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    • KT
    • 04.03.07 | 22:20 (IST)

    As I read the comments here, it occurred to me that perhaps the biggest problem in all of this is that people try to mix not only apples and oranges, but also bananas and maybe even throw in a few cherries and grapes. They tend not to distinguish between Arabs who are citizens of Israel and those who, either living in the territories or for other reasons are not. Further, there is confusion over what the word Palestinian meant before and during the first century CE, what it meant during the British mandate and what it has come to mean now - after the establishment of the State of Israel. There are still a few Jews in Israel who have their old passports issued under the mandate, identifying them as Palestinian. The fact that the self-identification of Arabs in the area was not as Palestinians - one people - is not generally disputed even by today's Palestinian writers.

    from the article: Your ID, please
    First published 00:00 04.03.07 | Last updated 00:00 04.03.07
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