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The Palestinians


Yesterday I came upon an article in which Newt Gingrich in an interview with The Jewish Channel,

….dismissed the Palestinian bid for statehood as the effort of an “invented Palestinian people…..”

Invented? Then who were these people? (video, Palestine Pre-1947).

Bypassing the political issues, Rick Frueh, in his most recent post looks at the spiritual aspects of the situation and Gingrich’s interview…

I will, I have to, from time to time deal with the unchristian aspects of this coming election. I hope it will challenge us all. Another teaching moment surfaced this past week. One of the candidates, Newt Gingrich, was evangelized by his then mistress, and now wife, and he became a Roman Catholic. He was a nominal Southern Baptist. 

During an interview on an Israeli news outlet, Gingrich called the Palestinian issue “invented” and rejected their right to form a nation for themselves. He suggested they should have assimilated in other countries. I do not care about the political issue here, I want to address the spiritual aspects of the situation in the Middle east as well as exposing Gingrich’s attitude as unchristian and shockingly arrogant. 

When Britain gave the land to the Jews there were approximately 750,000 Palestinians living in what is now Israel. Perhaps 50% fled for various reasons, and when the first Israeli government was formed they passed laws which hindered those Palestinians from returning to their homes. It was a real mess.

Now we as evangelical believers have been taught that the 1948 formation of the Jewish state was a fulfillment of prophecy, and perhaps it is. But in this church age we are not to align ourselves with any group, political or ethnic, but we are to be vessels of redemption. The notion that God has no regard for the plight of the Palestinians is very unbiblical and misrepresents the Redeemer and His mission. (continued at Judah’s Lion: The Palestinians)

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10 comments on “The Palestinians

  1. we must remember….reach the muslims and all for the Messiah…Jewish too…he is the answer….in the Palestinian papers for independence it had the destruction of israel…Israel made them change that or would not negotiate with them…i witness to hundreds of Muslim and Jewish every day….many times to Palestinians most are very hostile filled with religious hatred..when Islam takes a country it belongs to ‘Allah’ forever…pray and be a real witness to all.

  2. If the Palestinians are an “invented” people then what, pray tell, is an American?

    Forced relocation is ethnic cleansing, which falls into the category of genocidal practices. I’m having a hard time figuring out which Republican Presidential candidate is the most disgusting person, but this statement of Gingrich’s puts him solidly in the running.

  3. Who is to say who are a people and who are not a people. If any people are an invented people, it is the American people who populate the nation known as the USA (other than the natives among us, of course). But enter “American exceptionalism”, the modern term for “manifest destiny”. This is really Gentile Zionism we are seeing whereby European settlers who laid claim to what is now the USA are somehow “divinely entitled” to this peace of real estate and the Native Americans residing here are just wandering tribes and not a people. In any case, they are primitive and undeserving of this blessed land. God has a better plan for it. So we see some significant parallels and they offer understanding of why “American exceptionalists” would find it easy to dismiss the Palestinians. The area that is now known as Israel was inhabited by other nations BEFORE Israel was a “people”. Then God made Israel a “people” and gave them the land in which they became a nation. Later on, of course, that land was eventually dominated by Rome and then the Muslim Ottoman empire and eventually the “Palestinians” became a people within that land. Was that a work of man … or of God? Later in the course of history, western colonialists moved in and wrested control from the Muslim powers and turned the land over to the Jewish people. Was that a work of man … or of God? Certainly nothing happens without God allowing it. In the end, God calls us to be salt and light in the world AND to be peacemakers. Is Mr Gingrich being “salt and light”? Is he being a “peacemaker”? Or has he found yet one more contentious issue that can be milked for votes and which he is determined to exploit no matter what the human cost might be. There is plenty of room for both the Jews AND the Muslims in the land of Israel. We ought to be promoting peace there in every way possible, NOT promoting EITHER Jewish OR Muslim theocracy or implying any sort of unbiblical “divine mandate” supporting one people over another. At one point in time, God gave the land to the Jews. And then he took it away from them. If he hadn’t at least ALLOWED it to be taken away from them, there would be an unbroken occupation. But it very much appears that Gentile “Zionists” decided to “help God” by giving the Jews back the land which God allowed to be taken away from them. So now God has allowed it to be given back. That is NOT evidence that they have a “divine mandate” to possess it. We need to be very careful because a passion for meddling in the affairs of other nations can be very dangerous for the health of our own nation, which itself is an occupier of a land that belonged to others.

