THE ROMANS RENAMED ISRAEL "PALESTINE" AFTER THE ANCIENT ENEMY OF THE JEWS (THE PHILISTINES) IN ORDER TO TAUNT THE JEWS.
THE NAME IS A LATINIZED VERSION OF THE GREEK. THE PHILISTINES WERE NOT AN ARAB OR EVEN A SEMITIC PEOPLE; THE WERE FROM THE AEGEAN.
SO ARABS IN THIS REGION (WHO HAVE CALLED THEMSELVES PALESTINIANS ONLY SINCE 1967!) ARE IN EFFECT TAKING A ROMAN/BRITISH COLONIALIST NAME FOR THEMSELVES, ONE WHICH HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ARAB OR ISLAMIC CULTURE.
Close to three millennia ago, Gath was on the frontier between the Philistines, who occupied the Mediterranean coastal plain, and the Israelites, who controlled the inland hills. The city's most famous resident, according to the Book of Samuel, was Goliath — the giant warrior improbably felled by the young shepherd David and his sling.
The Philistines "are the ultimate other, almost, in the biblical story," said Aren Maeir of Bar-Ilan University, the archaeologist in charge of the excavation.
The latest summer excavation season began this past week, with 100 diggers from Canada, South Korea, the United States and elsewhere, adding to the wealth of relics found at the site since Maier's project began in 1996.
In a square hole, several Philistine jugs nearly 3,000 years old were emerging from the soil. One painted shard just unearthed had a rust-red frame and a black spiral: a decoration common in ancient Greek art and a hint to the Philistines' origins in the Aegean.
The Philistines arrived by sea from the area of modern-day Greece around 1200 B.C. They went on to rule major ports at Ashkelon and Ashdod, now cities in Israel, and at Gaza, now part of the Palestinian territory known as the Gaza Strip.
At Gath, they settled on a site that had been inhabited since prehistoric times. Digs like this one have shown that though they adopted aspects of local culture, they did not forget their roots. Even five centuries after their arrival, for example, they were still worshipping gods with Greek names.
THE ENTIRE "PALESTINIAN PEOPLE" MEME IS TOTAL UNADULTERATED BULLSHIT.
AND WON'T LEAD TO PEACE.