Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Israeli Exceptionalism

A note to Adam Schiff accompanying my signing a petition for the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act, introduced by Rep. Betty McCollum on November 14:

Israel ceased to be a nation in 135 AD with the Bar Kokhba Revolt, more than 18 centuries ago. The Battle of La Forbie in 1244 ended European influence in the Levant, resulting in Palestine being under Muslim control for 7 centuries prior to 1948. With your admirable record as a Progressive, you should not be promoting Israeli exceptionalism. You should seek to educate the element of your constituency that expects you to be solely pro-Israel. The land was Israel's from the Bronze Age to the second century. A statute of limitations would apply to 18 centuries of Israel not being a nation since then.

Who else would be permitted to reclaim their land after 18 centuries?