Alexander Dolitsky: It’s pretty simple — Hamas must surrender, get out of the tunnels, return hostages



This column is a response to Kirsa Hughes-Skandijs’ letter, “Black-and-white view of Gaza goes too far,” published in the Juneau Empire on March 19.

In her letter, Hughes-Skandijs has questioned why “…groundless accusations that perpetuate his [Dolitsky]  black-and-white view should have made it to print,” referring to my column, “Israel-Gaza and historic, religious and ethnic challenges of global terrorism” published on March 4 in the Juneau Empire, which itself was a response to Dixie Belcher’s column published on February 26.

Editor’s note: That Dolitsky column is reprinted here at Must Read Alaska:

Why was my article published in Juneau Empire? For the same reason that “groundless and misleading” Hughes-Skandijs’s letter was published in Juneau Empire.

Remember, in America we still live in a democratic society, where citizens of our country exercise freedom of speech and expression, and also exercise check and balances—a system in which the different parts of an organization (e.g., government) have powers that control the other parts, so that no part can become too powerful.

When individuals, including myself, contribute their opinions to newspapers, journals or other forms of media, and their work is accepted for publication, they ultimately become journalists. In fact, truth, accuracy, and objectivity are cornerstones of journalism ethics. 

In her letter, Hughes-Skandijs refers to the anti-Semitic and hateful school curriculum in Gaza as a “… scaremongering propaganda.”

She writes: “His [Dolitsky] unsourced claims about bloodthirsty kindergarteners are little more than the kind of scaremongering propaganda we have seen time and again in campaigns of state violence against vulnerable populations.” Frankly, I don’t even understand the meaning of this sentence; just an incoherent mumbling.

In fact, anti-Semitic teaching in Gaza, under censorship of Hamas, from kindergarten on is an indisputable fact. A generation of children in Gaza have been taught to hate from anti-Semitic textbooks (e.g., good read “The roots of Hamas’ terror attack can be found in Gaza’s schools” by Steve Israel, Forward, October 25, 2023). 

How can anyone in good conscious negotiate a peaceful agreement or two-state coexistence with a nation committed to this type of hateful ideology?

Hughes-Skandijs made so many false assertions and misinterpretations related to my column that I don’t even know where to start in dismantling it. In her letter, she put words in my mouth, brought Ukraine and Vladimir Putin into her narrative, and made numerous unfounded accusations.

For example, Hughes-Skandijs writes: “After years of banging the drum for Ukrainian lives, Mr. Dolitsky now apparently feels that all wars are disproportionate and that’s just fine and dandy.” 

Yes, indeed, all wars are disproportionate; I don’t just feel it, I know it as a historic and factual truth. I wonder, however, what Hughes-Skandijs was thinking when she made this statement and other false assertions in her letter. Do we speak the same language—English? Shall I explain my position, narrative and statements in three other languages—Ukrainian, Russian or Spanish? Keep in mind, misinterpreting or misconstruing your opponent’s language will not make your narrative more persuasive or credible, just an opposite.

Post-war Germany made a great effort to eradicate Nazi ideology in their country, especially in the school curriculum. Today, synagogues and Holocaust Museums are present in the major German cities—Dresden, Berlin, Frankfurt, and others. Germans of the post-war generation are ashamed of their past and they paid the price.

My mother, my relatives and all Soviet citizens that were under occupation in the former Soviet Union during World War II received a reparation from Germany in the amount of about $3,000 each. My father was a soldier and an officer of the Soviet Army during the war from 1939 to 1947. Military personnel did not receive a reparation from Germany; they were not considered under occupation, they fought Nazism in the frontline.

Gazans must apply the German’s model as an example and eradicate their hateful ideology toward Israel and other Jews worldwide. The solution for ending the Gaza-Hamas/Israel war in Gaza is somewhat simple—Hamas must surrender, get out of their tunnels and return the hostages (including eight Americans), those who perished and those who are still alive, to their families. Why do Hamas still fight, endangering their own countrymen in Gaza?

