Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Palestine Hoax

150 years ago, Mark Twain visited Muslim-occupied Israel and wrote of “unpeopled deserts” and “mounds of barrenness”, of “forlorn” and “untenanted” cities.

Palestine is “desolate”, he concluded. “One may ride ten miles hereabouts and not see ten human beings.” The same is true of the Palestinian Museum which opened with much fanfare and one slight problem. While admission is free, there’s nothing inside for any of the visitors to see except the bare walls.

The Palestinian Museum had been in the works since 1998, but has no exhibits. The museum cost $24 million. All it has to show for it are a few low sloping sandy buildings indistinguishable from the dirt and a “garden” of scraggly bushes and shrubs. The Palestinian Museum is open, but there’s nothing inside.

It’s hard to think of a better metaphor for Palestine than a bunch of empty buildings designed by Irish and Chinese architects whose non-existent exhibits were the brainchild of its former Armenian-American director. It’s as Palestinian as bagels and cream cheese. Or skiing, hot cocoa and fjords.

Over the Palestinian Museum flies the proud flag of Palestine, which was originally the flag of the Iraqi-Jordanian Federation before the PLO “borrowed” it, and visitors might be greeted by the Palestinian anthem composed by Greek Communist Mikis Theodorakis. If it sounds anything like the soundtrack from Zorba the Greek, that’s because they both share the same composer.

All of Palestine is so authentically Palestinian that it might as well be made in China. At least that’s where the stained Keffiyahs worn by the stone throwers hurling rocks at passing Jewish families while posing heroically for Norwegian, Canadian and Chilean photojournalists are made.

Palestine is an empty building with nothing in it. It’s a political Potemkin village. There’s a flag, an anthem, a museum and all the trappings of a country. But if you look closer, there’s nothing inside.

The Palestinian Museum’s chairman, Omar al-Qattan, who was born in Beirut and lives in the UK, said that the “Palestinians” needed positive energy so badly that opening an empty museum made sense.

Just think how much positive energy can come from realizing that you have no culture, heritage or history to put in your museum. But actually the Palestinian Museum had to open in time for the Nakba. The Nakba is the annual commemoration of the failed invasion of Israel by foreign Muslim armies. The invasion by Egyptian, Iraqi, Syrian and Jordanian forces began on May 15. Egypt’s General Muhammad Haidar declared that the invading Muslim forces would be occupying Tel Aviv in two weeks.

Egyptian forces hit the village of Kfar Darom which had a few hundred residents and a few dozen militia members. They hit it with tanks, armored vehicles, infantry battalions, artillery and bombers. The invading colonial Muslim forces lost two soldiers for every single Jewish militia defender. Instead of taking Tel Aviv in two weeks, they were stuck laying siege to a tiny village for two months. That’s the Nakba. And you can see why the Muslim settlers in Israel have an annual day of mourning over the miserable defeat of their invading armies at the hands of the indigenous Jewish population.

Like its museum, all of Palestine is one long endless fraud. The opening of the Palestinian Museum will be attended by President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority. Abbas was elected to a four-year term in 2005. It’s been a while since his term expired. The Palestinian Authority is just the PLO in drag. It claims authority over some territories that it doesn’t administer and has no control over.

But the empty Palestinian Museum isn’t about to let setbacks like a complete lack of things to put inside its bare walls get it down. Instead it’s doing what the PLO has always done in troubled times.

It’s invading Beirut.

Even though the Palestinian Museum has nothing to display, it’s opening a satellite museum in Beirut. If this “Palestinian” invasion goes anything like the last one, the satellite Palestinian Museum will be murdering Christians inside of a week. Beyond Beirut, the Palestinian Museum plans satellite museums in San Diego, London, Dubai and Gaza. In the Islamic fashion, the lack of an inner soul is compensated for with external expansionism.

Meanwhile the empty Palestinian Museum had found a prestigious new director, Mahmoud Hawari, a scholar whom it described as “the lead curator at the British Museum”. Hawari though isn’t a curator of anything. He’s a visiting academic. The foundation behind the Palestinian Museum blamed its new director for misleading them with a bad curriculum vitae. But it has yet to change its website. But Palestine has always been based on lies. Why should the Palestinian Museum break that tradition?

Hawari will have to decide what, if anything, to put in the Palestinian Museum. The chairman however thinks that it should celebrate Islamic terrorism and discuss who was living in Israel first. These two topics are the beginning and end of any Palestinian identity. And both of them involve hating Jews.

Eliminate Jews, as the Muslim and non-Muslim champions of the Palestinian hoax have attempted to do, and there is no Palestine left. Palestine is a parasitic political entity that derives its wealth, its water and its electricity from Israel. It also gets its history, its culture and its entire reason for existing from Israel.

The Muslim settlers claim that King David was a Muslim, that Jesus was a Palestinian and that the Star of David, which long predated Islam, is an Islamic symbol. The only Palestinian culture is appropriation.

