There was no independent Arab Palestine ever, in the area. Not ever.
During those 1,300 years, the land was ruled by succession of Muslim and Christian kingdoms and empires. From the 15th century up till 1918 the land was part of the Ottoman, Turkic, non-Arabic empire. It was carved out and named "Palestine" by the league of nation and the British as a result of the fact that in the West, the region was called Palestine, from the Romans naming it that way. The Arabs have called the entire region of Syria, Lebanon and modern Israel as "Bilad Ha-Sham".
The Palestinians themselves didn't come to think themselves as a nation until about 50 years ago. Before that their national movement considered themselves Arabs, part of one single nation of people stretching from Morocco to Iraq. The existence of a separate Palestinian Arab people is the direct result of British and French colonialism - nothing more than that. Before that and even today so-called "Palestinian" families stretch from north Israel all the way to Syria, as until few decades ago the Arab in the region defined themselves by tribal affiliation, not nationhood. That was brought into the region by British and French colonialism.
Jews, on the other hand, have been living in the region for thousands of years. Modern genetic studies have proven that Ashkenazi Jews originate from the Middle East, with very little admixture from non-Jews in Europe (as a result of the fact that Christians were forbidden from marrying Jews).
And that has nothing to do with the fact that half of the Israeli Jews originate from Middle Eastern communities, from where is now Israel, from Syria, from Lebanon, from Iraq, from Morocco, Tunisia etc,. They are intermarried and intermingled with Ashkenazi Jews. So a person whose grandfather came from the Middle East, and his grandmother from Europe - where would you send?
Baloney, the Palestinians are of the same western Semitic stock as spoken of in the Bible (namely the Amorites and Arameans) that arrived from northwestern Mesopotamia due to Indo-European and Hurrian expansion into their Mesopotamian and Anatolian homelands.
Jews of the Old Testament were admixture of western Semitic stock likewise also Palestinians.
Western Semites were the Amorites and Arameans who originated from Northwestern Mesopotamia, from the Upper Eurphrates river. Amorites inhabited the southwest parts of this region while the Arameans inhabited the north parts of this region.
Eastern Semites were the Akkadians and Assyrians from the Upper Tigris river
There was a series of large migrations to Palestine/Levant between the 3rd and 2nd Millenium. The earliest inhabitants were Ghassulian in the 4th Millenium BCE and many believe these were simply the very first wave of western Semites, proceeded by two more waves of large migrations into the Levant. The second wave is said to be the Amorites. While the Patriarch Abraham occurred during the third large migration which is said to be the Arameans.
See Deuteronomy 26:5, Genesis 14:13, Genesis 24:4, Genesis 25:20.
So in essence, the Palestinians do indeed quality as Arabicized western Semites because the local population preserved their Semitic lineage. So with that, the Palestinians actually have a greater claim to historically to Palestine than the Ashkenazi European Jews because they are just as the Hebrews and Jews of the Old Testament were... western Semites and no doubtly can trace their bloodlines to the Hebrews but despite successive waves of Hellenization, Christianization, and Islamization. The last of which Arabicized this local western Semitic population over the last 1,300 years.
California and most of the south West, was, historically, part of Mexico. And most Mexicans are mostly Native Americans with only some Spanish admixture. So they have much better claim to that area than a bunch of Irish, German, Scots, Italians and Jews coming from Europe and annexing their lands to their newly European-dominant country back in the 19th century, no?
Western Semites (aka Hebrews, Amorites, Arameans) never departed from the Levant. They were always there. They are the Palestinian Arabs.
Edited by B Jenkins, 18 May 2013 - 11:11 AM.