Palestinian Heritage? It’s invented.

Hatshepsut, who has a DYNAMO blog over at http://hatshepsut.blogdrive.com/, wrote the following:

“I simply had to point out this website I happened to run into today: Palestine Heritage Foundation. Here they even have “traditional costumes” (http://www.palestineheritage.org/Palestine%20CA.gif).

This reminds me of what we who study anthropology call The Invention of Tradition.

“Many practices which are considered traditional are in fact quite recent inventions, often deliberately constructed to serve particular ideological ends.”

I challenge readers to give me solid evidence proving a “palestinian heritage”. Historical facts will prevent it.”

Great post, Hatshepsut.