- The Bible warns Christians to ignore "Jewish fables."
(Titus 1:14) In 1948 Israel violently drove half of the Arab population
from Palestine, stealing land on which they had lived and farmed for thousands
of years. To distract the world from this outrage, Israel created an elaborate
tapestry of fables deluding generations of evangelicals and much of the
- The most audacious claim of such propaganda is that the
Palestinians were not deprived of their land because the Palestinians as
a land-owning people never existed! They never inhabited Palestine in significant
numbers and only entered in the 20 th century as squatters, benefitting
from the hospitality and prosperity of Israel. Zionist mythology also teaches
that the number of Jews living in much of Palestine, especially in Jerusalem,
always exceeded the Arabs, strengthening Israel's right to remain the dominant
- The Encyclopedia of the Palestine Problem explains Israel's
- "In order to create an alleged justification for
the crime of genocide they have committed against the Palestinian Arabs,
the Zionists have tried to convince the world that Palestine was practically
uninhabited, 'A Land Without People For a People Without a Land.' They
created and propagated the myths that the Palestinian Arabs were nomads
or semi-nomads without a culture and a civilization, that the Palestinians
had neither a national identity nor existence, that the Palestinians lacked
an economic structure and roots in the land." 
- Those accepting these lies include Joseph Farah, owner
and editor-in-chief of WorldNetDaily. In his recent article "The Phony
Mideast Debate," he says, "Today, billions of people all over
the world actually believe that the 'Palestinians' are just in their quest
for a homeland they never knew, a homeland that never existed, a homeland
that is as fictitious as their rewritten historical narrative."
- Farah claims that Palestine, even after World War II,
was "still largely unpopulated, untamed, undeveloped," with most
of the inhabitants of Jerusalem and adjacent regions being Jewish. Most
Arabs, he says, became interested in coming to this near-wasteland only
after Zionists brought economic and agricultural prosperity. They then
flooded in as migrants from Jordan and other Mideast countries "coinciding
with Jewish immigration and ingenuity."
- Zionist propaganda also claims that when war became imminent
between the Israelis and Arabs in 1948, this large indigent population
of about 800,000, possessing no loyalty to the land, fled to safer countries.
After the war, Israel says they then preposterously claimed they were driven
out of their "homeland," a land they never owned! Israel, says
Farah, has been falsely "recast in the public's mind as Goliath,"
persecuting the Palestinian outcasts and occupying their ancestral property.
- "This is not occupation, as the world suggests."
Farah contends, "This is a people defending their one and only homeland
against the most vicious and unjustified attacks imaginable."
- From Farah to Facts
- In 1882, the Jewish population of Palestine was about
24,000. In 1914, the entire population of Palestine was estimated at 634,133
Muslim and Christian Arabs and 55,413 Jews. In 1920, after the British
mandate, the official census showed the Arab population, both Muslim and
Christian, at nearly 600,000, still greatly exceeding the Jews, who numbered
66,574. Until 1948 the Arab population continued to exceed the Jewish by
roughly 2:1.  Farah says Jews for centuries had dominated the region,
"the majority of the population of Jerusalem and surrounding areas
being Jewish." Yet the last official British census in 1931 found
Arabs in Jerusalem outnumbered Jews 2:1 with surrounding areas averaging
98% Arab! The Ad Hoc Committee on the Palestinian Question in the United
Nations found in 1948 that, except for Haifa, "the Arabs have a clear
majority over the Jews." 
- So much for the Israeli/Farah claim that for centuries
Jews in Jerusalem and surrounding areas have outnumbered a tiny Arab population!
- During World War I, Arabs fought with the Allies against
the Turks in hope of acquiring national independence. After the Balfour
Declaration in 1917, the people of Palestine were considered by the League
of Nations a "provisionally independent nation" very close to
sovereignty. By 1947 Palestinian Arabs played a predominant role in government
under the British. "The total number of government officials was 44,688
persons, of whom 4,314 were British, 30,178 Arabs, 9,276 Jews, and 920
others."  Arabs also vastly outnumbered Jews in municipal councils
and leadership in hundreds of primarily Arab towns and cities throughout
- The land of Palestine had been a breadbasket of agricultural
plenty going back to the original inhabitants, the Canaanites and later
Philistines (for whom Palestine is named). Enjoying a climate similar to
California's, the Old Testament description was a "land that flows
with milk and honey." Certainly, much of Palestine in recent centuries
had been over-grazed, particularly the mountainous hill country of Judea
surrounding Jerusalem. Such barrenness caused visitor Mark Twain to describe
it as barren, with hardly an Arab to be seen. Yet, at nearly the same time,
"Lawrence Oliphant, who visited Palestine in 1887, wrote that Palestine's
Valley of Esdraelon was 'a huge green lake of waving wheat, with its village-crowned
mounds rising from it like islands; and it presents one of the most striking
pictures of luxurious fertility which it is possible to conceive.'"
 Numerous pre-20th century accounts, recounted in the Encyclopedia of
the Palestine Problem, describe it as a veritable cornucopia of every kind
of agricultural produce, with excess exported by the Palestinians even
to the nations of Europe.
