Palestine? Quotes That Make One Blink

1) “Who can challenge the rights of the Jews to Palestine? Good Lord,
historically, it is really your country.”
~ Yusuf Diya al-Khalidi, Mayor of
Jerusalem, in 1899. ~

2) “We Arabs, especially the educated among us,
look with deepest sympathy on the Zionist movement…. We will wish the Jews a
hearty welcome home… our two movements compliment one another.”
~ Emir Faisal, a leader of the Arab world, in 1919. ~

3) Throughout his authorized biography (Alan Hart, Arafat: terrorist or peace maker) Arafat
asserts at least a dozen times: “The Palestinian people have no national
identity. I, Yasser Arafat, man of destiny, will give them that identity through
conflict with Israel.”
~ Yasser Arafat ~

4) “We plan to eliminate
the state of Israel and establish a purely Palestinian state. We will make life
unbearable for Jews by psychological warfare and population explosion. . . . We
Palestinians will take over everything, including all of Jerusalem.”
~ Yasser Arafat ~

5) “Peace for us means the destruction of Israel. We are
preparing for an all out war, a war which will last for generations.
~Yasser Arafat~

6) “The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a
Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state
of Israel. For our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between
Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical
reasons do we speak today about the existence of Palestinian people, since Arab
national interest demand that we posit the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian
people’ to oppose Zionism”.
~ Zahir Muhse’in, Member PLO Executive and the
hoax of “Palestinian” identity – March 31, 1977 interview with the
Amsterdam-based newspaper “Dagblad de Verdieping Trouw”~

7) “There is no such country as Palestine. ‘Palestine’ is a term the Zionists invented. There is
no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria.
‘Palestine’ is alien to us. It is the Zionists who introduced it”.
– Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, Syrian Arab leader to British Peel Commission, 1937 –

8) “There is no such thing as Palestine in history, absolutely not”.
– Professor Philip Hitti, Arab historian, 1946 –

9) “It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but Southern Syria”.
– Representant of Saudi Arabia at the United Nations, 1956

10) Concerning the Holy Land, the chairman of the Syrian Delegation at the Paris Peace Conference in February
1919 stated: “The only Arab domination since the Conquest in 635 c.e. hardly
lasted, as such, 22 years”.

11) ” There is no Palestinian nation! There is an Arab nation, but no Palestinian nation. This was invented by the colonial
powers. When are the Palestinians mentioned in history? Never.”
~ Azmi Bishara, former Arab Knesset member, on Israel television. ~

12) “There is not a solitary village throughout its whole extent (valley of Jezreel,
Galilea); not for thirty miles in either direction… One may ride ten miles
hereabouts and not see ten human beings. For the sort of solitude to make one
dreary, come to Galilee… Nazareth is forlorn… Jericho lies a mouldering
ruin… Bethlehem and Bethany, in their poverty and humiliation… untenanted by
any living creature… A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is
given over wholly to weeds… a silent, mournful expanse… a desolation… We
never saw a human being on the whole route… Hardly a tree or shrub anywhere.
Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil had
almost deserted the country… Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes… desolate
and unlovely…”.
– Mark Twain, “The Innocents Abroad”, 1867 –

13) “In 1590 a ‘simple English visitor’ to Jerusalem wrote: ‘Nothing there is to
bescene but a little of the old walls, which is yet remayning and all the rest
is grasse, mosse and weedes much like to a piece of rank or moist grounde’.”.
– Gunner Edward Webbe, Palestine Exploration Fund, Quarterly Statement, p.
86; de Haas, History, p. 338 –

14) “The land in Palestine is lacking in people to till its fertile soil”.
– British archaeologist Thomas Shaw, mid-1700s –

15) “Palestine is a ruined and desolate land”. Count Constantine François Volney,
XVIII century French author and historian

16) “The Arabs themselves cannot be considered but temporary residents.
They pitched their tents in its grazing fields or built their places of refuge
in its ruined cities. They created nothing in it. Since they were strangers to
the land, they never became its masters. The desert wind that brought them
hither could one day carry them away without their leaving behind them any sign
of their passage through it”.
– Comments by Christians concerning the Arabs in Palestine in the 1800s –

17) “Then we entered the hill district, and
our path lay through the clattering bed of an ancient stream, whose brawling
waters have rolled away into the past, along with the fierce and turbulent race
who once inhabited these savage hills. There may have been cultivation here two
thousand years ago. The mountains, or huge stony mounds environing this rough
path, have level ridges all the way up to their summits; on these parallel
ledges there is still some verdure and soil: when water flowed here, and the
country was thronged with that extraordinary population, which, according to the
Sacred Histories, was crowded into the region, these mountain steps may have
been gardens and vineyards, such as we see now thriving along the hills of the
Rhine. Now the district is quite deserted, and you ride among what seem to be so
many petrified waterfalls. We saw no animals moving among the stony brakes;
scarcely even a dozen little birds in the whole course of the ride”.
– William Thackeray in “From Jaffa To Jerusalem”, 1844 –

18) “The country is in a considerable degree empty of inhabitants and therefore its greatest need
is of a body of population”.
– James Finn, British Consul in 1857 –

29) “The area was underpopulated and remained economically stagnant
until the arrival of the first Zionist pioneers in the 1880’s, who came to
rebuild the Jewish land. The country had remained “The Holy Land” in the
religious and historic consciousness of mankind, which associated it with the
Bible and the history of the Jewish people. Jewish development of the country
also attracted large numbers of other immigrants – both Jewish and Arab. The
road leading from Gaza to the north was only a summer track suitable for
transport by camels and carts… Houses were all of mud. No windows were
anywhere to be seen… The plows used were of wood… The yields were very
poor… The sanitary conditions in the village [Yabna] were horrible… Schools
did not exist… The rate of infant mortality was very high… The western part,
toward the sea, was almost a desert… The villages in this area were few and
thinly populated. Many ruins of villages were scattered over the area, as owing
to the prevalence of malaria, many villages were deserted by their inhabitants”.
– The report of the British Royal Commission, 1913 –

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