Before the formation of Israel in 1948 almost one million Jews lived in Arab countries but ethnic cleansing of those Jews has reduced that number to less than ten thousand. Compare this to the number of Arabs estimated to have been in Israel in 1948 which was 160,000 and today in 2021 there are in excess of two million of whom approximately 1.5 million are Muslims. The term ‘Nakba’ has developed as a propaganda weapon against Jews and the Jewish State of Israel about an event that never actually happened. Nakba, or catastrophe does not apply to the mythical Palestinians but certainly applies to those Jews persecuted and forcibly removed from Arab countries post 1948 as the caption below clearly identifies. These Jews had all their property and possessions stolen by Arab governments just because Israel had been legally created as a nation state.
Decades of propaganda waged by Israel’s enemies and mainstream media, conveniently ignores the history of Jews ethnically cleansed from Arab countries and concentrates exclusively on those Palestinians supposedly ethnically cleansed from Israel. The truth tells a very different story and let’s remember that those Arabs who found themselves in Israel/Palestine in 1948 were immigrants from Arab countries who came into the area directly resulting from the economic benefits that Zionism had created.
The Peel Commission Report of 1937 recognized this and noted thus.
“….illegal Arab immigration was not only going on from the Sinai but also from Transjordan and Syria”.
In May 1939 in the House of Commons, Winston Churchill also alluded to mass Arab immigration into the area.
“So far from being persecuted the Arabs have crowded into Palestine and multiplied until their population has increased more than even all of world Jewry”.
Mass Arab immigration into Palestine was a concern for Arab countries. The Governor of Houran Province, South West Syria in an interview with the French Syrian paper, Le Syne in August 1934 complained that over thirty thousand of his community had left to find work in Palestine creating an agricultural labor shortage.
Robert Kennedy in an interview with the Boston Post, June 3 1948, stated.
“The Jews point with pride to the fact that over 500,000 Arabs in the twelve years between 1932 – 1944 came into Palestine to take advantage of living conditions existing in no other Arab state”.
Palestinians were not indigenous to the geography as the vast majority were immigrants looking for better paid jobs. Unfortunately, the myth that today’s Palestinians were the original inhabitants, has morphed into fact and needs to be challenged.
Another myth that has never been challenged is that of Israeli ‘ethnic cleansing and apartheid’. Again, revisionist history has become accepted as the truth that also needs to be challenged and corrected. The statistics below may assist in this effort.
Islam in Israel – Facts and Figures (various sources including Israel Ministry for Foreign Affairs)
Freedom of religion is a core value of the Israeli democracy
- Israel is home to 1,454,000 Muslim citizens who enjoy full civil liberty and political freedom.
- Hebrew and Arabic are the official languages of the State of Israel.
- Most Arab citizens of Israel are Muslims, mainly Sunnis. Other branches of Islam in Israel include: Shia, Alawite, Ahmadiyeh, Sufi and Shazaliyeh. Islam is the second biggest religion in Israel after Judaism.
- Jews account for 75.4 percent of the population, Muslims make up 16.9 percent, Christians 2.10 percent, Druze 1.70 percent and the rest of the population identifies otherwise, including a small Baha’i community.
Religious affiliation in Israel:
- The Muslim population of Israel has increased about ten-fold since the State was established; from some 156,000 in 1949 to over 1,454,000 today.
Muslim Population Growth
- There are over 400 mosques in Israel, of which some 73 are located in Jerusalem. The number of mosques in Israel has increased about five-fold since 1988, when there were 80 mosques.
- Approximately 300 imams and muezzins receive their salaries from the Israeli government. Israel provides the Korans used in mosques and funds Arab schools and many Islamic schools and colleges. Such schools teach Islamic studies and Arabic, as well as the Israel Ministry of Education’s general curriculum.
- In 2015, the Israeli government approved a 10-15 billion NIS budget (about 2.6-4 billion USD) for a five-year plan to develop the Arab sector in Israel and this has been increased in line with domestic inflation.
- The Muslim community regulates its own unique court system and handles marriage and divorce under Islamic law. Eight regional Islamic law courts and one national appeals court operate in Israel, under the supervision of Israel’s Ministry of Justice.
