The Paleostinians M.O. match Islam’s record as a whole, the usurpation of Jewish, then Christian scriptures, traditions and history. It’s how they roll.
First they claimed they were Canaanites, but Canaanites no longer exist, then they claimed to be Phoenicians, but they were from Lebanon, and the Philistines, well, they were Aegean seafarers, and not semites at all. The Arabs were mostly remnants from the invasion of the region just after the time of mohamed, and trying to reinvent them as indigenous peoples to compete with valid Jewish claims to the area, has comprised a key part of their agenda in the delegtimization of Israel.
NOTE: There isn’t an indigenous ethnicity/race called ”The Palestinians” any more than there’s one called ”The Nordics” or The Scandinavians”, the name denotes a region in which people live, not a distinct ethnicity.
Palestinians Attempt to Co-Opt Jewish History
In December 2011, former House Speaker and presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich made the following observation regarding the Palestinians;
Remember there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire. And I think that we’ve had an invented Palestinian people, who are in fact Arabs, and were historically part of the Arab community…
That comment set off a firestorm of debate and criticism but is in actuality, grounded in historical fact. As noted historian Benny Morris pointed out in his acclaimed book, 1948: The First Arab-Israeli War, at the turn of the 20th century, most Arabs residing in the Land of Israel or “Palestine” considered themselves to be subjects of the Ottoman Empire. There were some Palestinian Arabs with vague nationalistic tendencies but even this minority considered itself to be part of Greater Syria. There simply was no reference to an independent Palestine for a distinct group of people calling themselves “Palestinians.”
Morris also perceptively notes that the residents of Palestinian villages routinely failed to come to the assistance of nearby villages that were under attack by Jewish forces thus reinforcing the view that Arab villagers felt little loyalty to all but clan and village. The notion of a “Palestinian people” was an alien concept to the common Palestinian villager who was not bound by any sense of duty to assist a neighboring village.
More here. H/T: Alexis Worlock
NOTE: This is one of Benny Morris’ more lucid moments, otherwise, as prof.Efraim Karsh notes, his scholarship is full of systematically falsified evidence.