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The truth of the matter, of course, is that having chased the Jews out of land that we lived on for millennia, they now wish to chase Jews out our historical homeland entirely.  There are many people out there – all evidence to the contrary – who honestly believe that the Palestinian National Movement is fundamentally grounded in social justice for the “indigenous Arab population,” with two states for two peoples.  This is a lie on numerous levels.

The first lie is that the Palestinian-Arabs are the indigenous people of Israel.  They are not.  As it reads on the right side of Israel Thrives, courtesy of the Elder, “Jews are from Judah, Arabs are from Arabia.”   The broad strokes of Jewish and Arab history in the Land of Israel are not in serious contention among western historians with professional credentials.  They all acknowledge that Jews have lived in Judea and Samaria for at least three thousand years, but the Jewish presence predates written history and thereby floats back into the mists of time.  Muhammad’s armies conquered Jerusalem in 637 CE from the Byzantines, thus the Muslims are rather late to the game by thousands of years.


The Jews are the only living people who can make claims of indigeneity to Eretz Israel.  Unless some Jebusites pop out of the ground, only the Jews can make that case.

The second lie is that the Palestinian-Arabs want a state for themselves in peace next to Israel. This is false.  What the the Palestinian National Movement wants is the elimination of the Jewish National Movement.  Palestinian-Arab national consciousness emerged as a significant social construct toward the end of the twentieth-century.  It did so for the express purpose of undermining Jewish well-being on historically Jewish land.  If they wanted a state for themselves they have a funny way of showing it, given that they have refused every single offer going back all the way to 1937, with the Peel Commission.

The third lie is that the Palestinian National Movement has any interest whatsoever in liberal notions of social justice.  If by “social justice” one means random acts of senseless violence combined with a campaign to spread hatred toward Jews all around the world, then the PA is interested in social justice.

And, sadly, one must wonder if President Barack Obama shares that sense of “social justice”?

Given that he is willing to prop up both the PA and the PLO at the direct expense of their American victims, so it would seem.


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Michael Lumish is a PhD in American history from the Pennsylvania State University and has taught at PSU, San Francisco State University, and the City College of San Francisco. He regularly publishes on the Arab-Israel conflict at his own blog, Israel Thrives ( Lumish is also the founding editor of the scholarly on-line discussion forum H-1960s. He can be contacted at


  1. They are Muslims who are furthering the cause of Islam against Israel and America. Why are we so surprised that we’ve been infiltrated???! We wrote the book on espionage (and made the blockbuster), yet when it actually happens according to a script, why are we so hard of hearing and believing?? You can’t write this stuff… Or perhaps you can…

  2. ISREAL now can’t even complain about Islam specially they created new leader of Salah eldeen alyobi again.. the future will tell & show what kind of mistake ISREAL just created, they are proud of Kurds now let’s see in future. Than don’t blame others.. We lived this and we know what’s Islam

  3. republicans divided by Donald trumps immigration plans be real all you heels we want them out of our country ohh we all know they are loaded down in key voting states Texas California Florida we got it ass holes we know grab the guns declare martial law un jade helm in key states also we know boo ..ya idiots fake unemployment numbers 96 million out of work 12 million blacks jobs disappeared with psyco Obama’s flood of illegal Mexicans and Muslims look were they are look were they all started Texas Arizona new Mexico Obama a psyco he doesn’t want to go democrats and republicans have inter breed look at our country no laws no constitution only psyco Obama’s phone and pen…how many votes can 16 million illegals cast ???watch and see … the south they believe …….that’s how psyco Obama won his last election………

  4. what the Obama administration did was to act to forestall a complete crippling of the PLO, the de fact gov of the Arab West Bank. If PLO is hit with monetary damages, the effect will be a massive layoff of its police force which have, for the most part, been quite cooperative with Israel.

    If you want a total and complete reversion to lawlessness in Ramallah, Jenin, Hevron, and Nablus, then bankrupting the PLO is the easiest way to get there. But like all actions which make you feel like you're tough and "getting even", remember that the consequences of those actions can be far worse than any benefit to be derived from them.

    Sure, the PLO are rotten, evil people; but they're not quite as rotten and evil as a total vacuum would be — just look to Gaza for proof.

  5. The advent of Reality TV and Political Correctness have paralyzed the average American. We Americans became Ostriches and bury our heads in the TV so as to avoid dealing with the negative events. Having said that, from now on I will refer to the IDIOT in Chief in the WH as the world's biggest Lump of = Obummer !!!! What a ing delisional Pathetic president, and I say that with the out most respect.

  6. Alan Kardon The executive branch has intervened in cases dealing with foreign powers under every president in history; in reality, it's their role to insure that cases brought under what are procedures usually used by private citizen v private citizen are not disposed of in a manner contrary to foreign policy.

    If you take every issue of national security and try to view it though a political lens, you wind up invading Paris because your french fries were cold at the deli

  7. Perhaps it's time the PLO retrenched, for instance by not rewarding its terrorists. I'm sure there are many other areas where the PLO could cut back on unnecessary or counterproductive expenditures. BTW, Mr. Obama's intervention in this matter is yet another instance of the magical thinking he employed in the Iran nuclear treaty.

  8. And you expected what from this mumser POTUS, Mesiach maybe? His vileness is shown by every deed and word issueing from his mouth and position in the US government supporting islam in all matters that harm Israel as well as Jews and Chrisirtans everywhere…we sould be careful what we ask for sometimes…perhaps in him that's just what we got just not what we wanted.

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