NO LAW OF RETURN FOR PALESTINIANS BECAUSE THERE AREN’T ANY

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“There was no Palestinian people.” So said American hedge fund manager Michael Steinhardt one of the biggest donors to Birthright Israel, a program that doles out free 10-day trips to Israel in an attempt to entice Jews to leave their homelands around the world and settle in Israel and the 1967 occupied territories.
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Under Israel’s racist “Law of Return,” Jews, as defined by Israel, from anywhere in the world are instantly given citizenship, while Palestinian refugees, born in historic Palestine, or directly descended from parents who were, are not allowed to return home solely because they are not Jews.
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 “There was no Palestinian people,” big donor to Birthright Israel tells Max Blumenthal

Submitted by Ali Abunimah
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“There was no Palestinian people.” So said American hedge fund manager Michael Steinhardt one of the biggest donors to Birthright Israel, a program that doles out free 10-day trips to Israel in an attempt to entice Jews to leave their homelands around the world and settle in Israel and the 1967 occupied territories.

Steinhardt spoke to journalist Max Blumenthal at a Birthright Israel rally and dance rave that was addressed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu told the international gathering of youth that “Israel” was their “birthright” and “homeland.”

Blumenthal’s video report, with Lia Tarachansky, for The Real News, said that the Israeli government has pledged $100 million to support the program. This means – since Israel receives so much aid from the US – that US taxpayer funds could indirectly be subsidizing a blatantly discriminatory and sectarian program. Birthright Israel targets American youth in particular, but only Jews.

A more or less open, but often unspoken goal of Birthright Israel, is to encourage young Jews to marry and increase the Jewish birthrate, something Steinhardt acknowledges.

Under Israel’s racist “Law of Return,” Jews, as defined by Israel, from anywhere in the world are instantly given citizenship, while Palestinian refugees, born in historic Palestine, or directly descended from parents who were, are not allowed to return home solely because they are not Jews.

Easier to be a Zionist in Manhattan than in Tel Aviv

But while Steinhardt is eager for young Americans to leave home and join a foreign state and army, he’s not so keen on doing so himself. Steinhardt said of Israel in 2010:

“Its politicians are, writ large, awful; its businessmen are of less than glorious quality; and when you walk down Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv and you look around at these people and you say, ‘This is who you admire?’ I often say it’s easier to be a Zionist in Manhattan than it is in Tel Aviv.”

Other big donors to Birthright Israel include Israel firster and Casino-billionaire Sheldon Adelson who bankrolled the Republican campaign in the 2012 US elections.

“High on Zion”

As the youth dance, they tell Blumenthal about their impressions, one young American speaking of his excitement to join the Israeli army. Another speaks of being “high on Zion.” When Blumenthal suggests “Ziocaine,” the young man responds, “Zionjuana.”

As young women bop, they tell Blumenthal they want to see the “real Israel” meaning the settlements in the occupied West Bank.

This ultra-nationalist and sectarian rally, aimed at enticing American teens to leave their country, has to be seen against the cold, hard reality of millions of young Palestinians who cannot even enter their homeland just because they are not Jews, and of those who are there, like Muhammad al-Salaymeh, who can be shot dead walking in their own streets, with total impunity.

 

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2 Comments

  1. R Davis said,

    January 11, 2013 at 09:58

    RENT A CROWED
    Can’t you recognize RENT A CROWED WHEN YOU SEE THEM – ?
    OPRAH WINFREY TRAVELS WITH OVER 500 people – her audience.
    To go this far I would says to me that Israel is in trouble & most likely financially.
    Therefore I would imagine that THE JEWS ARE DESPERATE

    Here we go again – Netanyahu the show pony –
    The Captain just can’t stay away from the lime light –
    This is yet another way that Proudly Captain Dreadful Bibi Netanyahu can be a star on stage & screen.
    The money could have been spent in a more productive & useful way but hey –
    There are Jewish people who cannot stand the sight of him for how he uses Israel & the Jewish people as his own TV SHOW.

  2. Blake said,

    January 14, 2013 at 21:12

    Wealthy Zionists in USA are calling the shots and playing with lives.


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