“I personally offer to host Mr. Gingrich,” Ashrawi said in a statement.
In an interview Friday with the Jewish Channel, Gingrich said Palestinians were an “invented” people “who are in fact Arabs.” On Saturday, he added: “These people are terrorists.”
Ashrawi invited the presidential hopeful “to re-learn his history and come to Palestine to see for himself, not only the suffering the Palestinian people face on a daily basis due to the Israeli military occupation, but also to experience the rich culture and history of the Palestinian people”
She added: “it is unbelievable that Mr. Gingrich, who studied history at two outstanding American universities and even taught history, could make such a misguided comment, solely for the sake of political pandering.”
She noted that Gingrich labeled Palestinians as terrorists “on the same day that we mourned the loss of a young Palestinian peacefully protesting the military occupation of his land.”
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad also urged Gingrich to open a history book.
“Even the most extremist settlers of Israel wouldn’t talk in such a ridiculous way,” Fayyad told reporters on Saturday.
Such remarks would be better suited for a politician adhering to “a Nazi ideology, a source of suffering for humanity, and the Jews topped the list of victims” of that ideology, he added.