jews were in spain but never considered true spaniards. russia for centuries but never russian. germany and poland for centuries and never considered either. even if they converted out of judaism they would still be considered jews and punished for it and continually murdered. they could never be citizens anywhere so what should be done? the unity of the people made it a nation..a people without the religion. our traditions keep it so even if we are spread out throughout the world and regardless if we are american jews, iranian jews or whatever now.
from the article: Abbas predicts 'very difficult' time for Palestinians after UN bid