#123 Palaestina refers to whoever lives there at the time - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • hala
    • 30.07.06 | 05:18 (IDT)

    So Italians cannot call themselves Italians because the original Italian tribes are no longer in existence as such, since there were so many invasions and peoples who established themselves on that peninsular, Goths, Germans, Byzantines, Arabs, Spaniards. When the term was used by Herodotos in 440BC, the origial Philistines had been absorbed into the population and no longer were an entity. Since that was established as the name of the area, the inhabitants who settled in Palestine became Palestinians, whether they carried any of the original Philistine genes or not. Jabotinsky, in his 1923 essay calls the natives "Palestinian Arabs" and states that they are a nation who will not give up their birthright. Arabs born in the area before 1948 have Palestine on their birth certificate. You make too much of a name that people decided to adopt. Leave the present Palestinians alone. They want that name, it is theirs, as every rational person well knows and uses it.

    from the article: IAF drops pamphlets in Gaza outlining terms for cease-fire
    First published 00:00 26.07.06 | Last updated 00:00 26.07.06
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