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In 2011 former US Rebublican Senator Rick Santorum stated that: 'All the people that live in the West Bank are Israelis. They are not Palestinians. There is no Palestinian'. This was echoed by another former Rebublican Senator, Newt Gingrich, who claimed: 'I think we have had an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs'.

Such statements are symptomatic of both ignorance and racism and deserve to be treated with the same disdain as Holocaust denial.

Of course there are Palestinian people, just as there is a nascent Palestinian state. And yes, Mr. Gingrich, most Palestinians were and are Arabs, but Arab Muslims, Christians, Samaritans and indeed Jews - as well as Armenians, Greeks, Circassians, Samaritans, Druze, Bedouin and others - really a plethora of peoples, most of whom are still there.

This seems axiomatic. But for those who continue seriously to doubt the present demographic evidence, or perhaps the written word, there remains an indisputable third source of proof - pictures of historic Palestine and its people, taken between the mid 19th century and the end of the British Mandate in 1948.

70 historic images of Old Palestine and its people with accompanying text.


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