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Palestinian history fabricated
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.
Palestinian history fabricated
Having erased Jewish history, the PA fills the historical void by fabricating the ancient histories of Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims. PA academics claim that Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims all populated the Land of Israel in Biblical times and even earlier. These fictions are all historically impossible, as the name “Palestine" as a replacement for the Land of Judea/Israel was coined by Rome only in 136 C.E., Islam was established only in 610 C.E., and Arabs first arrived in Israel with the Muslim invasion in 637 C.E.

Inventing thousands of years of history when none existed is accomplished through numerous distortions and lies, including changing the Biblical Canaanites into Arabs, changing Biblical Israelis, Judeans and Hebrews into Arabs and Muslims, changing the religion preached by Moses from Judaism into Islam, and changing Jesus into a Palestinian who preached Islam and not Christianity.

This so-called documentary depicting Biblical Canaanites as Arabs, broadcast many times on PA TV, is one example of this PA historical revision.
"The Arab Canaanites established ports on the coast of Canaan, known today as Palestine. Palestine was attacked by invaders, but its Arab Canaanite features withstood attempts to change them. Jaffa was one of the cities whose Canaanite origins the invaders failed to erase." [PA TV, repeatedly, 2005-2007.]
 
The documentary further invents history by indicating visually that the victims of the Roman invasion were Arabs, not the Jewish kingdom of Judea.
PLO official states that the ancient Canaanites were Palestinians 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 27, 2013
     “During the reopening ceremony of the Jericho Culture and Art Center… [PLO Executive Committee member and PA chief negotiator] Dr. Saeb Erekat said: ‘I will demand of Dr. Rami Hamdallah, as Prime Minister, that he issue a decision to name Jericho ‘Mother of Cities,’ because it is the cradle of civilizations and its roots go back ten thousand years, and Jesus lived there, the first Palestinian after the Canaanite Palestinians.’ […]
Regarding the negotiation process, Erekat said: ‘There have been no direct negotiations with the Israeli side since the fifth of last month [November 2013]; rather there are American-Palestinian and American-Israeli talks.’
Erekat added: ‘In order to narrow the gaps, President Mahmoud Abbas sent a letter to American President Barack Obama, which contained all that is in our power and not in our power. We will not accept the Jewishness of Israel, which will harm the refugee cause and harm the Palestinians of the Interior (i.e., Israel), and most dangerously – will alter history and religion as though we were never on this land.’ […]
According to Erekat, the letter included ‘non-acceptance of any interim agreement or extension of the negotiation period.’”
PA official claims Palestinians descended from Canaanites who lived on land 10,000 years ago 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 26, 2013
PA TV program Speak Up hosted Fatah Central Committee member and PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat.
Fatah Central Committee member Saeb Erekat: “We are members of this land and members of this people. The Natufians were in Jericho 10,000 years ago. And so were the Canaanites, thousands of years. When Israel says to us: You must recognize us as a Jewish state; they are asking us to erase my history. Erase my culture. Erase my narrative. That will never happen.”

Note: The Natufian culture was a sedentary, hunter-gatherer, Mesolithic culture that lived in the Levant region of the Near East between about 13,000-9,800 BC.
Official PA daily: Jews have "nothing to do with... historic Palestine" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 25, 2013
Op-ed by Adel Abd Al-Rahman, regular columnist for Al-Hayat Al-Jadida
     “How, and on what grounds, is the Jew, who has nothing to do with the Palestinian Arab land (historic Palestine) [parenthesis in source], entitled to return to it, while the Palestinian son of the Palestinian is not entitled [to return]?”
Jesus was a Palestinian and Canaanites were the root of "Palestinian identity" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 24, 2013
Regular columnist Adel Abd Al-Rahman for the official PA daily:
     “Today humanity is celebrating the birth of Jesus by conducting mass in churches all over the world in honor of the birth of the messenger of love and peace who was persecuted by the Jews from the first day he raised the banner of the New Testament. When it seemed to them (i.e., the Jews) that they had caught him, they crucified him (see explanation below), and to this very day they persecute him through incessant attacks against the Arab Palestinian people…
Jesus, son of the Palestinian people…
Jesus belongs to all human beings, and he will continue to belong to all Christians from all nations and peoples no matter what community or school of thought they are from. This [is true even though] his Palestinian national identity is undeniable, for he was a son of this land and he laid the foundation for the Canaanite identity (there were Canaanites thousands of years BCE – Ed.) that is the root of Palestinian identity.”

