We’ve recently updated two of our resource pages.
There are two relevant questions related to “indigenous peoples” designations for the Land of Israel. The first asks, “are Jews an indigenous people in Israel?” The unequivocal answer to this is “absolutely.”
(Jews at the Western Wall 1870, Photo by Felix Bonfils)
The second asks, “are Palestinians indigenous to the Land of Israel?” The answer to this question is “no” according to the UN definition of indigeneity. And even so, most Arab “Palestinians” moved to Palestine only after the Jews started developing Israel during the modern Zionist movement beginning in the late 1800s.
We’ve recently enhanced our discussion of the issue of “indigenous peoples” by creating a separate webpage to reprint two scholarly works. Go to sfmew.org/indigenous/ (or click here) to get a comprehensive look at this issue from two perspectives: FLAME (Facts and Logic about the Middle East) and the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
2. “Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism”
What is anti-Semitism? What is anti-Zionism? When does anti-Zionism become anti-Semitism? Read detailed discussions of this on our revised webpage within our “Resources” tab under “Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism” including a link to a brief, poignant discussion of these issues by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, and the US Department of State definition of anti-Zionism as anti-Semitism.
Don’t forget to put on your calendar and plan to attend our next SFMEW membership meeting on September 18, 7:15pm. Send an RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for location and directions.
SFMEW is a beneficiary organization of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico, whose support we appreciate.