[News] A Dictionary of Media Terms for the Palestine/Israel 'Conflict

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  A Dictionary of Media Terms for the Palestine/Israel 'Conflict

/– Roger Sheety - April 2, 2019
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What is the point of journalism if not to question, doubt, and challenge 
state or elite power? If a journalist merely reports the standard 
talking points of that power (as most corporate media journalists do), 
isn’t he or she simply perpetuating the basic premise of those talking 
points, that all is fundamentally well with the status quo? How, then, 
can such a stance be thought of as fair, objective, or impartial?

The following piece is partially indebted to John Ralston Saul’s “The 
Doubter’s Companion: A Dictionary of Aggressive Common Sense”, which 
itself was partly inspired by earlier dictionaries such as those by 
Samuel Johnson and Ambrose Bierce.

The aim of these anti-dictionary dictionaries was to challenge and mock 
conventional wisdom and use language to clarify and communicate rather 
than the opposite.

As Saul eloquently puts it:

    “In the humanist view, the alphabet can be a tool for examining
    society; the dictionary a series of questions, an inquiry into
    meaning, a weapon against received wisdom and therefore against the
    assumptions of established power. In other words, the dictionary
    offers an organized Socratic approach.”

But my main source of inspiration must go to the mainstream corporate 
media whose obfuscation, censorship, propaganda, hypocrisy, and outright 
lies in the service of state and elite corporate power—particularly on 
the Palestine issue—for decade after decade is really something to 
behold. It must truly be hard work to constantly not report the obvious, 
to use language to confuse rather than to clarify, to fabricate and 
perpetuate myths, and to de-contextualize what calls out for context.

Thus, in no particular order:

*The Peace Process (Oslo, 1993 to the present time version)*: A failed 
attempt to convince the Palestinian people that their violent 
dispossession and ethnic cleansing from their homeland is just, legal, 
and sanctified. The first peace process began in 1919 when the World 
Zionist Organization presented itsmap of peace 
<http://www.1948.org.uk/maps/historical-maps/2874631>at the Paris Peace 
Conference. This map of peace included the WZO’s peaceful colonial wish 
to take all of Palestine, southern Lebanon, Syria’s Golan, parts of 
Egypt’s Sinai, and parts of western Jordan to create a “national home of 
the Jews.” Rejected by European elites at the time, they would soon 
after consent to the theft once British and French colonial rule over 
the entire Arab world was established and consolidated.

What would be obvious to a child somehow escapes the cognitive abilities 
of the majority of corporate news media editors today: that all the land 
that Zionists pined for in 1919, and which they officially and openly 
presented for all the world to see, would be nearly the exact same land 
they would eventually conquer and steal or, in the case of Lebanon and 
Egypt, attempt to conquer and steal. In corporate media speak, this 
entire history of theft is sometimes referred to as “too complicated to 
understand.”

*Disputed*: All land which Israel steals, including Palestinian, Syrian, 
Lebanese, and Egyptian land, is known in Western corporate media speak 
as “disputed” land. In the real world, this is known as theft.

*Peace*: A word that now means the opposite of its actual meaning. In 
Israeli/Zionist/Western thinking, peace means that Israelis are allowed 
to kill Palestinians, steal their land, ethnically cleanse them from 
their homes, demolish their homes, occupy them, and place them 
permanently under siege with impunity and without resistance. Israelis 
can then peacefully return to their nice stolen homes in Haifa, ‘Akka 
(Acre), Jaffa, Jerusalem, Tiberias, and Safad (among other Palestinian 
cities) to peacefully eat and sleep there until they are ready for the 
next day’s peaceful bombing, plundering, and looting of Palestinians in 
Gaza and the West Bank.

Palestinians are also expected to have dialogue, hold hands, and sing 
campfire songs with Israelis while the Israeli terrorist army continues 
its assault on what is left of Palestine; this is known in corporate 
media speak as “working for peace.”

*“Israel”*: An extremely violent, racist, supremacist colonial settler 
state established entirely on stolen Palestinian land, through the 
expulsion of its indigenous people, and through the destruction of 
hundreds of ancient Palestinian cities, towns, and villages; an 
apartheid state that is armed to the teeth with nuclear and other 
weapons of mass destruction and, therefore, a danger to the entire 
world. Not Jewish and not democratic, despite its hysterical and 
childish insistence on being recognized and called as such. For obvious 
reasons, not recognized by the overwhelming majority of the Palestinian 
people.

