The term PALESTINIANS refers to the Jewish population of Israel during the pre-state period. It does not refer to today’s Arab population of the West Bank and Gaza. Palestine was the geographical designation of the land since the start of Jewish settlements during the Turkish rule and the subsequent British Mandate. The self-governing body of the Yishuv, the Jewish population of Palestine, was the Jewish Agency for Palestine. The tens of thousands of Jewish volunteers from Palestine to the British armed forces during WW II, including the members of the Jewish Brigade were designated as the Palestinians as were bearers of British Mandate issued passports.


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