Indy legitimises ludicrous charge that Israel is ‘ethnically cleansing’ Jerusalem


If facts and logic governed the media’s coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, then recent claims by Palestinian spokesperson Hanan Ashrawi that new Israeli homes in the neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo represent a “policy of ethnic cleansing of East Jerusalem” would be dismissed as the agitprop of the intellectually unserious.

However, not only was there no indication of incredulousness in the face of such absurd charges in The Independent’s Aug. 26 report by Ben Lynfield, but it was actually used in the headline:

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As we explained in a recent post, the broad charge, believed by an astonishing number of “sophisticated” Europeans, that Israel is engaged in a project of “extermination” against the Palestinians, is one of the most easily disprovable hypotheses encountered in the cesspool of anti-Zionist narratives.

Though demographic evidence alone, showing that the Palestinian population has grown dramatically in the West Bank and Gaza since 1948, demonstrates how preposterous these claims are, the mere lack of empirical evidence has never served as much of a barrier to those committed to assaulting the Jewish state’s legitimacy.  Indeed, the laziness of ‘professional’ journalists covering the region, who typically fail to critically scrutinize such hyperbole, ensures that there is no disincentive for the practitioners of delegitimization to continue advancing these hateful smears.

The non-ethnic cleansing of Muslims from Jerusalem:

In response to Ashrawi’s charge, a real journalist could of course look at population statistics demonstrating that the number of Muslims in Jerusalem, both in total numbers and as an overall percentage, have increased dramatically since 1948.  Specifically, the Muslim population of Jerusalem increased from 1967 (when Israel unified the city) to 2011, from nearly 55,000 to over 291,000, while the Jewish population increased by a slower rate – from under 196,000 to 650,000.

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Jewish Virtual Library Graph, based on figures from the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics

The non-ethnic cleansing of Arabs from Jerusalem:

As far as the total Arab population (Muslims and non-Muslims), per the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, “there has been a decline in the proportionate size of Jerusalem’s Jewish population, with a concomitant increase in the proportion of the Arab population.” Specifically, the proportion of the Jewish population fell from 74% in 1967 to 64% in 2009. Simultaneously “the Arab population in the city rose from 26% in 1967 to 36% in 2009.”

Here’s a graph illustrating the increase in Arabs (and Jews, and others) in Jerusalem between 1931 and 2009:

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Graph via the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies

(Additionally, current population figures suggest that Palestinian Arabs outnumber Jews in east Jerusalem by a ratio of roughly 3 to 2.) 

As you can see, whatever your views on Israel’s decision to build homes in communities in “east” Jerusalem (parts of the city previously controlled by Jordan), the charge that such construction, on lands which are currently uninhabited, constitutes the “ethnic cleansing” of either Muslims or Arabs is nothing but a lie. 

If the toxic influence of pro-Palestinian propaganda wasn’t so severe, the charge that Israelis are engaged in anything resembling the ethnic cleansing of Muslims or Arabs would be regarded with the suspicion and contempt that typically greets other discredited anti-Zionist and antisemitic conspiracy theories.

184 comments on “Indy legitimises ludicrous charge that Israel is ‘ethnically cleansing’ Jerusalem

  1. Michael – I will readily admit that the Zionists have no way near committed a Holocaust and this is what Benny Morris has to say and we need to ensure he does not get his way –

    To fence them in? To place them under closure?

    “Something like a cage has to be built for them. I know that sounds terrible. It is really cruel. But there is no choice. There is a wild animal there that has to be locked up in one way or another.”

    War of barbarians

    Benny Morris, have you joined the right wing?

    “No, no. I still think of myself as left-wing. I still support in principle two states for two peoples.”

    But you don’t believe that this solution will last. You don’t believe in peace.

    “In my opinion, we will not have peace, no.”

  2. I did not appoint him to anything again quoting from Wikipedia he was appointed by the academic establishment to the coveted post he holds – so may be you should try and get yourself appointed to such a post and we will pay you same reverence and quote you as an authoritative historian on Zionism and ethnic cleansing until such time –

    Benny Morris (Hebrew: בני מוריס; born 8 December 1948[1]) is an Israeli professor of History in the Middle East Studies department of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in the city of Be’er Sheva, Israel. He is a key member of the group of Israeli historians known as the “New Historians,” a term Morris coined to describe himself and historians Avi Shlaim and Ilan Pappe.[2]
    Morris’s work on the Arab-Israeli conflict and especially the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has won praise and criticism from both sides of the political divide. He is accused by some academics in Israel of only using Israeli and never Arab sources, creating an “unbalanced picture”.[3] Regarding himself as a Zionist, he writes, “I embarked upon the research not out of ideological commitment or political interest. I simply wanted to know what happened.”[4]

    • No researcher worth his salt would ever rely on one single source on a subject. It says a lot about you.

