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June 24, 2007

In Heated Speech, the Truth Spills Out

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Abbas addressing Fatah leaders/Photo by Reuters

IMRA notes "Mahmoud Abbas, aka Abu Mazen, in a moment of anger, admits that the Arabs now known as 'Palestinians' came to the region with the Arab invasion." MEMRI's translation of Abbas' raging speech against Hamas includes this rare admission that Palestinian Arabs are not indigenous to the region:

[Indeed,] even the churches were not spared. One of the oldest churches in Palestine, which stood long before our arrival [in the region], was looted and set on fire.

Note: We tried to find a picture of the desecrated Gaza churches, but Hamas did an effective job keeping these images away from the media.

Posted by TS at June 24, 2007 04:15 AM


That line doesn't refer to Palestinians not being indigenous to the region. They are. The line concedes that Christians were there first.

What's more compelling in Abbas' speech is the wrenching irony in his accusations. Pot calling the kettle a kettle.

Posted by: Maven at June 25, 2007 01:01 AM

I would think Abbas was conceding that Palestinian Arabs arrived in the region during the Arab conquest -- after Christianity and especially Judaism were well entrenched in the area.

Posted by: jones at June 25, 2007 09:35 AM

Well, and who where the first Christians?

Posted by: Vlad at June 25, 2007 09:36 AM

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