‘Well, Jews were kept to a tiny, highly discriminated against minority, as imperial Christian and Islamic apartheid had prescribed, as Jews’ punishment for rejecting Jesus and the prophets.’
Bullshit. Before the advent of Zionism the position of Jews in Palestine was no different to that in other provinces of the Ottoman Empire. The status of Dhimmi to which they were subjected differed in no way from that of Christians, and if anything the Ottomans favoured Jews over Christians as less likely to be sympathetic to the Ottomans’ Christian enemies.
There was never anything to stop the Jews of Bagdad, Istanbul, Izmir, Salonica, Damascus or Cairo from moving to Palestine if they wanted. They didn’t want to because while it was a praiseworthy deed for an individual Jew to spend his days in study and prayer in the Holy Land, a collective return was regarded as a miraculous event to be brought about by the Messiah and to hasten it by human action was expressly forbidden.
Conchovor [under his various pseudonyms] has been making a speciality for some time of spreading this ingeniously confected version of history to function as a parallel to the Palestinian Nakba narrative – the Jews also, he can argue were ‘ethnically cleansed’ from their homeland by the Christian and Muslim ancestors of the Palestinians. So they are no better than the Zionist Jews, and they started it.
In fact no serious historian any longer supports the myth of an ‘ethnic cleansing’ of the Jews from Palestine after AD70, and the majority of Jews were already living in the Diaspora before the destruction of the temple.