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Newt Gingrich: Leading GOP Presidential Candidate: “Palestinians are ‘invented’ People”

What if a Muslim leader said that the Israelis are “invented” people? It would be cause to saber rattle against the said nation or drop bombs on them.

Gingrich calls Palestinians ‘invented’ people

(AlJazeera)

Republican White House hopeful Newt Gingrich has stirred controversy by calling the Palestinians an “invented” people who could have chosen to live elsewhere.

The former House of Representatives speaker, who is the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for the 2012 presidential race, made the remarks in an interview with the US Jewish Channel broadcaster released on Friday.

Asked whether he considers himself a Zionist, he answered: “I believe that the Jewish people have the right to a state … Remember, there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire” until the early 20th century,

“I think that we’ve had an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs, and who were historically part of the Arab
community.

“And they had a chance to go many places, and for a variety of political reasons we have sustained this war against Israel now since the 1940s, and it’s tragic.”

Most historians mark the start of Palestinian Arab nationalist sentiment in 1834, when Arab residents of the Palestinian region revolted against Ottoman rule.

Israel, founded amid the 1948 Arab-Israel war, took shape along the lines of a 1947 UN plan for ethnic partition of the
then-British ruled territory of Palestine which Arabs rejected.

More than 700,000 Palestinians were forced from their lands by Zionist armed groups in 1948, in an episode Palestinians refer to as the Nakba or “catastrophe”.

‘Irrational hostility’

Gingrich’s comments drew a swift rebuke from a spokesman for the American Task Force on Palestine, Hussein Ibish, who said: “There was no Israel and no such thing as an “Israeli people” before 1948.

“So the idea that Palestinians are ‘an invented people’ while Israelis somehow are not is historically indefensible and inaccurate.

“Such statements seem to merely reflect deep historical ignorance and an irrational hostility towards Palestinian identity and nationalism.”

Sabri Saidam, adviser to the Palestinian president, told Al Jazeera, “This is a manifestation of extreme racism and this is a reflection of where America stands sad, when Palestinians don’t get their rights…this is sad and America should respond with a firm reaction to such comments that, if let go, more of which will come our way,”

“Let me ask Newt Gingrich if he would ever entertain the thought of addressing Indian Americans by saying that they never existed, that they were the invention of a separate nation, would that be tolerated?”

“Let’s also reverse the statement; let’s put ourselves in “the shoe of Jews who are listening now. Would they ever accept such statements being made about them?”

Saidam said, “I think it’s time that America rejects such statements and closes the door to such horrendous and unacceptable statements.”

Gingrich also sharply criticised US President Barack Obama’s approach to Middle East diplomacy, saying that it was “so out of touch with reality that it would be like taking your child to the zoo and explaining that a lion was a bunny rabbit.”

He said Obama’s effort to treat the Palestinians the same as the Israelis is actually “favouring the terrorists”.

“If I’m even-handed between a civilian democracy that obeys the rule of law and a group of terrorists that are firing missiles every day, that’s not even-handed, that’s favouring the terrorists,” he said.

He also said the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, share an “enormous desire to destroy Israel”.

The Palestinian Authority, which rules the occupied West Bank, formally recognises Israel’s right to exist.

President Mahmoud Abbas has long forsworn violence against Israel as a means to secure an independent state, pinning his hopes first on negotiations and more recently on a unilateral bid for statehood via the UN.

Gingrich, along with other Republican candidates, are seeking to attract Jewish in the US support by vowing to bolster Washington’s ties with Israel if elected.

He declared his world view was “pretty close” to that of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and vowed to take “a much more tougher-minded, and much more honest approach to the Middle East” if elected.

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  • RDS

    Newt Gingrich? The man who shut down the government of the US because he was told to sit in the back of Air Force One by Bill Clinton?

  • Kafir Harby

    GINGRICH FOR PRESIDENT !!!!!!!

  • DrM

    This is standard Zionist BS. Palestine never existed because there was no country called Palestine in the Bible. People don’t exist because there is no country named after them. Navajo, Apache, Comanche do not exist because there was no country called Native People. There is no country called Greenland because there aren’t any Green people. But Israel existed because the Bible said it did, on a square Earth.
    The only invention here is “israel.”

  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 2448.56)

    Jack
    sometimes it feels like france has not changed much 😉

  • corey

    arn’t americans an invented people as well?

  • Vince Remus

    Since Palestinians are “invented” people may as well give them the “invented” state of Israel.

  • KnowingTheTruth

    The man is a joke.

