Accuracy in Media

The “liberation of Palestine” is widely recognized as a euphemism for the destruction of Israel. But the term “Palestinians,” according to American-Israeli political commentator and journalist Sha’i ben-Tekoa, is itself a commonly used deception. The “Palestinians,” he argues, don’t really exist. They are an “invented” people whose purpose is to serve as the means by which the destruction of Israel and the Jews will ultimately be achieved.

Ben-Tekoa, author of the new book Phantom Nation: Inventing the ‘Palestinians’ as the Obstacle to Peace, told Accuracy in Media in an interview that the term “Palestinian people” originated with a Columbia University professor, the late Edward Said, who had a major influence on the thinking of such figures as President Barack Obama in Middle East affairs. Said originally described himself as a Lebanese Christian, but then began identifying himself as an ancient Palestinian, saying that the “Palestinians” had as much right to a homeland as the Jews— and so the quest for their own “Palestine” was born.

Ben-Tekoa took courses from Said at Columbia before moving to Israel, where he runs a website on how to “Deprogram program,” meaning that the prevailing narrative about Israel being the obstacle to peace in the region has to be analyzed and deconstructed before the real truth can be understood.

He had conducted research for the Office of Israel’s Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, and discovered that the term “Palestinians” didn’t emerge in United Nations resolutions until 1970, three years after the Six Day War that Israel won against the Arab states. “Before the 1970s there are no Palestinians on the table” for the United Nations to manipulate as a cause for “liberation,” he said.

“This is the language of liberation,” he says, “when there is nothing to liberate here. Palestine was liberated in 1948 when we Jews declared independence and returned it to their true ancient owners.”

Dr. Harris Schoenberg’s 1989 book, A Mandate for Terror: The United Nations and the PLO, describes how the world body came to endorse and embrace the terrorism campaign of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). In the 1970s, international terrorism was rampant. In 1972, Palestinian terrorists murdered 11 Israeli athletes at the Olympics in Munich, Germany. Two years later, PLO chief Yasser Arafat addressed the U.N. General Assembly in New York, wearing a gun.

Ben-Tekoa acknowledges a Soviet role in this phony “liberation” narrative as well. At its core, he says, the Palestinian cause is Islamic, with its hatred of Israel and the West. But he says the PLO, its first chairman Yasser Arafat, and many of its factions had their bases in the Soviet Union and were trained by the Soviets.

He adds, “Both Islam and Communism are totalitarian systems and both of them ideologically hate Jews and are behind the murder of Jews. So they work together. But the history of Jewish-Arab relations…goes back thousands of years [and] predates the monstrosity of modern-day communism. Islam is a religion which is steeped in hostility toward the Jewish people.”

Christians in the Middle East, he notes, are also targets of this hostility. “It’s a nightmare for them these days.”

He notes that the current president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, who also serves as chairman of the PLO, did his Ph.D. work in the Soviet Union, at the KGB’s Patrice Lumumba University. The paper Abbas prepared offered the bizarre fantasy that there was no Holocaust and that the Jews murdered during World War II were actually killed by Zionists working with the Nazis.

The PLO’s first chairman was Yasser Arafat, identified by former communist intelligence officers as a Soviet operative. Ben-Tekoa says that Arafat was born in Cairo, Egypt, and his father was a lieutenant of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, the group that spawned many Islamist terrorist groups.

When the PLO was formed, ben-Tekoa said, “Arafat’s model was Fidel Castro. Arafat put on that military jacket and never took it off. He wanted to portray himself as a Third World liberation fighter but was a Muslim fanatic until the day he died.”

“Islam cannot tolerate the rebirth of the state of Israel,” he says.

As battles between Israel and the “Palestinians,” governed by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, continue in the Middle East, it would seem that the semantic battle has been lost, as even the United States government has accepted a so-called “two-state solution.” Such proposals were offered several times over the past 15 years, but were ultimately rejected by the Palestinians. Even Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in 2009 that he is prepared to recognize a Palestinian state of some kind, subject to security conditions and their recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

Radical left and secular elements have brought the Jewish state to this point, ben-Tekoa argues, by adopting a so-called “peace process” with the Palestinians that has only brought “murder and mayhem” to Israel.

Ben-Tekoa believes that Netanyahu’s response should have been, “There are no Palestinians,” and “they have no right to a state.”

