An important declaration: the European Jews used the term “Palestine” for years to imitate its European equals. While the Mameluk Empire ruled in Israel (1260-1517) or the Ottoman (1517-1917), the term “Palestine” was not used since it was a European term.
During the British Mandate in Palestine (1920-1948), the National Symphony of Palestine or the journal “Palestine Post”, for example, were Jewish institutions. If anyone searched in the Larousse Encyclopedia (1938) for the Palestinian flag… Guess what you would find?
Zionism was not an invention of the English or of the powers to divide the Arab world like many still believe. However, it received the support of the English power, especially during World War I, for many reasons and not only because of “colonialist” motivations. The factors were: 1) faithful Christians who considered that the coming of the Messiah was approaching and that it should be received in the reborn land of Israel, with the Jewish people inhabiting it. These deep religious sentiments can be found among the German Templars or rulers like Prime Minister Lloyd George; 2) Real Politik and anti-Semitic prejudices: the British wished to maintain the Russians in war and entice the North-Americans. They assumed that the Jews had a disproportionate strength to lobby both countries in favor of the interests of the British. The British also promised things to the Arabs (for example, the MacMahon- Hussein correspondence of 1915). The Jews decided to translate these promises into actions to make their national wishes effective.
The affirmation that Zionism is a synonym of colonialism intends to immediately erase the history of a people formed many centuries before those who accuse them of being an imperialist manifestation. The demonizing intention is to transform the Jewish people into an artificial group”.