|The US Republican presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich calls the Palestinians 'invented' people. -AP Photo|
Newt Gingrich, the USA Republican presidential candidate calls the Palestinians as 'invented' people. 'Invented' people in this context means that the Palestinians never existed before. If we translated further the meaning brought by this ambitious man who wants to become the next president of the United States of America, we can fairly say that he considered Palestinians as non-existent and therefore, should not have a country of their own. It is interesting though, that Newt Gingrich is a historian. It is true what they say that 'History belongs to the victor'.
For some of us, it is already a norm to see those who seek power to become the president of the most powerful nation to say something like that. However, in the context of being the most powerful nation, Dr. Mahathir was absolutely right when he said in BBC's HARDtalk that the Jews rule the world by proxy. Newt was certainly took the opportunity to get votes from the Jews in America. No one can deny what Dr. Mahathir had said before then. It was never about being anti-Semitic but it is about human being able to live in their own place peacefully.
Gingrich was no doubt correct in saying that the idea of a modern Palestinian state did not emerge until the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the imposition of the British mandate in 1922. But then, the same could be said for Israel — which was only created by the United Nations in 1948.
Probably we can teach Newt Gingrich a lesson. In the Ottoman Empire, Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Israel never existed. In the case of Israel, the whole world know the mass migrations of the Jews to Jerusalem from around the Europe to form a nation of their own. The Israelis should be called the 'invented' people then.
Palestinians probably have a stronger claim to nationhood than any of the above. Most scholars of the ancient Middle East, including many Israeli scholars, agree that the people known as Palestinians have been living the same area since approximately 1200 B.C. — or about when the Israelites entered these lands. That’s more than three millennia of continuous settlement, or, put another way, 2,600 years before the first American colony was established at Jamestown, Va. Romans and subsequent empires referred to them as “Philistines,” people who occupy the land of Philistia.
When we say that this is a normal thing to do, we should ask ourselves what should we do. If certain quarter of people are saying this and that, will we be able to rebut and opine on such matter? That is why we should always know what we are fighting for.
Well, we should leave the issue to the experts. They like to play with the rhetoric and semantics. For each Muslim, it goes back to ourselves. How much do we know about the Palestinians to fight for them? What have we done to help our Palestinian brothers? Why is that we still cannot direct helps straight to them?
Muslim leaders seem to have no power to fight the Israelis even with their massive oil reserves and massive armies to fight their own people. We really hope the rise of the Islamists in Egypt, Tunisia and other products of Arab Spring nation can bring at least to the end of the sufferings of the Palestinians. I read a book on the Jewish and the Israelis. There is lots of things that we do not know about them. The fact that they are able to control the USA is a testament to their values. They did not do it through back doors but in the public eyes. However, their intelligence, hard works and unity are things that the Muslim world should learn.
They do not take guns and bomb the shopping malls. They brought up children to study science, mathematics and engineering and their military skills are envied by the rest of the world. They struggled and learnt lessons from their hardships. The Palestinians struggled too. But do they take education as a serious matter? If they do want to have education, are the Islamic countries helped the Palestinians to get quality education like the Israelis? Money without brains is nothing. Brains without Al-Quran is disastrous.-The Chukai Insider