Nevertheless, he thinks Netanyahu “knows the threat,” not only from the “Palestinians” but Iran, and will do what is necessary to assure Israel’s survival.

The additional problem, he says, is that “the Muslim brother in the White House” has “betrayed” Israel and is facilitating the Iranian nuclear weapons program.

Obama “wants them to have the bomb,” he said, adding, “It will change everything here. It is our number one strategic threat.”

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  • 20eyes

    The so called “jews” don’t belong in Israel please read The Thirteenth Tribe by Arthor Koestler, and The Invention of Ancient Israel by Keith W. Whitelam. The Israeli terrorist organization known as Zion, were athiests, so how could they claim that Israel is their divinely given homeland? Same goes with the so called ” jews” in Israel today, a lot if not the majority of them are athiests. Those Ashkenazi “jews” belong in southern russia, if they want a homeland they can go back home!

  • pekin

    Well…I am NOT even going to reply to that Ignorant comment, poor thing! Cliff, my Friend You have (again) written a wonderful Article ~ I thank You, for Your Honesty and Reporting ~

  • Richard Hellstrom

    We own the Muslim brotherhood and have since the 40’s according to this insider.
    The international eugenics of the world like Hitler , Thyssen , Rockefeller and the American Eugenics like C. M. Goethe , Harry H. Laughlin and the American elite that created , built and funded their program of eugenics and mapics to track down and slaughter the Jewish people didn’t care if the idiotic stupid Jews in Palestine worshipped Ali or Peanut Butter –
    If you have Jewish Blood , the international commitment is to murder you ! That remains the international concept today and they attack Christian Jews and people with very low levels of Jewish Blood as if they were a 100 percent Jewish So why terrorist organizations and apparently are commander in chief live in the disillusionment that the Palestine people aren’t Jews – they remain full of horse crap. And if the day comes that Israel is over run , these Palestine Jews will be murdered in the end too – Maybe they should start conducting DNA test for all Hamas members –
    Eugenics researcher Harry H. Laughlin often bragged that his Model Eugenic Sterilization laws had been implemented in the 1935 Nuremberg racial hygiene laws.[73] In 1936, Laughlin was invited to an award ceremony at Heidelberg University in Germany (scheduled on the anniversary of Hitler’s 1934 purge of Jews from the Heidelberg faculty), to receive an honorary doctorate for his work on the “science of racial cleansing”.
    Upon returning from Germany in 1934, where more than 5,000 people per month were being forcibly sterilized, the California eugenics leader C. M. Goethe bragged to a colleague:
    “You will be interested to know that your work has played a powerful part in shaping the opinions of the group of intellectuals who are behind Hitler in this epoch-making program. Everywhere I sensed that their opinions have been tremendously stimulated by American thought . . . I want you, my dear friend, to carry this thought with you for the rest of your life, that you have really jolted into action a great government of 60 million people.”

  • Philip Andrews

    I came here to see what AIM was all about. First article I read claims that there’s no such thing as Palestinians. Are there really enough dumbasses in the world to support this website. In my 34 years I have never read anything as dishonest and stupid as this idiotic pile of shit. I’m amazed that anyone is actually dumb enough to buy this shit.

  • squeakywheel

    The only true Palestinians are the JEWS. Until 1948, when the Jewish state was declared — and named “Israel” — the only inhabitants of the Land who broadly & consistently called themselves “Palestinians” had been, in fact, the Palestinian JEWS. From 1948 onward, they ceased calling themselves Palestinians, and thereafter called themselves Israelis.

    The local ethnic Arabs, however, had, quite frankly, been OFFENDED by the idea of taking the name ‘Palestinian’ — as they rejected the very notion that they should share the same land — OR the same name — with the hated “yahudi.”

    It is only since 1968 — viz., after Israel acquired the heartland [‘West Bank’] provinces of Judea & Samaria (in a defensive war forced on Israel by her sovereign Arab neighbors) — that numbers of the heartland’s ethnic Arab residents started calling themselves ‘Palestinians.’ So, you can see that the name is really quite recent — for them. Their taking it is just another attempt to deny legitimacy to the Jewish presence in the Jewish People’s own ancestral homeland, the Land of Israel.

