The idea stems from Mr. Gingrich’s recent comments in an interview that aired Friday with The Jewish Channel in which Gingrich stated:
Well, I believe that the Jewish people have the right to have a state, and I believe that the commitments that were made at a time…remember there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire. And I think that we’ve had an invented Palestinian people, who are in fact Arabs, and were historically part of the Arab community.
Right. Technically. If you pretend that history only starts about 700 years ago. But as HuffPo explains the imaginary Palestinians, “have never had an independent state of their own. The region was ruled by the Ottomans for several centuries, and when the Ottoman Empire collapsed after World War I, the British took control of the area. It was known as the British Mandate for Palestine (AKA Palestine Mandate 1923–1948), and Muslims, Christians and Jews living there were all referred to as Palestinians” (info added).
So really, the British invented the Palestinians. And since the British aren’t American … Newt thinks he can “reinvent” the Palestinian people, or better yet he can find a new use for what he considers an otherwise useless byproduct of the political process. How laissez-faire capitalistic of him. Thomas Edison would be so proud.
He even rubber-stamped the statement claiming that he still “supports a negotiated peace agreement between Israel and [his invented] Palestinians.” But, of course! Naming rights, people!
- Palestinians Outraged At Gingrich’s Remarks (huffingtonpost.com)
- Palestinians outraged by Gingrich remarks – USA Today (usatoday.com)
- US election 2012: Palestinians condemn Newt Gingrich for saying they are an ‘invented’ people (telegraph.co.uk)