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Identity of Palestinians

Reader comment on item: Chris Christie and the "Occupied Territories" Incident

Submitted by Joseph (South Africa), Apr 7, 2014 at 05:46

Many people make this mistake. Why don't we use Judea and Samaria whenever there is an occasion to call it.
Further, people think that Palestinians refer to a particular ethnic group.
My understanding is that when this name was given to that Biblical land by the Romans, the Arabs were not there. The Mediterranean European fishing community, the Philistines, lend the new name Palestine.
Therefore, when we say Palestinians, it includes all the people, the Jews, the Arab Muslims and Arab Christians.
Further, if there is any surviving ethnic group today that was present when Palestine was name Palestine, it is the Jews.


By repeatedly referring to the Arab invaders and occupiers who came around 1500 years as Palestinians gives wrong information to many people who never thinks that the Arab occupation of land stretches from the borders of Iran to Morocco including the sliver of land called Israel.


Correct me if I am wrong.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I use the term West Bank and explain the reason why here:http://www.danielpipes.org/2325/palestinian-word-games#WestBank

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