Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Palestinians are Jews, apparently

Back issues of the New York Times are available online.  Skimming through the articles, I've learned something fascinating.  Years ago, the term "Palestinians" as often as not, referred to Jews.

This 1948 article promotes a "Palestinian Music Program", entitled "Melodies of Zion".

A exhibit of "Palestinian art" in New York was displayed at the Jewish museum

The "young Palestinian" giving a piano recital was named  Ella Goldstein

And this award winning "Palestinian composer" was German born Herbert Bruen

If you lived in the British Mandate of Palestine, you were Palestinian. It was that simple.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Actually, the Arab residents of the British Mandate of Palestine preferred to be called 'Syrian' (as this part of the Levant had been part of "Greater Syria", tracing back to Rome's re-naming of Judea to "Syria Palaestina") or just identified as 'Arab'.

The identity of Palestinian was reserved almost exclusively for indigenous Palestinian Jews such as the recently deceased Ariel Sharon. The concept of "Palestinian Arab" nationalism came much later - around the 1960's as I recall.