Arutz Sheva 7 (IsraelNationalNews.com) posted an article and video translated by Palestinian Media Watch (below), combining two clips of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas citing the Bible as proof of Palestinian roots extending back more than 6,000 years.
Included in the short video, Palestinian Media Watch refutes his claims, rightly denying the existence of the term Palestine or a reference to Palestinians in the Bible.
Since Mr. Abbas cited the Bible, it’s important to note that the current region in dispute — Israel — was not occupied by the Canaanites until after the dispersion of nations resulting from the Tower of Babel incident around 2,200 BCE, or 4,200 years ago (well after the great flood – roughly 2,350 BCE). Prior to the dispersion, Noah’s descendants settled in the region of Shinar (Mesopotamia), or present-day Iraq/Babylon.
“And Ham and his sons went into the land which he was to occupy, which he acquired as his portion in the land of the south. And Canaan saw the land of Lebanon to the river of Egypt, that it was very good, and he went not into the land of his inheritance to the west (that is to) the sea, and he dwelt in the land of Lebanon, eastward and westward from the border of Jordan and from the border of the sea. And Ham, his father, and Cush and Mizraim his brothers said unto him: ‘Thou hast settled in a land which is not thine, and which did not fall to us by lot: do not do so; for if thou dost do so, thou and thy sons will fall in the land and (be) accursed through sedition; for by sedition ye have settled, and by sedition will thy children fall, and thou shalt be rooted out for ever. Dwell not in the dwelling of Shem; for to Shem and to his sons did it come by their lot. Cursed art thou, and cursed shalt thou be beyond all the sons of Noah, by the curse by which we bound ourselves by an oath in the presence of the holy judge, and in the presence of Noah our father.’ But he did not harken unto them, and dwelt in the land of Lebanon from Hamath to the entering of Egypt, he and his sons until this day. And for this reason that land is named Canaan” (Jubilees 10:28-34).
All of that happened after the great flood, and every civilization that existed prior to the great flood was destroyed, so Abbas’ claims of a 6,000 year old Canaanite-Palestinian alphabet is impossible.
Let’s make it simple. How could a 6,000 year old Canaanite-Palestinian alliance exist if Canaan was born to Ham after the flood roughly 4,350 years ago?
For answers regarding who truly has rights to the disputed territories of present-day Israel and Palestine, check out Roots of Bitterness.