A Palestinian university lecturer taught during a recent Palestinian Authority TV program on religion that Moses, a Muslim, brought “the Muslims of the Children of Israel out of Egypt.” He refers to the subsequent Israeli conquest of the Land of Israel as the “first Palestinian liberation… of Palestine.” This conquest, he taught, was led not by Joshua, as the Bible tells, but by Saul (Talut) who is also said to have slayed Goliath.
Moses from the Bible lived about 1600 years before the Muslim religion started. There is a boldness to the upcoming Passover is where the world’s Jews celebrate the Exodus from Egypt and the return to their country of Israel, the story to be reinterpreted on the Palestinians.
In fact says Dr. Omar Ja’ara that the whole history is wrong and his thinking is the true history. Jews and Christians are in his world history-deniers. He interprets the passages from the Koran that speak positively about the Jewish people to the Palestinians. The negative ones, he will probably leave for the Jews. If that a teacher at the university says, what must be in the minds of the Palestinians?
The following is the interview with Dr. Omar Ja’ara, lecturer at Al-Najah University in Nablus and specialist in Israeli affairs, on PA TV religion program:
“We must make clear to the world that David in the Hebrew Bible is not connected to David in the Quran, Solomon in the Hebrew Bible is not connected to Solomon in the Quran, and neither is Saul or Joshua son of Nun [of the Bible].
We have a great leader, Saul, [in the Quran] who defeated the nation of giants and killed Goliath. This is a great Muslim victory. The Muslims of the Children of Israel went out of Egypt under the leadership of Moses, and unfortunately, many researchers deny the Exodus of those oppressed people who were liberated by a great leader, like Moses the Muslim, the believing leader, the great Muslim, who was succeeded by Saul, the leader of these Muslims in liberating Palestine.
This was the first Palestinian liberation through armed struggle to liberate Palestine from the nation of giants led by Goliath. This is our logic and this is our culture.” [PA TV (Fatah), Feb. 15, 2012]