Originally posted by Namaste1001
It is my understanding that the Palestinians can trace their roots all the way back to the Canaanites that lived on that land millennia ago.
Newt is making himself sound more like a Zionist stooge every time he opens his mouth.
Very few Palestinians can trace their roots back to Canaanite prehistory. Unlike their Jewish "brothers", tribal membership (& therefore genealogical
links) were not as important as links and alliances. Hence, the non-Jewish peoples of the middle east are far more genetically diverse.
Remember that middle eastern Muslims often trace their roots back to Abraham, something which many true Arabs can claim, but not Canaanites (who
descended from the peoples in the land at the same time Abraham was passing through).
The identification of Palestine as the name of the area was a dig at the expense of the Jews by identifying the name of the land with the Canaanite
traditional sworn enemies of the Jews, the Philistines (who the Jews never really fully defeated when they originally tried to "take" the "promised
edit on 11/12/2011 by chr0naut because: (no reason given)