“Bethlehem embodies the culture of Palestine. It’s a message to the world that, both religious & cultural that we all live together in this land” – Palestinian Christian Fadi Qattan, Tourist Agency owner, Bethlehem
Al Jazeera World – Forbidden Pilgrimage
Published on Dec 17, 2013
Pilgrimage to sites associated with the life and ministry of Jesus has been a significant aspect of Christian faith since the earliest centuries AD. Group tours to the ‘Holy Land’ are still very much part of the culture of practising Christians but are primarily organised by Israeli travel agents.This film hears passionate views from Palestinian priests, a Christian tour operator and a British writer as they speak out against the obstacles facing pilgrims visiting sacred sites today, particularly Bethlehem and Nazareth. It also covers the recent history of discrimination against Palestinian Christians generally – and the wider problems threatening their survival.
Latin woodcut map of Palestine published in Lubeck, Germany in 1475
“The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians ,
Palestinians , Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people , since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct
‘Palestinian people’ to oppose Zionism””For tactical reasons , Jordan , which is a sovereign state with defined
borders , cannot raise claims to haifa and Jaffa. While as a Palestinian ,I can undoubtedly demand Haifa , Jaffa , Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine , we will not wait even
a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.”PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein ,
“there is no such a thing like a Palestinian people, or a Palestinian culture, or a Palestinian language, or a Palestinian history. There has never been any Palestinian state, neither any Palestinian archaeological find nor coinage. The present-day “Palestinians” are an Arab people, with Arab culture, Arabic language and Arab history.”
I’ll refute your claims once, then like you I will copy/paste this as a reply to all your copy/paste trolling on here like your own shadow.1. The Egyptian “Pw-r-ts-wy”, “Peleset”, Greek “Pelasgians/Palaistínē (Παλαιστίνη)” Arabic “Filastin (فلسطين)” and Biblical “Philistines/Filistines” in other words Palestinians; sources Medinet Habu reliefs, Papyrus Harris, Homer’s Odyssey, Herodotus’ The Histories.2.The very distinct Hebron glassware, Bethlehem mother of pearl and olive wood carvings and unique pottery as mentioned below show Palestine has a distinct cultural history since it’s inception. Palestinian poetry and music is well known throughout the Muslim world because it is unique to Palestine.A carved ivory handle from excavations on Enkomi Cyprus with a warrior with Palestinian feathered headdress dated 1200 BCE and originating from Askelon, source: British Museum.
3.Palestinian Arabic is different from Levantine Arabic and Arabic in all other Arabic speaking nations. It is closer to Classical Arabic than any other Arabic language around the world and contains loanwords from ancient and modern Middle Eastern (Canaanite, Aramaic, Turkish, Israeli Hebrew) and European (Greek, Latin, French, English) languages not found anywhere else. Source: F. E. Crow in 1901.
4.It’s history as proven by the archaeological and genealogical records is taught at all Universities across the world including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, we have to assume you’ve never attended such classes nor have you ever researched the subject on your own using the same sources everybody else uses. There is physical evidence to place Palestinians and the land of Palestine where Israel and the occupied territories are now since 1100 BCE.
5.In the 2nd century CE under the Romans, “Palestine” as a stand-alone term came into widespread use, printed on coins, in inscriptions and even in rabbinic texts as has been mentioned in the writings of Philo, Josephus and Pliny the Elder.
6. Pottery found on Palestinian sites across Israel show a distinct difference in ware, shape, paint and decorative concepts closer related to LHIIIC period Aegean and Greek islands.
A decorated gold pommel cap was found in Ashdod and dated to 1100-1000 BCE which was similar to Aegean examples as expected from Palestinian craftsmanship as opposed to Assyrian/Mesopotamian.
Distinct relief’s and clay mouldings found in Palestine on sarcophagi of the feathered headdresses worn by all Palestinians on Egyptian reliefs like the Medinet Habu and Abu Simbel relief’s corroborate the archaeological record of the Palestinians existence since at least 1400 BCE in Palestine.
Furthermore genetics shows inhabitants of Palestine belong to the Haplogroup J1 Y-DNA to which the majority of modern Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze, Samaritans and Bedouines within it’s borders belong. This can be traced back to Cohanian genes considered linked to the Cohen Priestly lineage of Aaron. Source: Doron M. Behar; Bayazit Yunusbayev; Mait Metspalu; Ene Metspalu; Saharon Rosset; Jüri Parik; Siiri Rootsi; Ildus Kutuev; Guennady Yudkovsky; Elza K. Khusnutdinova; Oleg Balanovsky; Olga Balaganskaya; Ornella Semino; Luisa Pereira; David Gurwitz; Batsheva Bonne-Tamir; Tudor Parfitt; Michael F. Hammer; Karl Skorecki; Richard Villems (July 2010) “The genome-wide structure of the Jewish people”.
Irrefutable evidence corroborated by Jewish historical, scientific and rabbinical scholars that Palestinians and Palestine exists and existed alongside the Jews and included these Jews for the same 3000 years Hasbaras like to claim ownership of Palestine for.