Many battles have been fought by the Jewish people from time immemorial to the present day and almost miraculously the identity of Jews within the Jewish State of Israel will be maintained until eternity.
One battle we have lost however is the one alluding to public relations where continuous failure has been the norm since 1967.
Who and what are to blame are irrelevant but clearly improvements are considered necessary from all of us who love and support Israel.
I should like to offer some ideas from us , the invisibles , to those in political power in the hope and expectation that continuous, comprehensive use of changes in terminology and an understanding of the historical facts will attract the imagination and will be commonly used and repeated by our leaders .
The political narrative of Israel’s opposition and their global support base is completely mythical but has morphed into facts with the assistance of a biased and / or professionally incompetent media. It goes like this.
The Jews/Zionists ethnically cleansed the indigenous Palestinian population , illegally stole Palestinian land and as a result of genocide and ethnic cleansing have created the current situation. Palestinian refugees now number 7 million from those 700,000 who left their homes in 1948 .
The geographical area including Jerusalem is religiously one of Islam’s holiest places and should be shared among the three great religions and East Jerusalem should be the capital of an independent Palestine.
Now all we have to achieve is the debunking of these total fabrications in language that both we and others can understand and consistently repeat.
Firstly we must dilute the religious claims of the Palestinians and their supporters and turn the tables on them . This is relatively very simple and we have support among a variety of notable Islamic scholars if needed.
Within the Koran there is not one mention of the places Jerusalem nor Palestine. Given that the Koran is the most sacred of texts to Islam then it is abundantly apparent that these two geographical areas do not have the importance to Islam as claimed. Such claims are in fact in total defiance of Islam as the Koran specifically bequeaths the Holy Land to the Children of Israel in various Suras but specifically 5.21 and 17.01.
Now these facts alone should be sufficiently convincing to any reasonable opponent of Israel to debase Palestinian claims but they probably will not. Therefore further supporting evidence may be needed and here goes.
In an act of contempt aimed at Jews and Jerusalem, Mohammed ordered that backs be turned to Jerusalem when in prayer. This was a reversal of a previous edict when in order to convert Jews to Islam Mohammed ordered the direction of prayer to face Jerusalem. Jews eagerly converted in order to avoid taxation as it was not permitted for Muslims to tax fellow Muslims. Secretly Jews still maintained their Judaism and when the prophet discovered this he went on a killing spree and reversed his original decision regarding facing Jerusalem when praying.
Another string to our bow in relation to the lack of importance religiously of Jerusalem to Islam is this. The Koran teaches that Mohammed ascended to heaven from the farthest Mosque which clever public relations has now deemed to be the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Mohammed died circa 636 CE and no mosque ever appeared in Jerusalem until circa 710 CE. So whatever mosque he ascended from it certainly was not one in Jerusalem- he was never there.
Now how do we reconstruct these tissues of lies to our advantage . The Muslim world is in turmoil – Yemen, Iraq, Syria, the Shi’a , Sunni divides resulting in atrocities. The Pakistanis and their diplomatic duplicity towards Afghanistan, the Turkish slaughter of Kurds and the atrocities on the Yazidis. Globally Muslims are suffering with no help from fellow Muslims as in the Rohingas in Myanamar, Chechens in Russia and Uighur in China.
And all of this because they are mocking the Koran which bequeaths the Holy Land ( Palestine ) on the Children of Israel ( the Jews) . The Palestinians and their supporters are openly in defiance of and mocking the Koran and Islam will continue to destroy itself internally until such claims are totally diluted.
This sounds great public relations to me and thoroughly accurate, acceptable and believable and moreover gaining credibility and momentum within the world of Islam.
So we have not only smashed the Palestinian and Islamic Religious claims to both the Holy Land and Jerusalem but we have simultaneously determined that such claims are the ongoing cause of turmoil in Islam.
Now let’s confront the historical claims and if anything these are easier to debunk than the religious claims above. Experience of debating with hostile opposition leads me to believe that the most effective way of trashing such historical claims are by asking the following –
– what language do the indigenous Palestinian speak , the answer to which is always Arabic. If this is the answer then we proceed thus
– As there is no phonetic sound for the letter ‘P’ in Arabic what did the indigenous Palestinians call themselves? This stuns the most anti Zionist, anti Semitic, pro Palestinian opponent .
