by David Cohen

If arguments without foundation form the basis for recognizing a Palestinian people and their brand of "morality" - one devoid of facts, history and commonly agreed values - then why does the Left, as well as the entire Arab and Muslim bloc continue to use the Big Lie as supportive of their positions?

Isn't it odd that the world accepts the PLO/Palestinian Authority argument that the Palestinian Arabs are a separate people? Isn't it strange that no record can be found of an Arab Palestinian civilization, an Arab Palestinian king, an Arab Palestinian culture, an Arab Palestinian language, or even Arab Palestinian artifacts? Never, nowhere, no how. A belief totally bereft of historical documentation, without any foundation in fact. Zip, zero, nada and, let me add, bupkes.

Isn't it odd that the Arabs themselves have repeatedly expressed the thought that there is no Arab Palestinian people? Isn't it strange that a PLO executive committee member, Zahir Muhsein, in an interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw on March 31st, 1977, said that an Arab Palestinian people does not exist? Likewise, their own brethren in Jordan, Syria and other Arab Muslim countries have made similar remarks. Again, zip, zero, nada and bupkes.

The Muslim Turks of the Ottoman Empire considered Palestine nearly worthless and permitted Jews to live and work there, albeit with limitations and restrictions, during the nearly 400 years they ruled the area. One of America's great writers and commentators, Samuel Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain, visiting the Holy Land in the mid-1800s, stated that the land was practically devoid of inhabitants and useless. Egypt and Jordan owned some of that land during parts of the 20th century, yet never thought about giving it to the so-called Arab Palestinians, because such a people did not exist at that time, let alone throughout history.

It is clearly established beyond any doubt that Jews have had several kingdoms in the area over the course of several thousands of years. The Bible, a foundational document for both Christianity and Islam, clearly makes the case for Jewish claims to the land, however much the nay-sayers may claim to the contrary. Where is the logic of using "the Book" to underscore the other two Abrahamic faiths, yet refusing to accept the underlying Jewish history?

It is well known that the Jews of Palestine bought much of their land from absentee Arab landlords, who sold it to them at exorbitant prices. It is quite true that many Arabs now claiming to be Palestinians are, in fact, immigrants from Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and other Arab countries who came to the area for jobs, because Jews were building something from nothing and warm bodies were needed. When the Arab armies attacked the new State of Israel in 1948, they advised their Arab brethren to vacate the area in order to make it easier for their armies to pass through the land, telling them that they would be able to go back to their homes and take over those of the Jews once the annihilation was completed. Oops, things did not work out as the Nazi Mufti expected and so, they were put in refugee camps for 56 years.

The world forgets that 850,000 Jews were expelled from all the losing Arab countries after that same war and incorporated into Israel at immense cost to the small state, with little or no outside assistance, yet 19 or 20 Arab countries (except for Trans-Jordan and Lebanon) with millions of acres of available land, refused to do the same for their brethren - and the world has been paying for them for 56 years.

The media, academics (particularly those in the relatively new, so-called Middle Eastern Studies departments), leftists and other so-called elites have gravitated toward believing the Big Lie of the Palestinian People with no substantiation in fact or history, no analysis, no research, no documentation, no records. Just because. And, I should also add, largely for reasons of anti-Semitism.

Think for a moment about Josef Goebbels, Hilter's cowardly, anti-Semitic and malevolent Minister of Propaganda. Evil Josef (may he burn in hell forever) said words to the effect that if you say and restate the Big Lie long enough, people will come to believe it, regardless of the facts, despite historical evidence to the contrary. And so it came to be with the Palestinians. A 'people' based on a lie, a total fabrication, without equal in the history of the planet. And laughable to boot, if they weren't genocidal murderers.

As Frank Sinatra used to sing, "Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you, if you're young at heart", or apparently, even in a heart that is black as coal and evil through and through, as in the case of Mohammed Abdel-Raouf Arafat Al-Qidwa Al-Husseini, a.k.a. Yasser Arafat, a.k.a. Abu Ammar, a.k.a. The Ugly Satan, a.k.a. The Master Terrorist. He was friend to the Left, to academia, to the media, to the European Union, to the United Nations, to Russia, to Saddam Hussein, to the entire Arab World (yet which saw fit to expel him and his followers from one country after another due to his killing ways), and the inventor of the Palestinian Myth, first in the hearts of his newly-created people. He was a piece of filth of the first magnitude.

Let's now consider the Holocaust. The Western world, having seen the factual evidence maintained carefully in records, photographs and film by the National Socialists during their 12 years in power, as part of the German need for documentation, knows full well that the deaths of millions of Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, religious figures, politicians, partisans, criminals, disabled and sick people, was a real and true event. Yet, we have the Arabs and the Holocaust deniers who say it was not so. How can the rantings of a few deluded and virulently anti-Semitic morons, including PA President Mahmoud Abbas, have any weight in the face of the German necessity to record everything to such a degree?

If arguments without foundation form the basis for recognizing a Palestinian people and their brand of "morality" - one devoid of facts, history and commonly agreed values - then why does the Left, as well as the entire Arab and Muslim bloc continue to use the Big Lie as supportive of their positions? Because it can, because the world easily accepts nonsensical arguments on matters that are factually documented, but read by so few.

Why, when it comes to the matter of Islamic terror against other Muslims and non-Muslims, is the world, led by George Bush and Kofi Annan, so willing to accept the obvious falsehood that Islam is a religion of peace, rather than a cult of terror, enforced through conversion, subjugation or killing? The demand for world domination is expressed in their holy writings, yet few bother to read these texts or to try to put themselves into the perspective of its believers. A case of too much to swallow, but that does not make an incorrect interpretation. Apathy does not win wars.

Morality is not situational. It simply is. Murder is never right. Never. Ethics are not changeable. You either have them or you do not, and you cannot get them back if you fall off the wagon. You can claim to have done so, but you know in your heart of hearts that you are living a lie.

So, why is it that Jewish claims to Israel, founded in history, are overlooked, put out of sight, or simply not considered by the media, academics and even certain governments, and no one points the finger at these people and says they are immoral? Well, folks, I'm saying it here and now. These people are immoral. They are liars and deniers of fact. They are anti-Semites.

David Cohen is a retired USAF officer, a business executive and consultant who speaks on extreme Islam and the Arab-Israeli conflict. An author and former university lecturer, he lives in San Diego. This article appeared August 30, 2005 in Arutz-Sheva and is archived at It was posted December 29, 2013 on the IsraPundit website.

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