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Is the Law of Return Unjust?

“Occasionally, one sees a picture of an anti-Zionist Jewish and Palestinian protester side by side. With a smug look on their faces, as if they’ve discovered the secret that will solve the Arab-Israeli conflict, they hold two signs. In the picture accompanying Sam Bahour’s piece on the Law of Return, the Jew’s sign reads, “I’m from Austin TX. Israel would pay me to move to his land because I’m Jewish.” Next to her is a Palestinian whose sign reads, “I’m from Palestine. I cannot return to my land because I’m not Jewish.”

Without context, this may seem convincing. Once one understands the logic behind the Law of Return, though, the picture becomes much more blurred. The Law of Return was promulgated in 1951 to grant automatic Israeli citizenship to every Jew. There were two main reasons for this piece of legislation. First, it was an attempt to rectify the injustice whereby, since the Roman conquest of Jerusalem in 70 CE, Jews have never been guaranteed the right to visit (let alone live in) their ancestral homeland. Second, it was designed to provide a safe haven for Jews, based on the reality that majority non-Jewish states have consistently failed to guarantee the safety of their Jews.” Read on at Open Zion.

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  1. Gabriel January 11th, 2014 6:52 pm

    “… since the Roman conquest of Jerusalem in 70 CE, Jews have never been guaranteed the right to visit (let alone live in) their ancestral homeland.”

    So Jews have never lived in historic Palestine until the C19th Zionist migrations? When these immigrants arrived, they did not find any local Jews?

  2. matt April 18th, 2014 3:08 am

    ^Gabriel raised the same issue I had with the article. There were many instances throughout history where, under Islamic leadership, Jews were encouraged to come back to Palestine & enjoy complete religious freedom in their ancestral homeland. In fact, it was one of the first things done once Arabs first conquered Jerusalem. It is said that Jews even helped to build the infamous Dome of the Rock.

  3. the woolrich net November 24th, 2014 2:33 pm

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