The true history of the country of Palestine

Dome of the Rock. Built in Jerusalem in 691AD
Dome of the Rock. Built in Jerusalem in 691AD

The state of Israel is built on lies. These lies are perpetrated by their political leaders, incorporated into their school textbooks and repeated millions of times on the social media by their Hasbara propagandists. Most Israeli citizens and most Zionists in countries like America have no idea what the truth is.

Hasbara propaganda lies
Hasbara propaganda lies

One of the biggest lies is that the state of Israel was built out of a scrap of desert with just a few primitive “Arabs” wandering around. So they perpetrate a lie that Palestine was the invention of Yasser Arafat and the Palestine Liberation Organisation. Yet the real truth is that Palestine has existed as a discrete country for well over 2,000 years and there is plenty of evidence to prove this.

Palestine name 500BC 512

Firstly let’s deal with the lie that Palestinians are Arabs. They aren’t. Anyone who has traveled in the Middle East can tell you that. The Palestinians are a separate and very obvious race. Modern genetic sequencing has proven this. There are traces of Arab in some Palestinians from interbreeding, but the indisputable evidence is that Palestinians and Jews are the same people. It looks like the Palestinians are the Jews that stayed behind after the Jewish Roman wars (66-135 AD) and who eventually converted to Islam. Whist the rest of the Jews were scattered around the Roman Empire to form the diaspora.

For much of its history the country of Palestine has been conquered and has been a country within a bigger empire. Just as, say, Wales, is part of Great Britain. So Wales has the same head of state, the same currency and the same laws as England. Thus the country of Palestine was forced to adopt what their invaders forced on them. So there is no long list of kings or any of the other trappings of state. This is also true of many modern day countries, Malta and Estonia for instance, and nobody tries to deny that they are sovereign states.

Some really good documentary evidence we have of the country of Palestine are letters written by  Zenon, the  business manager of a minister to Ptolemy II  around 285 to 246 BC. This is very inconvenient indeed for modern day Zionist propagandists and is something they try and suppress in sources like Wikipedia.

Zoom forwards 350 years or so and we have the first map of the country of Palestine, made by Ptolemy around the year 100AD. Here is his World map:

Ptolemy World Map 512

And here is a transcription of his map of Palestine:

Palestine map Ptolemy AD 100 512

For many hundreds of years the country of Palestine was part of the Ottoman Empire, which ran from 1299 to 1923. But this did not stop maps being made of the country. Here is one from 1570:

Paqlestine map 1570 512

This one from 1574:

Palestine map 1574 512

This from 1612:

Palestine map 1612 512

From 1767:

Palestine map 1767 512

From 1876:

Palestine map 1876 512

And with a nice picture from 1889:

Palestine map 1889 512

It is not just maps, here is a book from 1755:

Palestine book 1755 512

Another part of the Zionist myth is that they arrived at empty desert. Here is a market in Jaffa in 1827:

Palestine Market, Jaffa 1827 512

The British Victorian painter David Roberts RA made an extensive tour of Palestine in the mid 1800s and produced many works showing what it was like, you can see some of them here.

In 1917 and 1918 Palestine was liberated from the Ottoman Empire by the British. The League of Nations then gave the British a Mandate (basically a management contract) over the country of Palestine in 1923. The newly liberated country celebrated by issuing its own money, its own passports and all the other documentation of a state. Even though ultimate authority lay with the British, so there was no Palestinian head of state.

Palestine mandate 512

Palestine coin 1933 512

Palestine money 512

Palestine passport. 512

Palestine Post newspaper 512

The next phase we all know. The Zionists arrived and engaged in terrorism on a huge scale. They massacred Palestinians on a regular basis and stole their land. The “lucky” Palestinians were ethnically cleansed, forced into exile and into concentration camps. The biggest disaster ever in the history of the Palestinian nation. It was utterly destroyed by the Zionists to create Israel:

Palestine map. Big

The world allowed this to happen because the Zionists control much of the world’s media and many Western governments. It is telling that many Western leaders couldn’t bring themselves to criticism the murder of over 500 Palestinian children in Gaza recently. It is only with the invention of the internet and social media that people can at long last see the truth.

