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"Palestinian" never used for Arabs prior to 1918

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Submitted by Devasahayam (United States), May 17, 2008 at 22:32

"who asked israel to come and occupy palestinian lands and come make a country for themselves there....??"

A few historical factoids for you:

  • While the Holy Land was termed "Palestine" by Romans after 70 AD to specifically mock the Jews (the term derives from "Philistine", a by-then long-defunct group).
  • Arabs mostly got there AFTER a Kurdish general happened to defeat the largely-Viking "crusaders" (another point that doesn't penetrate Arab mindset, many of them loathe the Kurds), or under Ottoman (Turkish) rule
  • Mark Twain had visited Holy Land during his lifetime, and described it as "desolate with scattered villages of Bedou"--not exactly a highly-inhabited land;
  • Jerusalem had Jewish majority throughout Ottoman rule
Also notable that Arabs could NOT make themselves a country at anytime, but I will attempt to explain that factoid too. Isaac had twin sons, the ungodly older Esau and the God-acknowledging but carnal younger Jacob. Of course, God gave His blessing to the one that acknowledged him. Israelites were asked to avoid Edomites generally (and refrain from attacking them) during their trek to Canaan and later years. The problem was that the Edomites never had any concept of gratitude--as they showed by betraying refugees of falling Judah to Babylonians for slaughter. God, in response, dictated writings to a prophet named Obadiah regarding them--the key point of which is that the Edomites were divinely proscribed from ever reestablishing themselves as a kindom (nation).

Who do you think were the ancestors of the "Palestinians"? The Edomites!

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