Mitchell Bard.

Origins of the Name “Palestine”.

Though the definite origins of the word Palestine have been debated for years and are still not known for sure, the name is believed to be derived from the Egyptian and Hebrew word peleshet. Roughly translated to mean rolling or migratory, the term was used to describe the inhabitants of …

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Losing the Semantic War on ‘Palestine’.

I have written before about the importance of semantics in the discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and how frustrated many people are about losing various battles over nomenclature, such as references to the disputed territories as “occupied,” and “Judaea and Samaria” as the West Bank.  An arguably more important semantic …

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MYTH … Jews stole Arab land.

FACT … Despite the growth in their population, the Arabs continued to assert they were being displaced. From the beginning of World War I, how-ever, part of Palestine’s land was owned by absentee landlords who lived in Cairo, Damascus, and Beirut.  About 80 percent of the Palestinian Arabs were debt-ridden …

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What’s Really Behind Israel’s Nation State Law?

Israel’s new Nation State Law has provoked controversy both inside and outside Israel.  Both critics and supporters have misinterpreted the text and its implications.  They have also missed what may be the most important motive for the legislation – fear of the demographic threat to Israel’s future. First, we can …

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