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    • Herbert Kaine
    • 02.03.10 | 23:38 (IST)

    When the Christian movement entered Spain at the end of the 15th century it encountered an indigenous largely sedentary population in hundreds of agricultural villages and towns. Even Ferdinand and Isabella acknowledged in a book they wrote together that the indigenous Jewish fellaheen (peasants) were descendants of the ancient Hebrews and as such they thought of including them in the prospective Jewish state as labour force, but changed their mind after the indigenous people opposed conversion. Spain is at the crossroads between Europe and Africa. It saw many invaders, including the armies from North Africa. These armies encountered an INDIGENOUS population on which they left their genetic and cultural mark. The Jews therefore - especially the peasant in their villages in the remote valleys who would never leave unless expelled like in 1492 - are the rightful owners of Spains ancient cultural heritage, incl. the Alhambra

    from the article: Palestinian archeology gets int'l boost ahead of 2011 statehood plan
    First published 16:34 02.03.10 | Last updated 16:38 02.03.10
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