Those of you who read what I write regularly will not doubt my Zionist credentials - but while I am a partisan in the conflict, I do try to stay reasonable and try to critically examine all positions, including my own. Sometimes things are said by both sides in this conflict which are not credible and even outrageous.
I just found the attached article which seems pretty unreasonable and even silly. The thrust of it is that Palestinian Arabs are creating a false narrative, attempting to demonstrate that they have pre-Biblical Canaanite origins. Evidence cited is the often heard claim that many Palestinian Arabs are not truly indigenous to the area but that their families came from surrounding countries, attracted by the burgeoning economy created by Jewish immigrants.
While I do not doubt that there was significant Arab migration into Ottoman and British Palestine, certainly there was an indigenous Arab population before this time. And even if many families were not historically Palestinian, having been there for generations, they are now Palestinian.
Fact: there was an indigenous Jewish population and indigenous Arab population in the Levant. Fact: there was Arab immigration and Jewish immigration. Fact: both peoples are going to have to find a way to get along. There are competing national narratives, but it doesn't have to be a zero sum game. Contesting self evident presence and historical claims by either group is less than helpful.
There are, of course, myths on both sides. There is an absurd attempt to deJudaize Jesus and to depict him as a Palestinian-almost reminiscent of Nazi claims to prove Jesus was Arian. There is a bogus claim that modern Jews are descended from Turkic Khazars and have no continuity to the ancient Judeans.
I do not doubt that modern Palestinians are descended, in part, from ancient Jews-something which might make both Palestinians and Jews uncomfortable. But no, after the destruction of the temple by the Romans, the Jews didn't just all go to Ben-Gurion airport and fly to Poland. The country did not become depopulated. People remained. Many stayed Jewish and many did not, but the area did
*not * become depopulated.
Silly revisionism is silly revisionism, no matter who does it. Can we please stop this game?
Changing the Historical Narrative: Saeb Erekat’s New Spin http://jcpa.org/article/changing-historical-narrative-saeb-erekats-new-spin/