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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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2- Jerusalem's Temple/Jewish history denied
 


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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]
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."
PA Foreign Ministry accuses Israel of stealing archeological artifacts and carrying out “falsification or Judaization” of archeological sites 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 12, 2018
Headline: “The [PA Ministry of] Foreign Affairs and Expatriates demands an international investigation on the issue of antiquities theft by the occupation”
    “The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates demanded that UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) and the [UN] World Tourism Organization launch a serious investigation on the issue of the Israeli crimes against the Palestinian antiquities, as they are severe violations of international law… The ministry explained yesterday [Nov. 11, 2018] that the investigation would be a prelude to pressure on the occupation authorities to return all of the archaeological items that they have taken over by force, and stopping the falsification or Judaization of these archaeological sites. [The ministry] noted that ‘the settler tourism’ that Israel’s official establishment is organizing, supervising, and funding in cooperation with the settler councils in the occupied West Bank… has escalated recently, and the colonialist mentality is not stopping here, but rather is moving on to also taking over the archaeological and tourist sites, stealing the Palestinian antiquities, and presenting them – both in Israel and outside of it – as ‘antiquities that were found in the West Bank’ in order to establish the occupation’s narrative.”

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PA daily op-ed to Jewish Israelis: “You are victims of a plan of fraud” by the “colonial powers” since Balfour “made a promise to your foreign forefathers who have no right to the land of our homeland Palestine” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 4, 2018
Excerpt of op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, a Fatah Revolutionary Council member and regular columnist for the official PA daily

     "With the passing of 100 years since the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), the message must be conveyed to the Jewish Israelis, and particularly those among them who were and still are victims of systematic fraud. We say to them with full sincerity: You are victims of a plan of fraud by the greatest colonial powers in the world, since British Foreign Secretary [Arthur] Balfour made a promise to your foreign forefathers who have no right to the land of our homeland Palestine, and until [US President Donald] Trump, who promised you to destroy our spirit, our culture, and our identity when he realized his promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of your state… Jewish Israelis, what you need to know is that Great Britain scorned your human value when it used your forefathers as a colonial pawn in the region. That is what Balfour did, who whispered to you unprecedented hatred and prevented you from seeking refuge in Britain during the period when you fled from the rest of Europe. All Balfour did was to export your problem to our land, and colonialist Britain did indeed succeed in using you. Today, Donald Trump is using you so that he will be able to execute his colonialist agenda."

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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]
Jewish holiday of Hanukkah called in PA daily "the holiday most identified with the myth of the alleged Temple"  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 7, 2018
Headline: “Ida’is warned against the settlers’ attempts to organize a procession next to the Al-Aqsa Mosque gates”
      “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is warned against the settlers’ attempts to organize a mass procession next to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque gates for what is called ‘the Hanukkah holiday,’ which is considered the holiday most identified with the myth of the alleged Temple.”
Temple Mount described by PA daily as being “invaded” by visiting Israelis; Jewish history at site called “the legend and myth of the alleged Temple”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 7, 2018
Headline: “Dozens of settlers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
   “One hundred and thirty-five settlers invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque in the morning hours yesterday [Dec. 6, 2018]… and listened to explanations about the legend and myth of the alleged Temple from extremist guides.”

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.
PA daily describes Jewish celebrations of Hanukkah and visits to the Temple Mount as “invasions” and “riots;” Jewish history at site called “lie of the alleged Temple”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 5, 2018
Headline: "Dozens of settlers invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque and riot before its gates"
    "Dozens of settlers invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday [Dec. 4, 2018] in small groups… The settlers listened to the guides' explanations about the lie of the alleged Temple, and a few settlers tried to hold Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) ceremonies. The settlers from the alleged Temple gangs rioted last night and held Talmudic ceremonies for what is called the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah, in front of the gates of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. Groups of settlers lit a Hanukkah menorah (i.e. Jewish candelabra) a few meters from the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the direction of the Lion's Gate. They drank wine at the pure threshold of the mosque, while dancing and singing for the alleged Temple."

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