KUALA LUMPUR | The land ownership dispute in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a classic case of a false Zionist narrative, said Yayasan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (YADIM) Research, Publication&International Sector deputy chairman Dr Muhammad Faiz Naaman.
According to him, it is often argued by the Zionist faction that their ancestors since the time of Nabi Daud (King David) had formed the ancient monarchy of Israel in an area formerly known as Canaan.
He said that records from the Bible mentioned that the land was originally inhabited by a group of giant people called Philistines.
“Zionist fanatics claim ‘Palestine’ as being a term coined by Roman Emperor Hadrian, who colonised the area after the fall of the ancient Israeli government due to a division in the kingdom after the death of Nabi Sulaiman (King Solomon).
“But the hidden fact is that Palestine (originally spelled Palaistine) was first mentioned by a Greek historian named Herodotus who referred to the area in his writings almost 500 years before Nabi Isa (Jesus) was born,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Muhammad Faiz said that the link between the terms Palestine’ and ‘Philistine’ was also recognised by many Jewish encyclopaedias, including the Jewish Virtual Library which can be accessed openly via the internet.
But in 2019, he said, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied the connection between modern-day Palestinian Arabs and Palestinians of the past after DNA test results showed the Philistines originated from Europe, while Palestinian Arabs were said to originate from the Arabian Peninsula.
Several DNA studies have been conducted to find links between Palestinian Arabs, Jews and Christians in the Middle East as well as other ethnic minorities such as the Druze and Kurds, and among the well-known findings are from a German genetic scientist named Almut Nebel.
“Her research paper entitled High-resolution Y chromosome haplotypes of Israeli and Palestinian Arabs reveal geographic substructure and substantial overlap with haplotypes of Jews’, published in November 2000 by the University College London, is clear evidence that Palestinian Arabs are indigenous to the area.
“Nebel concludes that some or perhaps the majority of Palestinian Muslims are descendants of the original inhabitants (of Palestinian lands), especially from Christians and Jews who had converted to lslam in the seventh century” he said.
Muhammad Faiz said several other DNA studies also showed that modern-day Palestinian Arabs have very close genetic ties to Jews compared to other Arab sub-ethnic groups in the Middle East.
“In short, DNA does not lie, but Zionists do. So indirectly, Palestinian Arabs, the majority of whom are Muslims today, can be considered as one of the 10 tribes of the ‘Children of Israel’ that were said to have gone missing following the division of the kingdom,’ he said.