Via the Jerusalem Post--interesting article and a very interesting comment. If you tell me that the Palestinians are an "invented people" and did not exist because they were colonized by the Ottoman Empire, then neither did the Egyptians or any other people in the vicinity.
Less than a month before the Iowa caucuses, the first step in the US presidential nomination process, Republican presidential hopefuls seem to be engaged in an attempt to outdo one another in demonstrations of support for Israel.
Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the US House of Representatives who has pulled ahead of Mitt Romney in recent polls, has been the most outspoken. During a Republican debate held in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday night, Gingrich defended comments he made last week to the Jewish Channel referring to the Palestinians as an “invented people.”
“Somebody ought to have the courage to tell the truth,” Gingrich declared, adding that there was not much difference between Fatah and Hamas.
Romney, speaking at the same Des Moines debate, replied that he “happens to agree with most of what [Gingrich] said,” except for the “invented people” comment.
Rep. Michele Bachmann meanwhile attacked Palestinian incitement in school textbooks.
All of the speakers, proudly brandishing their pro-Israel credentials, touched on important points.
To better understand Gingrich’s statement that there is not much difference between Fatah and Hamas or Bachmann’s criticism of Palestinian text books, we recommend reading Deception: Betraying the Peace Process.
The book, launched at the beginning of the month in a New York event attended by Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel and Advancing Human Rights founder Bob Bernstein, analyzes a year’s worth of cultural, educational and general media resources, in which the Fatah-led PA promoted messages of hate against Israel. Authors Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik of Palestinian Media Watch discovered that even in mundane contexts, such as the sports pages in official PA newspapers or in educational programs for children, Israel is routinely referred to as “the homeland that is occupied,” not just on the West Bank but within the Green Line.
Israelis policies are regularly demonized, Israelis are compared to Nazis, and Palestinian terrorists – alive and dead – are treated as national heroes.