  • Zain

    The truth

  • BetEl

    I “liked” the official Newt page on Facebook last night and made a comment about his slurs and pointed to the fact that a lot of people supporting him are right wing extremists… Today, I wasn’t a member anymore and the comment had been erased. So much for free speech 🙂

  • atmleb

    this guy a vote whore, he will say anything promise anything to get votes. now he is sucking up to jewish votes and donations

  • Daniel

    Either mind-boggling stupidity, pandering, or both.

    If Jews, who have not had an independent country for 2,000 years are suddenly a nation by decree, why can’t the Palestinians do the same?

    What about the Romani people? They don’t exist, because they have no nation?

    It would be a horrendous disaster for Newt to be the President. He is the epitome of everything vile and hypocritical about Washington. I know it’s a tired expression, but I would seriously consider moving to Canada if he was elected.

  • Believing Atheist

    How ironic is it that one group of invented people, the Americans call another group the same thing they are guilty of? Americans were named after Amerigo Vespucci, a human being and I am sure that the Iroquis or the Cherokee would not have favored the name. More importantly who cares if the term Palestinian is invented, all terms and names have been invented at some point in time by human beings because words are human inventions.

    The important thing is that Palestinians are people who have been oppressed. Their houses are demolished, their land shrinks in size day by day due to settlements, they’re tortured and placed in administrative detention, and many innocent Palestinians die due to bombings.
    To say that they’re invented people really masks this oppression because their very existence comes into question. But rest assured Mr. Gingrich, Palestinians are people who exist.

  • As others have said, we are all ‘invented’ people. The concept of ‘nations’ is only a few hundred years old.

    To give an example, France before the French Revolution was effectively lots of little squabbling kingdoms and the king handed out to be ruled as such. There were internal boarders, no common tax system, no common laws and about 25% of ‘French’ people didn’t even speak French! This ladies and gentlemen was around the 1780’s, just about 300 years ago.

    History Mr Gingrich!

    Jack

  • WhereArtThou

    Maybe an ‘invented’ person could JFKjr this particular candidate to demonstrate just how real they are. I’m just joking of course.

  • Crow

    Being suprised about gingrich willing to sell his soul to win is like being surprised he’d copy the world view of a fascist (netanyahu)

  • mindy1

    They are real, we just to have a place for them. As for robert p, that is an insult to all perfectly good hookers out there 😉

  • Emperor,

    Here’s another debunking of the claim that the Palestinians were invented out of thin air. Basically Coughlan shows how David Horowtiz is a liar, and Pat Condell either fell for his lies, or knowingly lied along with him.

    Pat Condell is both Useless and an Idiot

  • @ Robert P
    You mean ketchup … but pizza could also be a “vegetable” in the American mind…

  • He really should learn that EVERY people and nation are invented nations. I can recommend a few books on national identity and nationhood from the social construction viewpoint. Benedict Anderson’s “Imagined Communities” comes to mind for starters.

    “Nations” and “people” (ethnic) are social constructions created by the people themselves. What is “Dutch” according to Fortuyn and Wilders differs quite a lot from what is really “Dutch” according to Dutch traditions established through history, norms and consensus.

    A “nation” also involves legitimacy from other nations and international actors in the international system. This is why we hear that “Kosovo” has been “recognized” by umpteen numbers of nations. The Palestinians should work on other nations’ readiness toward recognizing their existence as a nation and not just sit and wait for the UN to do something. The reality is that the international system has to recognize the Palestinian nation and the more countries then better. Many European countries would be receptive.

  • Atheist Arab – عربي ملحد

    The YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dHWJWJocD6A

    So my dad and mom are inventions? What am I then, a ghost writing a comment on loonwatch!?

    It’s so shocking how much butt kissing some people might do to win elections!

  • Robert P

    Further proof that the US political establishment are just a bunch of prostitutes. They will say anything for money and power. Not long ago the US congress declared pizza to be a vegetable. As I said, they will say absolutely anything for money and power.

  • SKhan

    I’m Bangladeshi. There was no People’s Republic of Bangladesh before 1971 and no East Pakistan before 1948. But our culture, our identity has always been there. Does that mean we don’t exist?

    Newt Gingrich’s racism and ignorance is shocking. His excuse is that there has never been a Palestinian State? That shouldn’t be an excuse, that should be a cause for alarm, because these people who have long inhabited the land don’t even have their own country.

    Free Palestine, end the Occupation, tear down the Wall! There will be a Palestinian State, inshallah!

  • We may as well start saying:

    “There’s no such thing as Israelis. They’re just Americans/Europeans”

  • TheBig_T
  • Khushboo

    Newt would sell his soul to the devil to become President. Using his logic, I guess we’re all just “invented people”.

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