The Palestinian Authority will go to all lengths to deny the Jewish claims to their homeland and portray Israelis as occupiers, even recruiting experts to spout lies on television, denying any evidence of a Jewish presence in Israel before 1948, a Jerusalem Post report said on Sunday.
According to the report, Palestinian Media Watch recorded three Palestinian academics who were interviewed on PA TV over the past two months about archaeological evidence of Jewish life in Israel, which all three “academics” vehemently denied.
Archaeologist Abir Zayyad, a member of Fatah, said: “We have no archaeological evidence of the presence of the children of Israel in Palestine in this historical period 3,000 years ago, neither in Jerusalem nor in all of Palestine.”
The PA doesn’t stop at just denying clear and well-documented archaeological evidence of Jewish presence in Israel – it refutes the entire history of the Jewish people. Palestinian author Haidar Massad said on Palestinian TV: “I wrote a novel called ‘The Palace’ that was published in 2019. This novel… is about the falsification of the historical geography in the Zionist and Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) narrative… The reader can establish… that in this land, Palestine, which has always been Arab – the children of Israel were never there.”
And if Palestinian academics can deny documented history and archaeological evidence, why can’t they also invent a false history about themselves? They do. In November, Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad al-Malki claimed that “Palestinian culture is 10,000 years.”
“Palestine is the cradle of culture and religions, and part of our Palestinian people’s past, heritage and history is engraved on the walls of its capital Jerusalem – this heritage that Israel, the occupying power, is working to destroy and control, and [it is working] to falsify the history that is witness to our people’s rootedness in its land for more than 10,000 years, which refutes the Israeli occupation’s settlement colonialism narrative.”
Palestinian Media Watch stated: “The PA habitually refutes the authenticity of the numerous archaeological artifacts and non-Biblical sources that testify to the Jewish presence and nationhood thousands of years ago. [These examples show] that the PA’s political message passed on by Palestinian leaders for decades has been successfully adopted and is being repeated even by Palestinian academics.”
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)