Palestinians attack Gingrich comment on 'invented' people
December 10th, 2011
09:30 AM ET
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Palestinians attack Gingrich comment on 'invented' people

(CNN) - Senior Palestinian leaders on Saturday strongly criticized comments by Republican presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich that the Palestinians are an "invented" people, calling them ignorant and racist.

Top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said the Gingrich remark was "the most racist statement I've ever seen."


Filed under: Israel • Newt Gingrich • Palestinian Authority
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  1. Charlie in Maine

    I don't get it. He is the smartest person running on the GOP side (in the land the blind the one eyed man is king). If he is the smartest and he wants to be President then why does he say things that will drive away his base? I wouldn't vote for any of this bunch, but for cryin out loud for a smart guy he says some dumb stuff.

    December 10, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |

    It is alarming to see the ignorant comments posted by those who claim that Newt Gingrich doesn't know what he is talking about. Many of you need to take a history course or look into the history of the Palestinian people yourselves and quit listening to and relying on liberal media sources for all of your information. You can even find horrifying scenarios on youtube of people of Palestinian and Arabian descent that have held political positions in that area who will back up Newt's perspective. It is duly noted that Gingrich may not have made his opinion known in the most tasteful way possible but it is high time that Americans quit trying to be politically correct and avoiding the truth.

    December 10, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. AlaskaPalin

    Agree with gingrich! The 'promise land' belongs to israel. If all do not belong to Israel, then Israel cannot claim any of the land. If palestinians were a people of the land for thousand of years, then who were their leaders before egyptian born arafat? For thousands of years Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel its time america recognize this by moving its embassy there. Zionists fight only for(1) what for thousands of years have been the borders of Israel (2) that there will never be another holocaust on the Jews. They do not seek the conquest of other countries. Arabs (palestinians) are occupying Israels land. The jihadists terrorize the world so that in fear the world might side with them against Israel. The two state solution will not work. Who are we to decide to divide the 'promise land' or take parts of it from Israel. In this there is the religious aspect at play. The secular may try to ignore it but that's the reality. Not a grain of Israels sand for those arabs (palestinians).

    December 10, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    This is not leadership, suppose if he become president how he will start the Middle East peace

    December 10, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. jean2009 what altered universe does this moron live?

    Invented is people from central Europe, Russia, and the United States thinking God promised them land in the middle-east. Suggested reading: "Myth of A Jewish Nation Invented A Century Ago" by Jonathan A. Cook- 4-14-09.

    Under current International Law nomadic people have rights to their land.

    "If I were an Arab leader, I would never sign an agreement with Israel. It is normal we have taken their country." David Ben Gurion. The fact that he included God promised it to the Jewish people carries about as much weight as Herman Cain saying God told him to run for President. Both claims lack proof.

    December 10, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. Ray E. (Georgia)

    It seems the Palistanins were a people without a home and somehow they were put in the place they are now. It seems evertime Iseral wants to make peace with them and do the right thing everything sut blows up. I gurss it is Hamas that rejects any peace and wants the Jews out of the country. So, Newt's Statement of which is basically correct.

    So, YOU BETTER WATCH OUT, YOU BETTER NOT CRY, YOU BETTER NOT POUT, I'M TELLING YOU WHY,,because the Grinch, Newt is coming to town. But you will like it when you get a job!

    December 10, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. gg

    reminds me of another little big mouth in 1930 germany

    December 10, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. AlaskaPalin

    Many persons are saying Israel was not a state before 1948. They ignore the thousand of years of Israels history; the Jewish history and the fact that the land was all ways known as the 'Promise Land'- the home land of the Jews. The declaration has all kind of historical; religious and political intrigue involved. If the palestinians were there first why was there not a palestinian state declared or why declare a state of Israel and who were the palestinian leaders before Egyptian born arafat of the 1960s? Why did not palestinians seek this then, if they felt they had a legitimate claim to the land. What about the colonial aspect that caused the declaration? Before the un how was a state or nation decided. There is that religious aspect that both Jews and arabs recognize but some will like to ignore.

    December 10, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. B

    This is a classic example of why we can not allow a radical Lose Cannon like Gingrich to get anywhere near the White House !

    This guy is a known disaster looking for a place to happen. He would finish what the Moron Bush started, the destruction of this country as we know it.

    December 10, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. Fayse

    Gingrich envisions himself to be a wordsmith and to be the smartest person in the World. Every time he opens his mouth he reveals that most of his "big" words are gibberish. Fine for him if pepetuates that false image and make money on his book deals but, for him to be in the White House would be a disastor. The man is dangerous and mentally unstable.

    December 10, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Mr Schultz

    Our powers to be took a oath, READ IT! because none of them are following their oath I say can all their butts. ALL OF THEM. One minute they say use common since, then they all do something real stupid. They dont care about us pee-on tax payers If the powers to be did care they wouldnt let the american tax payer take the blunt of things. I am tired of the corruption in Washington DC.Have a nice Christmas, since the lobbiest are paying for it!

    December 10, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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