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Newt Gingrich and Dave Weigel Will Bomb Knowledge Back to the Stone Age


Dave Weigel is a history buff:

[Newt Gingrich's] last full-on grapple with Romney came when the former governor attacked him, in a sort of more-in-sorrow-than-anger way, for saying that the Palestinians were an “invented people.” That, said Romney, was complicating things for Israelis.

“The Israelis are getting rocketed every day,” snorted Gingrich. “We’re not making life more difficult. The Obama administration is making life more difficult.” Plus, he was right on the facts. “Palestinian did not become a common term until after 1977.” That’s the sort of knowledge-bomb that Republicans dream of dropping on Obama—they feel like this is right, but here’s a candidate who can say so.

I suppose we could argue over the definition of “common term.” I did a very fast, very lazy search for “Palestinian” on EBSCOhost. Five seconds’ work turned up references to Palestinians — in the Oxford English Dictionary sense of “an Arab born or living in the area of the former mandated territory of Palestine; a descendant of such an Arab” — going back to 1922.

That earliest reference was in The Nation, which used the term fairly often in the Twenties. But maybe The Nation lacks the common touch. What about Time magazine? Is that common enough for Newt and Dave? The magazine recommended by four out of five dentists began using “Palestinian” in the relevant sense in 1951. For a while, Time used it only before “Arab,” if that makes any difference, but as early as November 1957 the Arab part seemed to be understood:

At one time Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser commended himself to the world as a strongman of reason, more concerned to put his impoverished country on its feet than to stir trouble in the Middle East. But Nasser has increasingly resorted to the incendiary propaganda of the totalitarian dictator, has persistently used his radio Voice of the Arabs to incite the Palestinian refugees in Jordan, who brood in bitter idleness over their lost lands across the border in Israel.

By November 1960, Time considered “Palestinian” a noun:


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Comment by TL Winslow
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Sorry, but the hard leftists didn't try hard enough to find a 'history buff' to refute the truth about the fake Palestinians aired by smart historian Newt Gingrich. The truth is that before the Ottoman Empire was chewed up by the Euro powers, allowing mass Jewish emigration to their homeland that they had been kept out of since Roman days, the term Palestinian applied to them, the Jews, not Arabs, who never had a state of Palestine, but floated freely in the gigantic Arab Umma under Turkish control. Only after the Jews bravely declared a JEWISH STATE in 1948 and their stinking jihads failed time and again did the losers begin recreating themselves with the fake Palestinian identity, back in the days of the founding of the PLO, and probably cooked up in Moscow.  Now the leftists actually think that after several billion in Saudi grease money they have pulled it over on history ignoramus Western society.  As Newt shows, they haven't.

Pres. Gingrich should back only one "2-state solution", which is to help Israel EXPEL all Israel-hating Muslim Arabs from the Nile to Euphrates and let them find Lebensraum in the millions of sq. mi. of Arab territory, then LEAVE POOR OUTNUMBERED SURROUNDED ISRAEL ALONE OR FACE U.S. RESPONSE.

://">The Historyscoper's Jerusalem Historyscope - try to catch up with Newt on this vital historical subject


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