palestinians and non-existence of the Jews, while the Waqf is digging up and destroying ancient artifacts on the Temple Mount--there is a systematic attempt to cleanse the Jewish Presence in the Holy Land)
The historical truth is carved in Egyptian stone. According to a well-known hieroglyphic inscription, the tribes of Israel were a significant, established presence in Canaan no later than 1212 BCE. There is a vast body of archaeological evidence that demonstrates the ancient Israelite/Jewish presence in Israel/Judea as far back as 925 BCE. This historical presence is verified in the ancient records of the Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Moslem Empires. The Arab conquest did not occur until 638 CE (AD). An exercise in elementary arithmetic reveals that the Jewish people were there eighteen and one-half centuries before the arrival of the Muslim Arabs.
Despite being conquered many times, the Jewish people have had a constant, uninterrupted presence in the Land of Israel for over thirty centuries. The Arabs and Islam have been there less than fourteen centuries. It has conveniently been forgotten that the Jews and Christians were there first.
Furthermore, in the thirty centuries preceding the re-establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, there have been only two periods when there was an independent, internationally recognized state in the area that now comprises Israel. Both of them were Jewish states. Even when this land was part of the Arab empire (638 CE/AD through 1099 CE/AD), there was never an independent Arab state in Palestine, by that name or any other. (Ed: There was no Palestinian People, Language, Culture, Arts or Literature--Not One Single Book!)
No wonder Arabs are donating millions of dollars to US colleges for Middle Eastern schools of study. They have a lot of hard historical evidence to rewrite in the young minds of students, most of whom enter college with little or no knowledge of ancient Middle Eastern history.
The Jewish people have a distinct national identity. Religion is only one of the unique characteristics that defines this national identity. In addition, the Jewish people have a separate and distinct language, culture and customs, with a documented history of development over the past three thousand years. The Jewish people have created a vast body of art and literature, both secular and religious, which reflects the connection of the Jewish people to the land of Israel.
The Dead Sea Scrolls, written when the descendants of the Maccabees ruled an independent Judea, demonstrate that the Jewish people, both in the Holy Land and in exile all over the world, have been reading and writing secular and sectarian literature in the same distinct language for over two thousand years. (Ed: Recently Jordan claimed they were part of their ancient culture!)
In contrast, the Arabic language and culture and the Muslim religion of the Palestinians are essentially indistinguishable from the wider Arab world. Prior to the mid 1800s there is no trace whatsoever of uniquely Palestinian art, literature, music, or any other manifestation of a distinct culture. If you find this hard to believe, try to think of one Palestinian book, or author, or artist, from the year 1300 through the year 1800. That's a period of 500 years.
There must be one book written by a Palestinian Arab author. There must be one painting by a Palestinian Arab artist. Guess what? There are none.
If you still don't believe it, ask a Palestinian nationalist or a Columbia University professor of Middle Eastern history to name one. The most honest response you will get is silence. The most likely response you will get is a lie.
People can propagate lies but they cannot erase historical facts. For more historical facts about the Palestinians and how they destroyed your own country of heritage, Lebanon, and how the Israelis helped and protected the Christians during the war, I invite you to pick up a copy of my New York Times bestseller Because They Hate. It's never too late to learn and catch up on history, even at 90...

Ed. Note: The picture to the right is taken from an article I read on the Bare Naked Islam site. Do go there and read the whole thing, and while you are at it look at the other great articles.

Here is the Original Clip of the Interview:

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