The Mystery of Palestine

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    Countries are usually called by the name of their inhabitants: Italians and Italy, Rome and Romans in earlier times, Greece and Greeks and Israel and the Israelites and Israelis, etc.

    Palestine, however, is strangely different for it was not named for Palestinians. The Romans first called Judaea, the ancestral Jewish land from which "Jew" is derived, "Syria Palaestina" in retribution for the Jewish rebellions against Roman oppression. But, the Romans did not name Palaestina after Palestinians. Palaestina was based on the Philistines, ancient enemies of the Jews who originated from Greece. The word Philistine is based on the Hebrew "Peleshet" that means "invader" Although, the Jews continued to call their country Israel or "Eretz Yisrael" the land of Israel. The Romans were foreign occupiers from Europe with no authority to change the name of the Jews' land that was called Israel or Judah for several centuries before Rome and Romans even existed.

    Centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire, the British took control of Israel after WW I and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and during the British Mandate re-named the land Palestine not after any Palestinians but after the Roman Palaestina. Funnily enough, anyone living there--Jew or otherwise--was called a Palestinian.

    So, in the end, Palestine was never named after its inhabitants, the so-called Palestinians, it was based on the British, Romans, Greeks and Hebrews. The Palestinians were never involved in the creation of their own name.

    Funny how the so-called Palestinians don't have their own identity and call their land Palestine by others' names for it.
     
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    It's no mystery. Hebrews could not defeat the Palestinians in the Canaanite days and they can't get rid of them today.
     
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    Awww, you just made that up Bullshit-Seeker. Palestinians are just Arabs from Arabia not Canaan, dink.
     
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    Quite baffling ***yawn****
     
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    You never heard of the david and goliath. I think the story is bullshit but the battles are reaL
     
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    Bullshit Seeker, the Philistines originated from Greece and the Mediterranean Sea. Palestinians are Arabs from the desert of Arabia.

    You're so stupid, it's not even funny, but, I still laugh :lol:
     
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    There is no poof of that.
     
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    Bullshit Seeker.

    Eminent Archaeologist and Historian, former Fulbright Scholar Eric Cline...
    Rashid Khalidi, professor of Middle East history and director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Chicago and advisor to various Arab groups...
    Historian Bernard Lewis...
     
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    In this case, it's like the Syrians, Jordanians, Canadians and Americans. The people are named after the place.
     
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    Syria was named by the Greeks after the Syris.
    The Aramaens named their country Aram.
     

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