Well, this is not a dear Mona moment, but more of you know this is really your heritage type of email.
It’s quite interesting to read.
The email sender wrote to me,
I just stumbled across your site and found it interesting. My grandparents are from Palestine also, from a Christian village. We had DNA testing done on them and a lot of research into the land and people. You might be surprised that your heritage is more “Arabized” and less actual Arab. The people of Palestine are a very, very mixed group with a high percentage of European ancestry, Jewish, and other indigenous (non-Arab) people groups from the area. It was not until the 7th century that the Arabs from the south invaded the northern Levant. They spread their language and culture, but there was less mixing than you might have thought. From our research, we found about 25-35% European blood for my grandparents, and also ancient Hebrew, Canaanite, Roman/Greek, and Arab mixture. So, depending on how you use the word, you may be a lot less “Arab” than you thought! Not sure if that is of any interest to you or not, and of course, it does not take away from the culture, but I thought I’d share.
Well dear reader. You pretty much said things in this email that have been said several million times actually. I am Arabized. We all know that. Palestinians are NOT originally from the Arab peninsula or even mixed with them that much. That’s why many Arab countries don’t like Palestinian much and keep saying that we are Arabized. They all know the history. My people are so mixed because of invasions or different ethnicity rule, that we are everyone in one.
Isn’t that funny? All in one! Kind of funny coming from a person that is “Palestinian” and have roots from the HOLY land where the entire world kind of really came from. No real facts that I can base this on, but I am sure everyone in the past or throughout the decades has had relatives that have passed by that area and called it home.
No wonder Palestinians all look different. There are the olive skinned, the blonds, the red heads, the white skinned, the dark skinned, the blacks, the blue eyed, brown eyed, very short, very tall, and everything in between! These are my people! We are like the new world now. This new world, or across the seas western world is quickly becoming that!
I am not sure exactly if being an Arab means that you have Arab roots, but all I know that I speak Arabic. I have lived my entire life in an Arab culture and followed Arab traditions, and really, what does DNA stand for other than Deoxyribonucleic acid which a bunch of genetic code? Do these genetic codes when I was born automatically determined the language that I speak, the culture that I will follow and live by, and the people around me that will influence my future choices? No. DNA is just a Damn Neurotic Annotation.