[Marxism] Ilan Pappe on the "demographic danger" to the state of Israel
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Fri Apr 14 02:27:24 MDT 2006
Ilan Pappe is a senior lecturer at the University of Haifa and one of
the so-called "new historians" who dared to describe the actual
atrocities of creating the state of Israel. His most recent books are 'A
History of Modern Palestine' and 'The Modern Middle East'.
His recent article in the London Review of Books (the same review that
published this article by US-professors Mearsheimer and Walt calling the
US alliance with Israel a "liability" for US imperial policies)
"Ingathering" subtitled by the LRB editor "Ilan Pappe on the Israeli
election and the 'demographic problem'" is found here:
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From left to right, the manifestos of all the Zionist parties during
the recent Israeli election campaign contained policies which they
claimed would counter the "demographic problem" posed by the Palestinian
presence in Israel.
Apart from the ten members of the Palestinian parties and two
eccentric Ashkenazi ultra-Orthodox Jews, all the members of the new
Knesset (there are 120 in all) arrived promising that their magic
formulae would solve the "demographic problem".
None of this is new. The population problem was identified as the
major obstacle in the way of Zionist fulfilment in the late 19th
century, and David Ben-Gurion said in December 1947 that "there can be
no stable and strong Jewish state so long as it has a Jewish majority of
only 60 per cent."
Israel boosted its population with two massive Jewish immigrations,
each of about a million people, in 1949 and in the 1980s. This kept the
Palestinian proportion of the population down and today Palestinians
account for nearly 20 per cent of the population of Israel (not counting
the Occupied Territories). Ehud Olmert, the leader of Kadima and acting
prime minister, thinks that if Israel stays in the Occupied Territories
and its inhabitants are included in the Israeli population, Palestinians
will outnumber Jews within 15 years.
In the run-up to the election, pundits discussed this question using
language akin to that employed in Europe and the United States in
debates over immigration. Here, however, it is the immigrant community
that decides the future of the indigenous population, not vice versa.
On 31 July 2003, the Knesset passed a law prohibiting Palestinians
from obtaining citizenship, permanent residency or even temporary
residency when they marry Israeli citizens. The initiator of the
legislation was a liberal Zionist, Avraham Poraz of the centrist party
Shinui. He described it as a "defence measure". Only 25 members of the
Knesset opposed it and Poraz declared that those already married and
with families "will have to go to the West Bank", regardless of how long
they had been living in Israel.
In the dead of night on 24 January this year, an elite unit of the
border police seized the Israeli Palestinian village of Jaljulya. The
troops burst into houses, dragging out 36 women and eventually deporting
eight of them. The women were ordered to go to their old homes in the
West Bank. Some had been married for years to Palestinians in Jaljulya,
some were pregnant, many had children, but the soldiers were
demonstrating to the Israeli public that when a demographic problem
becomes a danger, the state will act swiftly and without hesitation. One
Palestinian member of the Knesset protested, but the action was backed
by the government, the courts and the media.
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