There is no Palestine, so there are no Palestinians. There was a Palestine, and the Palestinians were the Jews who lived there. Those people changed the name of their bordered region to Israel in 1948, when they declared independence, so now they are Israelis.
The people who you are referring to as “Palestinians” may be arab; so fine, I agree they are arabs, If you want to call them something, call them NIMAs (non-Israeli muslim arabs). But they are not Palestinians.
The adoption of the term “Palestinian” by the non-Israeli arabs who live in Gaza or the west bank cities was purely a public relations stunt to try and pretend that they have some claim to the land that exists west of the Jordan River. They have no ancestral or racial connection to the people who co-existed on that land with the Hebrews of Judea and ancient Israel, but that’s a separate anthropological issue (which is easily proven by any study of Middle East genetic anthropology).
If you don’t want to believe me, believe the muslim arab people themselves:
“There is no such country as Palestine. Palestine is a term the Zionists invented. . . . Our country was for centuries part of Syria. Palestine is alien to us…” (Arab leader to British Peel Commission, 1937)
“There is no such thing as Palestine in history, absolutely not.” (Professor Philip Hitti, Arab historian to Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry, 1946)
“It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but southern Syria.” (Delegate of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations Security Council, 1956)
“Yes, the existence of a separate Palestinian identity serves only tactical purposes. The founding of a Palestinian state is a new tool in the continuing battle against Israel…” (Zuheir Muhsin, late Military Department head of the PLO and member of its Executive Council, Dutch daily Trouw, March 1977)
In February 2014, Sheikh Ahmad Adwan, a Muslim scholar who lives in Jordan, recognized Israel’s historic right to live in the Holy Land on his personal facebook page. He wrote: “I say to those who distort their Lord’s book, the Koran: From where did you bring the name Palestine, you liars, you accursed, when Allah has already named it ‘The Holy Land’ and bequeathed it to the Children of Israel until the Day of Judgment,” the Sheikh stated.”
Sheik Adwan continued, “There is no such thing as ‘Palestine’ in the Koran. Your demand for the Land of Israel is a falsehood and it constitutes an attack on the Koran, on the Jews and their land. Therefore you won’t succeed, and Allah will fail you and humiliate you, because Allah is the one who will protect them (i.e. the Jews).”
I’m a native-American because I was born in America, but that doesn’t mean that I can make a legitimate claim to belonging to the Sioux or Cherokee or Maidu tribes. To claim an ancestral right to land in New York so I can open a native-American gambling casino would be a fraud.
If and when the non-Israeli muslim arabs ever finally decide to create one or two independent nation-states out of Gaza and the non-Israeli west bank cities, the people will most likely not even use the term “Palestine” in their permanent country name(s). Palestine is an English word based upon a Latin word used by the Romans to demean the conquered Judeans (the Jews). The Gazans and west bank arabs will ultimately do what the muslims of India did when their two nations were declared independent — they became Pakistan and Bangladesh. Although the people are Indians they didn’t call their respective countries West India and East-Western India. They chose national names that are relevant to their personal real or imagined heritage. Ceylon and Burma are two good examples of non-muslim countries that followed this naming principal: They changed the names of their countries to Sri Lanka and Myanmar, respectively, and became Sri Lankans and Myanmese.
For muslim arabs to call themselves by a humiliating name selected by ‘European infidels’ to demean Jews should, and would, be an embarrassment to them.