leaders are manipulating the history of geographic Palestine/Land of Israel.
They have manufactured a curious claim, expressed recently by Saeb Erekat, the
chief Palestinian negotiator, that they are descended from Canaanites and are
therefore the indigenous people of the area, present before the emergence of
the Jewish people around the year 1500 BCE.
Erekat’s family is Bedouin. According to Bedouin genealogy, the family is part
of the Huweitat clan which originated in the Hejaz area of Saudi Arabia,
arrived in Palestine from the south of Jordan, and settled in the village of
Abu Dis in the early twentieth century.
leading scholars of Middle Eastern studies and Islamic history have confirmed
that the Palestinians do not have ancient roots in the area and are trying to
invent origins for themselves that predate the Jewish people’s presence.
explain that most of the Palestinians arrived as part of the waves of
immigration that began in the nineteenth century at the time of the emergence
of Zionism, attracted by employment opportunities and economic benefits.
historical presence of the Jewish people in the “Holy Land” is well-documented,
not only in the scriptures of all three monotheistic religions, and visible in
extensive archeological remains, but also in historic writings by early Greek,
Roman, pagan, and other visitors to the area. The fact that Christianity
emanated from Judaism is further proof of the presence of a thriving Jewish
community in the area.