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Palestinians dismayed by Gingrich remarks

In an interview, candidate refers to ‘invented’ people

JERUSALEM - A slew of Palestinian officials reacted with dismay yesterday to Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich’s statement that the Palestinians are an “invented’’ people.

The Jewish Channel, a US cable TV network, released excerpts of the interview on Friday in which the former House speaker said Palestinians were not a people because they never had a state and because they were part of the Ottoman Empire before the British mandate and Israel’s creation.

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