# 8 shylock, Yonathan of Kfar Sava is way off the mark 1 - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ben Alofs
    • 14.02.06 | 00:51 (IST)

    "a large number of what are now called palestinians came in to work for the new jewish immigrants. they would not have come otherwise". Shylock, Yonathan is referring to Joan Peters's book "From Time Immemorial", published in New York in 1984. Peters purports to document massive illegal Arab immigration into the Jewish-settled areas of Palestine during the British mandate (1920-48). Her thesis is that a significant proportion of the 700.000 Arabs residing in the part of Palestine that became Israel in 1949 had only recently settled there, and that they had immigrated to Palestine only because of the economic opportunities generated by Zionist settlement. Therefore, Peters claims, the industrious Jewish immigrants had as much, if not more, rights to this territory than the Palestinian 'newcomers'. Peters's book was received in the USA to rapturous and uncritical applause. Here was a devastating and scholarly contribution to the zionist narrative.

    from the article: Don't boycott the Palestinians
    First published 00:00 13.02.06 | Last updated 00:00 13.02.06
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