Palestinians tell Gingrich to learn history after ‘invented people’ claim

Here is a story about Newt the historian. The article Palestinians tell Gingrich to learn history after ‘invented people’ claim is my excuse to comment on this issue.

In the article, Newt Gingrich is quoted as saying, “I think we have an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs and historically part of the Arab community and they had the chance to go many places.”

I have had this discussion with my Jewish relatives and friends a number of times.

I try to put them in a different frame of mind by trying to reduce this argument to something more personal.

Suppose a refugee, who had suffered great calamities in their life and had been dispossessed of their home, came to you and said, “I need to live in your house.  I don’t want to hear any complaints because you have the choice to live in many other places.  I’ll even offer you some money to sell the place to me.  On top of that, I will remodel and make this place a nicer place to live than you have. Now get out and shut up.”

There is no right answer for playing this suppose game. If you carry out this exercise truthfully, you might find yourself having a conversation with yourself about the merits of both sides of the argument.

We can lose our moral compass when we only talk about this group of people versus that group of people.  I hope that we can regain our sense of direction when we can remember that groups are made up of individual people.

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