I have seen this map shared many times by anti-Israel tweeters as proof of the existence of Palestine back in 1759.
Most recently in this tweet:
— #GazaReports (@GazaReports) November 14, 2015
Normally we would pass something like this off as idiotic, since it doesn’t prove the existence of Palestine at all. But what do you know. The map is still being shared by influential accounts with many followers, so yalla, put your Hasbara hats on and let’s start the debunkation process.
Part 1: The Map Title
Basically the word “Palæstina” is the only thing the anti-Israel tweeters have to go by here, because here’s the English translation via Google Translate.
Holy Land or Palæstina
Not only exhibiting the old kingdoms of Judah and Israel in their 12 distinct tribes but even
their different eras and the condition of the sacred pages indicated map search. Newly elaborated work and study by Tobias Conrad Lotter, geographers aug. Vindel 1759.
So no, this is not a map of Palestine in 1759. This is a map of the 12 Ancient Tribes of Israel and was created in 1759.
Let’s take a closer look at that flag the fellow on the right is holding:
Yup. The tribes of Israel. All 12 of them.
Part 2: The History Of Judaism Is All Over The Place
The only reason the word “Palæstina” appears on the map, is because that is the term used by the Romans for that particular geographical area in attempt to erase Jewish memory. Everything else on that map? A detailed lesson in ancient Jewish history! I have highlighted the obvious place names. Click the map below for full size glory!
I know I’m stating the obvious, but let this post be your response the next time you see an Israel hater use this map. The word “Fail” doesn’t quite capture what’s happening here. They’ve actually gone and proven the ancient bond between the Jewish people and the Terra Sancta.
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