Newt Gingrich and the "Invented" Palestinian People / Daniel Pipes

December 10, 2011
The former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and current Republican presidential candidate said yesterday that "there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire. We have invented the Palestinian people, who are in fact Arabs and are historically part of the Arab people, and they had the chance to go many places."

Everyone from the PLO to a Mitt Romney spokesman jumped on Gingrich for this assertion, but he happens to be absolutely correct: no Arabic-speaking Muslims identified themselves as "Palestinian" until 1920, when, in rapid order this appellation and identity was adopted by the Muslim Arabs living in the British mandate of Palestine.

For details, see a long article of mine from 1989 on the topic or a short one from 2000. (December 10, 2011)

Related Topics: History, Palestinians

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The Palestinians declared theselves a people in the 1960's

The PLO, THE Palestinian national movement used the right of self- determination only in the 1060's

They are a new nation that tries to deprive the Jews from their right of self - determination and from their historical rights on the land of Israel.

They ignore the Balfur declaration of 1917, the League of Nations recognition after First World War that Palestine is the national home of the Jews and the 1947 UN Resolution on the Jewish state.

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