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A Brief History of Palestine

Updated on July 29, 2020
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The Term, Palestine, a Roman Fabrication

Historically, there has never been an organic nation known as Palestine. Circa 70 AD, the Romans conquered the Land of Israel, organized an ongoing centuries old pogrom against the Jewish people, destroyed their places of worship, sold many Israelites into slavery, subverted their customs and language, and renamed Israel "Palestine."

During the Bar-Kochba Revolt circa 132-136 AD, a battle between the Jews and the Romans, both sides suffered significant losses. Even after the rebellion was vanquished, the Jews continued to suffer great losses at the hands of the Romans, and Emperor Hadrian banished many Jews from the area and renamed the area Palestine after the traditional enemies of the Jewish people, the Philistines. Hadrian then executed Jewish scholars, held a public burning of the Torah, and prohibited the practice of Judaism.

Hadrian imposed the name “Palastina” upon the Land of Israel to refer to the land of the Philistines, a people once conquered by the Jews. Use of this term was intended to further humiliate the people of Israel. The Romans also renamed Jerusalem “Aelia Capitolina,” but somehow that name did not stick. During the occupation of Israel by the Romans, many Jews fled the Jewish homeland, settling throughout the Middle East and Europe, but many remained. The Land of Israel has never been completely abandoned by the people who lived there since the time of Abraham.

What Those "Palestine" Maps Really Show

The Islamist Captivity

Some historians claim that Palestinian history traces back to the Philistines. But the Philistines were not Semites nor were they Arabs. They were likely Greek in origin and came in several waves from Greece to the Israel/Palestine area in the Middle East. The Philistines had no ethnic, linguistic, or historical connection to Arabia. The name applied by Arabs to the area, “Falastin,” was not, in fact, an Arabic name. This term is derived from Plesheth, meaning migratory, as in having migrated to that area from Greece, and the term likely harkened back to the “Philistine” invasion along the coast.

By 614 AD, the Land of Israel was controlled by the Persians, recaptured briefly by the Byzantine Romans, but then in 650 AD, Arab Muslims under caliph Umar seized the area and turned it into a place of importance for Muslims, despite the fact that it had never been mentioned by the Prophet Mohammad and appears nowhere in the Koran. The Arabs who controlled and ruled Palestine mostly ruled over Christians and Jews because few Muslims actually immigrated to this area during that time.

Palestine was to be conquered many times in the following centuries: in 1099 AD, the Crusaders established a Latin Kingdom, killing both Jews and Muslims, in their zeal to establish a Christian hegemony. A succession of invaders from Mongols to Mamluks ended the Crusaders’ reign. Then in 1516, the Mamluks were conquered by the Ottoman Turks, who ruled but did not settle and develop the area, until 1917, when they were conquered in WWI by the British. From 1917 to 1947, Palestine was referred to as the “British Mandate.”

Jewish Palestine vs Arab Palestine

In 1947, United Nations resolution 181 partitioned Palestine into two states: a Jewish Palestine and an Arab Palestine. The Jews in Palestine accepted the partition, but the Arabs in Palestine, as well as in the surrounding Arab states, did not. In 1948, the nation of Israel claimed its independence as a strong viable state, while its Arab neighbors viciously attacked the nation, in a further attempt to drive out the Jews and return the Arabic Islamists to the fabricated nation of Palestine.

Israel was attacked once again in 1967, but instead of being defeated, the nation regained more of its former territory. Despite constant attacks from its neighbors, the Jewish nation of Israel has continued to grow and prosper as the only democracy in the Middle East. About a million Muslims live and thrive in Israel, while Islamists, many of whom today have become violent terrorists, continue to attack and spread their revisionist history. Thus, today at the beginning of the 21st century, the Palestinians remain stateless, but nevertheless put forth leaders who make the erroneous claim to Israel as their homeland.

Palestine” is not a legitimate name for any country. There are no real Palestinians; those claiming Palestinian ethnicity are actually Arabs, mostly Jordanians. There is no Palestinian language, no history, no culture. According to Joseph E. Katz, Middle Eastern Political and Religious History Analyst, “The use of the term ‘Palestinian’ for an Arab ethnic group is a modern political creation which has no basis in fact— and had never had any international or academic credibility.”