Palestine can no more exist without Israel than a Plasmodium malariae or an HIV virus can exist outside a warm body. Despite all the whining about an independent state, the only purpose for a Palestinian state that the PLO, Hamas or anyone else has been able to conceive of is attacking Israel.

Palestinian identity has no meaning or context without hating Jews.

The Palestinian Museum is as empty as the souls of a populace that has wholly given itself over to a cult of death. Nothing can be put in there except hatred of Jews.

The echoing emptiness of the Palestinian Museum has been blamed, with utter predictability, on the Jews. The Palestinian Museum had not wanted to taint its walls with the works of the filthy Jews. And so its overseers had to import from outside Israel since the only thing “Palestine” manufactures is death.

The Jews had made it difficult to bring in authentically Palestinian, German lighting fixtures and Australian fire exit signs. But when the lighting fixtures and fire exit signs were finally put up, there was still nothing to put in the museum. And that too was the fault of the Jews.

Omar Al Qattan complains that Israel makes it difficult to import exhibition objects. But you would think that a museum a few miles outside the capital of the Palestinian Authority could find something “Palestinian” to exhibit in what it claims is its historic land. And yet the bare walls testify that it couldn’t.

There is no Palestinian culture. There is no Palestinian history. Instead there’s an empty museum built by an Irish architecture firm. Even the “Palestinian” garden is the work of a Jordanian landscaper.

Palestine is a Potemkin village. It has plenty of Muslim settlers squatting on the sites of historical Jewish towns and villages, but it is as desolate as it was when Mark Twain visited it. Its culture is an empty building. There are plenty of bodies, but there is no soul. Palestine has no past and no future.


Al Temail said...

Can you imagine another gallery "loaning" a display to the Palestinian gallery?
I can hear the curators now, "Sure, let's put our priceless antiquities on display, and in the possession of an audience that believes bathroom tissue is an evil of Western culture".

The idea brings to mind the meme of, "this is why we can't have nice things".

Anonymous said...

The PA owes the Israeli Electric Corporation $456 million but can find $24 million to build a Palestinian Museum.

When people do not pay their electric bill, their electricity is turned off. Israel should do the same with the PA?

Infidel said...

Thanks, great article :)

Love the Mark Twain :)

One of the earliest times when I realized there was a problem was reading LeCarre's "Little Drummer Girl" around the time it came out. The decadent/end of empire style romanticization of Soviet inspired terrorists was strangely disturbing. Not to mention the subtle antisemitism.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant article!!!
That Palestinian Museum reminded me of similar story from the Blight of Asia by George Horton, who was eye witness of the Turkish barbarism in Smyrna in the early 20th century (source:

“The beginning of the work on the "Great Turkish Library" at Smyrna was peculiarly interesting as a revelation of the mentality of the [Muslim] race. Christians were used for the labor, the taskmasters, of course, being Turks armed with whips. When I called the attention of Rahmi Bey, the governor-general, one day to the fact that there were not sufficient books existing in his native tongue to justify the construction of so great an edifice, he replied:
The first thing is to have a building. If we have a building the books will necessarily appear to fill it, and even if they don't, we are going to translate all the German books into Turkish.
The structure was never finished, and consequently the books have not been written.”

cwo said...

Palestine: a mule. No pride in ancestors nor hope for prosperity.

Pray Hard said...

Islam is the void. Nothing new.

Anonymous said...

Authentic items? hmm, What about a couple of goats eating cardboard boxes...I'm trying to help

mindRider said...

The sad part here is that an ever larger number of befuddled young westerners even many in possession of university degrees believe the palestinian-arab narrative for lack of even the slightest knowledge of the history of the middle east since 1900.

Anonymous said...

The Palestinian Museum could have content if they went to the root of the name, and called it "The Philistine Museum". Then they could have a big mural of Samson breaking their heads with the jawbone of an ass.

Alu Akbar Schwartz

JackIAm said...

Anon, an expansion on the worthy concept:
SCHWARZHU AKBAR, actually, and likewise, ‘MAY THE SCHWARZ BE WITH YOU’!!! Works for me!

That's also what needs be in the p museum.

Bearinheart said...

The empty museum is a symbol of their empty souls, worshipping a false god and making an idol of their dead-end ideology.

Yanni said...

Great article. One thing that could have been added was the none-Palestinian birthplace of the revered Palestinian leader and founding father, Arafat.

Armigerous said...

You would think they could at least come up with some pics of Yassir Arafat boinking young boys to hang on the walls....that would be "authentically Palestinian"

poisonalan said...

If Israel shuts down the electricity then when summer comes the museum will be filled with the one thing the so called Pallys.are good at producing,hot air

Steven Plaut said...

