Up till 1967 they staunchly proclaimed they were Syrian, until Arafat took up Shukairy's idea and inmvented the notion of a Palestinian state. They are almost al of Syrian descent, having mostly arrived in the 1920s under the aegis of the British Mandate, and the oldest of them now alive might well be migrants from Syria who arrived just before Jordan closed the border in 1948. They speak the dialect of Syrian villages, are in touch with their Syrian families and the women often still wear the clothes of their Syrian origins. It's an old story - you only have to read "From Time Immemorial by Joan Peters", which was largely researched at the Official Government Archives in Kew, England, to discover who the so called Palestinians are.
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