who/what really is Palestine?

where did they come from. How did they occupy the debated middle east? who arrived the land originally? what is your source of information? TV? grandpa? news from the library pls no Wikipedia responses or links.


do they really have a common heritage? or are they a bunch of people like america, just poorer, and so the rest of the world has to accomodate them...or do they need to trace their history and move to their homeland, be it egypt or iran or syria et al

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Palestine has never existed . . . as an autonomous entity. There is no language known as Palestinian. There is no distinct Palestinian culture. There has never been a land known as Palestine governed by Palestinians. Palestinians are Arabs, indistinguishable from Jordanians (another recent invention), Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, etc.

    The word itself derives from "Peleshet", a name that appears frequently in the Bible and has come into English as "Philistine". Philistines was migrant people from the Aegean Sea and the Greek Islands who settled on the southern coast of the land of Canaan. There they established five independent city-states (including Gaza) on a narrow strip of land known as Philistia. The Greeks and Romans called it "Palastina".

    The Philistines were not Arabs, they were not Semites. They had no connection, ethnic, linguistic or historical with Arabia or Arabs. The name "Falastin" that Arabs today use for "Palestine" is not an Arabic name. It is the Arab pronunciation of the Greco-Roman "Palastina" derived from the Peleshet.

    In the First Century CE, the Romans crushed the independent kingdom of Judea. After the failed rebellion of Bar Kokhba in the Second Century CE, the Roman Emperor Hadrian determined to wipe out the identity of Israel-Judah-Judea. Therefore, he took the name Palastina and imposed it on all the Land of Israel. At the same time, he changed the name of Jerusalem to Aelia Capitolina.

    After the Roman conquest of Judea, "Palastina" became a province of the pagan Roman Empire and then of the Christian Byzantine Empire, and very briefly of the Zoroastrian Persian Empire. In 638 CE, an Arab-Muslim Caliph took Palastina away from the Byzantine Empire and made it part of an Arab-Muslim Empire. The Arabs, who had no name of their own for this region, adopted the Greco-Roman name Palastina, that they pronounced "Falastin".

    During the First World War, the British took Palestine from the Ottoman Turks. At the end of the war, the Ottoman Empire collapsed and among its subject provinces "Palestine" was assigned to the British, to govern temporarily as a mandate from the League of Nations.

    The Balfour Declaration of 1917, confirmed by the League of Nations Mandate, commited the British Government to the principle that "His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a Jewish National Home, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object. . . . " It was specified both that this area be open to "close Jewish settlement" and that the rights of all inhabitants already in the country be preserved and protected.

    During the period of the Mandate, it was the Jewish population that was known as "Palestinians" including those who served in the British Army in World War II.

    The current myth is that these Arabs were long established in Palestine, until the Jews came and "displaced" them. The fact is, that recent Arab immigration into Palestine "displaced" the Jews. That the massive increase in Arab population was very recent is attested by the ruling of the United Nations: That any Arab who had lived in Palestine for two years and then left in 1948 qualifies as a "Palestinian refugees".

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  • 6 years ago

    Palestine is a country and will be a country again soon the palestinians do have a language witch is Arabic obviously like the rest of the Middle East there culture differs

  • 1 decade ago

    Palestine was a terroritory, much like our Indian territories here in the US, never organized unto itself and never claimed by another country.

    Previous to Israel's declaring itself as a sovereign nation, there were approx 800k Jews living there compared to 700k Palestinians, The majority of Palestinians were nomads not interested in organizing. The Jews wanted a nation based upon their beliefs and separate from Islam.

    Palestine was/is a concept county - it has never existed, but of course, now they say it is must.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Perception is reality. Historical heritage or the proving of one's ancestry is not relevant. The international community recognizes the Palestinians as a singular and unique people (i.e., athletes competing under the Palestinian flag at last summer's Olympic games). This is something that we all must accept, no matter if we want to or not.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The name Palestine refers to a region of the eastern Mediterranean coast from the sea to the Jordan valley and from the southern Negev desert to the Galilee lake region in the north. The word itself derives from "Plesheth", a name that appears frequently in the Bible and has come into English as "Philistine". Plesheth, (root palash) was a general term meaning rolling or migratory. This referred to the Philistine's invasion and conquest of the coast from the sea. The Philistines were not Arabs nor even Semites, they were most closely related to the Greeks originating from Asia Minor and Greek localities. They did not speak Arabic. They had no connection, ethnic, linguistic or historical with Arabia or Arabs.

