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Palestinians slam Gingrich over ‘invented’ people

RAMALLAH—The Palestinian premier on Saturday slammed US presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich for belittling the Palestinians as an “invented” people and demanded an apology.

Gingrich, leading in some national polls for the Republican party nomination, made the comments in a Friday interview to be aired with the Jewish Channel satellite television.

Prime minister Salam Fayyad called on Gingrich to apologise for his “vulgar, hurtful and ridiculous remarks”, during a meeting with journalists in the West Bank town of Ramallah.

Gingrich’s characterisation “constituted a totally unacceptable distortion of historical truth”, he said, stressing that in Israel “even the most extremist settlers don’t dare to speak in such a ridiculous manner.”

Fayyad, whose people have controversially applied for UN recognition as a state, insisted: “Our people have been on this land from the beginning. And it is determined to stay until the end.”

In the interview, Gingrich, a former House speaker who has surged in public opinion polls, said: “We’ve had an invented Palestinian people, who are in fact Arabs, and were historically part of the Arab community.”

“And they had a chance to go many places. And for a variety of political reasons we have sustained this war against Israel now since the 1940′s, and I think it’s tragic.”

Gingrich also declared his world view was “pretty close” to that of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and vowed to take “a much more tougher-minded, and much more honest approach to the Middle East” if elected.

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  • Anonymous

    Palestinian people were already in Canaan loooong! before the Israelites’ came. Mr. Newt Gingrich must at least knows that? 

    Palestine is the land of Palestinians. 

    Nobody can just invent people. Perhaps white Americans including Mr. Newt Gingrich are invented beings because Turtle Island or the Northern Hemisphere/North America is the land of the Native Americans e.g. Apache, Mohawk, Navajo, and the like.I recognized Jews as “chosen people” but they are so abusive and oppressor just like the Nazis or Saddam Hussein or Khadaffy and the like.

    • The_Great_Barrier_Grief

      Just a reminder…because of the glacial ice age (happening several times) encompassing the North American continent well before the continent was named, and the tie-in with the Aleutian islands was a walkabout to continents of Asia and North America, there were no “native” anybody there.  It is a historical and archeological fact “Indians” were not the first to occupy what you are calling “America” or “Americans”.  It were the Chinese.

      Dating technology proves there were Chinese artifacts and residential cultures on the coast of California dating thousands of years before “Indian” time-dating material was found.

      “Whites” came from Europe.  Don’t be confused.  “Indians” came from the islands of the south seas in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and from northern Asia by means of walking or other transport for hunting and fishing land, and travel was a means of finding additional resources. 

      “American Indians” is just a nomenclature, as this history was formulated following Americas Vespucci, and other explorers to North Amrica came and when Chris Columbus also involved and saw these dark-skinned “natives” already on the continent living in tribal cultures. 

      We must look beyond the time of Columbus and recorded “American” history for the facts.  Already Discovery Channel, CNN, History Channel and several volumes of pre-history books mention that “Indians” are not “native” to the NA Continent at all.  For polirical purposes, this is what they are considered to be…that’s it. 

    • Anonymous

      When in the world did they abuse you? If you were a Jew what would you do if people tell you this kinds of lines which are demeaning. You are an Arab or a Muslim that’s why you talk like this.

      • Anonymous

        why do think the palestinian christian are not included in the abusive of the Israelis, ask Hanan Ashrawi who is a palestinian christian… one does need to be a muslim or arab for that matter to see the israeli astrocities with the palestinian, all you need is a conscience to do so…

    • Anonymous

      The Jews were already in Canaan  loooooooooooooong! before the Palestinians came.  Google this:  wikipedia history of israel

      • Anonymous

        no they were there almost together as they were cousins and descendant of prophet ibrahim..

    • Roving Eye

      I am not Jewish but comparing the Jews with the Nazis is out of line. Read up on history particularly the holocaust and the extermination of the Jews. Maybe you’ll see where you’re totally out of line in your comparison.

  • Anonymous

    newt grinch

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

    Gingrich should consider the Americans as invented people; there were no such people on earth when Columbus “discovered” America and even until the Mayflower, the white immigrants have always consider themselves to be British.