Note: According to classical Islam, Jesus was not actually crucified. The people thought they had crucified him, but in fact Allah had lifted Jesus to heaven, and whoever/whatever the Jews crucified (according to some Islamic sources, it was not a human) was not actually Jesus.
Official PA daily denies ancient Jewish connection to Israel while falsely claiming ancient Palestinian heritage 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 17, 2013
Op-ed by Dr. As’ad ‎ Abd Al-Rahman, ‎regular columnist for Al-Hayat Al-Jadida
     ‎“The debate surrounding the identity of ‎the ‘State of Israel’ and the identity of its ‎citizens since its establishment in 1948 is ‎still ongoing, and ‘Israel’ may well be the ‎only [country] in the world that refuses to ‎grant its name as a national identity to its ‎citizens.‎
The real reasons for the disagreement in ‎Israel about a citizenship that would ‎define the national identity of the state ‎and its citizens, from among the national ‎identities offered – Israeli, Jewish and ‎Hebrew – arise from huge historical, legal ‎and religious obstacles, which prevent ‎Israeli identity from being used as the ‎national identity of the Zionist state and its ‎citizens… ‎
Genetic ‎analysis, scientifically revealed that the ‎European Ashkenazi Jews, who adopted ‎the Jewish religion in the 7th century CE, ‎are from the Aryan race, and have no ‎connection to Semites...‎
‎The Oriental Talmud of the Oriental Jews ‎who converted the Ashkenazim from their ‎pagan religion to Judaism, is the ‎‎‘Palestinian Talmud, [or] Jerusalem ‎Talmud.’ ‎
This Talmud was written thousands of ‎years ago, ‘in the ancient Palestinian ‎Jewish Aramaic language,’ meaning the ‎language of the Canaanite Palestinians. ‎It’s enough for us to know that the name ‎of the Israeli newspaper, The Jerusalem ‎Post, was, from its founding in 1932 until ‎the establishment of the Zionist state in ‎‎1948, The Palestine Post.’”‎

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Palestinian Arabs have been in “Palestine” for “thousands of years” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 26, 2013
Columnist for official PA daily Adel Abd Al-Rahman:
Headline: “Bethlehem spews out the Israeli lies”
     “One does not wish to get into a historical argument about historical places and sites in Palestine [which is] from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea, in which every plot of land holds the Palestinian-Arab past, [ever] since the first Canaanite stepped on Palestinian soil thousands of years ago.”
Palestinians created culture in the land 6,500 years ago 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 16, 2013
PA TV program Palestine This Morning interviewed Activities Coordinator at the An-Najah National University’s Faculty of Humanities, Dr. Jaber Khdeir about the Museum of Folklore and Ancient Tools that was built under the university’s auspices.
     Dr. Jaber Khdeir: “The Israeli occupation is trying to steal this [Palestinian] heritage. Trying to steal the Palestinian land and the [identity of the] Palestinian man. And we tell everyone that the land of Palestine [is] the land where, first of all, human culture was born. In this way we tell the Israeli occupier: ‘You have no legacy in this land, you have no existence in this land. We, the Palestinians, built this land, built these cities. The Palestinian human being is a creator of industry, a creator of agriculture, a creator of cities, and creator of culture. The agriculture was created in Palestine. The first ten cities built in the world are in Palestine.’ That is why we say that it is the Palestinian human being who created this culture 6,500 years ago. These Jews have no existence on this Palestinian land. They were passers-by and they will continue to be passers-by.”