- Muslims are highly involved in Israeli academia, with some 26,000 Muslim students enrolled in Israeli academic institutions. In 2014, about 21 percent of the undergraduate students at the prestigious Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa were Arabs, up from 11 percent in 2001. This is roughly the same proportion of Arabs as in Israel’s overall population of 8.3 million.
- Some Muslims also serve in the Israel Defense Forces; approximately 1,700 Muslims served in 2015, mostly from Bedouin tribes.
- Most of Israel’s Muslim citizens, some 69 percent, live in the northern part of the country, i.e. the Galilee and Haifa. About 20 percent live in and around Jerusalem and 11 percent of Israel’s Muslims are Bedouins that live mostly in the south of Israel, near Be’er Sheva in the Negev.
- Each year the Jerusalem municipality decorates the streets of the city in celebration of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, and hosts dozens of festivities and events for the public.
- The municipality also marks the holiday with a traditional ceremony in which a shot is fired from a historical cannon in East Jerusalem each day at sunrise and sunset to mark the beginning and end of the daily fast.
- Muslim employees can take days off work during Ramadan, and working conditions are tailored to their needs while fasting during the month. The Israel Defense Forces also adjust Muslim soldiers’ training regimes during the month of Ramadan.
Ethnic cleansing and apartheid have been undertaken in the Middle East not by Israel as the media, Israel’s enemies and the United Nations have promoted, but by Arab and non-Arab Muslim countries. Atrocities committed on those of the Jewish faith by those of the Islamic faith is nothing new as is evidenced by the list of historical events noted below. Paradoxically, not one of those atrocities were perpetrated by the indigenous Palestinians in an effort to regain their land and rid the Jewish population from their lands. Where were the indigenous Palestinians during the period between 622 and 1967? Perhaps they were living in harmony with the Jews unlike their Islamic neighbors or perhaps, as is the truth, they never existed.
History provides no evidence of any war, battle or conflict fought by those identifying themselves as Palestinian against any foreign or domestic invader. Is that not strange or just further proof of the mythical Palestinian. Pogroms, or organized killings and the spontaneous massacres of Jews were a regular occurrence however. The list is comprehensive but undoubtedly not absolute and is subject to update by various compilers too many to individually acknowledge.
622 – 627: ethnic cleansing of Jews from Mecca and Medina, (Jewish boys publicly inspected for pubic hair. if they had any, they were executed)
629: 1st Alexandria massacres, Egypt
622 – 634: extermination of the 14 Arabian Jewish tribes
822 – 861: Islamic empire passes law that Jews must wear yellow stars, (a lot like Nazi Germany), Caliph al-Mutawakkil
1106: Ali Ibn Yousef Ibn Tashifin of Marakesh decrees death penalty for any local Jew, including his Jewish Physician, and Military general.
1033: 1st Fez pogrom, Morocco
1148: Almohadin of Morocco gives Jews the choice of converting to Islam, or expulsion
1066: Granada massacre, Muslim occupied Spain
1165 – 1178: Jews nationwide were given the choice (under new constitution) convert to Islam or die, Yemen
1165: chief Rabbi of the Maghreb burnt alive. the Rambam flees for Egypt.
1220: 10s of thousands of Jews killed by Muslims after being blamed for Mongol invasion, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Egypt
1270: Sultan Baybars of Egypt resolved to burn all the Jews, a ditch having been dug for that purpose; but at the last moment he repented, and instead exacted a heavy tribute, during the collection of which many perished.
1276: 2nd Fez pogrom, Morocco
1385: Khorasan massacres, Iran
1438: 1st Mellah Ghetto massacres, North Africa
1465: 3rd Fez pogrom, Morocco (11 Jews left alive)
1517: 1st Safed pogrom, Ottoman Palestine
1517: 1st Hebron pogrom, Ottoman Palestine
1517-Marsa ibn Ghazi massacre, Ottoman Libya
1577: Passover massacre, Ottoman empire
1588 – 1629: Mahalay pogroms, Iran
1630 – 1700: Yemenite Jews were considered “impure” and thus forbidden to touch a Muslim or a Muslim’s food. They were obliged to humble themselves before a Muslim, to walk to the left side, and greet him first.
