Etymology of Palestine
The word Palestinians today appears derived from Philistia, but not exactly. Philistines and Palestinians are different groups of people from different eras. [Times of Israel]
The prophet Jeremiah predicted the destruction of the Philistines, and none of the “Biblical Philistines” exist today.
Since the Biblical Philistines were their persistent enemy, what greater insult would it be to name their land (Judea) into Syria-Palestinia in 132 A.D. [Britanica]
Southern Syria, not Palestine
The Ottomans and Arabs who lived in Palestine referred to the area as Southern Syria, not Palestine, where a small minority Jewish population remained. [Jewish Library]
In 1887-88, the area later became Mandatory Palestine was divided into three administrative units.
Philistia is NOT the same as Palestinians today
Quarters of Jerusalem
New groups settled parts of their land after their last period of exile in 70 A.D. The reason we find large groups of Muslims, Arminians, Palestinians, and Christians (other than Jews) in the once Jewish-dominated country.
Palestinian applies to anyone living in the area, including Jews
Jews born during the Mandate of Palestine (British occupation) have birth certificates stating they were born in “Palestine.” Historically, the term “Palestinian” applied to anyone living there, including Jewish people.
Philistines and Palestinians are different groups of people from different eras.