There Is No “Palestine”
And There Are No
“Palestinians” (Part 1)

(Originally published by JTF.ORG on September 1, 2004) There is no “Palestine” and there are no “Palestinians”
Arab boys, trained from infancy to hate Jews, fly the PLO terrorist flag in an Arab slum of Israel’s Gaza District

The murderous – and perverted – Roman emperor Hadrian – The right-hand bust is of Antinous, Hadrian’s lover boy, whom he deified after his accidental drowning in the Nile

One of the biggest and most successful Arab Nazi propaganda lies is the false claim that there is a land called “Palestine” and a people called “Palestinians.”

The term “Palestina” was invented by the murderous Roman emperor Hadrian. The Romans wanted to rename Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel) after the Philistines, the longtime enemy of the Jews. Hadrian believed that by renaming the Jewish homeland after the Jews’ archenemy, he would be able to forever break the bond between the Land of Israel and the Jewish people.

The Romans pillage Jerusalem – A Roman bas-relief, still extant on an ancient building in Rome, shows Roman soldiers robbing the menorah and other sacred objects of the Beit HaMikdash HaSheni (the Second Holy Temple)

But even the name of the Philistines, from which the term “Palestine” was adopted, is completely alien to the Land of Israel.

The name Philistines in Hebrew is plishtim, which comes from the Hebrew verb polshim (foreign invaders).

So those who call themselves “Palestinians” are using a term that actually means “foreign invaders.”

The Roman beasts annihilated over a million Jewish men, women and children in their Satanic effort to ensure that G-d’s people would never again be able to return to the Holy Land.

No amount of horrific suffering could break the eternal bond between the Jewish people and their Land of Israel – While Jewish babies were slaughtered in the German Holocaust (top row), everyday Hungarians (bottom row) gleefully looted the homes of Hungarian Jews deported to the death camps

The remnant of Jews who survived the Roman Holocaust were exiled from their land for 2,000 years to the four corners of the earth. Yet neither the Roman Holocaust nor 2,000 years of Crusades, inquisitions, expulsions, blood libels, pogroms and finally the 20th century German Holocaust could break the eternal connection between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel.

Jerusalem in the 19th century

Even during this 2,000-year nightmare, there were always some Jews still living in the Land of Israel despite the horrific conditions.

In 1844 – when the Land of Israel was controlled by the Turkish Muslims – the Turkish census counted 7,120 Jews and 5,000 Muslims living in Jerusalem. Thus, Jerusalem was already a Jewish city 160 years ago.

Jerusalem was already a Jewish city in the 19th century – A Turkish soldier and Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem

Take note of how few people lived in Jerusalem in 1844 – even though Jerusalem was by far the largest town in the Land of Israel!

Jerusalem had a very small population because the Land of Israel as a whole was mostly uninhabited until the Jews started to return in larger numbers in 1870.

Israel’s interior areas were mainly a desert-like wasteland while her coast was a malaria-ridden swamp.

The Zionist chalutzim (pioneers) spent decades working to turn the deserts into gardens, and working to drain the coastal swamps until the Land of Israel became the breathtakingly beautiful, lush, modern nation that it is today.

“The wilderness and the parched land will be glad for them, and the desert will rejoice and blossom like the rose.” (Isaiah 35:1) – The Zionist chalutzim (pioneers) spent decades – and many died of malaria and other hardships – irrigating Israel’s nearly lifeless deserts and draining her malarial coastline

The claim of the Arab Muslim Nazis that they lived in the Holy Land for 2,000 years, until the Jews came, is a lie. Arabs only came to the Land of Israel in large numbers after the Jews returned in the 20th century and started to rebuild the nation, thereby creating economic and employment opportunities for Arab immigrants.

Prior to 1870, when Jews started to return to the Holy Land in large numbers, there were fewer than 100,000 Arabs living in what is today the State of Israel – including Yesha (the Hebrew acronym for Judea, Samaria and the Gaza District).

This small number of nomadic, tribal Arabs who lived in the Holy Land before the modern Jewish return never considered themselves to be a separate people or nation.

The Arabs who lived in the Land of Israel were not “Palestinians” but Arabs – part of a huge Arab people with 22 very large independent nations that control one-ninth of the land mass on the planet Earth.

