In fact—and this is where I started to feel very uneasy—not just ‘the occupation,’ but the entire concept of a Jewish state in Palestine was predicated on some sort of supernatural claim. Remove the heavenly approval for the Holy Land, and tell us where and what you were. Just another robber of land, similar to the Turks or the British, with the exception that in this instance you desired the country free of humans. And when I witnessed the heavily populated Arab communities living glumly under Jewish tutelage, the original Zionist slogan—”a land without a people for a people without a land”—disclosed its own denial. You desire irony? What if Jews started colonizing at the exact same time that other Europeans had given up on the idea?“The Jews are a peculiar people: Things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews.