The Palestinian Newspaper Fact Check

Yisrael Medad,

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Yisrael Medad
I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970. I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh. I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and was Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center. I am now Deputy Editor of the critical edition in anthology of Jabotinsky's writing in English.

This quotation

For Masri, Rawabi has become part of history — "the first Palestinian city to be established in thousands of years" 

is excerpted from an Haaretz story on Rawabi written by Mohammed Daraghmeh.

Daraghem also has this Jewish population figure:

Under interim accords reached two decades ago, the Palestinian government now rules about a third of the territory. The rest remains under Israeli control, and home to some 370,000 Jewish settlers.

Fact check reveals:

a. "Palestinian" is a term that should belong to anyone living in "Palestine".

Jews also live in "Palestine" (let's ignore for a moment if "Palestine" actually exists).

b. In that case, Jews have built dozens of cities.

c. Even if we accept that "Palestinian" only refers to Arabs, "Palestine" has not existed for thousands of years.

d. Almost one-half million, i.e., 500,000, Jews live in the area.  

e. If one accepts that Jerusalem's new neighborhoods are also in "Palestine", add another 210,000 Jews.

Haaretz, or Ha-Ha-Haaretz, is such a Palestinian newspaper.