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A Guide to the Palestinian Lexicon

Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas (Photo: US State Dept)

Those who stand for Israel are often surprised when Palestinians refer to cities such as Jaffa, Haifa, or Lod as "Palestinian" or "occupied." But Gatestone Institute's ever-insightful Khaled Abu Toameh explains that Palestinian lexicon and rhetoric - different when presented in Arabic to Palestinians than what is presented to the rest of the world - shows that the Palestinian leadership and their people continue to deny Israel's right to exist:

What do you do if you do not like Israel, but have only one outlet for that dislike: expressing it in rhetoric and print?

Well, if you are a Palestinian, you can always come up with your own terminology -- one that sheds negative light on Israel and anything that is associated with it. This is precisely the tack Palestinians have taken over the past few decades, inventing their own terms and phrases when talking about Israel.

George Orwell, of course, saw through this behavior. For him, "language can also corrupt thought." The anti-Israel sentiments, delivered for decades by Palestinians, not only corrupt thought, but also incite people against Israel, by creating incendiary situations that are designed to burst into flames.

To be clear: this is not the familiar incitement in the Palestinian media that is discussed in international forums.

This is a different color. This incitement demonizes Israel and Jews. In this narrative, Israel is evil, as well as alien to the Middle East...

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