The PLO Rewrites History

Dear Leader Barack Hussein Obama visited Israel last week. While there, he took a quick trip to Ramallah ("Height of God") to hold talks with Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas. During the press conference after the meeting, Obama said:

"Palestinians deserve an end to occupation and the indignities that come with it" [through an] "independent, viable and contiguous Palestinian state as the homeland of the Palestinian people alongside the Jewish state of Israel."

"Put simply, Palestinians deserve a state of their own."

During the same press conference, Abbas said:

"... Palestinians want a two-state solution, 'Palestine and Israel, [but that] peace should not be made through violence, occupation, settlements, arrests, siege,' [and the denial of the rights of refugees]."

Abbas also said that a Palestinian unity deal would be a key to peace.

Irony of Ironies! The PA now talks "peace." While the PA is not technically the same as the Palestinian Liberation Authority (PLO), the two are tightly interwoven. The PLO is the main umbrella organization of the Palestinian national movement and a leading practitioner of terrorism. The PLO founded the PA under the terms of a series of 1990s peace pacts. So, now we have Obama supporting the PLO.

A little history is in order here. The PLO was created on June 2, 1964 in Cairo by the Arab League. In its charter is this statement (in Article 18): "The claims of historic and spiritual ties between Jews and Palestine are not in agreement with the facts of history or with the true basis of sound statehood." [emphasis mine]

Further, you will find in the PLO's Statement of Proclamation of the Organization "... the right of the Palestinian Arab people to its sacred homeland Palestine and affirming the inevitability of the battle to liberate the usurped part from it, and its determination to bring out its effective revolutionary entity and the mobilization of the capabilities and potentialities and its material, military and spiritual forces." [emphasis mine]

Is the PLO trying to rewrite history? YES!

There is not, nor ever has there been, a Palestinian people, state, language, culture, or history. The present-day "Palestinians" are Arabs, with Arabic culture, history, and language. They came from Arab states into what we now know as Israel about one hundred years ago. In contrast, the Jews have been in Israel for over 5,000 years. Following the Six-Day War (June 5-10, 1967, in which Israel thoroughly routed a coalition of nine Arab states and took possession of Judea and Samaria), the Arabs in Judea and Samaria suddenly became Palestinians. Walid Shoebat, a former PLO terrorist, said that overnight (June 4, 1967) he became a Palestinian.

The concept of Palestine was a Roman invention. The Jews in Israel attempted to gain independence from the Roman Empire in the second century A.D. The attempt ended at a Masada in Judea. Roman emperor Hadrian was angry with the Jews and wanted to destroy the name of Israel and Judea so that there would be no memory of the country that belonged to the Jewish rebels. He decided to rename the Roman province, so he found in ancient history a name that appeared appropriate. Hadrian discovered that an extinct people, unknown in Roman times, called "Philistines", once lived in that area and were enemies of the Israelites. He invented the new name: "Palæstina", the Latin spelling of "Philistine."

There is no mention of the name Palæstina in history prior to the Romans renaming the province of Judea. The name does not appear in any ancient document, is not written in the Bible, either in Hebrew Scriptures or the Christian Testament, nor in Assyrian, Persian, Macedonian, Ptolemaic, Seleucian, or other Greek sources.

Reference to the "Palestinian" people was never mentioned, not even by the Romans that invented the term. Muslims claim that the prophet Mohammed once traveled to Jerusalem (not mentioned in the Qur'an), but there is no reference to any Palestinian people in the Qur'an.

The PLO may try to rewrite ancient history, but it cannot rewrite recent history.

The PLO has a long recent history of terrorism and violence. Under Yasser Arafat (1929-2004), the PLO led Palestinians into the Al-Aqsa Intifada, a war with Israel that lasted nearly five years and claimed thousands of lives on both sides. Here is a (partial) list of PLO (or its offshoots) violence:

• Late 1950s: Arafat co-founds Fatah, whose sole purpose is to gain control of Palestine from Israel through terrorism

• March 18, 1968: Fatah terrorists in Israel set a land mine which later blew up a school bus, killing two children and injuring 28 others

• July 1968: Fatah joins the PLO and becomes its dominant member

• February 1969: Yasser Arafat becomes PLO chairman

• May 8, 1970: PLO terrorists attacked an Israeli School bus, killing nine children and three adults, and crippling nineteen for life

• September 1972: Black September attack at the Olympic Games in Munich, Germany

• October 7, 1985: four PLO terrorists hijacked the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro, demanded the release of Palestinian prisoners held in Israel, and killed one Jewish tourist

• July 2000: PLO head Yasser Arafat rejected a peace settlement that would have resulted in a Palestinian state -- it's interesting to note that in order to counter the perception that Arafat was the obstacle to peace, the PLO began to publish a "revisionist" view of what took place during the peace process

• September 2000: Arafat launched the Al-Aqsa Intifada, and continued to fund, incite, and support terrorism

• March, 2002: PLO terrorists killed five students and wounded twenty-three other people during an attack on a pre-military high school in Atzmona, Israel

• March 14, 2004: suicide bombers associated with Fatah kill nine and injure nineteen in Ashdod, Israel

• November 2012: PLO fires rockets into Israel

Killing children. Classy bunch, the PLO. And as if the above actions weren't despicable enough, the PLO has recruited children to attack Israeli targets, with some of the attacks being suicidal.

The PLO itself was removed from the U.S. State Department's terrorist organization in 1994, but several PLO factions are still on that list, including:

• Palestine Islamic Jihad -- Shaqaqi Faction -- operating in Gaza with minimal presence in the West Bank and Israel

• Palestine Liberation Front -- Abu Abbas Faction -- based in Lebanon and the Palestinian territories

• Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine -- operating in Syria, Lebanon, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza

• Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command -- political Leadership headquartered in Damascus, with bases in southern Lebanon and a presence in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and Syria, and a small presence in Gaza

What's most interesting is from where these groups receive external aid: Syria and Iran.

Right now, March 26, 2013, the PA continues to call for the destruction of Israel. Is Obama so naïve as to think a Palestinian state will stop terrorist violence?

This is the organization Obama supports through his call for a Palestinian state. Does Obama's duplicity ever end? And, while sequestration is going on, Obama released $500 million to the PLO.

But that's just my opinion

Dr. Warren Beatty (not the liberal actor) earned a Ph.D. in quantitative management and statistics from Florida State University. He was a (very conservative) professor of quantitative management specializing in using statistics to assist/support decision-making. He has been a consultant to many small businesses and is now retired. Dr. Beatty is a veteran who served in the U.S. Army for 22 years. He blogs at