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Israel: Who Are the Indigenous People?

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🗓️ 10 July 2023

⏱️ 6 minutes

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The Land of Israel has changed hands many times over the centuries. But it has always been the homeland of one particular people. Noa Tishby, author of Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth, explains.

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When we think about indigenous people, we think about their deep roots and long standing

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connections to the land they inhabit, often spanning centuries or even millennia.

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For example, the Chinese from China, the Egyptians are from Egypt and the Indians are from

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India.

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But what about the Jews?

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Well, the Jews are from Judea, the modern-day land of Israel where Jewish heritage stretches

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back over 3,000 years.

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And like other indigenous people, the connection to the Jewish homeland is an integral part

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of the Jewish identity.

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Judaism is not just a religion, but the Jews are also a people who is strong ties to the

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place from which they originated, the ancient land of Israel.

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The practice of Judaism is directly connected to that land.

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It celebrates holidays like the harvest time and has prayers that are tied to the seasons

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in the land of Israel.

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Seven crop species, including olives, grapes, wheat and barley, are cherished in Jewish symbolism

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because they represent Israel, the land flowing with milk and honey.

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For centuries, Jews have been saying La Shannaha Bahabia-o-Shalaiim or next year in Jerusalem,

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never forgetting their connection to the land of Israel.

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But don't just take my word for it.

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Historians and archaeologists also point to artifacts and historical writings that prove

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the connection between the land of Israel and the Jewish people.

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Hebrew inscriptions have been found on thousands of artifacts dating as far back as the 6th

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