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This brand of Palestinian nationalism involves such mental gymnastics to force history to fit your ideology.
But it's obvious why Abbas indulges in this historical revisionism. The basic Palestinian nationalist argument is that the Arabs were here first, and the Jews are foreign colonialists. I.e., they accept that it MATTERS who was here first. That being indigenous is a trump card.
Then the Jews come along and present indisputable archeological evidence that there was a flourishing Jewish civilisation here decades before Islam or the Arab conquest.
That's why the Palestinians have to deny there was ever a Jewish Temple where the Dome of the Rock now stands. If it matters who was here first, and the Jews can prove they were, that demolishes the entire edifice of the Palestinian appeal to history.
And that's why they have to deny there was any Jewish history, and start making up silly stories about being Canaanites. Ie: even if there was an ancient Jewish kingdom here, we were still here before you, and Joshua's conquest was the original Nakba.
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