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The peoples of the Levant region — a crossroads between civilizations — have overlapping ancestry.


Whether tracing back to the Phoenicians and Canaanites, Philistines or Assyrians, modern-day Lebanese, Israelis, Palestinians, Syrians, and others are closely linked.


The inhabitants of the Holy Land are an especially colorful mix. Palestinians reflect the legacy of neighboring groups who entered centuries ago, and many Jews picked up local influences from Morocco to Macedonia. Hebrew heritage is often the common denominator, in addition to Arab, Crusader, Greek, Roman, Kurdish, Turkish, African, and Caucasian roots.


Samaritan history is a great way to understand the region's culinary, cultural, genetic, and ethnic bonds.


Intertwined heritage includes religious beliefs, holiday customs, clothing styles, and home architecture >>>

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