geneticists. The Caanaites were there before Egyptian and Iraqi (modern name) Jews arrived, and took the land capital city that they built. Jerusalem is still named for a Jebusite god, in fact. Before the Canaanites, someone else lived there. The Middle East was civilized while Europeans still lived in mud huts.Those lands are so old that no particular people has ever ruled for long.
from the article: Uprooted in 1948, residents of Ikrit vow to return to their village