Are Jews the Most Incompetent ‘Ethnic Cleansers’ in the World?

August 9, 2013 9:00 am 5 comments

Mohammed Assaf, from Gaza's Khan Yunis, on Arab Idol. Photo: Screenshot

It would be easy to dismiss an absurd comment left by a reader (beneath a recent CiF Watch post about bias at the Irish Times) as simply not worthy of attention.  However, to do so you’d have to ignore polls in Europe demonstrating that the view he expressed about Israel is in fact quite popular.

Our post, on an egregious example of anti-Israel propaganda by Irish Times reporter Frank McDonald, elicited the following friendly advice to Israelis:

stop committing genocide and people will stop criticizing you.

As I indicated above, the charge the Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinians is not at all marginal.

Asked to respond to the statement that “Israel is conducting a war of extermination against the Palestinians,” 63.3 percent of Polish participants expressed agreement, as did 48.8 percent in Portugal, 47.7 percent in Germany, 42.4 percent in Great Britain, 41 percent in Hungary, 38.7 percent in The Netherlands, and 37.6 percent in Italy.

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Of course, debating the “question” of whether Israel is conducting a war of extermination against the Palestinians seems at first glance to be as productive as ‘arguing’ whether or not Jews are trying to take over the world. However, unlike the latter charge, which, no matter how hateful and irrational, is not really quantifiable, the former malicious smear – reflecting the “Israel as the new Nazis narrative which Richard Landes argues indicates (among other political pathologies) a desire to be freed from Holocaust guilt – can be easily refuted by a few population statistics.

  • The Palestinian population in the West Bank increased from 462,000 in 1949 to more than 2.5 million today.
  • In Gaza, the population increased from 82,000 in 1949 to 1.7 million today.

Additionally, to add further context:

  • The number of Arabs killed (since 1920) in Arab-Israeli wars is less than the number of Arabs killed by Arabs in Syria alone since 2011.

As a point of reference, the Jewish population of Gaza and Palestinian controlled West Bank is practically zero (save a few pro-Palestinian “journalists” who reside there), while the Jewish population in the entire Arab Middle East has decreased from over 850,000 in 1949 to less than 5,000 today.  (Yet, relatedly, despite the almost complete disappearance of Jewish inhabitants in territories they control, Palestinian and Arab leaders continually incite their population to engage in mass murder against Jews in Israel and the diaspora.)

The broad charge that Jews are ethnically cleansing Arabs (Palestinians or otherwise) in the Middle East, based on the numbers, represents the opposite of the truth.  In the territory where Jews rule or have ruled in some manner since 1948 the Arab population has increased dramatically, while territories in the region where Arabs rule (representing over 99% of the total land) have slowly become either nearly or completely Judenrein.

I don’t expect the commenter at our blog to be moved by such dry statistics, but you’d at least hope that those who fancy themselves “sophisticated” Europeans – especially given their ‘special’ history – would at least take notice when empirical data contradicts their secular faith in Jews’ immutable malevolence.

Those suggesting that Israel is conducting “a war of extermination against the Palestinians” are engaging an almost comical historical inversion, and at the very least would have to conclude in the face the evidence that Jews are, by far, the most incompetent practitioners of “ethnic cleansing” on the planet.

Adam Levick is the managing editor of CiF Watch, an affiliate of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA)

5 Comments

  • IF THE NEXT WAR IS A REGIONAL WAR AND NOT
    *THE GREAT FINAL WAR*
    THEN I HOPE IT WILL BE A ISRAEL DECISIVE VICTORY
    and not a wishywashy gentle negotiated ”peaceful” end,

    ARABS ONLY KNOW MIGHT
    might is right!

  • “We” can’t win for losing. Why try? Israeli (and by extension — Jews) successes throughout history — despite 2000 years of adversities (Holocaust, pogroms, Inquisition, intifadas, etc…) has made the “world” at large despise us. Call it jealousy, if you like, but that’s just the way it is. 6 million dead Jews bought us about 30 years of peace from the anti-Semites; that figures out to be one year of peace for every 200,000 Jewish dead. A pretty hefty price to pay. So heed the words of Ben Gurion: “It matters not what the world says. What matters is what the Jews do.”

  • If those out there who think that Israelis are targeting “palestinians” really want the truth, they only need look at the situation amongst “palestinians” in all the Arab countries surrounding Israel. In Syria, for instance, “[m]ore than half of the 530,000 Palestinian refugees registered in Syria have been displaced and 15 percent have fled abroad, including 60,000 to neighboring Lebanon and over 7,000 to Jordan.

    In March, the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria said that over 1,000 Palestinians have been killed in the ongoing Syria conflict, with that number thought to have increased significantly since then.” http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=616031

    Also see http://www.countercurrents.org/lamb100813.htm

  • Please put me in touch with your editor, or please be in touch with me. The photograph used for your article is taken by me and I need to bill you for it. Also used without my photo credit, it does not belong to Stand With Us. I appreciate your getting back to me, Debbi Cooper

  • The false perceptions are probably due to a mixture of projection, based on the sorry true histories of the Inquisition and the Holocaust plus the anti-Israel/anti-Jewish propaganda successes of the OIC and the Soviet Union.

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