- Dec 14, 2015
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You are coming at it upside down and backwards.2. I don’t know. I look at Israel and see similarities to countries like the US and Canada, where a gathering of multiple cultures sharing a common dream added a unique cultural perspective. I think in Israel, that being Jewish is the common thread uniting them in one dream, despite the diversity of backgrounds they came from, literally all over the world. They are an old people in a new nation, without all the baggage of old nations trying to adjust. JMO
Israel is ONE culture (the Jewish culture). The Jewish people are being re-integrated into that one shared culture. Diaspora backgrounds are interesting, important, diverse. But not especially relevant to the discussion.
Likening Israel to the US and Canada supports the idea that returning Jews are no longer Jews or of the Jewish culture and are, indeed, settlers. Just as those of European ancestry are settlers in the US and Canada.
This is incorrect. The Jewish people are the indigenous people. If we are using Canada as an example, they are the Sto-lo, the Anishinaabe, the Ojibwa, the Cree, the Mi'kmaq. The fact that these First Nations peoples have been forced by circumstance, invasion, conquest, settler colonization and exile to adopt a culture that is not their own does not make them less Sto-lo or Anishinaabe or Ojibwa.
Just so, it is their Jewishness which creates Israel, not their diversity.