Dear Letter to the Editor
Bruce Ticker rightly questions the meaning of “Palestine” as presented by three individuals whose backgrounds do not lend themselves to Middle East expertise: Desmond Cole, a college drop out, former French teacher and Canadian civil rights activist; Kshama Sawant, a software engineer and Seattle Councilwoman; and VP Kamala Harris.(“Question ‘Palestine’, Whatever It Is“). All three pontificate about “Palestine” when in fact in recorded history there has never been a country called Palestine.
I would respectfully suggest that none of them knows as much about “the Palestinian people” as a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization. Zaheir Mohsen was a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, and he declared “the Palestinian people” to be a propaganda invention.
In a 1977 interview with the Dutch newspaper “Trouw”, Mr. Mohsen acknowledged that “the Palestinian people” were a propaganda invention:
“The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct “Palestinian people” to oppose Zionism.
“For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we claim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan”.