For anyone who wants a simple proof that Palestine existed before 1948, here’s a coin from 1927 worth 10 Mils (this currency is no longer used). Also note that the word “Palestine” is written in both Arabic and Hebrew indicating not only a Jewish presence, but a prominent one. Jews and Arabs DID live side by side in peace. The Zionist idea that they cannot coexist is an absolute fallacy.
Palestine was the name the Romans gave to the territroy of Judea that they conquered after a war against the Isaeli people. It was renamed after the Philistines who were no longer there. Philistines and the current arabs who address themselves as Palestines have no relation - Philistines as a people were dissolved and absorbed by the surrounding cultures by the tenth century.
The same name ‘Palestine’ was later on adopted by the British who had a mandate over the same territories, and this is the coin that was produced.
Zionism is a movement that was conceived in Europe at the end of the 19th century and that supports the creation of a Jewish homeland in the territory defined as the Land of Israel. The leader of that movement called Theodor Herzl actually wrote a book called Altneuland and i’ll just quote an article on that:
"Contrary to what is sometimes said of Zionism - that it ignored the existence of Arabs in the country - the book reveals not only an awareness of the existence of the Arab population; the Jewish state is predicated on the concept that all its inhabitants, regardless of religion, race or gender, enjoy equal rights and the right to vote. These rights are extended not only to Arabs, but to women, at the time the book was written no Western democracy had given women the vote.”
As for the present? The New Israeli Shequel, also has the same three languages on it: Hebrew, Arabic and English which are also the three official languages in the state of Israel.