by Assaf Wohl
[Sheik Kamal Khatib is deputy head of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement of
These are Simon the Hasmonean's words, now directed at Sheikh Kamal Khatib and his comrades:
"Not a foreign land we took and not with foreign possession but a land that belong to our ancestors that was occupied without a trial. And when we had the opportunity, we took our land back."
While speaking at an Islamic Movement ceremony to mark the "Nakba," you, Mr. Khatib, said: "I emphasize this to the members of the Jewish people. We, the Palestinians, are here. We are the past, present, and future of this land." And as I consider myself to be a member of the Jewish people, which you addressed, allow me to respond to your words.
Someone should have brought you up to date on this matter, Mr. Khatib. You may be able to sell your dubious merchandize in
If you visit the Louvre, the
You should visit your brothers in
Do you understand, Mr. Khatib? More than 3,000 years ago, there were Israelites at
But why go so far? At the
Learn from history
Not far from there, in the very same
So, Mr. Khatib, go out there and learn from Merneptah and from the king of
Therefore, stop. Stop bringing disasters upon your public. After all, if the hatred within you could be directed for the purpose of producing electricity, you would be able to light up the Gaza Strip for 60 years. Did you reach any achievements whatsoever with that holy fury of yours?
Well, Mr. Khatib, by taking the path of deceit and blood you won't make it anywhere. At most, you'll end up in
PART 2. HISTORY LESSON FOR ARAB MEMBERS OF THE KNESSET
Let me remind Arab Knesset members who the real immigrants in
I recently watched the television interview with Knesset Member Zahalka, where the Arab MK got carried away with stories, arguing that Defense Minister Ehud Barak "listens to classical music, but killed 1,400 children..." The issue of classical music seemed to greatly bother Zahalka and he repeated it several times.
But I am not interested in discussing Barak's favorite symphonies or the question of whether it was professionally appropriate for interviewer Dan Margalit to be dragged into a loud debate (which in retrospect was revealed to be a superb PR asset.) Just before he left, Zahalka called Margalit "an immigrant." This comes on top of Knesset Member Ahmad Tibi's statement that the Jews are immigrants, and some of them are fascists.
It is noteworthy that both Zahalka and Tibi have a Ph.D. Yet whatever their areas of specialty are, history of the
Do they truly believe that the "Palestinians" nobody heard of until the 20th Century, truly grew from the land? Don't they know that under Arab villages in the Galilee one can find synagogues from the
"This neighborhood used to be Sheikh Munis," Zahalka yelled before leaving the Tel Aviv studio, thereby revealing the truth. As it turns out, the appetite of Zahalka and his voters is not confined to the territories. Yet the
And so, the "immigrant" tales are baseless even when compared to the Brothers Grimm fairytales. So why then do Arab Knesset members blatantly lie to the cameras? Aren't they scared to be condemned publicly?
Counting on Jewish ignorance
No, they are not scared. Lies, manipulations, and deception are fundamental pillars in Arab dialectic. First of all, because Arab representatives create fear and hatred through them. Continuing to fan the flames of the conflict is a vital interest for them. After all, the conflict preserves their status as MKs and makes them popular among their voters.
In addition, the Arab MKs realize that the vast majority of Jews will not be able to respond to the "immigrant" argument. And not because it's a winning argument. Rather, because Israeli Jews are interested in iPhones and in reality shows, and no longer have any interest in the history of the people or
And so, a few final words for MK Zahalka. Please read the words of Pharaoh Merneptah, who noted the existence of Israelites in
I have no problem with you staying, and I insist that as opposed to the Jews in Arab states you enjoy equality. But how about a little respect to the old timers? After all, you are no more than a little dot in continuous Hebrew history in Eretz Yisrael.
Therefore, with all due respect (which I don't hold for provocateurs such as yourself,) you better keep something important in mind. Historical figures such as King David, Judah Maccabee, and even Bar Kochba were the masters of the land here long before Ibrahim Pasha was even born. So don't try to fool me, Zahalka. I'm not an idiot.
Assaf Wohl is a columnist for
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