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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
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"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]
Op-ed: Western colonialism tried to "erase the Palestinian identity, history, and existence" and established Israel "to serve the goals of the capitalist West at the expense of the Jews, who were misled in the name of religion" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 8, 2019
Excerpt of op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily

   "Western colonialism in general, and British colonialism in particular – in cooperation with the Zionist movement, and later with its physical base, the colonialist State of Israel – attempted during the 30 years of the Mandate, from 1917 to 1948, to change the social, demographic, economic, and legal systems on the ground in order to erase the Palestinian identity, history, and existence, and to establish the rogue state [Israel]. This was in order to serve the goals of the capitalist West at the expense of the Jews, who were misled in the name of religion, and in the name of slogans preparing the groundwork for negating the other – such as 'a land without a people for a people without a land,' 'the promised land,' and 'your land, Israel, from the Nile [River] to the Euphrates [River].' Simultaneously, hundreds of thousands of Jewish, Zionist, and other immigrants, some of whom were escaping – to anywhere – from the tragedy and hell of European fascism and Nazism, were brought [to Palestine]… They established the colonialist State of Israel."
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Op-ed by PA daily editor-in-chief denies Jewish history in Israel and Jerusalem; compares Palestinians to Jesus 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 7, 2019
Excerpt of an op-ed by official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida Editor in Chief Mahmoud Abu Al-Haija

      “From the Damascus Gate Plaza – whose name became the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) Plaza following the last uprising in Jerusalem (apparently refers to several months of deadly Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis 2015 - 2016 –Ed.) – you reach a stone staircase… that descends into history… Most of the Israeli occupation soldiers here are from the Falash Mura (i.e., descendants of Ethiopian Jews; see note below) who say they are Hebrews! They tremble inside the guard posts, and sometimes some of them are close to the gate checking ID cards. They are afraid and avoid looking in the eyes of the owners [of the ID cards], the residents of the city. Around them is a purely Arab hubbub: the voices of the Arab farm girls selling vegetables in wicker baskets and youth ridiculing the occupation soldiers among themselves and laughing at them. The soldiers understand nothing of what is happening, which causes them to grip their automatic rifles tighter… The Falash Mura soldiers and the rest of the Zionist occupiers, who never in their history crossed the Euphrates River and who arrived from across the Atlantic Ocean, are a foreign sight (sic., the majority of Jews did not immigrate to Israel from across the Atlantic Ocean, and the Jewish people originated in Israel).”

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PA envoy: “The Palestinian people has been suffering for 70 years from evil plots that have strived to falsify its history, erase its identity, Judaize its holy sites, expropriate its land, [and] steal its natural resources” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 16, 2018
Headline: "The Arab League held the occupation government legally and criminally responsible for its crimes"
     "Ambassador of the State of Palestine in Egypt and its Permanent Representative in the Arab League Diab Al-Louh… said to the Arab League extraordinary council at the permanent representative level that the Israeli occupation is continuing to commit crimes against our people in all forms and manners. He noted that the Palestinian people has been suffering for 70 years from evil plots that have strived to falsify its history, erase its identity, Judaize its holy sites, expropriate its land, steal its natural resources, and destroy its social, cultural, and economic infrastructures. The goal of all these criminal plots and of the racist Israeli settlement policy is to erase the Palestinian presence from this land, destroy the elements of the Palestinian people’s resolve in its homeland, and deny the Palestinian person his humanitarian and political rights so that he will remain dependent on the will of the Israeli occupier."
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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]
Preacher at Al-Aqsa Mosque: “Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque are subject to renewed danger… by erasing the characteristics of the holy city and changing its Islamic Arab identity, falsifying its history” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 2, 2019
Headline: “50,000 civilians prayed on Friday at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Israeli occupation flew gliders over the blessed mosque”
      “Fifty-thousand civilians held Friday prayers yesterday [Feb. 2, 2019] at the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas, in the shadow of steps that the occupation took at the gates of the blessed mosque and within the streets of the occupied Old City [of Jerusalem]. Friday preacher Sheikh Ismail Nawahda said that ‘Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque are going through a cultural, historical, humanitarian, and geographic nakba (catastrophe).’ He added that ‘Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque are subject to renewed danger these days, and we are witness to dangerous steps by the occupation that cannot be taken lightly, amid an exploitation of the situation in the region. This is by erasing the characteristics of the holy city [Jerusalem] and changing its Islamic Arab identity, falsifying its history, and reducing the Palestinian presence in it.’”
PA daily calls Israelis visiting the Temple Mount “invaders [who] carried out suspicious provocative tours at the mosque and listened to explanations regarding an alleged Temple” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 1, 2019
Headline: “Settlers, members of the police, and Talmud students invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “Twenty-four settlers, 40 members of the Israeli police, and 20 students of Talmudic institutes (i.e., Jewish religious studies academies) invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday [Jan. 31, 2019] from the Mughrabi Gate, under increased protection by the occupation’s special forces. The invaders carried out suspicious provocative tours at the mosque and listened to explanations regarding an alleged Temple before they left the mosque.”

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. Israeli police ban Jewish prayer at the Temple Mount because of threats of violence by Palestinians.
Fatah official: Cable car in Jerusalem is part of “Judaization” plot to change the city’s nature “through excavations, the theft of history and antiquities”… and creating “facilities for the alleged Temple” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 30, 2019
      “The so-called Israeli ‘Infrastructure Committee’ ratified the plan for the cable car in the occupied Old City of Jerusalem that will connect the Mount of Olives to the Al-Buraq [Wall] (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) plaza (sic., the cable car project is to go up to the Dung Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City... whose goal is to connect East Jerusalem to West [Jerusalem]… The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places said that the ratification constitutes clear insistence on Judaizing Jerusalem and its landmarks, and making it foreign to its sacred Arab-Islamic-Christian reality.  Secretary-General of the [Islamic-Christian] Council [for Jerusalem and the Holy Places and Fatah Revolutionary Council member] Hanna Issa noted that this plan is most dangerous, as it has a role in the Judaization of the holy city [Jerusalem], as it completes the Judaization plots that are being carried out on the ground through excavations, the theft of history and antiquities, the construction of settlements, the construction of synagogues, and the establishment of Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) parks. Issa added: ‘The cable car that they intend to establish will lead to the destruction of the holy city’s image, and will make Judaizing changes to it that will overshadow its Arabness.’ He emphasized that these new [Jewish] landmarks and parks are nothing but facilities for the alleged Temple.”

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