Who were the inhabitants of Palestine before the Zionists?

Looking through the pages of history, it becomes clear that the war over the possession of Palestine and Jerusalem has been going on between Muslims, Christians and Jews since Biblical times without reaching any settlement ever. Archaeological findings and statements in Bible clearly show that Palestine was inhabited by non-Jewish Semites a long time before Jews even claimed that it is their “promised land” and long after that. The justification of Jews, that they claim the land because it belonged to them 3,300 years ago and was lost in the war, is absurd because if that logic is true; America should give the southwestern territory back to Mexicans and the rest of the land to Indians.


The term Zionism refers to the belief of Jews that Palestine is their homeland. The name Zion came from the name of the hill on which the temple of Jerusalem is situated. The end of World War I brought an end to the Ottoman Empire and Britain took over Palestine. Balfour Declaration was issued in 1917, a British move to secure the support of Zionists by promising them a homeland in Palestine. Jewish population grew dramatically from 50,000 to 600,000 during the mandate period compared to an Arab population of 1,300,000.

The bond between the British and the Zionists was terminated in 1939 but the Holocaust secured Jewish position in Europe for asking a separate homeland. By the time British lifted the mandate in 1948, Jews had convinced the American president to support their cause of declaring an independent state for Israel.

Right after Israel declared independence; it was attacked by Palestinian Arabs backed by Arabs from neighboring countries. This war, which is known as the Arab-Israeli War, produced over 700,000 Palestinian refugees. Since then, Israel got involved in four major wars with Arabs, the Suez Crisis in 1956, the Six Day War of 1967, the Arab Israeli War of 1973 and Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in 1982.

The then population figures determined that mandatory and Turkish Palestine was of great importance and incites a lot of historical interest. Pro-Palestinian historians challenge the claim made by Zionists that Palestine is “a land without people for people without land” and show the census figures stating that the land had substantial population comprising of Palestinian Arabs by 1914. According to Zionists, most of this increase in population occurred after Jews started developing in Palestine in 1880. They claim that most of the increase happened because of Jewish immigration while pro-Palestinians hold the view that Zionist settlements forced Palestinian Arabs to displace before 1948.

Looking through the pages of history, it becomes clear that the war over the possession of Palestine and Jerusalem has been going on between Muslims, Christians and Jews since Biblical times without reaching any settlement ever. Archaeological findings and statements in Bible clearly show that Palestine was inhabited by non-Jewish Semites a long time before Jews even claimed that it is their “promised land” and long after that. The justification of Jews, that they claim the land because it belonged to them 3,300 years ago and was lost in the war, is absurd because if that logic is true; America should give the southwestern territory back to Mexicans and the rest of the land to Indians.

The term Zionism refers to the belief of Jews that Palestine is their homeland. The name Zion came from the name of the hill on which the temple of Jerusalem is situated. The end of World War I brought an end to the Ottoman Empire and Britain took over Palestine. Balfour Declaration was issued in 1917, a British move to secure the support of Zionists by promising them a homeland in Palestine. Jewish population grew dramatically from 50,000 to 600,000 during the mandate period compared to an Arab population of 1,300,000.

The bond between the British and the Zionists was terminated in 1939 but the Holocaust secured Jewish position in Europe for asking a separate homeland. By the time British lifted the mandate in 1948, Jews had convinced the American president to support their cause of declaring an independent state for Israel.

Right after Israel declared independence; it was attacked by Palestinian Arabs backed by Arabs from neighboring countries. This war, which is known as the Arab-Israeli War, produced over 700,000 Palestinian refugees. Since then, Israel got involved in four major wars with Arabs, the Suez Crisis in 1956, the Six Day War of 1967, the Arab Israeli War of 1973 and Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in 1982.

The then population figures determined that mandatory and Turkish Palestine was of great importance and incites a lot of historical interest. Pro-Palestinian historians challenge the claim made by Zionists that Palestine is “a land without people for people without land” and show the census figures stating that the land had substantial population comprising of Palestinian Arabs by 1914. According to Zionists, most of this increase in population occurred after Jews started developing in Palestine in 1880. They claim that most of the increase happened because of Jewish immigration while pro-Palestinians hold the view that Zionist settlements forced Palestinian Arabs to displace before 1948.

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§ 5 Responses to Who were the inhabitants of Palestine before the Zionists?

  • joshua says:

    Who were the inhabitants of Palestine before Islam began?

    • Nazan says:

      Let’s see if I get it. Anybody who is cirtical of Israel is anti-semitic AND intellectually challenged?? Well, I guess I know where I stand now. Hope you enjoy your eternity in the bosom of Israel.

  • Sam says:

    Let me see if I get this right … Palestine did not really have any Arabs in it … you guys did not violate anybody’s rights by exiling people out of their homes and land … you did not massacre an entire nation under the claim of protecting your borders … you are not currently ethnically cleansing anything and everything that is not jewish …. in fact when you guys first came to Palestine the “non-Arabs” living in it lied down rose petals and a welcome sign that reads “please invade us, we dont mind” ….. no no, none of that happened, you guys are actually angels in disguise… all is dandy and peachy!

  • nash says:

    This is the dumbest argument I have ever heard of, the whole arab world almost 70% of it are not original Arabs from the Yemen or nearby Area’s firt get to know the diffention of an Arab before you come with your racist claims. Arabs are mixed race from black to persian, indian etc.. so Palestinians are the descendent of all the clustures lived in that Area and become arabs because of the language. just like lebanese syrians iragies and etc.. to come and claim that the Area is not arab land is absurd the fact is its not european and Israelies are just eurpean invaders and should go back to where they come from.

  • james ainoris says:

    At one time the Moslems were the most tollerent and educated people and were friends with the jews… Both us us were victimized by christian crusaders and such from europe… when they owned Israel they killed everyone (read about first crusade 1099) Later under Saladin the conquerer the Moslems recaptured the Holy Land.after beating the evil Richard the Lionhearted… The most famous rabbi “Rambam” (maimonides) was Salidins advisor and physician. Saladin officially said “the Jews belong in Jerusalem and Israel” and he welcomed them back in… Cyrus the Great of persia (Iran) also said the same hundreds of years before.. I was in Israel for a while and met Moslems and Christians who owned buisness and land protected by the IDF. The temple mount is for Islam only because Israel wants everyone to pray in peace.When Mosiach comes all people will be at peace and will know G-d is Achad (one). Many Moslems do not hate and are good people. Why doesnt wealthy Arab countries allow their people back ??james ainoris

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