MINNEAPOLIS, August 11, 2014 — As Israel defends itself from Hamas-fired rockets, a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seems remote.
Palestinians insist that the rocket fire will not stop until “illegally Zionist-occupied Palestine” is returned to the Palestinian people. Palestinians claim that they are indigenous to the land, and that “Israeli colonizer settlers” kicked them out. Israel claims that the land has always belonged to the Jewish people.
Most people in the United States find the Palestinian position indefensible. Yet pockets of support for the Palestinians can still be found anywhere the American left still exists. From college university professors to Hollywood, any industry containing leftism contains support for Palestinians.
Since Hollywood celebrities and university professors rarely have their opinions challenged, it is easy for them to remain in their protective cocoons. Once these people have their beliefs questioned, it is easy to make their arguments crumble.
This is easy enough to do. Any individual anywhere in this world who supports the Palestinians over the Israelis must be confronted with two basic questions.
The first question is historical. Who is the father (or mother) of the Palestinian people?
The first human male was Adam. From his rib came Eve, the first human female. The first Jew was Abraham, son of Terah and father of Isaac. The first Christian was Jesus Christ. The first Muslim was Muhammad.
These people existed. There is no dispute. Muslims can take pride in memorizing the birth of their religion in 622 A.D.
Who was the first Palestinian? When was that person born? Where was that person born?
Nobody knows the answer to this question. Yassir Arafat became the leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization in 1970, but he was an Egyptian by birth. He was only the third PLO leader, since that organization began in 1964,
How can any indigenous people struggling for their history not be able to recite with certitude what that history even happens to be? If a Jew stole the land, who did the Jew steal it from?
George Washington was the Father of his country, the United States of America. He led a war against the British in 1776. The defeated army who lost the land was led by Lord Cornwallis. In 1789 Washington became the first President of the United States.
What battle saw the “Palestinians” lose their land? Who led the losing army? If they were displaced, who displaced them? What was the name of this Jew?
The reason Palestinians cannot answer questions about their history is because this history is nonexistent. A band of rebel fighters were kicked out of Egypt and Jordan for trying to overthrow those governments. Jordan massacred about 10,000 of them in one day in 1970. Arabs displaced other Arabs. The Arabs who fled then tried to take over Israel because it was the one area of the region where they would not be indiscriminately murdered. Rather than accept the role of gracious guests, they tried to seize the land of a Jewish people who had a multi-thousand year documented history.
The second question about the Palestinians is geographical. They claim their land is being occupied. Exactly what land is being occupied?
The Gaza Strip is not occupied. Since 2005, there have been zero Jews living in Gaza. The West Bank could be an answer, but evidence points against this. In 2000, Arafat was offered all of Gaza and 97% of the West Bank as part of a peace deal. He turned the deal down because that still would not have ended the “occupation.”
The Palestinians have made it clear that Jerusalem is the capital of their “Palestine.” At anti-Israel marches they chant “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”
From the river to the sea encompasses all of the land. The Arabs have for decades talked about “driving the Jews into the sea.” This Palestinian goal is completely consistent with Arabs before them.
This is why a lasting peace is impossible. The Palestinians were offered two states living side by side in 1948. The Jewish state of Israel would be next to the Palestinian state of Palestine. The Palestinians rejected the deal and waged the first of many wars so they could seize all of the land. The Palestinians of 2014 are no different from the Arabs in 1948.
These displaced Arabs have convinced themselves that they are entitled to all of the land. The very existence of Israel and its Jews is what they reject.
Palestinians keep demanding an end to the occupation by speaking in generalities. They know that admitting their specific aspirational goals of killing all of the Jews would reduce their public relations support. Even some Hollywood celebrities and university professors do not wish to see another anti-Jewish Holocaust.
Palestinian supporters who base their views on Jew-hatred cannot be reasoned with. For Palestinian supporters who are ignorant rather than malicious, ask them the questions.
Who was the first Palestinian? What exact stretch of land do they claim as being occupied?
Until these questions are answered, the Israeli position and its archaeological evidence is the only valid view. Israel is the land that traces back to Abraham, the very first Jew. It is the land of the Jewish people. There were no Palestinians in existence then, and the current name used by these displaced Arabs is one of sheer fiction.
Palestinians will yell and scream about Jihad, infidels, Little Satan and evil Zionists, but they will never be able to adequately answer the two questions relating to their non-existent identity and their malevolent genocidal purpose.