*Zionism*: An extremely violent, racist, supremacist imperial/colonial 
ideology originating in 19thcentury Europe and which has deep roots in 
that continent’sOrientalism 
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orientalism_(book)>. The fantastical 
notion often put forth by apologists of Israel that Zionism is merely a 
benign form of nationalism is only belied by a century of land theft, 
dispossession of the indigenous people of Palestine, and the continuing 
destruction of their homeland, including its 2014 genocidalattack 
<http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/rania-khalek/israels-extermination-whole-families-gaza-reflects-genocidal-impulse>on 
the Palestinians of Gaza which wiped 89 families and over 2100 human 
beings off the face of the earth. As with any other ideology, one simply 
has to observe its effect on its victims and the world at large to judge 
its value, rather than what its professional propagandists say and 
write. Also: an ahistorical, false conflation of Judaism, Jews, and 
apologists for Israel; a form of White supremacy. An anachronism; see 
also: Christian Zionism.

*Palestine*: Primarily, Palestine is the homeland of the Palestinian 
people from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. For some, this is 
“The Holy Land”; though why this land is more holy than, for example, 
Lebanon or Syria or Bolivia or Japan or Turtle Island (North America) or 
anywhere else, is not clear.

What is truly baffling, however, is why the indigenous people of the 
Holy Land—that is, the Palestinians—are being persecuted, expelled from 
their homes, and massacred in large numbers for year after year, as the 
“international community” watches on. Perhaps a new definition of “holy” 
is required, one that is more suitable to the backward and upside down 
ideology of Zionism.

*Resistance*: All peoples without exception have the right to resist 
imperial/colonial conquest, occupation, and invasion in whatever means 
possible. No American or Canadian, for instance, would tolerate an 
unwanted stranger into her or his home and would naturally resist such 
an intrusion. Why the West and corporate media insist that Palestinians 
must be the sole exception to this universally recognized and understood 
right remains a mystery.

*Theodore Herzl*: The founder of Zionism and the hero of Israel. In his 
remarkably dull, naive, and racist 1896 pamphlet, “Der 
Judenstaat”(German for “The State of the Jews”), wherein he outlines his 
colonial dream, Herzl would actually blame European Jews for their own 
persecution. Thus, hewrites 
<https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/quot-the-jewish-state-quot-theodor-herzl>: 
“TheJewish question <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_question>exists 
wherever Jews live in perceptible numbers. Where it does not exist, it 
is carried by Jews in the course of their migrations. We naturally move 
to those places where we are not persecuted, and there our presence 
produces persecution. This is the case in every country and will remain 
so, even in those highly civilized—for instance, France—until the Jewish 
question finds a solution on a political basis. The unfortunate Jews are 
now carrying the seeds of Anti-Semitism into England; they have already 
introduced it into America.”

Herzl also considered Jews as “a race,” spoke of Jewish immigrants as 
“infiltrators,” and regarded the indigenous Arabs of the entire Arab 
world as savages. “We should there form a portion of a rampart of Europe 
against Asia, an outpost of civilization as opposed to barbarism,” he 
would write, paving the way for the Israeli barbarism to come. When one 
looks at Israeli society today, one can, therefore, understand why this 
exceptionally anti-humanist and racist thinker is viewed there with such 
reverence. See: Anti-Semitism.

*Anti-Semitism*: Very simply and uncontroversially, hatred of or 
hostility to Jews as Jews. The attempt by Zionists to change the meaning 
of anti-Semitism and equate it with criticism and rejection of Israel is 
as insidious and erroneous as Israel’s (false) claim to represent and 
speak on behalf of world Jewry. Indeed, this latter claim can itself be 
viewed as anti-Semitic as it presumes that world Jewry is a monolithic 
entity that supports Israel’s destruction of Palestine, its apartheid, 
and its occupation. As Omar Barghoutisays 
<http://youtu.be/8QODAPfPAaw?t=21m25s>: “Anyone who says, ‘All Jews 
are…’ (anything that comes after ‘are’) is an anti-Semite… [this] 
dehumanizes Jews; it makes them more or less human, but not human.”

*Oil/gas/petrol*: Implicitly, according to Western punditry, all oil 
belongs to the United States of America, regardless of whose land and 
what body of water it happens to be under. See, for example, the United 
States’ current attempt to install a puppet regime in Venezuela.

