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Rewriting history
Jewish history rewritten
Rewriting history
Rewriting the history of the Land of Israel in order to deny Israel's right to exist is central to Palestinian Authority (PA) policy. Long before it started the PA terror campaign (the "Intifada," 2000-2005), the PA was fighting a history war – erasing Jewish history and replacing it with a fabricated Palestinian history. This rewriting has two central goals:
1- Erase the Jewish nation's 3,000 year history in the Land of Israel;
2- Invent ancient Palestinian, Muslim and Arab histories in the land.

The goal of this historical revision as a political strategy was first expressed publicly at a conference of Palestinian historians in 1998, when rewriting history was linked to the political goal of denying Israel's right to exist:
"Dr. Yussuf Alzamili [Chairman History Department, Khan Yunis Educational College] called on all universities and colleges to write the history of Palestine and to guard it, and not to enable the [foreign] implants and enemies to distort it or to legitimize the existence of Jews on this land... [History lecturer Abu Amar] clarified that there is no connection between the ancient generation of Jews and the new generation." [Al-Ayyam, Dec. 4, 1998].
Erasing Jewish history in the land of Israel is followed by the PA’s invention of ancient and modern histories that support its political ideology and claim to the land of Israel. The Holocaust and other aspects of Jewish history are alternately denied, downplayed or distorted. Another distortion is to hide from Palestinians that Jesus was a Jew who lived in the Land of Judea/Israel. PA leaders repeatedly define Jesus as a Palestinian who preached Islam, thus denying not only Jewish history, but also the history and legitimacy of Christianity.

Citing numerous examples, this section will document that these and other historical revisions are an integral part of Palestinian policy and are used to create political ideology.
Jewish history rewritten
Denial of 3,000 years of Jewish history in the land of Israel is the foundation of all PA political ideology. To accomplish this, the PA systematically distorts both ancient and modern history, ignoring both archeology and historical documentation, and replaces them with an odious fictitious history. The new history demonizes Jews, accusing them of having been evil and destructive throughout history, and thereby triggering non-Jews to justifiably hate, persecute and expel them. This rewriting forms the basis for the Palestinian Authority denial of Israel’s right to exist.
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Denial the Jewish history and connection to the Land of Israel has been policy since the establishment of the Palestinian Authority.
This video is a recent example of a PA academic, denying the existence of thousands of Hebrew language coins, Hebrew texts and Hebrew Bullas (seals) carrying biblical names that that have been found in the Land of Israel.

Lecturer, Urban Planning, Bir-Zeit University, Dr. Jamal Amar
"There is a view that where it [the Dome of the Rock] stands was the Holy of Holies of the fictitious Temple – and by the way, that is merely an illusion. There is no remnant of it. It's a myth. A story of no value, like the Arabian Nights, and other legends… Only in Palestine… [after] 60 years of digging, and they've found nothing at all. Not a water jug, not a coin, not any earthen vessel, no bronze weapons, no piece of metal, absolutely nothing of this myth, because it's a myth and a lie. This digging has not left a single meter [unturned], but it has achieved absolutely nothing.” [PATV, June 23, 2009]
Official PA daily implies Jews have no connection to land of Israel, says “Judaism is a religion, and is not a nationality in any way”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 5, 2016
Headline: “Between complete refusal and accepting the facts”
     “The great lie, as we know, which was spread by the leaders of the Zionist movement such as Israel Zangwill (i.e., a British author and a close associate of Theodor Herzl) and Theodor Herzl (i.e., one of the founders of the modern Zionist movement), says that Palestine is ‘a land without a people for a people without a land.’ In this slogan there is no truth of any kind, as Palestine and its people existed together, and as the Jews were citizens of the lands from which they came in ships of the Zionist movement project. Likewise, Judaism is a religion, and is not a nationality in any way, and the ‘Ashkenazi’ Western Jews tried and are still trying to change Judaism into that.”
Jericho Governor: Israel "stole our land" and "forges" history 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 13, 2016
Headline: “Jericho: Rally to mark Prisoner’s Day, Land Day, the anniversary of [the death of] Abu Jihad, and Deir Yassin”
      “The Jericho branch of the Al-Quds Open University held a national rally yesterday [April 12, 2016] to mark Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, the eternal Land Day, the anniversary of the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of commander Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad’ and the anniversary of the Deir Yassin massacre in the Jericho municipality theater, in the presence of many politicians… Jericho and [Jordan] Valley District Governor Majed Al-Fatiani said that… in April, on the land of Rue Verdun, the two Kamals, Nasser and Adwan, and Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar died, and the Land Day Martyrs wrote their will to us, stating that we should tell those who stole our land that we as Palestinians have a large breathing space that has been maintained throughout history, regardless of how much this occupier forges, it cannot forge the letters of history and the will of the peoples. Likewise, in April Abu Jihad, manufacturer of men, also passed away, but Palestine prevails, and the idea is still inscribed in our hearts.”