Unknown said...

too bad hope-a-dopes fall for the charades- new TV show covering clothing from other countries, dupes useful idiot into thinking there will be a "Palestine Fashion Week", as if there is a fashion industry in Fatah-land, or that there was any show ever planned. Of course useful idiot is "surprised" when it does not happen. Of course useful idiot listens carefully to the propaganda, is shown checkpoints, without context and treated to other anti Israel PR during her visit. Same libiot tries on burqa, goes to Pakistan and cries b/c women who defy dress code get acid thrown on them by their own families and yet idiot concludes- "it's about defending a choice then a bit saner (reality bites) not having a choice"

Anonymous said...

The empty museum is simply a symbol of the lack of administration by the PA, which is by the way a bunch of thieves sponsored by Israel since 1994!
If they weren't shut by a couple of millions into their pockets every now and then, Israel would have seized from existence!

"He who laughs last, laughs best"

Anonymous said...

"Your comment will be visible after approval."....oh of course forget it!

Per Perald said...

You: "Palestine can no more exist without Israel than a Plasmodium malariae or an HIV virus can exist outside a warm body."

The HI virus does not need a warm body. Like spanish flu virus and other viruses it can stay within a decomposing body for at least a 150 years.

Because it isn't living, it's a code. It is quite different from bacteria, which is a cell. Virus is not a cell, it isn't even a cell nucleus, it is just the code within that nucleus.

Which means that virus can replicate inside bacteria, human cells or a worm cell. If the cell lives or not doesn't matter

Empress Trudy said...

No doubt Oberlin, Vasser and Cornell are crafting palestinian history curricula as we speak.

Anonymous said...

They should display the design iterations of the Palestinian flag... Oops a Brit designed it.

Robert Metnick said...

They can do a nice exhibit in airline hijackings as they invented that! What about a display of various suicide bomber vests? That museum need not be empty!

Robert Metnick said...

They could have a nice exhibit on airline hijackings since they invented that. How about a display of various suicide bomber vests? How about Arafat's pistol he wore to the UN? We can fill this museum up in no time!

Dina Bremridge said...

Please Sir can we have some more!!!

Anonymous said...

"Palestinians" cannot govern themselves because they are Greater-Syrian Arabs locked-up in refugee camps and more recently given a pseudo-national identity just to spearhead the 1974 PLO plan for the phased destruction of Israel.

Far from a nation, they are an "anti-nation" unable to unite or function behind any other cause.

Both Palestinian-Arab political movements are not nationalistic in any "Palestinian" sense. Fatah (part of the nationalist Baath movement) is staunchly Pan-Arabist, while Hamas (part of Muslim Brotherhood movement) is staunchly Pan-Islamist. Ultimately they aspire to become not a nation-state, but part and parcel of either a nationalist Pan-Arab Empire (in case of Fatah) or Pan-Islamic Caliphate (in case of Hamas).

If Arabs and other enemies of Israel alike really wanted peace and co-existence, they would not invent and nurture a non-existent "Palestinian" identity, while Jordan already covers nearly 80% of Mandatory Palestine and most Gaza Arabs are indistinguishable from Egypt's Sinai Bedouin.

They would instead pursue the only logical coexistential and sustainable path:

A "3-State Solution" composed of Israel, Egypt, and Jordan!

Traci Talbot said...

There is, in truth, no such thing as a Palestinian or a Palestinian culture, unless you include dead bodies.. Even the surrounding countries of their heritage, don't want them.
To my knowledge, the origins of the so called 'Palestinians' have never been fully explained by the mass media.So as each generation passes, their 'victimhood' is enhanced.

Jerry said...

Daniel does an excellent job in describing the failure of the Palestinians in achieving anything but an overwhelming hatred of Jews. But can he explain what it is in the Jewish psyche that makes them not only accept this hatred but also makes them believe that they can live in peace with the Jew haters?

Anonymous said...

"Palestine"[sic] is like Santa Claus and the Easter bunny. The fiction survives only because those who know better keep enabling it for their own questionable purposes.

Edward Cline said...

The Palestinian Museum looks a lot like a restaurant that serves no food. Not even water. What a joke! No, excuse me. A hoax!

Eliyahu m'Tsiyon said...

don't agree with all of the sultan's details. But the notion of a "palestinian people" that never existed in history was a British invention, not an Arab invention.
I do agree that Fatah/PLO is pan-Arabist whereas Hamas is pan-Islamist.

SabaShimon said...

"When people do not pay their electric bill, their electricity is turned off. Israel should do the same with the PA?"

Gee.....ya think?

Another great piece Daniel, thank you.

Mid Stutsman said...

Awesome article!! Should be published in the Washington Post, the New York Times, etc. ;)

lilarose4truth said...

Love it

Janus Avivson said...

I have a wonderful idea for a conceptual exhibition for the empty Museum - copies of bank statements of monies stolen by Arafat from his beloved Palestinians, and a large photo of his young and beautiful wife (resident of France!). I will finance that if they agree to show it.

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