I have always tried to be someone who bases my opinions on empirical facts, things I can prove. I try not to ever form opinions based on feelings or on what someone tells me I am “supposed to believe.” There is a time and place for faith-based beliefs, but they should never overrule facts and evidence.

I have great antipathy toward causes that rely on me disbelieving my “lying eyes,” and frankly when I am told that something is simply true because someone said so, my aversion to going along with the mainstream kicks in.

I am a Native Canadian and an activist; this means that my first exposure to anything regarding the Israeli/Arab conflict was incredibly biased toward the Arabs. I was taught that the evil white European Jews conquered and colonized the poor pitiful Palestinians, stealing their land and their sacred places, and that the Arabs were just like me, victims of settler colonialism who had their basic indigenous rights stolen from them. This, of course, plays well to someone who was fighting European supremacist ideology and colonialism.

The problem is that it requires one to be completely ignorant of the facts and history, and it relies on not being challenged. If one is willing to suspend factual analysis, then one can maintain the blissful ignorance required to support the “Palestinian” cause while being against colonialism. If one is educated in the actual history, suddenly the house of cards topples, usually in a pretty spectacular fashion.

Most Native Canadians were raised Christian, but a massive part of colonization is the “mainstreaming” of the colonizers’ religion, language, and culture. This means that the colonizer always imposes its foreign and alien method of interacting with the Creator, its foreign and alien tongue, and even its basic culture and beliefs, on those they colonized. Native Canadians all speak English (or French), and we were almost all converted to Christianity. Why?  It is a central part of colonization. Remember this, I will be coming back to it. 

I think it was this basic education in Christianity that actually opened my eyes to the ridiculous nature of the “Palestinian” narrative. After all, if one reads the Old Testament, it is basically stories about Jews living on Jewish ancestral land. Palestinians and indeed, Arabs, are never mentioned in the Bible, which is odd given that they supposedly preexist the Jewish connection to the Holy Land. If their claims were true, they would be mentioned at least a few times even if it was not complimentary. This was what made me start asking questions about “Palestinian indigenous status,” a claim that almost every Palestinianist makes with a straight face, yet none can seem to defend. The so-called pro-Palestinians are averse to being challenged on these points; while they love to use the language of anti-colonialism, they are in fact supporters of colonialism because they are attempting to justify Arab colonialism by inverting the actual history. 

If one is willing to suspend factual analysis, then one can maintain the blissful ignorance required to support the “Palestinian” cause while being against colonialism. If one is educated in the actual history, suddenly the house of cards topples, usually in a pretty spectacular fashion.

Colonization is basically when a group of people come from somewhere else, conquer the locals, and impose their society, culture, beliefs, and language on the people who are already there. They then use the resources, settle the land under their own methods, and slowly (sometimes not so slowly) replace, assimilate, or destroy the local culture, language, and belief systems.

The Palestinian “narrative” is that they are a tiny, oppressed minority who had their ancestral land stolen by a larger, more powerful group who viciously and violently oppresses them and attempts to destroy their land and sacred places.

Palestinians and indeed, Arabs, are never mentioned in the Bible, which is odd given that they supposedly preexist the Jewish connection to the Holy Land.

How then do the Jews fit the characterization of colonizer? They are not in fact Europeans, at least not according to the Europeans. They are a displaced indigenous people who have returned to their ancestral land where some of them had never left. Jews do not force Judaism or Hebrew on anyone, as is the case with all occupiers and colonialists. The vast majority of their stories literally occur in the lands called Judea and Samaria, and their religious sites, including the three most sacred places – the Temple Mount, The Cave of the Patriarchs, and Tzfat – are in Israel. Hardly what you would expect from a colonizer? Jews number approximately fifteen million people worldwide, with about seven million in Israel. The surrounding Arab population, who are the children of the Muslim conquerors and those they conquered, number over four hundred million people.

However, the Palestinians themselves often contradict their own narrative by self-identifying as Arabs, who are the majority in the Middle East by a significant percentage. Arabs who are, in fact, indigenous to the Hejaz, or the “Arabian Peninsula,” violently colonized the entire region beginning in the 7th century CE. Arabs who have destroyed many antiquities and sacred sites of indigenous peoples and to this day build mosques on top of the sacred places of those they have colonized. 

Jews do not force Judaism or Hebrew on anyone, as is the case with all occupiers and colonialists. The vast majority of their stories literally occur in the lands called Judea and Samaria, and their religious sites, including the three most sacred places are in Israel. Hardly what you would expect from a colonizer?

If you ask a “Palestinian” where his most sacred place is, he will tell you that according to Islam, his religion, (which comes from the Hejaz) his most sacred place is Mecca, which is in fact in the Hejaz. He will tell you this in Arabic, which is his language and is NOT local. Oddly enough, when you pay attention, these facts directly contradict their narrative in its entirety, not a single part of their narrative holds up even to the most minor scrutiny. The so-called violent oppression is revealed to be almost benign in comparison to places where actual oppression exists. Israel treats the Arabs pretty well, especially considering the incessant terror attacks upon Jews and non-Muslims on a regular basis.

The “Palestinians” cannot seem to decide if they want to be powerful and dominant or perpetual victims and underdogs so they simply rely on their supporters, never questioning these contradictory “narratives.” Their language vacillates between threats of “destroying Israel and pushing the Jews into the sea” (a common theme) or crying about how Israel doesn’t respect their basic human rights. Arab members of the Knesset talk about how oppressive “APARTHEID Israel” is, while walking around without fear and collecting salaries from the state they want to destroy. If Israel was as oppressive as they claim, one would think they would be more careful and moderate in their criticism. 

The truly bemusing thing is not just the patently ridiculous claims of denying Jewish connection to Jewish ancestral land, but that people do not actively call out the nonsense. The Palestinian board of tourism once claimed that “Palestinians” had “1 million years of history” in the land of Palestine. Rather than call out such nonsense, their supporters ignore it. When they are caught lying or faking oppression with their pathetically made videos (which seems to be almost weekly), they are almost never called out even when the lack of truth is obvious. This leads them to make more and more ridiculous claims; after all, if nobody ever calls them out, why wouldn’t they?