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This idea that the Palestinians are the only indigenous people of Israel is ridiculous. The land of Israel has been central to Judaism since the beginning, and through the long exile. Most of the Palestinians are descendents of later colonizers and conquerors.
Arguing history, though, is a sure way to repeat it and never move forward. But there needs to be an understanding that Zionism was never a colonial project. Jews were never powerful enough in the diaspora to colonize anything. Zionism was, and is, a movement to come home.
Palestinian nationalism, indeed any thought of nationhood, was born as a reaction to Zionism. It did not exist before Israel's creation. It was, at its roots, an anti-Semitic movement to deny Jewish connection to our land.
These historical facts can only take us so far, though. Now, generations after the fact, there are Jews and Palestinians who are not going anywhere. Privileged US activists who shout anti-Israel slogans in colleges are perpetuating mythology and doing nothing to advance peace.
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