Here’s a graphic that illustrates the timeline of the inhabitants of the area now know as Palestine. It covers a 4000 year time span.
It is a historically accepted record of the overall diaspora. Since the Canaanites, every subsequent people to inhabit the land (without exception) did so via invasion, and violent overthrow. So this begs the question, who were the Canaanites? Jihadist Islamist militants would like you to believe modern day Palestinians are the direct descendants and so have a claim to the land over the Israelis. Are they right? Lets find out.
Here are the facts:
Modern knowledge about Canaan stems from digs in this area. Canaanite culture developed in situ from the Circum-Arabian Nomadic Pastoral Complex, which in turn developed from a fusion of Near Eastern Harifarian hunter gatherers with Pre pottery neolithic B (PPNB) farming cultures, practicing animal domestication, during the 6200BC climactic crisis. Linguistically, the Canaanite languages form a group within the Northwest Semitic languages; its best-known member today is the hebrew language, being mostly known from Iron Age epigraphy. Other languages in the Northwest Semitic Canaanite group include; Phoenician, Ugarotic, Amorite, Ammonite, Moabite, and Edomite. The various Canaanite nations of the Bronze to Iron Ages are mentioned in the bible, Mesopotamian (Assyrian and Babylonian), Hittite and ancient Egyptian texts. The Late Bronze Age state of Ugarit (modern Ras Shamra in Syria) is considered quintessentially Canaanite archaeologically, even though its Ugaritic language does not belong to the Canaanite group proper.
What does this mean in plain english? The Canaanites were a mixture of every race that lived in the area up to modern times. And there is news that some might find surprising. The genetic profile of Palestinians has, for the first time, been studied by using human leukocyte antigen (HLA) gene variability and haplotypes. The comparison with other Mediterranean populations by using neighbor-joining dendrograms and correspondence
analyses reveal that Palestinians are genetically very close to Jews and other Middle East populations, including Turks (Anatolians), Lebanese, Egyptians, Armenians and
Iranians. Archaeologic and genetic data support that both Jews and Palestinians came from the ancient Canaanites, who extensively mixed with Egyptians, Mesopotamian and Anatolian peoples in ancient times. Thus, Palestinian Jewish rivalry is based in cultural and religious, but not in genetic, differences. The relatively close relatedness of both Jews and Palestinians to western Mediterranean populations reflects the continuous circum-Mediterranean cultural and gene flow that have occurred in prehistoric and historic times. This flow overtly contradicts the demic diffusion model of western Mediterranean populations substitution by agriculturalists coming from the Middle East in the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition.
Human Immunology 62, 889-900 (2001). ã American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, 2001. Published by Elsevier Science Inc.
The huge irony is that both the Palestinians and the Israelis are both right where they belong. On November 29, 1947 the United Nations adopted Resolution 181 (also known as the Partition Resolution) that would divide Great Britain’s former Palestinian mandate into Jewish and Arab states in May 1948 when the British mandate was scheduled to end. The Arab-Israeli War of 1948 broke out when five Arab nations invaded territory in the former Palestinian mandate immediately following the announcement of the independence of the state of Israel on May 14, 1948. Since then it has been a steady back and forth with atrocities committed by both sides. Neither the Palestinians nor the Israelis have clean hands in the matter. It is unfortunate that the Zionists have gained an upper hand currently and that innocent Palestinians have suffered and died. The UN has been a failure diplomatically to hold them [Israel] to account for their actions in displacing the Palestinians from their homes and other grievances too numerous to list here.
What still remains is to undertake a peaceful solution.
No one is going to get justice in this situation. No one is going to get exactly what they want. There will be no accommodation as long as both parties cling to the resentments that go back centuries. Imposed peace is never a lasting peace. It is up to Muslims and Jews alike to set aside their cultural and religious differences and find the difficult way to an agreement and abide by it. They have a rich COMMON heritage and should learn to celebrate that instead of killing each other.