Firstly, what is Google Ngrams!?
Google Ngram Viewer or Google Books Ngram Viewer is an online search engine that charts the frequencies of any set of search strings using a yearly count of n-grams found in sources printed between 1500 and 2008 in Google’s text corpora in English and several other languages.
The program can search for a single word or a phrase, including misspellings or gibberish. The n-grams are matched with the text within the selected corpus, optionally using case-sensitive spelling (which compares the exact use of uppercase letters), and, if found in 40 or more books, are then plotted on a graph.
In short: Google Ngram viewer scans many many many books for the terms that you search for and then charts them out for you revealing the frequency of their usage. At least that’s how I understand it.
So I searched for the terms: ‘JERUSALEM JEWS’ and ‘JERUSALEM PALESTINIANS’ and the results revealed something fascinating. See the charts below for your own enjoyment. It seems that Jerusalem Jews have been appearing in writings since the late 1600s when ‘Jerusalem Palestinians‘ no where to be found till the 20th century.
For some people this may come as a surprise and for others this is obvious.
So there you have it, Google Ngrams reveals the age-old Jewish Connection to Jerusalem. As far as the Palestinian and Arab connection to Jerusalem goes, it seems like a recent trend that started in the 1900s. I wonder why.
JERUSALEM JEWS vs JERUSALEM PALESTINIANS
AND JUST FOR FUN, I WANTED TO SEE IF JERUSALEM ARABS HAD BEEN MENTIONED…nope, not until the 20th Century.