The Jews are the real natives
The latest wheeze among Palestinian propagandists is to make comparisons between themselves and 'native American Indians', much to the irritation of some, reports Rachel Avraham in Jewish Press. In fact it is the Jews who were the native indigenous inhabitants of the region - and continuously inhabited Palestine until their mass return in the 20th century.
According to Ward Churchill, a professor of ethnic studies at the
University of Colorado, 12 million Native Americans used to inhabit
North America in 1500. They were the continent’s first original
indigenous human inhabitants and some of the tribes referred to their
ancestral homeland as Turtle’s Island. Yet today, after experiencing
massacres, persecutions, outright racism, ethnic cleansing, systematic
oppression, and having their traditional lands colonized by European
settlers who refused to permit them to live beside them even if they
were peaceful and adopted aspects of European culture, their population
size was reduced to 237,000 by 1900.
During the infamous Trail of Tears, about 20,000 Cherokees were
forcefully expelled from their homes and sent on a death march, where up
to 8,000 of them perished. The Cherokee nation endured all of this
suffering, despite the fact that they were very much assimilated into
the society, rejected utilizing violence, and had legal documents in
their possession demonstrating what land was supposed to belong to them.
It was one of the darkest chapters in American history.
Despite all Palestinian propaganda points to the contrary, the Palestinians are not Israel’s “Native Americans.” In fact, the Jewish people, composed of the twelve tribes of Israel, not Muslim Palestinian Arabs, made up the majority of the population in Israel up
until 135 CE, when the Jewish people through massacres, brutal
oppression, persecutions, and ethnic cleansing were forcibly made into a
minority within their own country. Just like the Native
Americans, the fact that Jews were made into a minority within their own
country does not rob them of their indigenous status nor does it imply
that they abandoned their country.
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