How Did Muslims Suddenly Become ‘Palestinians’ after 2,000 years?

by Joseph Shellim

A Brief History of the name “Palestine”

1. In the 2nd century CE, the Romans crushed the final Jewish revolt and Judea was renamed “Palestina” by Emperor Hadrian 135 CE. Since then, it was never an Islamic State. 

2.The Pre-Islamic Arabs (Arabs who lived hundreds of years before Islam) were in the Roman armies and witnessed both Jerusalem’s destruction and the name change of Judea. The Quran mentions Israel as the land of the Jews. Thereby, the Muslim people should be fully aware “Palestine” has referred to the Jews for 2,000 years.

3. The historical archives of the Persians, Greeks, Romans, British, French and Americans refer to Palestine as the ‘historical homeland of the Jews’, not of the Muslim peoples. America’s early Presidents initiated Israel’s return prior to Britain and Herzl: “Restoring the Jews to their national home in “Palestine” is a noble dream. My emancipated hope is the restoring of the Jews to their nation home in Palestine.”
-President Abraham Lincoln to Canadian Zionist Wentworth Monk; 1863.

4. The term Palestine was introduced in the Hebrew Bible from the term Plishtim [‘Invaders’]. The Muslims disdained the name Palestine, as they presently do the term ‘Zionists’ today. In 1947, the Arabs virtually begged Britain not to use this name for the land. Thereby, the usurping of this name in the 1960’s by Yasser Arafat is not credible as a mark of land ownership, because it was not one of historical usage by the Arabs.

5. A host of Islamic scholars and historians decried and rejected Muslims as Palestinians. “Allah Gave the Land of Israel to the Jews. The al-Aqsa Mosque was built on top of Solomon’s Temple.”
– Eleventh century historian Muhammad Ibn Ahmad al-Maqdisi and fourteenth century Iranian religious scholar Hamdallah al-Mustawfi // “There is no such thing as ‘Palestine’ in history, absolutely not.” – Arab-American historian and Princeton University Professor, Philip Hitti, testifying before the Anglo-American Committee in 1946]

6. A host of Jewish organizations and Institutions were called by the prefix of Palestine or Palestinian in the 20th century, including ‘The Jewish Palestine Brigade’ in Britain’s WW2 Military Forces; The [Jewish] Palestine Symphony Orchestra; Today’s Jerusalem Post media was called “The Palestine Post” at that time.

7. There are no Arab Muslim “Palestinians” on record prior to the 20th century; the land was referred to only as the homeland of the Jews. It is validated by a host of archives by many nations, and some one million Archaeological relics. Thereby, the nativity claim can only apply to Jews. In fact, there was never a time when there were no Jews in “Palestine” throughout the past 2,000 years, as evidenced by the Crusaders, Islamic invasions and the previous Ottomans.

8. Generally, real natives do not usurp the name of other natives, especially one they disdained. “There is a propaganda war going on now with regard to the term ‘Palestine.’ It is specifically employed to avoid the use of the name Israel, and must be considered an anti-Israel term.” – Dr. Thomas McCall, the Senior Theologian of Levitt Ministry, quoting Zola Levitt.]

9. The previous Islamic Ottoman rulers of Arabia declared Palestine as the homeland of the Jews. – “Who can challenge the rights of the Jews in Palestine? Good Lord, historically it is really your country” – Ottoman Mayor and scholar Yusuf Diya al-Khalidi; Jerusalem, 1899.

10. Judea’s original name was Israel in 1002 BCE, established under King David; and again in 1947 when this country was re-established by the UN. ‘Israel’ is mentioned in the Quran as one belonging to the Jews. [Joshua J. Mark , Ancient History Encyl.)

11. All Religious Scriptures acknowledge Palestine as the ‘Land of Israel’; ‘Land of Judea’; and ‘Land of the Jews’ – including the Hebrew Bible [1 Samuel 13:19]; The New Testaments [ ‘And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.’ – Matt. 2:21]; The Quran – [Surah Al-Ma’idah 5:20-21.]; and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Condensed from Quora/Joseph Shellim



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