Sorry but that is a Zionist myth. I am doing my Phd on Palestinian national identity under the British Mandate. There is ample proof that Palestinians did in fact have a very distinct conception of Palestinian identity. In the late 19th century and early 20th century, Palestinians conceived of themselves as having a Palestinian national identity which was part of a broader Syrian/Arab nationalism. Their conception of national identity began to develop well before Zionists began to colonise Palestine. Prior to 1920, Palestinians held a conception of Palestinian national identity as Palestinians, which was also framed within the broader concept of pan-Arabism (particularly in relation to Syrian nationalism). However, with the overthrow of the Syr ian/Faisel govt by the French in 1920, Palestinians moved away from the dual conception towards a more separate and distinct Palestinian national identity because it became clear that as a result of the British and French Mandates that Palestine would be forcibly separated from Syrian territory. . In addition, there has been a lot of work done, including by Israeli Jewish scholars, which show that Palestinians also had a distinct conception of national territory within the Greater Syrian nation and that this had existed since the 14th century.
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