"The Country is in a considerable degree empty of inhabitants and therefore its greatest need is a body of population."
The British Consul 1857.
"Palestine sits in sackcloth and Ashes..desolate and unlovely..."
Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad. 1867.
"The road leading to from Gaza to the North was only a summer track...no orange groves, orchards or vioneyards until one reached the Jewish village of Yavneh."
Palestine Royal Commission, 1913.
"There is no such country (as Palestine)! "Palestine" is a term the Zionists invented! There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria."
Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, a local Arab leader, to the Peel Commission, 1937.
"Palestine was part of the Province of Syria...politically, the Arabs of Palestine were not independent in the sense of forming a separate political entity."
Representative Arab Higher Committee to UN May 1947.
"There is no such thing as "Palestine" in History, absolutely not."
Professor Philip Hitti. Arab American Historian 1946.
"There are no differences between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese...The founding of a Palestinian state is a new tool in the continuing battle against Israel."
Zuheir Muhsin, Military and Executive of PLO. Dutch Newspaper 1977.
"The return of the Jews in 1800's and early 1900's created jobs and Arabs from impoverished areas were drawn into the Holy Land for work. In 1948 so many Arabs were new to the area and could not quality for the UN requirement for refugee status that the UN added a clause permitting refugee status for Arabs who had been there for as little as two years."
Joan Peters - "From Time Immemorial" 1984.
"The interesting thing about "Palestinians" is that so few of the West Bank Arabs thought of themselves as such before 1967. it post-dates the founding of the PLO: Palestine had a national liberation movement before it had a nationality."
Mark Steyn, National Post, April 4, 2002.