Gingrich's Obscene Canard
By Khalid Amayreh
in occupied Palestine
PIC, December 15, 2011
In a cheap effort to procure Jewish
votes and money, Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has
claimed that the Palestinian people is an invented people.
think that we've had an invented Palestinian people who are in fact
Arabs, and who were historically part of the Arab community. And they
had a chance to go many places and for a variety of reasons we have
sustained them against Israel now since the 1940s. It is tragic."
Asked whether he considered himself a Zionist, the highly
opportunistic and morally duplicitous republican leader said "I believe
that the Jewish people have the right to a state…Remember, there was no
Palestinian state. It was part of the Ottoman empire until the early
There is no doubt that Gingrich's claims are an
obscene gallimaufry of errors, half-truths and outright lies.
Let us begin with the issue of an "invented people." Well, if we discuss
the matter academically, e.g. honestly and objectively, we will reach
the ineluctable conclusion that the American people themselves are an
invented people. After all, the only true and "un-invented" people are
the native Americans, most of whom were exterminated by White
immigrants, presumably including Gingrich's forefathers, who called the
genocide "manifest destiny."
In comparison, the Palestinian
people have stronger claims to originality and authenticity.
fact, Palestinians predated the Israelites by thousands of years.
Remember, even Abraham, the patriarch, had to purchase a burial place
for his wife Sara from a local Palestinian. The story is mentioned in
Moreover, the Shekel, the name of the Israeli
currency, was a Palestinian currency long before the advent of the
Israelites. This fact, too, is corroborated by the Bible.
truth, the Palestinians had developed a prosperous civilization long
before the arrival of the quasi-barbarian Israelites who conquered the
country by way of genocide and ethnic cleansing. A fleet look at the Old
Testament would elucidate the facts in this regard.
must be a real ignoramus. It is lamentable that he is contemplating
becoming the President of the United States. The notion of Gingrich
becoming a successor of people like George Washington and Benjamin
Franklin is really an affront to serious minds and moral spirits.
But, on the other hand, Gingrich belongs to a generation of American
politicians who don't value honesty, truth and intellectualism. They
are, more or less, political prostitutes
for the asking. They will "sell" their commodity to the highest bidder,
which really augers very bad for America's democracy and survival.
I am sorry to say such things about the only remaining, though
dwindling, superpower in the world. But a little advice, though it might
hurt, could have a lasting positive effect.
Had Mr. Gingrich
done some research, he probably would have toned down his
pornographically mendacious remarks.
For example, Keith W.
Whitelam, a British scholar of impeccable credentials, wrote a
meticulously researched book a few years ago on the history of Palestine
. The book is entitled "the Invention of Ancient
Israel, the Silencing of Palestinian History."
The book, described by the Sunday Times of
London as a "brave, fascinating and important," shows how the ancient
history of Palestine has been deliberately obscured by the search for
The author argues rather convincingly that ancient
Israel has been invented by scholars in the image of European
According to William Dalrymple, Whitelam "explores
the theological and political assumptions which have shaped research
into ancient Israel by Biblical scholars and contributed to the vast
network of scholarship, defined by the late Palestinian scholar Edward
Said as "Orientalist discourse."
Under the subtitle of "Imaging
Ancient Israel And The Politics of The East," Whitelam argues that the
picture of Israel's past presented in much of the Hebrew Bible is a
fiction, a fabrication like most pictures of the past constructed by
ancient (and, we might add, modern) societies.
He adds that
western studies of ancient Israel have not been properly investigated
due to the fact that many of the scholars involved in these studies took
Biblical narratives for granted.
Whitelam was not a "black sheep"
in any sense of the word. He is joined by a long list of scholars,
including some Jewish scholars, who vindicated the often neglected and
overlooked Palestinian narrative.
For example, it is an academic
axiom that the bulk Israel's "founding fathers" happened to be East
European invaders, the majority of whom were descendants from the old
These people, who converted to Judaism about a
thousand years ago, had no ethnical connection with the ancient
Israelites. In fact, modern-day Palestinians had more ethnic affinity
with the ancient Israelites than arrogant and genocidal Zionists such as
Ben Gurion, Ariel Sharon, Menachem Begin and Benyamin Netanyahu.
According to Tsvi Misinai, an Israeli scholar and researcher, a large
part of the Palestinian population are actually descendants of ancient
Israel. These Palestinians, Misinai argues, had converted from Judaism
to Islam and Christianity. If so, then even according to Jewish
criteria, the Palestinians belong to the land and that the last thing
one would say about them is that they are an "invented people"
am not, of course, writing for Gingrich or people with similar mindsets.
These people are usually fanatics who would disregard the truth even if
they are brought face to face with it. They are fanatics, and fanatics
by definitions don't hold views; they are held by them.
writing for sincere people who might be deceived by Gingrich ranting and
nonsense. The man may be an important politician, but with all due
respect to my American friends, he is an intellectual midget and a moral
May God help the American people if Gingrich is elected
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