Arabs: The indigenous peoples of much of what is today called the 
“Middle East.” Contrary to racist, Western generalizations, Arabs are 
multi-religious, multi-cultural, multi-tempered, and multi-faceted—like 
all other peoples around the world.

*The West*: A mythical political alliance/entity led (read: bullied) by 
the United States of America and with no connection to geographic, 
historical, or socio-cultural realities whatsoever; a total fiction.

The United States of America: An empire with more than 730 military 
bases around the world, which spendssix times 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_military_expenditures>more 
on its military and weapons of mass destruction than its nearest rival, 
which regularlybombs 
<https://williamblum.org/chapters/rogue-state/united-states-bombings-of-other-countries>weaker 
nations, which regularlysubverts 
<https://williamblum.org/books/killing-hope>democratic movements in 
other countries all around the world, which spies on its own citizens 
and incarcerates them in disproportionately high numbers, and which 
insists that it is not an empire. See also: “Honest Broker.”

*Radical*: One of the fundamental messages of such American scholars as 
Michael Parenti, Noam Chomsky, William Blum, Chalmers Johnson, Howard 
Zinn, Tom Engelhardt, and Chris Hedges, for example, is that the United 
States cannot be a properly functioning democracy at home and, at the 
same time, wreak havoc abroad as an empire. Sooner or later, they argue, 
things at home begin to fall apart, not to mention all the enemies the 
empire creates in its ceaseless wars around the world through its 
industry of death. In the corporate mainstream media, this commonsense 
and even classically conservative view is known as being “radical” and 
is, thus, virtually ignored. Such writers are also effectively shut out 
from corporate media discourse because of their “radicalism.”

*The Holocaust*: The destruction of European Jewry in Europe by other 
Europeans. Despite having nothing to do with Palestine, or Syria, or 
Lebanon, or Egypt, or Iraq for that matter, Zionists and other Israel 
apologists insist on justifying the destruction of Palestine, her 
people, and other countries in the region with the Holocaust—to the 
horror of humanists everywhere.

*The Right to Exist*: All human beings, without exception, have the 
right to exist. States, corporations, and racist ideologies being 
abstractions—albeit with deadly consequences—however, do not have the 
right to exist. See Nazi Germany, apartheid South Africa, and the United 
Fruit Company for instance.

*Palestine/Israel “Conflict”*: A corporate media abstraction used to 
cover up and obfuscate the continuing destruction of Palestine by 
creating a false balance and ethical equivalency between the colonizers 
and the colonized where no such balance and equivalency exists to begin 
with. See also: “Both sides.”

*“Both sides”*: A favored term among so-called “liberal” politicians and 
pundits alike. Palestinians have their olive trees uprooted by the 
thousands, their farms burned, their homes destroyed, their land stolen, 
their ancient towns and villages razed, their history and culture 
appropriated, and their children shot, maimed, and murdered by Israel. 
But who is responsible? Nobody in corporate (liberal) media circles 
seems to know for sure; it must be then that “both sides” are to blame.

Other “both sides” phrases repeated ad nauseam include: “both sides are 
being unhelpful,” “both sides must make painful compromises for peace,” 
and “both sides must come to the table.” Why Palestinians are to blame 
for their ethnic cleansing and dispossession and why they must 
compromise their inalienable human rights to their own oppressors is 
never made clear by these faux liberal pundits. (For the corporate 
right-wing media, it is clear who bears the blame—the Palestinians of 
course.)

*“Pro-Israel”*: Because “Israel” was established through ethnic 
cleansing, massacres, and the wholesale destruction of hundreds of 
ancient Palestinian towns and villages, and because the state is 
maintained through racist apartheid laws, military occupation, and 
regular massacres particularly in Gaza, then “Pro-Israel” must mean that 
one is pro-ethnic cleansing, pro-massacres, pro-apartheid, and 
pro-destruction of indigenous peoples.

*Saudi Arabia*: America’s number one all-time favorite dictatorship in 
the Arab world. In corporate media speak, Saudi Arabia is sometimes 
referred to as a “moderate” Arab state. Other moderate Arab states 
include Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Morocco. Moderate 
Arab states are distinguished from non-moderate Arab states by their 
brutality to their own citizens and, even more importantly, their 
subservience to the United States and, thus, to Israel.

