By Ashley Perry (Perez)
Today, more than ever, certain obscene canards are thrown at
Ethnic cleansing has been defined by many people as a variance of acts. Drazen Petrovic wrote, 'Ethnic Cleansing - An Attempt at Methodology' for the European Journal of International Law and defined it as "a well-defined policy of a particular group of persons to systematically eliminate another group from a given territory."
I have chosen this particular person to quote as Petrovic is used by probably the best known academic who still clings to the absurdity of the 'ethnic cleansing' claim, Ilan Pappe. Pappe is quoted extensively by all those who seek to make use of this insidious claim.
If this definition is reliable then
To use the popular population growth rate equation, P = Poekt, would mean that the Palestinian growth rate is well above both the average, and even close to double, that of Asia and Africa for a comparable period of time.
However, when compared with the demographic trends for the Jews of Asia and
Before 1948 there were nearly 900,000 Jews in 'Arab lands' and only
In fact, according to a newly released study by former CIA and State Department Treasury official titled The Palestinian Refugee Issue: Rhetoric vs. Reality for the Jewish Political Studies Review, the value of assets lost by both refugee populations is incomparable.
Zabludoff uses data from John Measham Berncastle, who undertook the task to calculate the assets of the Palestinian refugees in the early 1950s under the aegis of the newly formed United Nations Conciliation Commission for Palestine (UNCCP). In today's figures, Zabludoff uses the US Consumer Price Index to calculate that the assets are worth $3.9 billion.
The Jewish refugees, being greater in number and more urban, had assets that total in today's prices almost double that of the Palestinian refugees.
On top of this equation one must remember that
Whereas the proponent of Israeli ethnic cleansing can show no official command to back up their account, Jewish ethnic cleansing from Arab lands was an official state policy in many instances.
Jews were officially expelled from areas in
According to The New York Times on May 16,
In 1951 the Iraqi Government passed legislation that made affiliation with Zionism a felony and ordered, "the expulsion of Jews who refused to sign a statement of anti-Zionism." This pushed tens of thousands of Jews to leave
In 1967, the Jews of Egypt were detained and tortured, and Jewish homes were confiscated. In
Furthermore, in 1970 the Libyan government issued new laws which confiscated all the assets of
Although these are just a few examples of what became common throughout the Arab world where Jews lived, these measures do not even refer to the pogroms and attacks on Jews and their institutions which caused major parts of the exodus.
These facts are conveniently forgotten or not publicized for political expedience. The sad fact is that most Jews and pro-Zionists don't even know many of these facts. This leaves the way open for people like Pappe to spout their half-baked theories without any mention of the true facts of the
However, a few recent events are changing people's perceptions of history to include these important events. On April, 1, the US Congress adopted Resolution 185, which grants for the first-time-ever recognition to Jewish refugees from Arab countries.
The resolution text urges that the President and
This resolution and greater recognition of the refugee issue and the ethnic-cleansing of Jews from the wider Arab world brings a clearer definition of the history to a greater number of people. This means that many won't be so easily hoodwinked into buying empty and meaningless statements about the ethnic-cleansing of the Palestinian people.
It is clear from any standard that one cannot possibly be 'ethnically-cleansing' a people from areas where they have seen growth double that of their neighboring areas. However, a people who have lost more than 150 times their number from an area over a few decades can clearly make a very strong case for being 'ethnically-cleansed'.
The Jerusalem Post Bloc Central, em 06/04/2008.