Monday, March 14, 2011

Yes, The So-Called "Palestinian Arabs" Are Canaanites

An "alternative history narrative" has been promoted by Arab propagandists and their fellow-travellers. 

The Arabs who reside in the territory of the former Mandate of Palestine, which dissolved on May 15, 1948 after the UN recommended on November 29, 1947 it be partitioned as a Jewish state, and Arab state and a special regime which was rejected by the Arabs, claim to be the direct descendents of the pagan peoples of the Bible who lived in this region 4000 years ago. The ramifications of this are critical to any peace process.

In August 1996, an official "Culture festival" was held at Sebastya (p. 163) with Arab youth dresses as "Canaanites". Others appeared as Girgashites, Ammorites and Perizites, et al.

As explained in this article by David Wenkel who holds a master's degree in Christian thought from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois:

Many Palestinian Arabs, including such prominent figures as Yasir Arafat and Faisal Husseini, claim that Palestinians descended from the Canaanite tribe of the Jebusites. Such declarations should not surprise. History is political. Many Middle Eastern cultures and states retroactively claim roots to the ancient tribes and empires in order to legitimize their modern nationalism...How significant, then, is the Palestinian-Jebusite link? Connections between modern Palestinians and ancient Jebusites would trump the Jewish claim by predating it and legitimize the Palestinian claim to Jerusalem and Israel. The political and diplomatic impact is clear, especially as Palestinian leaders insist that Israel forfeit sovereignty over Jerusalem....

And in further detail:

The claim to Jebusite heritage within the Palestinian community is a recent construct... Andrew S. Buchanan, then a doctoral candidate in international relations from St. Andrews University, Scotland, framed this claim to "uninterrupted continuity" with Jebusites and Canaanites...The Palestinian-Jebusite linkage first appeared in the Arabic literature. Rashid Khalidi, a Palestinian activist and historian, wrote that in the mid- or late 1960s, Palestinian nationalism 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." In an accompanying footnote, he wrote 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."...

...the 1978 Al-Mawsu'at Al-Filastinniya (Palestinian encyclopedia)...declared, "The Palestinians [to be] the descendants of the Jebusites, who are of Arab origin," and described Jerusalem as "an Arab city because its first builders were the Canaanite Jebusites, whose descendants are the Palestinians...By 2001, what Khalidi once attributed to anachronistic revisionism, he came to promote when he attached his name to an article published by the American Committee for Jerusalem which declared, without corroborating evidence, that "According to a number of historians and scholars, many of the Arabs of Jerusalem today, indeed the majority of Palestinian Arabs, are descendants of the ancient Jebusites and Canaanites." Khalidi now argued that Palestinians did not descend from those who arrived with Muhammad's armies, but rather, "native Palestinians, both Christian and Muslim Arabs, are of a mixed race whose connection with the land reaches back into very early history."...

PASSIA, an official Arab body, has a rather unique Jerusalem chronology which 'establishes' the Jebusite basis the predates the Jews but also links it to the Arabs by a simple trick: it minimizes and ignores Jewish existence in any form.

(And, by the way, read this dispute.)

I have dealt in a series of posts (here; and here; and here and see other references there) on the "In Canaanite Eyes" theory of Nur Masalha.

But perhaps there is something to all this hocus-pocus.   Maybe some Arabs are descended from pagan Canaanites, like those that engaged in human sacrifice. Some dispute that practice.  Others do not (and here; and also here; as well as here).

The act of ritual murder committed on the Fogel family in Itamar on Shabbat night was "worthy" of Arabs who champion their Canaanite roots.  The barbarism, the immorality, the inherent evil in such an act will forever signify the futility of coexistence and peace with such people.

And the only hope is that they will disappear just as the Canaanite and Jebusite and Ammorite civilizations did.



Anonymous said...

