Found this great article (it’s written by a lawyer… like me!). It’s long but it really lays out some key ideas:
- The Jews are an indigenous people (just like Native Americans) and are entitled to aboriginal rights within their ancient homeland.
- The Palestinians as they are understood today are a relatively recent phenomenon (used to be only Jews called themselves Palestinians!)
- #1 and #2 does not give one the right to deny the current existence of a distinct Palestinian people along with the rights of this newborn Palestinian people to self-determination, independence, and territory.
The author believes that we need a peaceful process respecting the dignity of both peoples and the rights of the newly emerged Palestinian people along with the rights of the ancient Jewish people.
What are your thoughts?