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Republican presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich stood by his assertion that the Palestinians are an "invented people," His use of the term “invented people” when referring to the Palestinian people is equally derogatory. Gingrich sought to court the pro-Israel vote by claiming that not only do the Palestinians not deserve a state.
This is a distortion of history; a historical and cultural misappropriation of a nation’s past and future for political gain.
Currently there are almost four million Palestinians living under Israeli occupation within the occupied territories, and another 1.5 million living inside Israel itself. I have long supported the right of Israel to exist. I firmly believe Israeli citizens have a fundamental right to be able to live their lives in peace and security, free from the loud bang, the searing heat and explosion of a random car bomb or suicide bomber.
However, Palestinians have this right also, for they are people dispossessed, a people whose only desire is a homeland where they too can live with their families, free from fear of the helicopter gunship and night-time raids, free from the cloud of phosphorous gas that burns their children’s throats and lungs.
Ted Rudow III, MA