  • Anonymous

    Is there a reason why a substantive, and educational, part of Gingrich’s comment was edited out?  His full quote is: “Remember, there was no Palestine as a state — (it was) part of the
    Ottoman Empire. I think we have an invented Palestinian people who are
    in fact Arabs and historically part of the Arab community and they had
    the chance to go many places for a variety of political reasons, we have
    sustained this war against Israel now since the 1940s.” What fact in that statement is incorrect?  None.  The region was known as Palestine, and there were Jews who lived there and Arabs, but the Arabs were no more “Palestinian” than were the Jews.  It was a part of the Ottoman Empire which was carved up and several Arab states were created, such as Jordan and Syria, and eventually a Jewish state was (re)created. If you don’t know those facts you don’t deserve to have a say in the discussion.  And the fact that Fayyad is hysterical about this reveals him to be more like his lying, corrupt brothers than he has previously revealed.

  • Anonymous

    this man is just conditioning the mind of the American people like his benefactor netanyahu, hehehe the nazi used the same strategy; lie a thousand times and people will start to believe. simple fact is look at a map dated before 1930 and you will find no country such as israel in the region but guess what holaaa palestine! but i suppose the jews group would try to buy off these old maps in the bookstores… America should not exist if we take his logic seriously. Also fact is the Palestinian people descended from the Canaanite tribe of the Jebusites that inhabited the ancient site of Jerusalem as early as 3200 BCE.

  • http://thelegallyinclined.blogspot.com/ The Legally Inclined

    “Remember, there was no Palestine as a state — (it was) part of the
    Ottoman Empire. I think we have an invented Palestinian people who are
    in fact Arabs and historically part of the Arab community and they had
    the chance to go many places,” Gingrich said according to a video
    excerpt posted online.” – Newt Gingrich quoted by APNews

    This doesn’t make sense except when it is taken in the context of a presidential campaign to get Jewish votes.

    Gingrich defines invented people as people without a state. Then we are all invented people. At one point in each country’s history, there were just people living in tribes or villages – all without a state.

    There was also no Jewish state before 1948 nor even Jewish land for the Ottoman empire to invade and colonize. The Jewish people wanted a homeland especially after being persecuted in the West. They got it at the expense of the indigenous people (now called Palestinians) living in Palestine.

  • Anonymous

      Why should Gingrich apologize? He is quite correct.

    Arafat invented the term in 1962. Prior to that, the Palestinians were Egyptian, Jordanian, Iraqi, and other migrant workers of the Ottoman Empire who arrived to work for the Israelis in the late 1800s. It’s hard to have any sympathy for a group of people like the Palestinians who break the laws, who won’t do the right thing and invented a history to make themselves feel better about what they are doing.

    For the Palestinians, the truth of the matter of who they are and what they’ve done would be unbearable for most. So they just “change” the truth. The world media bought it, too.

    It’s not an uncommon story: something that nobody else wants, but then, when a person makes something of it, then everybody else wants it.

    (Interesting how a non-religious version is happening right now in the U.S, with 70+ million Mexicans— more than a third of the total population of Mexico, with 110 million at home and 70+ million here having entered the U.S. illegally that now “demand their rights,” march in “demonstrations”, and account for a very high percent of crime and so on. Every one has broken the 1st, 8th, 9th and 10th Commandments just by coming to the U.S. and most continue to break them.)

    To escape pogroms in eastern Europe, the Israelis (usually called Jews, but they are more than just from the historic tribe of Judah) bought the lands that are now Israel and Jordan from the Turks from the 1850s to 1900 when no one lived there. It was bare rock, sand and the Jordan River valley was malarial swamps. The land was considered worthless. Mark Twain wrote of not seeing a soul for 100 miles when he visited.

    Well, after the Israelis bought it, they went to work. The drained the swamps, set up irrigation and after a couple decades, the land had really started producing. That attracted Egyptians, Hashemites, Saudis, Syrians and so on to work for them. (In 1962, Arafat renamed these people “Palestinians” and embarked on training the kids in what amounted to revisionist history of the area.) In 1918, the Turkish Ottoman Empire ceased to exist.

    In 1920, the San Remo Conference “generously” gave the lands that the Israelis had bought and developed to them as a League of Nations Protectorate.

    However, prior to WWII, the British screwed the Israelis, and instead of obeying the Mandate of the League, allowed Arabs to immigrate to what was by then called Palestine and restricted Israeli immigration from Europe, even when the National Socialists started warning all Israelis to leave.

    After WWII, the British left and in 1948, Israel became a state. Because of their religion, the Arabs around couldn’t stand to have an Israeli state, so they attacked. 5 of them. In what has widely been touted as the most incredible victory of the 20th Century, the Israelis won.

    Three more futile Arab invasions later and a heap of propaganda, terrorism, bad reporting, forgetting of history and outright anti-semitism, they are still there.

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