Why Helen Thomas is a moron
You might have heard this weekend about former White House columnist Helen Thomas’ recent answer to the question “Any comments on Israel?” She replied, “Yeah, tell them to get the hell out of Palestine. . . Remember these people are occupied.” Aside from the obvious anti-Jewish slant of her pronouncement, she is flat wrong. It’s a shame that someone who has called herself a journalist for 50+ years cannot represent the truth correctly. Actually, veritas and journalism aren’t nascent adversaries come to think of it..
The prevalent understanding of the region of “Palestine” is best represented by Yasser Arafat’s description from 1974:
“The Jewish invasion began in 1881. . . Palestine was then a verdant area, inhabited mainly by an Arab people in the course of building its life and dynamically enriching its indigenous culture.”
The main problem with Mr. Arafat’s quote is that it isn’t founded in fact or historical accuracy.
(65 years before the “Jewish Invasion”)
“As throughout the greater portion of Palestine, the ruined portion seemed more extensive than that which was inhabited.” – J.S. Buckingham, Travels in Palestine 1821, p. 146
(46 years before the “Jewish Invasion”)
“Outside the gates of Jerusalem, we saw indeed no living object, heard no living sound. We found the same void, the same silence as we should have found before the entombed gates of Pompeii or Herculaneum. . . a complete, eternal silence reigns in the town, in the highways, in the country . . The tomb of a whole people.” – Alphones de Lamartine, Recollections of the East 1845, p. 268, 308
(14 years before the “Jewish Invasion”)
“There is not a solitary village throughout this whole extent – not for thirty miles in either direction. There are two or three small clusters of Bedouin tents, but not a single permanent habitation. One may ride ten miles, hereabouts, and not see ten human beings. . . Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes. Over it broods the spell of a curse what has withered its fields and fettered its energies. . . Palestine is desolate and unlovely . . . It is a hopeless, dreary, heartbroken land.” – Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad 1869, p. various
(The year of the “Jewish Invasion”)
“In Judea [now the West Bank] it is hardly an exaggeration to say that for miles and miles there was no appearance of life or habitation.” – Arthur Penrhyn Stanley, Sinai and Palestine1881, p. 118, caption added
The lands of “Palestine” were not verdant and were not peopled by a vibrant, cohesive, and growing civilization. The land was peopled by nomads and herders who had no claim to the land because they were a) non-cohesive and b) nomadic. Palestine has never been a nation and has never had recognition as such. The propaganda that these “humanitarian” groups are spouting is insulting, facetious, and based in latent anti-Jewish rhetoric. The Jews have a valid and continuous claim to their land. Period.
(quotes gleaned from “A Durable Peace” – Benjamin Netanyahu, 1993)