MembersA ‘Palestinian’ People?

Without intending Hamas Interior Minister Hamad reminded the Arab Muslims that the “Palestinian people” is a fantasy

By Tsvi Sadan |
DESERT CLOISTER: The Mar Saba monastery near the Arab village of Al-Ubeidiya Photo: Abir Sultan/Flash 90

Appearing on Egypt’s Al-Hekma TV in March 2013, Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hamad said out loud what every novice politician and NGO executive dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has an obligation to know: “[The] Al-Aqsa [Mosque on the Temple Mount] and the land of Palestine represent the spearhead of Islam for all Muslims,” he declared. “Every Palestinian in Gaza and throughout Palestine can prove his Arab roots—whether from Saudi Arabia, from Yemen or wherever.”

 

Hamad was reminding the Arab world that the “Palestinian people” are a ragtag group bound only by common determination to end Jewish sovereignty in the Holy Land. A vivid demonstration of this presented itself in the opening of a new Palestinian national museum that was totally empty of any exhibits.

 

Those insisting that the Palestinian people are indigenous to the Land are either hiding the truth or are unaware of having become useful idiots in the service of cynical leaders.

 

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