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    who were an Indo-European sea-faring nation who conquered some coastal areas like Gaza and Ashkelon. They were neither Semitic, Arabs nor Moslems, and they are long gone. Arabs ruled the area from the time of the Moslem conquest in abut 650 up to the crusades about 1000-1200 - less than 500 years. Saladin (a Kurd) ousted the crusaders, after which the area was ruled by the Mamaluks (Circassians from Egypt ), then the Turks, and then the Brits. There was never a nation of Palestine, with its capitol in Jerusalem, with a distinct language, culture and history that was separate from the rest of the Arab culture. There are no Palestinian kings, presidents, parliments, courts, judges, coins, passports (other than those of the Mandate), national anthems, law books, scholars, historical achievements or, in fact, any evidence of any Palestinian national feeling prior to the creation of the State of Israel. It was the Jews, not the Arabs, who rebelled against Turkish rule, and helped the British kick them out. "There is no such country as Palestine. 'Palestine' is a term the Zionists invented. . . . Our country was for centuries part of Syria. 'Palestine' is alien to us. It is the Zionists who introduced it." -- Local Arab leader to British Peel Commission, 1937 "There is no such thing as Palestine in history, absolutely not" -- Professor Philip Hitti, Arab historian to Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry, 1946 "It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but southern Syria." -- Ahmed Shukairy, United Nations Security Council, 1956,

    from the article: At least 166 homes in Israeli settlement built on private Palestinian land
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