Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is citing a cold, hard, inconvenient fact I have been pointing out for a number of years – one that has the potential to reframe the entire Israeli-Palestinian debate.
In an hour-long interview with Canada’s CTV this week, he explained that the official position of the Arabs on a Palestinian state is that the land must first be “Jew free” through ethnic cleansing that is rejected everywhere else in the world today – an argument first made by me 10 years ago, and I alone have continued to make it repeatedly ever since.
When interviewer Lisa LaFlamme pointed out that one in five Israelis are Arabs, Netanyahu responded: "Sure, we're not asking them to change their religion. They have full civic rights. Now in the Palestinian state, the way it's being contemplated, no Jew can live there. It has to be Jew free, ethnic cleansing. Well, what is that? There are Arabs who live here, but they can't contemplate Jews living there."
That's exactly what the Palestinian Authority is demanding – ethnic cleansing of it land so that a future Palestinian state can be Jew-free.
It's amazing to me that the rest of the civilized world doesn't categorically reject such a premise. But it doesn't. In fact, no one even speaks of it. An idea that would be condemned anywhere else in the world is considered appropriate – even commendable – in the Middle East.
There's one thing almost all civilized people can agree on – "ethnic cleansing" is bad. "Ethnic cleansing" is defined as a policy of eliminating unwanted ethnic or religious groups by deportation, forcible displacement, mass murder or by threats of such acts, with the intent of creating a territory inhabited by people of a homogeneous or pure ethnicity, religion, culture and history.
Nevertheless, even with this broad consensus opposing ethnic cleansing, there's one place in the world nearly everyone supports ethnic cleansing.
It's in the lands known as Judea and Samaria on the West Bank of the Jordan River under the administration of the Palestinian Authority. There – and only there – does the entire international community favor the complete elimination of all Jewish residents by deportation and forcible displacement if not by mass murder or threats of such acts.
That's because the Palestinian Authority insists the "Palestinian state" it seeks to create be 100 percent "Judenrein," as Hitler would say – free of Jews. And that's OK with all those supporting the concept of creating a new state based on ethnic cleansing and bigotry that would make Himmler blush.
Did you know this is a prerequisite for a Palestinian state?
Very few do.
It is simply never discussed in the media.
It is the only place in the world where it is perfectly acceptable to insist on the eradication of residents of a particular religious or ethnic background.
This is one of the great untold stories of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In any other part of the world, this kind of racist, anti-Semitic effort at ethnically cleansing a region would be roundly condemned by all civilized people. Yet, because most people simply don't understand the clear, official plan by the Arab leaders to force out all Jews from the new Palestinian state, those leaders retains a degree of sympathy, even political support, from much of the world.
Think about what I am saying: It is the official policy of the Palestinian Authority that all Jews must get off the land! Why is the United States supporting the creation of a new, racist, anti-Semitic hate state? Why do American taxpayers send hundreds of millions of dollars a year to the leaders of this movement? Why is the civilized world viewing this as a prescription for peace in the region? Why is this considered an acceptable idea?
Can you think of any other place in the world where that kind of official policy of racism and ethnic cleansing is tolerated – even condoned?
Why are the rules different in the Middle East? Why are the rules different for Arabs? Why are the rules different for Muslims?
Why do we accept as a fait accompli that Jews should be forced off their land in the coming state of Palestine?
Can you imagine the U.S. backing a plan to uproot forcibly people from their homes because they are Muslim or any other religion?
Of course not.
But the monsters who control the Palestinian Authority, even the so-called "moderates," demand that all Jews leave. Jews will simply be unwelcome in this future Palestinian state. End of story. It's a non-negotiable demand.
Isn't that the definition of ethnic cleansing?
Why is that acceptable?
I've been asking this question for a decade. Thankfully, Netanyahu has made the point. It must be repeated over and over and over again until the whole world recognizes the diabolical Nazi-like plan afoot within the Palestinian Authority.
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