LOS ANGELES, July 2, 2014 — Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Frankel were murdered because they were Jewish.
Palestinian terrorist group Hamas has repeatedly vowed to wipe Israel off of the map. As Jews across the world held memorial services for the three innocent murder victims, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed justice for the Jewish state. Meanwhile, Palestinians handed out candy to their children to celebrate the murders, just as they did after the September 11 attacks of 2001. The internet was flush with photos of Palestinian children in Jihad garb smiling and holding up three fingers in celebration.
Celebrating the number three was most likely not a Palestinian tribute to the late NASCAR legend Dale “Intimidator” Earnhardt. In this case each finger represented one less Jew in the world.
Israel is locked in an existential struggle to maintain its right to exist. With three more brutally murdered Hebrew sons of Israel to bury, it is long past time to ask a different question:
Do Palestinians have a right to exist?
Lest anybody think the question is meant to encourage genocide, the issue is not whether they should exist as individuals scattered throughout the earth. The question refers to the collective. Is there any evidence available to justify the Palestinian existence as a collective people?
Archaeologically, there is no evidence of a Palestinian people or nation. The Jewish connection to Israel goes back several thousand years. Palestinians never existed before the United Nations created them in 1947. Their first action was to attack Israel rather than build land they were given. Those calling themselves Palestinians are merely displaced Arabs. The Arabs in the Gaza Strip are Egyptians. The Arabs in the West Bank are indigenous to Jordan. The late Palestinian Liberation Organization terrorist leader Yasir Arafat was an Egyptian.
Given the archaeological evidence, the only argument for allowing these Arabs to stay in the West Bank or Gaza is that they are already there. Displacing them would be cruel. This is an illegal immigration debate similar to the one being debated in the United States. It substitutes emotions, wants and demands for historical validity.
Those who ignore archaeology could try to make the claim that everybody emigrated from somewhere at some time. Even the American Indians were not truly Native Americans. They are just more native than their Caucasian Eastern European counterparts. This begs a tougher question at the heart of the justification discussion.
Is there anything that Palestinians bring to this world that can be considered positive?
If the world is truly a family of nations with some very antagonistic actors, can anybody find a single thing that Palestinians have contributed to this world that makes them eligible to join this family?
Every people and every nation have done good and bad things. The Greeks and Romans built empires and killed other people, because that is how empires are built. They also created beautiful art, architecture, literature and philosophy, building civilizations that are revered this day. Rome was the first republic.
America had the horror of slavery, but it also brought the world the idea of freedom. People from all over the world flock to enter the country that brought the world everything from free speech rights to the information superhighway known as the internet. Even the staunchest of the America-hating left use the internet.
Even France, often ridiculed by Americans due to sibling rivalry, contributes cultural positives. Their food and wine are enjoyed by many elite world travelers.
While radical Islam has brought the worst of this world to the forefront, Islamic nations have contributed positively to the world. Iraq was the site of Mesopotamia, the world’s first civilization. Before Iran, there was the beauty of ancient Persia.
The Russians have brought the world the greatest chess masters, Tolstoy, and the most graceful athletes in figure skating.
The Austria-Hungarian Empire brought anti-Semitism. Germany committed the Holocaust. Yet one cannot deny the beauty of the classical music created in those nations. The evil of the Holocaust is not canceled out, but at least the Germans can point to positive contributions in other areas.
Then there is the only Jewish state, surrounded by 22 Arab states. Israel has only five to six million Jews in a world where the entire Jewish population is only 14 million. This tiny miracle of a nation has given the world advancements in medicine and technology that save the lives of people everywhere. Palestinians injured when their suicide bombs detonate incorrectly are often treated in Israeli hospitals.
What have these Arabs who invented the fictional title of Palestinians brought to this world?
Is there anything that the Palestinian people contribute to this world that benefits it in any way?
If everyone who calls himself “Palestinian” ceased to exist, would they be remembered for anything other than their conflict with Israel and the Jews?
They want a nation, but do they deserve one? Does the lazy uncle who refuses to get a job deserve to be given the house of the relatives he freeloads from?
The lazy uncle should not be killed; sloth is not a death-penalty offense. He should be encouraged to vacate the premises, live a responsible life, contribute to society, and go back where he belongs.
Even children understand this. Children everywhere become better citizens when their allowance is received for chores completed and good deeds done rather than from handouts.
Palestinians want to be, but what do they do? They want to get, but what do they give?
What have Palestinians brought to this world that has ever benefited this world?
Perhaps they really are poor, misunderstood victims whose existence increases the levels of joy and happiness in the world, but do not communicate this effectively. In that case they have lousy public relations, which is their own fault. It’s more likely that their problem is one of destructive deeds, not poor marketing.
If their positive offerings truly amount to nothing, then the larger answer is clear: Palestinians should remain Arab individuals living under Arab cultures in Arab countries possessing rich cultural histories. Their Palestinian identity should be erased.
The Palestinians as a people and a nation have no reason or right to exist.