    The so-called “Palestinians” are of the same ethnicity as the Jordanians & the Syrians. They speak the same dialect of Arabic, they have the identical culture & customs. THEY ARE NOT A SEPARATE NATIONALITY, AND NEVER HAVE BEEN. Anybody who has persuaded himself otherwise has fallen for the greatest hoax to come down the pike since Piltdown Man.

    The Palestinian Arabs have never had a state, and wouldn’t be clamoring for one now if statehood weren’t seen as a WEAPON to use against the Israelis. The “Palestinians” are not entitled to state sovereignty — not today, not tomorrow, not the day-AFTER-tomorrow. Not the day after hell freezes over and the devil pirouettes into a triple axel on the ice.

  • stringman

    They’re not going ‘home’, chief. But, if and when they do, you better start quaking in your boots because the islamists will be coming for us (you) next. Oh and hold on to your head. You wouldn’t want it to hit the floor and bounce. Chop, chop!

  • stringman

    Isn’t it ‘nice’ that these monsters think that they have a ‘scientific’ basis for their murderous hatred and ethnic ‘cleansing’ of anyone they don’t like. Justification of the means to their bloody end!

  • Lara (LAIR-A)

    Palestine was a name created for the land that is now Israel in 135 A.D. by the then Roman emperor Hadrian who hated Jews and wanted them exterminated. He thought the best way to piss them off was to name the land after their biggest archrivals — the Philistines. Palestine is not a true land, therefore as there is no such place as Palestine, there are no such people as Palestinians.

    Call it what you want, but it’s Roman history and easily found by googling. Look it up and you’ll see. Or you can just read this:

  • Crazylegs_CarloCruz

    AIM is basically a group of neonazis.

  • Charlotta Jones

    Abbas also bankrolled the Munich Olympic massacre. He was the paymaster

    Arafat was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem’s nephew.

    He lived in Berlin during WW2 having been on the run from the British. he toured Auschwitz with a bunch of high ranking Nazis. A survivor saw him-this is what he was told when he asked who the guy was:
    ” ‘He lives in Berlin where he enjoys Hitler’s personal protection. He is
    now paying a visit to Monowitz to see how the Jews are working
    themselves to death in factories. He is also in Auschwitz to see the gas
    chambers. When we have won the war he will return to Palestine to build
    gas chambers and kill the Jews who are living over there.'”

  • Charlotta Jones


    New study finds no
    evidence that Ashkenazi Jews are the descendants of Khazars, or that
    subjects in the medieval kingdom converted to Judaism en masse.

  • Charlotta Jones

    Well then you have seen-now bug off. Its not for you. There are plenty of leftard sites for the likes of you and your kind.

  • Philip Andrews

    Right, and after Jerusalem fell time stood still and the land remained completely empty for centuries just waiting for Jewish repatriation. No other groups in the Levant set up communities of their own. Wow, now I understand,

  • BeautifulAmerica

    Koestler was a BIG commie and you fell for tsat fantasy, too.

  • Mickey

    He’s correct. “Palestine” was a term used by the British to refer to that part of their empire. It was populated by a variety of ethnicities and religions. Among them were Jordanian Arabs. Following the war, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, mentor of Yassar Arafat and former S.S. commander in the Balkans, invented the concept of a “Palestinian” ethnic group. They initially adopted Nazi-style uniforms and the stiff-arm salute, but when that proved politically incorrect his successor, Arafat, invented the checkered headdress and the “Palestinian” flag.

    These are facts. There is no such thing as a “Palestinian.” Never was. They’re an invention of a Nazi and virulent anti-Semite. It’s sad that politically motivated revisionist history has lent credence to a myth.

    Israel was freely given to the Jews by the former owner: The British Empire. They owned it by right of conquest, just like every previous owner in human history.

  • Leah

    My mom’s best friend although hailed from Lebanon but identified herself as a Palestinian. This was in the 60s so I dont understand how the word Palestinians could not have been coined until the 70s. Interesting article but not sure I agree. All said, there were arabs who identified themselves (pressumably) as palestinians and they have a right for their homeland. So if we are going to be realistic, you dont have to be an academic or Expert to acknowledge that both Palestinians and Israelis are here to stay. Neither is going to budge. So learn how to co-exist. I blame politics for the main part of the unrest. The two people have more in common than any other people I know of.