By Bob Cantor, October 23, 2023
Many years ago, a news anchor confidently declared the following words, referring to former White House correspondent Helen Thomas’ statement that the Jews should “get the h*** out of Palestine.” He said:
“[Thomas] remembers [before 1948] when Palestine was a nation.”
Somehow, an educated journalist believed a lie that Israel came into being by taking over an Arab country called Palestine. He is not alone. Thus, here is a short fact sheet on the history of Israel and the Palestinian narrative. Facts are needed to combat the myths in the mainstream media.
Are you aware that Palestine was not a nation in 1947, 1946, or 1945, not in 1847 or 1047, or even 47? In fact, Palestine has never been a nation. So many reporters simply assume these things from what they pick up in other media and from agenda-driven pundits.
So, let’s look at these 15 historical facts.
15 Facts About Palestine
I. Palestine was NOT an Arab nation in 1948 when Israel was created. The Jewish people did not take over someone else’s country.
Great Britain, in fact, controlled that region of the Middle East until she grew tired of governing the volatile area and asked the United Nations to decide what to do with it.
Before Great Britain was tasked with administering the region after WWI, the Turks had controlled it since the early 1500s. Turks are not Arabs.
In fact, Palestine has never been the name of any country!
II. Where did the name “Palestine” come from?
In an effort to rid Judea of its Jewishness, the Romans renamed the area Filistia (Palestine) in the mid-130s CE. They were tired of pesky Jewish uprisings (70 CE, 132 CE) and so decided to deport the Jews and change the name. The name came from the ancient Philistines, who have no connection to present-day Arabs. The Philistines were wiped out in 600 BCE by the Babylonians.
It was a region and never a nation. There has never been a president of the State of Palestine or a government. It could be compared to New England, which is a region in America and has no government.