Ethnic cleansing, real and false

Mahmoud Abbas, the man who wrote a Holocaust-denial thesis, is accusing Israel of “ethnic cleansing.”

Abbas told a summit of the 57-nation Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), being held in Senegal’s capital Dakar, the success of US-brokered peace talks depended on Israel showing willingness to live up to the spirit of the process.

“Our people in the city (Jerusalem) are facing an ethnic cleansing campaign through a set of Israeli decisions such as imposing heavy taxes, banning construction and closing Palestinian institutions in addition to separating the city from the West Bank by the racist separation wall,” Abbas said.

Uh-huh. Let’s see, ethnic cleansing… can we come up with some real examples of ethnic cleansing in the Muslim and Arab world? Why yes, yes we can.

Country1948 Jewish population2004 Jewish population
Algeria140,000Less than 100
Egypt75,000Less than 100

Less than 100

Syria30,000Less than 100


Yemen55,000 (in Aden: another 8,000)200

I should also like to point out that the Jewish population of the Jordanian-controlled portion of Jerusalem was exactly zero from 1948 to 1967. Jews were “ethnically cleansed” from every segment of the West Bank and Gaza Strip after 1948. Funny how the world never cared that the Jewish community of Hebron (for instance) was expelled from its home of thousands of years, and yet, when Palestinians took over the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem, expelling the Jewish community that had had a continuous presence there for nearly 3,000 years, nobody cared. But then, history started in the twentieth century, or something like that, right?

Ethnic cleansing: I don’t think that term means what he thinks it means.

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2 Responses to Ethnic cleansing, real and false

  1. Don’t forget the systematic harassment and assassination of Christians in Bethlehem.

  2. History started in 1950. That way they can pretend that all the Arab immigrants who came in to take advantage of the Jews in “Palestine” were the “indigenous” population. They can also pretend that all the Jews who were chased out of Arab countries in 1948 never existed.

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