PA daily op-ed by Fatah official: “Canaanite-Palestinians” lived in Jerusalem for 5,000 years 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 21, 2013
Opinion piece by Bakr Abu Bakr, member of Fatah Revolutionary Council (since 2009) and regular columnist for official PA daily:
     “There are many dimensions to the question of Jerusalem, just as there are many dimensions to the Palestinian issue…
Firstly: The historical time dimension of the city of Jerusalem is broad, since for 5,000 years Canaanite-Palestinians have been in this land that was ignored by invaders throughout history… Fifthly: …We still see only crumbs from the money to support Jerusalem’s resolve in the Arab, Islamic and world-wide dimension, while the Palestinians and Jerusalemites alone challenge, resist, and substantiate - by standing firm on their land in the face of the most horrendous kinds of persecution, - [the claim] that our “Al-Quds” (Arab name for Jerusalem) is not “Jerusalem,” and the Jerusalem of the Bible was never here, as has been proven by modern research and excavations.”
PA TV: “Arab Canaanites” settled the land in the Bronze Age 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 26, 2013
PA TV broadcast the film “Hebron; history and culture,” produced by the Hebron municipality:
     “History tells the story of the city of Ibrahim, the friend of Allah, in the early Bronze Age, when Arab Canaanites built their city ‘Arba’ in Tel Rumeida that was a stage for one of the earliest human life stories, and in it lived a number of nations and civilizations like the Amorites and Jebusites who had come from the Arabian peninsula, in addition to tribes from the Mediterranean Sea region.”
Official PA daily: Palestinians existed 3,000 years ago 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 25, 2013
By Osama Al-Issa:
Headline: “Palestinians imported cinnamon bark 3,000 years ago”
     “There are many proofs that Palestine imported cinnamon 3,000 years ago, according to a new study on relations between ancient Palestine and other countries in the region and in the world. Researchers examined the contents of 27 jugs from five 3,000-year-old archaeological sites in Palestine and found that ten of the jugs contained the cinnamaldehyde compound that gives cinnamon its aroma. This indicates that cinnamon spice was stored in these jugs. The hypothesis is that Palestine imported cinnamon from the Far East, as Israeli researchers have noted in a new study, and clearly, Palestine was connected to a broad trade network with other countries of the region. For example, researchers have found black pepper, which originated in India, in the mummy of Ramses II, the Egyptian pharaoh who lived more than 3,200 years ago. At that time the Phoenicians, who settled on the Palestinian coasts, sailed the Mediterranean Sea.”
PA TV: An “Arab Canaanite” ruled Jerusalem 6,000 years ago 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 21, 2013
PA TV program Religion and the World interviewed Palestinian history scholar Muhammad Abu Saleh about the anniversary of the arson at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Abu Saleh: “The Jebusites, under Arab Canaanite Malkizedek’s rule, who came from the Arabian Peninsula approximately 6,000 years ago, was the first to establish the city as a walled city. Ibrahim, the friend of Allah, visited him, as is evidenced by what is told about Ibrahim (i.e., Abraham) in the year 1850 BC, when he came from the land of Uhr which is in Iraq, he came to Palestine, first – of course – to Haran and later to Palestine, and he lived in Jerusalem with Malkizedek…(see note below) As of now, the imaginary relics, that allow [them to] claim that there was a Temple at Al-Aqsa have not been found, and they (i.e., the people who claim there was a Temple) are in a quandary. Some say [the Temple] was on this site [Al-Aqsa], and some say [it was] at Ras Al-Amud, and some say near the Tower of David. And at all those sites, to this day, no traces of their Temple have ever been found."

Note: The article implies that the same Malkizedek who was to meet Ibrahim, had led the Jebusites to Jerusalem 2,000 years earlier. PMW has translated the Arabic as it appears, and has not corrected mistake(s) in content.
