When he wrote “It’s hard not to think about the experience of Native Americans and Palestinians as a similar and shared experience given the histories.” I thought about how the poor Indians had to deal with the “invaders” who were “returning” to the land and the numerous ruins upon which these invaders once had a civilization; invaders who had been committed for over a thousand years to restoring that political entity in one form or another. If only the Indians had been given a chance to simultaneously establish their own state or political entity, for the first time in their own history, similar to how the Palestinians were given (and rejected) in the late 40s a chance to have their first nation state.
I bet the Indians would have “recognized” this prior civilization and agreed to their first independent political entity as a part of a deal, and that there would have been a really big “peace pipe” they would have smoked. [Insert Palestinian “Pipe Bomb” Joke Here]
He writes, “due to religious ties to the land” — How about “national” ties to the land since it is a “people,” the Jewish People, a nation, that is being talked about.
And he also writes, “and their empty homes were often inhabited by Jewish immigrants who fled or survived the Holocaust” What about the homes inhabited by Jews who were not immigrants? Those whose families were rooted in the longstanding Jewish communities within the historical borders of previous independent Jewish political entities.
And finally he points out, “Since the establishment of Israel, there has been an effort to rebrand Palestinians as a created people.” — How about, since the re-establishment of the independent national and political entity of the Jewish people where it once existed, an effort to brand Palestinians as a people (which never had an independent national and political entity, but to whom the UN gave the opportunity to create one, just before it was rejected in favor of war) there has been a general acknowledgment that the “Palestinian People” are indeed a nation with a separate identity rooted in a common narrative. A narrative that is often at odds with the historical record.