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One of the most painful things to me is when someone says they support indigenous rights, but they don't include Jews.

Jews are the only people who are indigenous, but are told we aren't and even sometimes accused of colonialism.

It's yet another example of how

It's so bad that when I read "pro-indigenous" I cringe in fear of this racist bias because it's so common.

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@emacsen As a Christian I believe that Adam and Eve are the origins of human history. I think the idea that a certain race can be "indigenous" to be a racist lie to begin with. We were all here first and we are all related.

@emacsen
> Jews are the only people who are indigenous

I'm confused. Would you be willing to elaborate here?

@masterofthetiger

Before I do, the quote is that we're the only people who are indigenous but told we're not.

Now I will explain the rest.

A common set of antisemitic tropes- and they come in different forms, is that Jews are not indigenous to Israel.

This comes in a variety of forms, and changes whether it's an attack coming from the left or the right- though it's *primarily* (not exclusively) a left wing trope, rather than a right wing one.

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@masterofthetiger

For example the slur "white colonizer", or simply "colonizer", which implies the whiteness. This is a rebuttal of the idea that Jews are returning to our homeland, that we are instead "colonizers". But you can't colonize a place you come from.

So then antisemites will claim that some or all Jews aren't really Jews, or that Jews aren't really from Israel. They will make this claim in a number of ways. For example they will push the debunked khazar hypothesis.

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@masterofthetiger

Or they will claim that Ashkenazi Jews, because we have whiter skin than Sephardi or Mizrahi Jews, are not indigenous to Israel.

This goes all the way up to claiming things like all Jews are not from Israel, or that all Jewish culture is simply assimilated Arabic culture, even and including basic Hebrew words like "Shalom".

This is important to understand because again it is a way to position Jews as somehow "invading", but this ignores the reality of the land.

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@masterofthetiger

The people who call themselves Palestinians are mostly people who were living in what now Jordan. They were Jordanians who were there only ~200 years.

This is a complex issue of course, because we cannot mix up the issue of "who is indigenous" with the treatment of the people, or their living conditions, the need for self-determination, etc.

But returning to the point, Jews are often denied the label of indigenous because it's part of the "powerful colonizer" trope.

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@emacsen
> Before I do, the quote is that we're the only people who are indigenous but told we're not.

Ah, the comma in the original post is what confused me. I read through it several times trying to understand what you meant.

The rest of your explanation makes sense now.

@masterofthetiger

Sorry there was a second part I forgot to mention.

I will occasionally see groups like college groups, or work groups, or meetups saying "For indiginious people" and sometimes they also include Palestinians in them, but not Jews.

Or you will see groups that welcome all Asians, including Middle Easterners, not not Israelis.

Or you will see ones that welcome middle easterners, except Jews.

Or you will see ones that welcome all Africans, except Jews.

It's all related.

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