69 million page views

stolen land, shmolen shmand

Reader comment on item: Israel Is the Least-Stolen Land

Submitted by Kepha (United States), Jul 21, 2022 at 13:28

If we were to demand that all "colonists" right historic wrongs by "giving back" conquered territory, most of the world would have to pay.

If we look at the current world, who is sitting on the same land their ethnic/cultural forebears occupied at the time of the agricultural revolution? We have these:

  • The Han Chinese, but only in the North China Plain and the Loess Plateau.
  • The Dravidian peoples of India
  • The Mon-Khmer peoples of Southeast Asia
  • The Khoisan peoples of southern Africa
  • The Copts
  • The Aramaic-speaking peoples of the Fertile Crescent (including Jews)
  • The Amazigh
  • The Basques

Looking at the Americas, we'd have to demand that the Navajo and Apache move back to interior Alaska and the Yukon, where the Na-Dine peoples originated. The Nahuatl-speaking peoples of Mesoamerica would have to move back to the Desert Southwest, and leave central Mexico to the Otomis, Popaloca, and other "Chichimeca".

What would it cost to have all who identify with an Arabic-speaking Islamic culture to move back to the Nejd and Hijaz?

Can we reasonably demand the Indo-Aryan peoples to abandon the Subcontinent?

What of the Tai-Kradai peoples all moving back to the general area of Dien Bien Phu and up to southern Guizhou in China?

What of the whole Han Chinese people living outside its Shang era patrimony moving back to that partimony from all the lands south of the Qingling Mountains and Huai River?

What of all the Bantu-speaking Africans moving back to the hilly areas of Nigeria and Cameroon?

After all, a colonist is still a colonist, no matter how long he's been sitting on the land he now occupies.


Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2024 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)