Palestinian Authority presidential advisor Mahmoud Al-Habbash said that Theodor Herzl devised a plan to depopulate Palestine in order to create a "land with no people." He made these remarks in an interview that aired on official Palestine TV on March 17, 2021. Al-Habbash said that Herzl planned to exterminate the Palestinian people by sending them to Africa to be devoured by wild beasts, so Jews from the whole world could be brought to Palestine. Habbash added that the Jews had no connection to Palestine or the Semite race.
Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "When Theodor Herzl, the so-called 'father of political Zionism,' visited Palestine at the beginning of the 20th century, and saw that Palestine is inhabited, teeming with life, and brimming with a culture that has strong historical roots, he said: 'Where will we establish our projected [state]? We must turn Palestine into a land with no people, by depopulating it.'
"He used very racist terms. He said: 'We must exterminate them. We must throw them in the deserts or in the jungles of Africa, and let wild beast devour them.' The purpose was to depopulate Palestine, and bring in the Jews from all over the world...The Jews have no connection to the [Middle] East, to Palestine, or to the Semite race.
"What is going on [in Palestine] is a genocide – in the slow and relatively non-militant sense, even though there is a military aspect to this, because Israel is hiding behind its tyrannical military force in an attempt to implement its political designs. There is forced displacement, extermination, and ethnic cleansing.
"It is not the Jews who are using the U.S., the U.S. administrations, and the colonial interests of the Americans and the Europeans for the sake of Israel. It is the other way around – [Western] colonialism brought Israel into being. Israel is a colonial fact and a colonial idea. Colonialism created Israel in the heart of the Arab region to serve its colonial interests.
"If the Jews, the Israelis, and the Zionists kept silent about their religious claims, the real forefathers of the Zionist enterprise would have set them in motion. These forefathers are in the U.S. administrations and in the American deep state, and they are using Israel for their own interests."