 

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  1. Thank you for pointing out your very interesting article. I agree with you that the “promised Land” is a lie. It supposed to be promised by God. A good tale of which we cannot get an answer from God. USA supports Israel because it is a good place being in the Middle East. Israel has now confiscated 400 hectare from the West Bank; two days after they stopped bombing. They are planning to take further 980 hectares. Destroying all the villages and building their settlements. Surprise, surprise the USA criticised them.

    One thing is that in my history books where I got all the information is said that ancient Palestinians were there 100,000 BC. Whatsoever, it is totally wrong for Israel to kill and destroy Palestine. I also got my doubts about those three Israeli killed which started it all off. They gave any evidence which with the following massacre they should have justified themselves.

    Very interesting those maps

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    1. Bruce your article is very true logically, morally, religesly and historically is true. Those who cotridict you are the one who were fed Hertzil of Germany envition lies of that century and who closed mind never invistigate the truth and continue to follow Zionest propagande like a bunch of sheeps follow acdonkey to the pasture. They claim that God gave that land to them! Amazing reply,they need to check their brains before too late.

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  2. Extremely provocative article. My intuition thanks you.

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  3. When you say “Palestinians and Jews are the same people” you cannot be referring to the Ashkenaz European Jews, who make up over 85% of modern day Jewry, surely?!

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  4. So much nonsense ,this info is perfect for ignorant people who think palestine was a country ruled by “Palestinians” The news papers ,currency, Documents were all created by the British mandate ,Never by a Palestinian government ,The Philistines. The name was chosen to replace Judea, as a sign that Jewish sovereignty had been eradicated following the Jewish Revolts against Rome.The Philistines were a confederation of non-Semitic peoples coming from Crete, the Aegean Islands and Asia Minor, also known as “Sea Peoples”. The main tribes were Tzekelesh, Shardana, Akhaiusha, Danauna, Tzakara, Masa or Meshuesh, Uashesh, Teresh or Tursha, Keshesh or Karkisha, Lukka and Labu. The original homeland of the group that ruled the Philistine federation, namely the “Pelesati”, was the island of Crete.

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    1. Actually Judea (like Samaria or Galillee) was a division of Palestine in the south – when it lasted for a brief time in Palestine/Canaan 12000 year history. And Palestinian citizenship was given to the Jewish immigrants during the British Mandate. It doesnt matter what variant of name Palestine went under or who migrated there and intermarried/assimilated with the locals there is no negating the inhabitants and what you did by dispossessing the natives.

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    2. Palestine existed before ancient Israel, before Rome, before 1967, before Arafat.

      HISTORY OF PALESTINE 1150 BCE through 1500 CE

      This is an incomplete history, but does show a Palestinian history prior to the Kingdom of Israel and the Roman Empire, and that Palestine existed through history.

      BCE

      1150 BCE Land of “Peleset” referred to in numerous Egyptian heiroglyphics, refering to their neighbors during the 20th dynasty

      First mention was in the texts at the temple of Medinet Habu referring to the “Sea People during Ramsses III reign.

      800 BCE The Assyrians called them the Palashtu or Pilistu. There were references to them for over a century.

      5th century BCE- Herodotus wrote about Palaistine in The Histories^ In his work, Herodotus referred to the practice of male circumcision associated with the Hebrew people: “the Colchians, the Egyptians, and the Ethiopians, are the only nations who have practised circumcision from the earliest times. The Phoenicians and the Syrians of Palestine themselves confess that they learnt the custom of the Egyptians…. Now these are the only nations who use circumcision.” The History of Herodotus
      ^ Beloe, W., Rev., Herodotus, (tr. from Greek), with notes, Vol.II, London, 1821, p.269 “It should be remembered that Syria is always regarded by Herodotus as synonymous with Assyria. What the Greeks called Palestine the Arabs call Falastin, which is the Philistines of Scripture.”

      ^ Elyahu Green, Geographic names of places in Israel in Herodotos This is confirmed by George Rawlinson in the third book (Thalia) of The Histories where Palaestinian Syrians are part of the fifth tax district spanning the territory from Phoenicia to the borders of Egypt, but excludes the kingdom of Arabs who were exempt from tax for providing the Assyrian army with water on its march to Egypt. These people had a large city called Cadytis, identified as Jerusalem.