  4. You guys voiced my first thought at reading Gingrich’s statement,

    If the Palestinians are an “invented” people then what, pray tell, is an American?

    Who is to say who are a people and who are not a people. If any people are an invented people, it is the American people who populate the nation known as the USA (other than the natives among us, of course)

    George you make excellent points and asked important questions. The most important being, has what’s transpired (and is still transpiring)

    “…. a work of man … or of God?

  5. DES MOINES, Iowa — Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich on Saturday defended his statement that the Palestinians are an “invented” people, brushing aside criticism that he had unnecessarily made the Mideast peace process more difficult.

    “Is what I said factually correct? Yes. Is it historically true? Yes,” Gingrich said during a candidate debate in which he drew applause for asserting that it was time someone spoke the truth about the nature of Israel’s struggle with the Palestinians.

    “Somebody ought to have the courage to tell the truth. These people are terrorists,” he said. “It’s fundamentally time for somebody to have the guts to stand up and say, `Enough lying about the Middle East.’” (source)

  6. Just to be slightly pedantic and to correct Rick Frueh, Britain didn’t give Palestine to the Zionists. Britain handed the whole issue over to the United Nations as it was too crippled after WWII to deal with Zionist terrorism in Palestine and was too embarrassed to deal with the fact that it had promised Palestinian self determination in what is now known as The McMahon – Hussain Correspondence. The Sykes – Picot agreement is another of the dastardly plans of the British, where Britain and France divided the Ottoman ruled Arab nations between them. Hence Palestine is known as ‘The Thrice Promised Land’.

    Here’s the real kicker. The United Nations actually didn’t give Palestine to the Zionists. The General Assembly approved the Partition Plan. The Partition Plan was effectively a report carried out without any consultation whatsoever with Palestinians or indeed any other Arab nation or authority. In addition to this, UN General Assembly Resolutions are not binding. Israel use this every time when a resolution is found against them.

    However, that was good enough for the Zionists and because of Holocaust shame the world felt at the time, no one was going to argue. The Zionist effectively got told they were going to get a bike for Christmas, so they just went to the store and shoplifted it.

    So in essence, Israel was founded illegitimately. I’m not saying Israel is illegitimate. The facts are on the ground, but the point I’m making is that to suggest that Palestine is an invention is abhorrent in itself, but the facts of Israel’s founding makes it doubly so and it is important that people understand that the founding of Israel was a huge wrongdoing to the indigenous people of Palestine, and the world is responsible for this.

    (And breathe…….)

    • “So in essence, Israel was founded illegitimately. I’m not saying Israel is illegitimate. The facts are on the ground, but the point I’m making is that to suggest that Palestine is an invention is abhorrent in itself, but the facts of Israel’s founding makes it doubly so and it is important that people understand that the founding of Israel was a huge wrongdoing to the indigenous people of Palestine, and the world is responsible for this. ”

      Very much a parallel to the European colonization of the Americas, the difference, of course being that Israel is UNIQUELY a democratic theocracy. True, there is a close church-state relationship in many countries of the Americas, but in none of them are non-compliant citizens as mistreated as in Israel.

  7. “If the Palestinians are an “invented” people then what, pray tell, is an American?”

    I wish I would have said that. Indeed.

  8. “So in essence, Israel was founded illegitimately. I’m not saying Israel is illegitimate.”

    And, pray tell, how was America founded? Ask the Indians – we can’t even blame the UN on that one!

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