Can't Start His Wank
- Oct 4, 2005
- '08 Pontiac Solstice GXP
You are both smoking something that I wish you would share. The entire idea of Zionism is religious to begin with, why do you think Jews set up their own state where they did as opposed to just buying up a bunch of islands somewhere (plenty are for sale) and declaring them their own country? It's the same thing from the other side, Muslims believe it's their holy land and having "infidels" on it doesn't sit well with them.
The Palestinians didn't go to the Levant, they were already there (hence Palestinian, another name for the area of Syria, Lebanon, and Israel). Most of the Semitic people who were in the area were Arabized after the Arab conquest (including Jews). So for them it isn't because it was a Muslim holy land, it was because they had already been living there for millennia.
As for the reason why European Jews flocked to Israel, it was escape. While there were those who came because they saw it as a holy land, the majority came because of Anti-Jewism in Europe. W.W. 2 had just happened. While the Germans were the most extreme, there was still anti Jewish sentiment in the rest of Europe. Regardless of if it was holy, Israel provided a much less begated atmosphere in the Jewish communities. Judaism is also more than a purely religious identity, there are Jewish Atheists.