Israel compared to the United States – The pictures, drawn to the same scale, show that Israel, only as large as the state of New Jersey, is a pipsqueak postage stamp of a nation – a tiny Jewish homeland which the Arab Muslim Nazis, who control one-ninth of the land mass on the planet Earth, nevertheless have repeatedly sought to annihilate

Indeed, the Arabs have more than 600 times the land that the Jews have. But the implacable Arab goal is to swallow up and destroy the tiny Jewish homeland.

Before the modern Jewish return, this is how Mark Twain described the Land of Israel after he visited the Holy Land in 1867:

In 1867, Mark Twain visited the Holy Land and described it in the strongest terms possible as a wretched, diseased, impoverished, nearly desolate wasteland – The few spots of greenery, Twain said, “seem mere toy gardens set at wide intervals in the waste of a limitless desolation…. [The land of Israel] sits in sackcloth and ashes.”

“A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds – a silent mournful expanse…. A desolation is here that not even imagination can grace with the pomp of life and action…. We never saw a human being on the whole route…. There was hardly a tree or a shrub anywhere. Even the olive and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country.” (The Innocents Abroad)

In 1913, the British Royal Commission reported:

An “impromptu hospital” as diseased Arabs desperate for cures swarm an American doctor in Twain’s party – Amid a crowd of Arabs beset by horrible diseases and malformations, the doctor mixed a simple salve to ameliorate the eyesores found universally in Arab children:

“The little children were in a pitiable condition – they all had sore eyes, and were otherwise afflicted in various ways. They say that hardly a native child in all the East is free from sore eyes, and that thousands of them go blind of one eye or both every year. I think this must be so, for I see plenty of blind people every day, and I do not remember seeing any children that hadn’t sore eyes.

“And, would you suppose that an American mother could sit for an hour, with her child in her arms, and let a hundred flies roost upon its eyes all that time undisturbed? I see that every day. It makes my flesh creep.

“Yesterday we met a woman riding on a little jackass, and she had a little child in her arms – honestly, I thought the child had goggles [sunglasses] on as we approached, and I wondered how its mother could afford so much style. But when we drew near, we saw that the goggles were nothing but a camp meeting of flies assembled around each of the child’s eyes, and at the same time there was a detachment prospecting its nose. The flies were happy, the child was contented, and so the mother did not interfere.”

“The road leading from Gaza to the north was only a summer track suitable for transport by camels and carts … no orange groves, orchards or vineyards were to be seen until one reached Yabna village…. Houses were all of mud. No windows were anywhere to be seen…. The ploughs used were of wood…. The yields were very poor…. The sanitary conditions in the village were horrible. Schools did not exist…. The rate of infant mortality was very high…. The western part, towards the sea, was almost a desert…. The villages in this area were few and thinly populated. Many ruins of villages were scattered over the area, as owing to the prevalence of malaria, many villages were deserted by their inhabitants.”

Lewis French, Director of Development for the anti-Jewish British Government, wrote in 1931:

“We found it inhabited largely by fellahin who lived in mud hovels and suffered severely from the prevalent malaria…. Large areas … were uncultivated…. The fellahin, if not themselves cattle thieves, were always ready to harbor these and other criminals. The individual plots … changed hands annually. There was little public security, and the fellahin’s lot was an alternation of pillage and blackmail by their neighbors, the Bedouin.”

The revival of the Land of Israel as a land “flowing with milk and honey” came only after the Jews returned.

Jerusalem in 1867, only a few years before the first Zionists arrived in the 1870s – Twain correctly described the eternal Jewish capital as an assemblage from the four corners of the earth, not the “Palestinian” capital of Arab Muslim Nazi lies:

“The population of Jerusalem is composed of Moslems, Jews, Greeks, Latins, Armenians, Syrians, Copts, Abyssinians, Greek Catholics and a handful of Protestants. One hundred of the latter sect are all that dwell now in this birthplace of Christianity. The nice shades of nationality comprised in the above list, and the languages spoken by them, are altogether too numerous to mention. It seems to me that all the races and colors and tongues of the earth must be represented among the 14,000 souls that dwell in Jerusalem.”

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