*Hasbara*: Literally, “explanation” but in effect and practice, 
propaganda and fabrication. According to Israel, it is very difficult 
for the rest of world to understand why Israel continues to steal 
Palestinian land, bomb Palestinian neighborhoods and refugee camps, and 
generally kill any Palestinian who gets in the way. It is also much too 
hard, according to Israel, for the world to understand why it continues 
to occupy Syrian land, bomb Syrian territory, and terrorize Lebanese, 
especially in southern Lebanon. Therefore, it must be “explained” to the 
rest of the dim world why indeed Israel is doing all these horrible 
things because it’s too complicated and, besides, Israel is in a “tough 
neighborhood” (that is, in a region that doesn’t like being bombed, 
invaded, and dispossessed).

It is a special type of collective delusion when an entire state even 
feels it necessary to create propaganda “fellowships,” whole government 
departments, and even international tours featuring its paid 
propagandists whose entire purpose is to fabricate silly tales to excuse 
and justify the state’s crimes against humanity. What that word or term 
for this collective delusion is, has yet to be invented.

*“Honest Broker”*: Like “Peace,” a phrase that now means the opposite of 
its actual meaning. In the real world, “honest broker” would mean 
someone or some organization that is simultaneously knowledgeable and 
disinterested in the final outcome of a particular conflict and 
therefore qualified to help reach a settlement; usually respected by the 
parties involved. In the make-believe world of corporate media, however, 
the “honest broker” between Palestinians and Israelis is the United 
States—the same state that has given Israel over $233.7 billion 
inmilitary and other aid 
<http://www.haaretz.com/business/u-s-aid-to-israel-totals-233-7b-over-six-decades.premium-1.510592>since 
1948, which rearms it whenever it wishes, particularly as it slaughters 
Palestinians, which provides special treatment for Israeli companies via 
elite business “free trade” agreements, and which gives it unlimited 
diplomatic cover and support.

*Demographic Threat*: A racist Israeli term used to dehumanize and 
demonize Palestinians, particularly infants. Once upon a time, such 
racist terms were mostly used by Israelis; today, though, even nominally 
liberal Americans have adopted them as their own in speeches and 
newspaper articles, and so use such terms tojustify 
<http://www.palestinechronicle.com/the-real-cycle-of-violence/#.VAJnxWd0wqQ>and 
normalize the killing and continued dispossession of Palestinians.

*Palestinians*: The indigenous people of Palestine. See also: Diaspora.

*Diaspora*: The majority of the indigenous people of Palestine live in 
Diaspora due mainly to the fact that either they or their parents or 
their grandparents were expelled from Palestine beginning mostly in 1948 
and continuing on to the present day, and not allowed to return. David 
Ben-Gurion (that is, David Green), one of the main architects of the 
Palestinian Diaspora, wrote in a1937 letter 
<http://www.palestineremembered.com/download/B-G%20LetterTranslation.pdf>to 
his son: “We must expel Arabs and take their place.” Theplanned 
expulsion <http://pbble.com/doc/Khalidi-Plan-Dalet.pdf>of the 
Palestinians would by 1948 be formalized in what the Zionist leadership 
named “Plan Dalet.” Yet, despite Zionists saying they would expel and 
take the place of Palestinians, despite carefully planning one of the 
largest ethnic cleansing operations in a century, and despite carrying 
out the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in full view of the world, the 
Palestinian Diaspora remains for the corporate mainstream media a source 
of bewilderment and mystery.

*Right of Return*: A taboo topic in the corporate press for some 
puzzling reason. All peoples of the world without exception have the 
right to return to their homes and land in the event of displacement. 
The Palestinian Right of Return is based entirely on universally 
recognized morality, ethics, and international law. In corporate media 
speak and even academe, however, the Right of Return is “controversial” 
and “problematic.” Not controversial or problematic, apparently, is 
Israel’s wholly fabricated, sectarian, and racist “Law of Return” and 
“Birthright” programme which allows Jews (especially White ones) from 
anywhere in the world and with no roots whatsoever in Palestine to 
“return” to a place they have never been to, given instant Israeli 
citizenship, and join the Israeli “Defense Forces” to kill and drive 
Palestinians off their land and out of their homes into a state of Diaspora.

*BDS—Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions*: Currently, the most effective 
non-violent form of resistance to the genocidal Israeli colonial-settler 
project in Palestine. For more information, please 
visithttp://www.bdsmovement.net/andhttps://bdsmovement.net/pacbi. 
According to Israel and its media apologists, this is the way 
Palestinians want to “destroy Israel”—through human rights, equality, 
and justice.

