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Cindy Bass: A History Lesson Re: 'Palestine'

by Cindy Bass, Janaury 8, 2024

 

Here is a little history lesson ...

Today, Students for Justice in Palestine chant: From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will be Free!

In 1919, The Arab Club used to chant: From Turkey to Gaza, Palestine Does Not Exist!

That is because they believed in a ‘greater’ Syria.

In 1936, general secretary of the Arab Higher Committee, Awni Abd al-Hadi testified before The Peel Commission where he stated that “There is no such country as Palestine. ‘Palestine’ is a term the Zionists invented. There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria. ‘Palestine’ is alien to us. It is the Zionists who introduced it.”

So from 1918 to 1937, the Arab leaders told the British government that:

- Palestine did not exist as separate territory from Syria.

- Palestine had always been part of Syria.

- The local Arabs were willing to die to prevent the creation of Palestine.

- Palestine was created by Zionist propaganda.

Let that sink in. At one point, the Arab leaders told the British government that Palestine was created by Zionist propaganda.

 

More Historical perspective.....

 

WHAT DOES "PALESTINE" MEAN?

It has never been the name of a nation or state. It is a geographical term, used to designate the region at those times in history when there is no nation or state there.

The word itself derives from "Peleshet", a name that appears frequently in the Bible and has come into English as "Philistine".  The Philistines were mediterranean people originating from Asia Minor and Greek localities.  They reached the southern coast of Israel in several waves.  One group arrived in the pre-patriarchal period and settled south of Beersheba in Gerar where they came into conflict with Abraham, Isaac and Ishmael.  Another group, coming from Crete after being repulsed from an attempted invasion of Egypt by Rameses III in 1194 BCE, seized the southern coastal area, where they founded five settlements (Gaza, Ascalon, Ashdod, Ekron and Gat).  In the Persian and Greek periods, foreign settlers - chiefly from the Mediterranean islands - overran the Philistine districts.  From the time of Herodotus, Greeks called the eastern coast of the Mediterranean "Syria Palaestina".

The Philistines were not Arabs nor even Semites, they were most closely related to the Greeks. They did not speak Arabic. They had no connection, ethnic, linguistic or historical with Arabia or Arabs. The name "Falastin" that Arabs today use for "Palestine" is not an Arabic name. It is the Arab pronunciation of the Greco-Roman "Palastina"; which is derived from the Plesheth, (root palash) was a general term meaning rolling or migratory. This referred to the Philistine's invasion and conquest of the coast from the sea.

The use of the term "Palestinian" for an Arab ethnic group is a modern political creation, a rather novel idea that began in 1964 when The Palestine Liberation Organization (PL0) was founded in Egypt, and among its first order of operations was terrorism against Israel. The PLO's founding in 1964, before the occurance of  the  Six Day War in 1967  (when Israel captured East Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and Gaza) shows that the PLO's aim from the get go was to destroy the State of Israel.   

 

 

 

 
 
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