Alexander B. Dolitsky was born and raised in Kiev in the former Soviet Union. He received an M.A. in history from Kiev Pedagogical Institute, Ukraine, in 1976; an M.A. in anthropology and archaeology from Brown University in 1983; and was enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Anthropology at Bryn Mawr College from 1983 to 1985, where he was also a lecturer in the Russian Center. In the U.S.S.R., he was a social studies teacher for three years, and an archaeologist for five years for the Ukranian Academy of Sciences. In 1978, he settled in the United States. Dolitsky visited Alaska for the first time in 1981, while conducting field research for graduate school at Brown. He lived first in Sitka in 1985 and then settled in Juneau in 1986. From 1985 to 1987, he was a U.S. Forest Service archaeologist and social scientist. He was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Alaska Southeast from 1985 to 1999; Social Studies Instructor at the Alyeska Central School, Alaska Department of Education from 1988 to 2006; and has been the Director of the Alaska-Siberia Research Center (see from 1990 to present. He has conducted about 30 field studies in various areas of the former Soviet Union (including Siberia), Central Asia, South America, Eastern Europe and the United States (including Alaska). Dolitsky has been a lecturer on the World Discoverer, Spirit of Oceanus, andClipper Odyssey vessels in the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions. He was the Project Manager for the WWII Alaska-Siberia Lend Lease Memorial, which was erected in Fairbanks in 2006. He has published extensively in the fields of anthropology, history, archaeology, and ethnography. His more recent publications include Fairy Tales and Myths of the Bering Strait Chukchi, Ancient Tales of Kamchatka; Tales and Legends of the Yupik Eskimos of Siberia; Old Russia in Modern America: Russian Old Believers in Alaska; Allies in Wartime: The Alaska-Siberia Airway During WWII; Spirit of the Siberian Tiger: Folktales of the Russian Far East; Living Wisdom of the Far North: Tales and Legends from Chukotka and Alaska; Pipeline to Russia; The Alaska-Siberia Air Route in WWII; and Old Russia in Modern America: Living Traditions of the Russian Old Believers; Ancient Tales of Chukotka, and Ancient Tales of Kamchatka.

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  1. It’s actually extremely simple.

    One side? Hamas is a rabid animal which needs to be put down hard.

    The other side, Israel, would not be doing this if said rabid animal did not break a truce, commit unspeakable acts of barbarity on women, children, and elderly, then run and hide.

    Really just that simple.

  2. Sadly, I didn’t really need to read beyond the letter writer’s hyphenated name to know what was coming…

    It’s amazing to me how thoroughly the stalinist/maoist philosophy has become embedded in today’s woke leftists. Those elite feminist & lgb… idiots who so vehemently protest Israel’s drive to eradicate Hamas, would not survive even one day in Gaza – or Lebanon, Yemen, Syria, Iran, etc. Are they so far gone that they don’t realize this?

    • Let’s get this straight, you surmise that the reason people oppose murdering civilians, babies, mothers, fathers, by the thousands, millions by in the coming months — is because they’ve been poisoned by evil woke Marxism? You could come up with a better reason? Really?

      • Let’s get this straight hamas attacked someone and did some bad things but the other side should not retaliate or defend themselves.
        Mose of you need to remember when the twin towers were hit the US attracted 2 country’s and went to war and no other country could tell us no stop don’t retaliate play nice.
        These people need to go join Hassan or live in North Korea.

      • The marxists are not opposing anything.
        They are supporting it.
        They are supporting the sub-human uncivilized behavior of hamass. They are literally supporting the destruction of all Jews everywhere.
        When hamass decides to start a fight with Israel, they lose the right to claim victim status.

    • Let’s get this straight, you surmise that the reason people oppose murdering civilians, babies, mothers, fathers, by the thousands, millions by in the coming months — is because they’ve been poisoned by evil woke Marxism?

      You couldn’t come up with a better reason than that? Really?

        • The cooked babies story has been thoroughly debunked along with the mass rape myth. The only cooked baby was found in a car that had most likely been hit by a Hellfire missile fired by an IDF attack helicopter!

    • They simply don’t care. It’s trendy to be anti Semitic. Especially if you’re liberal.

  3. Over 200K dead and millions starving… sorry, your rationalizations for genocide ring as hollow as your soul. Never forget, never forgive. Pure evil.

    • I’m pro Jew, pro Zionist, and I remember clearly.

      What I remember is there was a cease fire and minimal violence before Hamas engaged in unspeakable savagery.

      I remember Israel has offered several cease fires Hamas continues to reject.

      I remember a Jewish baby being cooked alive while mom was forced to watch.

      There is your evil.

      And on and on and on.

      I’m like Pepperage Farm. I remember.

