Palestine is actually one geographic region located in the Western Asia. It is between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. Ancient Greek writers were the ones who use the name of “Palestine”. Later on, it was used in naming Jund Filastin, which was a Islamic provincial district, the Palaestina Prima of the Byzantine, and the Syria Palaestina, which was a Roman province. Moreover, here are 10 interesting facts about Palestine that will surprise you:
10. Palestine is not an Arab nation
Many people believe that Arabs were the ones who firstly inhabited Palestine, but they were not. Turks were the ones who ruled this region way back in the early 50’s. Meaning to say, the very first inhabitants of this region were the Turks. Several years after, it was controlled by Great Britain until it was passed to the UN.
9. Romans were the ones who named the region “Palestine”
It was way back in the middle of 130 CE when Romans changed the region’s name “Judea” into “Filistia” or “Palestine”. They decided to change the name in order to get rid of the uprising Jewish people. Ancient Philistines were actually where the name originated.
8. Palestine is not a nation
A lot of people have this misconception of considering Palestine as a country. It is actually not, and it never was. It is just a territory or a region near Arab and Jewish countries. It is just like the New England, which has no government and is just an American region or territory.
7. Palestine was ruled by a number of people in the past
There rulers were the Byzantines, Romans, Ancient Greeks, Persians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Israelites, Canaanites, Ancient Egyptians, Ottomans, Mongols, Mamluks, Ayyubids, Crusaders, Fatimid Caliphates, Abbasid, Umayyad, Arab Rashidun, modern Palestinians, modern Israelis, and the British people.
6. Palestine does not have “Palestinian” as its official language
The truth is, you can never hear a language in the world that is known as “Palestinian”. Palestinian language never exists. The languages spoken by the people who are living in Palestine in the past and even up to now are Egyptian, Syrian, Jordanian, and Arabic.
5. Palestine was re-inhabited by the Jewish people in 18th century
Jewish people were once forced to evacuate Palestine because of the Romans who ruled the place. However, during the 18th century, Jewish people returned to this region in which it was controlled by Turks, and not the Arabs. Every land occupied by the Jewish is paid by them.
4. Palestine was where Christianism and Judaism originated
Christianism is the current biggest religion in the world. It showcased Jesus Christ’s life and teachings, as what being written in the New Testament of the bible. On the other hand, Judaism depicts the life of Jewish people. The thing is, these two religions originally came from Palestine.
3. Palestine is one place in the world that is firstly inhabited by humans
First civilizations in the world can be traced back in a number of places, and these included Palestine. In fact, the Canaanite City in Palestine was established during the times of Bronze Age. The very first livelihood of the people here had something to do with agriculture.
2. Palestine was once called a number of names
These names came from the people who ruled this region in the past. These names were Syria Palaestina, Southern Levant, Southern Syria, Zion, Kingdom of Jerusalem, Kingdom of Israel, Coele-Syria, Judea, Iudaea Province, Holy Land, Greater Syria, Land of Israel, and Canaan.
1. It was in 15th century BC when the word “Palestine” was used
The place being referred in this name was the region between Egypt and Phoenicia. It was when Herodotus wrote “A District of Syria, Palaistine” in the book known as “The Histories”.
These are the 10 interesting facts about Palestine that will surprise you. Without a doubt, Palestine is a very interesting place in the world. It is a place that is very important part of the world history.