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A series where I use history to debunk common misconceptions about the Middle East conflict.

Know Your History: Jerusalem Sanitation (NY Times Nov 10, 1919)

Jewish initiatives to improve the infrastructure of Jerusalem for the benefit of all inhabitants

Know Your History: There’s Something About Lifta

The village of Lifta is often described by Israel haters as a wealthy, historically palestinian village that was ethnically cleansed by Israel. But what's the truth?

Know Your History: Even the Term “Free Palestine” Was Co-opted From the Jews

"Free, free Palestine!"These are the words shouted out by Israel haters worldwide, more often than not an expression of their wish for the destruction of the state of Israel. But did you know the first use of the words "Free Palestine" were for the exact opposite objective?

Know Your History: The Desolation of Palestine (NY Times May 3, 1880)

I've dealt with it before: contrary to the palestinian Arab narrative, the land was a desolate mess before the mass immigration of Jews returning to their indigenous homeland. But it never hurts to provide more proof.

Know Your History: Palestinian Art (NY Times Dec 11, 1929)

The term "Palestinian" to refer to the Arabs who were living here pre-1948, as well as their descendants, is a relatively recent invention. Here's another example showing this.

Know Your History: The Battle of Gaza (NY Times April 15, 1917)

When the New York Times reported factually

That Time a PLO Researcher Inadvertently Screwed Up

The PLO's Bassem Sirhan wrote Palestinian children: "The generation of liberation" in 1970. One part stands out as a huge own goal.

The New York Times Has Truly Hit a Wall

There was a time the New York Times would never have dreamed of writing something like this

PA Historian Admits No ‘Palestinian People’ in 1917 (Updated With Video)

From the indispensable Palestinian Media Watch

Know Your History: ‘Same Arab Race’ in Syria and Palestine (NY Times Sept 1,...

More proof there was no separate “palestinian” identity, and that the Arabs in the area considered themselves part of Syria.

Know Your History: Restriction on Access to Jerusalem Holy Site & Subsequent Strike (NY...

Some more historical context you need to know about


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