Who were the 1948 Arab Refugees?

by Yoram Ettinger

Contrary to conventional "wisdom,” most Arabs in British Mandate Palestine – and most of the 320,000 1948 Arab refugees – were migrant workers and descendants of the 1831-1947 Muslim immigrants from Egypt, the Sudan, Lebanon, Syria, as well as from Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya, North Africa, Bosnia, India, Afghanistan, etc.. Britain enticed Arab immigration and blocked Jewish immigration.

Thus, between 1880 and 1919, Haifa’s Arab population surged from 6,000 to 80,000, mostly due to migrant workers.  The eruption of WW2 accelerated the demand for Arab manpower by the British Mandate’s military and its civilian authorities.

Moreover, Arab migrant workers were imported by the Ottoman Empire, and then by the British Mandate, to work in major civilian and military infrastructure projects.  Legal and illegal Arab migrants were, also, attracted by economic growth, which was generated by the Jewish community beginning in 1882.

According to a 1937 report by the British Peel Commission (featured in the ground-breaking book, Palestine Betrayed, by Prof. Efraim Karsh), “during 1922 through 1931, the increase of Arab population in the mixed-towns of Haifa, Jaffa and Jerusalem was 86%, 62% and 37% respectively, while in purely Arab towns such as Nablus and Hebron it was only 7% and a decrease of 2 percent in Gaza.”

Irrespective of occasional Arab emigration from  British Mandate Palestine – due to intra-Arab terrorism, which has been an endemic feature in the Middle East - the substantial wave of Arab immigration from 1831-1947 triggered dramatic growth of the Arab populations in Jaffa (17 times), Haifa (12 times) and Ramla (5 times)...

This unusual Arab/Muslim demographic diversity is evidenced by popular Israeli Arab family names, which are a derivative of their countries of origin: al-Masri (Egypt), al-Obeidi (the Sudan), al-Lubnani (Lebanon), Halabi (Syria), al-Mughrabi (Morocco), al-Djazair (Algeria), al-Yamani (Yemen), al-Afgahni (Afghanistan), al-Hindi (India), al-Hijazi (Saudi Arabia), al-Baghdadi (Iraq), Bushnak (Bosnia), Khamis (Bahrain), Turki (Turkey), etc...

Thus, contrary to the myth of the 1948 Arab refugees – aiming to delegitimize Israel - Arabs have not been in the Land of Israel from time immemorial; no Palestinian people was ever robbed of its land; there is no basis for an Arab “claim of return;” and most of the 320,000 Arab refugees – who were created by the 1948 Arab invasion of Israel and their own collaboration with the invasion – were recent immigrants and foreign workers (from neighbouring Arab countries) in the Land of Israel. (Immediately after the United Nation decided to make their refugee status permanent and to pay them for participation in anti-Israel international bigotry, their number was promptly inflated and even doubled!)

Usual Legal Intimidation of Zionist Failed Again

Half a year after he was arrested by the Shin Bet security services, interrogated for days, and accused of being a “Jewish terrorist,” Israel’s prosecution service has confirmed that the youth leader from the Samaria community of Kochav Hashachar, Netanel Furkowitz, is innocent of any wrongdoing, and had no connection whatsoever to the deadly arson attack in the Palestinian village of Duma last summer (which was, most likely, the Arab villagers doing). The prosecution said they had officially closed their investigation.

People Like Inventing a ‘Good’ LEGEND!

"Hating people because of their colour is wrong. And it doesn't matter which colour does the hating. It's just plain wrong." - Muhammad Ali - But he did not have problem of hating others. Most people have chosen to forget that Ali used to be not just outrageously racist but also anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, sexist and homophobic:

-        “In my name and the name of all Muslims in America, I declare support for the Palestinian struggle to liberate their homeland and oust the Zionist invaders,”

-        “I declare support for the Palestinian struggle to liberate their homeland.”

-        “All Jews and gentiles are devils,” he once declared. “Blacks are no devils. Everything black people are doing wrong comes from (the white people): Drinking, smoking, prostitution, homosexuality, stealing, gambling. It all comes from (the white people).”

He did not change his ugly attitudes, just after he became geriatric he gained international sympathies!

Food for Thought by Steven Shamrak

Do not blame the 'Ugly Nothing', the United Nations, for its anti-Israel policy only. It is the traditional anti-Semitic ugliness of the Western countries, the primary controlling powers of the UN, who have been tolerating and even encouraging the aggression of Arab/Muslim world against Israel. It is main reason behind the international discriminatory policy against Israel!

