“Palestine” is a fantasy-land. That is why we head this category “Palestine?” “Palestinians” are simply Arabs like Jordanians, Syrians, etc. In 2006, the “Palestinians” voted into power, as their leaders, the violent terror group known as Hamas. They ousted the slightly more moderate group Fatah, currently headed by Mahmoud Abbas. But how much more moderate is Fatah? Abbas earned his PhD with a paper on the fiction of the Holocaust. Neither side will recognize Israel’s existence, yet the Western world insists Israel make “peace” with both parties. “Palestine” and the “Palestinian” cause only came about in the mid 1960s when Yaser Arafat put the movement on the map.
Ateek has an axe to grind; he needs to advance his Palestinian agenda by displacing Israel. In an effort to push his version of Christian dogma, he rewrites the Bible and fabricates a formidable sounding contemporary social justice ideology. His personal fish story is born fully formed from the caverns of his own vivid imagination. If it weren't so dangerous, it would be ludicrous.
In most parts of the world, it's not easy to find a major issue on which 80% of the population agrees. An election victory in the United States is considered a "landslide" if the winner receives more than about 60% of the vote. (Such as Richard Nixon winning 65% of the vote against George McGovern in the 1972 presidential race.)
But among Palestinian Arabs in Judea-Samaria (the West Bank) and Gaza, it turns out there is one issue on which there is more support than any other: randomly murdering Israeli Jews.
Way before Yasser Arafat, the PLO, Hamas, Fatah, Mahmoud Abbas and the likes, there was a Palestine. There was a Palestine that was recognized by the entire world and that was just fine. I am actually in favor of what Palestine used to be prior to the 1960s. Unfortunately, the word "Palestine" has since suffered from some kind of etymological virus for which there seems to be no cure. But why would the world look for a cure when nobody feels that there is even an virus? Yet it is pandemic!
• The original meaning of the word "Palestine":
Joseph Farah exposes nationhood claim as deception for Israel's destruction
You might remember the late Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir making the bold political statement: "There is no such thing as a Palestinian people."
The statement has been a source of ridicule and derision by Arab propagandists ever since. They love to talk about Golda Meir's "racism." They love to suggest she was in historical denial. They love to say her statement is patently false – an intentional lie, a strategic deception.
"The Palestinians are an invented people," said Jewish-American billionaire and Republican donor Sheldon Adelson, adding that "the purpose of the existence of Palestinians is to destroy Israel."
Adelson was speaking at the Israeli American Council in Washington Sunday, in a debate with Haim Saban, the Israeli-American media mogul and Democrat funder.
In 1818, English author Mary Shelley published her first edition of "Frankenstein, or the modern Prometheus". This is the tale of the creation of a grotesque creature based on a cadaver taken through a series of pseudo-scientific experiments. In the book, Dr. Victor Frankenstein attempted and achieved the impossible. He managed to bring "life" into something that shouldn't be alive. In a sense, Dr. Frankenstein decided to play God and created the monster that over the years has become known itself as "Frankenstein".
Currently, there is a growing trend within the European Union that could very well lead to the birth of yet another grotesque creature that would come to being ex nihilo, or out of nothing. I am talking about the bringing to life of a country that never existed for a people that has been created for the sole purpose of supplanting the people who belong. I am talking about the creation and birth of PALENSTEIN!
Much like its Nazi predecessor, "The Big Lie" of today--a nonsensical fabrication spawned in the Middle East, even inside Israel, has rapidly evolved into an Arab propaganda locomotive powered by the steam engines of anti-Semitism. The lie, this falsehood of our time, purports that the "Palestinians", a mythical people whose ancestral beginnings under that moniker can be neither defined nor traced, were ejected from their own land -- a land to which they refer as "Palestine". Hence, the "Palestinian" people, with an international community behind them, maintain that they were "victimized" by the creation of the state of Israel in May, 1948. The Palestinians refer to this day as "Al Nakba", which translates to "Day of Catastrophe". In Israel, Jews and Christians celebrate this glorious day as Yom Ha'atzmaut. It is our Independence Day.
That is precisely why, in addition to leveling all sorts of other accusations at Israel, the Palestinian Authority is engaged in an effort to invent a new historical narrative that puts the Palestinians in the land long before the Hebrews ever arrived from Egypt.
Strang, whose father, Steve, is founder and president of Charisma Media, could be described as progressive in worldview. Steve Strang has a long reputation as a leader in the pro-Israel Christian community. The son, however, is something else altogether. Someone has described Relevant as Rolling Stone for evangelicals.
In the new issue cover story, Cameron Strang quoted a variety of people involved in framing the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. The problem is they are all left-wing. Sami Awad, Hanan Ashrawi, Lynne Hybels and Todd Deatherage, among others, are not impartial, unbiased observers. The article itself is steeply slanted toward the Palestinian view of the conflict which is, in short-form, all Israel's fault.
Various Western institutions list "Palestine" as a country, although there obviously is no such place. I shall note them on an occasional basis in reverse chronological order.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Hany Abu-Assad may have been born in Nazareth, Israel, carry an Israeli passport, film his movie Omar partly in Israel with several Israeli actors (including the male and female leads, Adam Bakri and Leem Lubany) – but he presents the movie as coming from "Palestine" and the organization that hands out the Oscar prizes concurred when it nominated Omar as one of the five finalists in the Best Foreign Film category.