Falasteen, Amram, is the Arab name - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Solovey Razboynik
    • 30.08.11 | 22:05 (IDT)

    And the correct name, since it is from Filistia, the ancient Canaanite land. It is Palestine that is a mispronunciation, made probably by the Greeks, as Herodotos is the first to record the version "Palaestina" in his Histories c. 440BC. The Greeks replaced the "f" phoneme with a "p" and the Romans used the Greek version, hence it is the Western version due to the Greco-Roman legacy. Most cannot pronounce Palestine, saying "Balestine," since the "b" phoneme does not exist in the language. But Falasteen is the name. And it does not come from a Roman god, you are historically unbalanced.

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    First published 04:15 30.08.11 | Last updated 04:15 30.08.11
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