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PA daily acknowledges Jewish history in Israel, but claims biblical Philistines were “Palestinians”

 Headline: “Daoud was here!”
“At the beginning of Al-Najma St., the traditional path of the convoys of Patriarchs arriving from Jerusalem on Christmas, are three wells that have been considered a tourist site for hundreds of years, according to travelers who visited Bethlehem…
Like the other holy sites, after Emperor Constantine embraced Christianity, it was determined that these were the wells mentioned in the book of Samuel II (After embracing Christianity, Constantine decided the location of holy sites mentioned in the bible –Ed.): ‘King Daoud (i.e., King David) was in the cave of Adullam, and the army of Palestine was encamped in the valley of Rephaim. And Daoud was in the stronghold, and the Jews in Bethlehem defended him. And Daoud longed [for water] and said: Who will get me water from the well of Bethlehem which is at the gate. And the three heroes broke through the camp of Philistines, and drew water from the Bethlehem well at the gate, and they carried it, and they brought it to Daoud; and he did not want to drink it, and poured it out before God. And he said far be it from me God that I should do this, this is the blood of people who endangered their lives, and he would not drink it.’ (paraphrase of Samuel II, 23: 13-17 –Ed.)

According to tradition, King Daoud felt great thirst after a crucial battle with the Palestinian tribes, and asked three of his men to bring him water from the wells being guarded by the Palestinians next to Bethlehem. When King Daoud learned of the dangers faced by his people and the difficulties they went through to bring him the water, he refused to drink it and spilled it on the ground as a sacrifice to God. (Samuel II, 23: 16-17) [parentheses in source].”