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Palestinian Ambassador claims Canaanites are ancestors of Palestinians  
Source: Al-Ayyam, Aug. 11, 2013
     “Dr. Ahmed Al- Mathbour, Palestine’s Ambassador to Bulgaria thanked the festival’s organizers for hosting the Palestinian group, and said that the group’s members belong to the third generation after the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) and adhere to their right, as do the rest of the Palestinian people, to return to their land. Likewise, he noted that the clothes that they wear are original Palestinian clothes, whose origins go back more than 5,000 years, to ‘our Canaanite ancestors.’”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
PA daily: Palestinians built Jerusalem aqueduct 2,000 years ago 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 15, 2013
     “The Jabel Mukaber tunnel in the Roman aqueduct, which brought water from Solomon’s Pools to Jerusalem, is one of the most important tunnels of that aqueduct. It is considered a marvel of engineering, and is still of great interest 2,000 years after it was built. This is consistent with the fact that it was the national project of the Palestinians in its time.”

Note: The tunnel in question is usually called the “upper aqueduct” and was built in stages by Herod at the end of the first century B.C., then by Pontius Pilate during the first century A.D., and finally by the Tenth Roman Legion in the second century.
PA daily: “Canaanite Arabs were the first to settle and build Jerusalem” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 28, 2013
Headline: “The (Israeli Arab) Al-Aqsa Institute [for Islamic Trusts and Heritage] rejects these tales and emphasizes that the place is Islamic and Arab – The [Israeli] Antiquities Authority claims archaeological finds from the imaginary Temple have been discovered in the Al-Aqsa area”
     “In an announcement published yesterday [June 28, 2013] the [Israeli Arab] Al-Aqsa Institute for Islamic Trusts and Heritage rejected claims of an expert from the so-called ‘Israeli Antiquities Authority.’ [The expert] said that archaeological finds such as stones, jewelry and seals have been discovered in the area of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and claimed that they are Hebrew ‘archaeological finds’ from what he falsely called the First and Second Temple periods.
The Institute warned against these lies and myths and said that they are figments of imagination. It stated that international and even Israeli archaeologists have proven through extensive, scientific and objective excavations and searches that there are no signs or remnants indicating the existence of a First or Second Temple in the area and surroundings of the Al-Aqsa Mosque or in the city of Jerusalem. It emphasized that the Canaanite Arabs were the first to settle and build Jerusalem. They named it Jebus and lived there uninterruptedly for thousands of years. [The Al-Aqsa Institute added that] the Islamic period in Jerusalem lasted for 14 centuries, and as to the Hebrews or ‘Jews’ – for years they lived there only as passersby.
The Al-Aqsa Institute noted that the Israeli occupation and its branches, specifically the ‘Antiquities Authority’ sponsor campaigns of manifestos, media campaigns and the dissemination of information about the existence of ‘archaeological finds’ throughout Jerusalem, specifically near the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]. This is a feverish attempt to invent an imaginary Hebrew hist
PA TV reporter makes false link between ancient Canaanites and the Arabic language 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 24, 2013
PA TV News reported on Tel Balata, an archaeological site near Nablus, that was recently opened to visitors.
     PA TV reporter, Rima Al-Amleh: “Faced with scientific archaeology, the lies and fabrications and false tales crumble, and only truth remains. The city of Nablus was renewed here and its language was Canaanite Arabic.”
Documentary on PA TV claims Arab history in Jerusalem dates back to 3,000 BC 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 5, 2013
PA TV live broadcast of the fourth Islamic Jerusalem Summit. Excerpt from a documentary film named ‘Jerusalem’ screened during the summit:
     “In the year three thousand B.C. the Arabs and the Jebusites (a Canaanite tribe) dwelt there and built a city and named it ‘City of Peace’. The first group to believe in one God was formed in this city, ruled by king Melchizedek who expanded the city and called it ‘Uhr Salem’ meaning, ‘City of Peace.’ Jerusalem has been given many names throughout history but despite the numerous names, it has preserved its Canaanite- Arab name.”
PA TV host: Bible scholars distort Palestine’s 3,000 year-old history 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 7, 2013
PA TV program In a Fighter’s Home visits the home of poet Yunus Abu Jaber.