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PA daily op-ed: Israel is an “illegal entity” with no “cultural antiquities that justify its lies,” brings in Sephardic Jews to bolster its false claims  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 30, 2016
Op-ed by Abdo Wazen Khazen in the official PA daily, re-printed from the London-based Al-Hayat

Headline: “The uprooted Jew”
      “Israel is ‘hunting’ the Jews of the Arab world one by one, after having hunted them by the dozens and hundreds in previous decades in military and intelligence operations, including the well-known ‘flying carpet’ operation in Yemen (i.e., an Israeli operation between June 1949 and September 1950 that brought 49,000 Yemenite Jews to the newly established State of Israel). Is Israel worried about their fate in the surroundings in which they were born and raised (i.e., the Arab countries), and whose culture they inherited, or is it in need of the Sephardi Jews’ roots in order to imbed them in the occupied Palestinian land, which does not contain any cultural antiquities that justify its lies… Israel feared for the fate of 19 Yemenite Jews and took a secret risk in order to transfer them from Yemen to its illegal entity, while our people in Syria for instance are being driven to the coast by their country so they will travel in ships that will sink in the ocean after shells, missiles, and barrels of gun powder rained down upon them. Our regimes are striving for the death of their peoples, impoverishing them, starving them, chasing them and denying them the most basic living conditions, while our Israeli enemy seeks the world’s Jews with a flashlight, and calls them to the land of the alleged ‘promise.’”
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Denial of the Jewish history in Jerusalem and the existence of the Jewish Temple is a central component PA political ideology. This denial started with Yasser Arafat and continues to be reiterated by academics, politicians and religious leaders. The PA systematically distorts the ancient history of Jerusalem, ignoring the vast historical documentation and thousands of archeological finds related to Jewish history that have been found in Jerusalem.

This music video, broadcast regularly on PA TV through 2008 and 2009, denies any historical connection between the Jewish people and Jerusalem, repeats the libel that Israel is planning to destroy the Al-Aqsa mosque and calls on Allah to protect the mosque. “Oh [Sons of] Zion, no matter how much you dig and no matter how much you destroy, your imaginary Temple will not come into being… [Allah protect Al-Aqsa] from every thief and every oppressor.”

Full text: “Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is ours, Oh Muslims, Al-Aqsa is ours, our Al-Aqsa screams and shouts, Al-Aqsa is ours. Oh Arabs and Muslims, no, no, Al-Aqsa is ours. Oh [Sons of] Zion, no matter how much you dig and no matter how much you destroy, your imaginary Temple will not come into being… My land, my Jerusalem, my blood and my honor will not be scorned. Al-Aqsa is ours, how you suffer! How you have bleed for years! How you scream! How you call out to the millions! What are you hoping for, what are you crying for? Saladin [Muslim conqueror of Jerusalem in 1187] ! Al-Aqsa is ours. Oh Allah, protect Al-Aqsa, Oh Allah, Al-Aqsa is ours, [protect Al-Aqsa] from every thief and every oppressor.” [PA TV (Fatah) Sept. 23, 2008 – Oct. 25, 2009]
PA representative at UNESCO: Al-Aqsa Mosque is "intended for Muslim worship alone" and Israeli presence there "defiles the sanctity" of the mosque 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, July 19, 2016
     Headline: “Anastas: Israel’s claims regarding the thwarting of the resolution regarding Jerusalem in the Heritage Committee are false”
“Head of the Palestinian Delegation to the World Heritage Committee [of UNESCO] Mounir Anastas said that Israel is lying to the media and misleading public opinion with its claims that it thwarted the [proposed] resolution of Jordan and Palestine regarding Jerusalem…
Palestinian Commissioner in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) [Anastas] gave thanks for the support of the EU states and all the member states for the proposal submitted by the Arab bloc which protects the use of the name ‘Al-Aqsa Mosque / Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary’ (i.e., Temple Mount) as synonymous names. He demanded that Israel not change the status quo that determines that the Al-Aqsa Mosque / Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary is an Islamic holy site intended for Muslim worship alone, [and said that] the occupation authorities must put an end to the invasions by [Israeli] soldiers or Israeli extremists, as this behavior constitutes a violation that defiles the sanctity and authentic character of the Al-Aqsa Mosque / Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary.”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA government condemns “racist” “alleged Temple organizations,” calls on Palestinians to come the the Al-Aqsa Mosque to protect it from “invasions,” and carry out Ribat 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 13, 2016
     Headline: “The [PA] government emphasizes the leadership’s position on the matter of the Quartet report”
“During its weekly meeting, held yesterday [July 12, 2016] in Ramallah led by [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, the [PA] government emphasized the position of [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] and the leadership, which rejects the Quartet report…
It condemned the racist calls of the alleged Temple organizations and the daily invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza that are welcomed and encouraged by the occupation government, which provides backing and protection to the activities of these extreme organizations and associations. Likewise, it demanded of the international community that it apply pressure to the occupation government which ignores all of the international laws and conventions when it prevents the arrival of Muslims at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to pray, attacks women and distances them from the Al-Aqsa Mosque, hits the Murabitin (those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic –Ed.) at the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza and uses weapons against them, and incites settler organizations to invade it. The [PA] government called on our people and everyone who can to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to carry out Ribat and to pray there at all times, in order to protect it from the settlers and their incessant invasions.”

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PA Islamic-Christian Council welcomes UNESCO vote denying Jewish connection to Temple Mount 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 12, 2016
      Headline: “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council welcomed the vote of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO( denying the holiness of the Jerusalem [Noble] Sanctuary (i.e., Temple Mount) to the Jews”
“The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places stated today, Tuesday [July 12, 2016], that the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO( intention to vote on the proposed Palestinian-Jordanian resolution that denies the holiness of the Jerusalem [Noble] Sanctuary (i.e., Temple Mount) to the Jews constitutes a victory for the Arab-Islamic-Christian right to Jerusalem…
The council noted that there are many Palestinian historical and heritage sites that the occupation aspires to add to its list of heritage sites, and this constitutes a forgery of the history, heritage, and identity. Therefore, the UNESCO organization at this moment has a great responsibility to protect these historical sites and prevent the occupation from taking them.”
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