They could not build houses higher than a Muslim’s or ride a camel or horse, and when riding on a mule or a donkey, they had to sit sideways. Upon entering the Muslim quarter, a Jew had to take off his foot-gear and walk barefoot. If attacked with stones or fists by Islamic youth, a Jew was not allowed to defend himself.
1660: 2nd Safed pogrom, Ottoman Palestine
1670: Mawza expulsion Yemen
1679 – 1680: Sanaa massacres, Yemen
1747: Mashhad massacres Iran
1785: Tripoli pogrom, Ottoman Libya
1790 – 92: Tetouan pogrom. Morocco (Jews of Tetouan stripped naked, and lined up for Muslim perverts)
1800: new decree passed in Yemen, that Jews forbidden to wear new clothing, or good clothing. Jews forbidden to ride mules or donkeys, and were occasionally rounded up for long marches , naked through the Roob al Khali dessert.
1805: 1st Algiers pogrom, Ottoman Algeria
1808 2nd 1438: 1st Mellah Ghetto massacres, North Africa
1815: 2nd Algeris pogrom, Ottoman Algeria
1820: Sahalu Lobiant massacres, Ottoman Syria
1828: Baghdad pogrom, Ottoman Iraq
1830: 3rd Algiers pogrom, Ottoman Algeria
1830: Ethnic cleansing of Jews in Tabriz, Iran
1834: 2nd Hebron Pogrom, Ottoman Palestine
1834: Safed Pogrom, Ottoman Palestine
1839: Massacre of the Mashadi Jews, Iran
1840: Damascus, ritual killings (Muslims, along with French Christians kidnapped, tortured, and killed Jewish Children for entertainment), Ottoman Syria
1840: blood libels introduced to the Muslim world from Europe.
1844: 1st Cairo massacres, Ottoman Egypt
1847: Dayr al-Qamar pogrom, Ottoman Lebanon
1847: ethnic cleansing of the Jews in Jerusalem, Ottoman Palestine
1848: 1st Damascus pogrom, Syria
1850: 1st Aleppo pogrom, Ottoman Syria
1860: 2nd Damascus pogrom, Ottoman Syria
1862: 1st Beirut pogrom, Ottoman Lebanon
1866: Kuzguncuk pogrom, Ottoman Turkey
1867: Barfurush massacre, Ottoman Turkey
1868: Eyub pogrom, Ottoman Turkey
1869: Tunis massacre, Ottoman Tunisia
1869: Sfax massacre, Ottoman Tunisia
1864 – 1880: Marrakesh massacre, Morocco
1870: 2nd Alexandria massacres, Ottoman Egypt
1870: 1st Istanbul pogrom, Ottoman Turkey
1871: 1st Damanhur massacres,Ottoman Egypt
1872: Edrine massacres, Ottoman Turkey
1872: 1st Izmir pogrom, Ottoman Turkey
1873: 2nd Damanhur massacres, Ottoman Egypt
1874: 2nd Izmir pogrom, Ottoman Turkey
1874: 2nd Istanbul pogrom, Ottoman Turkey
1874: 2nd Beirut pogrom,Ottoman Lebanon
1875: 2nd Aleppo pogrom, Ottoman Syria
1875: Djerba Island massacre, Ottoman Tunisia
1877: 3rd Damanhur massacres, Ottoman Egypt
1877: Mansura pogrom, Ottoman Egypt
1882: Homs massacre, Ottoman Syria
1882: 3rd Alexandria massacres, Ottoman Egypt
1890: 2nd Cairo massacres, Ottoman Egypt
1890, 3rd Damascus Pogrom, Ottoman Syria
1891: 4th Damanhour massacres, Ottoman Egypt
1897: Tripolitania killings, Ottoman Libya
1903&1907: Taza & Settat, pogroms, Morocco
1890: Tunis Massacres, Ottoman Tunisia
1901 – 1902: 3rd Cairo massacres, Ottoman Egypt
1901 – 1907: 4th Alexandria massacres, Ottoman Egypt
1903: 1st Port Sa’id massacres, Ottoman Egypt
1903 – 1940: pogroms of Taza and Settat, Morocco
1907: Casablanca, pogrom, Morocco
1908: 2nd Port Said massacres, Ottoman Egypt
1910: Shiraz blood libel
1911: Shiraz pogrom
1912: 4th Fez , pogrom, Morocco
1917: Baghdadi Jewish Inquisition, Ottoman empire
1918 – 1948: law passed making it illegal to raise an orphan Jewish, Yemen
1920: Irbid massacres: British mandate Palestine
1920 – 1930: Arab riots, British mandate Palestine
1921: 1st Jaffa riots, British mandate Palestine
1922: Djerba massacres, Tunisia
1928: Ikhwan massacres Egypt, and British mandate Palestine.
