From the Times of Israel:

Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator over the weekend again ruled out the notion of Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. Speaking at a Munich conference, on a panel with his Israeli counterpart Tzipi Livni, Erekat said the demand was unacceptable: “When you say ‘accept Israel as a Jewish state’ you are asking me to change my narrative,” he claimed, asserting that his ancestors lived in the region “5,500 years before Joshua Bin-Nun came and burned my hometown Jericho.”

Joshua lived about 3,300 years ago, so Erekat is claiming that his family was in the region for nearly 9000 years.

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Is this true?

Not even close.

Erekat was born in Abu Dis, near Jerusalem. I found an interview with another Erekat who was born in Abu Dis, named Hussein Mohamed Erekat. He says that his family actually comes from the Huwaitat region of the northwestern Arabian Peninsula.

Indeed, this article about the dialects and clans of Saudi Arabia confirms the existence of the Erekat (sometimes spelled Areikat or Ariqat) families in Huwaitat, and they are one of seven clans that ended up in Palestine.

Is Saeb a member of this clan? Yes, he is.

This Facebook page of the Erekat family traces the Erekat family history, and this article confirms that the family came from the Huwaitat region, and it also that mentions prominent Erekats – including Saeb.

That article also says that before Huwaitat, their ancestors emigrated from Medina.

All of the Erekats are related. Most of their most prominent members have held positions in Jordan’s government or armed forces, but three PLO diplomats are from the family, including Saeb, the US representative of the PLO Maen Rashid Areikat, and the PLO’s delegate to the Ukraine Khaled Erekat.

(Saeb is also implying that he was born in Jericho, but he wasn’t.)

Saeb Erekat is, once again, lying. Just as we caught him lying many, many times before.

And after all these years of documented lies, no one in the media has had the guts to confront him. Because, you see, he may be a liar, but he is a moderate liar, and therefore deserves everyone’s uncritical support.

And why should Israel have a problem signing a peace agreement with liars?

UPDATE: Erekat actually saidI am the  proud son of the Canaanites who were there 5,500 years before Joshua bin Nun burned down the town of Jericho.”

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21 COMMENTS

  1. We need to move forward to close this 70 year old wound.
    No more nitpicking by either side.
    Sure the agreement isn't perfect and not everyone is 100 percent satisfied. But that's a good thing, so the deal would last.

  2. Les, neither did I, but I actually believed that Arafat was Palestinian. There, just shows you. Of course the Prophet did say it was O.K. to lie ((its in the Koran) in order to get whatever you needed, when it comes to conflict. So I guess it must be O.K. Well, they certainly do a really good job of it, don't they.

  3. I've come across such sentiments from my arab neighbors as well. One of them eschewed any connection to Abraham and described the latter a Jewish settler who came from Iraq (he's right..).
    The ironic thing about this is that while 'canaan' is not mentioned in the Quran, Cannanites themselves were considered cursed and anathema in much of Islam. Many Islamic theologians followed the Biblical proscription of canaan as 'eternally cursed'.

  4. Yes – unfortunately Ron is correct: regardless which way the Arab argument is clothed and coerced, in the final analysis they accept nothing else but 'Jews out – the land is ours alone'. There is no answer to such insanity but to go on 'negotiating' and to buy Time until The G-d of Israel redeems His Inheritance – Eretz Israel – and her earthy 'Manager' – The Apple of His Eye.

  5. Astonishing, only idiots would believe his words. FYI Erekat the first cultures did not appear to settle until 8,500 BCE. Known as incipient agriculture from the two great Rivers flowing from the Persian Gulf today. General name of this peoples late Mesolithic. So did you arise Erekat after the late Ice age? Ref. Colin McEvedy The Penguin Atlas of Ancient History.

  6. I also am the proud son of the Canaanites who were there 5,500 years before the Christian era.
    Phoenicians, Aramaic, Moabites, Bedouins, Nabateens, original Israelites (Hebrews) etc are all descendents from the Canaanites who inhabited this wonderful land the Greeks in antiquity called Palestine.
    The religion, language and culture of all are very similar. In fact, the Arabic language spoken in Lebanon and Palestine are the nearest to the original language of Ugarit while the Hebrew is nearest to Aramaic. The Hebrew alphabet in fact is called “Box Aramaic”.
    My Family, Manasseh, has lived for centuries in the area and I am also proud of this heritage. We must remember though that the Christianized Canaanites (Eastern Christians) have no racial denominator with western Christians, Arabized Muslim Canaanites either with Muslims from beyond Iraq just as Canaanites Sephardic Jews have no common denominator with their Ashkenazim counterpart.
    However, The important issue to solve is how we give the descendent of the Canaanites, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Baha’is, etc., human justice so that they recuperate their divine rights as brothers who have lived so long in harmony until the European civilization invaded the area at the time of the ferocious Crusaders, and now has sponsors the invasion by Talmudic cultured Asians .

  7. Mmmmm, problem here. Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews have very clear genetic relationships with Ashkenazis. Second, it was the Romans who started to call Judea Palestine, because they didn't want the region associated with the Jews, who they were trying to wipe out (first Holocaust, anyone?) Third, since there are no current people who identify or can trace their lineage to the Canaanites, it's more reasonable to assume that the people who inhabited the area during the last 2 millennia are probably mixtures from all the groups you mention, plus immigrants from Arabia, and not pure-blooded anything. They were probably mostly Christian and Jewish until the descent of the Muslims with their swords and ideas of empire. And no, they did NOT live in harmony under Muslim rule — there is clear historical documentation that anyone who wasn't Muslim was a dhimmi, a second-class citizen and suffered burdens accordingly. And Hebrew came BEFORE Aramaic, not after, and the writing system is Hebrew, not any kind of Aramaic. If you are going to talk about history, please get it right.

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