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A Simple Point is ----- You have no proof !

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Submitted by sara (United States), Dec 22, 2011 at 18:31

There is absolutely no historical proof to tie the ancient Philistines who lived on the coast of Israel to the present day conglomeration of arabs who have are called the 'Palestinian people' since 1967. What mention can you link to of anyone even discussing a 'people' before the Israelis rained down upon Jordan and Egypt in 1967 and regained the West Bank and Gaza. Only when the Russians plucked Arafat up and trained him to speak of the 'Palestinian People' did the idea gain traction. Under Jordanian (or British or Ottoman rule), where did you EVER hear anyone speaking of it?? I would like to know please.

The ridiculous linking of the ancient Philistines with anyone but the peoples they integrated with during those ancient times is pathetic and ludicrous.

Let us see you bring proof- real proof from unbiased historical sources that can even illustrate that there is a distinct people called Palestinians. SPecific markers of culture, leaders (who was the Palestinian Leader prior to Arafat??) The land of Palestine, so named by the Romans in order to insult the Jews, has been inhabited at all times by many peoples, tribes, nomads, immigrants. The Jews in Palestine were referred to as the people of Palestine. The arabs in Gaza are related to the arabs in Egypt, they have common family and lineage, as do the Jordanians with West Bank tribal families. There was no differentiation ever until after Arafat came to exist.

Another thing, why is it that the so called Palestinian refugees have never been settled anywhere? Jewish refugees, African refugees, all peoples in distress who have been displaced for whatever reason have been re-settled in other lands. Why is it that the Arab Muslim Ummah refuses the poor Palestinians the opportunity? Why are they not granted citizenship in Jordan, in Lebanon, in Egypt, in Saudi Arabia, etc? Do you think it possible that they are being used (and abused) by arabs to use as a political pawn?


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