Islam and the West; Islam in History, by Bernard Lewis
“The creation of Israel in 1948 affected the territory of five Middle Eastern nations—Palestine, Libya, Jordan, Egypt, and Syria. Israel became the source of terrorist opposition that radiated out from the Middle East.”
So reads a new textbook, Civilization and the West, published by the prestigious firm of Harper-Collins, written in the spirit of multiculturalism and diversity, and riddled with error. Seeking to explain the causes of Middle East terrorism, the authors discover them not in Arab opposition to Israel but in Israel itself; they invent a national entity—Palestine—complete with “territory,” where no such entity existed in 1948; they write “Libya” where they clearly mean Lebanon; and they seem quite unaware that Jordan and Egypt gained territory in 1948, while the Syrian and Lebanese frontiers were little changed.
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