      4th century BCE Aristotle wrote about the Dead Sea in Palestine in his book, Meteorology,
      “Again if, as is fabled, there is a lake in Palestine, such that if you bind a man or beast and throw it in it floats and does not sink, this would bear out what we have said. They say that this lake is so bitter and salt that no fish live in it and that if you soak clothes in it and shake them it cleans them,” an obvious reference to the Dead Sea.

      Later writers such as Polemon, and Pausanias also used the term to refer to the same region. This usage was followed by Roman writers such as Ovid, Tibullus, Pomponius Mela, Pliny the Elder,[15] Statius, as well as Roman-era Greek writers such as Plutarch, Dio Chrysostom and Roman-era Judean writers such as Philo of Alexandria[16] and Josephus.

      135 CE After the Bar Kokhba Revolt, the Romans called it Syria Palaestina

      *In Hebrew, the name Palestine (פלשת) and the name Philistine (פלשתי) are pretty much the same, and Philistine literally means One Of Palestine. The Philistines are descendants of the Casluhim, who were sons of Mizraim, son of Ham, son of Noah (Genesis 10:14).
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      Peleshet (פלשת Pəlésheth)- usually translated as Philistia in English, is used in the Bible more than 250 times.

      In the Torah / Pentateuch the term is used 10 times and its boundaries are undefined. The later Historical books (see Deuteronomistic history) include most of the biblical references, almost 200 of which are in the Book of Judges and the Books of Samuel, where the term is used to denote the southern coastal region to the west of the ancient Kingdom of Judah.

      1500s

      As for the early population of Palestine, even the Jewish virtual library puts the Jewish population at less than 2% in 1517 ( http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Society_&_Culture/israel_palestine_pop.html )
      According to the founder of Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics Roberto Bachi there were :
      219 000 Muslims,
      11 000 Christians and
      only 2 000 Jews in the year 1690.
      So Muslims were the vast majority. Even by each Palestinian city, you can see that. In the middle of the 16th century for example Hebron had 749 Muslim taxable households to only 20 Jewish. Jerusalem had 7,287 Muslims and only 1,363 Jews. Nablus 806 Muslim households to only 15 Jewish. Safed had 1,121 Muslim households to 716 Jewish (Jewish community of Safed was just formed at that time of Jewish refugees from Spain).

      SHAKESPEARE

      there are also references to “Palestine” in Shakespeare. In Othello, Act 4, scene 3, “I know a lady in Venice would have walked bare-foot to Palestine for a touch of his nether lip”. In King John, Act 2, Scene 1, “fought Holy Wars in Palestine”. Othello was written between 1601 and 1604. King John Was written in 1594-1596.

      1600s

      “Palaestina ex monumentis veteribus illustrata” – a detailed geographical survey of Palestine in 1696 written in Latin by Adriaan Reland published by Willem Broedelet, Utrecht, in 1714.

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      1. Palestine -Past, Present, Future
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        Pt. 2 HISTORY OF PALESTINE 1800S TO PRE-1948
        1800s

        As early as 1882 Ben-Yehuda and Yehiel Michal Pines, Zionist pioneers in Palestine, talked about 500 000 Arabs living in Palestine.

        Ahad Ha’am, the founder of cultural Zionism, visited Palestine in 1891 and described it as Arab developed land. The founder of Israel David Ben Gorion, spoke about Arab farmers as descendants of ancient Hebrews. Michael Bar-Zohar, Ben-Gurion’s official biographer, said that Palestine was not an empty land, and the Jews were only a small minority of its population.

        ^ a b Robinson, Edward, Physical geography of the Holy Land, Crocker & Brewster, Boston, 1865, p.15. Robinson, writing in 1865 when travel by Europeans to the Ottoman Empire became common asserts that, “Palestine, or Palestina, now the most common name for the Holy Land, occurs three times in the English version of the Old Testament; and is there put for the Hebrew name פלשת, elsewhere rendered Philistia. As thus used, it refers strictly and only to the country of the Philistines, in the southwest corner of the land. So, too, in the Greek form, Παλαςτίνη), it is used by Josephus. But both Josephus and Philo apply the name to the whole land of the Hebrews ; and Greek and Roman writers employed it in the like extent.”
        ^ Studies in Hellenistic Judaism :Louis H. Feldman