If asked how they would respond, progressive Western anti-racists, committed to two-state solution, would typically respond to seeing evidence of Palestinian hate and incitement, by viewing the dissemination of such information as an impediment to peace, insofar as it would hurt the trust necessary to make concessions necessary to achieve a deal, never once considering that such incitement and hatred was, in itself, the real impediment to a true and lasting peace.

Anonymous said...

a second point to the above:

The belief of the dominant elite and ideology of the anti-Israel crowd is that if you point out Palestinian (or Arab or Muslim) misdeeds it will stir up hatred against Palestinians, or Arabs, or Muslims. Since preventing racism, Islamophobia, etc., is deemed the highest priority against the greatest threat, anything believed to contribute to such things must be suppressed. The news must not be reported. The most common example of this is omitting Muslim names of perpetrators on terrorist attacks or attributing the attack to mental illness, etc.

Anonymous said...

Only if the americans Knew

If they knew

Ari said...

Wow... What a racist and hateful blog thinly veiled as an historical and anthropological academic pursuit. I wonder if you actually believe what you write here, and if it helps you sleep at night while Palestinians, as we speak, are treated like the Jews were in the Warsaw ghettos (and worse).

You Palestine-deniers employ holocaust-denier tactics to "cutely" rationalize a game of zio-nazi hate aimed to delegitimize Palestinian claims to self-determination.

These types of lexicological debates about Zionism are, of course, fruitless and entirely moot. If the Palestinians do not exist, and therefore have no claim to self-determination, then do give "those arabs" in the West Bank and Gaza full Israeli citizenship and the right to vote. Otherwise, you must acknowledge Israel for the apartheid state that it is.

Palestinians exist today as they have for centuries if not millennia. Did they always? Of course not. Did the Jews? Of course not! We all stumbled out of Africa at some point if we go back far enough. Nevertheless, Palestinians have been living in this particular area in question in most cases far longer than the great majority of Jews in Israel, not to mention the white people who call themselves ‘Americans’ and ‘Australians’ that have been living in those countries (without a distinct language or religion of their own, moreover). I guess they don't exist either.

Consider that Mt. Vesuvius did not exist many hundreds of millions of years ago. Perhaps those in Pompeii, like you, tried to rationalize whether for that reason it didn't exist the day before it blew up?

Zionism as a political force is morally corrupt, intellectually bankrupt and should be opposed by all lovers of freedom and equality. Furthermore, the Palestinians are a volcano in the midst of the Mideast. Pretend they don’t exist and they will explode (as they have in the last two Intifadas and now with ever growing support from the international community).

Instead, we can take the moral high ground, and grant the Palestinians their right to self-determination. It's never too late to start doing the right thing. I'd rather go to my grave knowing I did.

YMedad said...

Ari, so much verbalization over nothing. Read the rest of my posts on the issue.

Anonymous said...

The name canaan is an arabic name and it means to accept one fate with piety. Moreover, there is a good number of Palestinian families with the last name Canaan.

Anonymous said...

Total idiotic post with absolutely no historical relevance and quite a bit of racist sounding rhetoric. Most historians would agree many Jews are descendants from the Canaanites. I expect no less from a Zionist settler who probably believes God gave him the right to develop Jewish only settlements in the West Bank. Just pitiful

YMedad said...

Dear Anon 20-4-16, 6:13

Anonymous commentators are either very famous and do onot want undue attention drawn to them for visiting my blog or anti-Semites/anti-Zionists who know they are simply channeling hate or very stupid people who know they don't know.

I am still thinking which category you belong to.

And then I said to myself: 'Medad, at least you can think. This guy (or gal?) can't.'

asi said...

Cnaan is not an arabic word,but a Semitic one,while the meaning is more correctly surrender,K-N-A root כנע.
And while it is true that some Palestinians have Canaan as a last name,so do many Jews,especially those decent of Iraq and Syria,but it has absolutely no relevance since last names in this region are a much recent invention than Canaan (as a region)