The Falsehood of "Ethnic Cleansing" by Israel

(N-12 [Hebrew], 8July2021) Dore Gold - Israel's adversaries have repeatedly charged that it was responsible for war crimes during its recent conflicts with Hamas, and have asserted that ethnic cleansing had been Israeli policy since 1948. Yet leading Israeli historian Prof. Benny Morris has noted that the Haganah's war plan at the time did not seek to expel the Palestinians. The plan only called for the expulsion of the inhabitants of Arab villages that actually attacked and fought the Jews. In fact, hundreds of thousands of Arabs who did not attack Jews remained in the State of Israel. Unfortunately, recent cases of ethnic cleansing in the Middle East are completely ignored by many of the same critics. In the recent war in Syria, Iranian troops and their surrogate forces have been moving into Sunni villages and expelling their residents. They are then bringing in the families of Shiite troops from Afghanistan and Pakistan and giving them the abandoned homes. No one is saying anything. The writer is president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

2021-07-12 00:00:00

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