We are the Canaanites – Islamic Conquest of Palestine in the seventh century is – and ought to be – irrelevant to Palestinians’ claim to the Land of Canaan
Those who attempt to limit our (the Palestinians’) connection to the land of historic Palestine to the Islamic conquest 1,400 years ago play right into the hands of Zionists. There are two types of claims to the land:
1. The claim of who inhabited the land first (based on justice); and
2. The claim of who took the land by conquest (based on military power).
If the Islamists – and that is different from Muslims – have it their way, then:
First, they would automatically surrender the first claim – because there is no dispute about Jews living in Palestine for centuries before Islam was revealed to Prophet Mohammad, PBUH, in Arabia only 1,400 years ago.
Second, they would surrender the second claim, because if Islamic conquest gave Muslims the right to Palestine, then Israeli-Jews could rightfully claim the land on the same basis. If conquest is an acceptable source of right for Muslims, it would be so for Jews, and it would be so for anyone else regardless of who the conqueror might be.
Therefore, if the argument that the Palestinian connection to the land of Palestine starts with the Islamic conquest is withheld, Palestinians would have no claim to the land of Palestine. With their argument, the Islamists (not the Muslims) limit Palestinians’ means to ever getting the land – or any part thereof – back, to gathering sufficient military power to take it by force; and we all know what the odds for such possibility are in the foreseeable future. Even then, there would be no guarantee that Palestinians would maintain such military advantage forever. Another conqueror might follow and take it from the Palestinians; and so on, and so forth. This is precisely the Rule of the Jungle that only recognizes “Power” as the source of “Right” above all else. Alcanaanite is a fan of another rule; the Rule of Law (including International Law).
Furthermore, if one accepts that conquest generates rights, one must conclude that Israeli-Jews would have every right to claim Palestine as rightfully theirs, for they have taken it by military force; first part in 1948 and the rest of Palestine in 1967. The Islamists’ – not Muslims’ – argument about conquest generating rights is a savage form of thinking, and can always come back and hunt its advocates – as it did throughout human history. It is an argument that is void of morality; for rights might legitimately lead to war, but not the other way around. By arguing that conquest generates rights, Islamists – and I repeat: not Muslims – attempt to put things upside down and hope that they would somehow stand right side up. Regardless of their intent, which I do not claim to know, those people serve the purpose of whichever party that wishes to totally, morally, ethically, and legally liquidate the Palestinian cause. If Palestinians lose the moral, ethical, legal, and just basis of our claim to the land of Palestine, we stand no chance of ever succeeding in our struggle to regain our rights.
When Palestinians affirm that we are connected to the Canaanites, we lay claim to the land on the basis of what is right, just, moral, ethical, and legal; not on the basis of us having a military advantage at some point in history. Our claim to higher moral grounds stands permanently firm. We continue to hold our rightful, just, moral, ethical, and legal claim to the land, even as we sincerely engage in searching for a peaceful resolution to our conflict with Israeli-Jews; such as the peaceful creation of a bi-national-democratic state on all the land of historic Palestine that is rooted in the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In essence, we would be saying to Israeli-Jews: “We do not relinquish our claim to the Land of Canaan, but we are willing to forever share it with you on the basis of equal humanity for all.” In such event, we would be the benevolent party, and until such time, we continue to hold on to our claim to the land of historic Palestine while always occupying the higher moral grounds.
Our connection to the land of historic Palestine started with its first human inhabitants, i.e. the Canaanites. Hence, Alcanaanite’s Blog!
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