Revisionist historians make absurd claims including that modern-day Israelis stole Palestinian lands. Jerrold L. Sobel, who earned an M.A. in International Relations from New York's City College and now resides in Naples, Florida, is a retired history teacher, founder and President of the Zionist Organization of America/Southwest Florida Chapter, and who writes a newsletter, The Israeli Advocate disposes of this myth regarding the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict by stating that that geographical location has belonged to Israel since before recorded history. Sobel further explains:

Despite 27 invasions of Judea and Samaria (erroneously called the West Bank), conquests by many, forced conversions, exiles, massive oppression, generations of Diaspora, and cowardly acquiescence by a cadre of 5th-column Jews themselves, Jews have not only survived in what's known in Hebrew as Eretz Yisrael (Israel), but they've taken a desert wasteland and turned it into a powerful little democracy, the envy of the world.

Joseph E. Katz explains that the term, “Palestinian,” remains simply an appellation for an Arabic ethnic group, and it is a “modern political creation.” The term itself has no historical basis and had no “international or academic credibility before 1967.” In other words, the concoction of the terms “Palestine” and “Palestinian” has resulted in fake mantras employed solely in a political attempt to discredit Israel and to keep the flame of anti-Semitism against Jews alive, feeding modern-day terrorists with a fake historical significance.


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  • Maya Shedd Temple profile imageAUTHOR

    Linda Sue Grimes 

    7 months ago from U.S.A.

    Thank you, Christofer French, for your comment and kind words. It is always gratifying to hear that one's efforts have illuminated understanding for others. I appreciate also your additional illumination. History is a fascinating subject, one whose study is never exhausted. You have offered some tidbits that I would like to research further.

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    Christofer French 

    7 months ago from Denver

    Thank you for your wonderful contribution. Although I knew the "basics", I must say your article was illuminating. How fascinating to learn of the Greek "connection", and the very name itself referring to "immigrants".

    It reminds me of the historical irony that the invading Saxons after generations of incursions ended up calling the original people of Britain, the "Welsh" -- which meant "foreigners". Something akin to this ancient story of the "Jews", a phrase that at least goes back to 586 BC. This is an absolutely wonderful article!

  • Maya Shedd Temple profile imageAUTHOR

    Linda Sue Grimes 

    7 months ago from U.S.A.

    Thank you, Paula!

    I hope this message does get disseminated far and wide. Correcting misinformation is an important function in today's sea of political correctness and identity politics, mostly based on inaccuracies and fabrications

    Blessings to you and yours, Paula!

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    7 months ago from Carson City

    Linda ....I want to Thank you for a body of work that has proven to be masterfully educational. I intend to share the link with my entire group of email friends.

    Clearly & simply, this is a must-read! Kudos to you! Peace, Paula

  • Maya Shedd Temple profile imageAUTHOR

    Linda Sue Grimes 

    7 months ago from U.S.A.

    Thank you, James! You're correct that the record does need to be set straight. And again, who is it that keeps the record crooked? Modern liberals. The brilliant Evan Sayet has so accurately averred that "modern liberals inevitably side with evil over good, wrong over right, and the behaviors that lead to failure over those that lead to success."

    The lack of historical knowledge is especially on display by the "Squad," those congressional anti-Semites, who virtually on a daily basis demonstrate their ignorance and ill-will toward all that is good and truthful. Let's hope the 2020 election sweeps them all from office and replaces them with informed, honest leaders who will perform their duties on the side of truth and justice.

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    James A Watkins 

    7 months ago from Chicago

    I absolutely love your article. It is about time someone set the record straight by telling the truth. Well done! You are absolutely right in everything you wrote. Your article is without flaw. Perfect.

  • Maya Shedd Temple profile imageAUTHOR

    Linda Sue Grimes 

    7 months ago from U.S.A.

    Thank you, Donna, for the kind words. This issue is one that needs to be thoroughly examined and explained and then widely disseminated. The perversion of the history of Israel to further the hatred of the Jewish people is an abomination. What seems to be obvious to anyone who knows anything about the Judeo-Christian religion and the origins of Islam, as well as world history, has been distorted beyond recognition. Let's hope and pray that reason and truth are on the rise!

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    Donna Rayne 

    7 months ago from Greenwood, In

    Excellent work here Linda. I was captivated by the article to which I know to be true and I am so proud of you for taking that stand!

    God bless you and look forward to reading more of your fantastic articles!

    All my best,



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