*Al Nakba*: The destruction of Palestine which continues to this day; 
carried out by European and Russian Zionist colonists and aided and 
enabled by Britain, Europe, the United States, and much of the West. 
Rarely, if ever, mentioned as the actual source of the Palestine/Israel 
“conflict” in the mainstream press. For more details, please 
visitPalestine Remembered.com <http://www.palestineremembered.com/>, Dr. 
Salman Abu Sitta’sPlands.org <http://www.plands.org/>, andZochrot.org 
<http://zochrot.org/en>. See also /All That Remains: The Palestinian 
Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948/, edited by Walid 
Khalidi, one of Palestine’s greatest scholars and historians.

Further, to understand how al-Nakbacontinues on to this day and how it 
affects Palestinians worldwide, see Palestine Chronicle, Ma’an News 
Agency, Electronic Intifada, and Mondoweiss, four independent news 
websites which have consistently published Palestinian voices without 
the censorship and pandering to power so common in corporate news media. 
Despite their large online following, it is surreal how such independent 
news sites are never referenced within corporate media as if they did 
not exist at all.

*Terrorism*: All colonial settler states, such as Israel for example, 
are essentially established through terrorism. Imperialism and 
colonialism are also inherently terrorist and even genocidal, which 
explains why corporate media never regards the terrorism of the United 
States, Israel, or other colonial settler states as terrorism.

*“Cycle of Violence”*: A corporate media term meant to signify 
complexity and nuance, particularly regarding Palestinian violence, but 
which actually explains nothing and in effect positions Israel as the 
victim of the Palestinian people who it bombs incessantly as it 
dispossesses them. The “Cycle of Violence” would indeed be an accurate 
term if those using it would acknowledge the true initiator of violence. 
Thus, the colonial settler conquers, kills, and steals, and the 
indigenous native responds, defends and reacts. Or as the quintessential 
colonial settler David Ben-Gurion (that is, David Green) put it in 1938:

“Let us not ignore the truth among ourselves… A people which fights 
against the usurpation of its land will not tire so easily…politically 
we are the aggressors and they defend themselves… The country is theirs, 
because they inhabit it, whereas we want to come here and settle down, 
and in their view, we want to take away from them their country” 
(Zionism and the Palestinians, Simha Flapan, 141–142).

*ISIS*: A terrorist organization which recruits its terrorist fighters 
worldwide and is based on fundamentalist, violent, and extreme 
interpretations of a religion.

*IDF*: A terrorist organization which recruits its terrorist fighters 
worldwide and is based on fundamentalist, violent, and extreme 
interpretations of a religion.

*“Two-state solution”*: The process whereby Israel continues to steal 
the remaining 22 percent of Palestine it could not steal in 1948. 
According to this solution, sanctified by the international community, 
Palestinians are supposed to “negotiate” with their dispossessors, 
conquerors, and oppressors for this remaining 22 percent as it is being 
stolen right from under them and with the help and cover of the honest 
broker, the United States, and its client states.

*Objectivity*: Frantz Fanon, one of the greatest theorists of 
colonialism, understood that objectivity in the colonial sphere always 
reinforces the imperial narrative. Thus in “The Wretched of the 
Earth”,he writes: “The nationalist leaders know that international 
opinion is forged solely by the Western press. When a Western journalist 
interviews us, however, it is seldom done to render us service. In the 
war in Algeria, for example, the most liberal-minded French reporters 
make constant use of ambiguous epithets to portray our struggle. When we 
reproach them for it, they reply in all sincerity they are being 
objective. For the colonized subject, objectivity is always directed 
against him”.

In her Foreword to “Censored 2014: Fearless Speech in Fateful Times”, 
Sarah van Gelder similarly writes:

    “Journalists are considered objective when their reporting accepts
    the dominant worldview as a given, without questioning beliefs and
    assumptions that may or may not hold up to scrutiny. The good
    journalist, in other words, goes along with the worldview of the
    powerful”.

In the Palestine/Israel context, thus, Western journalists who live in 
stolen Palestinian homes, who never speak to Palestinians whose homes 
are demolished on a daily basis, who never speak to Palestinian families 
whose daughters and sons and fathers and mothers are shot and killed by 
occupying “soldiers” on a daily basis, who repeat official Israeli 
talking points without critique, and who are seemingly clueless on the 
contextual background of the very subject they are reporting on, are 
known as objective, serious journalists.

