Palestinians Have Been in Holy Land Since Creation, Video Says

By Julie Stahl | July 7, 2008 | 8:15 PM EDT

Jerusalem ( - A new Palestinian poetry video, aired on Palestinian Authority television nearly every day for the past few weeks, says the Palestinian people have been in the Holy Land since man was created, according to an independent Israeli media watchdog group.

Despite historical evidence to the contrary, Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat and other PA officials have claimed for years that the land on which the State of Israel was established never belonged to the Jewish people; there was never a Jewish temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City; and Jesus was not a Jew but a Palestinian.

"Denying Israel's right to exist by claiming the Jews have no historical roots in Israel is a backbone of Palestinian Authority cultural education, as is the attempt to reinforce Palestinian claims to the land by creating an ancient Palestinian history in Israel," said the Palestinian Media Watch in a report issued on Friday.

"You and Us," the new poetry video, combines both of those elements, PMW said.

"You are phantoms on my land," the video says, showing pictures of Israelis. "And our roots in her are deep," it says showing scenes of the land.

"For a million years it is our homeland. May the conquerors exploit as they will," it continues with scenes of war. "We came -- the dawn of man's creation in the world and our arrival -- the beginning and time, before us no foot strode through her."

The video poem goes on to say that all the caves, rivers, plants, vineyards and fields in the land belong to the Palestinians.

Scenes of Arafat appear with words saying that this is "the beginning" followed the "end," which shows the Al-Aqsa Mosque. "And the course of history -- revolution," it says, showing the waving PA flag.

On Thursday, Arafat gave scores of Fatah activists the same message.

"Those who are near and far should know that this land is the land of the Palestinian people, whether they like it or not," Arafat told the Fatah activists who had rallied at his Ramallah compound in a show of solidarity.

The Palestinians, he said, would continue their struggle until Jerusalem is liberated and "one of our roses and children raise the Palestinian flag on the wall, minarets, and churches of Jerusalem."

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