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A Palestinian History Book

Posted by Glezele Vayne on May 20, 2009

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by Tom Mountain (a columnist for The Jewish Advocate)

A whole group of people was created overnight.

“Show me a history book of the Palestinians,” retorted Miriam Levinger to this novice student journalist over two decades ago in Kiryat Arba, in Judea, otherwise known as the southern half of the West Bank.

In 1968, Mrs. Levinger, wife of Rabbi Moshe Levinger, the leader of the Gush Emunim movement, had, with the tacit support of the Israeli government, spearheaded the return of Jews to the Hebron area. And thus came Kiryat Arba, a thriving modern Jewish township overlooking Hebron, that sacred Biblical city where Arabs had massacred the centuries-old Jewish community in 1929. The Levingers had moved there to try to set things right by reestablishing a Jewish presence in Hebron.

On October 31, 1998, in violation of his prior campaign promises, Benyamin Netanyahu signed away the vast majority of Chevron (Hebron) to Yassir Arafat.

On October 31, 1998, in violation of his prior campaign promises, Benyamin Netanyahu signed away the vast majority of Chevron (Hebron) to Yassir Arafat.

By the time I met her in 1983, Miriam Levinger, once of Brooklyn, had already been in Judea for over fifteen years. She was there to stay. Not only that, but, she assured me, her children – she eventually had eleven – would inevitably branch out to help create more settlements in Judea and Samaria (the northern half of the West Bank).

Back to the Palestinian history book, or lack there of.

Mrs. Levinger elaborated on the premise that a Palestinian history book did not exist because the very concept of a Palestinian people did not exist until the Arab nations and their proxy, the PLO, chose to invent the Palestinian national movement in 1964. It was all a propaganda ploy to attack Israel and challenge Jewish claims to the land.

Tough, no-nonsense rhetoric from an Orthodox mother who was compelled to walk through Hebron with a Uzi submachine gun for protection. Miriam Levinger was absolutely correct in her simple analysis of the situation. But she was not alone.

“Palestine is a term the Zionists invented…. Our country for centuries was part of Syria,” remarked Arab leader Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi to the British Peel Commission in 1937. Mr. Abdul-Hadi knew what he was talking about.

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