Israel’s False History Is Exposed, Then Embraced


by James M. Wall

MSNBC, the PEP (Progressive Except for Palestine) cable network, stumbled into the glaring light of truth on an October 15 broadcast.

In-house MSNBC guardians of Israel’s false narrative must have been on a coffee break when four maps (see above) were displayed, clearly demonstrating modern Israel’s theft of Palestine land between 1946 and the present.

Caught with their pants down, or to be a bit more delicate, caught in their unrelenting major theft of Palestinian land, not by some earnest blogger laboring in obscurity on the internet, but by MSNBC, a major cable television network, Israeli narrative protectors exploded into action with the bullying anger of operatives from George Orwell’s Ministry of Truth in his dystopian novel, 1984. 

Israel’s false historical narrative is rarely exposed in all its naked falseness under the bright lights of mainline media. The four maps shown above reveal the dramatic disappearance of Palestinian-owned land into the greedy clutches of the colonial invading power which claimed the name, Israel.

Alison Weir, veteran journalist and tireless worker against the false historical Israeli narrative, wrote a clarifying description of what is a familiar experience to anyone who dares question Israel’s manufactured version of history.

What Weir describes in her well-researched, and carefully documented story, demands full attention. (click here for the full story). Backed by the four maps above, Weir explains what happened in real time history.

Weir writes:

“Following an unusually honest report on Israel-Palestine, MSNBC Live backpedaled to Israeli talking points that were both illogical and uninformed. Let us look at what happened.

“During its Thursday, Oct. 15th news broadcast, MSNBC Live broadcast an accurate and revealing image of four maps entitled ‘Palestinian loss of land 1946 – present.’ Host Kate Snow commented that the maps showed ‘that the land where the Palestinians live has grown increasingly smaller.’

“NBC’s longtime correspondent for the area, Martin Fletcher, agreed, saying: ‘Absolutely, this is what it’s all about; it’s about the land. What this map shows you, and it’s pretty shocking when you present it in this way, what it clearly shows is that if there is no peace agreement between Palestinians and Israel, more of those green areas, more of that Palestinian land, will be eaten up by Jewish settlements.’

“There was an immediate onslaught against the show by Israelis and Israel partisans, including Israeli media and such pro-Israel organizations as “Honest Reporting” and Mediate.”

Weir continues her description of what Israel’s Ministry of Truth does not want exposed:

“The maps correctly depict, as the title makes clear, expropriation of Palestinian land.

“In the late 1800s, Arab Muslims and Christians lived on about 99 percent of the land of Palestine. The Jewish population, mostly Arab too, was a largely urban population and owned about 1 percent of the land.

“Over the coming decades, Jews mostly from Europe and the U.S. immigrated to Palestine in a political movement whose goal was to take over the land for an ethnically-exclusive state. (This movement, called political Zionism, was originally opposed by most Jewish people, including those living in Palestine.)

“There were intense efforts to acquire land by any means, and by 1946 Jewish ownership in Palestine was, at most, 8 percent of the land; most historians put it at about 5-6 percent. This 1946 land ownership is accurately depicted in the first map in the series.”

Colonial invaders always, without exception, rewrite history from their dominant perspective. For that history to survive, the rewritten version requires a subservient conquered population, and acquiescent outsiders who will fall in behind the newly-composed historical narrative.

Israel has attempted to follow that colonial playbook.  Unfortunately, from the modern state of Israel’s perspective, the Palestinian people are not subservient, while Israel’s desire to conquer “a land without a people” did not fit the colonial playbook.

The Palestinians Israel thought it could displace were already well established in modernity, well-educated and rooted to their land. Christian missionaries admittedly came to Palestine both to control, and to evangelize. In so doing, they established  schools, hospitals, and other modern institutions.

The colonial playbook has been a failure for Israel since 1946, most recently in the uprisings in Jerusalem, the topic of that October 15 discussion on MSNBC which prompted the display of those accurate maps of Israel’s theft of Palestinian land.

When MSNBC recanted under the predictable Israeli pressure, the respected Martin Fletcher read his recantation script.

Perfect example: A veteran of Middle East reporting, Fletcher still said, “The Jews and the Muslims both believe that God gave them the land. It’s that one piece of land for two peoples. That’s what the conflict’s been about for a very long time.”

After 40 years of reporting, Martin Fletcher has to know that “both believe” is a false statement. Many Jews do claim their modern state was given to them by God.  Muslims make no such claim.

Pause a moment to feel Fletcher’s pain, the pain of lying to his public because that is what Israel’s Ministry of Truth demands he do.

Defending its ongoing land grab, Israel has taught its loyalists that any adjustment to the false, new narrative, is strictly forbidden.

When the false narrative is exposed by facts, the first polite line of defense response is to not report and not show it; otherwise, “some people will find it offensive”.

An example of this polite line appeared in this minute compilation of different scenes taken from episode 10, season 3, which ran in 2002 in the long-running television series, West Wing. In this episode, the President of the United States discovers “some people will find it offensive”.

The Battle of the Maps will continue as long as Israel is determined to conquer all the land between the river and the sea.

Which is why we need writers like Alison Weir to remind the world that there are also “some people who do find it offensive” to displace an entire civilian population from its land.

