We are the Canaanites

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!

Monzer Zimmo
Ottawa, Canada

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About Alcanaanite

Monzer Zimmo, a Palestinian-Canadian living and working in Ottawa, Canada. Monzer is an advocate of resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the peaceful creation of a bi-national-democratic state on all the territory of historic Palestine, where Christians, Jews, Muslims, and others live together as equal citizens; be and feel safe, secure, and at home.
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6 Responses to We are the Canaanites

  1. Nicolas A. Sayegh says:

    Your above analysis are in place except that there is no mention of Christians whose birth came with the birth of Jesus Christ, who was rejected by the israeli jews at the time.
    Also the problem with the israeli _ Jews or the jews for that matter is that they mix nationality with Religion…i.e.
    We are Palestinian Arabs, Christians, Muslims and Jews, but we here is simply Arabs and Jews or Israelis! The reason is that the Jews do not wish to differentiate between both, as they belong to many nationalities arond the world even thugh their numer does not exceed 15 million, but taking all nations for a ride, including the Naive.
    I ully support yur struggle to create a bi-ntional State to all respecting their rights and obligations equally.

  2. Ismail Zayid says:

    The Statement in this article is accurate. Today’s Palestinians are the descendents of the Canaanites, the Jebusites and other tribes that lived in this land since history began. Professor Maxime Rodinson, of the Sorbonne University in Paris, and who is Jewish, stated: ” The Arab population of Palestine was native, in all the senses of the word, and their roots in Palestine can be traced back at least forty centuries.”

  3. Christopher Assad says:

    This blogpost is an excellent reminder that the indigenous people of historic Palestine, regardless of religion are the real Palestinians, who are the ancient descendants of the Canaanites.

    Very few of the Jewish citizens of Israel can claim such heritage. Out of the 7 million Jews living in Israel, nearly half are descended from Jews who immigrated from Europe, while around the same number are descended from Jews who immigrated from Turkey and Central Asia. Also, about a quarter million are Ethiopian Felasha Jews. None of these immigrants are descended from the Canaanites, the real and rightful owners of the land of Palestine.

  4. TA says:

    Chris.. One has to be careful when deciding who lays claim to what area. As Palestinians always take pride in saying, their land welcomed people of all cultures throughout history and they co-existed happily not just peacefully in the absolute majority of time. Jews have moved into Palestine from Turkey , Muslims from Saudi Arabia and lands and Christians from Europe. It would be very difficult to untangle the lineage of everyone and to find a Canaanite who has not intermarried with all these groups who came into palestine over history.

    I read the article to be a statement that Palestinian claim to the land goes far longer than its conquest by Muslims and is independent of religion as the Canaanites preceded Muslims, Christians and Jews. I read it as a way to unite Jewish, Christian and Muslim Palestinians in a common history, not one aimimg at excluding one group. If I exclude the descendants Jewish immigrants from Turkey, I should equally exclude descendants of the Crusaders and descendants of Salah el Deen. Who will be left?

    While we prefer to not see it that way, but we, non-native Canadians are a few generations removed from the white “settlers” in Canada. We have no historical claim on the land but our descendants will definitely have that claim.

    An inclusive solution is the only one that makes sense.

  5. Chris says:

    I agree TA. If your read my post carefully, you will note that I did not exclude any creed.
    Also, Christianity did not start with Crusaders. Likewise, Islam did not start with the Kurdish leader Salaheddine. Jesus was born in Palestine and Mohammad ascended to heaven way before Salaheddine liberated Jerusalem.

  6. Bruna Hamsik says:

    This is a great post and may be one that can be followed up to see what the results are

    A friend sent this link the other day and I will be eagerly anticipating your next content. Carry on on the tremendous work.

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