Answers to Quora Questions by Yair Davidiy
Â As a Jew from Eastern Europe, how can you possibly pretend to have any connection to Palestine?
(23 April, 2018, 8 Iyar, 5778)
Personally, those of my ancestors who were Jewish seem to have come from Western Europe (Alsace, France, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark) rather than the East. Nevertheless East European Jews are also not so distantly related and quite easy for me to get along with. Anyway that only makes the question even more pertinent. The name Palestine is a Latinized version of the name Philistine. The Philistines were enemies of the Israelites and an uncouth lot.
Â The Romans gave the name Palestine to the land in order to erase the terms "Israel" and/or "Judah." These last names are the names used by my forebears so I prefer them. I do not want any connection with "Palestine" as you called it.
Â The so-called "Palestinians" are actually Arabs who entered the Land after the Jews had been forced to leave. The Palestinians of "Palestine" are therefore the equivalent of illegal squatters or formerly homeless occupants of what was a vacant estate, that was not originally called "Palestine" and that should be mine according to the Bible. Even if the "Palestinians" are not all of Arab or North African or what not physical ancestry then they are culturally. They speak Arabic, have an Arab religion, and an Arab mentality, and live like Arabs. I do not pretend to have any connection with them. I do not want anything to do with them. Even Europeans are not suitable neighbors as far as I am concerned so why should I want Palestinian Arabs? The Palestinians themselves would mostly be glad to emigrate and go elsewhere if they had the opportunity to do so. The problem is that Islamic and European enemies of me and my children want the Palestinians to stay here.
Â Why do they do that?
Â Because they hate Jews, i.e. they hate me. The Europeans killed part of my family and tried to exterminate all of them.
Â They seem to be still trying.
Killing Jews however is not an aim that at present is fashionable to openly admit to. In place of that they use Palestinians as their agents. I therefore do not want any connection with Palestine or with Palestinians. I live in a country named Israel and I have Jewish neighbors and that is the way I want it.
Â Thank you for asking.