I have been browsing the net.. I always browse for my family name and Palestine. Just looking for any trace of my family out there that I never met before. Just curiosity and see how my family looks like. I love Wikipedia and I was reading about the Palestinian people .. It’s really interesting.. then I came across this:
The official designation of “Palestinian refugee” refers to anyone who registered as a Palestinian Refugee with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and any of those registrants’ descendents in the male line. Under UNRWA’s operational definition, Palestine refugees are persons whose normal place of residence was Palestine between June 1946 and May 1948, who lost both their homes and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict.
I laughed. I was like I am registered in the UNRWA. My grand parents fled Palestine to Lebanon in 1948. I keep telling my dad to feel special cause he was the first born refugee in Lebanon in his family. Although my dad is born 1951. It makes him feel a bit special since he was the 5th out of eight kids. Anyways I totally forgot about the UNRWA thing. Cause I remember my grandfather before he died got mad at my mom and told her to register my sister under UNRWA. (They didn’t!) She is born in the USA. It is a guarantee that if our lands ever come back we are registered to get it back. My dad has all the papers and everything to support it. It’s funny cause I was born in Saudi Arabia and it said on my birth certificate for nationality: Palestinian Refugee Muslim. That just proves to you how racist Arabs are no matter where you are born on their lands. No one likes us. Oh I remember one time this person from KSA said to me: “Palestinian are not originally Arabs. And they never will be.” I was like ok. I am sorry that I speak the language and somehow I look like one. That must have been a mistake. So I kept reading the article and I came across this:
“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.”
Ok so we got Canaanites. Ancient lovely people. Then you got the Egyptians.. Love their eyes. We got Mesopotamian.. Hmm.. from iraq/iran/syria .. and we got Anatolia.. which is in Turkey.. sooooooo.. we are a mix of everyone.. No wonder Palestenians are diverse.. yet people stereotype me for not looking like one.. blaaaah.. wtf .. look like what exactly? Then I looked up the word Philistine to make sure I am not loosing the original meaning:
There ya go.. no wonder why this guy down the street who just came from Greece and barely speaks English keeps talking to me in Greek and tells me I am one. No matter how much I deny it. I also remember when my mom goes to the mall and this Greek lady who works in one of the stores tells her you are Greek. My mom is like no. Palestinian. And the lady says.. yes you are from philistine. You are our people and you are Greek. My mom just gave up there. Worst part is that people think my sister is Spanish cause of her name Maria. I don’t even want to get started on that and why my sister has the most common Christian name. Maria was one of the Prophet Mohammad’s wifes! She was an Egyptian Coptic lady he married! So look it up and leave the Spanish part out of it. We are not Spanish nor Greek. We are mixed Palestinian!
The historic Philistines (Hebrew plishtim Ã—Â¤Ã—Å“Ã—Â©Ã—ÂªÃ—â„¢Ã—?) (see “other uses” below) were a people who inhabited the southern coast of Canaan around the time of the arrival of the Israelites, their territory being named Philistia in later contexts. Their origin has been debated among scholars, but modern archaeology has suggested early cultural links with the Mycenean world in mainland Greece. Though the Philistines adopted local Canaanite culture and language before leaving any written texts, an Indo-European origin has been suggested for a handful of known Philistine words (See Philistine language). There is no basis to the claim that the etymology of this word can be based on the Semitic word Plishah (Ã—Â¤Ã—Å“Ã—â„¢Ã—Â©Ã—â€?, meaning invasion).
So being Palestinian is cool you got to admit. We are unique people with cool history and lived in the most controversial most sacred land in the world. So we are cool people with lots of history and we look so diverse! I love being ancient! :yaay: