Give Israel Back To the Caananites(?)

On the other hand, you could just (as Bucky Katt humorously says to Rob Wilco regarding Swedish Fish) “Get on the trolley.” Of course, just like Bucky Katt is on the wrong trolley about Swedish fish (which are not mutant Scottish fish), anyone who suggests that Israel ought to give the Canaanites back to Israel is on the wrong trolley. In the same way, those who compare illegal immigration to the Conquistadores’ expeditions are on the wrong trolley. They might as well say that the Latins ought to give back Italy to the Eutruscans if they insist on going down the “Undocumented immigrants are just doing what those European invaders did” track.

Never mind that Torah, which brought the Europeans and Native Americans Western civilization, admonishes one to not remove his or her neighbor’s boundary marker, to remember that the boundaries of all nations are set by HaShem (and, adding to that, each man and woman will return to his and her respective lands in Ha’Acharit HaYamim), and to keep in mind that even beloved Yisra’el has his boundaries:

And Jacob went out from Beer-sheba, and went toward Haran. 11 And he lighted upon the place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took one of the stones of the place, and put it under his head, and lay down in that place to sleep. 12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. 13 And, behold, the LORD stood beside him, and said: ‘I am the LORD, the God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac. The land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed.14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south. And in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee whithersoever thou goest, and will bring thee back into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.’ 16And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said: ‘Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.’ 17 And he was afraid, and said: ‘How full of awe is this place! this is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.’

Therefore, just as Satchel pointed out “The baggie says they’re ‘Swedish Fish'”, Torah and history otherwise say that illegal immigration is not comparable to conquests and setting up states and nation states. Don’t be a Bucky Katt (or, incidentally and yet relatedly, don’t be a Fungo Squiggly. In other words, don’t be coming in to a place just to provoke the people who are already settled there and act like the victim. Bucky was settled and provoked by Fungo, as many Americans and legal immigrants are provoked by illegal immigrants. By the way, the Garcias were fine; it was Fungo who gave them a bad rap, just like illegal immigrants give legal immigrants and citizens a bad rap.).

About the Author
Born in the Diaspora in 1990, Nicole Czarnecki didn’t even know that she’s Jewish until about 2008. As a Jewish Christian and an aspiring olah with more of a history than she ever knew and hope for a future of which she can't even begin to dream, she aspires to help others learn from their histories and build hopeful futures for everyone whom aspires to pursue tzedek and tikkun ha’olam.