There is a myth hanging over all discussion of the Palestinian problem: the myth that this land was "Arab" land taken from its native inhabitants by invading Jews. Whatever may be the correct solution to the problems of the Middle East, let's get a few things straight:
The Canaanites, who had inhabited the land for thousands of years before they were dispossessed by the Israelites.[/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR]
You are missing the point people are trying to make, the belief (and so far it is just a belief) is that for simplicities sake there 3 general groups of people currently in the region currently:
1) Arabs, Palestinians etc. who have lived in the region for thousands of years.
2) For want of a better word "Ethnic Jews" ones that can physically trace their roots back to the region for multiple generations.
3) Non-ethnic Jews ie the lot that showed up from the late 1800s onwards.
It is my theory (and I have no doubt others as well) that groups 1 and 2 share a genetic history more than likely originating with the Canaanites and only vary by what religion they choose to follow where as group 3 has literally nothing in common genetically with either of groups 1 and 2 but have taken over the region through weight of numbers.
To cut a long story short group 1 and 2 have a legitimate claim to the region group 3 does not.
My belief is that if people moved away from tiptoeing around religion and simply looked at genetics which is what should decide this issue you would see a very different picture.