My Mideast Punchlines: the natives are restless…..

An initially positive feature on the BBC Travel website focuses on the Israel city of Caesarea, specifically the discovery of 2,000 gold coins on the ocean floor, the largest stash ever found in the region.

The author of the piece covers Caesarea’s fascinating ancient history, referring to Phoenicians and Greeks and eventually the Romans:

“By 6AD, Caesarea was the capital of Roman Palestine….and when the native people revolted against Roman rule….

By 6AD, Caesarea was the capital of the Roman province of Judea and was not known as “Roman Palestine” or “Palestine.” It was only later, following the suppression of the Bar-Kokhba Revolt in the year 135AD that the Romans changed the name of the province to Syria Palaestina.

And no prizes for guessing who were the “natives”. The name Judea is a clue, although this is seemingly lost on the “natives” of Bush House.

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