      How many cooked alive Jewish babies are OK with you? I ask this question and everyone goes silent.

      I wonder why?

    • Right.
      Where you getting that 200K dead stat from? The Gaza ministry of health? News flash, those numbers are fiction. I will not say it is statistically impossible for some of the numbers they report to be real, but it is so improbable that I want to see the bodies.
      Millions are starving because hamass is intercepting the humanitarian aid, killing (or at a minimum shooting at) anyone who gets in their way, then selling it for arms.
      If you really want to stop genocide, stop hamass, islam, and the (so-called) moderate muslims that support them.

      • The number that the Hamas led Gaza Ministry of Health is using isn’t even 200,000 it’s 30,000. And the numbers they provide are statistically impossible. ‘’

        • Exactly.
          I had better propaganda flowing out of me last time I got food poisoning than we are seeing about this conflict. And, morons are believing it.
          It is called Pallywood for a reason. When the video shows a line of body bags of supposedly dead palestinians, but about half of the actors are still moving, I tend to not believe everything else put out.

    • Anti
      You really need a lesson on terror and war.
      You liberals have no idea what’s going on over there so you need to go volunteer to help.

  4. So many people so misinformed as to the history and current affairs of Judaism/Jew/Zionism/Israel. Be brave, all, and research – look into it all. So much of what we have been propagandized into thinking is utter b.s.
    Take the time, follow those paths that you are unfamiliar with, and look into it.

    • And, make sure your research goes back to, at a minimum, 610 AD. In reality, it should go back to around 3,000 BC, but starting at 610 AD is a good place.

      • Ok. The caananites were there first but they worshipped idols so God said they have to go. Sodum and Gamora was there too so God sanctioned Joshua to put out a hit on them using the Arc of the Covenant. Need I go on?

  5. Mr. Dolitsky, I just wanted to thank you for your many columns and information on this site. There’s nothing I respect more than great intelligence and logical reasoning. You have such a vast storehouse in your mind of information! Again, thank you for all that you write. You are appreciated.

  6. Thank you.

    I’m so tired of hearing how bad the Palestinians have it right now. As a Democrat I’m horrified how my party has embraced Hamas and the Palestinians.

    It’s really simple. Send the hostages home. Quit bombing Israel. And get along with all neighbors. There are many reasons why your Arab neighbors don’t want the Palestinians and they keep very large walls up, to keep the Palestinians out. Israel is being forced to deal with the Palestinians, because the rest of the Arab countries don’t want them either.

    • “I’m so tired of hearing how bad the Palestinians have it right now.”
      Agree totally. One does not start a war, then claim they are the victim when their enemy fights back.
      This conflict is nothing but pallywood elevated to armed conflict.

    • The jews are not without sin
      Saul tried to kill David for 10 years. David’s first son tried to kill Solomon. They chopped off John the baptists head. Shouted crucify him to Potus Pilaat. Yeah, they have skeletons in the closet.

  7. White Americans don’t care bro. You’re a Jew so you think we should care but Israel and Palestine offer is nothing but forever war.

    • Most Jews are anti-zionist. That is, most Jews aren’t pro-genocide, nor do they think a ethno-fascist apartheid state should exist, let alone on occupied land in the Middle-East at the expense of millions of innocent people.

      Zionism started in the late 1800’s, and it’s the dream of a Jewish State conceived of by a bunch of delusional German supremacists. Zionism is an extremist political philosophy, not a religious one.

      And to answer your other question. The only reason the US is in the Middle East is for the oil. Israel is an extension of US foreign policy. A land based aircraft carrier, in a manner of speaking. However, having influence in the Middle East need not involve murdering 2.3 million innocent people, either.

      • When you say “most Jews” you must mean all those, who live in nice, comfortable places like NYC, Hollywood or San Fran. You know all those, who do NOT constantly live under the threat of bombings, suicide bombers, rocket attack, terrorist butchery etc.
        It is easy to wax eloquently when you are thousands of miles away safe and sound. Jews are very much anti-genocide especially their own by Hamas and their Palestinian sympathizers.

        Sadly your history is off too as Mr. Herzl was Hungarian not German.

        Please state the source of your claimed numbers of 2.3 million “innocent” people. Claiming propaganda as fact does not assist your argument.

        The US has a long and storied history in the Middle East going back to the “shores of Tripoli” and certain pirates. Supporting countries with a democratically elected government is also a dearly held US tradition.

  8. Your family were Jewish purveyors of Red Soviet Terror , the biggest mass murdering regime ever. Communism is Jewish in and of origin . You have no shame or ability to self reflect , and your involvement in America is deleterious to our nation but you expect us to be pro Jewish , why? Instead of trying to bleed us fry for your cause move to Israel since you care about it so much.
    I’m sick of these Americans that aren’t, they are just Foreign nationals.

    • Your history is bad Swiss cheese. Too many holes, not enough substance.

      Again, how many Jewish babies cooked alive are you OK with?

    • I’m curious. How do you know what his family did?

      I’m not sure which is more impressive. Your ignorance or your hatred.
      Did a nice Jew turn you down for a date?

      • Read the article his father was an officer in the Jewish red terror army that murdered 80 million Christian’s and enslaved a large portion of Europe. You can’t get any more bloody communist than that. And further more he goes on to praise the communist anti white establishment that has brainwashed Germany and other Christian nations into criminalizing any sense of racial or national pride, enough already.

        • Interesting Nat, so apparently you can not make a cogent argument.
          Instead you malign and attack the author and his family with unsubstantiated claims, in an attempt to discredit his writings. That’s so sad!
          If you have something to contribute to the discussion go ahead, but this is just transparently pathetic.
          Oh and I hate to disappoint you but communism origin is a French idea.
          I highly recommend you read: “Heaven on Earth! The rise and fall of socialism” by Joshua Muravchik

        • To Nat: The Red Terror started in Russia in 1918 or soon after Socialist October Revolution of 1917, and ended sometime in the early 1920s. It was the Bolsheviks’ response to counter-revolutionary forces, and often carried out too far. The Red Terror was a campaign of political repression and executions in Soviet Russia and Soviet Ukraine, as well as occupied territories in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.

          My father was born in 1918. Obviously, he was not involved in the Red Terror. He served in the Soviet Army from 1939 to 1947, and he was demobilized as a low-ranking officer.

          Ethnic minorities in the Russian Empire (e.g., Latvians, Estonians, Georgians, Jews, etc.) supported Socialist Revolution in Russia because they were suppressed by the Tsarist’s regime, hoping for a better life under socialist system.

  9. I really like and agree with the majority of what is stated in this article. Led to wonder about the funding for Hamas. We have got FINCEN tracking people down, or threatening to, for various and sundry offenses, yet somehow people are able to move money around for the purpose of funding these guys. Wouldn’t happen if those who control the levers of power didn’t want it that way. So who might [they] be?

    The only other thing is this: “In fact, anti-Semitic teaching in Gaza, under censorship of Hamas, from kindergarten on is an indisputable fact. A generation of children in Gaza have been taught to hate from anti-Semitic textbooks (e.g., good read “The roots of Hamas’ terror attack can be found in Gaza’s schools” by Steve Israel, Forward, October 25, 2023). ”

    Not trying to say that it is untrue. Sounds true enough to me. Would like to add that we are fortunate that the Torah and the Talmud aren’t anything like that. They are just instruction manuals that advise one to focus solely on emulating the Holy Spirit by living in truth, love, and brotherhood. Right??

    • Killing kids is pure evil. That’s all you need to know about all these excuses for mass murder.

      • Well, if hamass stops using children as human shields, I think there will be a lot less of them injured and killed.
        The difference between civilized human beings, and rabid animals is the civilized human beings will place themselves in danger to protect the children, whereas the animals will place military arms in hospitals and schools, forcing any military strike against them to potentially harm children.
        And, if killing children is pure evil, you best not be supporting hamass, palestine, or islam in any way.

      • Does that include Jewish children?

        I distrust ANYONE, who tells me “that’s all you need to know”. Generally a statement such as this, is precisely designed to hide salient facts to manipulate for a desired result, especially when it is spewed with this much venom.

      • Yet you defend people who cooked a baby alive.

        How many are you OK with? Is the number higher if they’re Jewish?

        Funny not a peep out of you concerning the kids killed by Hamas, the hostages they took, and the fact the deliberately hide behind civilians.

        Your outrage is worth about as much as a 1/2 bill.

  10. Why is this so difficult for so many to understand? Worse: so many are standing up with Hamas under the guise of supporting the so-called Palestinians. Israel must be left to do what needs to be done – wipe out the murderers and restore safety to both Israel and Gaza.

