Egypt was particularly interested in Muslim Brotherhood that was spewing from Palestine. It made sure that the 350,000 Palestinian refugees developed no national sentiment or activism. In fact, Egypt directed, through propaganda, an anti-Israel sentiment in hopes of extinguishing the anti-Egyptian tone that was surfacing. The Egyptian secret police (through Arab refugees) carried out the fedayeen which, over seven years, carried out over 9,000 terrorist attacks against Israel. Egyptian King, Gamal Abdel Nasser, deliberately used the illusion of Palestinian nationalism for his own purposes. Nasser would go on to use the Palestinians, until the economy collapsed, to do much of Egypt's dirty work in Gaza. Nasser used the poor economy to form a relationship with the USSR and thus the creation of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).
The PLO was "born" out of the USSR's attempt to create "liberation fronts" in the Third World. Amazingly, the first PLO council (consisting of 422 handpicked Palestinians by the KGB) drafted the Palestinian National Charter which was created in Moscow. The USSR and East Germany were funding the entire PLO operation. Over the next several decades, the PLO was trained for and trained terror groups across the region. The Soviets also created Moscow's Patrice Lumumba People's Friendship University that specialized training in terrorism. Who was a graduate? Non other than Mahmoud Abbas; head of the PLO who wrote his doctoral thesis on the denial of the Holocaust.
As Yassir Arafat rose to power, he summoned the aide of other Arab states through the realism that terror was on the only way to keep political hopes alive. Arafat, unappeased with the Palestinians aide of Israel to stop Fatah operatives, set of on a campaign to win over the Arab states. Eventually, this was successful when the Khartoum conference rejected Israel's land offers (once again). After Arafat claimed "victory" over Israel (Israel actually retreated because it didn't want to get involved in the conflict between Jordan and Palestine), he, backed by the Soviets, became the leader of the PLO and Fatah. In 1970. Arafat denounced William Roger's (US Secretary of State) plan (Jordan and Egypt agreed to Roger's plan) for Israel to withdrawal from the West Bank and Gaza; in Arafat;s mind, Palestine existed with no Israel. After a brief defeat as leader, Arafat reestablished himself as the head of the PLO by convincing the Palestinians that he had fought for Palestinian nationalism (his invention), turned the PLO into a terror group, waged war on Israel, took the PLO into sovereign countries, and gathered support throughout the Arab world. Arafat would continue to be a Soviet puppet as his terror regime continued forward.
Let's break down some of the PLO's influences. Abu Jihad, PLO military operations leader, went to North Vietnam to study Ho Chi Minh's guerrilla warfare tactics. Ho's chief strategist, General Giap, told Arafat, "Stop talking about annihilating Israel and instead turn your terror war into a struggle for human rights. Then you will have the American people eating out of your hand." Arafat was also tutored by Muhammad Yazid who said,
"Wipe out the argument that Israel is a small state whose existence is threatened by the Arab states, or the reduction of the Palestinian problem to question of refugees; instead, present the Palestinian struggle as a struggle for liberation like the others. Wipe out the impression...that in the struggle between the Palestinians and the Zionists, the Zionist is the underdog. Now is the Arab who is oppressed and victimized in his existence because he is not only facing the Zionists but also world imperialism."
Arafat used his expertise in propaganda to paint a picture of a homeless people being oppressed through terrorism that he, in fact, was orchestrating. Thus, he was winning the hearts of the West as a statesman who needed our sympathies. In order to keep Arafat in Soviet control, the Soviet's used an "insurance policy" on Arafat. The USSR secretly taped Arafat's nightly homosexual encounters with his bodyguards and teen orphans. This ensured the relationship between the USSR and the terrorist PLO.
In general terms, Arafat created Palestine. Throughout history, there was never a nation of Palestine and never a people known as the Pales tines. In fact, it has always been under the sovereignty of other nations and empires. It wasn't until the 1940's when a "two state" solution was first conceived. However, the Arab nations rejected this notion because it would be an injustice to Syria, whose southern part was considered part of "Palestine," and the Arabs argued that there has never been a Palestinian people. During the 19 years between 1949 and the Six-Day War, no Arab nation ever questioned Palestinian nationalism as it was controlled by Jordan and Egypt.
In the PLO's original Charter, it states, "this organization does not exercise any regional sovereignty over the West Bank in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, in the Gaza Strip or the Himmah area." However, once Arafat took control, he considered the only :homeland" of Palestine to be the state of Israel. In 1968, Arafat changed the Charter by claiming sovereignty over the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. He created a myth that the Palestinian people had always been a part of this land and that Israel was unjustly taking it over. Terror; therefore, was the only means to reclaim its national identity. Zahir Muhse'in, a member of PLO Executive Committee said,
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 are no difference between Jordanians, 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.
Even Arafat himself said, "The Palestinian people have no national identity. I, Yassir Arafat, man of destiny, will give them that identity through conflict with Israel."
Palestinian nationalism, that was created, came to be the only national movement to have the destruction of a sovereign state and the genocide of a people as its only reason for being.
The next installment will focus on Islamofascism.
~reference History Upside Down by David Meir-Levi (pgs. 8-35)