HELEN THOMAS AND THE RITES OF RETURN

Israel has
been in an uproar about the comments made by Helen Thomas. The reality
is Israel has been doing exactly what was inferred in those comments….
sending Jews back to where they came from. The following is written by
one of those Jews, Jared Malsin. He was the English editor for the
Ma’an News Agency,
deported to the USA
for telling the truth
! A crime unforgivable in the Holy Land.


Jared ‘dug
up’ the video presented to demonstrate the hypocrisy displayed by
Israel. They would much rather such truths remain buried….


HELEN THOMAS AND THE RIGHT OF RETURN

By Jared
Malsin

The furor over
Helen Thomas’ remarks reminded me of
this lecture Amira Hass gave in
New York two years ago.

I wasn’t
personally at the lecture, but I had a long talk with Hass in my office
in Bethlehem that spring, a few weeks before she left on her speaking
tour, and she expressed to me some of the main ideas contained in it.

In the talk
Hass recalls an anecdote about a foreign solidarity activist who makes
an ill-considered comment about Israeli Jews going back to Europe.

What
she eloquently manages to do is capture the intersection between
Israel’s Law of Return and the Palestinian right of return. She talks
about the tension between the desire for Jewish concrete return after
the Holocaust (returning to communities in European communities in
Europe that no longer existed) and the abstract Zionist “return” to a
place most Jews had never been, Palestine.

What Hass
recognizes and I also believe is that this history and this politics is
intimately bound up with the history (past and present) of
Palestinian dispossession. And it is this latter, ongoing expulsion
that is still unresolved.


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