Much gratitude is owed to Anonymous for rebuking tiresome canards that have surrounded Palestinian claims by stating the truth, namely,
"No Palestinian state has ever existed, and so, no Palestinian people
has ever been robbed of its land. There is no language or dialect known
as Palestinian; there is no Palestinian culture distinct from that of
surrounding Arab ones; and there has never been a land known as
Palestine governed by Palestinians at any time in history. For these
reasons, Palestinians have been driven to fabricate a past by denying
and expropriating that of Jews and Israel."
Hardly a more noxious example of a skewed and false analogy could be posited than that between Palestinians and American Indians, notwithstanding the comments of my hero Russell Means. Palestinian writer, Khaled Barakat's claim of empathy is not unwelcome; however, the gist of and probable motive for Palestinian in Solidarity With Idle No More is a resumption of typical PLO propaganda ploys of the 1970s: attempting to co-opt the American Indian Movement (AIM) for self-serving purposes and elusive respectability. Borrowing from Barakat's own observation, the present Palestinian glomming onto First Nations's Idle No More, which issued no urgent call for help from such quarters, he's co-opting "one of the most effective colonialist strategies – divide and conquer" and attempting to add another canard--that of "common interests" and "joint" struggle. No such thing.