I think that this statement may be debated by many. Might some even mock it, especially those who have vowed allegiance to the Arab Nation and identify themselves as Arabs.
But the following is a scientific proof of what many have attempted to deny or refute. We can’t deny history or science now, can we?
Read the article on BBC News.
The scene through which the article started was perfect to illustrate the importance of the study.
A play called “The Rise of Phoenix” (refer to the previous post about the Phoenix) about overcoming hardships and the ability to rise again from the ashes. It also refers to the Phoenicians lack of unity which led to their fall, much of this is still a reality that Lebanese have inherited from their ancestors.
“We inherited that Phoenician mentality,” says Osama Rahbani, one of the creators of the play.
“The Phoenicians were good businessmen, but they were selfish, they were not united. I think the main point of the play is to remind the people that we must learn from our own history,” Mr Rahbani says.
Described by historians as the “worlds first capitalists” the Phoenicians controlled the Mediterranean for nearly 1,000 years, until they were finally conquered by the Romans….
The study has revealed that while one in 17 people across the Mediterranean carry the Phoenician gene, in Lebanon almost a third of the population have Phoenician roots.
“Whether you take a Christian village in the north of Lebanon or a Muslim village in the south, the DNA make-up of its residents is likely to be identical,” says Dr Zalloua.
“I think it’s a truly unifying message, and for me its very gratifying. Lebanon has been hammered by so many divides, and now a piece of heritage has been unravelled in this project which reminds us that maybe we should forget about differences and pay attention to our common heritage,” says Dr Zalloua.
Here’s an image of Phoenician statues that are sold as a symbol of the ancestors of the Lebanese, in souvenir shops in Lebanon.