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    • Ray
    • 31.08.10 | 09:17 (IDT)

    There is no such a thing as Palestinian; they are simply Arabs. The Philistines (the Sea People) came from the Islands of Aegean Sea in Greece around 4000 years ago (at the time of Moses) and occupied the coast of Israel and other Mediterranean countries; they disappeared from the area around 3000 years ago. Then, after the revolt of Jews against the Roman occupation of Israel 2000 years ago, the Romans changed the name of Israel to “Provinica Palestina”. That name stuck to Israel since then. Now the Arabs claim that they are Palestinian and native of Israel. They are simply Arabs, not Philistine or Palestinian. All former occupiers of Israel, including the Greeks, Romans, English, and Turks left Israel, why not the Arabs? Jews have continuously lived in Israel for thousands of years even after their expulsion by the Romans. Arabs are only recent occupiers of Israel, and one of many. They came from surrounding Arab countries to work for the British between WWI and WWII, as stated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939: "Arab immigration into Palestine since 1921 has vastly exceeded the total Jewish immigration during the whole period." When Mark Twain visited Israel in 1867, he described Israel as an empty desolate land that "there is not a solitary village throughout its whole extent" in his book, “The Innocents Abroad.” The British also described Israel as an empty desolate land. Arthur Penrhyn Stanley, the great British cartographer, reached similar conclusions in 1881: "In Judea it is hardly an exaggeration to say that for miles and miles there was no appearance of life or habitation." The British Consul General, James Finn, wrote in 1857: "the country is in a considerable degree empty of inhabitants." Jews have never given permission to Arabs and Muslims to live on their land. This is different from Muslims living in England since England has given them permission to live on their land.

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