- Jun 2014
In a region with so much human activity and written history, this is a difficult question. Names change for groups/tribes, as we have seen. My aunt is half Arabic. Her father was born in 1898 in Jerusalem. He was described as coming from Trans Jordan when he arrived in the U.S. after WW1. He also referred to himself, in later days as "Syrian," but never "Palestinian," although he did return to Jerusalem in the early 1950s where he later died.