  11. Go for it, Israel!! clean out the rat holes of Hamas fighters anyway you can! For everyone else, remember when Saddam Huesain was hiding? Where did our wonderful military fighters find him? In a rat hole!! So, to the IDF…..get with it and clean those rat holes out and destroy their tunnels. Don’t wait for the US improvement plan because the Biden Administration and ‘Blinken” really don’t know what they are doing. Why would Israel want a two state solution to terrorists in their country? Gone are the touchy, feely days of helping neighbors as of October 7, 2023. Every Israel household should carry firearms and teach their members to protect themselves and families. And, Israel needs to start collecting rent and damages, and continue with pest control.

  12. Hamas needs to be destroyed, these animal-like thugs are are baby rapers. It’s unfortunate that Reagan didn’t flatten Iran when he had the opportunity. They provide much weapons and money to these thugs.

  13. Now that I think about it, there’s never been a ethnically Palestinian born in a 3rd foreign country that’s written a series of op-eds about how Americans need to support overwhelming military force being used on starving civilians in the Naquba occupied portions of Palestine. Interesting

  14. “…….It’s pretty simple — Hamas must surrender, get out of the tunnels, return hostages…….”
    It’s only simple to those unwilling to make excuses for the Philistines. As long as the refuse to surrender the hostages and tunnels, they must be prosecuted in every way necessary, and their apologists must be disregarded.

    • Show us your mind control bona fides RT. Sorry that you are not alone. [They] have firmly placed you in favor of denying human rights to fellow humans, and you are to blind to be able to see it. At a certain point it is impossible to dismiss these murders as self defense, or defense of any sort, and Israel is LONG past that point. There is NO GOOD REASON that Israel should enjoy ANY sort of support from the U.S.A. Humanitarian crises of this scale are not soon forgotten on the worldwide stage and most importantly when approaching the final judgement. ANY who think their judgement in support of this murder of His children, which includes ALL of us, is going to find out the hard way that their hard-hearted foolishness was just that. Support murder, pay the price of having committed it. Seems that murder is of little concern to some people. There are a whole lot people on here that know better, but they are blind to how effective the mind control is.

      Recently built Israeli built ‘archealogical investigation’ tunnels under the Al Aqsa Mosque, the ones that in May of 2023 Netanyahu dined in with his cabinet ministers, the cracks in the failing Mosque structure don’t mean a thing, and no one is to take concern over any of this. Nothing to see here. What does a red heifer have to do with anything? The Temple Institute will tell you all about it. Wake up.

      Also, know that the effective use of the “Judeo-Christian” construct will only survive as long as it is advantageous to the side that utilizes it to manipulate according to the textbooks that give them their guidance to do so. The way things are looking, it doesn’t seem that it will continue on much further.

  15. There will never be peace until Hamas loves its children more than it hates Jews. Until then, Palestinians are (de)humanized shields, to be sacrificed to keep evil in power. Why would we play that game. Oh, that’s right, Michigan.

    • Palestinians can trace their roots back in the region for millennia and the Jews in the area are proven usurpers.

      If I had been living in my home for a long time and legitimately owned it yet a third party with no claim to the property came in and said yet another group could live in my house, there would be pain. What you’re seeing is a version of what you hold dear; a blending of 2A and the Castle Doctrine.

      I’m neither Jew nor Palestinian and don’t concern myself w/ either but when someone that is not an American (like Dolitsky) wants to indoctrinate me and others to believe that the only ethical and moral stance is that Jews s/b allowed to euthanize the rightful homeowner I think he s/b called out on his deceit.

      • Massaging history to fit your narrative here??
        Claiming that Palestinian history starts “millennia ago” and Jewish involvement in the region is limited to post 1948, is just patently absurd! First Jewish people have lived in Palestine for millennia as a distinct ethnic group, while the “Palestinians” were known under many names and scattered throughout the region. Jerusalem has been the center of Jewish faith since long before Christ.
        The Palestinians did not become Palestinians until 1968.
        It should also be pointed out that at the time in 1948 Palestine was a British possession. Palestinians are a group of malcontents most other neighboring states want nothing to do with and keep their borders closed.
        So Palestinians started the current fight, now clearly realize they bit of more than they can chew and now claim to be the victim. Mr. Dolitsky due to his upbringing has more hands on history experience than many of us and I for one appreciate his views and arguments.

