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Published on Jan 25, 2013
Joan Peters, former White House advisor on the Middle East under Carter and author of "From Time Immemorial," the classic work on the real situation in the Middle East and the history of Palestine (Israel) talks with Zola Levitt about how the Palestinians have scored a public relations coup by appropriating the identity of the Jews in Israel. She explains how language has been transformed by turnspeak, a concept similar to the newspeak described in George Orwell's book, "1984" so that the press now attributes the right to the land and and historic possession of it to Arabs, when from 1948 and before the term Palestinian actually applied to the Jewish inhabitants. Only recently has the term been transferred to the Arabs, who until lately refused to be identified with the label "Palestinian," because of its identification with the Jews. She documents how the "Palestinians" of today actually are Arabs from Syria, etc.most of whom moved to the land only a few years after the defeat of the Ottoman Turks and just before the establishment of the Israeli state, looking for work in the burgeoning Jewish economy. Rather than Arabs who lived on the land for centuries, the real natives are Jews who had always maintained a presence there and who, aided by the immigration that began in the early 20th century, transformed the land from a barren waste capable of supporting few people into the flourishing state of today. This transformation of history and identity is the myth behind the "right of return" spoken of in the recent peace talks. Falsehoods and indoctrinated hatred of Arab children are used to keep the situation volatile as each new generation is more fully convinced that something has been stolen from them and that only the complete destruction of the Jewish state can restore their honor and their fortunes. A wnd commentary on Peters and her book "From Time Immemorial" can be found at: http://www.wnd.com/2013/11/the-book-t...