        1900s
        Arthur Ruppin the founder of the Bit Shalom Kibbutz movement, said that in Palestine there were hardly any more arable unsettled lands, Israel Zangwill, another Zionist leader in 1900 said that the pashalik of Jerusalem is already twice as thickly populated as the United States, having fifty-two souls to the square mile, and not 25% of them Jews, …

        1910s
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Nablus_%281918%29

        American author and Professor of Political Science Alan Dowty put it best when he wrote, “Palestinians are the descendants of all the indigenous peoples who lived in Palestine over the centuries.” Moreover, studies suggest, that part, if not the majority of Arabs living in Palestine, descend from a core population that dates back thousands of years.
        I Traveled to Palestine-Israel and Discovered There Is No ‘Palestinian-Israeli Conflict’

        Filastin was a daily newspaper published from 1911-1967 in Palestine. Published from Jaffa, the principal publishers (who edited and owned the paper) were Issa El-Issa and his cousin Yousef El-Issa.[1] Both El-Issas were Greek Orthodox, opponents of British administration, and supporters of pan-Arab unity. The paper supported the Committee of Union and Progress, opposed Zionism, and promoted Palestinian nationalism.[2]

        **1919: Aref Al-Dajani President of the Palestine Arab Congress, (also president of the Jerusalem Christian-Muslim Society). Also part of the Executive Committee were Izzat Darwaza and Yusef al-‘Isa, editor of paper Falastin, the newspaper of Palestine. (So much for an invented people.)

        1920s

        **1920-1934: Musa al-Husayni, former mayor of Jerusalem was elected President of the Palestine Arab Congress. It had 36 delegates, including Sheik Suleiman al-Taji Al-Faruqi, Daoud Issa, and head of the Catholic community -Bullus Shehadeh. The congress was opened by Haifa’s mufti, Muhammad Murad.

        1921 Musa Kazem led a delegation from the executive committee to meet the British Colonial Secretary, Winston Churchill.

        1922- funds were raised by the 100 delegate Congress and Executive Committee by the selling of stamps that depicted the Dome of the Rock and said “Palestine for the Arabs” in English and Arabic. (again…usage of the national identity term “Palestine.”

        A Women’s Congress, attended by 200 women, was convened in 1929. Organisers included Wahida al-Khalidi (wife of Hussein al-Khalidi) and Amina al-Husayni (wife of Jamal al-Husayni). It was led by Salma al-Husayni, wife of Musa Kazim.

        1930s

        **1934, Christian executive vice-president Yacoub Farraj became acting president. The Palestine Arab Congress was eventually broken up by the British and other groups took its place in a splintered Palestine.

        April – Palestine Arab Party established.
        23 June – Reform Party (Palestine) established.

        **1935- 25 April – The Arab Higher Committee is established, on the initiative of the Mufti of Jerusalem Hajj Amin al-Husayni, to oppose British rule and Jewish claims in Palestine.

        **1936-1939 Palestine Arab Revolt for Independence against the British. Palestinian Arabs -Arab Higher Committee (until October 1937)
        Central Committee of National Jihad in Palestine (from October 1937) 1 in 10 Palestinian adults were murdered by the British and led to greater support for the Zionist immigration and division of Palestine. Palestine was lead by city leaders during this time. Each city had its own leader and coordinated attacks against the British.

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        From 1939-1948 Britain and Palestinians fought. Zionist immigration expands dramatically, most of the Kibbutzes are founded. thousands of Palestinians are murdered and most Palestinian villages are destroyed.

        Jewish women were pressured and used to spy and to curry favor with British soldiers during the mandate period. These women were later persecuted, ousted from Israeli society, kidnapped and murdered by Jewish extremist groups who didn’t know these women were forced into these relationships by those working for Israel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkUydwFWAVU

        “Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist. Not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahlal arose in the place of Mahlul; Kibbutz Gvat in the place of Jibta; Kibbutz Sarid in the place of Huneifis; and Kefar Yehushua in the place of Tal al-Shuman. There is not a single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population.”– David Ben Gurion, quoted in The Jewish Paradox, by Nahum Goldmann, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1978, p. 99″

