Monday, June 07, 2010
About Israel. Basically if you look at it she's giving an elaboration on "Go back to where you came from", only it's particularly mean in this case because 'where you came from' are countries where the folks who live in Israel were murdered. There's not a lot of chance that most Israelis would particularly want to go back there. But she's right in that people in Israel came from Poland, Germany, and the United States, plus Russia and miscellaneous countries. It does bring up the question of where Israelis would go if they did leave Palestine. First, there's the Palestine that's recognized as such by the international community, that is Gaza and the West Bank, then there's Palestine in the broader sense of the land that Israel calls Israel, which was majority Muslim for over a thousand years before the state of Israel was declared. In a sense Helen Thomas made a good point in that if you look at where people have actually lived in the past, you see a diaspora with folks of Jewish descent living outside of Israel for hundreds and hundreds of years in Europe, while people still lived in what's now Israel, first with a large Christian community and then with the same people converting to Islam and living their lives. Europe was where the mass murder of the Jews occurred, but if that had not happened then it would be perfectly acceptable to say that you're not really from the Middle East, you're from Germany and Poland, which was the subtext of Thomas' statement. And something that people don't want to face. I believe Tzipi Livni, Israeli minister, has blond hair and blue eyes, for example, very Middle Eastern features.
Posted by John Madziarczyk at 2:51 PM