The Palestinian Narrative

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Three nights ago, June 27, I had a dream. I was in a small village which seems like one of the villages in the Palestinian territory of the West Bank. It was a school setting and I was in a classroom of Palestinian kids, listening and observing. The teacher was telling a story, reading it from a text book. It was a story about one of Israel’s heroes in the Bible but it was presented like the Palestinians own the story, that the hero was one of their own and that it was from the Quran. I said, “That’s not correct, that’s twisting the Bible. So, that’s how they make Israel look like the villain; that’s why they call Israel an occupier.” Then I heard, “That’s the Palestinian narrative.”

This dream is another lesson straight from the heart of the Father concerning Israel. I have been a recipient of messages like this since He walked me through the role of a watchman for Israel. I have not bothered to understand what “Palestinian Narrative” means albeit encountering the phrase a few times in the media. So, what I have is a general idea, but the dream had me researching what it really is, just as I did with the BDS movement and Intifada. What I learned is an eye-opener because it seems that all the negative stories that the mainstream media, the UN and all anti-Israel advocates tell the world hinge on this so-called “Palestinian Narrative.”

Please note that I am neither writing as a political expert nor for a political purpose although to the average man, this topic is primarily political. For intercessors like me, however, the heart of the matter is spiritual.

Israel is not like any other nation. It is the Land that Yahweh called His own. Proof is all over the Scriptures unless you don’t believe that His Word has not changed. This dream is His confirmation that Israel today is the same Israel that we read in our Bibles. The conflict has existed for thousands of years since the first time Israel became a nation in the land that Yahweh promised to give to Abraham’s descendants, was destroyed and the people scattered, and in our generation, re-established and the people re-gathered. Until the return of the Messiah, Israel will continue to be at the heart of world-conflict.

Again, the purpose of this message is not to advocate politically although I understand that taking a political side is a normal consequence for standing with the truth since Israel is a grand political issue in the world stage. But more than telling you which political side you take (thought sincerely I am not), my desire is for you to see in the spirit because beyond politics, there is a real spiritual resistance against Yahweh’s plans and purposes for Israel. What we see in the physical is only a manifestation of what is going on in the spiritual realm. I believe that the principalities that opposed the Archangel from giving Daniel the answer to his prayer were the same powers behind everything that opposes Israel’s right to exist in this generation. The Palestinian Narrative is but a strategy that carries out the enemy’s goal to defy, disrupt and abort Yahweh’s plans and purposes for the tiny nation that bears His name. Israel is pivotal to Yahweh’s plans for the Church and the nations. If you still have not grasped His heart, you need to read the Bible and be open to the Holy Spirit who teaches us into all truths.

I will not explain what a “Palestinian Narrative” is because as a non-political expert, I will not be able to give it justice; and there are so many articles in the internet that anyone can read. But here’s an excerpt of what I think explains it well.

Founding National Myths
Fabricating Palestinian History

The vast literature proving the historic Jewish connection to the Land of Israel has been extensively manipulated and distorted as part of the Palestinian politics of nationalism. Propaganda, indoctrination, and socialization, both domestically and internationally, are essential parts of the strategy and tactics of asserting Palestinian nationhood and statehood. By appropriating to themselves the values, traditions, and historical facts that belong to the Jews, Palestinians have managed to fabricate a “legitimate” history and political traditions out of nothing while denying those of Israel.

The Palestinian Nation-building Strategy

Nation-building often involves the invention of foundation myths although these normally require a certain relationship to historic facts, however tenuous. Palestinian leaders, under the leadership of Yasser Arafat and his successors, adopted a different tack: stealing the enemy’s heritage, history, and values, and denying its legitimacy as a people and a state. The Palestinian objectives are to disqualify Israel’s historical standing and to inherit its belongings by delegitimizing and even dehumanizing its national identity and personality (emphasis added) .

Palestinian tactics are simple yet sophisticated: preaching and dispersing lies and distortions of reality. History proves that the bigger the lie and the more common its reiteration, the more it is accepted as authentic and genuine. Moreover, most people are unwilling to accept the idea that an entire national leadership would dare to totally distort and fabricate history in full. Part of the Palestinians’ success in doing so is also due to the fact that most people do not know the history of the Land of Israel and of Jerusalem.

