I had a momentary twinge of excitement when I heard that President Obama was beginning to get serious about border protection. Then I learned that it was Palestinian borders he wanted to defend, not Texas and Arizona. Shucks.
Like the rest of the anti-Jewish segments of the world, Mr. Obama seems to believe that Palestinians have a national right to territory they once owned. Quick history lesson, then:
The term "Palestinian" originates from the Greek/Latin cognate of "Philistine." Following the Jewish rebellion against Rome in A.D. 66-70, the Romans were so angered that they sought to obliterate recognition of Israel as Jewish land. The official reference became "Palaestina." In spite of the official designation, Palestine was never "owned" or ruled by a Palestinian government. It went from Roman rule to Arab caliphate rule to Crusader rule to Malmuk rule to Ottoman rule to British rule to the Jewish state and consequent Jewish-Palestinian conflict. For all the modern talk of the return of Palestinian land, one has to ask when have they ever had their own land? The formation of the modern Jewish state had its origins with the legally legitimate purchase of territory from the Turkish Ottomans by Zionist organizations well before World War I. The Turks sold Jews literal swampland, and the settling Jews literally drained the swamps. The reality is that it has been Muslims who have kicked Palestinians off the land, not the Jews. Indeed, prior to any conflict, Palestinians were allowed to live alongside the Jewish owners. Over the course of time, Palestinians abandoned their land ahead of planned operations by Arab nation military to eradicate the Jews and "return" the land to the Palestinians. In essence, they volunteered to become refugees.
Do Jews have any rights to the land? If we trace the complete history, whether one believes the Biblical testimony of Divine revelation or not, Jews entered the land at one point through invasion. Could it not be said that they displaced the original owners - the Philistines - then? If one wants to make such an argument, fine. Let's be historically honest, then.
The Philistines were never original occupants of the land, either. They came from an island in the Mediterranean Sea as invaders themselves. Like the later Vikings, they were coastal raiders who eventually began settling the area after losing some conflicts to the Egyptians. They became one of the tribes the Israelites encountered as they crossed the Jordan River. So the Philistines, aka Palestinians, were no more original to the region than the Hebrews. Since it was the Hebrews, then, who defeated the opposing tribes, established boundaries, and formed a government, then the established protocol of history would have to cede the land to them.
The Jews were displaced numerous times since then, but they were always allowed to return and reestablish the land of Israel for some reason.
Yet, President Obama, along with other anti-Semites, believes the land belongs to someone else. He proposes a return to "pre-1967" borders for Israel. So be it. How does this look?