On June 15, 1969, in an interview with Frank Giles in The London Sunday Times then Prime Minister Golda Meir stated: “There was no such thing as “Palestinians”……they did not exist…”
This historically accurate comment caused a media firestorm, repeatedly quoted as “evidence” of Israeli intransigence and denial by those who were wedded to the hoax that the Jews uprooted a native Arab Palestinian population which was now entitled to restitution of land in order to create its own state.
That hoax morphed into the” two state solution” which has been the hallmark of every single “peace plan” proposed by each successive American administration and its “amen” corner in the media, academia, and by so called “progressive” Jews.
In 1977 AFSI published The Palestinians–a Political Masquerade by Arthur Kahn and Thomas Murray which was widely circulated in Zionist circles in England and America.
In 1984 the late Joan Peters wrote “From Time Immemorial -The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict Over Palestine.” Peters challenged claims that Jewish immigration to Palestine had uprooted Arab residents, using census statistics and contemporary accounts.
Unfortunately those efforts never altered the false historical narrative, especially because the term “Palestinian” replaced “Arab” and has been widely used by supporters of Israel and successive Israeli governments, including the present one.
When Shai Ben Tekoa was doing research on the United Nations bias against Israel, he discovered that in the period of The League of Nations (1919-1945) and in United Nations Resolutions from 1945 until 1969 there was not a single reference to the Arabs as “the people of Palestine.” That term had its debut in Resolution 2535 in 1969. One year later UN Resolution 2628 referenced the Arabs as “the Palestinian people” inventing a national identity which everyone has been parroting ever since.
These facts inspired Ben Tekoa to write his meticulously researched and detailed three volume work Phantom Nation- Inventing the “Palestinians” as the Obstacle to Peace.
These volumes are packed with more information that any single book on the history of Israel. Ben Tekoa chronicles it all–from the early pre state Zionists, to the rebirth of the Jewish state, through the endless wars and terrorism, to the present Holocaust denial and international anti-Semitism.