Usurping the Jewish, Biblical and Christian Past

Rewriting the history of the Land of Israel by erasing Jewish history and replacing it with a fabricated Palestinian history is a central goal of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and something that the early generations of Palestinian leaders, including the notorious Hajj Amin Husseini, who led the Palestinian Arabs to their 1948 defeat, dared not do. This fictitious history, which ignores all historical documentation and established historical methods, is based on systematic distortions of both ancient and modern history with the aim of denying Israel’s right to exist.

The Palestinian leaders claim lineage from ancient history, describing the Canaanites as their direct ancestors.[1] In the words of the PA president Mahmoud Abbas: “We said to him [Netanyahu], when he claimed the Jews have a historical right dating back to 3000 years B.C.E., we say that the nation of Palestine upon the land of Canaan had a 7,000-year history. This is the truth that must be said: Netanyahu, you are incidental in history. We are the people of history. We are the owners of history.”[2]

According to Palestinian Authority historians, the Palestinian people has been living in Palestine for over seven thousand years.[3] Another claim states that Palestinians were in the land since the beginning of creation.[4] According to Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, chairman of the Supreme Islamic Council of the Palestinian Authority, Palestinians have roots in this land originating from earlier than 7500 B.C.E.[5] Arab villages have allegedly existed since the days of the Canaanites.[6] The “Arab” Canaanites supposedly established ports on the coast of Canaan, known today as Palestine, and Jaffa is said to have been one of the cities whose Canaanite origins later invaders failed to erase.[7] Overall, the Palestinian people claim to be rooted in the region for thousands of years and long before Israel.[8]

Throughout Palestinian media and education, all Israeli cities and areas are featured as Palestinian in origin, including Haifa, Acre, Ashkelon, Jaffa, Safed, Tiberias, Tel Aviv, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, Kiryat Shmonah, and the Negev. These are the “Palestinian homeland” or “occupied Palestine.”[30] Instilling these assertions and psychological worldview as facts among youth and in the political arena requires a multilevel process of socialization and indoctrination, beginning with the education system. Reinforcement is constant and all-pervasive: Palestine is continually represented as an area of 27,000 sq km, and an overwhelming Palestinian majority believes this is the truth.[31]

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Israelis are described as religious groups of imposters who were never Jews but part of a Zionist plot to occupy Palestinian lands and steal the Palestinian identity and cultural heritage. This is derided as the greatest crime ever committed against humanity with the aim of the Judaization of Palestine.[34] Even the Hebrew language is said to be stolen from Palestinian Aramaic.[35] The Israeli state creates “false names” for sites to “erase the Palestinian facts.” It steals everything it lays its hands on “by means of terror,” including music, food, clothing, and folk traditions, even falafel and humus.[36] All the territory held by the state of Israel is occupied, and the Palestinians will not compromise on it.[37]

In the light of this, Palestinian commentators demand that Zionists must acknowledge publicly before the world that Jews have no connection to Palestinian Arab land. Zionist history is nothing more than invention and falsification, constituting a crude form of colonialism.[38] Zionists are trying to create a fake history at the expense of a real Palestinian history so as to steal the history and the culture of the Palestinians.[39]

For better appreciation, read the rest of the article here.

Related articles:

The Palestinian Narrative: The Missing Link in the Peace Process

Modern Jewish History: Traditional Narratives of Israeli and Palestinian History

The dream is spot-on. But bear in mind that our purpose for understanding the events affecting Israel is not to advocate for the nation against another. As followers of Yeshua, our calling is to preach the Good News to the world without prejudice; that includes the Palestinians and all anti-Israel, anti-Semitic individuals and nations. The Palestinians are not the real enemies but the unseen forces behind the propaganda. As we pray for Israel, we must also pray for the Palestinians. We must pray for their salvation, that both Jews and Palestinians come to the saving knowledge of Yeshua. It is only by being united in the Messiah, the Prince of Peace, that both people groups will be able to live peacefully, side by side with one another. The two-state solution will not solve the conflict and  expulsion of the Jews from the land and renaming it does not sit well with Yahweh and His Word.

Amos 9:14-15

14 I will bring back the captives of My people Israel;
They shall build the waste cities and inhabit them;
They shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them;
They shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them.
15 I will plant them in their land,
And no longer shall they be pulled up
From the land I have given them,”
Says the Lord your God.

Isaiah 62:6-7

I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem;
They shall never hold their peace day or night.
You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent,
And give Him no rest till He establishes
And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

Psalm 122:6

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you.

 

Blessings,

Cynthia