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    • Eitan
    • 25.04.10 | 12:43 (IDT)

    What do you call it when the original inhabitants of a territory are called "occupiers" by its former conquerors? Irony? The Jewish population of Israel between the Umayyid Caliphate and the Crusades reached 300,000 people, before the crusaders massacred virtually every Jewish family in Jerusalem. The Jews of Peki'in in Israel have lived in their village uninterrupted for 2,000 years, since the Romans destroyed the Hasmonean Kingdom of Israel. 1,000 years ago, Shechem/Nablus and Jericho were majority-Jewish towns; in the 19th century, Jerusalem Jews survived the Ottomans' jizya taxes and had a majority presence in the town. And if archeologists are correct, Jews and Canaanites may have been the same people. We call it "ethnic cleansing" when conquerors force out the original inhabitants, and a "national liberation movement" when the original inhabitants fight to retake their homeland. So that makes me "right," apparently in all senses of the word.

    from the article: Clashes erupt as extreme rightists march through East Jerusalem
    First published 11:01 25.04.10 | Last updated 17:37 25.04.10
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