posted on Sep, 21 2012 @ 04:07 AM
Palestinians are and were a variety of religions, Abrahamic and otherwise. I'm not sure they self identify as Phillistine though as several posters
have said. All the Palestinians I've met have pretty much held themselves to be the descendants of the Canaanites.
As far as Levantine genetics go, it's clear the center is Palestine, with significant incidences in Lebanon (mixed w/Phoenician), Egypt (also pretty
much a Hamitic people), and Ethiopia among the Amhara (interestingly adding weight to the story of the Biblical queen of Sheba as well as the Kebra
Are some Palestinians the descendents of the historical Hebrews? Of course, as pointed out by the OP and linked article, where would they go en masse?
The myth of a thinly populated Palestine at the time of occupation is just that, a myth. Whats more, there were self identifying Palestinian Jews!
However, there are others as well. The Druze are not exactly "Levantine" but have been there a very long time.
Anyone know what their (Druze) status is in isrl?
Also, this is fascinating:
Josephus's Against Apion gives two long quotations from Manetho's Aigyptiaca. The first is Manetho's account of the expulsion of the Hyksos
(the name is given by Manetho) and their settlement in Judea, where they found the city of Jerusalem. Josephus then draws the conclusion that
Manetho's Hyksos were the Jews of the Exodus, although Manetho himself makes no such connection. The second, set some two hundred years later,
tells the story of Osarseph. According to Josephus, Manetho described Osarseph as a tyrannical high priest of Osiris at Heliopolis. Pharaoh Amenophis
had a desire to see the gods, but in order to do so he first had to cleanse Egypt of lepers and other polluted people, setting 80,000 of them to work
in the stone quarries, and then confining them to Avaris, the former Hyksos capital in the Eastern Delta. There Osarseph became their leader and
ordered them to give up the worship of the gods and eat the meat of the holy animals. The Osarsephites then invited the Hyksos back into Egypt, and
together with their new allies drove Amenophis and his son Ramses into exile in Nubia and instituted a 13-year reign of religious oppression: towns
and temples were devastated, the images of the gods destroyed, the sanctuaries turned into kitchens and the sacred animals roasted over fires, until
eventually Amenophis and Rameses returned to expel the lepers and the Hyksos and restore the old Egyptian religion. Towards the end of the story
Manetho reports that Osarseph took the name "Moses".
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