Of course, they’re people and should receive all of the consideration that people anywhere should receive. But, there’s nothing special about being P-A-L-E-S-T-I-N-I-A-N. And, that’s according to Fathi Hammad, Minister of the Interior and of National Security for Hamas, in the Gaza Strip.
Now, Fathi didn’t mean for us to take his statements in just quite that way. He was speaking in Arabic and was not expecting to be understood by a Western audience – especially, the Western audience that he’s been crying to about the ‘ancient’ Palestinian people with their ancient rights to Palestine (whatever THAT is).
Again, we aren’t saying that the Palestinians are any less deserving of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I certainly believe that they DO deserve all those things, which is why I am so upset with the Palestinian leadership. But, Palestinian claims to being a PEOPLE…
Well, they aren’t. They are not a people. They aren’t even an ethnic group. They’re not a minority of any kind. They’re Egyptians and Saudis and Syrians.
They are just average people with leaders who think that killing Jews and taking their land is perfectly acceptable. No, it’s more than that. To the Palestinian leadership, killing Jews and taking their land is a goal.
It is not Israel’s fault that the Palestinians chose badly. Choices have consequences, and the Palestinians have no one to blame but themselves.
But, if they’re prepared to put away their hatred, Israelis are prepared to be friends.
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 | Ryan Jones, Israel Today
US Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has come under a lot of fire for saying that the “Palestinians” are an invented people. Most have ridiculed Gingrich by pointing out there are clearly millions of Arabs living in so-called “Palestine.”
But Gingrich wasn’t talking about the physical presence of those people today, but rather the national identity they have adopted and the fact that most immigrated to the land not so long ago.
In a televised address on Al-Hekma TV last week, Hamas Minister of the Interior and of National Security Fathi Hammad basically backed up Gingrich’s assessment, acknowledging that the roots of most “Palestinians” are elsewhere in the Middle East, and that the Palestinian label is only a thin veneer.