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    • Um... hi :)
    • 26.01.12 | 00:51 (IST)

    How many Palestinians were actually born and raised in Israel? Israel has been around for over 60 years. Only 3.7% of people in the West Bank are over 65 (2.6% in the Gaza Strip). Two of my grandparents came to the US from Russia in 1920, can I go back and demand the Russian family living on their land now give me their house because my family was forced to leave it 90 years ago? And what about the Jews displaced in the Holocaust? Can they go back to Germany, Poland, etc. and demand the property that is rightfully theirs, kicking out the families who have since moved in? I get how it could be seen as the right thing to do, but it's just so impractical to displace 6 or 7 million people so that Palestinians, a great majority of whom have never lived in Israel, can return to a land their relatives left before they were born. I'm all for a two state solution, but to completely uproot a country that so many people have grown up in and called home for so long is a lot. And the Palestinians have made lives for themselves as well, everywhere from the Gaza Strip to Canada to Germany, why would they give that up just to inhabit a piece of land the size of New Jersey? I hope I'm not being insensitive, I just don't understand. I wouldn't give up my friends, community, etc. to move to Russia.

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