Sha'i Ben Tekoa, author of Phantom Nation: Inventing the "Palestinians" as the Obstacle to Peace, deserved credit, he opened his session I attended a few months ago by asking the university students in attendance how many had taken a course in "Palestinian History." Of course, no hands went up.
Here's the basic curriculum for the Palestinian History Course, which is probably the easiest course offered, if offered any place:
- date established
- early leaders, king, emperor, president, prime minister...
- capital city/cities
- major cities
- borders, old maps
- summarize its rise and fall
- Please answer: Why wasn't there a rebellion against the Hashemite invaders/occupiers in 1948-1967?
What is the impetus to the rise of "Palestine" as cause célèbre since 1967?