Canaan and Hannah
Rehovot Why did they establish the Jewish state here
and not in Europe, Africa or South America? Because that was what was promised Who promised? In the Torah That’s why? Yes Do you agree?
– Completely agree I have the same opinion
as my husband Chen
Holon Why didn’t they establish the Jewish state
in Europe, Africa or South America? Ask him
(pointing to an Arab Israeli co-worker)
Kidding Why do you think?
It is your opinion Because of Jerusalem Because of Jerusalem No? I am asking you
I am supposed to be totally neutral It’s because of Jerusalem It’s the holy city for Jews Yes Elazar and Yaakov
Netivot and Jerusalem Why didn’t they establish the Jewish
state in Argentina, Uganda or Europe? According to our tradition our country should be here This is the Land of Israel so I need to be here not in Argentina and for that reason God brought us here… The Westen Wall is here
The Holy Temple is here All the tombs of
the righteous are here This land God gave us What did you say? I said we have been here forever Ilana
Nahariya Why did they create the Jewish state
here and not in Uganda, Argentina, Russia? According to the Torah according to our bible this is the place that the Jews have so here the country was established That was the reason we are in this country Where are your roots?
Ashkenazi? No, I am married to an Ashkenazi It happens But my parents are from Morocco and I was born in Israel Let’s take your parents let’s say they did establish
Israel in Uganda, let’s say Let’s say that situation happened Would they have gone to Uganda? No, I don’t believe they would It was always their belief to return to the land of Zion to come to Israel that this is their place and they came They sacrificed their lives They left everything in order
to get to this country They came because it’s our country Daniel and Eliya
Tel Aviv Why didn’t they create the Jewish state in Uganda, Russia or Argentina? Why here? Don’t you remember what we
learned in history class It’s the holy land? I don’t know, what do you think? Because this is Israel This is not a quiz It’s because it is the holy land Jerusalem is here
We need to be here That is the vision they had Not Uganda. Uganda was the
vision of a human being God’s vision is that we
will be in the Land of Israel as Jews Do you believe?
– Yes Also you?
– Yes We are not religious but we believe I assume your roots are Ethiopian
– Yes and I assume that those that came
they came because of Jerusalem Yes, only for that reason that was their vision to come to Israel
holy land Everything here is holy Instead of a river there is milk instead of flowers, there is nectar That’s what they thought That’s what they told them Who told them? In Ethiopia, that is what they dreamed about I heard told “It is the land of milk and honey” That is what they believed They never saw anything
there weren’t pictures then no newspapers
Just belief They followed what was written by their belief in God I am sure when they arrived
they were a little disappointed No I thought they would be but my mother is still so happy
to be in Israel “Mom, let’s go back to Ethiopia” No No way It’s not even an option Is it the same for your family? I don’t know how it is in Russia, Khazakstan We moved to Israel but but not so much I assume more about economics Economics, my grandmother is Jewish she wanted us to grow up here Oren
Jerusalem Why didn’t they establish the Jewish state
in Europe, Africa or South America? Who didn’t establish? What? Who didn’t establish? Why didn’t the world establish in 1948? Why here? Go ask them what was
going on in 1948 You are asking me?
Do I know why Why do you think? First of all It was easier to come here
than to go there No, actually South American seems… The weather there isn’t
really suitable for us So it’s all about the weather? Let’s start with that There are beaches Beaches you have everywhere Here you don’t have typhoons
here you don’t have storms Here we have the best weather But there are places like
in Europe where it is better There… Okay Europe is far for us also But why didn’t they establish Israel there? So that is your answer? You don’t have another answer? If they had established Israel
in Russia or in Uganda or Argentina They considered Uganda
– True Would your grandparents
or parents have gone there? Why not? Where did they come from? My parents? We are Kurdish We came from the mountains Turkish?
– Kurds Azerbaijan We came from the mountains He is asking why are you
here in Israel Why did they do it here? They brought me here
Do I know why? I could have been in a different place (his wife)
Where did we get the state? The state? It’s his opinion
He is okay with it He doesn’t care if it was Uganda… Herzl decided Herzl brought us here True. We will blame Herzl Sidney
Akko Why didn’t they establish the Jewish state
in Europe, Africa or South America? as they talked about First of all the state of Israel is the land of our forefathers What do we have in Africa?
What do we have in Uganda? Here we have all our history the entire history of our Judaism and here we were destined to build a country What does it mean to build a country? We took our country back what we deserve That is what we deserve It was cut off from us We didn’t come here and conquer We didn’t conquer This was our country
from the times of our forefathers Question: you said you
were born in Tunisia
– Yes Your parents, grandparents Did they also feel that way?
