Get the facts right on Palestinians
Published 09/02/2011 | 05:00
DESMOND FitzGerald (Letters February 8) is absolutely correct in his answer to Gemma Hensey (Letters, February 7), that "facts have never been a strong point for the Palestinian lobby (and she) is deluding herself if she thinks all their problems can be blamed on Israel".
While their supporters would no doubt dispute his claim that "there is in fact already a Palestinian state and it's called Jordan", it is their failure to realise that most of their ancestors are immigrants from Syria, Egypt and Transjordan over the past 150 years or so.
The family name Masri, which means Egyptian, is still very common among Palestinian Arabs.