#18 Steven and the "mythical" Palestinians - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 05.12.05 | 08:17 (IST)

    Steven, who were the people of the land known as Palestine since even before it was so first cited in writing by Herodotos circa 440 BC as "Syria Palaestina," by which name the area was known popularly? Although Herodotos himself did not visit the place, there was knowledge of such a name as well as the fact that there were Arabs living in that general territory at the time, also mentioned by Herodotos in good Greek. Remember, there were many other ethnic groups living in "Syria Palaestina" besides the Israelites and Judaeans, such as Nabataeans (Arabs who had migrated from the north circa 500 BC and founded the great cultural capital of Petra), Idumaeans (a group predating the Hebrews), Canaanites, Samaritans, maybe even remnants of the (gasp!)Filasteen. What were the people living in pre-1948 Palestine called? There were Palestinian Arabs, who had been promised independence by the British, and Palestinian Jews, far fewer in number. The name Palestine is written on the passports of those born there before 1948. Jabotinsky, in "On the Iron Wall (1923)," refers to the non-Jewish inhabitants as the "Palestinian Arabs" and calls them a "nation" that will never give up its "birthright" to the land, to which they are as attached as the Aztecs when the conquistadores came to rob them of it, as the Plains Indians when the white Europeans came to kill and settle. The Palestinian Arabs revolted against the British, who realized what a monstrous blunder they had committed. Too late. The Zionist terror groups succeeded in driving out the British and intimidating the natives. The holocaust tipped the balance. The rest is history, and Zionist history has succeeded in sweeping the narrative of the Palestinian Arabs under the rug. It is a very sad story. Read the British accounts of their "small wars" during the first half of the twentieth century.

    from the article: Beyond Yachimovich's view
    First published 00:00 04.12.05 | Last updated 00:00 04.12.05
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