...feel free to argue that Palestinians are not direct descendants of the Canaanites, or the Philistines, or that they arrived with Caliph Omar, or that Palestinian Christians came with Queen Helena . But arguing that Palestinians do not exist is truly pointless given the historical record and the fact that the land has been known as Palestine since Roman Times. "Israel and the Palestinian Territories" Michael Kohn 2007.
Australian police arrest 5 over shooting 'linked to terrorism' (Reuters)
from the article: Palestinian PM: Declaration of statehood just a formality