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"Peleshet" were the forefathers of "palestinians".

Reader comment on item: Give Gaza to Egypt
in response to reader comment: Before 1920, only Jews were called, "Palestinians!" Read Joan Peter's book, "From Time Immemorial"

Submitted by jennifer solis (United States), Feb 3, 2008 at 18:38

Interesting letter you wrote, DrRJP.

If you go back further, say around 1185 B.C., you see a bit of "history repeating itself" with regards to Egypt not wanting the inhabitants of Gaza.

After the Dorians invaded Greece, those who fled from Greece floated around the Mediteranian and tried to set up shop in Egypt; the Egyptians labled them "Peleshet", or "sea peoples". Greek sea peoples.

Egypt kicked them out, and these Greek sea peoples fled north into what is now Gaza, then southern Israel.

"Peleshet" became "Philistine", and later "Palestinian".


Egypt didn't want them then, and doesn't want them now. Why don't they go back to Greece?


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