That this is their country? Not Tunisia? Yes, yes Because today Tunisians say the Muslim Tunisians say “no, they are Tunisians
there is no such thing as Israel” From the stories of my parents we left Tunisia with a suitcase My father had there a business and they told him: “anyone who
wants to move to Palestine” then they called it Palestine not Israel, Israel didn’t exist yet It was called Palestine “Anyone who wants to move to Palestine” “take a suitcase with your clothing
and leave” We left there apartments we there there stores Do we come with demands? Do we demand that back? Do we demand the right to return to Tunisia?
No But they want you to return What? They want you to return… They want it all, so what?
They also want to throw you in the sea So they can throw you in the sea? No, no, no, they… They will throw you in the sea too Hold on, Tunisians say Look, everything we gave them
all the agreements we made with them Camp David
All the agreements Not Palestinians I am talking about Tunisians What?
– I am talking about those in Tunisia today They want us to return?
– Yes Do you know why? Because things were good for them
with the Jews there With the Jews there, they had life Why today groups of tourists from Israel Tunisians and other Eastern Jews
travel to Tunisia and they accept them with open arms Why did the king of Tunisia, back then why did he say “If you want to live well in this country” “protect the Jews” Also in Morocco, King Hassan told them that Why? Because the Jews were loyal to the country They were loyal to the country
In Tunisia they were loyal In Morocco the Jews were loyal They weren’t terrorists
they didn’t plant bombs they didn’t plant explosives You understand In contrast when they live here with you
they plant explosives and also hate you You mean the Palestinians? Of course Of course, yes yes Yes, sadly, some some… I would say a large amount of the Arabs of the Land of Israel live with you sit with you, eat with you
and hate you There are a small amount that
are truly loyal to the country and they care But they won’t declare it because they will be killed they will be harassed But a Jew who declares (anti Israel) views
Nothing will happen, this is a democracy It’s a democracy for us but for him (Arabs) it is not democracy He (Arabs) can say what he wants but if you say something about him and his people, then it is
not democracy Grumpy old men of Zichron Yaakov Why wasn’t the Jewish state established in
Uganda, Argentina, Russia? He will give the answer Anyone who wants I will answer you A Jewish state there is only one and if the Jews left here so they returned to the Jewish state It wasn’t possible to establish
a Jewish state in Birobidzhan because Stalin tried
and we see what happened Also in Uganda
it wouldn’t have worked Also in El Arish So there is only one place that possessed us as Jews in the Diaspora for 2000 years That is this place This is the source Yala, next question Hold on, anyone else? I have something to say Hold on There were 32 different proposals where to establish the Jewish state 32?
– Yes, 32 I checked Madagascar, Russia Not 31? 32 I don’t know 32 Why didn’t they establish it in one of those? In one of those Woudn’t it be better? Throughout the world, there are populations
that moved from place to place and it’s legitimate In Israel, we don’t accept this meaning it’s not legitimate but we returned to the place we were from We have a right to this country a place to live connection to the land to be part of the European world To be part of the European world? Yes But we are not in Europe I think we are in Europe You have decided
Yes, what did you want to say? Excuse me I want to add something Wait, he wanted to answer before I am adding something The only place that we had a right through our roots was in the Land of Israel In no other place could we demand the legitimate right to return to the land where the
Jewish people began and be a free people Let me tell you He wanted to say something They asked Ben Gurion what is your right to
the Land of Israel He took out the Bible and said “this is my mandate” There wouldn’t be anything without it Do you live according to the Bible? What? Do you live according to the Bible? We are the continuation of the Bible I want to add something The truth is I did not choose this my ancestors, five generations ago
made this choice You are here six generations? I am the 5th generation, right?
(speaking to his cousin) 5th 4th or 5th 4th or 5th, doesn’t matter When they came here
there wasn’t anywhere in the world that was empty nowhere with free land and the only place they could
was to come here where there was malaria and diseases No one lived here. No one… There were, there were Palestinians They weren’t here It was empty
Look at the pictures You mean in Zichon there weren’t… Zichron? No, no The Land of Israel was empty Mark Twain photographed Israel
and it was empty without a population So where did the Palestinians come from? They migrated here for work There was work here and
they migrated here for that True, in Jerusalem there were Palestinians But the country was empty
there was no one on the coast I want to add Zichron Yaakov is the third settlement established in the return to Zion The significance the answer is much more
significant than the question The Jews in Romania came from a specific region poor people who were unfortunate in Romania and they thought that here
their lives would be better than anywhere else so they came here Why did they come here? It’s like what Pines said to you who is a Holocaust survivor he told you, “the Bible is my legacy” “and that’s why I am here” The same thing about those
Jews from Romania But remember the Jews lived here,
in Jerusalem always in Safed, always in Tiberias, always in Gaza, Jews lived until the Palestinians
started to riot and the Jews fled Also in Jaffa So your question is
a rhetorical question for the entire world That’s it for the entire world That’s it