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You put things differently in a press conference than you do in a fund raiser. This message, from Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hammad, is for internal consumption:



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We all have Arab roots and every Palestinian, in Gaza and throughout Palestine, can prove his Arab roots – whether from Saudi Arabia, from Yemen, or anywhere. We have blood ties.

Personally, half my family is Egyptian. We’re all like that. More than 30 families in the Gaza Strip are called Al-Masri (“Egyptian”). Brothers, half of the Palestinians are Egyptians and the other half are Saudis.

Who are the Palestinians?

We have many families called Al-Masri, whose roots are Egyptian. Egyptian!

They may be from Alexandria, from Cairo, from Dumietta, from the North, from Aswan, from Upper Egypt.

We are Egyptians. We are Arabs. We are Muslims.

Good to know…

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10 COMMENTS

  1. This article proves that the so called "Palestinians" are Arabs.
    The Arabs invaded the Land of Israel (Palestine) in the year 635 CE.
    The Land of Israel belongs to the people of Israel, also called the Jewish people, as it is written in the Bible.
    Therefore, the Arabs who invaded the Land of Israel (Palestine) must go back to their land, which is Arabia.

  2. It is mute now what you call them but a significant if not majority of Palestinians came to Israel after the first and successive Jewish Aliyah because of the infrastructure, agriculture and industry built by the Jews coming from Europe. Having said that, they are here and have been for generations now.

  3. Didnt we already know this? Other than Arafat claiming he was a Philistine (the noun not the adjective) we all knew that arab comes from arabia. that is why we call them Arabs. We are jews (named by the Romans but that is a different problem) because we descended and were living in Judea.

  4. i'm pretty sure the word jew comes from the word 'yehudi' which means full of thanks …. a derivative of the name Yehuda which was bestowed upon Leah's fourth son as thanks to Hashem …. the area of judea was assigned to the tribe of Yehuda when klal Yisrael came to Israel ….. so while the romans may have referred to those coming from judea as jews, it was most definitely because we, as jews, are full of thanks to Hashem ….

  5. i could be wrong but i think the name 'palestine' comes from the word 'philistine' …. philistine derives from the Hebrew word plisha or plishtim …. this roughly translates to 'invader' …. seems they have names themselves correctly ….

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