Who Are the
by Yashiko Sagamori
November 25, 2002
(Received by Avigdor Bar-Hai)
If you are so sure that "Palestine, the
country, goes back through most of recorded history", I expect you to be
able to answer a few
basic questions about that country of "Palestine":
1. When was it founded and by whom?
2. What were its borders?
3. What was its capital?
4. What were its major cities?
5. What constituted the basis of its economy?
6. What was its form of government?
7. Can you name at least one Palestinian leader before Arafat?
8. Was Palestine ever recognized by a country whose existence, at
that time or now, leaves no room for interpretation?
9. What was the language of the country of Palestine?
10. What was the prevalent religion of the country of Palestine?
11. What was the name of its currency? Choose any date in history and
try and find the approximate exchange rate of the Palestinian monetary
unit against the US dollar, German mark, British pound,
Japanese yen, or Chinese yuan on that date.
12. Have the Palestinians left any artifacts behind?
13. Do you know of a library where one could find a work of
Palestinian literature produced before 1967?
14. And, finally, since there is no such country today, what caused
its demise and when did it occur?
If you are lamenting the "low
sinking" of "once proud" nation. Please tell me, when
exactly was that "nation" proud and what was it so proud of?
And here is the least sarcastic question of
If the people you
mistakenly call "Palestinians" are anything but generic Arabs
collected from all over - or thrown out of - the Arab world, if they
really have a genuine ethnic identity that gives them right for
self-determination, why did they never try to become independent until
Arabs suffered their devastating defeat by Israel in the 1967Six Day War?
I hope you avoid the temptation to trace the
modern day "Palestinians" to the Biblical Philistines:
substituting etymology for history won't work here.
The truth should be
obvious to everyone who wants to know it. Arab countries have never
abandoned the dream of destroying Israel; they still cherish it today.
Having time and again failed to achieve their evil goal through military
means, they decided to fight Israel by proxy. For that purpose, they
created a terrorist organization, cynically called it "the sole
legitinate representative of the Palestinian people" and installed it in
Gaza, Judea, and Samaria.
How else can you explain the refusal by Jordan
and Egypt to unconditionally accept back the "West Bank" and
Gaza, respectively, in the aftermath of the 1967 war?
The fact is, Arabs populating Gaza, Judea, and Samaria
have much less of a claim to nationhood than the American Indian tribe
that successfully emerged in Connecticut with the purpose of starting a
tax-exempt casino: at least that tribe had a constructive goal that
motivated them. The so-called "Palestinians" have only one
motivation: the destruction of Israel, and in my book that is not
sufficient to consider them a "nation" -- or anything else.
Their leadership is nothing but a terrorist organization that will one day
In fact, there is only one way to achieve piece
in the Middle East. Arab countries must acknowledge and accept their
defeat in their war against Israel and, as the losing side, should pay
Israel reparations for the more than 50 years of devastation they have
visited upon it. The most appropriate form of such reparations would be
the removal of the terrorist organizations from the land of Israel and
acceptance of Israel's ancient sovereignty over Gaza, Judea, and Samaria.
That will mark the end of the
Palestinian people. What are you saying again was its beginning?
Yashiko Sagamori is a New York-based Information