Monday, February 3, 2014

Saeb Erekat: Palestinians Were Here Before the Jews.

Chief Palestinian negotiator: We were here before the Jews. By Daniel Siryoti, Shlomo Cesana. Israel Hayom, February 2, 2014.

Erekat Is Wrong: The Jewish Presence in the Land Dates Back for Millennia. Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

PA Negotiator Saeb Erekat Claims Family was Canaanite, in Israel for 9,000 Years. By Joshua Levitt. The Algemeiner, February 2, 2014.

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat rejects Israel as a Jewish state, claims his ancestors were in Jericho 5,500 years before Joshua. By Yifa Yaakov. The Times of Israel, February 2, 2014.

Saeb Erekat is Not Descended from Canaanites. By Rachel Avraham. Jerusalem Online, February 3, 2014.

Breakout Session: The Middle East Peace Process. Video. Munich Security Conference, January 31, 2014. Livini-Erekat exchange starts at 50:55. Erekat’s remarks/tirade on his historical narrative as a proud son of Jericho with roots 5,500 years before Joshua ben Nun start at 58:35.


You mentioned something about narratives. It is a narrative. I am the son of Jericho. I am ten thousand years old. I celebrated last year the birth date of my city. I am the proud son of the Natufians and the Canaanites. I’ve been there 5,500 years before Joshua ben Nun came and burned my hometown Jericho. I’m not going to change my narrative. When you say accept Israel as a Jewish state it means you’re asking me to change my narrative.

Saeb Erekat and Tzipi Livni Clash Over Historical Narratives at the Munich Security Conference. NJBR, February 5, 2014.

The fabricated Palestinian history. By Nadav Shragai. Israel Hayom, February 7, 2014.

Erekat’s latest lie: “My family was in Palestine for 9000 years.” They are really from Arabia. The Elder of Ziyon, February 2, 2014.

The Elder:

From the Times of Israel:
Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator over the weekend again ruled out the notion of Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. Speaking at a Munich conference, on a panel with his Israeli counterpart Tzipi Livni, Erekat said the demand was unacceptable: “When you say ‘accept Israel as a Jewish state’ you are asking me to change my narrative,” he claimed, asserting that his ancestors lived in the region “5,500 years before Joshua Bin-Nun came and burned my hometown Jericho.”
Joshua lived about 3,300 years ago, so Erekat is claiming that his family was in the region for nearly 9000 years.

Is this true?

Not even close.

Erekat was born in Abu Dis, near Jerusalem. I found an interview with another Erekat who was born in Abu Dis, named Hussein Mohamed Erekat. He says that his family actually comes from the Huwaitat region of the northwestern Arabian Peninsula.

Indeed, this article about the dialects and clans of Saudi Arabia confirms the existence of the Erekat (sometimes spelled Areikat or Ariqat) families in Huwaitat, and they are one of seven clans that ended up in Palestine.

Is Saeb a member of this clan? Yes, he is.

This Facebook page of the Erekat family traces the Erekat family history, and this article confirms that the family came from the Huwaitat region, and it also mentions prominent Erekats – including Saeb.
That article also says that before Huwaitat, their ancestors emigrated from Medina.

All of the Erekats are related. Most of their most prominent members have held positions in Jordans government or armed forces, but three PLO diplomats are from the family, including Saeb, the US representative of the PLO Maen Rashid Areikat, and the PLOs delegate to the Ukraine Khaled Erekat.
(Saeb is also implying that he was born in Jericho, but he wasn’t.)

Saeb Erekat is, once again, lying. Just as we caught him lying many, many times before.

And after all these years of documented lies, no one in the media has had the guts to confront him. Because, you see, he may be a liar, but he is a moderate liar, and therefore deserves everyone's uncritical support.

And why should Israel have a problem signing a peace agreement with liars?

UPDATE: Erekat actually said “I am the son proud of the Canaanites who were there 5,500 years before Joshua bin Nun burned down the town of Jericho.”