So if the Jews longed so for "the Land of Israel," which, by the way, had not existed since the 8th c. BC, what took them so long to colonise Palestine? During the total absence and lack of interest on the part of European, North African, Asian and American Jews, Palestine had become the homeland of Arabs, who endured the Crusades and Ottoman occupation. The Jews who had lived in Palestine before the invention of Zionism did not even acknowledge the European immigrants. who spoke Yiddish, wore strange black costumes of medieval Europe and were not considered true Israelites. There is something very strange and rotten in this Zionism mania.
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