Not so much an Empty Land as a Bustling One!
One of the many myths of the settler-colonial ideology that is Zionism is that before the settlers came, Palestine was a land without a people for a people without a land.
In fact even in 1896, Palestine was densely populated with some half-a-million people, including 30,000 Jews. Orthodox Jews made up over half of Jerusalem and as can be seen lived peaceably with their fellow Arabs, Armenians and the followers of many other religions.
This is a fascinating film which has only just been discovered.