About wallwritings

From 1972 through 1999, James M. Wall was editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, lllinois. He was a Contributing Editor of the Century from 1999 until July, 2017. He has written this blog, wall, since it was launched April 27, 2008. If you would like to receive Wall Writings alerts when new postings are added to this site, send a note, saying, Please Add Me, to Biography: Journalism was Jim's undergraduate college major at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. He has earned two MA degrees, one from Emory, and one from the University of Chicago, both in religion. He is an ordained United Methodist clergy person. He served for two years in the US Air Force, and three additional years in the USAF reserve. While serving on active duty with the Alaskan Command, he reached the rank of first lieutenant. He has worked as a sports writer for both the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, was editor of the United Methodist magazine, Christian Advocate for ten years, and editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine for 27 years. James M Wall died March 22, 2021 at age 92. His family appreciates all of his readers, even those who may have disagreed with his well-informed writings.
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8 Responses to Israel’s False History Is Exposed, Then Embraced

  1. Let’s see if US Campaign to End the Occupation, the Electronc Intifada, or JVP pick up Alison’s reporting and run with it. Thanks are due to Counterpunch for picking it up, and to you for publicizing and commenting on it.

  2. AWAD PAUL SIFRI says:

    Thanks, Jim. I was not aware of this incident at MSNBC. This story was well concealed by the pro-Zionist and Israeli media. They know from basic PR, that, if they discuss it openly, more of the uninformed mainstream Americans will learn the truth about the Zionist stealth of Palestine.
    They will begin to question Israel; question American support of Israeli occupation; question Israel’s annexation of Jerusalem and Golan Heights; question Israel’s ethnic cleansing and genocide of the Native Palestinian people.
    Thanks to Alison Weir and other activists committed to justice, including you, Jim, the truth cannot be suppressed forever.

  3. Sami Joseph says:

    If only there is a prevalence of honesty is the best policy, the world will be a safer place.
    The real problem is not between genuine bona fide native Palestinian Jews and Arabs. The real problem is that convert aliens with no ancestral claim to the land, none whatsoever by the remotest stretch of imagination, who strictly speaking, do not believe in God, yet somehow managed to make others believe and support the notion that God has given them the land!!!
    How did they manage to do that? Well the clue is in 1 Timothy 6:10.

  4. Jack Graham says:

    There are people who, drawing from the Abrahamic covenants in Genesis, believe that the Holy Land was granted by God to Israel indefeasibly; and that, notwithstanding subsequent history or prophecy recorded in the Bible itself, the Holy Land was never lost or taken away, and was, in any event, restored in 1948. We are told by these people that the United States must help the Jews build a third temple so Jesus can come again, and reign from the throne of King David. For those who accept the Judeo-Christian Bible as a source of eternal and inerrant truth (provided it is read their way), I will stand toe to toe with them and show that the Bible says nothing of the kind, as we trudge together through Daniel, Ezekiel, Zechariah, the gospel accounts of the prophecy on the Mount of Olives, and Revelation, etc.

    It profanes holy writ to use it as a excuse for taking by force what belongs to others, or swindling their inheritance from them on false pretexts. I prefer the first chapter of Isaiah which tells us that God wants justice, not sacrifice, and the counsel of George Washington in his farewell address which tells us that the United States should take a course of friendly neutrality between foreign belligerents, mind our own business, and pursue only our enlightened national interests. We have been suckered long enough into supporting or fighting Israel’s wars, as has been harmful for them and for us, retarding them from seeking peace from their Arab neighbors, and drawing us into neo-con psycho-babble which sounds more like Nietzsche on the will to power than the wisdom of Psalms and Proverbs. — John Remington Graham of the Minnesota Bar (#3664X)

  5. As always, Jim, thank you. Beyond the quality content of your post and the courage you display in placing it before all who would read and be enlightened, I am especially pleased that you feature the great-and-principled Alison Weir as your centerpiece. Alison and you are in the “top drawer” of Jeremiah types who see with blinding clarity the evil enveloping us and are willing and anxious to ring repetitive alarms in the wilderness. That Jewish Voice for Peace (and, copycatting it, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation) have shown themselves determined to marginalize and silence Alison Weir and her If Americans Knew is…disturbing. All we PfP (Progressives for Palestine), and the hapless, steadfast Palestinians themselves, need are fifth-column agents in our midst! Viva Palestine!

  6. Eugene Fitzpatrick says:

    I have been favorably disposed to the JVP and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation as well as Alison Weir’s If Americans Knew and have sent money to all three. Accordingly, I’m taken aback by the above commentary by roberthstiver. I don’t dispute his statement that the first two organizations have acted with hostility towards Ms. Wier but would like to be referred to credible documentation that such hostility did in fact occur, in the meanwhile maintaining an open mind on the issue.

  7. Mr. Fitzpatrick, you’re fully justified in wanting credible sources regarding the ostracizing of Alison Weir and her IAK by JVP and USCEIO. Searching is not my forte, but I have dipped into my e-mail files and located the following three urls whose collective contents, I believe, will be informative to you. I have sent several e-mails to JVP informing it that I shall not support it and its often-laudable efforts toward justice for Palestine until it recants its vile smear campaign against Alison; no answer. I also wrote once to USCEIO; no response. I admit that I haven’t checked either JVP’s or USCEIO’s websites tonight, but it has appeared to me that each is operating in non-transparent and/or secretive fashions. Here are the three urls; I particularly like the Counterpunch article since it is an external effort to expose the facts and support Alison:
    Note: there may be some duplication or common elements among the three sources.

  8. Eugene Fitzpatrick says:

    Mr. Stiver:
    Thanks for the references. I’ve only started to get into them but intend to examine them well The last thing the cause needs is internecine animosity and I for one will protest with vigor where I see it in the Justice for Palestine movement.

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