        We will expel the Arabs and take their place. In each attack a decisive blow should be struck resulting in the destruction of homes and expulsion of the population.” David Ben Gurion, Letter to his son, 1937

        “We came here to a country that was populated by Arabs and we are building here a Hebrew, a Jewish state; instead of the Arab villages, Jewish villages were established. You even do not know the names of those villages, and I do not blame you because these villages no longer exist. There is not a single Jewish settlement that was not established in the place of a former Arab Village.” ¬ Moshe Dyan, March 19, 1969, speech at the Technion in Haifa, quoted in Ha’aretz, April 4, 1969.

        pre-1948 Palestine

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  5. Your post has some good points and not so good points.

    The “there is no such thing as Palestine” argument from more right-wing Zionists is, indeed, dumb, and repugnant as well. That being said, I’m not sure your contra-argument is all that great.

    After all, your map from the time of Ptolemy includes the term “Judea” (guess where “Jews” come from?) as well as Samaria (in today’s West Bank). The British coinage also includes Hebrew lettering and in parenthesis (Alef Yud =Eretz Yisrael = Land of Israel). And as far as I know, the Palestinian themselves did not issue any currency in celebration of their “liberation” from Ottoman rule (curious you call it that since the inhabitants of Palestine did not ask to be liberated from their Sultan and Caliph, and had absolutely no say in the matter whatsoever) — all the coinage was done by the British. And the “Palestine Post” you show us was actually a Zionist paper and the forerunner to today’s Jerusalem Post.

    It would be true to say that there has never been a sovereign, independent Palestinian State before in history. However, that fact doesn’t mean there isn’t a Palestinian People nor does it mean that there ought not, now or in the future, be a Palestinian State.

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    1. This may answer that:
      Jeopardy 16 January 2012:
      Judea for $1000:
      Question: Galilee, Samaria & Judea in the south were the 3 traditional divisions of this ancient area with a still-current name.
      Answer: What is Palestine!

      So they were merely divisions of Palestine

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    2. There is no Palestinian people, the people now called Palestinians migrates to that area the same as any other people, the Jews were forced to leave that land by Egyptians, it was always the Hebrews land. The Palestinians of today were forced there by the Islamic groups following Mohammeds lead on the caliph, which was to kill all the people,whom wouldn’t convert, destroy thier historical artifacts, and take over thier land. They should be upset at the Islamists that forces them to be nomadic people after they killed and took over all the other lands

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      1. Kim,
        Your comment is pure fiction unsupported by any FACTS.
        Who told you this rubbish? Or did you make it up all on your own?

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  6. Palestinian loss of land looks like disappearance of the glaciers due to the global warming. Sad!

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  7. Now stop lying Bruce, we all know the real story here – Arabs invented Jordan and got Transjordan, then they invented Palestine (and old word used by Rome to describe jews living in the Palestine mandate) and wanted to get even more land.

    The proof is in Hamas declaration – http://fas.org/irp/world/para/docs/880818a.htm
    “‘Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.'”
    “‘The Day of Judgment will not come about until Moslems fight Jews and

    kill them. Then, the Jews will hide behind rocks and trees, and the

    rocks and trees will cry out: ‘O Moslem, there is a Jew hiding behind

    me, come and kill him.’ (Article 7)”

    There you go – atleast some REAL facts on your page.

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    1. Aemon,

      So that is the Hasbara version of “history”.
      And you fell for it. Despite all the facts to the contrary.

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    2. Palestine appears in the torah before Israel even existed. (Genesis 10:14) It also appears in the bible and the qur’an as well as the works of Herodotus, Josephus and Wiliam Shakespeare. Palestine was the birth place of St George and two popes. It was the venue for two crusades when the Arabs protected their Jewish neighbours from Chrstian massacres. They provided a safe haven for Jews during centuries of European persecution. Prior to Israeli statehood Ariel Sharon was a Palestinian policeman upholding Palestinian law that now forms the basis of all Israeli law. He carried a Palestinian passport and spent Palestinian pounds in the shops

      In 1615 the English traveler George Sandys described Palestine as “a land that flows with milk and honey; in the midst as it were of the habitable world, and under a temperate clime; adorned with beautiful mountains and luxurious valleys; the rocks producing excellent waters; and no part empty of delight or profit.” q. George Sandys The Relation of a Journey begun an. Dom. 1610, in four books. Sandys Travailes” p. 110
      (1615)