Those that have an IQ above that of a retarded amoeba will answer Fellastinian. This is an interesting one because you then have an option .
Option 1 is to tell them that Fellastinian is the Arabic equivalent of Philistinian who ceased to exist circa 1200 bc and came from the Greek Islands and Asia Minor. The name derived from the Hebrew Pleshtim or ‘sea invaders’ so perhaps Corfu or Crete should be the designated territory of the Palestinians.
Option 2 is to demand the names and dates of any Palestinian or Fellastinian war or battle fought by these indigenous peoples against various invaders such as the Greeks, Romans, Babylonians, Umayyads, Kurds , Crusaders and Ottomans. While they are thinking add in ‘ and who was their leader’….. you are assured of a non response. Thereafter to rub salt into the wound you may want to ask them to identify a building constructed by either indigenous Palestinians or Fellastinians during a similar historical period.
There are none of course. So again from a historical perspective the indigenous Palestinians or Fellastinians are mythical. The usual ploy of defeated opposition in this instance is to question similarly a Jewish presence. One just points to BarKochba, the Maccabees, Saladdins Jewish recruits and Napoleons too. Regarding buildings Ts’fat, Hebron, Galilee and Caesarea will suffice.
Thus we have another public relations win and exposed the historical myth with evidence of neither a Palestinian nor Fellastinian presence .
Now even though we have exposed the case of the opposition we go in for the kill by pointing out the following-
Historical evidence of travellers through history never identified an indigenous Palestinian nor Fellastinian presence . Webbe, Shaw,Thackeray, James Finn,Twain, BW Johnson, and the photographic evidence of Elmdorf and Kahn support this beyond doubt.
If anything the name Palestinian is more connected to Judaism such as the Palestine Post, the Anglo Palestine Bank and the Palestine Wine Company among other such Jewish businesses and organisations.
Confirmation if any were needed can be found in the essays of the modern Arab historians Hitti and Farah who both scoff at the idea of indigenous Palestinians. Ahmed Shukan, Arab League Ambassador to the U.N. in the 1950’s acknowledged there’s no such thing as Palestine
Even two original members of the PLO , Shoebat and Muhsein , in interviews noted the term and claims to Palestine had no history and were purely political for land grab and the extermination of Jews. Who are the political opposition to argue with such eminent writers, historians, politicians,photographers and fighters.
So religiously and historically we have in half a dozen paragraphs annihilated decades of lies that somehow have morphed into facts about the anthropological miracle of the Palestinians . And now we can mathematically disprove the total refugee fraud that the Palestinians and their supporters have imposed on all of us. The narrative goes like this.
In 1948 the War of Independence ethnically cleansed 700,000 Palestinians from their homes that they had inhabited from time immemorial and 70 years later following a genocide there are now 7 million Palestinian refugees.
Even if the original figure of 700,000 was anywhere near correct the Palestinians would have had to reproduce at a rate that mankind could not possibly support. The populations of New York and London would be 100 million and 90 million respectively if reproducing at the same rate as Palestinians and that without a genocide.
So we are to believe that from the year zero to 1948 there were only 700,000 Palestinians, then in the following 70 years they suffered a genocide at the hands of the Zionists in which time their population multiplied by ten fold.
Now the reality is as follows and it must be put into perspective. The Palestinian refugee issue is only the 12th largest movement of refugees to occur since the end of WW2.
India / Pakistan, China / HK, Eastern Europe and Central Africa, dwarf in terms of numbers the Palestinian refugees.
Moreover, all these other conflicts have integrated the refugees. Indeed 850,000 Jews were ethnically cleansed from Arab countries and all integrated within Israel and elsewhere. Only the Palestinians despite the enormous wealth derived from oil revenues have been kept by their Arab brothers in refugee status as political pawns – and hasn’t it worked.
The Public Relations value to the Palestinian cause has been sensational – it hasn’t done them any good to improve their living standards but to the anti Israel brigade it has been a wonderful weapon to beat the Jews.
