Last Saturday a Nazi flag was hung by Palestinians in the village of Beit Ummar. The incident didn’t make the mainstream news. Before going any further, it’s worth noting that even the Palestinians acknowledge that this village was built on the site of ancient Maarath, mentioned in Joshua 15:59. “The history indicates that Beit Ummar,” they state, “is an old town that was erected on the ruins of a Canaanite town called ‘Maera’.” In typical antisemitic fashion though, Joshua’s “occupation” of this place is erased from the real history to accommodate the newly-invented narrative informing the residents of Beit Ummar that they are descendants of the Canaanites.
This piece of history is a reminder of the nature of the conflict that, as Mahmoud Abbas emphasized through the background prepared for his video address to the UN last week (see below), denies any Jewish history in this land. As such, the whole of this land of “Palestine” belongs to its indigenous people the Canaanites, Jebusites, Hittiites, etc. The Arabs now claim to be these people, but their self-designate name...
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