Why do the “Palestinians” Seem so Stupid?

Why do the “Palestinians” Seem so Stupid?

© David Burton 2010

Palestinian Stupidity

     The so-called “Palestinians” have to be the most stupid people on the face of this earth. For more than 60 years they’ve allowed themselves to be dispossessed, induced to commit suicide, kept in abject poverty, robbed and kept from founding their own state. Who has done this to them? It is not the perpetual object of their hatred and anger, the Jews or the Israelis. Instead, it is their Arab and Muslim brothers. Yet, they persist in spewing out their venom and hatred on Jews and the State of Israel instead of the true perpetrators of the many unspeakable acts of violence committed against them by their Arab and Muslim co-religionists and so-called brethren.

     Let’s consider the facts. In 1948, the United Nations partitioned the Holy Land, permitting the founding of the State of Israel and granting the Palestinians their own homeland. Although a bitter pill to swallow, Israel accepted the partition, i.e., in 1948 Israel agreed to the founding of a Palestinian State in the former British Mandate. What did the Palestinian’s Arab brothers do? They told the Palestinians not to accept the U.N. partition; that they, the surrounding Arab countries, would drive the Jews into the Mediterranean Sea and then the Palestinians would have not just the part of Palestine offered to them by the U.N. but instead they would have all of Palestine.

     Well, as we all know, the Arabs failed to destroy the fledging State of Israel. What the Arab countries did was to occupy part of Palestine, including the Gaza Strip and what is now called the West Bank, including part of Jerusalem. From 1948 until 1967, Jordan and Egypt occupied and controlled the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Did these Arab brethren establish a Palestinian State? Absolutely not! They occupied these “territories.” For nearly 20 years the “territories” were occupied and controlled by Arabs. Never, over this 20 year span of time, was the establishment of a Palestinian state undertaken by the Palestinians’ brothers and co-religionists. What did the other Arab and Muslim countries do for the Palestinians? They did nothing. From its inception to this day, Israel takes in any Jew from anywhere in the world and grants them immediate citizenship. To this day, no country in the Arab world, excepting Jordan, grants citizenship to Palestinian “refugees”. No Arab country will accept these “refugees”.

     From 1948 till 1967, what did the Arab countries do for their Palestinian brothers? The Palestinian “refugees” were kept in squalid refugee camps, fed a steady propaganda diet of hatred toward the Jews and Israel, and held in a continuous state of despair and frustration that was focused by their Arab occupiers toward the State of Israel. In contrast, under the “right of return”, Israel took in any and every Jew wanting to immigrate to Israel. Israel fed, housed, educated and absorbed these new arrivals. Arabs and Muslims that had remained in Israel after 1948 were given the full rights of Israeli Citizenship (except for the obligation of military service against their Arab brethren).

     The Palestinians have been induced to riot and murder by deliberate lies, falsehoods, rumors and innuendo. Consider the “Temple Mount Tunnel Episode.” The following summary of the tunnel incident is taken from an article written by Norman Podhretz in 2001. (Ref. 1) The tunnel incident and its consequences took place about three months after Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu was elected Israeli Prime Minister. In September of 1996, a new exit was opened to a tunnel in Jerusalem. Work on this tunnel had been proceeding for years with protestations from no one. However, the opening of the new tunnel exit now set off a Palestinian protest in Ramallah, which, at the time, was under the control of the Palestinian Authority (PA). The protest spread and escalated through the West Bank and Gaza. Palestinian rioters hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails and PA police joined in by firing on Israeli civilians and soldiers. Israeli soldiers fired back, first with rubber bullets and then with live ammunition. Some 73 people were killed and 1,500 injured (mostly Palestinians) by the time Yasser Arafat called for a halt to the violence. To Arafat, the numerical discrepancy between Palestinian and Israeli casualties was more a source of pride rather than of regret. A week earlier, he had told the Palestinian police that, “our blood is cheap for Jerusalem.” Later, Arafat was to admit that he had started the protests and riots over the tunnel in order to fight against, “the Judaization of Jerusalem.”

     The Palestinian Authority propaganda claimed that the Israelis intended that the tunnel undermine the foundations of the al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount. However, as the editor of the Biblical Archeology Review noted, “The tunnel is outside the Temple Mount. It threatens no religious sites. The al-Aqsa mosque is at the other end of the Temple Mount, as far away as you can get.”

     The tunnel incident again points to the gullibility, if not pure stupidity, of the Palestinians in allowing themselves to be goaded into violent protests and riots that led to their deaths and injuries by a deliberate falsehood without any apparent attempt on their part to ascertain the validity of the rumors and lies being spread among them.

     Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza seem to always be intent in wallowing in their stupidity and continuing their state of misery. “Do you know that these Palestinians have killed more Palestinians than were killed in Israel in the wars these . . . Arabs have waged against the Jews?” Did you know that “The Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza enjoyed more freedom and a higher standard of living under the Israeli rule than under their present masters, be it the Fatah-led PLO-Palestinian Authority or Hamas.” (Ref. 2)

     Did you know that prior to Israel regaining possession of Judea and Samaria (now referred to as the West Bank) and Gaza during the Six-Day War of 1967, “Life expectancy {of the Arabs living there} was low, malnutrition, infectious diseases and child mortality were rife; and the level of education was very poor. Prior to the 1967 war, fewer than 60 percent of all male adults had been employed . . . {However,} During the 1970s, The West Bank and Gaza constituted the fastest-growing economy in the world . . . with per capita GDP expanding tenfold between 1968 and 1991 . . . Life expectancy rose from 48 years in 1967 to 72 in 2000 . . . By 1986 {after just 9 years of Israeli control} 92.8 percent of the population . . . had electricity around the clock, as compared to 20.5 percent in 1967.” {after nearly 20 years of rule under their Arab brothers, Jordan and Egypt} Similar advances occurred in hygiene, healthcare, child mortality, immunizations, and communications, which all rose to levels equal to or better than other Middle East countries. “The number of school children . . . grew by 102 percent . .. Even more dramatic was the progress in higher education.” In 1967, there were no universities in the West Bank and Gaza. “By the early 1990s, there were seven {universities} boasting some 16,500 students.” (Ref. 3)

     "As much as those who blame everything on occupation will resent it, the fact is that Israeli occupation of the economically backward West Bank and Gaza stimulated exceptional growth. It not only quintupled the Arab standard of living but created many beneficial social changes, better health and education and especially a phenomenal rise in the status of women, children and the lowliest workers." (Ref. 4)

     “This remarkable growth rate began to decline, however, with the ascendancy of the PLO after the 1993 Oslo Accords. No wonder some Arabs in the ‘West Bank’ implore Israel not to establish a Palestinian state!” (Ref. 2) Are the Arabs in Gaza better off today under the brutal thumb of Hamas than they were when Israel controlled the Gaza Strip? Again I ask, why do the Palestinians seem so stupid?

     The world and the Palestinian people have been duped and lied to ever since the State of Israel was born in 1948. In 2002, the world was lied to again, this time by the Palestinian Liberation Organization, the PLO. The PLO declared that Israeli troops had committed a massacre of civilians in the town of Jenin in the West Bank. After investigating the facts, the United Nations (UN) rightly concluded that no massacre had occurred and that most of the 50 plus dead were not innocent civilians, but armed Arabs who were killed when they resisted the Israeli Defense Force, the IDF.

     In 2010, Palestinians rioted after Jews rebuilt the Hurva Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. The Hurva synagogue was first built or partially built in 1694 by Jews escaping Eastern Europe, on land purchased from the Ottoman rulers. Early in 2010, Israel completed the rebuilding of the Hurva Synagogue that was destroyed by Jordanian troops that occupied the Old City of Jerusalem after Israel’s war of independence in 1948.

     “Hatem Abdel Qader, Jerusalem Affair`s Director for Fatah, the Palestinian group/faction ruling the West Bank, called it {the rebuilding of the Hurva Synagogue} ‘a prelude to violence and religious fanaticism and extremism’ and an unacceptable ‘provocation’.”
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     “Khaled Meshal, the exiled leader of Hamas, the Palestinian faction in charge of the Gaza strip, from exile in Syria, called it a pretext for the ‘destruction of the Al Aska Mosque, and the building of the (Jewish) temple that could not be tolerated’."
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     “The Organization of the Islamic Conference, as quoted in a Dubai newspaper, went further, with spokesperson Ekmeleddin calling this a provocation that is ‘dragging the region into religious war’ by building on land that is a ‘waqf’ (an Islamic trust area).”
(Ref. 5)

     Palestinian Arabs were stupid enough to buy into these outright lies and propaganda. Consequently riots broke out but were quickly put down by Israeli authorities.

     Palestinians are not the only Muslims and Arabs that appear to have little or no common sense and will believe just about any stupidity that is told to them by a fellow Muslim. Many of their co-religionists throughout the world appear to also be operating with less than a full deck of cards. They allow themselves to be misled, lied to, and in other ways thoroughly duped. Consider the following article that appeared on 28 March, 2005 in the Boston Herald:

     Preachers fan fears of vaccine in Nigeria

     KANO, Nigeria – Accusations by Islamic preachers that vaccines are part of an American anti-Islamic plot are threatening efforts to combat a measles epidemic that has killed hundreds of Nigerian children, health workers say.

     Government officials play down the anti-vaccine sentiment, but all the measles deaths have been in Nigeria’s north, where authorities had to suspend polio immunizations last year after hard-line clerics fanned similar fears of the vaccine.

     These Moslems have allowed their children to be infected and to die of diseases that have been defeated in all other parts of the world because they have listened to the lies and distortions of their hate-filled Islamic religious leaders. Why do they, like their Palestinian brethren, seem to be so stupid?


  1. Intifada II: Death of an Illusion?, Norman Podhoretz, ,The Mideast Peace Process; edited by Neal Kozodoy, Encounter Books, pgs 94-97, 2002.
  2. The ‘Poor, Innocent Palestinians, Prof. Paul Eidelberg, The Jewish Press, Page M40, 2 July 2010.
  3. The Israel Test, George Gilder, Pgs 49-50, as reported in The ‘Poor, Innocent Palestinians, Prof. Paul Eidelberg, The Jewish Press, Page M40, 2 July 2010.
  4. How to inflame the conflict, Daniel Doron, Magazine section of the English Edition of the Jerusalem Post, Page 14, 26 February 2010.
  5. Controversial Synagogue Reopens in Jerusalem's Old City, Geoff Dean, The SOP; http://thesop.org/story/world/2010/03/17/controversial-synagogue-reopens-in-jerusalems-old-city.php, 17 March 2010.

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