      A British missionary who lived in Beirut and visited Palestine in 1859 described the southern coastal area as “a very ocean of wheat,” and the British Consul in Jerusalem, James Finn, reported that “the fields would do credit to British farming.” q. A View from Jerusalem, 1849-1858: The Consular Diary of James Finn

      The German geographer Alexander Scholch concluded that between 1856 and 1882 “Palestine produced a relatively large agricultural surplus which was marketed in neighboring countries, such as Egypt and Lebanon, and increasingly exported to Europe. These exports included wheat, barley, dura, maise, sesame, olive oil, soap, oranges, vegetables and cotton. Among the European importers of Palestinian produce were France, England, Turkey, Greece, Italy and Malta.” Q. Alexander Scholch Palestine in Transformation, 1856-1882

      Lawrence Oliphant, who visited Palestine in 1887, wrote that Palestine’s Valley of Esdraelon was “a huge green lake of waving wheat, with its village-crowned mounds rising from it like islands; and it presents one of the most striking pictures of luxuriant fertility which it is possible to conceive.” Q.Laurence Oliphant – Haifa or life in modern Palestine 1887

      This Palestinian wheat had historically played an important part in international commerce. According to Paul Masson, a French economic historian, “wheat shipments from the Palestinian port of Acre had helped to save southern France from famine on numerous occasions in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.” Agricultural techniques in Palestine, especially in citriculture, were among the most advanced in the world long before the first Zionist settlers came to its shores. _Marwan R. Beheiry, “The Agricultural Exports of Southern Palestine, 1885-1 9 14”, Journal of Palestine Studies, volume 10, No. 4, 198 1, p. 67._

      In 1856, the American consul in Jerusalem, Henry Gillman, “outlined reasons why orange growers in Florida would find it advantageous to adopt Palestinian techniques of grafting directly onto lemon trees.” In 1893, the British Consul advised his government of the value of importing “young trees procured from Jaffa” to improve production in Australia and South Africa.

      Now ten percent of all Palestinian children suffer from long term micronutrient malnutrition caused by illegal Israeli blockades

      PALESTINIAN TRIBAL NAMES INDICATING THEIR HEBREW ROOTS
      Can’aan – self explanatory
      Maahamra – means winemaker – a prohibited practise in Islam
      Abu Khatsiras, who control much of the fishing in Gaza;
      Elbaz, a family of Jews who immigrated from Morocco;
      Abulafia, the family with the famous Jaffa bakery which is descended from the 13th-century Spanish kabbalist Rabbi Abraham Abulafia;
      the Almogs of Jenin;
      the Dawouda (Davids) of Hebron;
      4,000 forced converts to Islam named Cohen living in Jordan.

      Many Jewish customs have survived among the Palestinians as well, Misinai says. “In Islam, parents are required to have their sons circumcised by the age of 13. While in many Islamic countries the custom is to wait several years, among Palestinians many perform the ritual a week after their son is born – meaning on the eighth day,” he says. Other customs include sitting seven days for deceased loved ones instead of just three , lighting memorial candles for the dead a custom found nowhere in the Muslim world), lighting Shabbat candles and practicing levirate marriage – the practice of having a brother marry his deceased sibling’s wife under certain circumstances. That’s a widespread practice among the Beduin, says Misinai, and in fact “much of the legal code of the Beduin is remarkably similar to many laws in the Torah and the Mishna.”

      In addition, several Palestinian families own ancient hanukkiot, which they used in mid-winter – around Hanukka. When a sick person needed “treatment,” they would place the tefillin box (which houses the scroll) on the middle of the ill person’s forehead and wrap the connected fabric straps around his head. With the use of a key, an assistant would tighten the strap, thereby creating pressure around the head. Many Bedouin refrain from eating camel and other nonkosher animals, and around Pessah time, many Palestinians find themselves with a yen for matza.

