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There has never been a Palestinian “People”


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.

3 comments on “There has never been a Palestinian “People”

  1. I’ve heard this many times before but it’s not quite that simple. First, while it is true there wasn’t a national identity before the late 19th and early 20th century that doesn’t mean the people didn’t exist.
    Our concept of nationhood and identity is something we just take for granted. We’re Americans. But for many people around the world, their identity was locality based. You were from a tribe or a village. Later people began to put things together and say…hey, all these tribes are speaking the same language and have the same customs etc… and then they began to forge a political identity viz., united for security and/or power.
    This happened in Central Asia. Before the creation of the USSR there wasn’t really a Tajikistan or an Uzbekistan. When the USSR broke up these peoples who had some notion of common identity began to form a political block.
    When the Ottoman Empire was broken up and the British began to encourage Jewish settlement this led to a crisis. The land was in part underpopulated but also it had a different economy. It was far more agrarian and primitive at that, meaning it sustained less people per acre etc…
    The concept of Palestinian began to form. Before this all the people who lived there Jews, Christians, Arabs etc… were reckoned Palestinians.
    Genetically most of the Palestinians are the same people who have always lived there. Frankly a lot of them are Jews who converted to Islam during the Middle Ages. Since then they’ve been Arabized and no doubt there’s been a mixing of people and intermarriages etc…

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    What’s both sad and interesting is the number of Palestinian Arab Christians who have since the troubles been driven out…but used to make up a significant part of the population. Americans never paid any attention to this. We only like Christians in other countries when it’s politically convenient. The fact that you had a bunch of anti-Zionist Christian Palestinians running around wasn’t something American Evangelical audiences wanted to hear. There were Christians in the PLO and they didn’t consider themselves to be terrorists either.
    Of course ethnic Christianity is theologically bogus. I only point it out because it’s not employed with any kind of sincerity or consistency.
    I’m afraid many have used this ‘Palestinians didn’t exist’ argument to excuse great evil. They didn’t in a political sense, but they certainly did. I always ask though…where did they come from then? A massive conspiracy? That’s usually what they think.
    In terms of the population. Yes, it has exploded. Trapped in refugee camps, they’ve had a lot of kids. Normally under that kind of population density, people would be branching out, emigrating, expanding. But they can’t. They’re stuck. And so they keep growing. Gaza’s about the mostly densely populated strip of land on the planet.
    Just wanted to throw in my two cents….

    • And thank you for your “two cents”, you added some good info my friend!

      What’s both sad and interesting is the number of Palestinian Arab Christians who have since the troubles been driven out…but used to make up a significant part of the population. Americans never paid any attention to this. We only like Christians in other countries when it’s politically convenient. The fact that you had a bunch of anti-Zionist Christian Palestinians running around wasn’t something American Evangelical audiences wanted to hear

      Amen. Like you said its not politically convenient. It also messes with many of their personal eschatology beliefs.

      I learned pretty quickly after starting this blog that posts like this one, which pointed out anything to do with Palestinian Christians, usually got ignored. Aha! I’ve always thought it was because to even acknowledge they existed in the region and have been there for 100’s of years, and were part of those displaced and driven out after WW2, was a subject in the minds of many believers, “better off not even acknowledged” or God forbid, openly discussed.
      So thank you protoprotestant for commenting….i really mean that, God bless you, thanks.

      And God willing, i’ll keep pointing out their existence.🙂

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