(Last update: June 26, 2017)
Mahmoud Abbas, leader of the Palestinian Authority (PA), has claimed that the 'Palestinian people' are 6,000 years old (Itamar Marcus, "Abbas falsely claims 6,000 year-old Palestinian nation", palwatch, June 6, 2016). He's also claimed the Palestinian people are 7,000 years old (David Bukay, "Founding national myths: fabricating Palestinian history", meforum, Summer 2012, volume 19, number 3, pp. 23-30).
Of course, we know these claims are false. In Israel, there is no archaeological record of any ancient (or medieval or 19th century) Palestinian people. There is no evidence of any ancient Palestinian language, culture or currency. There are no records of any ancient Palestinian rulers, potentates, princes or queens. There is no ancient Palestinian literature, poetry or philosophy. There are no records of ancient Palestinian wars, triumphs, battles, defeats or political struggles.
In the Islamic holy text, the Quran, there is no mention of any Palestinian people. There is no mention of any nation called, Palestine. But in that same holy Islamic text, there is mention of the Jewish people, Jews and the Jewish Israel.
That tells you something about 'the Palestinian people', doesn't it?
If you've chosen to read this essay, chances are you know all of this. But did you know that someone has written a book about the history of the Palestinians? It's titled, A history of the Palestinian people, from ancient times to the modern era. It's just been published. The author is Assaf Voll.
The book was offered at Amazon.com under the online address, https://www.amazon.com/History-Palestine-People-Ancient-Modern. It appears to have sold well. For awhile, it almost flew off the shelves at Amazon. It became a bestseller on Amazon's "Israel and Palestine history" list (Joy Bernard, "The secret behind bestseller on Palestinian history", jerusalempost, June 21, 2017). At one point, the book held second place on that Amazon book category (ibid).
According to a review of the book, parts of which appear at israelmatzav ("Amazon's new best seller: 'A History of the Palestinian People from Ancient Times to the Modern Era'", June 22, 2017), this book "is the fruit of many years of research, during which thousands of sources have been meticulously reviewed in libraries and archives worldwide. It is no doubt the most comprehensive and extensive review of some 3,000 years of Palestinian history, with emphasis on the Palestinian people’s unique contribution to the world and to humanity" (ibid).
The book isn't long--and the big lesson you learn from this text isn't complicated at all.
Nevertheless, this history book may shock some readers: when you open it, you discover that all the pages here specifically dedicated to the 'history of the Palestinian people', are....blank. That's right, blank.
The pages are blank because there has never been an ancient 'Palestinian people'. With no history, there's nothing to write about.
While the world gets to contemplate that fact, israelmatzav suggests that Amazon has dropped the book from its book list ("Amazon removes its #1 Middle East best seller", June 25, 2017). Indeed, when you go to Amazon-books-history-Middle East-Israel and Palestine-new releases-Last 60 days (and also Last 90 days), the book is nowhere to be found (as of June 25, 2017 at 1000 ET).
If it's true Amazon has dropped this book from its sales list, that's too bad. Even if Amazon clearly identified this book as a 'blank' book, it would sell well because the Palestinians' blank history is a compelling truth that undercuts the arguments of the so-called 'Palestinian Cause'.
This blank book should remain on the Amazon sales list--with, of course, a full disclosure about its 'content'. Amazon should keep this book because it graphically illustrates a truth that needs to be told.
The world could use a dose of truth these days, don't you think?