I’m glad that W.Jones reminds us that (in Phil’s words) “the creation of Israel involved ethnic cleansing and dispossession that has never been addressed.” Isn’t that central and generally forgotten? And isn’t that different from what happened elsewhere? And it didn’t just “involve” ethnic cleansing, it was the direct result of a long planned ethnic cleansing. That is to say, Israel exists entirely on land it stole, and had long planned to steal, from the rightful inhabitants. That means, quite simply and obviously, that Israel, as a Jewish state, has absolutely no right to exist. It has no legitimacy. Which makes the situation in the stolen Palestinian homeland different from the situation in other states that oppress ethnic minorities. When Eisner says: “But when Jewish treatment of Palestinians is judged worse than the way any other dominant group treats a minority, when it is deemed worthy of unique sanction, when other horrors around the world are ignored — how can I believe that this isn’t about the Jews? And that, my Presbyterian friends, is anti-Semitism…” No! the Presbyterians were talking about land (the so-called Palestinian Occupied Territories) that the whole world (except for Israel) recognizes as belonging not to Israel but to the Palestinian people. They are simply refusing to invest in companies that profit from that stolen land. What Israel has done is not the same thing as oppressing a minority population: it has stolen and is continuing to steal their land. But that larger issue, as I have stated above, is generally ignored even on Mondoweiss, this wonderful site: the entirety of Israel is land brutally stolen from the Palestinian people. I have never come upon an honest argument that the Zionists have a right to a single inch of this stolen land. The Jews had two kingdoms in Canaan some three thousand years ago. But the Canaanites, Hittites, Byzantine Empire, Ottoman Empire, Romans, and lots of other peoples also possessed that land and/or added populations to that land, and the Jews were never expelled from that land. Even after the advent of Christianity during the Roman Empire and the Jewish-Roman wars, we Jews were building temples in Jerusalem and the Jewish religion was thriving. It is not land that was taken away from the Jews that they are now taking back. That is simply one more self-serving myth to justify the theft of the Palestinian homeland. The Palestinian homeland was stolen brutally and murderously and every inch of that land belongs to the people from whom it was stolen in and since 1948.