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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
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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]
Senior PLO official Hanan Ashrawi attacks Obama for acknowledging Jewish history 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 10, 2014


PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi: "Look at the most dangerous thing that Obama said to [New York Times journalist] Thomas Friedman. Once again, he [Obama] has adopted the discourse of Zionist ideology. He adopted it when he came to this region, speaking about the Jews' return to their land, and that this is a Jewish state, the Zionist dream, and so on. Obama's adoption of the discourse of extremist Zionist ideology and his turning it into a basis for political decision-making is dangerous."
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Official PA daily: "Israel is a completely artificial state without ‎historic or moral roots‎" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 3, 2014
Op-ed by Yahya Rabah, columnist for the ‎official PA daily and a member of the ‎Fatah Leadership Committee in Gaza
     "This war has proved once again that Israel ‎is a completely artificial state without ‎historic or moral roots, a myth produced by ‎the settlement wave – a fact that prevents ‎it from living normally. As long as it exists, ‎it will only produce things that are against ‎humanity, and as long as its occupation ‎continues, it will produce nothing but ‎massacre after massacre, lies, false claims ‎and libels…‎Binyamin Netanyahu is a ‎descendant of the Nazis [who] worships Hitler’s ‎path and imitates him in all the ‎Holocausts he has perpetrated.”‎
Official PA daily: Jewish nation "was invented just a ‎hundred years ago‎" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 13, 2014
Op-ed by Fatah Revolutionary Council ‎member Bakr Abu Bakr, regular columnist ‎for official PA daily
     ‎“The Palestinian people, including all its ‎factions, are taking a stand against the ‎escalating Zionist aggression, which ‎began when the Israeli regime took ‎advantage of the disappearance and later ‎killing of the three settlers (i.e., kidnapping ‎and murder of three Israeli teens). The ‎Israeli government initiated a campaign of ‎racist incitement and sedition…‎
This campaign… which accompanied ‎‎[Israel’s] military aggression throughout ‎the West Bank (which they call, in a ‎falsification of history, ‘Judea and ‎Samaria,’ neither of which ever existed ‎here) [parenthesis in source], has borne ‎its fruit among the extremist Israeli right, ‎which has taken the law into its hands ‎under the protection of the Israeli soldiers, ‎as part of what it calls revenge for the ‎deaths of the three settlers…‎
Tthey are performing the same act, with ‎dozens of massacres and Holocausts ‎against our people in Palestine, from the ‎Nakba (i.e., ‘the catastrophe,’ Palestinian ‎term for the establishment of the State of ‎Israel) till today. In this way, the incitement ‎campaign bounces back on Netanyahu ‎and strikes him, and the suffering of the ‎Palestinian people is once more revealed, ‎as opposed to the whining of Netanyahu ‎and those he considers his Jewish ‎‎‘nation,’ which was invented just a ‎hundred years ago.‎"

Click here for the full article, with explanatory notes about the kidnappings and the 2014 Gaza conflict.
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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]
Official PA TV: Israelis "invaded the holy Mosque" and discussed "the myth and fable of the alleged Temple" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 8, 2014
Official PA TV News on Jewish visits to the Temple Mount:
Official PA TV newsreader: “Our correspondent told us that the [Israeli] settlers invaded the holy [Al-Aqsa] Mosque by means of small groups that entered one after the other and held provoking tours in the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] plaza and its buildings, during which the extremist Glick gave explanations about the myth and fable of the alleged Temple.”

Notes: The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "invasion." However, all visitors are subject to rigorous checks by Israeli security personnel before being granted access to the Temple Mount.

Rabbi Yehuda Glick is the Chairman of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation that works to increase awareness of the central place the Temple Mount and the Temple hold in Jewish heritage through educational activities and by encouraging people to visit the Temple Mount. He is also active in the Temple Mount Faithful movement whose goal is to build the Third Temple on the Temple Mount. In addition he is the coordinator of the LIBA initiative - The Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount initiative whose goal is to obtain freedom and civil rights for Jews on the Temple Mount.
The Israel Police has banned Glick from entering the Temple Mount and has detained him on several occasions for acting in a way that could disrupt order.
Sheikh: "The stones of Jerusalem say to it [Israel], 'You are a foreigner'" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 7, 2014
     ‎“The Supreme Muslim Council organized ‎a [protest] vigil and sit-down strike on the ‎‎47th anniversary of the Naksa (i.e., ‘the ‎setback,’ Palestinian term for Israel's ‎victory in the Six Day War) and in support ‎of the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the steps of the ‎Damascus Gate, one of the most famous ‎gates of the Old City…‎
The Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine, ‎Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, warned of ‎the occupation’s intensifying Judaization ‎projects in Jerusalem. He continued: ‘The ‎oppressive occupation is trying to Judaize ‎the people and the stones, and to ‎obliterate the city’s Islamic and Arab ‎landmarks. But Jerusalem will remain the ‎heart and eternal capital of Palestine.’ ‎
Fatah Revolutionary Council member ‎Hatem Abd Al-Qader said: ‘On this ‎anniversary and this [protest] vigil, we ‎recite the Al-Fatiha Sura (opening Sura of ‎the Quran) over the souls of the Martyrs ‎‎(Shahids), salute the prisoners, and ‎emphasize that the occupation does not ‎scare us and will not alter our will despite ‎all its actions.’ He continued: ‘Jerusalem ‎will remain Islamic, Arab, Palestinian, and ‎the occupation is ephemeral, as were all ‎those who were foreign to it [Jerusalem]...’ ‎
Deputy Head of the Islamic Movement in ‎the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) Sheikh ‎Kamal Khatib: ‘… 47 years have passed ‎since the occupation of Jerusalem; ‎despite this, the people of Jerusalem say ‎to the occupation: “You are a foreigner;” ‎the stones of Jerusalem say to it: “You are ‎a foreigner;" and the land and skies of ‎Jerusalem say: “The occupation is foreign, ‎and it will leave, just as all the previous ‎occupations left.”’”‎
Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem: Israel "never saw or knew any Jewish civilization, antiquities" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 6, 2014
     “Secretary-General of the Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places Hanna Issa said…: ‘Fate and divine will willed that the land of Jerusalem be filled with countless civilizations and antiquities – for there are various antiquities under most of the properties in the Old City of Jerusalem, including hallways, cellars, tunnels, water shafts, bath houses and places of worship… whose history goes back over 5,000 years. In the past, the Near East knew ancient civilizations of various kinds that succeeded each other, but it never saw or knew any Jewish civilization, antiquities or even a historic structure.”
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