There has never been a Palestinian people until Yasser Arafat and other Arab nations created them in 1964
I read the above statement within an article at Charisma today. Its not the first time I’ve read similar statements. Anyway, I recalled a video clip I had watched at youtbe some time back and wanted to share it.
Laying everything else aside, I found this video clip fascinating, mainly because of how “Westernized” many of the people (prior to 1948) seemed to be. Perhaps you’ll find it interesting as well.
A few interesting facts/stats:
Jerusalem’s population in 1906 was roughly 60,000, according to a published guide-book: Of which 7,000 were Muslims, 13,000 were Christians and 40,000 were Jews. As of 1948 the population was approximately 30% Jewish, 20% Christian (Israel today, 2% Christian) and 50% Muslim. Most of the Christians were Palestinians. Arab Christians had lived in the area since about 300 AD, sharing the land with Arab Muslims from about 700 AD.