    The Philistines reached the southern coast of Israel in several waves. One group arrived in the pre-patriarchal period and settled south of Beersheba in Gerar where they came into conflict with Abraham, Isaac and Ishmael. Another group, coming from Crete after being repulsed from an attempted invasion of Egypt by Rameses III in 1194 BCE, seized the southern coastal area, where they founded five settlements (Gaza, Ascalon, Ashdod, Ekron and Gat). In the Persian and Greek periods, foreign settlers - chiefly from the Mediterranean islands - overran the Philistine districts.

    From the fifth century BC, following the historian Herodotus, Greeks called the eastern coast of the Mediterranean "the Philistine Syria" using the Greek language form of the name. In AD 135, after putting down the Bar Kochba revolt, the second major Jewish revolt against Rome, the Emperor Hadrian wanted to blot out the name of the Roman "Provincia Judaea" and so renamed it "Provincia Syria Palaestina", the Latin version of the Greek name and the first use of the name as an administrative unit. The name "Provincia Syria Palaestina" was later shortened to Palaestina, from which the modern, anglicized "Palestine" is derived.

    This remained the situation until the end of the fourth century, when in the wake of a general imperial reorganization Palestine became three Palestines: First, Second, and Third. This configuration is believed to have persisted into the seventh century, the time of the Persian and Muslim conquests.

  • 1 decade ago

    Palestine is what they call now Israel, or should i say starting 70 years ago, when the Palestinians were forced out of their lands by the arriving jews from all around the world with the help of Britain and the US.

    Source(s): ALL who didn't kiss Britain and America's ass to occupy this land.
  • 4 years ago

    while grew to become into it based and via whom? never based What have been its borders? Partined via British to form Gaza and Western economic business enterprise territory What grew to become into its capital? East Jerusalem (self proclaimed)? What have been its important cities? i don't comprehend Nablus, Gaza city, factors of Jerusalem? What constituted the inspiration of its economic gadget? Welfare Transfers What grew to become into its type of government? ruled via Islam regulation and different neighboring Arab worldwide places are you able to call a minimum of one Palestinian chief earlier Arafat? nope grew to become into Palestine ever known via a rustic whose life, at that element or now, leaves no room for interpretation? Defintly no longer. What grew to become into the language of the rustic of Palestine? Arabic What grew to become into the final faith of the rustic of Palestine? Islam What grew to become into the call of its forex? elect any date in background and tell what grew to become into the approximate replace value of the Palestinian economic unit against the U. S. dollar, German mark, GB pound, eastern yen, or chinese language yuan on that date. A:Didnt have its very own forex, in all probability traded Pouds, Liras And, finally, considering that there is not any such usa at present, what led to its death and while did it happen? asked-And-responded, not sure what you recommend via death. How come earlier 1967 Arabs have been indignant in case you spoke of as the a Palestinian? Why to them "Palestinian" meant "a Jew"? the finished region grew to become into spoke of as Palestine because of the fact the Roman cases, it somewhat is in straight forward terms in the near previous that Palestinians observed the call to themselves to have historic benefit.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    After all said and done , all we can say if Israel has the right to exist so do the native people of Palestine. No more of the same reform is coming to the world. Go Obama

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The southern province of Assyria.

  • John E
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Palestine is an ancient Greek-Phoenecian harbor thousands of years before the first sign of the Jews my friend.

    The Greek Philosopher-Historian Herodotus, gives so many details about the area at least one thousand years before the Hebrew tribe.

    It is written in his book.

    You can actually get a translated copy through amazon.com

    I highly recommend it to you my friend



    And, Yes! there were nomadic Arab people that got mixed with the Greeks and the Phoenician people.

    Hence the large number of Christians among the Palestinians of our day.

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