1928: Jewish orphans sold into slavery, and forced to convert t Islam by Muslim Brotherhood, Yemen
1929: 3rd Hebron pogrom British mandate Palestine.
1929 3rd Safed pogrom, British mandate Palestine.
1933: 2nd Jaffa riots, British mandate Palestine.
1934: Thrace pogroms, Turkey
1934: 1st Farhud massacres, Iraq
1936: 3rd Jaffa riots, British mandate Palestine
1936: 2nd Farhud massacres, Iraq
1941: 3rd Farhud massacres, Iraq
1942: Mufti collaboration with the Nazis. plays a part in the final solution
1942: Struma disaster, Turkey
1942: Nile delta Pogroms, Egypt
1938 – 1945: Arab collaboration with the Nazis
1945: 4th Cairo massacres, Egypt
1945: Tripolitania pogrom, Libya
1947: Aden pogroms
1947: 3rd Aleppo pogrom, Syria
1948: “emptying” of the Jewish quarter of Damascus, Syria
1948: 1st Arab Israeli war (1 out of every 100 Jew was killed)
1948: Oujda & Jerada pogroms, Morocco
1948: 1st Libyan inquisition of Jews
1951: 2nd Libyan inquisition of Jews
1955: 3rd Istanbul pogrom, Turkey
1956: 1st Egyptian inquisition of Jews
1965: 5th Fez pogrom, Morocco
1967: 2nd Egyptian Inquisition of Jews
1967: Tunis riots, Tunisia
History does not lie – only liars attempt to revise history. Jews, as history testifies, and not Palestinians were subject to ethnic cleansing.
Given the divisions within the Islamic world which has created so much havoc and destruction, pragmatism driven by political, military and economic necessities are creating connections between Israel and Arab countries. Originated by President Trump via the Abraham Accords, Israel’s relationships with former Arab nation state enemies is on an unstoppable upward trajectory. The Palestinian leaders in the West Bank and Gaza however are still calling for Israel’s extermination as per their Nazi Palestinian National Council Charters of 1964 and 1968 and the Hamas Palestinian Charter of 1988. The Palestinians are becoming increasingly isolated and unpopular and their ultimate objectives as stated in their Charters are morally indecent, puppet Nazism and thanks to the establishment of Israel, will fail.
Joseph Farah, Arab writer and journalist in ‘Myths Of The Middle East’.
“There has never been a land known as Palestine governed by Palestinians.
Palestinians are Arabs, indistinguishable from Jordanians (another recent invention), Syrians, Iraqis etc. Keep in mind that the Arabs control 99.9 percent of the Middle East lands. Israel represents one – tenth of one percent of the landmass. But that’s too much for the Arabs. They want it all. And that is ultimately what the fighting in Israel is about today. No matter how many land concessions the Israelis make, it will never be enough”.
Israel is the only Jewish state in the world and is surrounded by 22 Islamic countries which are 640 times the size of Israel and 60 times Israel’s population. Some Arab countries are nauseated and tired of the Palestinian lies that have cost so much despair and kept their flock in poverty, fanned by hatred and without hope. The Palestinian lies must be challenged as must their disgraceful connection to Nazism.
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