Palestine – Wiktionary

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From Latin Palaestna (Roman province of Palestine), from Ancient Greek (Palaistn, Philistia and the surrounding region), from Hebrew (p'lshet, Philistia, land of the Philistines),[1][2]. The term P-l-s-t or P-r-s-t, found in five Ancient Egyptian inscriptions (beginning with one at Medinet Habu from circa 1170 BCE and ending with Padiiset's Statue inscription from circa 900-850 BCE) as the name of a people near Egypt, is traditionally taken to be cognate.[3][4] Seven Assyrian inscriptions contain the word "Palas(h)tu" or "Pilistu", which is usually also taken to be cognate.[5][6]


Most Zionists hoped for a state of their own, but early in the 20th century, writers like Hillel Solotaroff and Chaim Zhitlowsky, both Yiddish-speaking immigrant intellectuals in New York, imagined another alternative: a federation of self-governing anarchist communes in Palestine that would defend Jewish life without relying on state power.

Jews and Israel are not synonymous; nor is support for Palestine synonymous with anti-Semitism; nor is questioning the orthodoxy of the Republican party, which the majority of us do with relish, an insult to Jewry.

West Bank and Gaza Strip collectively

historical: Roman province

historical: former British entity

historical: former British Mandate

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Palestinef (uncountable)

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