It’s funny how anti-zionists go around claiming that we’re not a people (just like Golda Meir famously questioned whether the Pals are a people) and the answer to both is that the outsider doesn’t get to decide, the decision belongs to the collective which determines whether it’s a people. True, had the Arabs residing in the Ottoman territories between the Jordan and the Sea not confronted Zionism they may have never developed a separate Palestinian identity rather they may have come to see themselves as part of the Syrian-Arab people, but the bottom line is that that happened and they do see themselves as a people and we need to respect that. Similarly, left wing anti-zionists and Arab nationalists need to come to terms with the fact that we Jews have, throughout our history, seen ourselves as a separate people. It doesn’t matter whether you see the bible as divine, history or national myth (or a mix), the bottom line is that the Bible and all of the other books that shaped the identity of the Jewish people have always portrayed us as a separate people, Am Yisrael (the nation/people of Israel). True, the Jewish sense of nation has a religious element but it’s not the only element, one can be a pork-eating, Shabbat driving, socialist, anti-zionist, but the rest of the collective will still see you as just as Jewish as Hassid in Brooklyn or kabbalist in Tzfat, but once a Jew adopts a different religion, collectively we Jews stop seeing them as Jewish. Sure this makes us different and unique but so what, we are different, that’s part of what makes us a nation!
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Firebombs hurled at Border Policemen in East Jerusalem's Ras al Amud; no policemen wounded (Haaretz)
from the article: Israeli population stands at 7,695,000 at end of 2010