  3. Another moniker won`t help the Bla-bla-Antisemite
    Andrew Jackson/Dave Ernst/Janet Burke/Jim Davison/John Atkins/falsefalse/ RObert Alright/Kumar Chaudry/Rebuttal/Jim Chance, Frederick, Richard
    NSIsmail/NSIsmael/Jason Helper/John Walsh/ranamirza/Rafi Mirza, from NSIsmail to Antisemite Rana the antisemitic member of the Diane Shame Group of aliases like Mondoweiss Chris/Isac/ liar/Peter Ounce/Islamabadi/diane/dianeshammes/Angel/Rafi aka Sharon/Jane/Catherine/Samantha/HarpalSingh/AaronPatel/AnrewBird/Jeremy Bowles/AlanThornton/Jabal/Alan/Deborah/Jim/Jason/Dirk/Nick/Natzie/Rob, amended by Gerald with Dopey/Grumpy/Sneezy/Sleazy/Tosser/Dorothy/Straw Man/Dick Head/Drek

  4. Michael – I have checked with other sources for facts and other historians corroborate with Morris despite being opposed to him politically. Pappe says the same about Zionism and ethnic cleansing so does Nur Massala looking at history from a Palestinian perspective – so for research I am on very solid ground. Now tell me what is your credibility based on. Now what is that salt worth? If I had quoted from Pappe you would accused me of using biased historians. If I had quoted Masala you would have said well he is a Palestinian. You do this is a blog not a research unit.

    • Ilan Pappe, who has advocated the elimination of the State of Israel. Nur Mussala, whom you say yourself has a Palestinian perspective.

      Keep fishing.

    • This is what Morris have to say about Pappe
      “At best, Ilan Pappe must be one of the world’s sloppiest historians; at worst, one of
      the most dishonest. In truth, he probably merits a place somewhere between the two.”

  5. Another moniker won`t help the bla-bla Antisemite Dave
    Andrew Jackson/Dave Ernst/Janet Burke/Jim Davison/John Atkins/falsefalse/ RObert Alright/Kumar Chaudry/Rebuttal/Jim Chance, Frederick, Richard
    NSIsmail/NSIsmael/Jason Helper/John Walsh/ranamirza/Rafi Mirza, from NSIsmail to Antisemite Rana the antisemitic member of the Diane Shame Group of aliases like Mondoweiss Chris/Isac/ liar/Peter Ounce/Islamabadi/diane/dianeshammes/Angel/Rafi aka Sharon/Jane/Catherine/Samantha/HarpalSingh/AaronPatel/AnrewBird/Jeremy Bowles/AlanThornton/Jabal/Alan/Deborah/Jim/Jason/Dirk/Nick/Natzie/Rob, amended by Gerald with Dopey/Grumpy/Sneezy/Sleazy/Tosser/Dorothy/Straw Man/Dick Head/Drek

  6. Here’s something for the sock puppet du jour to agonize over:

    http://www.cogat.idf.il/901-10737-en/Cogat.aspx

    Last year (2012), 3,400 Palestinian patients from the Judea and Samaria Region crossed into Israel for medical treatments in Palestinian and Israeli ambulances which took them to the various hospitals. Moreover, the Civil Administration financed life saving medical treatments for 20 Palestinian children (marrow transplants, kidney transplants, purchase of a pump for P.N.T., prenatal diagnosis, impaired intestine surgery and baby obstruction) and more medical treatments worth more than 1,500,000 NIS per year.

    The “Augusta Victoria” Hospital in East Jerusalem, which is financed by the World Lutheran Federation, UNRWE, has established several mobile clinics which travel across the Judea and Samaria Region and provide patients with medical treatment. At the Augusta Victoria hospital there are 161 beds intended for special treatment of diabetes and breast cancer, but the hospital operates the mobile clinics as part of a continuous commitment to cope with those diseases among the Palestinian population, and in order to optimize the treatment and bring it to the patients and to the needy.

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