*Iran*: Iran has no nuclear weapons, has been heavily economically 
sanctioned by the United States and its client states, is surrounded by 
U.S. military bases, and was a victim of the joint 
British-U.S.-orchestrated coup in 1953 wherein democratically elected 
Mohammad Mosaddegh was overthrown and Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, a brutal 
fascist dictator, was installed. As it never accepted U.S.-British 
dictate, Iran was, and still is, considered a threat to the West. 
Israel, on the other hand,actually has nuclear weapons 
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_weapons_and_Israel>, refuses to 
acknowledge their existence, refuses to have them inspected, and is, 
therefore, a real and major nuclear threat to the world. So normalized 
are Israeli violence and threats by the West, however, that such basic 
facts are rarely discussed seriously in the corporate news media.

*Egypt*: Once upon a time, the most powerful Arab state, a center of 
Arab culture and positive, open nationalism led by Gamal Abdel Nasser 
(hated by Western elites). Today, it is the most subservient Arab state 
to the United States and Israel, sectarian, and led by a third-rate, 
tin-pot dictator (loved by Western elites).

*Edward Wadie Said*: Arguably the greatest writer and thinker to emerge 
from the Arab world in the last one hundred years, writing entirely in 
English; author and editor of dozens of books and essays; with an 
astounding 40-year academic career that included teaching at Columbia 
University, Harvard College, and Yale University among others; and a 
founding figure of postcolonial studies. He also happened to be 
Palestinian and a fierce critic of U.S. imperialism and, therefore, 
mostly ignored by the mainstream press during much of his lifetime.

*“Shared values”*: A common phrase used by both elected and unelected 
elites, and their paid media propagandists (particularly in North 
America and Europe), to indicate their shared corruption, hypocrisy, and 
criminality. In 1967, for example, Israel invaded and stole the rest of 
Palestine—the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza, as well as Syria’s 
Golan and Egypt’s Sinai, killing at least 22,000 Arabs and expelling at 
least another 300,000 Palestinians from the West Bank and 130,000 
Syrians from the Golan. In the process, Israel would ethnically cleanse 
and destroy several more ancient Palestinian villages including‘Imwas 
<http://www.palestineremembered.com/al-Ramla/Imwas/>, Beit Nuba, and 
Yalu. On the ruins of these villages and stolen Palestinian land, an 
artificial public garden, the so-called “Canada Park,” was created with 
the help of the Jewish National Fund of Canada for some $15 million 
Canadian, all tax-deductible of course.

Because both Israel and Canada are based on the theft and appropriation 
of indigenous people’s land, culture, and history, “Canada Park” 
therefore symbolizes the “shared values” of the two colonial settler states.

*Christian Zionism*: A belief in the supremacy of White Christians to 
all other people in the world. A belief, also, in the non-existence or 
magical invisibility of the Palestinian people summed up here in 1865 by 
William Thomson, Archbishop of York, and quoted from Basem Ra’ad’s 
crucial/Hidden Histories: Palestine and the Eastern Mediterranean/ 
<http://www.hiddenhistories.ca/>:

    “This country of Palestine belongs to /you/and to /me/, it is
    essentially ours. It was given to the Father of Israel in the words:
    ‘Walk through the land in the length of it, and in the breadth of
    it, for I will give it unto thee.’ /We/mean to walk through
    Palestine in the length and in the breadth of it, because that land
    has been given unto us. It is the land from which comes news of our
    Redemption. It is the land towards which we turn as the fountain of
    all our hopes; it is the land to which we may look with as true a
    patriotism as we do to this dear old England, which we love so much”
    (Ra’ad, 125).

Thus, the indigenous people of Palestine were made to notionally 
disappear before the attempt to make them physically disappear later on 
in the 20thcentury. Although European and North American pilgrims would 
continue to visit Palestine throughout the 19th, 20th, and 
21stcenturies, they would, with rare exceptions, persist in not seeing 
the people whose homeland they coveted.

/– Roger Sheety is a freelance editor and writer, and has published 
essays and articles for the Palestine Chronicle and the Middle East Eye. 
He contributed this article to the Palestine Chronicle. He tweets at: 
//https://twitter.com/ibinfalasteen?lang=en/

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