... unless the 'right' due just because of being born Jewish is just a 10 day trip to Israel, that is. It's always strange to see how a mostly highly educated and liberal group like us American Jews become as blinded by ideology as a Red Guard cadre in the Cultural Revolution when it comes to Isreal. This is a program whose title implies that someone like me, who can trace his roots back no further than the Pale of Settlement 150 years ago, has more right to live on land that another family has an actual deed for! And the legal justification for it is... the Bible! In response to "um... hi :)"'s above comment, there is a difference between your grandparents coming to the US from Russia and being forcibly removed from their land, which has happened in Israel/Palestine. If you still have a deed to land in Russia (could Jews even own land in the Russian Empire? Heck, could anyone own land after the Bolsheviks took over?) then yeah, you have a case. And oy gevault are you really unaware of the billions of dollars in reparations the Germans have paid out since the Shoah? The fact is that yes, if you have a claim to property in Germany or Poland you can get it back legally. No one - well maybe idiots like the President of Iran, but no one serious - has suggested that peace is unachievable without displacing 6-7 million Israeli Jews. The impossibility of such a thing happening is only exceeded by the immorality of such an act. The issue is that if Palestinians had the same right of return to Israel that an American Jew whose grandparents were born in Russia, they could eventually form a majority and democratically change Israel from a 'Jewish state' to a secular state. And as a citizen of a secular state that has been pretty darn good for Jewish people, the USA, I say that sounds cool.
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