History Restored

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  1. Ori says:

    I don’t see the big deal here. Despite what Helen Thomas might say, I have no rights to Germany or Lithuania. It is irrelevant that my grandparents grew up in those countries. By the same token, if any Comanches or Carrizos were to come to my Austin home and demand their land back, I’ll tell them I’m not interested in selling. Legitimacy is a matter of the last few generations, not ancient history. Otherwise, any place on the face of the Earth will have irreconcilable claims on it.

    My grandparents didn’t have the right to their homes under the British Mandate because their distance ancestors lived in the vicinity. They had the right to their homes because they bought them, in a chain of ownership that could be traced back to Ottoman times in the Tabu (the land registry). Other land became vacant after a war. Those are the only claims that should matter.

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