Newt Gingrich's Statement About Palestinians as
"Invented People," Cheap, Disgraceful, Vulgar, Hurtful, and
Ridiculous, Replies Fayyad
Fayyad: Newt Gingrich's Statement About Palestinians Cheap and Disgraceful
Saturday December 10, 2011 14:40 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Palestinian Prime Minister, Dr. Salaam Fayyad, stated Saturday that
the statements of U.S. Republican Presidential Candidate, Newt Gingrich,
are cheap and disgraceful. The statements of Fayyad came after Gingrich
stated on Friday that the Palestinians “are an
Gingrich also stated that U.S.
President, Barack Obama, “favors the terrorists in the region”.
The presidential hopeful further stated that should he win the
elections, his policies will be close those of Israeli Prime Minister,
Responding to the statements of Gingrich, Dr.
Fayyad stated that “the Palestinian people inhibited the land since the
dawn of history, and intend to remain in it until the end times”, and
added that "people like Gingrich must consult history as it seems that
all what he knows about the region is the history of the Ottoman era".
“This fact by itself is a denial for historic facts”, Fayyad
added, “Despite oppression,
occupation, and assaults, the
Palestinian people remain steadfast in their historic land, and will
achieve their legitimate rights”.
The Palestinian Prime Minister
also stated that such statements coming from a U.S. Presidential
candidate were not even made by Israel’s most fanatic and extremist
Several Palestinian officials stated that Gingrich’s
statements are an adaptation of a “Nazi ideology” that once riddled
humanity, and added that Gingrich “lost all touch with reality and his
statements only indicate ignorance and racism”, the Maan News Agency
On his part, Taiseer Khaled, member of the Executive
Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) stated the
Gingrich’s statements bring to mind statements made by Zionist leaders,
and extremist Israeli leaders who deny the existence of the Palestinian
people, and their legitimate rights to statehood, independence, and the
refugees' right to return to the homeland they were forcibly removed
from when Israel was established in Palestine.
Gingrich stands by 'invented' Palestinians jab
Published today (updated) 11/12/2011 12:19
WASHINGTON (AFP) --
Leading Republican White House contender Newt Gingrich has stood by
his remarks that Palestinians are an "invented" people, which have
sparked outrage as he seemed to call into question long-held US policy
"Is what I said factually correct? Yes. Is it
historically true? Yes," Gingrich said during a thorny moment in the
latest debate among the Republicans vying to challenge President Barack
Obama in the November 2012 election.
Gingrich's comments were the
most hawkish to date from any Republican vying to take on President
Barack Obama in November 2012's national election, and came as his
rivals upped the bidding to gain key support from Jewish voters.
In a sign he could abandon the US position on a two-state solution for
Israel and the Palestinians, Gingrich said the Jewish people had the
right to a state, but did not confirm if Palestinians should have the
"Remember there was no Palestine as a state. It was
part of the Ottoman Empire," Gingrich told The Jewish Channel in an
interview released on Friday.
"We've had an invented Palestinian
people, who are in fact Arabs, and were historically part of the Arab
community," he said.
"They had a chance to go many places. And
for a variety of political reasons, we have sustained this war against
Israel now since the 1940s, and I think it's tragic," the candidate
Republicans aiming for the presidency have declared an
unshakable commitment to Israel, while criticizing Obama's policy toward
But Gingrich's campaign was later forced to backtrack and
a statement was issued that said the candidate did in fact favor the
same two-state solution espoused by Obama and previous US presidents.
"Gingrich supports a negotiated peace agreement between Israel and
the Palestinians," spokesman R.C. Hammond said, "which will necessarily
include agreement between Israel and the Palestinians over the borders
of a Palestinian state."
Palestinian officials called for the former US House speaker to
apologize for his "vulgar, hurtful and ridiculous remarks."
His characterization of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
"constituted a totally unacceptable distortion of historical truth,"
Ramallah prime minister Salam Fayyad said
Saturday, stressing that in Israel "even the most
extremist settlers don't dare to speak in such a ridiculous manner."
And American Task Force on Palestine spokesman Hussein Ibish was
quick to point out that "there was no Israel and no such thing as an
'Israeli people' before 1948," when the country was established.
But late Saturday in the latest Republican presidential debate,
Gingrich kicked the hornet's nest again, saying:
"These people are terrorists."
Gingrich's latest remarks,
including saying that "the Palestinian claim to a right of return is
based on a historically false story," put his rivals -- and Americans in
general -- on notice that he has no intention of shying away from
controversy as he seeks his party's nomination.
While Jewish voters account for a very small
portion of the electorate, they play an important role in pivotal states
such as Florida and delegate-rich Pennsylvania that are key to the
presidential nominating process.
Earlier in the week,
Gingrich told a Republican Jewish forum that if
he won the nomination he would ask John Bolton, former president George
W. Bush's UN envoy, to be his secretary of state. Bolton is known for
his virulent defense of Israel.
At that same forum,
Gingrich's main rival for the nomination, Mitt
Romney, said he would visit Washington's close ally on his first
trip as president, and claimed that Obama had "chastened" Israel.
Republican White House hopeful Michele
Bachmann meanwhile joined Gingrich in saying she would move the
US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, to which both Israel and
Palestinians lay claim.
In the interview with Jewish TV, Gingrich
also charged that the Palestinian Authority shares the militant Islamist
Hamas movement's "enormous desire to destroy Israel."
is that the Palestinian Authority formally recognizes Israel's right to
At Saturday's debate, Representative
Ron Paul slammed Gingrich's comments as
"just stirring up trouble," while Romney called them "a mistake."
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