Mahmoud Abbas’s Guardian op-ed illustrates the dishonesty of the ‘Palestinian narrative’

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By Adam Levick.. The Guardian’s efforts to amplify the ‘injustice’ of Israel’s continued existence in the context of the Balfour Centennial went into high gear yesterday (November 1, 2017), as they published an op-ed  by PA President Mahmoud Abbas that included nearly every distortion and lie within what’s known as the ‘Palestinian narrative’.

Here are some of Abbas’s claims in his op-ed (Britain must atone for the Balfour declaration – and 100 years of suffering, November 1, 2017).

Abbas claim:

[Balfour] disregard[ed] the political rights of those who already lived there.


The language used by Abbas (“those who already lived there”) buttresses the broader narrative, advanced repeatedly by Palestinian leaders, in their media and education system, which falsely frames Jews as interlopers with no historical or religious connection to the land.

In fact, Jews “already lived there” when Balfour was issued.  Jews are an indigenous people to the land, and small Jewish communities remained even after their exile in 70 CE, during Byzantine, Muslim and Crusader rule.  There’s been a continuous Jewish presence in the Land of Israel for over 3,000 years.

Abbas claim:

For the Palestinian people – my people – the events [Balfour] triggered have been as devastating as they have been far-reaching.


Tragic events for Palestinians didn’t just happen (‘triggered’) as a result of Balfour, but were mostly the result of decisions by Palestinian (and Arab) leaders to reject political and territorial compromise and maintain hostility to a permanent Jewish presence in the land.

Abbas claim:

This British policy, to support Jewish immigration into Palestine while negating the Arab-Palestinian right to self-determination, created severe tensions between European Jewish immigrants and the native Palestinian population.


His mention of British “support” for Jewish immigration omits the subsequent White Paper which severely restricted such immigration, a fateful decision for untold numbers of Jews who were slaughtered in places like Auschwitz, Treblinka and Sobibor because the doors to Palestine were closed. Read the full story.



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