Let us begin with the letter ‘P’

As a continuation of the previous article:

Since the sound of the letter ‘P’ is non-existent in Arabic, how did the Arabs come to adopt their fake “Palestinian” identity?

First off, let us look at the origins of the name Palestine. It originates from the name Philistine, which was an invading entity whose origins are unclear — though it is commonly believed that the Philistines were from one of the Greek Islands or Asia Minor.

The Philistines (approximately 3500 – 3000 years ago), often referred to as the Sea People — somewhat similar to pirates — are described in the Torah as invaders who were the most dangerous enemies of Judah —  ruled by King David. The Philistines conquered and ruled the five city-states of Gaza, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ekron and Gath.

Later on, when the Romans conquered Judah (Israel), 63 BC, they named it Judaea-Palaestine. Palaestina was adopted in order to humiliate the Jews, and as a reminder of a previous invasion by the Philistines.

Islam did not yet exist, and only came to existence about 450 years later.

Besides the Philistines and the Romans, Judah, or the region, was invaded by numerous foreign entities, such as, the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Hasmoneans, Hellenists, Byzantine, Islamic, Crusaders, Mamluks, Ottomans and lastly, the British.

During the Ottoman and the British rule, it was actually the Jews who were called Palestinians. It even appeared as such in Jewish institutions such as, the Palestine Post (now the Jerusalem Post), The Anglo-Palestine Bank (now Bank Leumi), the Palestine Electricity Corporation Limited (now Israel’s Electric Company). the Palestine Symphony Orchestra (now the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra)

So how did modern-day Arabs trick their way into adopting the ‘Palestinian’ identity, which was abandoned by the Jews after Israel had been reestablished? Simple! They needed an identity with which to delegitimise Israel, and one had just become available. This interview will shine some light on how the KGB had a hand in inventing the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organisation) and the newly found Palestinian identity.

If the word ‘Liberation” was replaced with the word “Terrorist”, it would be more accurate and infinitely more suitable to this so-called “organisation.”

When confronted with the fact that the sound of the letter ‘P’ is non-existent in the Arabic language, the Arabs will immediately defend their position by explaining that the name begins with the letter ‘F’. Looking back into history, other than the Philistines who were invaders, there is absolutely no record of any people called “Filistines.”  Just for the record, it is impossible to track back to the Philistines, since they had ceased to exist without a trace. Furthermore, no Arab will ever admit that the name Palaestina was coined by the Romans and stollen by the Arabs. If the Arabs choose to be associated with invaders from approximately 1500 BC, it is actually quite appropriate, as most Arabs arrived to Ottoman ruled and British Mandate Palestine when Jews had made the first migrations and began working the land.

Moreover, there is no such thing as “Palestinian” folklore, foods or anything that can be associated with an alleged “Palestinian” people. Their folkloric dances, dishes, language, accent and garb are identical to those of the Jordanian’s, Egyptian’s or Syrian’s. That is to say, there is nothing that can be identified as exclusively “Palestinian.”

What is particularly offensive, is the fact that the Arabs lie and claim that they are the only people who lived in this region, when in fact, there are several Israeli families who have grandparents and great-grandparents who were born in Ottoman and British Mandate Palestine — prior to Israel’s reestablishment — and were called Palestinians. This can easily be verified. Records show that the Arabs were called Arabs and not Palestinians. This was their accepted name.

So how did the letter ‘P’ turn into the letter ‘F’? It didn’t! And we should call the Arabs by their real name — Arabs!


About the Author
Michelle Cohen: a pro-Israel activist who runs a weblog named Israeli Frontline. She had kept by-the-minute updates during Operation Cast Lead and Operation Pillar of Defence. She had given updates from Ashkelon on Arutz Sheva's Tamar Yonah Show during Operation Pillar of Defence. Michelle has debated the Arab-Israeli conflict numerous times on VONVO, and was interviewed by Gadi Edelman on Akbar Radio. She occasionally writes her own articles.