by Emanuel A. Winston, a Middle East analyst & commentator
Liars must be fast dancers in order not to get caught. They either must have an excellent memory, or know that their trail has been erased or feel certain their audience will accept the lie knowing that it’s a lie. The PLO and the Palestinian people may be one of the greatest fabrications of our time. To construct a fabricated background, you must do it in small increments, piece by piece. It’s a shaky house of cards but only if its audience cares to shake the table. So, let’s look at the separate pieces.
Today an icon, carefully constructed for credibility, has fallen. Professor Edward W. Said, the eloquent voice of Palestinian causes has turned out to be a self-promoted fabrication. Often and loudly, he has impressed the world of Liberals with his eloquent description of his early life as a professional Palestinian refugee, turned out of his house by invading Israelis. Here, as is popular among the Palestinians, he remembers his alleged ‘roots’, his home, the trees around him and his youthful years - only to become a sympathetic refugee - now a voice for the Palestinians.
Careful research by Justus Reid Weiner has disclosed that Said did not live in Jerusalem; his parents did not own a house there; nor did he go to school there. Weiner shows that Said lived a life of luxury in Cairo, Egypt with his well-to-do father who operated a successful stationary business. But, when Said launched his emotional diatribes against the Jews, it was from the soapbox of a terribly deprived and wronged Palestinian, forced from his home by Jews. He was the quintessential refugee, haranguing against the Jewish people against whom he pledged to seek vengeance - violently.
Said’s invented ‘life story’ infused his advocacy with moral authority. Weiner’s devastating article -- "‘My Beautiful Old House’ and Other Fabrications by Edward Said" -- drives a stake through Said’s integrity. If he were a reporter, he’d be fired. But, even though he has been exposed as a rank liar, he will not be fired from Columbia University where he is a tenured professor. For years he was a member of the Palestine National Council, the parent body of the PLO, which he resigned in 1991. Today he calls Arafat a traitor for signing peace agreements with Israel.
Of course, in his propagandizing for the Arabs, Said rarely mentioned the reality of seven well-armed Arab armies (Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen and Saudi Arabia) pledged to attack the Jews and wipe out every man, woman and child. I will not repeat the methodical research that uncovered the Said Sham. You can find it in August 26th WALL ST. JOURNAL and NEW YORK TIMES. However, Said isn’t the first to fabricate his origins nor those of the "Palestinian people".
Let us consider Yassir Arafat, so carefully cleaned up by the West, particularly by the Clintons, from a well-documented terrorist into a diplomat and world statesman. Yassir Arafat also claimed to be born in Jerusalem but was actually born in Cairo, August 29, 1929, named Mohammed Abdel Rahman al Qudwa al-Husseini. Nor as he has claimed, is he related to the late Grand Mufti of Jerusalem (Amin al-Husseini) or Faisel Husseini or any other Husseini clan of Jerusalem. There are 4 Husseini clans in the Land of Israel, none related. The Grand Mufti spent World War II in Berlin, urging Hitler to bring his killing machine to kill the Palestinian Jews to cleanse the land of Jews for the Arab people and Islam. Arafat learned with the Mufti about the politics of Arab nationalism in Palestine during that brief period. Clearly, Arafat desperately wanted to emulate the Grand Mufti and so invented his lineage, completing the fabrication.
Like Said, Arafat has played his "Palestinian" lie to the hilt.
However, before we go further, we must admit there are certain mitigating circumstances. The culture in the Middle East often finds that a fantasy is offered in place of reality as an explanation of why something happened, particularly when it has to do with a loss of pride and shame. The fabrication initially offered as the reason soon becomes irrefutable history - even to its inventor. As it is passed around, it becomes history with all of the supporting evidence simply pulled out of the air.
When seven Arab armies lost to untrained Jewish refugees straight out of Europe’s death camps in 1948, the Arabs claimed that the American military had interceded with superior force and air cover. Meanwhile, the vaunted Israeli Air Force of 1948 consisted of Piper Cubs forced to drop empty bottles with whistlers, merely to get the advancing Arab forces to duck. They ran, leaving their shoes in the sand. The embarrassment was humiliating, having bragged to the world and each other that the land would run with Jewish blood. Thus was born the fabrication that America had intervened because, clearly, the heroic Arab could not have lost to the lowly Jew.
The Arabs lost their second war in 1956 when Israel took over the Sinai. During the 1967 War, Egypt broadcast how it was winning the war and the Jews were retreating across all fronts. They invited Jordan’s King Hussein to join the attack to enjoy the expected victory. The Jordanians believed the fantasy and wishful thinking of victory. The Israelis, knowing better, begged Hussein to stay out of the war. Instead, the Jordanians attacked and lost all the land it had illegally occupied for 19 years from1948 to 1967, including the eastern half of Jerusalem. The Jordanians expelled all the Jews, destroyed all 58 synagogues in the Old City, defiled the Jewish cemeteries (especially the Mount of Olives), And they invented the fabrication that "east" Jerusalem was always Arab - a lie readily accepted by the West.
