Councilman Points Out Truth About Mythical 'Palestine,' Sanctioned For It

It's true. While there are Arabs who now identify as Palestinian, even the word "Palestine" doesn't have Arab roots. Indeed, there was never a "Palestine" and the call for a Palestinian country is often paired with a call to eliminate the only Jewish state in the world, Israel.

From the Daily News:
A Brooklyn city councilman could be booted from the immigration committee after tweeting that “Palestine does not exist” — but he refused to heed calls to apologize for the comment.

“Nope,” Councilman Kalman Yeger said when asked if he’d apologize. “For what?”

Yeger tweeted on Wednesday that “Palestine does not exist,” sparking outrage from activists and eventual condemnation from elected officials who said the remark was unhelpful in moving toward a two-state solution in the Middle East.

“He should definitely apologize, and I very vigorously condemned his comments in no uncertain terms, they have no place in New York City,” Council Speaker Corey Johnson said, adding that the city celebrates both its Jewish and Palestinian communities and that Yeger’s remarks were “dehumanizing.”

“They are comments that create some sort of erasure of the Palestinian experience and I find those totally unacceptable,” Johnson said.

But Yeger did not apologize — though he insisted his comments were not about the Palestinian people.

“My point was never about people. My point was about a location. A geographic reality and an international legal reality, a fact. There is no state by that name. There is no place by that name. That’s a fact. I didn’t make it up, I didn’t invent it, that’s official U.S. policy, that’s the policy of many, many nations around the world,” Yeger said.

The comments have led some to call for Yeger to be removed from the Council’s committee on immigration — which both Johnson and the committee’s chair, Councilman Carlos Menchaca, said was under consideration….

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