This article describes several Definitions of Palestinian
By place of birth
A "Palestinian" can mean a person who is born in the geographical area known prior to 1918 as "Palestine", or a former citizen of the British Mandate territory called Palestine, or an institution related to either of these. Using this definition, both Palestinian Arabs
and Palestinian Jews
were called "Palestinians".
Before the establishment of the State of Israel, the meaning of the word "Palestinian" didn't discriminate on ethnic grounds, but rather referred to anything associated with the region. The local newspaper, founded in 1932 by Gershon Agron
, was called The Palestine Post
. In 1950, its name was changed to The Jerusalem Post
In 1923, Pinhas Rutenberg
founded the Palestine Electric Company, Ltd. (later to become the Israel Electric Corporation, Ltd.)There was a Palestine Symphony Orchestra, and in World War II
, the British assembled a Jewish Brigade
, to fight the Axis powers
, that was known as the Palestine regiment.
Since the establishment of Israel, its citizens are called Israelis
, while the term Palestinians
usually refers to the Palestinian Arabs.
used the term "Palestinian" to refer to all persons legally residing in or born in the boundaries of the British Mandate of Palestine
without regard to their ethnicity, religion, or place of origin.
By place of origin
In its common usage today, the term... Read More