They seem to think that Palestine was once an autonomous Arab state, which of course it never was.
And to "prove" it, as we've seen on this blog from time to time, they've offered a jumble of exhibits, ranging from maps with "Palestine" printed on them to coins and stamps issued by the Mandate authority to advertisements for Mandate-era "Palestinian Airways" to travel posters, newspapers and the orchestra of the Yishuv to photos of the pre-war Palestinian soccer team (another Yishuv initiative, composed of, er, Jews).
– mon dieu! – 1869!
And they of course have been keen to share this fabulous Zionist myth-busting find with others.
Here, for instance, is just one of the "shares" currently doing the rounds on social media:
Well, that "little nugget" sure ain't gold.
Somebody's been "seeing queer things" alright, and it's not only the person in Daudet's story.
They are denying the historical existence of Palestine as an autonomous entity.
They are pointing out that the Roman conquerors renamed Judea "Palestine" as a deliberate measure to undermine Jewish ties with that land.
And they are now pointing out that, when Daudet was writing, Palestine indeed existed, and existed as it had been for hundreds of years, a backward province of the Ottoman Empire.
Once again, anti-Israel propagandists have proved only the validity of the old adage "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing".