by Jim Fletcher
I remember several years ago, while researching a book, that I came upon some interesting facts concerning Arab claims about Palestine.
You remember Palestine, don’t you? It was a regional name at one time for the Holy Land, so named in the second century by the Romans, who wished to erase any memory of the Jews from the land.
Today, Palestine exists in the minds of the Arabs, and in the salons of Europe and America. Sadly — very sadly — Palestine also exists in the dreams of the Christian left, particularly in America.
More than a decade ago, I began to listen to the “Palestinian narrative,” the story created by PLO intellectuals like Edward Said. The narrative said that the Palestinians had been expelled from the land by expansionist Jews. The story goes that the Palestinians, descendants of the ancient Canaanites (get it? That means they were there before the Hebrews) were the rightful heirs to the land.