Perhaps you’ve heard the point made before that Jews, far from being illegal occupiers in the land of Israel, are in fact indigenous to the region.
But what exactly does indigenous mean, and can the Jewish claim to Israel really hold up to that kind of claim?
Ryan Bellerose certainly knows. As a Metis from Alberta, he has become one of the world’s pre-eminent activists on behalf of Israel and Jewish claims to Israel, and has lectured widely on Jewish indigenous rights.
In this week’s episode of The Honest Report podcast, we sit down with Ryan for a refresher on how to understand the concept of indigeneity, and why it’s so critical for the next generation of Jews and non-Jews alike to understand how the Jewish People’s history in Israel can’t be understood without it.
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