- The Encyclopedia confirms that before 1948
- "these Arab towns and villages were not merely place
names on a map. They were developed communities containing farms, factories,
stores and schools, with an infrastructure of doctors, lawyers, teachers,
engineers, merchants, mechanics, industrialists, workers, and farmers which
would be the envy of any developing country todayBefore 1948 they resided
in 12 cities, 8 major towns, and 830 small towns and villages. Arab homes
in the cities were either luxurious stone villas with beautiful gardens,
or apartments with 2-5 bedrooms. These residences were well-furnished with
modern furniture and household goods. No Arab home of the middle and upper
classes contained less than eight valuable Persian carpets. All these homes
and their furnishings were usurped by Israel." 
- General Moshe Dayan tells the truth:
- "We came to this country which was already populated
by Arabs, and we are establishing a Hebrew, that is, a Jewish state here.
Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even
know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you, because
these geography books no longer exist. Not only do the books not exist,
the Arab villages are not there either. Nahalal arose in the place of Mahalul;
Gevat in the place of Jibta; Sarid in the place of Haneifa and Kefar Yehoshua
in the place of Tellshaman. There is not one place built in this country
that did not have a former Arab population." 
- After 1948, Israel took over 12 cities and large towns
and 526 small towns and villages. They bulldozed the towns and villages,
building new towns with Jewish names. 
- The Encyclopedia extensively documents from British records
that, far from Palestinians depending on Jewish prosperity, the Zionists
were permeated with Marxist/collectivist values, resulting in eventual
failure of the "kibbutz" experiment. Fairly new to Mideast agriculture,
they were largely inefficient, dependent upon regular massive infusion
of Western Jewish capital.  Despite a general Israeli policy of boycott
of Palestinian goods and services, the Palestinians, with a rapidly growing
population in 1948 of 1,444,274, were both politically, socially, and economically
racing toward UN-sponsored nationhood in 1948.
- Zionist Terror Ends Palestinian Dreams
- Such prosperity came to an abrupt, horrific end after
the Deir Yassin massacre by Zionist Irgun terrorists on April 9-10, 1948
and many subsequent Jewish outrages and atrocities, panicking 800,000 Palestinians
into flight. "In 1948 the Zionists seized 90% of Arab-owned citrus
groves, packaging and storage facilities, as well as that year's crops,
looting the prosperous Arab citrus growers, making them destitute refugees."
The same was true of all aspects of Palestinian industry, including olive
oil, weaving, textile, tobacco, leather, dairy, wheat, fishing, and construction.
In reality, confiscation of Palestinian resources largely constituted the
"miracle" of Israel's sudden abundant agriculture, of which the
new state began boasting soon after expulsion of the Palestinians. This
delighted evangelicals worldwide who saw it as stunning fulfillment of
Biblical prophecy, making the "desert blossom as the rose." In
reality, Israel now possessed thousands of acres of citrus, olives, wheat,
etc. seized from the foremost agriculturists of the Middle East, Palestinian
orchardists and farmers. The Encyclopedia: "The economic achievements
of Israel today are built totally on the capital base of lands, property,
and possessions usurped from the Palestinian Arabs." 
- Is Israel's massively documented theft of Palestinian
land, as well as Palestinian demand for compensation, really a "phony
argument," as Farah contends? For the safety of his eternal soul,
I sincerely hope he has spoken out of ignorance of what really happened
in 1948 and has naively made himself the mouthpiece of Zionist lies. It
is difficult, however, to believe that Farah, himself of Syrian/Lebanese
descent, does not know at least something of the enormous magnitude of
injustice towards the Palestinians. If he does yet, continues to parrot
Israel's propaganda (perhaps to please both evangelicals and Jews), there
is little doubt where the real phoniness exists: in Farah himself.
- 1. The Encyclopedia of the Palestine Problem, edited
by Dr. Issa Nakhleh, Continental Books, P.O. Box 756, Grand Central Station,
New York, NY 10163-0756, p. 33. This two-volume work, totaling about 1,800
pages, by this Christian Palestinian barrister and diplomat is available
in most university libraries and online at www.palestine-encyclopedia.com.
- 2. Ibid., p. 25.
- 3. Ibid., p. 26.
- 4. Ibid., p. 28.
- 5. Ibid., p. 33.
- 6. Ibid., p. 34.
- 7. Ibid., p. 34.
- 8. Ibid, p. 347.
- 9. Ibid., p. 49.
- 10. Ibid., p. 34.
- In his article, Farah also endorses the Zionist heresy
that a nation of Christ-rejecting Jews can lawfully inhabit God's Holy
Land. While God did promise the land to Abraham because of his faith and
continuing obedience, He also told the Hebrews that only by such obedience
could they enjoy the same covenant. God told them "because [emphasis
mine] you listen to these judgments and keep and do them the Lord your
God will keep with you His covenant and His loving-kindness which He swore
to your forefathers." (Deut. 7:12) In dozens of clear Scriptures,
God is emphatic that only by obedience could the Hebrews as a people legitimately
occupy Canaan. If they disobey, they will be expelled. Someday, a believing
remnant of Jews will give Christ such obedience. But for the present, a
wicked, Christian-persecuting Israel remains a counterfeit return. It is
Babylon the Great, the Great Harlot of Rev. 17, promoting ascent of anti-Christ,
not Jesus Christ. (See, <http://www.truthtellers.org/alerts/babylonthegreatisrael.htm>'Babylon
the Great' is Israel)
- Scriptures laying down God's conditional terms for occupation
include: Lev. 18:28, 26:27-46; Num. 14:23; Deut. 4:26-27; 6:18; 7:12; 28:21,
25, 37, 41, 56-64; 29:28; Deut. 30; Ezek. 13:9; Jer. 7:15; 29:13-14.
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