        • I’ve read a handful of your comments here. Enough to understand that you’re outside your depth when discussing many of the subjects reviewed on this site. Be that as it may I’ll help you establish an informed perspective.

          1) Modern Jews are not genetically related to Hebrews of 2000 years ago. Clearly you disagree w/ that so rather than making false assertions publicly consider looking into the recent 23&me documentation confirming that Netanyahu’s son bears zero genetic similarity to the historical occupants of the region.

          2) Palestinians are. You may call them different names as you meander back through history but genetically they’ve been ever thus.

          As Dolitsky is fond of saying, “it’s pretty simple”.

          You should ponder the evidence both for and against before you take a staunch view. Unless you’re a religious man in which case you may make up any view you like.

          • That is why DNA testing in Israel is banned for the general public, except in court ordered instances. Too many demonstrably Eastern European Ashkenazi Jews in Israel would complicate the optics of the ancestral Jewish Homeland narrative. Look it up.

        • It’s also unfair to others that you might lend credibility to another’s perspective “based on his upbringing”.

          History is not taught autobiographically; it’s to be taught objectively and Dolitsky illustrates that he’s anything but.

          • To Scrumptious Clam: The Red Terror started in Russia in 1918 or soon after Socialist October Revolution of 1917, and ended sometime in the early 1920s. It was the Bolsheviks’ response to counter revolutionary forces, and often carried on too far. The Red Terror was a campaign of political repression and executions in Soviet Russia and Soviet Ukraine, as well as occupied territories in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.

            My father was born in 1918. Obviously, he was not involved in the Red Terror. He served in the Soviet Army from 1939 to 1947, and he was demobilized as a low-ranking officer.

            Ethnic minorities in the Russian Empire (e.g., Latvians, Estonians, Georgians, Jews, etc.) supported Socialist Revolution in Russia because they were suppressed by the Tsarist Regime, hoping for a better life under socialist system.

            Faith, religious affiliation and ethnicity are not defined by DNA. Today’s Italians, for example, are not the same people as ancient Romans. Nevertheless, every ethnic group has a strong connection to their historic homeland, including Jews with Israel.

            • I don’t have any questions about a Red Terror. Perhaps you meant that for someone else(?) Regardless, even on that topic there are aspects that lead to more questions. Schiff, Warburg, Rockefeller, Harriman and Morgan (all Jewish Wall Street bankers of the time) backed the uprising that led to the 1917 Russian revolution. Their strategy was to finance both sides of wars and revolutions, which gave them control over the winners, the losers, and the outcome. Schiff provided $20mm which was the modern equivalent of roughly $200mm, the claim having been documented by his son in 1949. Winston Churchill spoke at length on the subject and his perspective was similarly uncomfortable.

              You see similar curiosities now as Jewish investors team up w/ Ukrainian government members to purchase trashed and abandoned real estate on a speculative basis under the assumption that other governments will help escalate the value of the properties in short order.

              “Faith, religious affiliation and ethnicity are not defined by DNA”.
              – Dolitsky

              Faith, religion and ethnicity may not be exclusively defined by DNA but that’s not what this is about. This is about rightful property ownership and a group expressing ethnically nationalistic ties to property with which they have no historical tether.

              Imagine yourself demanding to be part of your recently deceased neighbor’s will and it being known that you’re not related in any manner. When asked to defend your claim your response is that you identify with the perceived shared attributes of the family. You would be laughed out of the room and rightfully so.

              “every ethnic group has a strong connection to their historic homeland, including Jews with Israel”.
              – Dolitsky

              Italians are not attempting to rewrite historical evidence to support a claim to their neighborhoods and it has been objectively established that the region in question (now referred to as Israel) is clearly not the “historic homeland” of modern Jews. To imply otherwise is duplicitous. That two disagreeable ethnicities in the same region might squabble over an invented claim of ownership on either of their parts shouldn’t seem unusual. Claiming that the usurper should be given the right to ethnically cleanse the region however, is demonistic.

              • To Scrumptious Clam: Normally, I don’t respond to anonymous commentators. If you have the courage to criticize someone or express your opinion then also have the courage to reveal your name.

                Land ownership and rights are very complicated issues, especially in Europe and in the Middle East. Historically, lands changed many times from one hand to another in those regions. Please note that historic land ownership and rights in today’s Israel is not a subject or focus of my present article.

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