While calling for a new Middle East peace conference in which America is denied a leading role, Abbas linked today’s Arab inhabitants of Judea and Samaria to ancient biblical peoples. “We are the Canaanites, who have been living continuously for the last 5,000 years in Palestine. Our people are deeply rooted in this land. We, the Palestinian people, have founded cities, have built up our native land, and have thereby made a great contribution to humanity and to civilization,” he insisted.
Any historian or theologian knows that the Canaanites disappeared long ago. But despite a conspicuous lack of evidence, the Palestinians are now busy constructing an ethnic connection to nations that lived in this land prior to its conquest by the Israelites. Of course, there were...
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