Original numbers are impossible to define but suffice it to say the 700,000 by any estimates is grossly overweight. The likelihood is that circa 300, 000 – 450,000 Palestinians left leading up to and during the 1947/8 war and approximately 150,000 returned leaving a net 200,000 approximately.
Now from a PR perspective no debate should be formulated unless the question of Jewish refugees from Arab countries and their compensation is included. Thus we have a sense of equality, balance and proportion. From this point of equilibrium we can then verify that the refugee problem was not so much the Palestinians being driven from their homes but more a disorganised departure threatened by the Arab leadership that by staying they would be treated as collaborators. And we have mountains of evidence.
The Arab National Committee of Haifa Memo of April 27 1948, thanking the British Military Authorities and the Jewish Civil Authorities ‘but regretfully will decline the offer for the Arab population to stay….’
The statement by the British Chief of Police in Haifa , April 28 1948 ‘….. there is no change in the situation...’the Jews are still making every effort to persuade the Arabs to remain and settle back to their normal lives in the town’
An account in the Economist…‘the Jewish authorities urged all Arabs to remain and guaranteed them protection and security…’ Even after the war the Arab press acknowledged the falsification of the Arabs being driven from their homes was all to do with the Arab leadership and not the Jewish military.
The Jordanian paper Al Urdun article of April 9 1953 after taking the testimony of hundreds of Arabs caught up in the conflict wrote ‘ By spreading rumours of Jewish atrocities, killings of women and children the Arab leaders instilled fear and terror into the hearts of the Arabs until they fled, leaving their homes….’
And the Russian UN Security Council delegate stated in the UN on March 4th 1949 …‘ The State of Israel cannot be blamed for the existence of the Arab refugee problem…..the Arab States bear the responsibility persuing their own selfish interests ‘.
In our summation there are other historical events that have taken place that the media have concealed and those pro Palestinians have dared not expose publicly. It concerns the atrocities committed against Palestinians by others than the Israelis and these events should be used in our media war. Let’s go through just some.
1. Iraq 1990 – 2003 under Saddam .
The Iraqi Revolutionary Council ruled that Palestinians were not allowed to invest – they could only spend. Also the right of inheritance was banned and all legacies had to go to the Iraqi Government. Palestinians were only allowed to live and work in designated locations and were forced to join the Ba’ath Party
2003-2007 Hundreds of Palestinians killed when Iraqi and Government backed Iranian Shi’a militias attacked the al-Doura,al-Hurriyya and al-Baladiyya areas Of Baghdad.
A 2007 UNHCR report provides details of murders, rapes , torture and abductions of women and children.
The 2006 bombing of the Al – Askari Mosque in Samarra blamed on the Palestinians lead to further mass killings and created an unprecedented refugee situation in the border camps of Al-Waleed and Al-Karma
For UK readers you must surely note the paradox linking a former MP George Galloway a champion of Palestinian rights who supported Saddam Hussein and latterly worked for Press TV the Iranian propaganda channel.
The nauseating hypocrisy of George Galloway who supported and worked for two Governments both of which treated the Palestinians like animals killing men women and children alike
2. Black September 1970.
It is calculated that 25000 Palestinians were killed by Jordanian and Pakistani troops during Arafat’s war with King Hussein.
Moshe Dayan said that the Arabs killed more Palestinians in eleven days than the Israelis had in twenty years. This calculation still stands !
3. The Hamas / Fatah civil war 2006.
Over one thousand killed and 4000 injured …. long may it continue
4. Hamas 2014 onwards.
Over three hundred killed in executions without trial and one hundred and fifty minors killed in tunnel construction.
5. Syria / Russia war on Syria.
Over 4000 Palestinians killed by the Syrians and Russians in this latest conflict mainly in Palestinian areas but also in direct conflict
6. Lebanon.The Sabra / Shatila massacre as a reprisal to the Palestinians slaughtering hundreds of Christian women and children in Damour.
Let’s use all or some of the above information to debunk the Palestinian propaganda machine that has successfully undermined the credibility of Israel’s position, turned myths into facts, debased civilised debate and assisted the vile opposition.