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A series where I use history to debunk common misconceptions about the Middle East conflict.

Know Your History: ‘Same Arab Race’ in Syria and Palestine (NY Times Sept 1,...

More proof there was no separate “palestinian” identity, and that the Arabs in the area considered themselves part of Syria.

Know Your History: Judea (NY Times Nov 23, 1917)

When the New York Times call places in Israel by their actual names

Know Your History: Jerusalem, Right After The Six Day War (NY Times July 30,...

Another eye-opening article from the NY Times of old

Know Your History: Israel’s Offer to Repatriate Arab Refugees (NY Times July 1967)

Another fascinating glimpse at the past

Know Your History: Palestinian Art (NY Times Dec 11, 1929)

The term "Palestinian" to refer to the Arabs who were living here pre-1948, as well as their descendants, is a relatively recent invention. Here's another example showing this.

Know Your History: Eyewitness To The Six Day War (National Geographic, Dec 1967)

Charles Harbutt's photo essay about the Six Day War is a gem

Know Your History: Farid Kassab, First Arab To Use Term “Palestinian”, Praised Zionists

Meet Farid Kassab, thought to be the first Arab to use the term "Palestinian"

Know Your History: Sabena Hijacking Rescue Operation (NY Times May 14, 1972)

When the NY times was in awe of Israel's daring

Know Your History: Nazi-Arab Collaboration In Palestine, 1930s

Some little known facts about Nazi-Arab collaboration in Palestine during the 1930s

Know Your History: Palestinians Return Home

When palestinians returning home meant something else entirely

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