      In recent years, many genetic studies have demonstrated that, at least paternally, most of the various Jewish ethnic divisions and the Palestinians – and other Levantines – are genetically closer to each other than the Jews to their host countries.[177] Many Palestinians themselves refer to Jews as their awlâd ‘ammnâ or paternal cousins.[178]

      One DNA study by Nebel found substantial genetic overlap among Israeli and Palestinian Arabs and Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews. A small but statistically significant difference was found in the Y-chromosomal haplogroup distributions of Sephardic Jews and Palestinians, but no significant differences were found between Ashkenazi Jews and Palestinians nor between the two Jewish communities, However, a highly distinct cluster was found in Palestinian haplotypes. 32% of the 143 Arab Y-chromosomes studied belonged to this “I&P Arab clade”, which contained only one non-Arab chromosome, that of a Sephardic Jew. This could possibly be attributed to the geographical isolation of the Jews or to the immigration of Arab tribes in the first millennium.[179] Nebel proposed that “part, or perhaps the majority” of Muslim Palestinians descend from “local inhabitants, mainly Christians and Jews, who had converted after the Islamic conquest in the seventh century AD”.In a 2003 genetic study, Bedouins showed the highest rates (62.5%) of the subclade Haplogroup J-M267 among all populations tested, followed by Palestinian Arabs (38.4%), Iraqis (28.2%), Ashkenazi Jews (14.6%) and Sephardic Jews (11.9%), according to Semino et al.[181] Semitic populations, including Jews, usually possess an excess of J1 Y chromosomes compared to other populations harboring Y-haplogroup J.[181][182][183][184][185]

      2002 test by Tel Aviv University researchers, determined that only two groups in the world – Ashkenazi Jews and Palestinians – were genetically susceptible to an inherited deafness syndrome. All the studies he cites in his book, says Misinai, show that “the Palestinians are genetically much closer to Ashkenazi Jews than they are to the Arabs.”

      Haplogroup J1 (Y-DNA) includes the modal haplotype of the Galilee Arabs[177] and of Moroccan Arabs[187] and the sister modal haplotype of the Cohanim, the “Cohan Modale Haplotype”, representing the descendants of the priestly caste Aaron.[188][189][190]

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  8. I cannot tell you just how grateful I am for this work. I’m collating information for a video to counter the trolls that keep telling me that there never was a place called Palestine…. This post is the most useful resource I’ve come across yet! THANK YOU!

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  9. Author should change his name to ‘Bruce NeverLies’ because he truly believes the garbage that he wrote. Article is full of outdated and debunked propaganda by KKK and Nazi sympathizers. He did not check his facts and when I exposed him on Twitter he responded with “that is an obvious LIE”.
    Anti-Semites get upset when their arguments lack supporting evidence. So, when their point of view is debunked, they have a tendency to rely on conspiracy theories and name calling.

    ‘Bruce NeverLies’ also referenced “”Paelestina Momentis Illustrata” (book from 1755) which the author mapped and surveyed the land and concluded the following:
    1. Not one settlement in the Land of Israel has a name that is of Arabic origin.
    2. Most of land was empty,desolate.Most inhabitants Jews+Christians.Few Muslims,mostly nomad Bedouins.
    3. No Palestinian heritage or Palestinian nation.

    I was shocked at how he boldly lied throughout the whole article and then had the nerve to title it “The TRUE history of the country of Palestine”.

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    1. “What were Palestine’s major cities?

      Incredibly foolish questions. Palestine’s cities are so old they are listed in the Bible, and they were already there when the Israelites invaded. Those cities still bear those names today. Ashdod, Ekron, Beer-sheba, Shechem, Ashkelon, Rehoboth, Beth-El (House of El, god of the Canaanites), and lots more.
      How about: Kiryat-Arba — changed to Hebron by ancient Israelites, while a neighboring town now preserves the older name. Some modern Jews know Hebron is the true ancient Kiryat-Arba and insist it is theirs
      “And Joshua went up from Eglon, and all Israel with him, unto Hebron; and they fought against it. And they took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof, and all the cities thereof, and all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining, according to all that he had done to Eglon; but destroyed it utterly, and all the souls that were therein.” (Joshua 10:36-37)
      “And unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh he gave … the city of Arba the father of Anak, which city is Hebron.” (Joshua 15:13)
      According to Genesis 14:18, Jerusalem was originally called Salem and seemed to be quite important long before Israelites even existed. The original Israelites had no interest in it. Moses never mentioned the city once; it was not holy to him. When Joshua invaded, he didn’t take Jerusalem. Centuries later “King” David took it for strategic reasons.
      Today it is holy to Jews and Christians only because the Old Testament priests desperately wanted that town as their religious center, and they made such a fuss over it in their writings. “God’s city.” People everywhere have fallen for the writings of these priests.
      If Palestine ever had a “capital,” it was one declared by a current occupier. Usually occupiers don’t let you have one, or if they do, you run it the way they tell you – just like today (Abbas and the “Palestinian Authority”).”
      https://www.transcend.org/tms/2009/12/answers-to-the-state-of-palestine-quiz/