     PA TV host, Abir Al-Shamali: “The face of Palestine, that for 3,000 years was like a pearl sending out rays into the darkness surrounding it, in the words of Werner Keller (author of The Bible as History), is subject today to the ugliest act of distortion of a historically famous figure (i.e., Palestine). And perhaps the most prominent among those performing this act are the Bible scholars, who form a cohesive and strong network of Western scholars that identify with Zionism and its ideological foundations.”
PA daily: "Jesus is a Canaanite Palestinian" and Palestinians are "Jesus' descendants" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 6, 2013
Op-ed by Adel Abd Al-Rahman:
Headline: "The resurrection of Jesus, the resurrection of the state"
     "Easter... is not a holiday for Christian Palestinians only but a holiday for Palestinian nationalism, because Jesus, may he rest in peace, is a Canaanite Palestinian. His resurrection, three days after being crucified and killed by the Jews - as reported in the New Testament - reflects the Palestinian narrative, which struggles against the descendants of modern Zionist Judaism, in its new colonialist form, that conspires with the Western capitalists who claim to belong to Christianity.
Jesus, may he rest in peace, the virtuous patriotic Palestinian forefather, who renewed the Old Testament, split away from its followers, brought forth his New Testament and spread it among mankind - which led the Jews to persecute him until they caught him, crucified him and murdered him. Afterwards, he rose from the dead like the phoenix and set out to spread his teachings that still exist and will exist as long as mankind exists.
Jesus' story is his [Palestinian] people's story; the Zionist movement - tool of the capitalist West - wanted to falsify historical facts, to exile and crucify the Palestinian Arab nation and then murder it by means of ethnic cleansing... But the Palestinians, Jesus' descendants, rose from the ashes, like the phoenix, from the ruins of the Nakba (i.e., "the catastrophe," the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) and the Naksa (i.e., "the setback," Palestinian term for Israel's victory in the Six Day War.) They dressed their wounds and raised the flag of nationality again by founding parties and factions...
Easter is a distinct [Palestinian] national holiday which doesn't concern only Christians but rather all Palestinians believing in the different religions - Islam, Christianity and Judaism."
Mayor of Ramallah: Jesus' tomb proves Palestinians have been in land thousands of years 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 6, 2013
Mayor of Ramallah Musa Hadid: "In the Church of the Holy Sepulchre there's the tomb of Jesus. It shows that our Palestinian nation's connection to Jerusalem is thousands of years old (i.e., claiming Jesus is Palestinian)... It's obvious to the whole world that we, the sons of the Palestinian nation who adhere to Christianity, are the Palestinian nation's original sons. We have been the inhabitants of this land for thousands of years. Those who came to us from European countries are new invaders in this region."
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PA daily columnist: Jesus is "the virtuous, patriotic, Palestinian ancestor" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 6, 2013
Op-ed by Columnist for official PA daily Adel Abd Al-Rahman
     “Easter… is not a holiday for Christian Palestinians only, but a holiday for Palestinian nationalism, because Christ peace be upon him, is a Canaanite Palestinian. His resurrection, three days after being crucified and killed by the Jews – as reported in the New Testament – reflects the narrative of the Palestinians, which struggles against the descendants of modern Zionist Judaism in its new colonialist form, that conspires with Western capitalists who claim to belong to Christianity.
Christ peace be upon him, the virtuous, patriotic, Palestinian ancestor, who renewed the Old Testament, split away from its followers, founded his New Testament and spread it among mankind. This led the Jews to persecute him until they caught him, crucified him and then murdered him. Afterwards, he rose from the dead like the phoenix and began to disseminate his teachings that still exist and will exist as long as mankind exists. Christ’s story is his people’s story; the Zionist movement – tool of the capitalist West – wanted to falsify historical facts, to exile and crucify the Palestinian Arab nation and then murder it through ethnic cleansing… but the Palestinians, Christ’s descendants, rose from the ashes, like the phoenix, from the ruins of the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) and the Naksa (i.e., "the setback," Palestinian term for Israel's victory in the Six Day War.) They dressed their wounds and raised the flag of nationality again by founding political parties and factions…Resurrection Sunday is a distinct national holiday that relates not only to Christians but to all Palestinian believers of the different religions – Islam, Christianity and Judaism.”
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