Skip to comments.Hamas leader admits 'Palestinian' identity is invented [Of course Gingrich is right]
Posted on 04/08/2012 6:43:38 PM PDT by Milagros
US Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has come under a lot of fire for saying that the "Palestinians" are an invented people. Most have ridiculed Gingrich by pointing out there are clearly millions of Arabs living in so-called "Palestine."
But Gingrich wasn't talking about the physical presence of those people today, but rather the national identity they have adopted and the fact that most immigrated to the land not so long ago.
In a televised address on Al-Hekma TV last week, Hamas Minister of the Interior and of National Security Fathi Hammad basically backed up Gingrich's assessment, acknowledging that the roots of most "Palestinians" are elsewhere in the Middle East, and that the Palestinian label is only a thin veneer.
Those pushing for a Palestinian state try to paint the Palestinian Arabs as somehow distinct from the Arabs round-about, and therefore in need of their own state. Not so, said Hammad. "Every Palestinian, in Gaza and throughout Palestine, can prove his Arab roots - whether from Saudi Arabia, from Yemen, or anywhere. We have blood ties."
More than that, Hammad stated that the true regional background of most "Palestinians" is not in "Palestine."
"Brothers, half of the Palestinians are Egyptians and the other half are Saudis," exclaimed the Hamas minister.
Hammad's remarks were undoubtedly never intended for a Western audience. Rather, he was pleading with Egypt and other neighboring states to supply Hamas-ruled Gaza with free fuel, which Hammad said Hamas would use "in order to continue to wage Jihad."
[h/t Elder of Ziyon - http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2012/04/hamas-leader-half-of-palestinians-are.html]
Caroline Glick Apr 07, 2012
Hamas terror boss Fathi Hamad is a notable figure. Hamad is both the director of Hamas's al-Aksa television station and the terror group's "minister" of the interior and national security. His double portfolio is a clear expression of the much ignored fact that for terrorists, propaganda is inseparable from violence.
Hamad's key posts make him a man worth listening to. His statements necessarily indicate Hamas's general direction.
On March 23, Hamad was interviewed by Egypt's Al Hekma television station. The interview was translated by MEMRI.
Hamad made two central points. First, he claimed that the Palestinian war against Israel is the keystone of the global jihad. Second, he said the Palestinians are not a distinct people, but transplanted Egyptians and Saudis.
In his words, "At al-Aksa and on the land of Palestine, all the conspiracies, throughout history, have been shattered - the conspiracies of the Crusaders, and the conspiracies of the Tatars. At al- Aksa and on the land of Palestine, the Battle of Hattin was waged. The [West] does not want this noble history to repeat itself, because the Jews and their allies would be annihilated - the Zionists, the Americans and the imperialists.
"Thus, the conspiracy is very clear. Al-Aksa and the land of Palestine represent the spearhead for Islam and for the Muslims. Therefore, when we seek the help of our Arab brothers, we are not seeking their help in order to eat, to live, to drink, to dress, or to live a life of luxury. No. When we seek their help, it is in order to continue to wage Jihad."
Hamad next explained, "Brothers, half of the Palestinians are Egyptians and the other half are Saudis. Who are the Palestinians? We have many families called Al-Masri, [Egyptians] whose roots are Egyptian. Egyptian! They may be from Alexandria, from Cairo, from Dumietta, from the North, from Aswan, from Upper Egypt. We are Egyptians."
What Hamad's interview tells us is that today Hamas - the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood - is more interested in unity with Muslim Brotherhood-dominated Egypt than with Fatah. Whereas in the past it joined Fatah in obscuring the direct link between the jihad against the Jews and the jihad against the non-Muslim world, today it seeks to emphasize the connection. To this end, Hamas is willing to abandon the myth of Palestinian nativism and acknowledge that the Palestinians are an artificial people, invented for the purpose of advancing the global jihad in the key battlefield of Israel. http://townhall.com/columnists/carolineglick/2012/04/07/the_eternal_liberation_movement
The palestinian identity fraud is nothing new. I can recall a conversation with a Jewish FReeper married to a “palestinian” about this very subject. Even his wife agrees that there is no “palestinian people”.
Someone once said that "the most abundant substances in the universe are hydrogen and ignorance."
In this case, that ignorance is deliberate and voluntary.
Before 1975 there was no such thing as the militant "palestinian" identity we now know and love; and its creation can be historically traced.
Militant groups can call themselves "extraterrestial greys," if they so choose. Doesn't make them extraterrestrial greys.
"The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct 'Palestinian people' to oppose Zionism."
PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein, March 31, 1977
That was the result of the power struggle between Egypt and Syria over leadership of the "anti-Zionist" obsession of islam. Egypt funded the new group for decades.
Up until the early 1960s, ‘Palestinian’ almost always meant ‘Jew’. It was even used that way on British Mandate ID cards.
Race and class. The have nots have learned to steal and they want statist help. History shows what happend...Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot. They will try to take guns and ammo before they crush the “haves”. This time they will have their @$$es handed to them. We know what they are doing.
Of course. Until the Jews got the place going, there weren’t many people living there.
Yasser Arafat, the most famous “Palestinian,” was an Egyptian, born in Cairo.
Israel National Radio talk show host Tamar Yonah often tells her listeners that Arabic doesn’t even have a “P” sound, so when Palestinians pronounce it, it comes out “Balistine”.
BTW: I get her show via RSS feed podcast. If you want the straight story from a conservative and observant Jewish perspective, google her daily show.