• Mon. Feb 6th, 2023

The term “historic Palestine” sounds both old and rich in tradition. In Den Store Danske, the UN liaison train at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the term is also used.

On July 7, 2020, Israeli journalist and researcher Adi Schwartz provided some clarification on the term on Twitter:

  1. “Historic Palestine” is exactly 100 years old. It was the British who in 1920 determined the borders that the Palestinians use today on their maps. Never before was there any defined territory called Palestine.
  2. The borders of “historic Palestine” were not affected by Arabs.
  3. The southern border, between the present state of Israel and Egypt in Sinai was agreed between Britain and the Ottoman Empire in 1906. Until then, the border between the city of Suez and the city of al-Arish, the entire Sinai Peninsula had been outside Egyptian territory.
  4. The eastern border, which runs along the Jordan River, was determined by the British with the desire to establish cooperation between the two sides of the river (which later became the Kingdom of Jordan).
  5. The northern and north-eastern border, today towards Lebanon and Syria , was determined by Britain and France, between their respective mandates.
  6. The conclusion is that “Palestine” as the concrete political entity we know today is 100 years old, and is nothing more than that. Arabs had no influence on its origins or its borders.
  7. This does not mean that Arabs did not live in rural areas. But that is to say that the term “historic Palestine” is totally fictional.

As Infinitum News showed in 2014, the area had a completely different administrative name and divisions before the British conquered the area during World War I – read more here.

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