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ZERO historical connection between the Phillistines and 'Palestine'

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Submitted by sara (United States), Dec 4, 2012 at 21:15

Dear Slahhy,

You show your ignorance since your information is derived from extremely biased sources and completely ignores historical, globally recognized facts.

The FACT is that the Phillistines were a biblical people first mentioned in the Jewish Torah in the book of Genesis, They were connected to the Cannanites and were pagans, most certainly not Muslim since they were known for their great drinking bouts... They were mortal enemies of the Jewish people. The use of the term 'Phillistine' exists in the English language to describe someone who is barbaric or oafish.

The Romans, when they destroyed the second Jewish Temple of Jerusalem, and after the Masada revolt against them, banished Jews from Israel and Judah and renamed the area 'Palestina' as a direct insult to the Jews' knowing how much they hated them. There is ZERO connection between the old Phillistines and the 'Palestinians'. ZERO, Nada, Try getting some real historical info instead of your Islamist fantasy talking points.

And your hilarious statement that 'Moses was not a Jew' is too ludicrous to address. How funny. So he was a Muslim, was he? And how interesting that Moses was a Muslim before Islam even existed- quite a feat!

"In the 2nd century CE, the last attempt of the Jews to achieve independence from the Roman Empire ended with the well-known event of Masada, which is historically documented and universally recognized as the fact that determined the Jewish Diaspora in a definitive way.

The land where these things happened was the province known as Judea, and there is no mention of any place called "Palestine" before that time.

The Roman emperor Hadrian was utterly upset with the Jewish Nation and wanted to erase the name of Israel and Judah from the face of the Earth, so that there would be no memory of the country that belonged to that rebel people. He decided to replace the denomination of that Roman province and resorted to ancient history in order to find a name that might appear appropriate, and found that an extinct people that was unknown in Roman times, called "Philistines," was once dwelling in that area and were enemies of the Israelites.

Therefore, according to Latin spelling, he invented the new name: "Palestina," a name that would be also hateful for the Jews as it reminded them their old foes. He did so with the explicit purpose of effacing any trace of Jewish history". http://www.palestinefacts.org/pf_early.php

The Philistines /ˈfɪlɨstnz/, /ˈfɪlɨstnz/, /fɨˈlɪstɨnz/, or /fɨˈlɪstnz/;[1] Hebrew: פְּלִשְׁתִּים, Plištim), Pleshet or Peleset, were a people who as part of the Sea Peoples appeared in the southern coastal area of Canaan at the beginning of the Iron Age (circa 1175 BC), most probably from the Aegean region. According to the Bible, they ruled the five city-states (the "Philistine Pentapolis") of Gaza, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ekron and Gath, from Wadi Gaza in the south to the Yarqon River in the north, but with no fixed border to the east.[2] The Bible paints them as the Kingdom of Israel's most dangerous enemy.[2] Originating somewhere in the Aegean,[3] their population was around 25,000 in the 12th century BC, rising to a peak of 30,000 in the 11th century BC

The etymology of the word into English is from Old French Philistin, from Classical Latin Philistinus found in the writings of Josephus, from Late Greek Philistinoi (Phylistiim in the Septuagint) found in the writings by Philo, from Hebrew Plištim, (e.g. 1 Samuel 17:36; 2 Samuel 1:20; Judges 14:3; Amos 1:8), "people of Plešt" ("Philistia"); cf. Akkadian Palastu, Egyptian Parusata.

Biblical scholars often trace the word to the Semitic root p-l-š (Hebrew: פלש‎) which means "to divide", "go through", "to roll in", "cover", or "invade".[6] The name of the Philistines in their own language is not known; however, the Bible also relates them as the people of "Kaftor" (Hebrew: כפתור‎, i.e. Jeremiah 47, Verse 4). "Kaftor" is not of Hebrew or Semitic origin, which supports the possibility that this word is similar to the name they called themselves.

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