Ethnic Cleansing: Israel's "Magical Solution" For Palestinian Demographic Growth
27 November 2015
By Khalid Amayreh
When Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is challenged
by some liberal or quasi-leftist Zionist parties over Palestinian demographic
growth and the "danger" of Palestinians becoming a numerical majority of the
population between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean, the Israeli
premier, without patting an eyelash, tells his critics "don't worry about
this, we will overcome this problem."
In fact, Palestinians already are a majority in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and
Israel proper. Israeli leaders, who meticulously (and visibly hysterically)
are watching the population indicators, know deep in their hearts what it
means for Zionism to have a non-Jewish majority and a Jewish minority in
Indeed, a lethal combination of systematic repression, ethnic cleansing and
economic suffocation has failed to force significant numbers of Palestinians
to leave their homeland for good.
Many Zionist leaders have been alluding to apartheid as a practical solution
to maintain Zionist hegemony over the native Palestinians.
However, the more level-headed Zionist intellectual elites argue that
apartheid couldn't be sustained forever, saying that if racial discrimination
proved expedient for a few months or years, it would sooner or later explode
in Israel's face, with grave consequences for Israel and Jews.
But Zionist leaders are utterly unlikely to let the Palestinians win the
demographic battle-and sustain this advantage. This is why it is only a
matter of a few years before Zionist leaders begin adopting draconian
measures to neutralize the Palestinian demographic advantage lest this
advantage become a perpetual feature in the historical conflict.
Some Israeli policy planners had thought that the creation of a limited
Palestinian entity would resolve the conflict and allow Israel to cast off
the Palestinian burden at a minimal price, e.g. a small state-let, without
Jerusalem, without the repatriation of the refugees and without giving up the
However, the unbridled expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank,
along with the scandalous inability of the international community,
especially Israel's guardian ally, the US, to rein in Israeli intransigence,
has effectively resulted in the de facto death of the two-state solution.
This in turn has created a real dilemma for Israel whereby the Jewish state
would have to either accept the establishment of a unitary state between the
River Jordan and the Mediterranean, a state in which at least half the
population is un-Jewish, or resort to a myriad of precarious tentative
Liberal Zionists, who try to speak logically even humanly to foreign media
outlets, while harboring a decidedly racist agenda against non-Jews, argue
rather deceitfully that it is still possible to establish a viable
However, anyone with an honest brain and living conscience knows too well
that the opposite is true.
Unlike Zionist liberal, who feel they have to accommodate American and
European concerns over racism and ethnic cleansing, the settler camp, which
more or less controls the Netanyahu government, doesn't hide their doomsday
aspirations vis-à-vis the Palestinians, including forced or induced
immigration, de facto enslavement (water carriers and wood hewers),
expulsion, or genocidal ethnic cleansing.
There is compelling evidence showing that Netanyahu embraces these
nightmarish aspirations. His statements about "the Land of Israel" and the
"exclusive Jewish state" should leave no doubt as to his commitment to Jewish
fascism and supremacy.
Netanyahu and settler allies would prefer to carry out a "Quiet" and
"peaceful" transfer of Palestinians outside their ancestral homeland. But
since expelling millions of Palestinians can't be implemented without
carrying out some genocidal episodes, Netanyahu and his strategists must be
deliberating the "best ways to do the Job" with minimal noise.
These are not far-fetched scenarios that can never occur.
Israel would simply never permit the Palestinian to obtain by way of
demographic growth what they couldn't win in the battle field.
To enforce this view, one could point to the fact that the Israeli Jewish
society is constantly drifting to the right, which precludes any possibility
that a peace-minded government would be elected in the near or intermediate
The Palestinians don't really have many choices save patience and
The Palestinian Authority (PA) and other national factions should continue to
enlist the peoples and governments of the world to pressure Israel.
However, we must never allow ourselves to fall into the trap of counting on
the international community to save or rescue us from the clutches of
We have seen how the world community is ganging up on Syrian people
struggling to free Syria from a Nazi-like sectarian regime that has murdered
and maimed hundreds of thousands while forcing more than 15 million Syrian
citizens out of their homes, all in order to extend its lifespan a few more
Hence, we have to watch our steps very carefully and refrain from playing
into Israel's hands or giving the evil entity a pretext to demonize our
people, our cause and our struggle.
Remember, Israel is striving, even dying, to lump us in one category with
ISIS and other extremist groups.
We must never allow Israel to succeed.
Khalid Amayreh is a veteran
Palestinian journalist and political commentator living in the West Bank.