"the Jewish people’s internationally recognized rights to their ancient homeland" - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Saenger, Germany
    • 04.05.10 | 15:59 (IDT)

    It was accepted by most countries after what my ancestors did to your fellow believers in the Jewish faith and ancestors of such people that the world should somehow give something to those in return for not doing enough to stop the Nazis. But of course the indigenous people, the Arabs that call themselves Palestine’s by now, had the same right to this piece of land. Of course the indigenous people were not happy, that some folks in the north decided to shove those European fugitives on their land. A partition of the land was organized by the new United Nations; a part of the land was given to the new immigrants, another to the indigenous people. This setup was of course not that successful with those who had lived here for centuries, they felt robbed from their land by former colonial powers. The more just solution would probably have been to give the holocaust survivors and other fugitive Jews part of the country that did those awful deeds to them, i.e. my country, Germany. But that was not decided some 60 years ago, so we have to live with the other solution by now. But nobody outside some religious nutcase circles accepts any God-given land rights, there is no such thing. If the bible/torah is right, the land belongs to the Canaanites, not the brutal invaders from Egypt. If you go back in time to say “This is the true land of my people”, how far do you go? Has everyone to go back to where he comes from? And where is that? Who defines this ancient history? Do we have to go back to the Neanderthals, or even the dinosaurs? Some ancient prose texts like Gilgamesh, Torah, Bible, Quran, Bhagavad-Gita, or whatever should not decide such things, they are just fiction, no real history.

    from the article: Let’s stop pretending
    First published 23:53 03.05.10 | Last updated 23:53 03.05.10
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