Who Is an Immigrant?

(Ynet News) Assaf Wohl - Recently Knesset Member Jamal Zahalka called TV interviewer Dan Margalit "an immigrant." This comes on top of Knesset Member Ahmad Tibi's statement that the Jews are immigrants. Yet Kfar Qara, where Dr. Zahalka resides, was only established in the 18th century, while Arabs only arrived at Taibe, where Dr. Tibi hails from, in the 17th century from Saudi Arabia and Egypt, as attested to by the last names of some residents. By the end of the 19th century, only about 140,000 non-Jews resided in the Land of Israel, while by 1948 this number grew tenfold, mostly because of Arab immigration. Under Arab villages in the Galilee one can find synagogues from the Second Temple period. Pharaoh Merneptah noted the existence of Israelites in Canaan about 3,225 years ago.

2010-01-06 07:47:44

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