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    • Michael Davison
    • 26.11.10 | 19:06 (IST)

    If the Arabs had been successful in 1948 or 1967, we wouldn't be having this discussion. Their stated aim then, which hasn't changed, is the eradication of Israel, which they can't even bring themselves to say, calling it the "Zionist entity", and to "drive the Jews into the sea". Even today, Hamas has no trouble declaring that "Arab Palestine must be a contiguous nation from the [Jordan] river to the [Mediterranean] sea. Fact: before the advent of the Zionists in Palestine, the indigenous Arab population was small, with Jewish majorities in some areas, according to the Ottoman censuses. Many of those Arabs living in Palestine in 1948 came after the Zionists and the British, migrants following the "money trail" for employment not available in their own countries. It's a telling fact that UNWRA required a "Palestinian refugee" to have been resident in Palestine for only two years, while the UN High Commission for Refugees requires a minimum of 5 years residence to qualify as a refugee anywhere else. Now, what about the 900,000 Jews expelled from Arab lands? This number is greater than that of the Arabs who left Palestine and the value of the properties stolen from them comes up as at least double, by the most conservative estimate. Those Jews settled mostly in Israel, and they and their descendants make up over half of Israel's Jewish population today. If you're going to address the refugee issue, you have to address ALL of the issue, not part of it. Do not mistake the so-called "Palestinian-Israeli conflict" for the problem. This manufactured issue is a cover-up for the real issue, the Arab-Israeli conflict, which has been going on for more than 100 years.

    from the article: Zionism is not an ideology
    First published 02:03 26.11.10 | Last updated 02:03 26.11.10
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