Disgusting anti-Zionist Entrapment Behaviour

The undercover agent provocateur has been posing for two year as a member of the Lehava organization, and used his fake identity to incite Jewish activists over Whatsapp and Facebook. (This is how KGB operated against Zionist groups in the USSR!)

Another ‘Friendly’ Gesture from Jordan

The Jordanian government intends to restrict tourists from crossing from Jordan to Israel on the same day they land in Amman, affecting the itineraries of many tourists traveling to Israel via Queen Alia Airport in Amman. (Should Israel reciprocate by restricting tourism to Jordan?)

To Fight Islamic Terror the UN Needs a Jewish Lawyer

After months of behind-the-scenes diplomatic struggles, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon was elected to head the UN Legal Committee (officially named the Sixth Committee). The committee deals with sensitive topics including fighting global terrorism. This is a historic event, as it marks the first time an Israeli representative will head a permanent UN committee since its induction into the organization in 1949.

Just Another Empty Threat?

Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beiteinu) delivered a clear message to Hamas: if you mess with Israel again - it would be your last round of fighting. “A confrontation with Hamas is unavoidable and therefore it must be the final one in the Strip - the final confrontation for the Hamas regime in the Strip,” the senior spokesperson said. (Only by removing the enemy’s population, which supports Hamas, from Gaza, Jewish land, will the attack from Gaza be stopped! The Sinai Option, see below, must start from Gaza! Is Israel ready to implement it?)

Hamas Tunnel Builder Defected to Israel?

Gaza Arabs have been debating the mystery of the disappearance of a commander in the Al Qassam Brigades, the Hamas military arm - a senior commander in the Nukhba unit, an elite Hamas force specializing in underground tunnel warfare and the son of a Hamas religious judge. According to rumours from Gaza, the man told his family he was going for a walk and would be back in the evening, but instead crossed the border fence to Israel.

Another Stupid Idea - Just Remove Them from Jewish Land

It has been revealed that Israel plans to build a concrete wall tens of meters deep underground and above ground to counter the threat of Hamas attack tunnels.

Obama is Against Security of Israel

Under the shadow of a presidential veto of  over $600 million allocated for programs, pro-Israel groups criticize Obama for opposing the spending increase.

Quote of the Week:

“We knew that by closing the Gulf of Aqaba it might mean war with Israel. (If war comes) it will be total and the objective will be to destroy Israel.” - Gamal Abdel Nasser (Washington Post, May 27, 1967) – The key word is “total” – Arab/Muslim countries had planned not just destruction of Israel but of all its Jewish population – during the Independence war, the Six Day war and Yom Kippur war. The plan is still operational – they are just waiting for an opportunity!

Cancer Must be Removed!

by Steven Shamrak

Some people call the Hamas victory "The earthquake" I call it a normal, predictable and logical step of the bogus peace process. The first statement made by Hamas after the election was: "Negotiating with Israel and recognition are not on our agenda. The armed struggle will continue."

In spite of the fact that the PLO/Fatah has never removed the clause, calling for the destruction of Israel, from their charter, Israel negotiated! Between September 2000 and April 2004, Hamas perpetrated 425 terrorist attacks against Israel and murdered 377 Israelis. One terrorist organization replaced another! Negotiations with the killers who want to push Jews to "the sea" have produced only more killings, more terror and more Jewish self-doubt. Spin-doctors have already started creating the 'human face' of Hamas.

At the same time, the Hamas' victory and Arabs' predictable actions in the near future can be used by Israel as an opportunity to reclaim the Jewish ancestral land. Too often Israel has ignored and missed these opportunities.

When everything else fails, oncologists use surgery in order to remove cancerous tissues and save the life of a patient. All attempts and compromises made by Israel to achieve peace have failed. It is time to start implementing the unilateral plan of establishing permanent peace in the Middle East.  The victory of Hamas could be viewed as a blessing in disguise.

Instead of making 'brave' and empty statements, the Israeli government must make plans for decisive retaliations to the attacks that are going to follow this 'historic' victory. The next time a suicide bomber or an Arab gunman commits acts of terror against Jews all their extended family must be deported from the Jewish lands. After the next rocket is fired toward Israel from Gaza, all Arab residents must be transferred from Gaza to Sinai. Our enemies understand only the language of supremacy. Let them have it! It will bring Israel closer to a full control of the Jewish ancestral land and will resolve Israel’s demographic problem. This is the only way toward peace and achievement of the Jewish National Goal.