Prove that the Arab population in greater Palestine does not exist.
No, this is not a one-liner post, although frankly, I think that that much said is enough. A lot of commentators on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict boldly brand the Palestinian “people” a falsehood. I’ve even heard that the national identity for the Palestinian people did not exist until 1967!
If I understand correctly, the main argument against the existence of the Palestinian nationality is that it was invented to accomodate the greedy whims of local ringleaders/warlords/sheikhs.
See, I think that the rise of nations derives from the gathering of a large group of people who share a common interest and are lead by the most influential individuals of their group. In fact, this puerile attempt at de-legitimatizing the Palestinian nationality is embarrassing and hypocritical. I’ve heard this claim being said in conjunction with the claim that the Palestinian national home is in Jordan. Talk about double standards!
So make up your mind, either this group does not exist, or it does exist and you simply don’t want it here (hmm, I wonder which one that would be).
In proper disclosure, let me just say that as a practical solution (though a very immoral one) – telling one band of ignorant xenophobes to go to one stretch of land and telling the other one to go to another will probably have some positive results. Well, I say “positive results” and I mean “reduced rate of violence”. It means that instead of one fascist pseudodemocracy in the middle east and one eudemocracy, we’d simply have two fascist pseudodemocracy. But hey, no more killing, right?
But at any rate, the only proof a large group of people needs to demonstrate that it exists is people who identify with it. You can’t say atheists don’t exist just because we share a common cause and we basically “made it up as we went along” sometimes in the last century when enough of us could raise our heads without having them decapitated.
The Arab denizens of Palestine lived here when our Jewish pioneering forefathers colonized this land (we called our first cities “colonies”) – they didn’t just rise from volcanos from hell to spite us. Their existence is proven by the fact that they are here now.
And the only way to ever reach some kind of peace is to come to terms with that existence, and to slowly mitigate the tremendous gap between their world and ours.
Killing never solved and never will solve nothing in the long run. (In the short run, it can, did and will) –
for lasting peace, we must assimilate into each other. Mix, blend, co-exist.