A Descent Into Palestinian Descent

Following yesterday’s post about the latest archaeological find indicating the palestinians have no relationship to the ancient Philistines, I was reminded of the fact that over the years, the palestinians have not been able to keep their story straight regarding their descent. Let’s have a look at some of their claims.

Descended From Canaanites From Over 10,000 Years Ago

In January, 2014, Fatah Central Committee member Saeb Erekat made the following statement:


“Concerning the Israeli side repeatedly saying that Israel is a ‘Jewish state’ – some say they intend to sabotage the refugees’ right to return, by this term. Some say they want to harm the status of Palestinian residents in the ’48 territories (i.e. Israel). You are in the city of Jericho. Our story began in this city 10,000 years ago when the Natufians founded it. The Canaanites were [here] 5,500 years before Joshua burned it down. Whoever asks me to accept Israel as a Jewish state, is asking me to alter my history, to change my religion, to revise my culture. That is not going to happen. He wants us to say it is a Jewish state, meaning that the land belonged to the Jews and that we are strangers to it.”

Descended From Canaanites And Jebusites From 5,000 Years Ago

On June 3rd, 2016, Mahmoud Al-Habbash, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs and Supreme Shari’ah Judge, claimed:

“They [the Jews] are thieves who stole the land, and who want to steal the history, but history cannot change and cannot be falsified. The facts bear witness to it. We have been here for the last 5,000 years, and have not left this land. We have not left this land. Our forefathers are the monotheist Canaanites and Jebusites. They are the ones who built Jerusalem, before Abraham was even here.”

Earlier, in December 2011, Fatah Revolutionary Council member Dimitri Diliani made a similar claim.

“The Palestinian people descended from the Canaanite tribe of the Jebusites that inhabited the ancient site of Jerusalem as early as 3200 B.C.E.”

Note how out of all the Canaanite nations, they chose the Jebusites, no doubt because of the Jebusite connection to Jerusalem.

Descended From Philistines From 6,000 Years Ago

On March 21, 2016, PA President Mahmoud Abbas said:


“Our narrative says that we were in this land since before Abraham. I am not saying it. The Bible says it. The Bible says, in these words, that the Palestinians existed before Abraham. So why don’t you recognize my right?”

This is a reference to the Philistines, since the only Biblical reference Abbas could be talking about is the text that Abraham dwelt “many days in the land of the Philistines.” (Genesis 21: 34).

So clearly the palestinians have a hard time sticking to the one genealogical narrative – whether it be the exact people they supposedly descend from or the time period. These are details you just don’t get wrong if based on historical fact.

In his book Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness, palestinian historian Rashid Khalidi – by no means pro-Israel – writes that palestinian nationalism really began in the early 20th century. Furthermore, he posits that it developed a historiography that “anachronistically read back into the history of Palestine over the past few centuries, and even millennia, a nationalist consciousness and identity that are in fact relatively modern,” and that this historical “outlook” created a “predilection for seeing in peoples such as the Canaanites, Jebusites, Amorites, and Philistines the lineal ancestors of the modern Palestinians.” In other words, he admits this is an artificial construct.

Besides the inconsistency, there’s an even bigger problem with palestinians hitching their wagons to non-Arab Canaanite nations and Philistines. The palestinian identity is predicated on being part of the Arab nation.

Take the Palestinian National Charter, article 1:

Palestine is the homeland of the Arab Palestinian people; it is an indivisible part of the Arab homeland, and the Palestinian people are an integral part of the Arab nation.

Similarly, the Hamas Charter is replete with references to the Arabs.

In contrast to these competing and inherently contradictory genealogical narratives, the Jewish narrative is consistent. Our forefathers were Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and we ultimately became a nation at Mount Sinai under the leadership of Moses, before vanquishing the Canaanite nations and conquering the land of Israel. We are the indigenous people of the land, unlike the descendants of the Arab conquerors of the 7th century.

6 thoughts on “A Descent Into Palestinian Descent”

  1. The B-side of this is the obsession almost all modern antisemites have with the Khazars. It’s essential to their Narrative that the “Palestinians” be an ancient nation with an unbroken ancient identity and presence in the land, while the Jews be a modern people with no such physical connection and a borrowed identity. IOW, the exact inverse of the facts.

  2. Islamofascism is the largest colonial empire in the history of the world. None of the “Arab” nations have any reason for existence. They are only a conglomerate of clans that hate each other

  3. ahad_ha_amoratsim

    Did anyone tell them that the Canaanites were most definitely not monotheists? And that neither were the Jebusites, as far as I know?

    Mary McCarthy, speaking of Lillian Hellman: “Every word she writes is a lie—including ‘and’ and ‘the.’

    1. I think their retort to that would be that they were a lot of things before Islam. As evidenced above, they really want to be not just a lot of things but everything so that they can claim everything eventually

  4. The Arabs of “Palestine”-created by Britain and the League of Nations after 1917 and 1922 could be a combination of various groups over time. Is there a continuous ancestral record to keep things straight? I do not think so, nor is there a continuous “Palestinian Nation”. It’s just nonsense to claim that. The best we have is genetics, and that is based solely on all male and and female ancestors from a father and mother’s side. There may indeed be all of these peoples within the Arabs of the greater region. Still, is genetics the basis for culture that is nationhood? How many Europeans would be “Jewish” on that basis? And don’t even talk about the Spanish and Portuguese after A.D. 1,500!
    Based on genetics the Jews have the same problem. That’s not to dismiss a Jewish genetic claim, but to see things for what they have been: Polish Jews tend to appear different from Yemenite ones, yet each has certain things in common such as Cohen and Levi families of the same genetic type. Therefore, there is mixture too, yet The Bible allowed for conversions into the Jews.
    However, based on continuous history we know of the Jews existing in Eretz Yisrael for more than 2700 years. That’s based not only on The Bible, but also on Assyrian and Babylonian records too. Since the two exiles there have been historic Jewish communities for thousands of years in many places.
    It’s the difference between a historic culture(with a religion as guide) of thousands of years versus a modern post 1900’s group that did not have a continuous identity. How convenient it has been to find a “Palestinian” Arab nation right after The League of Nations Mandate to create Palestine as a “Jewish National Home”! And the rest of the world goes along with it hoping to keep business as usual going with that part of the world, especially in oil and weapons.

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