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    • Roo
    • 06.12.09 | 20:07 (IST)

    Volkish thought emanated from the Romantic movement. Both Romanticism and belief in the Volk portrayed an inclination toward the irrational and emotional. Glorifying your people's land and history is a small step away from believing your race is superior. In Germany we know where this road led. "we are an ancient people and we live apart both in our thoughts and in our behaviour.that is all" That is all? That is quite enough. First when you say "we are an ancient people", you allude to a romantic and idealized interpretation of the biblical era and its scriptures. Today few Jews can be related to those ancient Judeans. The vast number of Jews are descendants of converts who never set foot in Israel before the 20thC, neither them nor their forefathers. So how do a disparate group who hail from Yemen, Khazar, Adiabene, Jewish Berbers, Arabs, Armenians, Slavs and Turks constitute a nation. The connection is both tenuous and mischievous. One had to believe the myth was real in order to forge the disparate groups that really had very little in common, culturally, geographically or historically. You still claim to believe or engage in the pretense of doing so. Why would any modern people even aspire to be a people who "live apart both in our thoughts and in our behaviour". The biblical Jews certainly did not. Only those in the shtetl and the ghetto did. That they did so was in the first place only because they were forced to. Whilst you think you are harking back to ancient times, in truth you are simply reflecting on a medieval condition imposed by the church and reinforced by 19thC ideas about ethnicity and racial separateness.

    from the article: Israel should give up Jerusalem as its capital
    First published 01:11 06.12.09 | Last updated 09:13 06.12.09
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