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    • Noam
    • 07.05.05 | 10:02 (IDT)

    Throughout history, people have been dispossed from lands they considered theirs. Only in recent history are selected examples given attention, partly because of the emergence of human rights as a global issue, as well as the communications and interconnecting of the world that make caring about Palestinian refugees possible in countries across an ocean. Palestinian refugees were dispossed no doubt and the world cares. But before that, Jewish refugees were expelled at various instances from the same territory. Of the people removed from the land of Israel/Palestine/whatever you call it, Jews have retained the desire to return to this land for two millenia. Matt wants this utopian binational state to rid itself of the "racist law of return." Why should someone like myself, who has a strong interest in immigrating to Israel sometime in the next decade, be denied a right to live in a place that I hold dear and consider my true home? If Palestinians are given a right to return to lands their ancestors live in (which they should to at least Gaza and the West Bank), then Jews shouldn't be denied this same right. And the Khazars are Jews argument won't work. Whether my ancestors were Khazars or descandants of the Israelites, I believe in Judaism and likewise have a love for the land of Israel. It is the belief system on the centrality of Israel to a faith and nation that makes it special to Jews regardless of ancestry.

    from the article: Does Israel want peace?
    First published 00:00 06.05.05 | Last updated 00:00 06.05.05
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