In 1964, 3 years before the 1967 Six Days War when Israelis retook the occupied Judea, Samaria, Gaza, the Old City of Jerusalem and the Sinai, the Egyptians backed the creation of the PLO terrorists to recover their lost pride. This was to be Yassir Arafat’s vehicle to fame and fortune.
Already in 1992, according to British Intelligence, even as Arafat claimed poverty, he had a personal fortune of $8-10 Billion dollars with an annual income of $1,500,000. Yet, none of this money which was obtained from Arab nations (much by blackmail) was to be shared with the Palestinian people. Here again, the fiction of poverty was peddled to the Liberals of the world. Arafat, playing the poor rag-head, begging for alms to help his people, never intended to share his wealth or the money from the donor countries with his own people. His funds did build a terror organization which one day will be the key to disrupt Jordan, Saudi Arabia and export terror into America and Europe.
Perhaps the best and most believed fabrication are the claims that the Palestinians lived for hundreds and even thousands of years in the land the Romans named "Palestina" to conceal the Jew in Judea and the Israel in Eretz Yisrael. The well-researched and referenced book, "From Time Immemorial" by Joan Peters tells the true story of Arab immigration into Eretz Yisrael. It tracks the opportunistic immigration of Arabs from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, etc. where poor fellaheen (peasants) moved from their poverty-stricken nations toward the prospects of employment and better health conditions from the Jews. The Arabs kept the Hebrew root of the original Israeli name within the Arabized name of their new settlements. When one looks at the foundations of these houses the Arabs claim, one finds the building foundation of Hebrew houses from ancient times. But, this does not stop the construction of a past that borrows the names of the extinct Philistines who were the adversaries of King Saul and King David. Say it and poof...it is a fact of history the West is supposed to honor and not ask questions.
It is, however, understandable that this mix of people would want the deep and recorded history similar to Egypt, Syria, Iraq. I do not blame them for inventing the past - but when the fabrication goes on to justify killing off of a truly ancient people - then it is time to call a halt to the fantasy.
There are big lies; there are little lies, but these Arab lies all add up to a very, very, very big lie.
The world media collaborates in these fabrications. Recently, when an Arab apartment building in the Palestinian Authority collapsed, trapping people inside, the Israelis instantly sent an extraction crew who masterminded the rescue, working with the Palestinians. However, when Israeli ambulances tried to come in to assist, they were turned away. Photos in the Arab and world press did not show the Israelis working to save Palestinians. Same thing during the Israelis very heroic efforts, arriving first, to assist those stricken in Turkey’s August 17th earthquake. You had to look hard in the world press to find the photos and stories of the Israeli rescues and health care, including finding several people still alive and delivering 13 babies. Creating the Biggest Lie necessitates never showing the Israelis in favorable or heroic light - only the negatives. Even some non-Zionist, Leftist Israelis are participating in the creation of this illusion. Israel’ s history books have been re-written by a confirmed non-Zionist and are being inserted into the impressionable minds of Israeli ninth graders this year, under the new Minister of Education, Yossi Sarid.
When agreements are made with the Arabs, signed and then abrogated, stories are floated as to why the agreements were not broken but that it was the other side who broke the agreements. Carl Jung, the renowned psychoanalyst, identified this syndrome where the aggressor blames the victim for what he intends to do, justifying the criminal’s planned aggression.
When hundreds of millions of dollars of American and European donor monies disappeared into the pockets of Arafat and his cronies, they simply stated that it wasn’t true, even ignoring the protests of their own Palestinian Committees. The Donors’ countries at first were frustrated but, finally accepted the idea that their money would simply not make it into building of the Palestinian infrastructure. The money was now to be considered ‘baksheesh’, a bribe to buy the good will of surrounding Arab countries, not to mention the trouble making capabilities of the PLO and its affiliates.
A wanna-be nation conceived in lies and nurtured in lies cannot but help to conduct all their business with the attitude that lying is OK because it gets them what they want without payment. With Billions of dollars flowing in without question or accountability, merely by pledging anything the donor wants to hear, why not continue the same modus operandi on all matters?
So, when Arafat subjugates his people as is the way with this friend of Saddam and Assad of Syria, then that will always be the way of the neo-State of Palestine. When Arafat and his top echelon become instant partners with Palestinian corporations; when Palestinian policemen terrorize small Palestinian businessmen to petty shake down schemes then that is the kind of a country, born out of lies and fantasies that it will always be.