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  10. Bruce you’re wrong in this for someone who appears to have a brain and be spot on with other issues I find this bizzare .

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  11. all i will say is Palestine is a country owned by Muslims and forcibly ruled by Jews and for me Palestine is still Muslim country because i believe it will be back to it’s real owner 🙂

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  12. The Muslims will liberate Palestine again because no Western or Zionist power will ever be able to destroy or stop Islam.

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  13. You say Palestinians and Jews are the same people
    I think you meant to say Palestinians and Hebrew or maybe Israelites are the same people
    Jew is a relatively modern term
    Jesus was not a Jew

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  14. Bruce, i find it very unsupported article. a bunch of pics that you cant even explain them and they support the opposite of your claims. in all of the maps JUDEA is mentioned. you deliberated ignored the origin of “Palestine” name, given by Greeks/Romans in order to erase the existence and the heritage of the Jews were living here, after they expelled most of them.
    On the coins there’s a Hebrew writing, representing the British Mandate agenda of autonomy to Jews&Arabs, in the land of Palestine.
    most important, you’ve ignored the archeological evidences of Jewish heritage, a long of 4K years, all over the lands of Palestine.
    you didn’t show even one single evidence to Palestinian country, nation or heritage, supported by archeological research.
    Poor Job.

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    1. UNESCO condemned Israel for destroying any artifacts or evidence of history predating Israel.

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  15. Leaders of Palestine before Arafat

    **1919: Aref Al-Dajani President of the Palestine Arab Congress, (also president of the Jerusalem Christian-Muslim Society). Also part of the Executive Committee were Izzat Darwaza and Yusef al-‘Isa, editor of paper Falastin, the newspaper of Palestine. (So much for an invented people.)

    1920s

    **1920-1934: Musa al-Husayni, former mayor of Jerusalem was elected President of the Palestine Arab Congress. It had 36 delegates, including Sheik Suleiman al-Taji Al-Faruqi, Daoud Issa, and head of the Catholic community -Bullus Shehadeh. The congress was opened by Haifa’s mufti, Muhammad Murad.

    1921 Musa Kazem led a delegation from the executive committee to meet the British Colonial Secretary, Winston Churchill.

    1922- funds were raised by the 100 delegate Congress and Executive Committee by the selling of stamps that depicted the Dome of the Rock and said “Palestine for the Arabs” in English and Arabic. (again…usage of the national identity term “Palestine.”

    A Women’s Congress, attended by 200 women, was convened in 1929. Organisers included Wahida al-Khalidi (wife of Hussein al-Khalidi) and Amina al-Husayni (wife of Jamal al-Husayni). It was led by Salma al-Husayni, wife of Musa Kazim.

    1930s

    **1934, Christian executive vice-president Yacoub Farraj became acting president. The Palestine Arab Congress was eventually broken up by the British and other groups took its place in a splintered Palestine.

    April – Palestine Arab Party established.
    23 June – Reform Party (Palestine) established.

    **1935- 25 April – The Arab Higher Committee is established, on the initiative of the Mufti of Jerusalem Hajj Amin al-Husayni, to oppose British rule and Jewish claims in Palestine.

    **1936-1939 Palestine Arab Revolt for Independence against the British. Palestinian Arabs -Arab Higher Committee (until October 1937)
    Central Committee of National Jihad in Palestine (from October 1937) 1 in 10 Palestinian adults were murdered by the British and led to greater support for the Zionist immigration and division of Palestine. Palestine was lead by city leaders during this time. Each city had its own leader and coordinated attacks against the British.

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