Judea and Samaria are Indigenous Jewish Lands

Many indigenous peoples hold their traditional lands to be sacred and many indigenous peoples have long since been exiled from their traditional lands by imperial powers. The Jews are no exception. The Jews are a Fourth World Nation who have remarkably transitioned into one of the most affluent countries in the world. The origin of the Jewish people and the Samaritan people in Judea and Samaria are documented in great detail in the Hebrew Bible, one of the world’s older historical documents. Hundreds of Hebrew place names throughout the land of Israel are mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as are many ancient individuals who lived in those places. 

Judea and Samaria are the cradle of Jewish civilization, it is here that the Jewish nation was fashioned. Jews and Samaritans have always lived in Judea and Samaria although most were either exiled or involuntarily converted by religious imperialism. While not much remains of the Samaritan people have the far more numerous Jewish people returned to its lands, including to its indigenous heartland in Judea and Samaria. 

Hebron is the second most sacred city in Rabbinic Judaism after Jerusalem with Safed and Tiberias being the other two sacred cities. Hebron has the world’s oldest Jewish community and many apparently expect that the Jews once more as in 1929 should be ejected from there. This will never happen. The Jews returned to Hebron in 1967 never to leave again. The Jews are indeed a Fourth World nation with deep ties to the land stretching back four millennia.

27 centuries ago was most of the population of the Northern Kingdom of Israel deported to what is now Kurdistan. Their descendants, the Median Jews, have since split into seven denominations (Alawites, Alevis, Alians, Bektashis, Druze, Yarsanis and Yezidis) but remain fully Jewish. The AKP regime in Turkey would not let Median Jews return to their ancient homeland if they were officially recognized as Jews by the government of Israel, but Median Jews will eventually return to their ancient homeland, the land of Israel. The collective memory of the indigenous nation of Israel is eternal and boundless.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization.

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