The Israeli state was created in 1948 by foreign nationals whose ancestors (in some cases) are believed to have resided in the land of Palestine. These descendants returned to the region with the intention of taking the territory from the indigenous people and expelling them in the process. In most instances the Zionist migrant families had no presence in Palestine for as long as 2000 years, yet claimed it as their God-given birth-right. The indigenous population, who were ethnically cleansed, had lived there continually for up to 2000 years.
Imagine if we were to change the setting from Palestine to Ulster. Settlers from the Scottish lowlands arrived in Ulster during the Plantation of the 1600s, and proceeded to ethnically cleanse the native people. If those settlers/planters decided that they wished to return to the land from whence their ancestors came 400 years ago, what would the reaction be from the Scots who have remained in those lowlands during that time.
Should hundreds of thousands of Ulster people of the colonial tradition decide to return to Scotland, would they then expel the native population, perhaps to refugee camps in Cumbria and Northumbria, with the eventual aim of taking possession of the entire Scottish territories, whilst simultaneously transplanting anyone of Ulster-Scots stock from across the world onto their newly acquired land?
Would the Scottish people meekly accept this turn of events and agree to subservience to the new, aggressive arrivals? Would the governments of Europe, and the world, remain silent or perhaps assist in the theft of land, the ethnic cleansing and murder of the Scottish people? Would the media stay schtum, or even adhere to the attitude that the Scottish people must suffer, as they are not as important (or equal) as the Ulster colonial returnees?
Israel as a state is wrong. What they are doing to the long-suffering people of Palestine is wrong. Perhaps it’s time we all spoke up about it.